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duir pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 27, 2015 at 9:39
Jul 27, 2015
Video: Chris Akrigg - The Water Cycle
Where's he riding this time? Thought it was Yorkshire until he hit the coast, then I wasn't sure.
duir dylawn's article
Nov 21, 2014 at 2:27
Nov 21, 2014
Life in the Loops - Empty Pockets
Some of us have been riding long enough (ahem old git) to remember going into the hills and mountains without a mobile phone as they hadn't been invented then. You didn't take your car keys because you couldn't afford a car so you rode 10-15 miles each way just to get to the hills. When you got home on your rigid steel MTB you didn't write about it on the internet because that hadn't been thought of yet either! That was a long time ago. So don't be daft, take your phone and turn it off.
duir mikelevy's article
Aug 30, 2014 at 3:34
Aug 30, 2014
Answer, Knolly, Nicolai - Eurobike 2014
Check again people, you can get a custom, hand made by the best engineers/craftsmen in the business Nicolai frame in the finish of your choice for no more than the price of any other trendy made in Taiwan frame that everyone else has. Nicolai make engineering works of art for pure function. Their bikes will still be in one piece long after others have died.
duir EyesdownFilms's article
Jun 19, 2014 at 9:20
Jun 19, 2014
Video: The 36 Returns
Would have to massively disagree with that statement. You need to go ride some of the insane stuff in the mountains of the Lakes or Scotland at full speed to appreciate why 160mm forks are not overkill on modern trail bikes. Take the Nicolai the guy is riding in the film, 160mm of hand made custom geometry German engineering with a 63 degree head angle. It's a downhill bike that goes up too. Most modern bikes are light and slack and designed to be hammered. Putting a 140 or 150mm flexi fork on the front would make no sense at all.
duir marymoncorge's article
Jun 10, 2014 at 0:21
Jun 10, 2014
Hope AM/Freeride Stem - Review
It sounds counter intuitive doesn't it? As the shorter stem puts you further back in the neutral riding position you can go more aggressive when descending and lean further forward without over balancing. Sounds odd but works very well with a modern slack head angle and long top tube. I just fitted this stem to my Nicolai to replace the 50mm one. The quality is very high and I particularly like the way you can see no gaps between the faceplate and the main stem when looking at it from above. The mix of short stem and 65 degree head angle makes for a fantastic descender.
duir mikelevy's article
Jun 7, 2014 at 3:27
Jun 7, 2014
Tech from the Pits - Fort William DH World Cup
The marks on the works headset will not have come from manufacture. I have a works headset and the machining is to a very high standard and is a lovely piece of kit.
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May 31, 2014 at 16:17
May 31, 2014
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duir mattwragg's article
May 29, 2014 at 12:28
May 29, 2014
Bonnie, Bonnie Scotland - Enduro World Series, Round 2 - Tweedlove
They have tonnes of big mountains, 3-4000'+ all over Scotland. There is world class riding on a much bigger scale than the borders if you travel further north but the area they are having the EWS can support a big event much better in a much smaller area and is much easier to get to so that's why it is being held there. I just hope people don't go away thinking that's what MTB in Scotland is all about because as good as the trails are in the borders there is miles better stuff in the remote mountains.
duir mikekazimer's article
Apr 3, 2014 at 8:50
Apr 3, 2014
Bike Check: Jerome Clementz's 2015 Cannondale Jekyll
Why run very low rise bars then put a massive spacer under them? Always confused me that one.
duir mikekazimer's article
Apr 1, 2014 at 12:47
Apr 1, 2014
First Look: 2014 Santa Cruz Nomad
Complete from 27.1 lbs my arse. More like 32lbs if it's going to be any use as a 165mm bike. It's basically taken them about 10 years to give the Nomad some decent geometry and a pointless wheel size. Ground breaking.
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