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PLC07 WAKIdesigns's article
Nov 21, 2014 at 11:44
Nov 21, 2014
WAKi-Leaks Installment 8 - Mental Side of MTB
You guys should read "The Paradox of Choice" by Barry Schwartz. It's a very interesting book claiming that contrary to popular belief (a belief that we see here all the time), choice is often detrimental to the consumer. Reading it really changed my habits as a consumer. If you don't have time for books, here's a ted talk that glosses over some topics in the book: http://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_the_paradox_of_choice
PLC07 scottsecco's article
Nov 20, 2014 at 5:40
Nov 20, 2014
BUILDER: Aaron Chase And Adam Hauck Mix It Up In Jersey
Yep, gotta give credit where it's due, I read a ton of stuff about all kinds of topics and this is one of the most interesting article I've read in a while. Both the words and the picture are just perfect and mesh very well together. Please, keep those coming.
PLC07 phaysom's article
Nov 19, 2014 at 16:35
Nov 19, 2014
Video: Queenstown Bikepark Shredding
Yeah, I only went for a day so it wasn't too bad but when I saw the season passes were like 800$ it made home feel dirt cheap.
PLC07 pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 19, 2014 at 7:50
Nov 19, 2014
Ask Pinkbike - Nevegal Tire Upgrade, Converting a 26-inch Bike to 27.5-inch Wheels, and Choosing the Correct Spring
Been on the stock 2.35 nevegal DTCs for a while now. Great all around tires except that they don't play well when cornering on loose over hard trails (kitty litter berms, sand, gravel), which is, in my opinion, where it matters the most. Great durability though. I find the kaisers insane as a front DH tire, not so much as a rear tire as they desintegrated faster than the speed of light, which is a first for me. Currently waiting to find someone who stocks the foldable version to get one up front on my AM bike. Considering the butchers too, as they are probably half the price and I liked the ones I tried recently.
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Nov 19, 2014 at 5:00
Nov 19, 2014
Ibis Mojo HD3 - Review
True, having strong reference points when you start out is a great thing, as a lot of people don't even know what to look for when it comes to suspension behavior (we all started somewhere) so the extra help to get a decent shock response from day one helps a lot.
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Nov 18, 2014 at 8:43
Nov 18, 2014
Ibis Mojo HD3 - Review
Had a go on a 2015 Spesh enduro with the inline and when I got it the suspension was set up all crazy (0 compression and nearly closed HS/LS rebound). I never rode a shock with LS/HS R/C and it took me about 2 minutes to fix to an acceptable level and I'm not big on knob fiddling so unless you really don't know how to tune a suspension at all, I don't see this being a problem. I don't want to get into a game of "who deserves what" but honestly, if you can't be bothered to turn a few knobs to get high end performance, you probably have no business on a 8k bike. I understand that CDDBs aren't the easiest shocks to learn on but there's plenty of bikes with CTDs if that's not your cup of tea. I feel like not speccing a 8k bike with all the high end goodies would be cheating buyers.
PLC07 RichardCunningham's article
Nov 14, 2014 at 18:52
Nov 14, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: Oval Chainrings?
(..) I think the poll shows that mountain bikers really don't mind switching to a proven concept and there is even a lot of early adopters out there. The widely adoption of clutches, narrow wide rings, wide bars and droppers post prove that when something works, people will buy it. I feel that this much hype about products is more harmful than anything else to the product, as everything now is portrayed as a revolution waiting to happen, or at the very least "next level stuff". It can only disappoint/alienate consumers when manufacturers fail to deliver a product that meets the sky high expectations, which will breed even more bitterness and skepticism, not only toward the manufacturer who failed to deliver a product worthy of the expectations but also toward the media who made a big deal of something that ultimately wasn't. I first found the oval ring concept somewhat interesting when it was featured in one of the bikeshows articles and I was curious to see how far this concept would go (knowing biopace's previous failure) but now I'm just hoping it's not going to turn into another marketing mess like some of those we've seen recently.
PLC07 RichardCunningham's article
Nov 14, 2014 at 18:52
Nov 14, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: Oval Chainrings?
I understand that we got to the point where there is no excuse for making a bad product and thankfully, it doesn't happen much anymore. As a consumer and a biking enthusiast, I am very happy that it got to the point I can just get to a bike shop and randomly pick a bike or a component and barring a few exceptions, it is probably going to perform well and I'm actually quite grateful for that. And I should probably also be grateful for the internet and websites like pinkbike who probably indirectly force manufacturers to make high quality stuff, knowing they will be exposed sooner or later if they don't. What gets to me is the massive hype about just anything new. I understand everybody has to sell their stuff and that the marketing dept has to justify their jobs but take this ring for example, it hasn't even been proven to do anything so far. Some people (and studies) say it does, and some say it doesn't. Even if it does, for the average pinkbike user, is it going to be enough to make an actual difference in their riding?Is the media that desperate to get any sort of news headlines? I understand that the possibility of a 1-5% ish performance gain would be very appealing to the road crowd but here? (..)
PLC07 mikelevy's article
Nov 13, 2014 at 4:35
Nov 13, 2014
Opinion: New Trails > Everything Else
"travelling makes you appreciate what you have". That's so true, every trip has its ups and down. Sometimes the trails are so good you wish you could move to an area and sometimes you ride networks they make you disappointed you've spent so much time/money to get there when you have much better in your backyard... but that's ok, as every time I get a little jaded of my local trails, that one crappy network reminds me to be grateful for what we have.
PLC07 pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 12, 2014 at 5:07
Nov 12, 2014
Ask Pinkbike: Kickers, Spoke Protectors, and the RockShox Pike vs the Fox 36 fork
I got to ride a pike, I was really expecting to be mind blown after reading all the reviews and honestly I think I prefered my 2012 F36. To be fair, its custom tuned and I didn't have enough time to fiddle with the pike but even knowing this, if I bought a bike with a pike, I'd seriously give the pike a good shot before considering switching over to fox again.
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