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Anything from XC (well trail riding) to DH.
I race DH .
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betsie mikekazimer's article
Jul 31, 2015 at 16:23
2 days
1 Question: What Does It Take to Become a Faster Rider?
1. Have fun on your bike. 2. Train at the gym hard. Do the right exercises and muscle memory gets you down a trail. Does a top marshal artist train all the time fighting or sparing. Does a boxxer fight to get ready for a bowt? No they trai, do patterns and spar. Dh is about maximum effort (physical and mental) in a short time. All the advice on setup is spot on. Being an engineer I love timing and seeing what works best for each terrain type for me. Feeling comfortable on your bike with a good setup and being strong and fit enough to ride the trail and not it ride you is key. ! Everyone is different. There is not 1 magic formula. Look at gwin v troy or rat v minaar. Team mates with such different styles and techniques. All work well and get great success. gotta love just riding when you are older and have stopped hurting yourself trying to do well in your category. Makes racing a fun uplift weekend. :)
betsie mattwragg's article
Jul 30, 2015 at 23:55
3 days
Opinion: EWS Practice
Enduro has tried to combine football (soccer to some) and rugby and tried to make auzzie rules off the bat. It will take time to integrate 2 completely different types of the same game. You will never stop practice, shuttling outside races, it happens in dh, xc. Enduro just has to get accept it.
betsie RichardCunningham's article
Jul 30, 2015 at 7:57
Jul 30, 2015
Exclusive Ride Report: FOX Live Valve Active Suspension System
I was not referring to removing the shims etc. but the control algorithm around the on/off of the control valve. They are only adjusting the low speed currently, if this is like the CCDB CS then this adjusts low speed compression and rebound speed which would be good. I would not say that Pinkbike is the place to speculate on what they are or are not doing or what they may do in the future. I don't work for Fox as a development engineer, I bet that doing some feasibility testing is more fun than feasibility, characterization and design verification testing that I get to do though.
betsie RichardCunningham's article
Jul 29, 2015 at 12:38
Jul 29, 2015
Exclusive Ride Report: FOX Live Valve Active Suspension System
I like the basic idea of what fox are doing. There system sounds very basic from the description. 5ms is not fast for activating a solenoid valve. There are valves out there at 100ns or less. Would be good if fox used an energy recovery system from the shock actuation so you did not have to charge the system. This would not be that heavy or complicated to do. Good on fox for trying to move the tech forward for reactive suspension. I imagine more complicated algorithms will come with time and development experience.
betsie RichardCunningham's photo
Jul 29, 2015 at 12:25
Jul 29, 2015
That is a neandathol signal generator. Cheap soldering iron and power supply. No ESD either. Only a DMM and no scope, trade thr magnifier for a mantis too. Not that I have ever been in a lab of course, coz I am on Pinkbike.

betsie mikelevy's article
Jul 29, 2015 at 10:44
Jul 29, 2015
FOX Electronic Suspension
It will be interesting to see where this goes. What control algorithm they eventually employ and what the real world benefits are.
betsie mikelevy's article
Jul 24, 2015 at 15:17
Jul 24, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: XC, EWS or World Cup DH?
I would rather watch the tennis, golf or the ashes. Dh is amazing but it's not the best spectacle for tv, sort of like why F1 is more interesting than WRC. They tried lots to get more WRC views but it is just not as interesting. Enduro is like a dulled down dh with some pedalling and xc is OK to watch but you just don't see enough of it. Question should have the tour de France in there too. O would think many dh boys watch it.
betsie mikelevy's article
Jul 15, 2015 at 4:25
Jul 15, 2015
OneUp 45 Tooth XTR Conversion - Review
The diagram shows you the percentage shift from 1 gear to the next. The graph is a very poor representation of the message it is trying to convey. It is trying to show that 1up gear ratios are better than stock; ....SRAM, considerably better due to the lower gearing shift change per gear which in theory makes the bike easier to pedal when you change 1 gear. (The text validates this from a rider experience perspective) .... Shimano on par or slightly better than stock Shimano depending on what gear you like to use. >>>Personally I would like a cassette that mixes a road cassette (11-27) for what is normally 5th to top, then 4 climbing gears with the big gear purely there as a rest gear (we don't have long, steep climbs like California in the UK)
betsie gee-milner's video
Jul 7, 2015 at 8:11
Jul 7, 2015
Yeh Raylor, smashing it.

betsie mikelevy's article
Jul 6, 2015 at 23:40
Jul 6, 2015
1 Question - The Biggest Mistake That's Been Made In Mountain Biking
"Progression" is the worst thing to happen to mountain biking. It has put people who enjoy a sport in a pit and made them argue. Fueled by the likes of pinkbike articles around 26 v 650 v 29. E bikes v normal bikes. 9 speed, 10 speed, 11 speed. Nothing bit positive reviews of the new, insinuating that the old is no longer any good. There have been some great introductions. The clutch mech, narrow wide.... all small changes to existing compatible tech and not the push to get riders to spend their hard earned on new wheel sizes, new frames, complete new drive trains or even a bike with a motor. We should keep MTB simple, making to many options with lots of misinformation just confuses the masses. Road did it right when they started the revolution and set the rules in stone. CX do it right. Therules are set in stone. It's just MTB where we are not big enough for the governing bodies to care too much where we keep introducing unnecessary change for the sake of sales figures.
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