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cthorpe rachellefrazer's article
Dec 19, 2014 at 12:35
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Pinkbike Poll: How Far Away Are Your Closest DH Trails?
living literally on the slopes of a dormant volcano, I have about 8 miles of gravity fed trail leading to my doorstep. Its a steep 3-4,000 ft elevation change to the top though, and few here have the lungs or motivation to pedal up to the top on a good decending rig. So some effort is involved via shuttling with buddies. although a street legal dirt bike and moto rack on the car makes for some awesome solo rides with equally fun return trip through the woods.
cthorpe stevelloyd's article
Dec 17, 2014 at 12:09
Dec 17, 2014
Video: Girl's Lunch Date
Excellent video all around. good work. Keep racing and riding! Productions like this is what will bring more female riders into the gravity side of riding.
cthorpe konabrother1's video
Dec 12, 2014 at 17:28
Dec 12, 2014
from Whistler to Virgin, Ut. Quite a season! So whats your take on the DVO after some time on it? I've heard they require frequent oil changes to keep the sensitive valving happy. have you noticed this?

cthorpe mikekazimer's article
Dec 12, 2014 at 17:19
Dec 12, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: Are You Plagued By Flat Tires?
Ive been running tubeless for probably 5 years now and love it. However not all tires handle it the same. For most of those years I ran Kenda nevegals, even though they say not to. They work fantastically long as its a wire bead tire. I have been running maxxis the last two years and am having more trouble. Even though I run the soft compounds for both brands, theres something about the Maxxis tire that allows the sidewalls to seep and I lose the sealant faster. I also have far more burping with the Maxxis even though im running a higher pressure. all in all the maxxis grips better where i live but damn its getting ridiculous. removing tire, cleaning bead and rim, and adding more sealant every month seems ridiculous when i was able to go a full season on kendas without touching them. PS. aside from burping a tire, losing pressure, and limping home. I havent had a true blowout or flat in at least 4 years. And I ride on a volcano with sharp volcanic rock...
cthorpe MingMtnMedia's video
Dec 9, 2014 at 18:25
Dec 9, 2014
So far you got the only negative comment here. So im gonna go ahead and assume your attitude is the reason you dont have any support. Gotta have more than just tallent in this growing sport. You need to be an approachable and good representative for the companies that support you.

cthorpe mikelevy's article
Nov 28, 2014 at 16:10
Nov 28, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: Would You Pay to Play?
paying to ride is only acceptable when you're using a shuttle service, or in a park type setting where services and trail network maintenance are provided, i.e bike parks. Otherwise it needs to stay open to all and free.
cthorpe fullface-productions's article
Nov 24, 2014 at 17:58
Nov 24, 2014
Video: Does the Size of the Park Matter?
That cooked trout looked delicious.
cthorpe mattwragg's article
Nov 21, 2014 at 7:31
Nov 21, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: How Will You Be Spending Your Winter?
I live within the 1/3 of California that gets substantial snow. Last winter we didn't get any snow what so ever due to drought. Been riding for nearly 20 months straight now. the bike is getting beat down and so are the trails. Im actually looking forward to snow and a big nasty winter this year. will give me time to overhaul the bike and do some other sports I like.
cthorpe pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 20, 2014 at 12:43
Nov 20, 2014
Video: Norco Factory Team Sneak Peak
pedaling in the air (spinning the rear tire faster) also brings the rear end down. Exactly like using the throttle on a moto. While it may not work as well, he could just be trying to get the rear wheel to the ground sooner. Although scrubbing probably works better on a mtn bike.
cthorpe pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 18, 2014 at 12:08
Nov 18, 2014
Ask Pinkbike - Nevegal Tire Upgrade, Converting a 26-inch Bike to 27.5-inch Wheels, and Choosing the Correct Spring
The differences in wheel size alone are finite. Physics will dictate that a 26" is gonna be ever so slightly "quicker" and snappier than its 27.5 counter part. the 27.5 will have slightly less rolling resistance over the ground, but its rolling mass is farther from the axle, which makes its slightly slower in acceleration, yet slightly better able to maintain the momentum. Now for structural characteristics. Your basic 26" wheel is going to be slightly stiffer torsionally, compared to an equivalently built 27.5" wheel. This plays a small part in the way a wheel will track the ground and deflect off terrain. Ultimately the differences are negligible for most riders. If your racing world cups and looking for 10th or 100ths of a second, then sure its worth running whats right for the course. However a single bad pedal stroke or wrong line can offset the benefits. Im of opinion the rider and quality of the race run will always play a bigger part than wheel size. A novice shouldnt make wheel size a deciding factor in a bike purchase. a seasoned rider should choose based on what fits the type of riding they do most, if the choice is available for te bike they want. That being said I personally would still look for several other bike features over wheel size.
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