Nov 11, 2014 at 17:04Nov 11, 2014
Ask Pinkbike: Kickers, Spoke Protectors, and the RockShox Pike vs the Fox 36 fork
The Pike RC has the Charger damper. The only difference is the T3 bit which is RS term for a CTD switch. There's no damper upgrade going to RCT3. But on the main point: this fella clearly has money and no engineering interests, so put aside the need for regular servicing as I'm sure his LBS will be well employed. The 36 RC2 has two bike park advantages over the Pike: external HSC and a stiff chassis anchored by 20mm axle. Whilst the Pike is great, if we hark back to its launch the PB readership slammed it for going 15mm and rightly so. In a world where rims, rear axles, bottom brackets, frame tubing and even God damn handle handle bars are getting fatter, some twat decided that the front axle should get narrower and thinner. Not lighter or stiffer, just less good than before. And then RS stuck it on this otherwise brilliant fork. At least Fox have seen sense on the 36 not to go there. But then the Pike never was a 36 competitor and perhaps it's the products outperformance which even puts it in consideration as such
twebeast MarzocchiMTB's article
Oct 28, 2014 at 0:41Oct 28, 2014
Marzocchi - Ask Us Anything
If Marzocchi told you what their compression dials did, they would lose some of their mystique
twebeast mikelevy's article
Oct 27, 2014 at 15:26Oct 27, 2014
Trek Slash 9.8 - Review
Yeah. I was riding my long travel bike on XC trails way before the EWS invented Enduro
Oct 27, 2014 at 14:28Oct 27, 2014
Finn Iles joins Lapierre Gravity Republic
Me too. She's a top rider and the women's field need her there challenging at the top
twebeast DanMilner's article
Oct 26, 2014 at 12:49Oct 26, 2014
Video: Controls Sorted - Fundamental Cockpit Setup and a Burly Crash
+1 for more horizontal brake lever placement. Irrespective of my body position I ride with counter-rotated wrists ie my palms are behind the bars driving the bike through the rough. When you apply the brakes in the rough/ steeps and your arms and wrists are "in line" or even rotated over the top of the bars, your wrists need to tackle all the braking forces and stalling forces from the rough. Think about it: you counter rotate your feet through the pedals for the same benefits. There's a great article about counter rotation in a very early IMB mag.
Oct 21, 2014 at 13:24Oct 21, 2014
Ask Pinkbike: Remedy or Slash, Large frame - short stem, Should I Cut My DH Bar?
too much stack height? Flipping your stem is also an option if its +/-6 deg or whatever
Oct 7, 2014 at 15:15Oct 7, 2014
Ask Pinkbike - Crank Woes, Coil vs Air Shock, and Which Nukeproof?
Air vs coil: as much as there's more configurability with an air shock, if they weighed the same as a coil shock I would imagine the majority of EWS racers would be on coil? It's the 3-400g weight benefit which I think is more significant than air offering better performance in differing conditions
Sep 30, 2014 at 15:05Sep 30, 2014
Ask Pinkbike - Single Pivot vs Four Bar and Internal Routing vs Water
Split pivot design is single pivot but advanced by two ways. Technically it's an actuated single pivot with floating brake. Actuated = it has a linkage driven shock, which allows you to tune the leverage rate through the suspension cycle more easily than on a shock with a fixed mount on the swing arm Floating brake = the brake mount is separated from the suspension bar linking the wheel to the frame. Easier described in action: when you pull on the rear brake the rear wheel digs in and tried to drive the suspension. By moving the brake off the swing arm you're meant to isolate this effect to some extent. And yes it's a single pivot because the wheel is on one bar (bar 1) which directly connects to the frame (bar 2). Hence all single pivots are two bar, irrespective of what other bars are floating around the place driving the shock/ mounting the brake. A four bar linkage is one where there are four connected bars with the frame as one and the wheel on another which is NOT directly connected to the frame. As the article states, this allows the suspension designer to address stuff like chain growth and brake jack in a more sophisticated way. However when you look at the performance of split pivot in DH (Trek Session, Devinci Wilson) and Enduro (TMo's Trek Remedy & Otons Devinci Spartan) it's clear the differences are fine.
Sep 29, 2014 at 14:42Sep 29, 2014
Red Bull Rampage 2014: Results
that music plays on the World Cups when they're replaying also. The 80's want their tapes back
Sep 16, 2014 at 14:21Sep 16, 2014
Ask Pinkbike: Upgrade an Entry-Level Bike, Zee for XC, Bracing for Autumn's Chill
Plenty of cheap hardcore hardtails around 2nd hand. Charge Blenders can take all sorts and are a bomber spec so will be fine 2nd hand (as long as you're not taller than 5'10")