gazmataz

  • Member since May 18, 2008
  • 70 Followers
  • Oakham , United Kingdom
  • Male / 32

Ride when I can, but work and the adult world keeps holding me back.................

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gazmataz brule's article
Apr 7, 2014 at 15:49
Apr 7, 2014
Video: Atherton's Malaga Training Camp
Forget reach', how about big lloydie. He's a whole lotta man to cuddle. Haha.
gazmataz briceshirbach's article
Feb 12, 2014 at 6:55
Feb 12, 2014
Video: From Where We Stand - Full Video
I enjoyed the back to basics style of riding and fell of this video. Well done guys and Girls. This is what our sport and lifestyle is about.
gazmataz hopetech's article
Dec 25, 2013 at 4:17
Dec 25, 2013
Video: Rankin, Brayton, and Vink - Ultimate Hucker Sender edit...
Adam is genuinely that fast guys and girls. It isn't sped up in any way at all. Jealously shouldn't be used in these comments. Hahaha.
gazmataz RichardCunningham's article
Nov 24, 2013 at 4:36
Nov 24, 2013
Pinkbike Poll - Should Racing Be Restricted to Production Bikes and Components?
And that's not really an argument either. If a senior rider is at that level, he/she will more than likely promote to the expert & elite categories in the next season or two. Priveteers on the WC curciut may not receive big product deals but I can assure you that the individuals who do, have more than enough ability to do everything they currently do on standard stock parts. The products alone won't give a 5 second difference against someone else in the race unless the privateer is on equipment that is a few years old. The main difference between a privateer and a pro team rider is the fine details of a support network. Mechanics that will fine tune your bike while they focus on the riding. To say the products give them the upper hand is not really an argument in my eyes. All of the top Riders in every country have shown their ability on production bikes to get to where they are today. Apart form the odd new designed brake lever, disc caliper/rotor or mech, there isn't really any difference in products that's made from the production side. Tuning is performed by the teams own mechanics that are fully qualified and employed by the company/team. It's no different than you taking your bike to a suspension company like J-Tech suspension, Tftuned or mojo to get service and custom tuned to your specifics. All the WC privateers will have already done this. Products need to be tested under race conditions as this is where they need to be tested. If it's not tested at its intended limits, why bother making something. Practice runs aren't the same as race day runs. Who on the WC curciut is using a none production bike? GT, yes but this will no doubt become a production bike like everything else. The only difference at the moment is the factor of 650b and 29er wheels thrown into the mix.
gazmataz RichardCunningham's article
Nov 23, 2013 at 9:02
Nov 23, 2013
Pinkbike Poll - Should Racing Be Restricted to Production Bikes and Components?
AGAIN, WHY IS AN ELITE ATHLETE RACING AGAINST JOE PUBLIC AT ANY RACE????!!!! THEY ARE IN THEIR OWN RESPECTIVE CATEGORIES AND HAVE NO EFFECT ON EACH OTHER AND THE END RESULT. If Joe public is of the standard to race in the Elite standings then they should have some sort of team deal underneath them anyway. PEOPLE ARE COMPLETELY MISSING THE POINT OF THEIR OWN ARGUMENT HERE AND IT'S JUST SILLY.
gazmataz RichardCunningham's article
Nov 22, 2013 at 23:19
Nov 22, 2013
Pinkbike Poll - Should Racing Be Restricted to Production Bikes and Components?
A World Cup elite rider never races against a local rider at a BDS round for example. A local rider would be in the senior catagory (for example) & the elite rider is against other elite riders who have every chance of riding the WC as well. The standard between the two riders with be leagues apart anyway. Completely unrelated. The elite WC rider is there to gain his own national points to continue racing at the highest level, as well as to premote the standard you COULD get to if you TRAIN, FOCUS and put the EFFORT in. The tech has bugger all to do with it in my opinion.
gazmataz RichardCunningham's article
Nov 22, 2013 at 15:04
Nov 22, 2013
Pinkbike Poll - Should Racing Be Restricted to Production Bikes and Components?
The bike and the technology only count for around 30% of the result. The rider is the one that wins or loses the race. They spend time and focus on training in the gym and out on the bike. You can spend £10k + on getting the ultimate bike but if you can handle it, it won't get you no where. You put any top flight rider on a fully rigid single speed and put any average rider on their "factory set up" and he/she will still get down/around the track faster than most if not all of us. If you go on about making it a restriction system like the WRC ad MX world. Why bother?! It's already in place. Who do people think does the future product testing that falls on the pages of the mags and web pages that you replace your bust and broken parts with????????
gazmataz RichardCunningham's article
Nov 2, 2013 at 10:44
Nov 2, 2013
Pinkbike Poll: How many Gears Do You Need?
That's the thing taletotell, it hasn't changed any of my cog spacings or alignments. I've not Borges anything here. I've replaced three cogs with spacers that are the same measurement. Mechanically, there is no difference. The only difference between mine and what you'll find from an aftermarket product is that mine is 2 spacers instead of a CNC mechined piece of alloy.
gazmataz RichardCunningham's article
Nov 2, 2013 at 1:34
Nov 2, 2013
Pinkbike Poll: How many Gears Do You Need?
You can do this yourself without having to buy an expensive conversion. If you're on 10 sp: Go into your toolbox and pull out 2 x 7sp spacers(if you haven't got this, go down to your local bike shop). Remove your 10sp cassette from the hub, remove the first 3 gears (largest numbers of teeth), place the 2x 7sp spacers on the hub and replace the remaining 7 cogs from the cassette. You still use the normal spacers between each cog and this will fit nice and snug when retightening. Boush, you now have a 7sp. Undo your cable tension and physically place your rear mech on the largest cog, really the cable, fettle and your done. A ten minute job that cost you less than a £5 / $ 10 note to perform. You've not bought the latest Ti replacement hub unit costing £200/$400 from the gimmick store. If people want a pictorial on this, let me know and I'll put one up.
gazmataz RichardCunningham's article
Nov 1, 2013 at 14:00
Nov 1, 2013
Pinkbike Poll: How many Gears Do You Need?
Well the XC/enduro is a 10 speed 11-36 rear with a 32T up front. All that's needed. DH bike is a 34t up front with my own customized 7 speed (11-17)et up on the back. I used my 10sp SRAM set up and it works bang tidy. There is no need for any more gears than that on a DH bike.
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