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amrskipro RichardCunningham's article
Oct 30, 2014 at 8:45
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Syntace Megaforce 2 All-Mountain Stem – Reviewed
Just hitting things with a hammer on an anvil :-)
amrskipro RichardCunningham's article
Oct 30, 2014 at 8:44
2 days
Syntace Megaforce 2 All-Mountain Stem – Reviewed
Plus they want Euro 199 for their 35mm stem and they have no insurance for sales in North America. If you shop around you can get three Syntace MF2 stems for that money and pick and choose what stem length feels best. Plus they are stealth and bomber, ran one on my Blur TRc for three years. Great stems.
amrskipro mdelorme's article
Oct 26, 2014 at 8:07
Oct 26, 2014
Wild in the Streets - Taxco Urban Downhill Finals
Edinburgh springs to mind - off the castle through the old town? Bristol has some vertical too and probably a gnarly path down to the river.
amrskipro pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 21, 2014 at 15:21
Oct 21, 2014
Ask Pinkbike: Remedy or Slash, Large frame - short stem, Should I Cut My DH Bar?
Every day we see way too many people running 780mm or 800 mm (the newer, cooler '780') because that is what's 'cool', or what their 6'2" mate says is good, or what their boyfriend runs or their dad runs. You get the idea. Body type, riding style and bike use determine what width handle bar should be on the bike. Even 10 mm can make an appreciable difference in handling especially if it is 10 mm too wide.
amrskipro pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 21, 2014 at 15:18
Oct 21, 2014
Ask Pinkbike: Remedy or Slash, Large frame - short stem, Should I Cut My DH Bar?
Or/ and run a flat bar, cheaper than the buy/ sell loss.
Oct 20, 2014 at 10:24
Oct 20, 2014
amrskipro RichardCunningham's article
Oct 11, 2014 at 12:45
Oct 11, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: Should Enduro Transfer Stages Be as Tough as Pro XC Climbs?
Whistler is the only EWS round where the athletes are expected to do two days racing in one day. It could easily be re-scheduled to take two days without affecting the overall scheduling of Crankworx, for example Fri and Saturday. That way one still gets the Saturday evening finish for the broadcasting and the atmosphere in the village (ie people drinking alcohol and then deciding to buy stuff or stay out for a meal). The EWS round should be about the racing and the spectacle not about "it is easier to get the large number of marshalls required for just one day" (which is one of the excuses that I have heard). Keep it hard, make it harder, but stage it over at least two days like every other round of the EWS and any other reputable series.
amrskipro mikelevy's article
Oct 8, 2014 at 8:45
Oct 8, 2014
ENVE M60 Forty Wheels - Review
Yes up the hill to B-Line, Schleyer, Fantastic and Crank-It up. The worst part of my day. Every day!! ;-)
amrskipro mikelevy's article
Oct 8, 2014 at 8:44
Oct 8, 2014
ENVE M60 Forty Wheels - Review
I think you are missing the point, you just do not have to true the wheel that often (ie almost to the point of "at all"). 100 days in the bike park last summer and I checked the spokes....when I was changing the tyres. I have broken one spoke, that got hit by a rock, since that "re-build" the wheel has stayed true with even spoke tension. For info I am a 210 lbs rider, my season is 100 + days of six hour days, and yes as a lot of it is teaching, it is not all charging but there are still a lot of miles, hits and jumps in that riding time and there is at least one day per week I get to ride the good stuff. Second season on the same set of wheels about to finish and that adds another 90 ish days (rode a bit more trail in my spare time) to the wheels and the only problem I have had this season is failed bead on the tyre ie not the fault of the wheelset but a very rare QC failure on otherwise very good tyres. On average most of my peers are going though at least two rims in that time frame with the assocaiated hassle and cost of a wheel re-build each time as well as the down time from riding whilst they wait for the shop to do the rebuild. Do I have a handful of replacement spokes, internal nipples and my own internal nipple driver.. of course I do. After disc brakes (Shimano), sticky rubber, carbon bars and dropper posts they are the single greatest improvement to ride quality in the last 25 years. That said there are some amazing alum wheelsets that will deliver almost the same performance, without the truing 'hassle' for one third of the price. I also cannot think of one premium wheelset that does not have its own quirk: Mavic = hub tension, Chris King = bearing pre-load, Hadley = bearing pre-load and propriatary tools, Shimano = centre lock.
amrskipro dbaker's article
Oct 2, 2014 at 11:24
Oct 2, 2014
Endless Biking: Where Have All the Ladies Gone?
Come up on a Wednesday and race the Phat Tyre Series and one's racing fix is satisfied for an extra $5. One is more likely to win a better prize or a fatter cheque than most race series actually offer. Add to these facts that Juniors cannot be awarded cash prizes and there is the issue of winning not even paying the bills assocaited with the travel and accomodation, fine of the prize is a better version of whatever you run or need on your bike, otherwise there is the hassle of selling it in order to raise the cash that an adult racer would have been given by cheque. So those that do the most riding and are, statistically, the most likely to be the best riders have no real incentive to race unless they individually harbour a burning desire to beat other people. It appears from the numbers that the majority appear to be happy with a Wednesday night social race (regularly 200 entrants at Phat Tyre Wednesday) or "racing" with their friends on a quiet day when one can almost get an uninterupted 'run' on almost any trail on the mountain. Not saying anyone is right or wrong just saying that it is fairly obvious why the Lower Mainland does not produce more racers as I see a fair number of female DH riders everyday.
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