RichardCunningham

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RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Sep 29, 2014 at 12:50
16 hours
Niner R.I.P. 9 - Review
HAHA! Bad timing for a trailbike test for sure. Just move the decimal point: Aggie = 76 feet, RC = 7.6 feet
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Sep 29, 2014 at 12:47
16 hours
Niner R.I.P. 9 - Review
Many core trail riders use 28-tooth chainrings on ther 29ers, but most cranksets have 104 BCD spiders and the 30t is the smallest that wiill fit. Spec'ing a 30 is a no-brainer for a bike mfgr - and a 29ers, especially ones with 2.3 to 2.4 inch tires, need lower climbing gears.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Sep 29, 2014 at 12:38
16 hours
Niner R.I.P. 9 - Review
I wouldn't pick the RIP as a do it all sherdder - it's an awesome XC trailbike that can be pushed pretty hard, but nowhere in the same league as the Kona Process. My pick at this very moment is probably the Intense Tracer 275c
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Sep 29, 2014 at 12:34
16 hours
Niner R.I.P. 9 - Review
I think if you rode the Rampage on the R.I.P, both you and the bike might be wearing those letters
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Sep 29, 2014 at 12:29
16 hours
Niner R.I.P. 9 - Review
Protour^^^ while the riding descriptions may seem contradictory, they are accurate: You can turn the bars 90 degrees on steep, chunky switchbacks and it will easily coast around without pushing the front tire - my 26ers (Pivot Mach 57 and Litevillle 301) can't duplicate it in the same corners. Like all 29ers, it takes a while to get used to in the turns, but once that period is over, it feels light at the grips and the front wheel turns in proportionately when leaned into turns. I atttribute this to the slightly steeper head angle and the fork offset working well together. The chainstays are longer than a 26 or 27.5 bike, and the seat angle is pretty standard, which causes the riding position to be very centered between the wheels, Add that to an inch of bottom bracket drop - something that 26 inch bikes simply can't have. - and the feel is exactly as if the rider is lower and centered in the frame. I was not expecting to like the R.I.P as much as I did and neither did the other riders who tested the bike. I was sure that the results off this test were going to get shelled, but that is how the bike works, so why lie and say it any other way?
Sep 25, 2014 at 5:26
Sep 25, 2014
You legend bro!
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RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Sep 19, 2014 at 23:00
Sep 19, 2014
Interbike Tech-Fest: Special Nerd Worshippers Edition
Check the Schwalbe website. They did the best study. here's one of two on their site: http://www.schwalbetires.com/wider_faster_page
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Sep 15, 2014 at 15:54
Sep 15, 2014
Interbike Tech-Fest: Special Nerd Worshippers Edition
The reason that hydraulics are so popular with dropper manufacturers is that fluids are incompressible, and a valve is a much simpler mechanism to build and operate as compared to a mechanical brake, a collet system, or an indexing mechanism.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Sep 15, 2014 at 12:53
Sep 15, 2014
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Sep 15, 2014 at 12:52
Sep 15, 2014
Interbike Tech-Fest: Special Nerd Worshippers Edition
26er will be around almost forever, but at some point they will move off the trails and out to the streets. Like so many other innovative bikes, the 26er's ultimate fate is to become some worker's or bar-hopper's daily driver. Watch for them, ripping through alleys and sidewalks at dawn or the late evening hours.
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