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dcm6861 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jan 23, 2015 at 6:33
Jan 23, 2015
Pinkbike Award Winner: Product of the Year
Its because of its effectiveness at installing tubeless. It makes sense.
dcm6861 mountainbikextremist's video
Jan 20, 2015 at 18:49
Jan 20, 2015

dcm6861 evil-bikes's article
Jan 10, 2015 at 22:40
Jan 10, 2015
Video: Luke Strobel Launches The Following
I agree blitz, but an enduro setup on a 27.5 or 26 can crush those turns nearly as well. Not foreseeing that snappy of movements out of a 29er. People just like 29 because they ride faster and rougher trails become much easier. You don't have to be as clean on your line choices to keep you momentum up. This is why 27.5 is such a great alternative and improvement over 26. We would have seen 29 inch downhill rigs a long time ago if 29ers could keep up on the tight, steeper stuff. A very small amount of pro's ever ride 29 or talk them up, there's a reason for it.
dcm6861 mikelevy's article
Jan 8, 2015 at 14:43
Jan 8, 2015
Pinkbike Awards: Suspension Product of the Year
Not sure about that Triber, the demo didn't accomplish anything great this year. Brosnan won on the old carbon 27.5 demo but no wins on the new frame. Jared graves certainly killed it. But I think its safe to say the 27.5 V10 on the other hand...
dcm6861 evil-bikes's article
Jan 8, 2015 at 14:35
Jan 8, 2015
Video: Luke Strobel Launches The Following
I'm not really saying I don't think its capable. Geometry has always been the main reason for 29ers not being aggressive monsters in the past. But I am saying if it struggles on more technical sections as compared to something built like a nomad or a covert then I think it isn't nearly as good as it could be in a 27.5 format. My basis for this claim is the fact the trail on this film isn't very technical. It's a flowy jump trail and while it clearly shows it is a very capable jumper and that may hint towards better aggressive and technical capabilities it is still just a flow trail. And since I'm a hater let me give you a clear example of my references to steeper and tighter stuff and "the rally". http://www.pinkbike.com/video/343900/ Show me someone destroying corners even remotely like that on a 29er, ANY 29er and tell me its more about skill. 29ers will always excel at rolling over harsher hits etc but they will never corner like a 26.
dcm6861 mikelevy's article
Jan 8, 2015 at 14:20
Jan 8, 2015
Pinkbike Awards: Suspension Product of the Year
I certainly don't think its unreasonable to assume fox actually had the best suspension product of 2014. Being that the 2015 model was revamped and probably noticeably better performing then the 2014 model is pretty huge. I have a 2014 talas 36 180mm and it handles some pretty rugged stuff like a boss. If the 2015 model is in fact better I would be very impressed. That being said I don't believe the pike changed this year and even though it may be #1 or #2 it qualifies lower then the new 36 simply because the 36 is revamped and "new" for this year.
dcm6861 briceshirbach's article
Jan 7, 2015 at 23:15
Jan 7, 2015
Interview: Neko Mulally - Headed to Gstaad-Scott
Oskar Blue's Old Chub scottish ale is a damn fine beer too... I can't think of a brewery I'd rather have sponsoring me.
dcm6861 evil-bikes's article
Jan 7, 2015 at 23:08
Jan 7, 2015
Video: Luke Strobel Launches The Following
Looks like a sweet ride. I have no doubt its fun. But how does it feel on steeper and tighter trails? I can see myself getting a 27.5 in the near future comparing how the nomad feels vs my covert and noticing the difference bigger wheels make and I don't feel like I would be sacrificing much playfulness by going from 26 to 27.5 for more aggressive trails. The Process 111 felt pretty good to me and I'm sure 29inch suspension and geometry is catching up but I'm still not sold. If I can't cut inside lines and really get the rally going I can't say I'm impressed.
dcm6861 scottsecco's article
Jan 7, 2015 at 0:05
Jan 7, 2015
Pinkbike Awards: Highlight of the Year
Finally Pinkbike gets it right. I feel a lot of the different categories have had several nominee's that were so completely unrelated or comparable. This on the other hand is extremely difficult for me. How to you choose between Gwin ripping Leogang apart with with no rear tire half the course? Agassiz's insane qualification run and Neko's stunning result running chain-less for the entire race? I lean towards Gwin mainly because I thought it was exciting and it appeared to have little effect on his efforts. However, I don't think it compares to Agassiz's wild rampage run for what it is.... so wild.
dcm6861 RichardCunningham's article
Dec 16, 2014 at 22:12
Dec 16, 2014
Pinkbike Awards: Product of the Year Nominees
Not sure why these products are even comparable? Tire, Pump, Fanny pack bibs and a wheelset? wtf.. I love the Mary's. They wear fast in harsh rocky terrain but so do any sticky compounds. DHF's don't bite as well in soft or wet conditions, there really isn't a comparison. Not the tire for super hard pack that gets baked in the sun all day, but for everything else I've been super happy. Hard to beat finding a new tire that gets you excited during the ride.
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