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bman33 paulaston's article
Jun 29, 2016 at 13:34
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Giant's New Trance and 2017 Bikes - Eurobike Media Days, Kirchberg 2016
@WAKIdesigns: My friend has the Hopes on two of his bikes, one is his AM/Enduro bike. He is about 205 pounds and rides the bike hard. Often at the bike park in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where he lives. No issues for 6 months or so.
bman33 paulaston's article
Jun 29, 2016 at 12:31
22 hours
Giant's New Trance and 2017 Bikes - Eurobike Media Days, Kirchberg 2016
@Amart: Maybe it's the dry/dust here in Colorado, but I have had two different brands' press fit frames. No matter the installation, lubrication, etc. the creaks always returned.
bman33 paulaston's article
Jun 29, 2016 at 12:30
22 hours
Giant's New Trance and 2017 Bikes - Eurobike Media Days, Kirchberg 2016
Pressfit BB are very susceptible to creaking unless both the frame manufacturer and BB manufacturer have very tight tolerances. It's also easier to install slightly off, even with a shop quality tool, than threaded. After two press fit MTB's and constant noise, no more. BMX bikes for years had old school press-fit and made noises constantly. They have pretty much all moved to threaded now. MTB companies are going the opposite direction for $$ reasons. The sales pitch is more surface area to work with externally. Fine, but that can be accomplished and still have threaded interface of some dimension
bman33 paulaston's article
Jun 29, 2016 at 12:22
22 hours
Giant's New Trance and 2017 Bikes - Eurobike Media Days, Kirchberg 2016
Bikes look good, but you lost me at pressfit BB. Nice step backwards in technology and open door for creaking issues.
bman33 bmxsnox's photo
Jun 29, 2016 at 12:03
23 hours
What is that? Durango cycles?

bman33 BigMtnEnduro's article
Jun 29, 2016 at 11:07
23 hours
Big Mountian Enduro Action from Keystone - Video
All good. Part of the enduro equation comes in with making sure your bike makes all those stages in one piece. Another part of the equation is the climbing on the transfers. Ebbs and flows. As long as we ride/race and have a good time doing it.
bman33 BigMtnEnduro's article
Jun 29, 2016 at 9:47
1 days
Big Mountian Enduro Action from Keystone - Video
I think the Keystone race is great. Some of the best runs on the BME circuit in Colorado with examples of flat out, techy sections, etc. Very fun to ride each stage. I am not sure why anyone would dislike less climbing to each stage. Races like Crested Butte, Snowmass, etc. offer riders plenty of chances to climb to their stage such as the first stage on day two at Snowmass. Obviously that race gives advantage to riders with a better fitness level. Whereas races like Keystone are a bit less cardio and more bike handling. Would be boring if all race venues had a prescribed amount of ______ type of terrain and no variety
bman33 BigMtnEnduro's article
Jun 29, 2016 at 8:50
1 days
Big Mountian Enduro Action from Keystone - Video
Some races have more lift assist such as Keystone and some have more pedaling such as the Snowmass BME. I raced both of them. Variety...each course is different. It's a good thing. Some XC races are not much more than dirt paths and some have gnarlier rock gardens and descents. Some DH course as slow techy and some are 45+ MPH with long straights and huge jumps. It's all good.
bman33 SramMedia's article
Jun 28, 2016 at 22:05
2 days
SRAM's Eagle in Flight - Video
@Trials-FTW: Trials-FTW for President 2016! I think we in the US can waive the residency requirements since you are in Canada. Let's make it happen! Ha!!
bman33 SramMedia's article
Jun 28, 2016 at 18:46
2 days
SRAM's Eagle in Flight - Video
I won't buy this, but many are missing the point. It isn't ALL about the super low gear. It's really about the ability to run a larger front ring and still have the same range as a ring two teeth smaller. Again, I won't be buying one, but if SRAM makes it, someone buys them, who really cares?
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