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May 22, 2015 at 4:25
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PLC07 mikelevy's article
May 21, 2015 at 4:33
2 days
Opinion - Thinkers, Tinkerers, and Inventors
The bigger the marketing freight train is, the more you know the product will be a tough sell. It didn't take much to convince people that clutches, narrow wide, dropper posts, wide bars, range extenders and so on were a good thing. They're universally accepted today even if they're relatively new and didn't need much more than a press release. If you need to phase the alternatives out of the market while you jackhammer your product down my throat, maybe it's time to put a little less money in the marketing department and more into the R&D one. Just make something that works.
May 19, 2015 at 18:10
3 days
PLC07 zeptechniques's article
May 8, 2015 at 15:01
May 8, 2015
ZEP's How-To Mythbusters - Climbing Technical Terrain
The problem I have with "being in a harder gear" is that when you pedal through the very rough stuff and come to a stall in a steep section, it is very hard to get things moving again. Since you can't really shift in such a situation, your speed selection will have to be based on the lowest common denominator of the climb...
PLC07 zeptechniques's article
May 8, 2015 at 14:53
May 8, 2015
ZEP's How-To Mythbusters - Climbing Technical Terrain
When I started XC, I had the "stand up and pull on the handlebars" reflex I got from riding downhill bikes. It works on the DH but on an XC bike, it always resulted in having the rear wheel skidding, which is exactly what I was trying to avoid. It started being a real problem after a while so I read up on it and some article said to sit forward on the saddle, lean your chest in and twist the wrists downward and it solved most of my skidding instantly. Hovering over the bike works for the really rough stuff but you have to do it right. I believe the crucial point is to keep your bike weighted equally through the entire process. The problem with standing up and pulling on the handlebars is that it will have you "pedal in squares" so each pedal strikes will compress the suspension and crush your rear wheel into the terrain which will help at first but after the initial power strike, when you hit the deadzone of the pedal cycle, the shock will decompress and take the weight off the rear wheel and have you skid instantly. It is very important to keep the bike weighted equally through the entire process and hovering over the bike helps keeping the pedaling smooth. I am in no way a coach or a professional so I might be wrong but this is what I have observed over time, being a fan of trying to climb the most nasty stuff I can find.
PLC07 Morpheus-Cycles's article
May 8, 2015 at 13:26
May 8, 2015
Morpheus Bikes go Consumer Direct
Bought a DJ for the first time this winter (used complete). Rode it in an indoor park all winter and being a DH/XC guy, I was quite surprised at how much money people poored into their bmx/DJ setups. The guys who are serious about their riding will pay whatever it takes to get the good stuff.
PLC07 mikelevy's article
May 8, 2015 at 4:33
May 8, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Will You Consider Buying a 27.5+ Bike?
My thought exactly. I don't really get what this tire size is trying to accomplish even if I try to look at it with an open mind. The people I know who bought fat bikes, rode them a lot this winter and loves them, seem to agree that anything under 4" is not worth it (for snow riding at least) and the fat bike will never replace their regular trail bike. I guess the point is improved traction but if I'm honest with myself, I know that most of my traction problems would be solved with better riding technique so I don't really see the appeal.
May 6, 2015 at 14:52
May 6, 2015
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