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mecabeat mikelevy's article
Aug 15, 2016 at 15:31
Aug 15, 2016
Carson Storch's Prototype Rocky Mountain - Crankworx Whistler 2016
@ninjatarian: 18" seat tube in medium. That is not what I'm describing. I'm talking about a dirt jump bike that can climb. 14" max seat tube height for me at 5'9". This kind of setup is only available as a custom build. My M4X is the best I've ridden yet, but very expensive. Before that I had a Transition Double that was great but heavy and had less suspension performance. Before that is was many years of hardtails; Jackal, Staats, NS, all the way back to the Boss 26" BMX that I put a Marzocchi Z1 Bomber on in 1998. So I'm talking about a climbable bike that can be seriously thrown down on as well, preferably with 26" wheels. There are not many frames out there like that. This is a thing that people want, though. The owner of BLKMRKT had a Killswitch built up this way. One employee of Pivot has a similar M4X build. I think at least a couple people at Transition had Doubles that could get into the backwoods. I think more of these frames could be sold if these other build options were showcased. Some people can only afford to have one high quality full suspension bike at a time. If you want a jump/slope bike and a trail bike, but can only afford one, there you go, set one of these up for both. But I've never seen this idea advertised. It could also be a great way to put all the old 26" parts that are laying around to use. The other thing I said about regular trail bikes changing to shorter seat tube lengths per frame size is a separate issue that I think would make just trail riding more fun. Think about huge bunnyhops with the seat low like a trials bike. Boosting over rough sections in a tuck air with the seat completely out of the way. The Thunderbolt would be cooler with a even a 2" lower seat tube, but for the reasons mentioned above, plus the fact that the seat tube would either need to be reinforced somehow, or be a larger diameter, it probably won't happen anytime soon.
mecabeat mikelevy's article
Aug 15, 2016 at 10:50
Aug 15, 2016
Carson Storch's Prototype Rocky Mountain - Crankworx Whistler 2016
@RockyMountainBicycles: I get that. I just think you should make that frame, and market it as more than just a slope-capable bike.
mecabeat mikelevy's article
Aug 15, 2016 at 10:13
Aug 15, 2016
Carson Storch's Prototype Rocky Mountain - Crankworx Whistler 2016
@chyu: That's a good call, I hope so. Companies don't realize how versatile a bike like this can be. Combine a slope bike with enough seat tube, a dropper post with a qr, and full rear gear range, and you have a bike that can be trail ridden out to your jumps in the woods, or do laps on a flow trail. I've built up several slope/4x bikes for that purpose, most recently a Pivot M4X (which I'm selling right now unfortunately) and it's awesome. Comfortably climb to the top of the jump trail, telescope the dropper all the way down to the frame with the qr, and get sideways all the way down. Raise the post, climb back up and repeat. I look at trail bikes and I always wish that seat mast was gone. A medium frame could easily have a "14 seat tube instead of a "18, a large could have a "16, and so on. I understand why they don't, though. For one thing most people wouldn't understand the sizing. It would make selling to more casual riders difficult, explaining reach and effective top tube. They would just think low=small. The frames would also have a much smaller range of seatpost/tube overlap. There would be a lot more idiots breaking their frames. I think the way to do it would be integrated droppers built into the frame that have an adjustable upper limit setting. We could have 200mm travel droppers, no seatpost clamps, and super low & strong trail bikes that we could ride 30 miles and then do no foot cans on.
mecabeat mikelevy's article
Aug 15, 2016 at 0:35
Aug 15, 2016
Carson Storch's Prototype Rocky Mountain - Crankworx Whistler 2016
"no plans to take it to production." So whats the point of sponsoring the rider to ride something you don't make? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!
mecabeat brule's article
Aug 3, 2016 at 10:26
Aug 3, 2016
Photo of the Month - July 2016
I don't think Matt claimed it was progression to recreate a 100+ year old stunt. He just thought it would be awesome to do. There's also this. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Kp1iHkNLLys/UwxT1-oRRkI/AAAAAAAACyo/542MQR3In-Q/s1600/the+rocket+man+bicycle+stunt+vintage+3.jpg
mecabeat mikekazimer's article
Aug 2, 2016 at 22:45
Aug 2, 2016
Giant Trance - First Ride
@iamamodel: Yea, I get it. A couple scratches is normal. I think it's a minor issue that can be solved with some clear 3m tape. It was just the idea of depending on a QR lever to function as a bash guard that seemed silly to me. Also, I forgot what year it was cause I'm on pain killers. My Trance is a 2016. I'll use that as an excuse for coming across as a dick as well.
mecabeat brule's article
Aug 2, 2016 at 19:56
Aug 2, 2016
Photo of the Month - July 2016
While I agree with the modern theory, the stunt from 1905 that he based it on does appear to be more circular. https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--ECgCWZPb--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/htuiwaam01d6rb57je8z.jpg
mecabeat mikekazimer's article
Aug 2, 2016 at 19:42
Aug 2, 2016
Giant Trance - First Ride
My current bike is a 2015 Trance Advanced 1 and I drive a Ford Focus. I never have to take the rear wheel off, but if I did and I didn't have a lever on the bike, I would just use the tool in my pack that's with me whenever I go for a ride. There's just no reason to have an obsolete lever hanging off the end of my bike. If I really wanted to go out with a pack, or seatbag, or bottle mount kit, I would strap a short allen to my seat rail. As far as bashing the rear end of my bike into stuff, it doesn't happen. Elevate your riding, float over the rough, get light on the bike. The best way to learn is to learn how to double through technical bmx rhythm sections. It teaches you body position, front and rear weighting and unweighting, looking ahead, and overall changes your perspective on riding from piloting a vehicle, which is how most people ride, to using the bike as a lever, or an extended pair of legs. Skipping over the trail like a gazelle, instead of plowing through it.
mecabeat pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 8, 2016 at 9:56
Jul 8, 2016
Radon Bikes UCI World Cup Downhill Lenzerheide Fantasy Contest
1. Greg Minnaar 2. Danny Hart 3. Troy Brosnan 1. Rachel Atherton 2. Tahnee Seagrave 3. Tracy Hannah
mecabeat RichardCunningham's article
Jul 7, 2016 at 17:23
Jul 7, 2016
First Look: Intense ACV 27.5+ Trail Bike
@Motoracer31: So a fat bike tire has more traction, but a +size tire doesn't? How about a cyclocross tire, does that have the same amount as a regular mtb? Should we just ride those since traction doesn't increase till 3.7"?
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