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PeytonP mikelevy's article
Jan 15, 2015 at 20:12
Jan 15, 2015
Opinion: The Bearded Woman
So... nothing about unicycles? It's still okay to make fun of unicycles, right? If that's not okay, just tell me. I'll stop, but I won't want to live on this website anymore.
PeytonP laurenjenkins's article
Jan 13, 2015 at 10:08
Jan 13, 2015
Enduro World Series Teams 2015
Am I way out of the loop? Why didn't I see CG anywhere?
PeytonP briceshirbach's article
Jan 9, 2015 at 6:28
Jan 9, 2015
A United State of Downhill
It's beyond interest. It's access that is the problem. I love downhill. I'm pretty good at it for my limited experience on legitimate downhill trails (from Texas, after all). Had I the ability to ride and train, I have confidence that I could have raced and done well! Not saying I'd be in the World Cup, but I'd like to race. The problem? The closest downhill trails are 13 HOURS away in Angel Fire, NM. Budding riders from any other contending country outside of North America do not have that type of logistical problem of being so far away from trails and racing venues. But, every small town taxes it's residents to build multi-million dollar football, baseball, and/or soccer complexes. It will be a long time, if ever, we rival the Euros' love of the bicycle and public access to trails.
PeytonP briceshirbach's article
Jan 8, 2015 at 17:12
Jan 8, 2015
A United State of Downhill
What I was getting at with the distances it that, compared to other countries, big portions of our cycling communities are not located within driving distances of downhill venues in a way that the British, Euros and Kiwis see.
PeytonP briceshirbach's article
Jan 8, 2015 at 17:08
Jan 8, 2015
A United State of Downhill
You're right. I grew up in east Texas and now live outside of Austin. I dream in DH but there's no way for someone like me to seriously grow in skill and dabble in racing. I started mountain biking six years ago and I can count on one hand, including myself, the number of riders I've seen on bikes with 160mm+ susp.
PeytonP briceshirbach's article
Jan 8, 2015 at 17:02
Jan 8, 2015
A United State of Downhill
The biggest problem is the vast distances involved in our huge country. My closest bike park and downhill race is 13 hours away. I love downhill. My friends like downhill. But how can anyone outside of families who own summer timeshares in a few resort towns actually hone their skills and afford to race multiple events across the States? This is why homegrown Enduro events are on the rise. People work with the land they have and make it as gnarly as they can, because for most of the country the only option is to pedal up for it. I'm hoping to see an Enduro series come together in the Texas Hill Country. While we'd pull from two state mountain biking hubs of Austin and San Antonio, we had guys from Arkansas, Missouri, and maybe even Colorado show up at a race on Nov. and it was awesome! Maybe, as weekend warriors are introduced to racing in that format, riders will be more inclined to travel and dabble in pure gravity events.
PeytonP mikekazimer's article
Jan 6, 2015 at 12:20
Jan 6, 2015
Pinkbike Awards: Trail / All-Mountain Bike of the Year
180s front and back on the Nomad. And, seriously, the modulation of X9 was so much better. At one point I ran them side by side, X9 front and Saint rear. Saint was great if I wanted to flinch my finger and lock up the wheel. I want more finesse than that. I did experiment a lot with the free stroke in an attempt to fix it, but it never felt as good as how I could feather the X9s between totally off or totally locked up. All of that said, I'd prefer the old X7 to SLX. I guess I'm just one of those weird ones who prefer the Avid feel.
PeytonP mikekazimer's article
Jan 6, 2015 at 10:12
Jan 6, 2015
Pinkbike Awards: Trail / All-Mountain Bike of the Year
I'm running SLX with ice tech rotors. I'm about 220lbs geared up and they do not inspire confidence. Maybe I'll get used to Shimano one day, but I ran Saint on my Faith and while powerful they didn't feel as good as the X9s that came stock. I'll be looking for a deal on Guides to replace them eventually.
PeytonP mikekazimer's article
Jan 6, 2015 at 10:02
Jan 6, 2015
Pinkbike Awards: Trail / All-Mountain Bike of the Year
I don't understand. They have low and high spec options. Sure, they will include in-house items but they are generally strong, light, and take a beating for years.
PeytonP mikekazimer's article
Jan 6, 2015 at 7:53
Jan 6, 2015
Pinkbike Awards: Trail / All-Mountain Bike of the Year
Coming from two 6"+ Giants, I completely agree with you. The line between the Reign X and be Nomad is a fine one, taking ascents and descents into consideration. Nomad is better down but Maestro feels so good sitting and spinning. I wish a shop within 500 miles would have stocked a new Reign for me to demo first.
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