DARKSTAR63

  • Member since Oct 13, 2008
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DARKSTAR63 mdelorme's article
Apr 16, 2014 at 4:26
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Photo Recap: Pietermaritzburg XC World Cup
We can agree on that, my favorite bike is a 150mm trail bike. But if I lived somewhere less rocky it would be an xc bike. I don't like being over-gunned!
Apr 15, 2014 at 9:41
1 days
DARKSTAR63 pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 15, 2014 at 8:15
1 days
Results: Pietermaritzburg World Cup Round 1 Finals - Elite Men
Stop using that word "invest" ... I don't know if you know what it means.
DARKSTAR63 mdelorme's article
Apr 15, 2014 at 5:32
2 days
Photo Recap: Pietermaritzburg XC World Cup
@si618, it's racing. You are on that bike to win. It can't be squishy or you will lose to guys willing to deal. I actually enjoy riding tech trails on my xc bike and I race xc on occasion too. It's good practice, sharpens skills and makes you a more versatile well rounded rider. It can't be big bikes all the time. Crushing a technical climb can be as fun as a technical descent.
DARKSTAR63 pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 15, 2014 at 4:27
2 days
Results: Pietermaritzburg World Cup Round 1 Finals - Elite Men
Orient dave I was thinking the same ! We don't buy bikes as a financial investment .... at least I hope none of you do that would be ridiculous. There are still some old school bikes out there putting on grins, none of these things become "useless" because of WC results. In fact most people (in the grand scheme, not just pinkbike, yes, there is a world out there) don't even pay attention to WC DH.
DARKSTAR63 mdelorme's article
Apr 14, 2014 at 12:30
2 days
Photo Recap: Pietermaritzburg XC World Cup
There are two types of XC racer's though, road guys who are racing in the dirt, and guys who also get rowdy in their free time. Not every XC rider could even make it down a proper WC DH course.....but by the same token not every XC guy couldn't
DARKSTAR63 pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 14, 2014 at 11:44
2 days
Results: Pietermaritzburg World Cup Round 1 Finals - Elite Men
Right, Waki, and pro's are partially pro's to help promote the product. I wasn't quite saying that the marketing shoves anything down our throats, but they sure are good at making these things seem like they are "needed". No self respecting mtb'r is immune, we all like the latest and freshest goodies.
DARKSTAR63 pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 14, 2014 at 10:52
2 days
Results: Pietermaritzburg World Cup Round 1 Finals - Elite Men
yeah I didn't say they were not faster......what I aimed to project was that this is not black and white. Marketing makes you think it is, this bike, this wheel, this fork...... it's not about the bike. It's never been about the bike.
DARKSTAR63 mdelorme's article
Apr 14, 2014 at 10:22
2 days
Photo Recap: Pietermaritzburg XC World Cup
Agree 100%. XC racing is tough and you end up riding technical trail with a bike not suited for it. It takes skill and insane fitness level.
DARKSTAR63 pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 14, 2014 at 9:52
2 days
Results: Pietermaritzburg World Cup Round 1 Finals - Elite Men
While I admit 650b is taking over, I find your analysis dramatic and unfounded. Generally people are not throwing away perfectly good DH bikes to "upgrade" to 650b. It's also early in the season and on top of that so many factors go into winning that results prove nothing. In fact in my opinion, at this level, winning comes down to line choice and luck. Push the envelope, ride with the volume at 11 and pray you don't screw up. I don't think the slight increase in wheel size is the magic recipe. I think riders will adapt to bikes that are comfortable under them and that will be most important. No I don't think rider's will go back, why? Because teams race what they sell, and 650b is hot. It won't cause them to lose, so why the hell not? I see and believe the benefits but you make it sound like this is a game changing thing, like forget podium finishes are out the window on tiny wheels. Looking at the results... other than the fact that the winner was on the intermediate wheel size...... I see no "data' in regards to wheel size.
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