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groghunter dbaker's article
Oct 2, 2014 at 7:21
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Endless Biking: Where Have All the Ladies Gone?
Sounds like a problem with an obvious solution. Races don't organize themselves, & it's a long, hard road though: I'm working with some different people to hopefully get some sort of gravity racing going in AZ, which has long been a barren wasteland of 24hr races & road. It ain't easy, but we all know it's worth it.
groghunter mikekazimer's article
Oct 1, 2014 at 7:50
24 hours
First Ride: Bell Super 2R Helmet
1. Motos have a huge advantage due to economies of scale, because of their own higher sales numbers, & the advantages they gain from R&D on other types of motorcycle. 2. a $7500 nomad is more akin to a semi-pro race moto, or maybe a privateer pro moto, than it is a stock model. Race bikes can cost up to $150000, at least from what I understand. 3. using your money on things that benefit others is well & good, but spending money on something you love, even if it's "recreation" is both acceptable, & of real benefit to your mental health, which in turn improves your ability to produce in your chosen profession. Seriously, they've been doing studies on it for probably 100 years.
groghunter pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 30, 2014 at 15:04
2 days
Ask Pinkbike - Single Pivot vs Four Bar and Internal Routing vs Water
I would agree, if you're saying having the rear axle on a concentric pivot makes those bikes no longer single pivot. I'm fairly certain that Dave Weagle might have something to say about it as well. Pretty disappointed in a response that seems like it's trying not to piss off their sponsors that might still be selling single pivots. If single pivots were so great, there wouldn't be such a large group of brands that either switched to 4 bar this year, or stayed out of the US until this year due to the specialized patent. Don't get me wrong, I've had SPs that I've had fun on. But not having the suspension go all stiff every time you grab the brakes sure is a nice feature.
groghunter RichardCunningham's article
Sep 29, 2014 at 21:28
2 days
Niner R.I.P. 9 - Review
Sure RC, but this bike has got an XX1 crankset on it, so it seems like speccing a 28t is just as rational. Better would be to offer a choice, though, especially at the price of XX1 rings. Hopefully most shops that sell these are smart enough to give the rider the right info, & swap it out for them if then need a different one.
groghunter redbullbike's article
Sep 29, 2014 at 21:23
2 days
Red Bull Rampage 2014: Andreu Lacondeguy's 1st Place POV
I love how old school the run is, while still throwing in new school tricks.
groghunter redbullbike's article
Sep 29, 2014 at 21:22
2 days
Red Bull Rampage 2014: Andreu Lacondeguy's 1st Place POV
He didn't get to keep it. My pick as best run of 2013, no question.
groghunter RichardCunningham's article
Sep 29, 2014 at 7:01
Sep 29, 2014
Niner R.I.P. 9 - Review
It's kinda funny that he's recommending a 30t changeover, as that still skews the gear-inches compared to a 26". It's probably because he's a strong enough rider to push a 30t on a 29" & doesn't realize that he can push a harder gear than many. To get the same final gearings as an XX1 with 32t on a 26", you need a 28t. That's actually one of the big reasons SRAM came out with the cranks for XX1 that can take those smaller chainrings: 29ers. Keep in mind guys, it seems like you're all running 10sp: that 10t cog on 11sp SRAM is mathematically equivalent to having a 2t bigger chainring.
groghunter pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 23, 2014 at 15:14
Sep 23, 2014
Ask Pinkbike - Correct Spring Rate for My BoXXer Fork, Chain Guide or Not, Beginner's Essential DH Kit
goes hand in hand with one of the EWS bikes they got to ride at whistler, that had 40% rear sag. a rearward weight bias is more advantageous, the steeper the terrain, when you point the nose downhill. It's SOMEWHAT the opposite on the ups(if you've never experienced it, fighting to keep your front wheel on the ground is no fun) but too far front on the uphills & you spin the rear tire too easily(fun fact: even casual cyclists can develop more torque than a typical car just standing on the pedals.) For me, it's all about behavior. I want that front end to be predictable. the softer it is, the more violently it reacts, & I'm not into that. That trait is exacerbated on forks without speed sensitive damping, too, so it's not unreasonable to run those even stiffer.
groghunter mikekazimer's article
Sep 19, 2014 at 10:11
Sep 19, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: How Often Do You Service Your Suspension Fork?
I love the above response from Marzocchi: exactly the opposite of the typical FOX "If somethings wrong, send it in for service. that'll be $150, unwashed pleb." Heck even my FOX dropper(which i really like) has literally no basic maintenance manual even for little things like cleaning the seals.
groghunter mikekazimer's article
Sep 19, 2014 at 8:01
Sep 19, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: How Often Do You Service Your Suspension Fork?
USD forks mean seals last fo-ev-a, it's true. that said, you're probably due to swap them out(did mine at about 8 years.)
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