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Protour canadaka's article
Oct 18, 2014 at 13:21
Oct 18, 2014
Pinkbike Announces 'Trailforks'
The reason why I think it could end up being Strava on steroids is because of the photos and videos that can be linked to the trail, along with the social media aspect of Pinkbike. You can find unsanctioned trails on the Stava heat map but it's hard to see what the trail is really like and you usually have to look hard to find them. @canaduka. Can you give me a rock-solid guarantee that no unsanctioned trails will ever be closed as a result of the emergence of Trailforks? What is the vetting process when determining who becomes administrators? How is the hierarchy of administrators determined? Approximately how many Administrators are there in all of Canada, America, and the world respectively? If one administrator thinks a trail should remain hidden and 10 think it shouldn't who resolves the dispute? Does the builder have any say if he doesn't have internet access? You are essentially focing builders of unsanctioned trails who don't want them discovered to spend time on your internet site making sure they stay relatively secret. There are undeniably positive aspects of this but I would hate to be the trailbuilder who had his trail shut down because of it.
Protour mikekazimer's article
Oct 18, 2014 at 12:54
Oct 18, 2014
DVO Emerald Inverted Fork- Review
Mtbguy87: "Inverted forks do the same thing when compressed like that." Do you have any evidence or even a technical explanation that supports your assertion that inverted (usd) forks "do the same thing when compressed like that."? The reduced sheer forces of a usd fork combined with the increased bushing overlap absolutely decrease the chances of binding. To prove it, imagine your normal telescopic fork design taken to the extreme: A telescoping fork with even less bushing overlap and then somehow increase the sheer force upon impact. The result in performance would obviously be worse. I unfortunately don't even own a usd fork but this whole debate seems like a no-brainer to me, and I definitely have experienced the telescopic binding that occurs on square-edge bumps that can halt your momentum.
Protour mikekazimer's article
Oct 18, 2014 at 12:18
Oct 18, 2014
DVO Emerald Inverted Fork- Review
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_7C-u1affyE/UyWxLIQXgcI/AAAAAAAALIo/YafKQ9Nwtwc/s1600/888+ripped+in+half.jpg "Protour , you do realise his fork bends like that because of the head angle more than the fact that it's a ' normal ' fork" I was pointing out the binding of the fork, not the bending. That 888 should be bottomed out, but the head angle combined with the extreme friction of the non-usd design causes it to bind and not absorb the forces effectively. It's an extreme situation but conclusive results that recognize the weakness of a design, regardless of the field of study, are usually demonstrable in extreme situations. Telescopic binding also happens sometimes on square-edge impacts where the non-usd fork will flex backwards instead of effectively absorbing the bump, and in some situations will halt the riders momentum, or even worse send the rider over the bars.
Protour canadaka's article
Oct 17, 2014 at 6:43
Oct 17, 2014
Pinkbike Announces 'Trailforks'
brenthillier: "Once a trail is submitted it goes through an approval process. The most basic approval is a crowd-sourced process where other Pinkbike users can confirm or reject submissions." So essentially, any random person who discovers a secret trail can submit it regardless of who built the trail, who maintains the trail, or whether they even know them or not. Then the boards of directors of the local trail association who administrator finds out about the secret trail and it isn't secret anymore. At the very least some of them are going to go check out the trail and more people will end up hearing about it and riding it. At worst they don't like it because it isn't a lame sustainable flow trail and they get it shut down and there are no more knarly DH trails in the area. People don't keep secrets well, especially when they aren't the ones who put the hard work into building the trail. Combine this factor with the internet and its a recipe for disaster. They are putting way too much trust in these 'administrators', some of whom could just as well be undercover land management or law enforcement officials.
Protour canadaka's article
Oct 17, 2014 at 6:23
Oct 17, 2014
Pinkbike Announces 'Trailforks'
And the comparisons with Wikipedia are completely laughable. When somebody makes a mistake on Wikipedia it gets edited. When somebody makes a mistake on Trailforks trails could be permanently deleted.
Protour canadaka's article
Oct 17, 2014 at 6:17
Oct 17, 2014
Pinkbike Announces 'Trailforks'
Yeah, they are putting way too much trust in the 'administrators'. I'm guessing nobody at Pinkbike has ever put a bunch of effort into a trail only to have it destroyed because some loudmouth couldn't help himself from telling everybody about it. If they had I can't imagine why they would be so naive not to see the trail closures and other problems this will create. But then again maybe they don't care about that because Pinkbike will undoubtedly be making alot of money from the extra advertising revenue that the Trailforks website will generate. They are trying to pretend that they are helping trails with the donations and the exposure it will give to some, but the bottom line from my perspective is that Pinkbike is selling out the hard physical labor of rogue trailbuilders here to make extra money. Strava was bad enough, this could end up being Strava on steroids.
Protour canadaka's article
Oct 17, 2014 at 4:14
Oct 17, 2014
Pinkbike Announces 'Trailforks'
If even 1 great illegal trail gets shut down anywhere because of this, then it isn't worth it. You can pretend you are going to try to keep them hidden, but consider this scenario: Bob spends 3 years building a trail and doesn't even have computer access or many friends that he even wants to share the trail with. 'Administrator' Mike, who doesn't even know Bob, discovers his trail, thinks it's great, and decides he wants to share it with everyone on Pinkbike. Trail gets overrun with users and is shut down by land agency or land owner. In this situation TRAILFORKS becomes TRAILF**KS! When it comes to the internet, I have learned to not trust people' s best intentions. Or websites best intentions for that matter. And for those who say unsanctioned trails are bad for mountainbiking, I will simply remind you many of the best trails around the world started as illegal trails built by rogue builders.
Protour dbaker's article
Oct 17, 2014 at 3:45
Oct 17, 2014
Red Bull Rampage 2014: Looking Back - Rheeder
Rampage shouldn't be about rivalry. Read norcalproduction's comments for the other side of the story.
Protour mikekazimer's article
Oct 17, 2014 at 3:32
Oct 17, 2014
DVO Emerald Inverted Fork- Review
The Emerald is superior to the Dorado in every aspect of performance except weight. It's significantly stronger and is the most reliable, maintenance-free fork on the market. Reliability has never been a selling point of the brand Manitou. The 40 and the Boxxers are essentially a different category of fork with an inferior and outdated design, so comparing the weight only of the fork is like comparing an XC tire with a DH tire and claiming it is superior for DH cause it's lighter. The 40 has less oil in both legs combined than the Emerald has in each leg, similar with the Boxxer. I'm curious how many FOX 40's uppers have destroyed because the fork didn't review the frequent maintenance that is required? The number is probably in the thousands. Not to mention that the 40 feels like absolute garbage on small bumps if it isn't maintained. But the big advantage of the Emerald is having significantly reduced binding issues regular forks are notorious for because the reduced sheer force of having the smaller diameter lowers slide up into the larger upper tubes. This, combined with hugely increased bushing overlap and oil volume is why the DVO absorbs bumps much more effectively than the outdated designs from sram and Fox.
Protour RichardCunningham's article
Oct 10, 2014 at 7:18
Oct 10, 2014
Now THAT Was a Bike: Sweetheart Cycles Moto Cruiser
Unique bike from a classic era where nothing came easy when it came to improving the bike. Nice find and a good analysis, RC.
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