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groghunter RichardCunningham's article
Mar 4, 2015 at 13:27
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Liteville 601 MK 3 - Review
My bike is too slack already, I'd have to do some tomfoolery with travel reduction on the front in order to keep it at least slightly climbable, & probably to an extent that would make it really too short of travel in the front, unfortunately. That said, I miss my BigHit.
groghunter pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 4, 2015 at 12:49
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Ask Pinkbike: Loose Crankarms, Dumping my DH for an AM Bike, Direct-Mount vs 4-Bolt chainrings and Bike Vacationing in Finale
@hpman83 Indeed, as I was saying in another thread: the DH frame is stronger, but if it's only 5% stronger, then how many trails are really going to need that extra strength?
groghunter pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 4, 2015 at 12:02
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Ask Pinkbike: Loose Crankarms, Dumping my DH for an AM Bike, Direct-Mount vs 4-Bolt chainrings and Bike Vacationing in Finale
Sure. but maybe 1% of trails from 10 years ago had stuff that gnarly. Those are features of modern DH.
groghunter pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 4, 2015 at 11:59
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Ask Pinkbike: Loose Crankarms, Dumping my DH for an AM Bike, Direct-Mount vs 4-Bolt chainrings and Bike Vacationing in Finale
@gabriel-mission9 Sure. But you're also restricted to trails that you get to the top of with a DH bike. I have far more trails available to me on a 160mm bike, which is probably true for most people. So if you can only afford one bike, there's a choice to be made, based on if there's a enough DH bike worthy trails available to you. For me, it's a no brainer: main bike is 160mm bike, & the DH bike is only something I own if I can get into a used bike cheaply enough.
groghunter pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 4, 2015 at 11:25
9 hours
Ask Pinkbike: Loose Crankarms, Dumping my DH for an AM Bike, Direct-Mount vs 4-Bolt chainrings and Bike Vacationing in Finale
There's also the question of, how much less abuse can that AM bike take, compared to the DH? If it can take 90% the abuse of a DH bike, then it's got to be enough bike for at least 60% - 70% of the population.
groghunter pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 4, 2015 at 10:44
9 hours
Ask Pinkbike: Loose Crankarms, Dumping my DH for an AM Bike, Direct-Mount vs 4-Bolt chainrings and Bike Vacationing in Finale
If you've got the cash, that's a fair argument, if you can get to trails worth a DH bike fairly often. I, OTOH, live 10 hrs from Angel Fire, & 5 from Sunrise. I might use a DH bike a couple times a year. At that point, why not rent?
groghunter pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 4, 2015 at 9:13
11 hours
Ask Pinkbike: Loose Crankarms, Dumping my DH for an AM Bike, Direct-Mount vs 4-Bolt chainrings and Bike Vacationing in Finale
Provided they're modern DH trails. The stuff we all felt like we needed 8" bikes for 10 years ago won't beat up a modern 6" bike, or require a slower speed.
groghunter pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 4, 2015 at 9:11
11 hours
Ask Pinkbike: Loose Crankarms, Dumping my DH for an AM Bike, Direct-Mount vs 4-Bolt chainrings and Bike Vacationing in Finale
Unless you live at the foot of a bikepark, The AM bike is so much more versatile, & gets you to so many more trails than something that hates you for climbing. I've even considered pulling it back another step, & going with a Trance.
groghunter pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 4, 2015 at 9:08
11 hours
Ask Pinkbike: Loose Crankarms, Dumping my DH for an AM Bike, Direct-Mount vs 4-Bolt chainrings and Bike Vacationing in Finale
I always feel like that's skill level dependent, though. If you've got the skills, a lighter, less forgiving bike will force you to step up your game. But if you don't even have the skillset yet, The more forgiving ride will give you the leeway to learn. Lots of dirt roadies out there who've never owned a bike with more than 100mm of travel, who won't even pop off little rocks on the trail because their bikes don't give them the confidence to try to learn to jump.
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