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hampsteadbandit redbullbike's article
Sep 14, 2016 at 22:39
Sep 14, 2016
Red Bull Hardline Preview 2016 - Video
imagine the potential for "drift"...to the right?? just a little wind push on take off
hampsteadbandit redbullbike's article
Sep 14, 2016 at 22:35
Sep 14, 2016
Red Bull Hardline Preview 2016 - Video
Rachel has massive balls (metaphorically speaking...) so not even relevant to her ;)
hampsteadbandit mattwragg's article
Sep 13, 2016 at 5:07
Sep 13, 2016
Inside Chain Reaction Cycles
@GranaryCycles: I'd be interested to know more about the workforce at CRC, bearing in mind the big flap about sports direct? Are CRC staff directly employed? Or contractors? Zero hours? Minimum wage?
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Sep 12, 2016 at 22:28
Sep 12, 2016
hampsteadbandit hampsteadbandit's photo
Sep 9, 2016 at 12:37
Sep 9, 2016
the stock geometry was sketchy - with 71.5 degree HA, short chainstays and slightly short front end. heavy loading of rider onto the front tire with little forgiveness at low speed. lots of people said similar on bike forums. geometry not reflecting modern technical XC courses. The new 2017 model is brand new, slimmed down and slacker longer geo. I fitted the Works Components headset to take my bike to 70 degree, which drop BB, give longer front centre, more rake = super sweet, sketchyness is gone. bike longer, slacker and much more forgiving. feels you can rip so fast. Saddle is best with rotated foward pelvic postion so needed to drop bar and extend reach. lots of experiment and the -25 Zipp stem was superb. Tried range of lengths and 90mm was perfect. feels like 650 bike height at front and much easier to pop wheelies!

hampsteadbandit hampsteadbandit's photo
Sep 9, 2016 at 12:32
Sep 9, 2016
this photo was from day one, some months back. It's had plenty of dirt and wet ground into it and it still looks great, though has that sweet slightly used look - the specific reason I got it in white - I have a black one on my road bike setup is a little tricky, and it will only really work on a fast / longer XC bike or trail bike as you need to be able to rotate your pelvis forward for this saddle to work as its a 'forward' position design - loading the pubic rami instead of the ischial tuberosities (sit bone) you commonly engage on upright position i.e. many MTB's and hybrid but for going fast in a forward position its sick, and climbing is unreal, highly recommended. they do a cheaper model with Ti rails, and then 2 cheaper models with softer "level 2" padding. the SW is "level 1" and super hard but also very comfortable if it suits your pelvic anatomy and riding setup

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Sep 8, 2016 at 22:57
Sep 8, 2016
hampsteadbandit penderham's article
Sep 3, 2016 at 0:11
Sep 3, 2016
Hidden Playgrounds - Video
awesome work! had the pleasure to ride with Chris a number of times at the old Esher Shore bike park in Surrey when he visited on trips with Doddy and the MBUK guys. super friendly guy, great fun to ride with and packing a lot of skills firepower on the bike great example from "back in the day" at Esher - very clean gap to manual on a tricky stunt that claimed many riders http://ep1.pinkbike.org/p4pb655046/p4pb655046.jpg
hampsteadbandit vernonfelton's article
Sep 2, 2016 at 23:45
Sep 2, 2016
Tech from the Pits: Vallnord DH World Cup 2016
@mikekazimer: you need to run some measurable, blind tests on 2 of the same model / size bike on the same DH run with the same rider, 1 with the stickers, 1 without. Multiple runs on both bikes to average the data. and some way of detecting vibration on both bikes. and then does the rider actually notice? it there an improvement in speed due to less vibration reaching the rider, and the rider feeling comfortable to push faster? is the rider actually faster? or feels faster? vibration/feedback can be a strange thing? on road bikes pumping up a 700 x 23c tire to 130psi (old school) actually provides a slower ride than 700 x 25c to 95-100psi as the harder 23c tire cannot maintain grip on real world road surface without excess deformation which is frictional / heat losses in carcass; if tire is too hard the tire will leave the road surface on numerous occasions the 23c "feels" faster to rider due to increased vibration and road shock, but according to the manufacturers lab and real world timed testing (i.e. Continental on their GP4000II tires in 23/25/28c) is slower than the 25c. the 28c is actually more efficient until higher speeds where aerodynamic drag is noticeably higher than 25c or smaller is the advantage from these stickers really the placebo effect? the blind test should sort this out.
hampsteadbandit mikelevy's article
Sep 2, 2016 at 23:40
Sep 2, 2016
Cane Creek's New Remotes and FSA's Power Meter Cranks - Eurobike 2016
yes! dropper should automatically send a "broken-need service" signal to the service centre, which dispatches drone to collect your faulty dropper. Lets make the technology do something useful for a change?
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