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RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Dec 20, 2014 at 12:17
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Pinkbike Awards: Comeback of the Year
"Im so happy with my fifth place!" Said no champion ever. From the outside looking in, fifth in the WC rankings may seem otherworldly, but to those who have owned the top step, only the top step will do. Show me a picture of Minnaar, Hill or Gwin standing proud in fifth place.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Dec 17, 2014 at 16:44
Dec 17, 2014
Pinkbike Awards: Product of the Year Nominees
Yes. There are downsides. You gain a little weight, and that is why carbon seems to be the best material. The widest rims, like the 35mm inside measurement ones from Spank, Ibis, Schwalbe and Derby, move the tread up to the top of the tire, which is actually better for cornering, even with a flatter tread like the Maxxis High Roller. One problem is that the casing starts to become wider than the edge of the tread on some tires and if you ride rocks and roots, sometimes, when the tire loses grip, it slides off onto the casing and the tire instantly drops into an unrecoverable skid until the tread locks onto another feature. (a little dramatic, but you probably get the point). The second potential problem was mentioned by Syntace on its website: Some tread patterns have a wide gap between the edging tread blocks and the intermediate ones. Syntace reports that the casing can pinch flat on the rim flanges when a rock strike lines up with the flange and the unprotected casing. I have not experienced the pinch flatting scenario with similar tires, but Syntace's testing methods are among the most thorough and their reporting is transparent, so I assume their information is golden.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Dec 16, 2014 at 12:53
Dec 16, 2014
Dynaplug Micro Pro Tubeless Tire Repair Tool - Review
So far, no damage to the sealing tape, but it could be a concern. If there is juice in the tire, it will seal small holes in the tape in the same manner that a product like Stan's will seal the seam in a pinned and pressed rim joint.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Dec 14, 2014 at 17:49
Dec 14, 2014
Dynaplug Micro Pro Tubeless Tire Repair Tool - Review
It comes with a knife blade in the kit.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Dec 11, 2014 at 14:10
Dec 11, 2014
Giant Reign 27.5 1 - Review
wydopen^^^ To clarify: I am a fan of adjustable-travel forks for long-travel trailbikes and the Pike Dual Position is one of the better ones out there. The slightly steeper seat angle and steeper head angle that the low fork position bring for climbing are advantages that cannot be ignored. The Giant Reign 27.5 1, as mentioned, was too low to make the 130mm position useful for technical climbing, where the aid offers the most benefits. The Dual Position option would be a plus for riders who use dirt roads or smooth trails to access technical downhills where one could settle into a rhythm without fussing with pedal scrapes. That said, after riding it on a variety of terrain, we would rather have a standard Pike on this particular bike and use the simpler low-speed compression "Trail" setting to firm it up for pedaling as needed. Weight aside, the Giant climbs pretty well and steers better than most bikes with slack front ends, so the Dual Position option is not so important.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Dec 10, 2014 at 15:13
Dec 10, 2014
Giant Reign 27.5 1 - Review
The Dual Position Pike is a great fork and, as mentioned clearly in the piece, dual-travel forks are a very useful feature for most long-travel trailbikes, but unless all your climbing is on the street or smooth-as-glass trails, it sucks for the Reign 27.5 1.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Dec 8, 2014 at 23:16
Dec 8, 2014
Giant Reign 27.5 1 - Review
During testing, we blew through three DBinline shocks on two different test bikes. They leaked around the adjustment bodies, got notchy feeling, and lost a significant measure of both rebound and compression damping after (we assume), air got into the damping fluid. Reportedly, those were not isolated incidents. All three went south in a few rides. We are not sure what the problem is, so we are waiting for an official story from Cane Creek. The reservoir style DBair shocks have not given us any problems.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's photo
Dec 3, 2014 at 23:06
Dec 3, 2014
Shhhhhhh! We weren't supposed to know. Even SRAM can do Ghetto when the need arises.

RichardCunningham pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 18, 2014 at 19:41
Nov 18, 2014
Ask Pinkbike - Nevegal Tire Upgrade, Converting a 26-inch Bike to 27.5-inch Wheels, and Choosing the Correct Spring
I have two 26" trailbikes that I ride often - a Pivot Mach 5.7 and a Liteville 301. I can snap a finger and get the kit to switch them, but why mess up two perfectly good handling machines with bigger wheels to be fashionable? My choice for a future bike, however, wouldn't be 26er.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Nov 14, 2014 at 11:01
Nov 14, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: Oval Chainrings?
Thanks for chance PLC07. The industry has grown up. Manufacturers have adopted standards and product testing protocols. With few exceptions, today's bikes and products perform very well. So, why say bad things about good stuff? We are enjoying a rare moment in the history of MTB, where improvement has been more prevalent than true innovation. It won't last much longer. Providing that the global economy holds up, and customers will continue to buy new and expensive things, the next round of wild "standards," weird suspension, funky bikes, and breakthrough riding styles is right around the corner. There should be plenty to complain about then.
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