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sino428 mdelorme's article
Apr 18, 2014 at 20:31
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A New World Beginning - Enduro World Series, Round 1
I'm not sure why dbox is getting all the negative props. All we hear about is how Enduro is "all mountain" riding. Last I checked the "all" in "all moutain" includes the uphill sections. With the said, I have no problem with the way Enduro is set up now. I just think people need to stop calling it an all mountain race. Its not unless you time the uphills. The way its constituted now, its an endurance gravity race. The uphills simply tire the rider out for the timed downhills. Climbing skill is not rewarded at all in Enduro.
sino428 natedh9's article
Apr 14, 2014 at 5:19
Apr 14, 2014
Finals Photo Epic - Pietermaritzburg DH World Cup 1
Great to be back watching DH after a long offseason but I still am not a fan of that PMB track. Although the changes sliced things up a bit, as a fan it's just kind of boring. It's also hard I think to draw a ton of conclusions from the race since the track is such an outlier in terms of the rest of the circuit and you had guys riding all different kinds of bikes and weird one off-type setups and such. Still a lot to be sorted out one these guys hit the tougher tracks and everyone's back on the DH bikes.
sino428 natedh9's article
Apr 14, 2014 at 5:10
Apr 14, 2014
Finals Photo Epic - Pietermaritzburg DH World Cup 1
Just because Gwin may not be comfortable on the Demo doesn't mean it's a bad bike. It just means that it might not be what suits Gwin. Every bike is a little different and mort top riders can adjust to any good bike. It might just take time. You could see lat season by the frame size changes and then the eventual switch to the most famous (short) chainstays in the world, that he was still adjusting to the bike well into the season.
sino428 pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 11, 2014 at 7:49
Apr 11, 2014
Results: Pietermaritzburg World Cup Round 1 - Qualifications
It's always hard to analyze and read to much into qualifying results because all we see is a sheets of times with no unsure into the actual runs. You see Gee or Hill 6-8 seconds back but have no idea why. Was it a clean run and they were just slow? Were they on killer fast runs and just had a bobble or small Hang up? Who knows.
sino428 mikekazimer's article
Apr 10, 2014 at 19:08
Apr 10, 2014
First Look: New AG-1 Lock-On Grips From ODI - Sea Otter 2014
I remember having something called Jive Nuts on my BMX bikes back in the early 90's.
sino428 natedh9's article
Apr 9, 2014 at 19:45
Apr 9, 2014
Track Walk - Pietermaritzburg DH World Cup 1
I don't think it is correct to say that Enduro racing has a 'greater proportion' of downhill sections. Its actually pretty much all downhill. Yes the riders have to climb, but its not timed. If you are not timing the climbs, or in some cases even taking a lift back up between stages, then to me thats not part of the 'race'. Its just a way to make the riders tired before hitting the downhills. Thats why when people refer to Enduro as an 'all mountain' discipline I think it can be confusing to people. Its doesn't really test all around bike skills. A good climber is not going to gain any advantage since its not timed. It really just tests downhill skills along with endurance. Thats why you see alot of the top downhill guys make the transition to Enduro and have success pretty easily.
sino428 robertbbr's article
Apr 5, 2014 at 8:48
Apr 5, 2014
650B Think Tank
I think it's because there is still very little tangible evidence to support all these options about the 27.5. It's nice when people say things like 'They carry more speed over bumps' or 'the 27.5 rolls faster' or 'I'm more confident on the 27.5' and things like that, but at the end of the day it's all just opinion, and opinions can be influenced by all types of outside factors. Are they really riding faster? And is it really the bike? Or placebo effect? One thing that jumps out is the disconnect between how much people hype the benefits, but do not notice the drawbacks. The benefits are always clear. It rolls much faster. It carries so much speed etc. But then in the next sentence they say how the bike really doesn't ride or feel much different than a 26". To me something has to give. It can't roll like a 29" and handle like a 26". Physics won't allow that. You can't have all benefits and none of the drawbacks. IMO I think it's more that the 27.5" just really isn't that much different than the 26". That the benefits (while they do exist) are just being over stated. The 27.5 wheel just isn't that much bigger than the 26" to make such a drastic difference. Now I'm not anti 27.5. If that's the optimal balance of size and handling then it makes sense to produce that. I'm just tired of the marketing hype touting it as the next big must have thing. It's only big because it's shifting the entire industry, but in terms if changing mountain biking? Not really. Like one guy even pointed out in the interviews, he thinks a simple change in tire pressure has more of an effect in how the bike rides than the change in wheel size from 26" to 27.5". That hardly screams monumental change. I just wish people would talk about 27.5" for what it is. A better, but not drastically different alternative to 26" inch wheels. To me it's sounds like something that you buy if you are in the market for a new bike, but not something people should be ditching their current 26" bikes for.
sino428 karl-burkat's article
Apr 3, 2014 at 16:12
Apr 3, 2014
CONTOUR Returns to POV Camera Market
I wouldn't want a Contour on my chest while riding either, but I also wouldn't want a GoPro on my helmet while snowboarding through the woods. It all depends on how you plan to use it.
sino428 mikekazimer's article
Apr 3, 2014 at 6:27
Apr 3, 2014
Race Face Aeffect Pedal - Review
I have to agree, I have the e13's and they great. If you want a pedal with a large platform and ridiculous grip I can't imagine anything ever bring better. No not the lightest or thinnest, but they work great.
sino428 briceshirbach's article
Apr 1, 2014 at 13:04
Apr 1, 2014
Mountain Creek Transition Snow | DH Duathlon
After the race they were making it sound as if this would likely be an annual event going forward. I hope they do, it was a good time.
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