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DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 27, 2014 at 1:11
Oct 27, 2014
Video: Controls Sorted - Fundamental Cockpit Setup and a Burly Crash
Good point kiter-jack, Check out my Trail Ninja series ( www.pinkbike.com/news/search/?q=trail+ninja ) and you'll see 98.756% of the riding I do is that nu-school enduro stuff, oh I mean all-mountain, err, XC, or whatever its called damnit, with a lot of uphill to get to each descent. I just hit 104 rides this year so far, counting over 40,000m of climbing (but more descent I'm happy to add.. I do have some lift-days) so full-face just doesn't cut it on most of my singletrack adventures, like that 3-dayer across Gran Canaria when I filmed that crash. But I do wear one when I do the vacuming at home. Just in case.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 27, 2014 at 1:05
Oct 27, 2014
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 25, 2014 at 6:54
Oct 25, 2014
Video: Controls Sorted - Fundamental Cockpit Setup and a Burly Crash
Giro DnD's. Brilliant gloves, even in a crash.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 25, 2014 at 6:53
Oct 25, 2014
Video: Controls Sorted - Fundamental Cockpit Setup and a Burly Crash
Yeah it was only a couple of years back that 670mm and 690mm was considered pretty wide for 'all-mountain' now called enduro I believe). But riding styles are evolving, top tubes getting longer, stems shorter and bar width increasing. I say 720-740mm is a good start point, meaning if your bars are narrower consider going wider for more control, especially if you're now riding a bit faster than you used to. I ride 740 and they work for me how I ride. But I'm only 1.76m tall, 63Kg and I ride a lot of tightly spaced Alpine trees on skinny singletrack. Wider gives more leverage. Go as wide as works for you.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 25, 2014 at 6:48
Oct 25, 2014
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 25, 2014 at 6:48
Oct 25, 2014
Video: Controls Sorted - Fundamental Cockpit Setup and a Burly Crash
Yep there's a lot more to bike set up than I can do in a 2 minute fundamentals video thats for sure. But its a start point to get people to look at making those adjustments and progress their riding. And not fall off so much.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 25, 2014 at 6:45
Oct 25, 2014
Video: Controls Sorted - Fundamental Cockpit Setup and a Burly Crash
Try it, bung spacers back in (oops too late if you cut your steerer down) or take them out. Just try a different set up. A few mm's can make a lot of difference. A big problem for a lot of riders is not having enough weight on their front tyres to push down for grip in corners. It's an alien feeling to do so for many, so anything that can help achieve this is a bonus. Fabien is the Yoda of bike set up, no discussion there (check out my how to episode with him: http://www.pinkbike.com/news/trail-ninja-fabien-barels-enduro-101-teaching-an-old-dog-new-tricks.html ) But to fully appreciate the way he advocates bike set up you need to engage with his more "aggressive" riding style. Put the two together and you're made, but for a lot of intermediate riders who might lack confidence or aggressive riding ability then my tips here are a good start. Its all about starting...:-)
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 25, 2014 at 6:40
Oct 25, 2014
Video: Controls Sorted - Fundamental Cockpit Setup and a Burly Crash
I now have a removable face. Cheaper and easier.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 25, 2014 at 6:39
Oct 25, 2014
Video: Controls Sorted - Fundamental Cockpit Setup and a Burly Crash
Yep it's all to do with finding whats best, most comfortable and offers best control from your style of riding and positioning on the bike. The 'fundamental' episodes in this series are just that - a starting point for people to adjust their bike set up, learn some essentials etc. The main point is that riders do adjust their controls.
DanMilner DanMilner's article
Oct 24, 2014 at 9:48
Oct 24, 2014
Video: Controls Sorted - Fundamental Cockpit Setup and a Burly Crash
Ha ha, wish I had, almost. That crash was on the last descent of a 3 day self-guided off road traverse of Gran Canaria, while shooting a story (and video here : http://www.pinkbike.com/news/ultimate-mtb-wheel-size-shootout-video-2014.html ). We did 5000m climbing and 5000m descent. it was about 28C so a full face would have been a little warm for that one on the up's.
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