Saidrick RichardCunningham's article
May 23, 2015 at 7:17May 23, 2015
Oddities from the Pits - Nove Mesto World Cup XC
Don't let the bikes fool you, these racers would be really good on any type of mountain bike. I had never heard or seen the whole remove the brake rotor bolts idea before. I assumed they only switched all the Bolts to Ti bolts. I do like seeing all the innovation that these racers are trying out/ creating for their bikes.
May 22, 2015 at 13:03May 22, 2015
Opinion - Thinkers, Tinkerers, and Inventors
I think Mike is giving the industry too Much credit. The switch to 27.5" happened at a trade show in Taiwan, 2012, and was done as a group to increase sales. There is no benefit to bigger wheels, other than fit for larger people. There was no inoovation: to quote Moschler from WTB " 26" has been taken off the menu." Press fit is a cheaper was to manufacture a product, again not innovation...but does increase profit. Boost sizes, + sizes bigger wheels and press fit BB'sare not To be confused with game changers like the dropper post: the industry never got rid of regular seat post. Full suspension, the industry never got rid of the rigid, hard tail, SS,etc... And finally, today's marketing gimmicks will never have the benefits or innovation that disc brakes brought to mountain bike world. You cannot compare something that saves you from crashing in wet weather or trails to something which now requires glue( PPBB) instead of threads, a wheel that is a 1/2" bigger or a new version of an old idea about oversize tires. I like the article, but I do not think that industry is as innocent as Mike would lead you to think they are. Is it really innovation when you have to remove a tire to true a carbon wheel? Or when you need to be really selective in choosing a Front ring because you only have one...?
May 8, 2015 at 20:00May 8, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Will You Consider Buying a 27.5+ Bike?
@boldfish, The Nomad is a really good bike. Don't let the industry fool you that newer is always better. Good bikes are good bikes, regardless of wheel size. As for all the new standards... The more I see of them, the less likely I am to buy any of them. I have decided instead to invest my money into having a great set of wheels custom built for my 26" bike.
Saidrick artbarn's article
Apr 16, 2015 at 15:03Apr 16, 2015
Video: Welcome to Utah
Great video and write up. This kid is amazing. He is doing the biggest drops and gaps that I have ever seen done with a single crown fork and he is making it look easy. Him and Jackson are redefining our sport.
Saidrick LittleTrace13's article
Apr 3, 2015 at 21:52Apr 3, 2015
Hannah Report: My Passion and Women in Sport
Thanks Tracey for reminding us what is important in life and how to achieve happiness: "I'm being me." Great line and great advice for riding and life. I enjoyed the article, keep on being you. The world is a better place because of you.
Mar 23, 2015 at 12:15Mar 23, 2015
Yeti SB6C - Review
That appears to be an Ibis Ripley.
Mar 20, 2015 at 13:02Mar 20, 2015
Opinion: Don't Shoot the Messenger
I don't shoot messengers. the industry is getting darker these days: The Taipei show seems to kill existing standards for the sake of selling bikes versus innovation. But we knew that when they decided to get rid of a wheel size that was winning races while being called slower at the same time. The more standards I see, the less likely I am to buy a new bike. Pressfit= more profit. Widening a hub size by 2mm= more profit. Making a wheel size bigger by 1/2" and then deciding to simultaneously to eliminate the existing size= more profit. Calling a half carbon bike a carbon bike= more profit. I see more profit instead of more bike for my money. Bikes cost 5k-10k, but I am not sure that consumers are getting their money's worth.
Mar 10, 2015 at 15:22Mar 10, 2015
Trek Remedy 9.9 29 - Review
Giant makes money on their bikes AND other companies' awesome bikes. For the record, I am not a Giant rider, I just understand that they are powerhouses in the industry. Ibis Rider...
Mar 10, 2015 at 14:12Mar 10, 2015
Trek Remedy 9.9 29 - Review
ABT is DW's split pivot. Trek and Dw were in a partnership to develop it together. trek broke off the agreement and then released their "own" ABT. As for Trek and Giant: Giant makes bontrager wheels in their factory in Taiwan. Furthermore Giant manufactures 60% of all mountain bike frames in the world.