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slimboyjim davidarthur's article
Sep 26, 2016 at 22:30
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Gore Bike Wear Power Trail 2in1 Shorts+ - Review
If these allow you to go for a wee easily then that is a massive selling point they've missed! If they don't then it's surely more of a PITA than a normal shorts/bib combo?
slimboyjim scottsecco's article
Sep 26, 2016 at 2:21
1 days
Movies For Your Monday
Watching that video made my knees cry in sympathy...
slimboyjim mikelevy's article
Sep 22, 2016 at 2:44
Sep 22, 2016
Tioga, 6D, Renthal - Interbike 2016
@Marcusthefarkus: It's common for people to think that more new standards and expenditure automatically makes things better too... (Look at how little love there is for press fit bottom brackets - we should all cast a critical eye on things before jumping in.) I could afford 35mm but I'm not sold on it. Even if there was a benefit to going to a 35mm cockpit, the benefit would be so incredibly marginal and certainly not worth the £150 or so I'd have to spend on it... Whilst there is maybe a little truth in what you've said, I think there are a lot of people here who can afford it and still think it is silly...
slimboyjim mikelevy's article
Sep 21, 2016 at 11:02
Sep 21, 2016
ProShift's Automatic Electronic Shift Assist - Interbike 2016
I want to hate this as personally it's not for me, but for people with disabilities this is genius, so I guess it has its place. Otherwise I feel it's more for roadies where there is fewer variables...
slimboyjim mikelevy's article
Sep 20, 2016 at 10:40
Sep 20, 2016
Ibis Ripley vs Ibis Ripley LS
@MikerJ: Agreed! There was an article on Pinkbike ages ago saying that you should buy a bike that compensates for your weaknesses, which for me means one that is better uphill. Don't get me wrong and go crazy with a xc bike, but at least give it some consideration. Oh, and my bike is 150/160mm rear/front before anyone thinks I'm advocating putting on lycra!
slimboyjim mikelevy's article
Sep 19, 2016 at 2:06
Sep 19, 2016
Ibis Ripley vs Ibis Ripley LS
The one additional comment I'd add in relation to the 'buy a bike suitable for what you ride' comment is that, in general, a steeper and less slack bike will be better across level terrain too. In purchasing my last bike I purposefully choose a bike that wasn't too slacked out and downhill orientated as, even though the downhill bits are my favourite, you spend so little time on a trail ride actually going downhill. I don't live next to a bike park or regularly do uplifts. My bike is set up for the trails, and whilst it is on the twitchy side, it makes it feel alive and far more involving to ride. If I'd gone for a slacked out enduro monster I'd not reap the benefit of the geometry for anything but 5% of my ride, and I can cope with the fact I'm losing out on a few seconds on a 2min decent for the fun I'm having... Oh, and Ibis has incredible customer service!
slimboyjim pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 19, 2016 at 1:44
Sep 19, 2016
Final Results - EWS Round 7: Valberg, France
Also, it's just his first year. Gwin struggled in his first year for the big S, then massively improved the following year. Tyres have been a big issue for Graves this year, pretty much single handedly making him uncompetitive. Once that is sorted I really hope Jared's luck improves as he's one of the nice guys in our sport for sure... I'd just like to add that whilst Jared hasn't 'won' much this year, it depends on how you define victory - he's not won as many races/stages (but then Rude has leapt ahead massively this year and maybe he'd not have won as many on Yeti either) but he has been pulling in a better wage and is better able to provide for his family in the future. Specialized may also have the funding to keep him on in an advisory or ambassador role after, where Yeti would probably not have anything like a similar package on offer. I'd say the match is decent outside of results - it's pretty clear that there are areas where Specialized need to improve to not be left behind and Jared is proving to be quite good at finding them. Perhaps that was one reason Specialized bought him in? A racers career is hardly long after all, so perhaps as a long game this is actually a very good move for him?
slimboyjim mattwragg's article
Sep 13, 2016 at 1:10
Sep 13, 2016
Inside Chain Reaction Cycles
I beg to differ - one of the main complaints with CRC is that your LBS cannot compete. CRC orders stock in such massive quantities due to their size that they are given a big discount that most LBS could never dream of. There are many anecdotal stories floating around where the price quoted on CRC is lower than the price being quoted to a LBS, meaning that I if they don't charge you more as a result they make a loss... I'm a regular customer of CRC so this isn't a criticism - It's just a fact.
slimboyjim mikekazimer's article
Sep 13, 2016 at 0:49
Sep 13, 2016
Nukeproof Mega 290 Team - Review
There will be room if you take the shock out...
slimboyjim paulaston's article
Sep 12, 2016 at 2:55
Sep 12, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Your Favorite World Champs Colourways?
I love the understated ones so went for Tracy Hannah's, but Gwin's was a close second!
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