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b-mack pinkbikeaudience's article
Jan 29, 2015 at 8:32
2 days
Ask Pinkbike: Replacement Wheels, Front vs Rear Brake, Everything About Tubeless
You're right about all of that @downhilladdict. My tubed success can be attributed to a lot of things: No stupid low pressures where both tires and rims are damaged (24 front, 26 rear on Schwalbe SGs right now), 25mm internal width rims, good line choices, etc. But it's not like I ride all flow trails either...Northstar and my local canyon are famous for their wheel eating terrain. Most of my flats over the years were a direct result of me experimenting with lower pressures to see what I could get away with. The truth is, if riders are running pressures low enough to pinch flat, they are also dinging up thier rims and that doesn't bode well for a tubeless set up either. Dual ply tires, run at reasonable pressures for your terrain and speed are surprisingly good at avoiding flats. I totally get tubeless for single ply, but in my opinion, going tubeless on a dual ply dh set up should be done for reasons other than avoiding flats. Gwin's run where he pulled his tubeless set up off in a hard turn is great evidence of that.
b-mack pinkbikeaudience's article
Jan 28, 2015 at 16:13
2 days
Ask Pinkbike: Replacement Wheels, Front vs Rear Brake, Everything About Tubeless
Standard tubes on the DH bike for 13 years... I can count my flats on one hand. Tubeless is overrated on dual ply tires.
b-mack pinkbikeaudience's article
Jan 28, 2015 at 8:15
3 days
Ask Pinkbike: Replacement Wheels, Front vs Rear Brake, Everything About Tubeless
I have set up Outlaws in exactly the way described as well as other rims. Be aware that if you are a light rider or not all that aggressive in turns all should be okay if the tire fits tight (a tubeless ready tire is HIGHLY recommended). However, if you are heavier, corner hard, land sideways, or wish to avoid the unpleasant experience of peeling a tire off the rim at high speed, I would recommend either the split tube/Stans Strip method or just go a proper UST tire/rim set up. Just putting tape and sealant on to make a tubeless set up is sketchy at best without some kind of bead security. People need to be aware that the tube is normally an integral part in securing the tire to the rim and without it you run a major risk of burping.. or much worse. I really wish PB would mention this in articles instead of just "tape, sealant, and go".
b-mack mikekazimer's article
Jan 27, 2015 at 12:06
Jan 27, 2015
Bell Super 2R Helmet - Review
Crap...I really screwed up that last post...I thought Mike said it. It makes a lot more sense now. Right on @PLC07...exactly my point as well. And you're right, it was in no way directed at @mikekazimer, just at the term and it's increasing attitude of superiority that goes with it.
b-mack mikekazimer's article
Jan 27, 2015 at 11:45
Jan 27, 2015
Bell Super 2R Helmet - Review
Thanks @mikekazimer. That's exactly my point as well. I wasn't taking it personally at all, it was just that after seeing it used for the umpteenth time I felt a need to say something. No harsh feelings toward you, just that bloody term and the increasing attitude that goes with it.
b-mack mikekazimer's article
Jan 26, 2015 at 21:24
Jan 26, 2015
Bell Super 2R Helmet - Review
I hate that term, "earn your turns". So I have to pedal up in order to deserve my decent? What if I push my DH bike up? Am I still earning it then? What if I work my ass off to afford the gas for my shuttle truck! Argh! Rant over.
b-mack danyul's photo
Jan 26, 2015 at 21:13
Jan 26, 2015
It's nice to see even some legends still believe in tubes..

b-mack lucas-stanus's article
Jan 17, 2015 at 15:16
Jan 17, 2015
Video: Michelin Looks Back at 2014
Not that everyone doesn't do it, but I think its kinda funny for them to put a shot of someone modifying their tires in their promo video...
b-mack pinkbikeaudience's article
Jan 13, 2015 at 14:51
Jan 13, 2015
Ask Pinkbike: Correct Shock Length, Tubeless for Gravity, A-Line Paralysis Tips, and Keeping the Bits Out of Your Goggles
I know that quite a few pro teams have gone tubleless (GT, Santa Cruz, Specialized) but I would be surprised if all of them have. One needs only look at Aaron Gwin's run on his rear rim, when he peeled his tubeless tire off in a hard turn, to see that tubeless is still far from without it's own issues. There were at least a few Schwalbe riders testing the new Procore system this season and it seems to be a way to address some of the problems but it comes with a weight penalty.
b-mack intensecyclesusa's article
Jan 13, 2015 at 8:02
Jan 13, 2015
Video: Guardia and Cometti vs Intense Spider 275
A friend of mine who is a professional welder told me that it's because they use too much heat in their welds in an attempt to make the beads look pretty. I have seen A LOT of snapped Intense frames and they do always seem to fail along a weld junction. It's a shame, they're cool bikes when they work.
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