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bigmike9699 mikekazimer's article
Jul 24, 2014 at 19:42
Jul 24, 2014
Spotted: Jared Graves' Yeti SB6c Prototype
Amazing to have a pro weigh in on a (ridiculous) debate that has seen so many people (as evidenced above) putting words into their mouths about what they do (or do not) like/want/told to ride. Good luck this weekend Jared, stoked to hear reports on the bike! Also super stoked to race with you at the Can. Open Enduro in a couple weeks in Whistler (although, I'll be in the Masters 30+ cat, and oh... about 2 hours behind your time!).
bigmike9699 mikekazimer's article
Jul 17, 2014 at 5:55
Jul 17, 2014
Yeti SB5c - Review
I don't know about the guys at Yeti, but the trails I ride on actually have dust/dirt on them... which accumulates in crevices, which then degrades things. I bet Yeti will charge hundreds of dollars for service/replacement kits for these things, and say that's "normal wear and tear"... no thanks. That's called an over-engineered, over-complicated design that I'd be surprised if it gives any performance advantage over anything else out there with properly set-up suspension. This right here is why bike prices are getting out of control, becasue Yeti (and Intense and who ever else) releases excessively priced bikes that makes the industry think it's ok... companies like Specialized, Trek and Giant are rolling in the cash because now THEY can charge premiums (because these other companies do) on designs that they have already make their returns on 10 fold and people are paying it because the spending public now thinks it's ok too to pay that much. This bike right here is an example of the reason, well above and beyond any wheel-size or frame material debate, why the bike industry is the way it is. Over-priced and under-performanced.
bigmike9699 brule's article
Jul 16, 2014 at 9:25
Jul 16, 2014
Mass Start Downhill Racing? Inaugural Pinnacle Bike Championship
What were those downhill biking games that came out on the original playstation? Downhill Domination? I'm getting a wave of nostalgia right now...
bigmike9699 ambatt's article
Jul 11, 2014 at 12:40
Jul 11, 2014
Bitches Brew - Going Mainstream Can Make or Break an Emerging Sport
Man, people think mtb'ing is elitist, where inclusiveness is a far-reaching, abstract concept..??.. These people have clearly never really attempted road biking at the "club" level (and by "club", I mean team because that's what clubs think they are). You haven't seen "elitist" until you've joined an "A-group" road ride. The first time I showed up to a road race with un-shaved legs, and a saddle bag with my flat stuff, well, that was the last time I showed up to a race with unshaved legs and that saddle bag. Now mountain bikers laugh at my shaved legs, but little do they know, shaved legs actually do reduce your drag coefficient, making you faster... at least, that's what I keep telling myself.
bigmike9699 mikelevy's article
Jul 10, 2014 at 7:31
Jul 10, 2014
Opinion - Cater To Your Weaknesses
But Lee is correct. Having done BCBR myself, a vast majority of the riders come from racing backgrounds where a longer stem and narrower bars are ok because the likelihood that you're going to ride trail that would require (technically) a wider bar and shorter stem are slim to none. That is changing, yes, especially as the XCO/XCE courses are now trending back into technical grounds long forgotten in XCO events. When riders come to BC to ride, and to ride an "XC" race at that, they have to understand that "BC XC" is much more equatable to "all-mountain" almost anywhere else in the world. Sure, you can come here and ride 620mm bars and a 120mm stem on a 29er hardtail, and sure, you're fitness will most likely prevail, allowing you to finish in the top ranks, but the reality is, while you rode the trail fast, you definitely didn't ride it well, or smoothly, or technically, or had that much fun on it, but does any of that really matter if you come to win, and you do win? When I did BCBR, the top 10 were predominantly europeans and Americans, hard-core XC'ers, on hardtails, or maybe 80-100mm travel XC bikes, set up for XCO-style racing, and they still kicked the ass of 95% of the racers, most of whom were from BC and had ridden BC trail for years. Shit, most of the Europeans were virtually national champions back home, in both XC and cyclocross... So while here in BC we think that BC trail is so insanely technical (and while, for the most part it is particularly technical), and that everyone needs >720mm bars, and 80mm stems, and 130mm of travel front and back... the reality is that the XC results at some of our crown jewel races prove otherwise. No, they aren't riding the tougher trails on fromme or Cypress, but that's not the type of rider they are, so why should we tell them they have to be (as reflected in their bike set-up)?
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bigmike9699 mikekazimer's article
May 15, 2014 at 11:08
May 15, 2014
Opinion: Friends Don't Let Friends Ride E-Bikes
The take home message I get from this article, is that the displeasure with the existence of E-bikes is largely grounded in the mentality that we need to protect access to our ever in danger mountain bike trails. Trails that are largely illegally accessed, ridden and built. There doesn't seem to be any PB opinion pieces on accessing and riding illegal trails, and how THAT destroys the environment far and above what any E-Bike would. Maybe the energy that people devote towards degrading other people's bike/riding choices should be re-directed to trail sustainability and development that can sustain increased usage. Mike, I normally really enjoy your articles, but this one is somewhat ridiculous. I have ridden with Bjorn (founder of Kranked e-bikes), as well as ridden one of his E-bikes, and it was a hell of a lot of fun. As he says, as he gets older, less fit, and his body breaks down (from years of intense riding himself), his e-bike has allowed him to venture further into the backcountry and (re)access trails with his younger, more fit riding buddies that he may otherwise have not been able to ride. Again, I think the point we really need to take home is that maybe there needs to be more energy and advocacy towards trail sustainability and sustainable trail development, and less energy towards degrading what people ride and how they chose to access the trails and enjoy the outdoors in ways they may not otherwise be able to.
bigmike9699 bigmike9699's photo
Apr 29, 2014 at 20:48
Apr 29, 2014
Yup. Still got it.

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