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DARKSTAR63 pinkbikeaudience's article
May 5, 2016 at 6:02
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Ask PB - Single Chainring with a No-Clutch Rear Derailleur and Hand Pain On Long Descents
True, for what a top guide costs I think you can find 10 speed clutched mechs....
DARKSTAR63 pinkbikeaudience's article
May 4, 2016 at 14:49
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Ask PB - Single Chainring with a No-Clutch Rear Derailleur and Hand Pain On Long Descents
Shadow refers to the profile, meaning the derailleur sits further inboard than previous designs, and therefore somewhat out of harms way.
May 4, 2016 at 8:10
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DARKSTAR63 KineticFear's photo
May 4, 2016 at 5:05
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Dude ... that's just not even fair ....... Those are gorgeous

DARKSTAR63 paulaston's article
May 2, 2016 at 13:27
May 2, 2016
Bold, EXT Suspension and Commencal - Riva Del Garda Bike Festival 2016
@WAKIdesigns: Have you ever ridden steel and aluminum road bikes back to back? There is a damping effect from steel.
DARKSTAR63 paulaston's article
May 2, 2016 at 13:07
May 2, 2016
Bold, EXT Suspension and Commencal - Riva Del Garda Bike Festival 2016
@Satanslittlehelper: Tubeless and ample pressure but yea.... always a concern
DARKSTAR63 paulaston's article
May 2, 2016 at 12:21
May 2, 2016
Bold, EXT Suspension and Commencal - Riva Del Garda Bike Festival 2016
Steel rides nicer than aluminum. Either you boys don't have rocks or you haven't ridden enough bikes to tell... but there's a ride quality to steel for sure. As they say, steel is real.
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
May 2, 2016 at 10:21
May 2, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Is the DH Bike Dead?
@westcoastmassive: The other thing too which I think some touched on and is a very vaild point - fatigue. I have brought my trail bike to resorts and had a lot of fun - but I had to work some of those trails hard. I was shot at the end of the day. Meanwhile I can ride causal pace all day long on my DH bike with minimal aches and pains. That and the geometry ... I don't fully agree with all this "you have to be pro to use that much bike" nonsense. A low, long, slack bike is going to be helpful on a really steep descent, I don't care who you are. Should you tailor the bike to your needs ? Absolutely. Can too much bike be a bad thing if you aren't riding anything but beginner trails, sure. But this idea that DH bikes are only for racing is nonsense.
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
May 2, 2016 at 4:53
May 2, 2016
Knolly Endorphin - Review
I believe the point was that aluminum frames can still be high end. Not that it's "always better" ... I mean they sell a carbon bike as well ...
DARKSTAR63 mikelevy's article
Apr 29, 2016 at 13:51
Apr 29, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Is the DH Bike Dead?
@groghunter: I am a solid 2 hours from the nearest resort... I still own, race and ride DH bikes. I know I am in a minority. I guess that's a different question then ... has interest declined as a direct result of modern trail bikes? Perhaps... But does that make a DH bike obsolete for the take at had, I maintain no it does not. It's still the best tool for the job. I still had two bikes ten years ago, but back then the lines weren't blurred. My trail bike couldn't handle DH tracks period. Now my trail bike can hack them... but on the true gnarly ones ... it's still a hack. With all that said too.... My current DH bike is an absolute demon compared to what I was riding back then so maybe they really are the same distance apart - it's just that they have both shifted toward being more capable. In summary, are they dead? I hope not. They are too much fun.
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