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sino428 redbullbike's article
Jul 29, 2014 at 11:33
6 hours
Video: First Look at the 2015 Specialized Demo
That's expected though. What differentiates most of the bike on the market is 90% marketing BS and about 10% actual performance. Truth is all these high end bikes are very good and it just comes down to ride preference. Gwin is not going to be good because of this new bike. He's going to be good because he is awesome, just like he was on trek, and just like he was on a Yeti before that. Gee is awesome on his new GT Fury, but he was also awesome on the old outdated Fury, just as he was on the Commencal. Same Hill is awesome one every bike he rides. Point being that its the riders not the bikes. There is nothing revolutionary that any one company is doing over the others.
sino428 mikekazimer's article
Jul 28, 2014 at 8:07
1 days
Transition TR500 - Review
I agree about the Intense. I had an M9, and while it was a great bike it was just too much bike for what I needed.
sino428 mattwragg's article
Jul 26, 2014 at 19:02
3 days
Home Field Advantage - Enduro World Series Round 5 - Winter Park
@enduromaniac - it wouldn't quite be cross country, because the downhills are way more technical, but I know what you meant. I wasn't advocating timing the climbs, I was just pointing out that enduro is in fact more of a gravity discipline, which is why they don't times the climbs.
sino428 mattwragg's article
Jul 26, 2014 at 8:42
Jul 26, 2014
Home Field Advantage - Enduro World Series Round 5 - Winter Park
I don't think it's that weird. There are a fair amount of races like this. But like the write up pointed out, climbing at this altitude would kill these guys who aren't otherwise used to it. Also keep in mind that while they are riding 'enduro' bikes which can climb, they are still most times 5-6 inches of travel and still a pretty heavy duty rig to take the abuse it has to on the downhills. Like I said, I think you just need to realize that more than anything else these enduro races are still a form of downhill racing. So seeing minimal climbs or even chairlift use will be common.
sino428 mattwragg's article
Jul 26, 2014 at 7:55
Jul 26, 2014
Home Field Advantage - Enduro World Series Round 5 - Winter Park
To be honest yes, that's what enduro is basically. It's a multi-stage, downhill race. I always say this but there seems to still be a misconception about what enduro races are. There are (sometimes) required climbs between stages, and sometimes the stages have a bit of climbing or some extended flat areas, but these races are still essentially gravity races.
sino428 mattwragg's article
Jul 26, 2014 at 7:48
Jul 26, 2014
Home Field Advantage - Enduro World Series Round 5 - Winter Park
I think you hit on something there. You are correct, there's no reason these guys can't pedal the stuff. But that's not what this sport is. As much as people want to talk about 'all mountain' this and that, 'enduro' really is just another form of gravity racing. I mean at this stop they take chairlifts up, and when they do have to pedal it's not timed as part of the race. Of only the downhill parts are timed, then it's not an. 'All mountain' race.
sino428 mtbstrengthcoach's article
Jul 25, 2014 at 20:25
Jul 25, 2014
Flat Pedal Foot Placement For Best Results
I don't get it, what is so hard about properly positioning your feet on the pedals? If you set your feet properly on your first few pedal strokes, and have a good shoe/pedal combo, your feet aren't going to move around much, even on rough terrain.
sino428 mtbstrengthcoach's article
Jul 25, 2014 at 7:57
Jul 25, 2014
Flat Pedal Foot Placement For Best Results
Why wouldn't you apply things from the gym to the bike? It makes perfect sense and the comparison to a squat is dead on. I see people who don't know what they are doing all the time in the gym trying to do squat on the balls of their feet and they are all over the place. Their center of gravity is all over the place. The weight usually end up to far forward and then they over correct then end up tipping back etc. All the while this balancing act is zapping the power that should be coming directly from their hips and thighs. It feels a little weird at first but the proper (and most efficient) way to squat is to have your feet flat and actually drive the power right down through your heels. Now you don't want to ride your bike with your heel on the pedal but moving the foot back so that the pedal axle is at the mid foot is the same concept. There is no reason to engage the smaller and weaker lower legs muscles more than they need to be.
sino428 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 23, 2014 at 18:02
Jul 23, 2014
Ask Pinkbike - Shimano XTR Brake Tips, One-By Chainring Choices and the Wrong Slopestyle Bike
Quesadilla34, it sounds like you might be riding different terrain than I am. I should have mentioned that the setup I have is on a 5 inch travel trail bike, so I'm not riding anything to techy or aggressive on it. If I was I could def see the need to add the narrow wide as well.
sino428 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 22, 2014 at 10:28
Jul 22, 2014
Ask Pinkbike - Shimano XTR Brake Tips, One-By Chainring Choices and the Wrong Slopestyle Bike
I would go 1x10 if you can handle the gearing. If you get a clutch rear derailleur and ditch the front derailleur it will make the bike so much more quiet you won't believe it. I have that setup with an easton rest hub that's super quiet and my trail bike literally doesn't make a sound. I come up behind hikers on the trails and they don't hear me until I'm 5 feet behind them and say something.
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