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jaydmf RichardCunningham's article
Aug 21, 2016 at 10:16
Aug 21, 2016
Hope's HB.211 Enduro Racer Nears Production - Whistler Crankworx 2016
Now if only hope would get into the suspension game!
jaydmf mikelevy's article
Jul 21, 2016 at 14:32
Jul 21, 2016
Cane Creek's New C-Quent Shock Explained
Not to put CC down as i love my DBair but its all well and good having an amazing feeling shock but shocks/forks that are needy or require "3rd party servicing voodoo" just wont cut it, people are slowly realising that servicing this stuff doesnt have to require an engineering degree if the manufacturer has considered this aspect and provides adequate documentation. Theres a growing number who will happily stump up £££ for an awesome shock/fork but really dont want to be spunking £150 every year / 18 months for a rebuild (essentially a few seals and a bit of oil). Rockshox and Marzo latched on to this historically and a lot of people bought them on this basis even if the damping wasnt as good. Manitou (under hayes) and DVO have realised this and now have offerings which are as good or only a fraction behind in performance but can be serviced easily by the home mechanic. I think CC and some other manufacturers need to seriously consider this aspect more. I'll pay more for a fork/ shock at the outlay if i know i can service it and source spares, as the intial cost is far less than the servicing costs. Not only that im more likely to go back to that company come upgrade time.
jaydmf ollyforster's article
Jul 11, 2016 at 9:39
Jul 11, 2016
2017 Orange Five and Alpine 160 - First Look
@mikeyspaff: lol, they should just kill it with fire and go back to the classic box shaped swing arm looks much cleaner and i cant say i ever noticed a problem with it flexing on my old patriot so the only reason i can see for all these bendy tubes is reducing weight which again i dont think any of the older 5s partriots etc had any issues with. Keep it simple thats what orange always used to be about. Its orange bikes not oragami bikes
jaydmf ollyforster's article
Jul 11, 2016 at 4:30
Jul 11, 2016
2017 Orange Five and Alpine 160 - First Look
Yup, ive have a couple of oranges and i love them to bits but the current changes in looks suck. the Alpine swingarm, just no. The silly curved tubes and 10 additional gussets slapped on here an there, really ? my 07 patriot looks slick compared to the new 5. Maybe they should spend less time buggering about with gussets and changing the kinematics and worry about putting the right shock on from factory.
jaydmf redbullbike's article
Jun 2, 2016 at 16:13
Jun 2, 2016
jaydmf mattwragg's article
May 12, 2016 at 12:16
May 12, 2016
Pit Walk: EWS Round 3, Ireland
Kerry king signature glasses arent they ?
jaydmf rachellefrazer's article
Apr 7, 2016 at 12:40
Apr 7, 2016
RockShox's New Super Deluxe Shock - First Ride
@j-t-g: Forgive me if im wrong dude but surely the issue is still going to remain as currently each existing size has 3 different rebound/comp tunes in order to deal with different leverage ratios/ amounts of travel. In your example of the reign surely the issue is that the rebound tune is to low for the heavier riders and a change to H tune rather than mid is all thats required? (im not sure what tune giant went for btw this is just an example). youd get the reverse for the lighter rider. but no manufacturer is going to spec their bikes with shock tunes based on rider weight theyd go for the middle ground any one outside of that will always need some form of custom tuning. I get what theyre trying do ie make manufacturers build a frame around a specific shock size which has specific characteristics/tuning but they could achieve the same with the existing sizes and just phase out the sizes that dont work. changing to metric is just a money making exercise surely.
jaydmf mikelevy's article
Jan 19, 2016 at 13:36
Jan 19, 2016
Marzocchi and Fox - What's Happening Now?
They only need to do 2 things. 1) brand new z1 ie take the 350, tweak the shit of out of it and cap the travel at 150 and keep the price below the pike/yari if it has the classic marzo feel with some climbing ability its be a winner. 350 should not be a £600+ for when the likes of a mattoc can be picked up for £350. 2) bring back the 66, 35/38mm single crown long travel (160-180) with air and coil options again below the price of a 36 or lyrik. it needs to be what the original 66 was ie a beast Bomb proof, long service intervals, easy to service when required, an acceptable price and not too far off the mark when it comes to weight and they'll sell like hot cakes. Sadly this is everything fox is not, id love to see marzo make a come back but i think we'll see history repeat unless they really move back to the drawing board and remember why people bought marzo in the first place. i.e forks that can take serious abuse and not bat an eyelid
jaydmf davidarthur's article
Jan 11, 2016 at 11:01
Jan 11, 2016
Ragley Blue Pig Hardtail - Review
Thats fine Thom, i have a lot of people i know who have the total opposite opinion and are hardtail only . All i will say is from the people i know who ride, generally the ones that put a lot of time in on hardtails (mainly because back in the day they couldnt afford FS) are the faster riders. You can debate the reasons why forever and a day but thats the general trend that ive seen, so IMO there is some truth to this whole ht theory. Maybe not as much as everyone makes out but there is some truth to it. I also do think people should start off on a HT, in the same way you dont start off on motor bikes buying a 1200 cc super bike, its gonna end in tears as you dont know how to handle the damn thing :P
jaydmf davidarthur's article
Jan 11, 2016 at 10:23
Jan 11, 2016
Ragley Blue Pig Hardtail - Review
Lol some people do ride rigid and enjoy it, horses for courses. Fs are fun too just generally more expensive to run and id say overall i have a bigger grin on my face after a spin on the ht. Nowt wrong with having either so lets all just chill out. As to why fs ? Generally people have full sus for comfort, and i by this i am talking about the vast majority of uk riders who are not out hitting super gnarly shit but just trail riding. Fs defo is an advantage for dh and the gnarly stuff, a hardtail is never gonna keep up on there (fun to give it a go tho).
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