cthorpe

dh is my passion, but dont mine earning it on the way up. Im a lifer.

Founding board member of Mount Shasta Mountain Bike Association (MSMBA).

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cthorpe parker-squires's article
Jan 13, 2017 at 13:26
Jan 13, 2017
Pinkbike Poll: How Often Do You Maintain Your Full Suspension Frame?
I check all bolts fairly regularly. maybe once a month I'll pull the rear shock and rear wheel and cycle the suspension. Feeling for roughness or stickiness. I will follow that up with further inspection if I notice anything. Then grease regardless of what I find. I can usually get at least a full year out of lower linkage bearings. upper linkage bearing tend to go years with little trouble. P.S. my bikes run silent. I cant stand creaks, clunks or even chain slap. cable housing slap has even driven me crazy My OCD doesn't allow for it.
cthorpe AJBarlas's article
Jan 6, 2017 at 15:11
Jan 6, 2017
Pinkbike Poll - What's Your Dream Gearbox Bike?
@rideonjon: Dont get me wrong, theres nothing wrong with Zerode. Its beautiful and i bet it rides great. However they are the epitome of boutique right now. They dont have the proven history, haven't had an elite race program, aren't nearly as known as Santa Cruz and dont have the resources like SC. They certainly cannot bring it (the gearbox) to the masses like SC, Spec, or another well known and proven company could. I only mention SC because, well, the front triangle is practically a mirror image of the nomad with both pivots in the right locations.
cthorpe AJBarlas's article
Jan 6, 2017 at 14:39
Jan 6, 2017
Pinkbike Poll - What's Your Dream Gearbox Bike?
Santa Cruz should look at that Zerode and see that they could easily drop a gearbox in the nomad chassis with minimal layout tweaks and basically bring the gearbox to the masses.
cthorpe VorsprungSuspension's article
Dec 20, 2016 at 16:40
Dec 20, 2016
The Tuesday Tune Ep 8: Why We're Riding Telescopic Forks - Video
The telescopic fork is gonna be hard to beat these days. But eventually something will come along that works and looks right. The Motion France forks are pretty cool but bulky. The Lauf forks are even closer to what would probably be widely accepted. But they currently only make XC and trail forks.
cthorpe RichardCunningham's article
Dec 9, 2016 at 16:34
Dec 9, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Will Your Next Bike be Downhill or All-Mountain?
This pole is probably a little misleading. Im willing to bet the majority of people on this site already have a capable DH bike and so for many the logical next purchase is an All-mtn bike to compliment the DH bike. While the DH bike may not get the same amount of use it surely doesn't mean they are replacing their DH bikes. If you regularly ride steep technical DH trails, not buffed out bermy jump lines. The All-mtn bike is by no means as capable or a replacement for a real DH rig.
cthorpe VorsprungSuspension's article
Dec 9, 2016 at 9:09
Dec 9, 2016
The Tuesday(ish) Tune: High and Low-Speed Damping - Video
@WAKIdesigns: Yep, all of the above plus improved small bump sensitivity. We're talkin like 4 times better. It now rides the way VPP is meant to.
cthorpe VorsprungSuspension's article
Dec 9, 2016 at 7:10
Dec 9, 2016
The Tuesday(ish) Tune: High and Low-Speed Damping - Video
@WAKIdesigns: agreed. Bike came with a monarch. I ran it for a season to get used to and give it a chance. Bike is a turd with an air shock. But with a coil its amazing.
cthorpe AndyLloydPhoto's photo
Dec 7, 2016 at 12:54
Dec 7, 2016
And a dropper. A modern version of a mini DH/FR bike. dig it!

cthorpe VorsprungSuspension's article
Dec 7, 2016 at 11:49
Dec 7, 2016
The Tuesday(ish) Tune: High and Low-Speed Damping - Video
Another killer video! Having just picked up a new CC DB Coil for my Nomad, this presentation hits the nail on the head. I've always had a decent grasp on suspension tuning but having some visuals helps tremendously. I will be picturing your graphs on the trail next time as Im fine tuning. I can concur the base tune from CC was really stinkin good. Bike rode great and was just a tad lacking in pop. If anything I could have benefitted from a slightly higher spring rate (my fault) and it probably would have been spot on.
cthorpe paulaston's article
Dec 3, 2016 at 12:34
Dec 3, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Fashion or Function?
If this bike did turn out to be the holy grail of bikes. Most people who thrashed its appearance would probably flip a 180 with their opinion and start praising its every aspect. Theres no accountability for internet comments. So people jump bandwagons, spew and reiterate what jargon they see as the norm. I would bet a lot of the people who thrashed it also complain that all bikes look the same and we need something refreshing. Ultimately, until people are speaking from experience and have seen it in person. Online banter is more or less irrelevant. I can think of several bikes that dont photograph well, yet in person are magnificent looking. I hope the creator can brush it all off and continue his work. He should.
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