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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.
cthorpe mikelevy's article
Apr 29, 2016 at 12:16
Apr 29, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Is the DH Bike Dead?
I'v been a dedicated DH guy for about 12 years. just recently picked up a nomad. While the nomad is awesome and Im currently riding it more that the dh bike(still in honeymoon phase). Its not even a close comparison on the descents. Especially if its choppy. 160mm just isn't nearly enough.
cthorpe MBoSC's article
Apr 22, 2016 at 16:27
Apr 22, 2016
Support Trail Advocacy and Win a Santa Cruz Bike
What kind of world do we live in where the V10 is not considered more mentionable or "legendary" than a Hightower or stigmata, when listing Santa Cruz bikes. I'll be dammed. But in all seriousness. Hard to beat a $5 raffle ticket for a new bike! We should be be at least tempted to throw down some money.
cthorpe redbullbike's article
Apr 20, 2016 at 12:22
Apr 20, 2016
Course Preview with Claudio and Troy - Cairns DH World Cup 2016
If it stays dry, I have a feeling this truck is gonna jump up and bite a few guys come race day. Their gonna be pushing hard and this track looks to favor consistency.
cthorpe vernonfelton's article
Apr 18, 2016 at 12:32
Apr 18, 2016
The Impossible Bike: Carbon Built Here in the USA - Sea Otter 2016
@xxsurlyxx: a lot of which is offset cost from designing an aluminum frame. Hydroforming and other methods of crafting custom tube sets cost some money too. I think a lot of pricing for carbon is due to it being the marketable thing right now.
cthorpe vernonfelton's article
Apr 17, 2016 at 12:31
Apr 17, 2016
The Impossible Bike: Carbon Built Here in the USA - Sea Otter 2016
You always hear about how expensive the CNC'd molds are. I just dont buy it. CNC machines are not the elusive and rare pieces of equipment like they used to be 20 years ago. Aftermarket aluminum car wheels are machined from giant single blocks of aluminum where 90% or so of the material is waste and they're abundantly available for under $200 bucks a piece. Now I understand making thousands of one wheel helps bring price down, and a bike mold is a little larger than a 20" car wheel. But I recall hearing of molds costing in the tens of thousands of dollars. That just doesn't add up. In todays world its completely reasonable to take your mold plans to a CNC shop and have them cut a mold or two for you. With the precision of modern CNC equipment, there would be little to know quality sacrificed and a company wouldn't need to even buy a CNC machine if they didn't already have one.
cthorpe mikelevy's article
Apr 14, 2016 at 15:33
Apr 14, 2016
Hope's Wild HB.211 Enduro Bike - Sea Otter 2016
@skidrumr: and people did. lol
cthorpe mikelevy's article
Apr 14, 2016 at 14:59
Apr 14, 2016
BREW Nitro Shox - Sea Otter 2016
I'd love to try one.
cthorpe mikelevy's article
Apr 14, 2016 at 14:59
Apr 14, 2016
BREW Nitro Shox - Sea Otter 2016
@kleinblake: The original article about the Oleo damper is worth reading, if you can find it. Current shocks we're used to work better or worse on different designs as you know. i.e. VPP is best with multi-stage compression/rebound. single pivots dont necessarily need it. The Oleo design is infinitely adjusting so in other words could be considered infinite-stage compression and rebound. It should work incredibly well regardless of suspension design and rider style I just hope they offer one with a lockout.
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