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 MammothMountain's article
Jun 16, 2016 at 13:49
Jun 16, 2016
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park: New Trails Opening this Weekend
To remind everyone that Mammoth has a bike park
cthorpe davetrump's article
Jun 13, 2016 at 13:07
Jun 13, 2016
Pit Stop: Leogang DH World Cup
@nismo325: Except the top cap is visibly different than what they show on the website. Theres zero need and financial justification to change the layout of the top cap unless they've changed something internal that corresponds with the top cap.
cthorpe pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 10, 2016 at 11:53
Jun 10, 2016
YT Industries - UCI WC DH - Leogang Fantasy Contest
Men: 1. Aaron Gwin 2. Greg Minnaar 3. Troy Brosnan Women: 1. Rachel Atherton 2. Tracey Hannah 3. Manon Carpenter
cthorpe mikekazimer's article
Jun 9, 2016 at 16:38
Jun 9, 2016
Keeping It Fresh - Opinion
@metaam: makes sense...sadly. I do know one rider in my area that refers to all the new easy straight bypasses as the "race line". I want to throw dirt at him when I hear it lol.
cthorpe davetrump's article
Jun 9, 2016 at 16:34
Jun 9, 2016
Pit Stop: Leogang DH World Cup
based on the Ohlins sticker at the bottom of Braytons fork, its likely and air spring. So I suspect one of those top cap screws hides an air valve. Or maybe both (1 pos. 1 neg). Or one is a bleed screw for internal unwanted pressure. very common in the moto world.
cthorpe redbullbike's article
Jun 9, 2016 at 13:45
Jun 9, 2016
Claudio's Course Preview, Leogang DH World Cup - Video
the taping looks brutally narrow in places. Heres hoping for a dry race day, otherwise we might see a LOT of DQs.
cthorpe mikekazimer's article
Jun 9, 2016 at 8:32
Jun 9, 2016
Keeping It Fresh - Opinion
about to turn 32. havent lost any speed or aggression yet. Biggest thing I've noticed versus being mid 20s is how quickly i lose fitness, and how hard it is to gain fitness. riding just DH used to be enough. Now I have to pedal and climb and push myself to stay fit and make gains. Otherwise still showing the local young punks whats up ;) Oh, but I am getting crotchety at the young punks smoothing out the trails and straitening twisty sections. can someone explain why the new kids are afraid of tough sections? lol
cthorpe vernonfelton's article
Jun 3, 2016 at 16:33
Jun 3, 2016
Budget Carbon or Blinged-Out Aluminum? - Pinkbike Poll
Having just purchased a new to me bike. This ordeal is fresh in my mind. I focused on geometry and features first. found what suited my needs and preferences. then started searching for that bike. Ended up with a 1 year old decently built Nomad cc in grate shape. The used bike market is where its at people. No way I could dro $7k on a bike. But half that price for carbon AND a good build is a great compromise. If you do go with something you know you gotta upgrade. try to find something with good suspension at least. then upgrade everything else around it.
cthorpe RichardCunningham's article
May 13, 2016 at 15:04
May 13, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Should On-Board Cameras Be a Requirement for All World Cup DH Racers?
Cable cams and drone cams need to be implemented. But only if they're fine tuned and reliable. Whatever it takes to get ride of "feed interuptions", do that.
cthorpe paulaston's article
May 2, 2016 at 15:12
May 2, 2016
14 Bikes You've Probably Never Seen - Riva Del Garda Bike Festival 2016
The elastomer damper on the Corratec is a really good idea for enduro / trailbikes. To pedal well they give up that beginning stroke suppleness that is very desirable on the descents. This copies what 99.9% of car suspension has been doing since the invention of the strut/ coilover assembly. I hope this catches on.
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