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Spykr mikelevy's article
Jul 27, 2015 at 9:05
Jul 27, 2015
Devinci Spartan Carbon XP - Review
The issue with pressfit MTB and road bb's is the BB's isn't the fact that they're pressfit; BMX bikes have been using pressfit BB's for ages and those things are beat to shit and NEVER taken care of. The issue is the weight game and folks making the BB's themselves with too much plastic and crap. Praxis Works, RWC, and Wheels Manufacturing do 'em right and they're damn solid.
Spykr mikelevy's article
Jul 27, 2015 at 9:02
Jul 27, 2015
Devinci Spartan Carbon XP - Review
Nah bro, pony up for the 1993 930, dude. Dat true temper OX, bruh.
Spykr mikelevy's article
Jul 27, 2015 at 8:53
Jul 27, 2015
Devinci Spartan Carbon XP - Review
Weight is always less of a big deal than people think. The gram-cutting agenda has been pushed so long and so strong that people tend to assume that anything above 30 pounds is going to cause you to cramp up, get a hernia, throw out your back, and then die of exhaustion within 100 meters of going up a 5% grade. Yes, 35 pounds is a little heavy, but if the bike's geometry and suspension is sorted, and if the gearing is right, it's honestly not that big a deal. Yes, lighter is always nice, but there's always a sacrifice that comes with weight subtraction. This thing is built to be beat to hell, sent back to grab a pizza, and then beat back down again, and to do that, you need to add material. "Optimizing" only gets you so far. There's a bike for every roll, and this one's is to climb when it has to, and but mostly go -very- quickly downhill. The GT Sanction is in the same category. These kinds of bikes are the evolution of the "mini DH" 160 and 180mm bikes from a few years ago.
Spykr pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 23, 2015 at 10:28
Jul 23, 2015
NICA and Pinkbike Announce Media Partnership
I raced in the NICA so-cal league for 2 years in highschool, so I thought I'd weigh in. You have kids racing at every skill level, and I mean EVERY skill level. Some of the top varsity guys and girls are already sponsored and could qualify for jr. world cup races, while at the same time, you have kids who are just average riders looking to have fun competing. These guys aren't star athletes or star riders, but they're having a lot of fun, and quite frankly, that's the most important part of the NICA races. Yes competition is a big deal, but at the end of the day, it's the responsibility of the organizers that everyone, or at least the vast majority can make it around the course safely, with fittness being the biggest equalizer instead of the ability to afford a top-end bike or super-crazy technical skill. There certainly are tougher elements added, check out "Marine Corps Hill" for example in the Temecula races in the so-cal league, but in the end, these aren't pro DH races, they're not spectator-driven events, and while competitive, they're not, nor should they be solely about that aspect of racing. NICA MTB racing is about giving both the kids already into the sport, as well as total newbies, a chance to be productive with their riding, learn about the sport, and give back to their local trails (at least that's how it was in So-Cal, with our trailwork days with CORBA). It's a super-rad program, and while I can't say some tougher parts of courses would be cool, I wouldn't say it's necessary. If the program had more funding, then maybe a "Varsity course" and a "JV course" would be doable, but as it stands now, it's really not doable, and even if the money and resources were there, I don't think it's the best move. Part of determining varsity eligibility is the ability to compare times on the same course amongst all the riders, so changing things up with different courses just...wouldn't work. Keep it open, keep is friendly, keep it fun.
Spykr RichardCunningham's article
Jul 16, 2015 at 22:14
Jul 16, 2015
First Look: Felt 2016
Let's get one thing straight...Felt is a company that REALLY doesn't target the average user of pinkbike. They don't make super-slack endurotastic bikes, they don't make 40 pound throw away wet park bikes, they started as a road company, and they sell most of their bikes to middle aged and older guys out to ride road, or who collect beach cruisers. As a teen to twenty-something or a budding 30-year old, their offerings aren't cool, the bikes they make don't shout "RAD BRUH", they don't have a DH presence or "Cool" sponsors, and quite frankly...yeah. Felt is not a cool company in the mtb realm. While the equilink system suffers from "too many moving parts" syndrome, and as a consequence weighs a bit more and requires more maintenance (less of an issue if you live in dry climates, like the climate they were designed and tested in), it's hands down one of the best riding designs out there, and if they could figure out a way to simplify the linkage and preserve the performance, they'd have an absolute winner. But as it stands, it's just too complex to really be usable in a wider range of conditions beyond dry, dusty, and rocky. It may have a nice rearward axle path that takes square edged bumps super super well (unlike DW bikes, such as pivot mach 5's), pedals very nicely (like DW or VPP), stays active under braking, and blah blah blah marketing terminology etc, but again, there's just too much going on with it to be a viable system in really sloppy, wet climates. ...Which makes me glad I live in so-cal. Felt's greatest strength is their road offerings, where unlike their full-sus mountain bikes, they offer really damn good value for money, and apart from meh rear brakes on the AR series (it IS a tt bike after all), I got no complaints about what I've seen come through my shop's doors. (Yes, the shop I work at sells Felt, and I own a compulsion LT3. It's a rad bike. I likes it.) Their road-oriented strength is reflected with their MTB offerings, where their XC stuff (the edict) is definitely the best mountain bike they have, with their longer-travel offerings having historically had a "long-travel XC bike" feel, but it sounds like they've got some new engineers and who knows, maybe their new thing will be awesome!
Spykr RichardCunningham's article
Jul 16, 2015 at 21:58
Jul 16, 2015
First Look: Felt 2016
Any Felt dealer can get them! Their cruisers are actually pretty damn sweet! They've got a 29er cruiser with knobbly tires and a 2-speed kickback hub, I think it's called the rail, that's especially rad! Less than Klunker too!
Spykr markusgreber's article
Jun 28, 2015 at 10:44
Jun 28, 2015
Photo Epic: UCI Marathon World Championships - Selva Val Gardena, Italy
In a marathon race, lightness isn't the #1 priority in the bike. It's still very, very important, but when the race lasts 87km, the riders are on there for hours at a time, and as such, the bike needs to be tougher and with a greater emphasis on rider comfort and fatigue reduction. The RS1 is supposed to have better dampening than the SID, better small bump compliance, and a more plush stroke, which makes it a better choice than the stiffer SID, which is better suited to hardcore hammering for a shorter amount of time. Look at the bikes here: they look...normal. They're not ultra stripped down like normal XC race bikes, their tires have more tread, the brakes have bigger rotors, pedals have a bit of a cage or platform around them for greater foot support, many of them are running with bar ends or more ergonomic grips, stems aren't at -45 degrees. These bikes are built for a different purpose: XC yes, but a different kind of XC.
Spykr markusgreber's article
Jun 27, 2015 at 21:59
Jun 27, 2015
Photo Epic: UCI Marathon World Championships - Selva Val Gardena, Italy
Downhill is rad, XC is intense, Enduro is awesome, 4x is cool, but marathon riders have my greatest respect.
Spykr markusgreber's photo
Jun 27, 2015 at 21:58
Jun 27, 2015
CONFETTI!

Spykr ns-bikes's article
Jun 18, 2015 at 9:16
Jun 18, 2015
NS Bikes in the USA
Most shops in the USA are registered with BTI, so you can go to almost any bike shop that's not a specialized dealer, a tri shop, or refuses to sell mountain bikes, and order NS's dirt jump frames, components, and some FS frames.
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