April 2017 - Good Month or Bad Month?

May 2, 2017
by Vernon Felton  
Pinkbike


29er Fans

Wagon Wheels Break Into the World Cup DH World

The cat is out of the bag. People on the inside have been mumbling about 29ers making their way into DH racing for some time. What's more, several companies (such as Trek and Norco) experimented with wagon wheeler DH bikes way back when. In April, however, rumors solidified into something much more. It started with leaks like this one (at right), then properly avalanched with the release of the Santa Cruz V10 29er.

Due to the torrential rains at Lourdes, we didn’t get to see just how the introduction of 29ers would shake out in the final runs of competition, but you can expect to see more of them showing up shortly, at Fort Bill.

Fox 29er DH fork

While some people are undoubtedly shedding bitter tears over this whole thing, the move to at least experiment with 29ers seems largely inevitable in a discipline where every second counts. Does this mean that 29ers are the next logical step in the evolution of the downhill bike? I think you can make a compelling argument that some courses suit smaller wheels and other courses favor 29. At the end of the day, however, racing will decide what works. The podium doesn’t lie.


Anyone Hoping for Closer Finishes in Women's World Cup Racing

Rachel Atherton's Competition Grows Fierce

The only rain the women saw today was that of Rachel Atherton s champagne.
Rachel Atherton is truly a force to be reckoned with. No one has beaten her at a World Cup since Lourdes 2015. She has the longest winning streak in history at this point. And, let's give credit where credit’s due—she’s deserved that streak. That said, when an athlete—any athlete—so thoroughly dominates their sport for that length of time, some of the thrill of competition bleeds away. I mean, there were some close races last season, but Atherton’s margin of victory at Fort William in 2016 was 12.049 seconds. Her average margin of victory for the past two seasons? An astounding 5.651 seconds. In short, if you’ve been hoping for neck and neck finishes in women’s World Cup DH, well, you’ve been disappointed of late.

Obviously, it’s too early to say that all of that has changed. We’re just one race into the 2017 season, but if Lourdes is any indication, Rachel Atherton’s competition has been working overtime of late. Atherton finished second in the qualifiers; that’s not unusual in and of itself since she tends to hold back a bit before her final runs while her competition pulls out all the stops, even during the seeding rounds. This time around, however, both Tracey Hannah and Tahnee Seagrave came within three seconds of Rachel in the finals. I’m not suggesting that Rachel’s season is suddenly in jeopardy—three seconds is still a mighty margin—but if Lourdes is any indication, the competition might be closing in on Rachel Atherton… which could add a bit of excitement to the mix.

It s going to be one heck of battle all season between these five.
It's going to be one heck of a battle all season between these five as the times get tighter than ever before.






New-Bike News

Nomad sighted, Polygon's mythical beast unleashed, Jekyll face-lifted and Ripley re-worked

If you’re itching to see new bikes, April was kind to you. First, there was that candid, camera-phone shot of what sure looks to be a new Santa Cruz Nomad. The bike was clearly an unmarked prototype, but the carbon frame does, as Mike Kazimer noted, resemble “the love child of the current Nomad and a V10, with a split seat tube, and a rocker link that's noticeably longer than the previous version.” Then there was the debut of the Polygon Square One with its R3ACT Suspension. While the internet had a field day with the bike's… unusual… aesthetics, a number of reviewers (including Richard Cunningham) were positively effusive about the 180-millimeter travel bike that reportedly climbs like a cross-country machine. And, yes, we've all heard that line before. A thousand times. Is it any truer this time around? Time will tell.

Pinkbike-Polygon-3-2017

And that was just for starters. Cannondale unveiled new Jekyll and Trigger models (there's no DYAD pull-shock this time around), Transition launched carbon hard tails (yes, really) and Ibis rolled out a stiffer, snappier Gen 3 Ripley. April paid off big for bike nerds.

People Who Pine for Electronic Shifting

Inventors Unveil $300 DIY Wireless Shifting

D1X Wireless Remote Shifting System
Perhaps you are in love with the idea of electronically-activated shifting, but you don’t feel like blowing a wad of cash on Di2 or messing about with the wires. If that’s you, you might be in luck because Brandon Rodgers and Devin Carlson have created a working prototype of a wireless remote shifting system that can shift any cable-operated rear derailleur. Oh, and they expect to sell it for $300.

Rodgers and Carlson hail from Santa Cruz, California and are still in the early stages of getting their company, Archer Components, off the ground, but they showed up to Sea Otter with a display and let us fiddle about with what they are calling their D1X system.

The handlebar-mounted remote communicates with the derailleur actuator (mounted on the chainstay) via Bluetooth. As currently configured, battery life is less than awesome—a few days, as opposed to a few months with Shimano. Archer, however, is confident they can boost the battery life significantly. Probably the coolest aspect of their invention is that it doesn’t require that you buy a whole new drivetrain—it’ll shift just about anything you are currently rocking—from 8-speed to Eagle. You program the shifting via smartphone.


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The Cycling World

Racing Icon, Steve Tilford, Dies in Auto Accident

Maybe you’ve never heard of Steve Tilford. If that’s true, I’ll just put it this way: Steve Tilford was an undisputed bad ass. The guy entered the first NORBA National race in 1983 on a fluke, on a borrowed Moots mountain bike, and won. But Tilford is more than a memorable chapter in mountain biking history. Tilford was the epitome of the racer. The guy never stopped. Cyclocross, mountain bike, road—the guy showed up to races all over and put the hurt on generations of famous riders around the world. This is a guy who carried his own suture kit along wherever he went because tearing himself up on a bike was just part of the job and winners’ purses rarely paid him well enough to go into the emergency room on the regular. Tilford stitched up his own bad self. All the time. And, no, he didn't use anesthetic. Again, the man was a bad ass.

In short, Steve Tilford was the embodiment of the person a lot of us merely wish we could be. All that came to an end in April. Per usual, Tilford was road tripping in his Sprinter van when he struck an overturned semi-truck in the middle of the night (the semi wasn’t visible on that stretch of Utah’s I-70). Amazingly, Tilford survived that collision, but was struck soon after by another semi which happened onto the scene and collided into the first, overturned semi-truck. The world is a poorer place without Steve Tilford. R.I.P, man. If anyone deserved a break, it was you. Just wish it hadn’t come about this way.

Steve Tilford




The Usual Podium Suspects

Deluge at Lourdes Puts a Damper on Competition

Ah, there’s nothing like the first big race of the year. We come to see who is returning full of piss and vinegar, who is rusty and who is set to shock the world. That first race of the season has a lot resting on it, which is why it royally sucked when the rain began to fall by the bucketload during the men’s elite race. A week of dry and dusty weather suddenly morphed into a deluge that thoroughly shit-canned the top contenders’ race runs.

Now, that isn’t to say that Alex Fayolle didn’t have a great race—he was fast and consistent all week, but still… you have to wonder about just how badly the massive deluge screwed up the runs for Minnaar, Hart, and Gwin, to name just a few of the usual suspects for the top spots on the podium.
A painful day for Aaron with a DSQ the final nail in the coffin.
A painful day for Aaron Gwin, with a DSQ the final nail in the coffin.

And that’s the tragedy of it all—racing is supposed to quell the questions and set forth answers. Who is the fastest rider of the day? Just look at the clock. Racing is not supposed to end in shoulder shrugs and ambiguity. If we wanted confusion, we’d be attending a theoretical quantum physics conference. We want racing. We want answers! This time around, however, Lourdes ended with a bit of a slump and a great big “I dunno…”.

We were robbed. By Mother Nature. Dammit.



Anyone Hoping Standards Would Stop Changing

Boost for 20-millimeter Thru-Axles is Going to be "A Thing"

Sea Otter Day 2
At Sea Otter, a number of companies, including DVO, Formula, and Suntour, openly showed off forks designed to work with 20-millimeter Boost hubs. Here’s the point in the article where someone says, “Bullshit! 20-millimeter through axle forks already feature 110-millimeter hub spacing.” True. But here’s the difference; Boost isn’t just about the hub width, it’s about hub flange spacing. To that end, we’re talking about spreading the hub flanges apart (five more millimeters on each side) on 20x110-millimeter, through-axle hubs. Spreading those spoke flanges apart will mean that the brake rotor is now five millimeters closer to the non-drive side fork leg and that, in turn, means that the disc brake mounts on the fork lowers need to be repositioned as well.

Why is this happening? There are a lot of things we could say here. It’s easier, for instance, for hub manufacturers to make just one hub and allow users to swap between 15 and 20-millimeter through axles by swapping end caps. You could also argue about some percentage increase in stiffness. But at the end of the day, it boils down to this: It just seems to be happening. Period.

On the upside, you should be able to use your existing 20-mm through axle wheel on a new Boost fork by simply using a rotor spacer. There’s some backward compatibility here, for sure. But, yeah, if you were hoping that the bike industry would, for the love of God, stop changing up this standards shit for, hell, a year or two at a time… well, no such luck.

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115 Comments

  • 141 3
 Damn good month for Fayolle.
  • 24 4
 Might be his best month ever but lets see how he gets on next round.
  • 71 3
 Damn Straight. Gotta feel a bit bad for the guy throwing down a run that matched the top quali time and then having everyone talk about the weather.

On another note, DH boost: WTF: ."...allow users to swap between 15 and 20-millimeter through axles by swapping end caps" - ummmm, yea, you mean like before boost?
  • 29 9
 @freestyIAM: tHe guy IS freakin' fast... he would have made TOP 5 in lourdes without the storm
  • 5 1
 But he had a really good run!
  • 6 2
 @Mountainbob: really doesn't matter. If it wasn't a fair playing field for all, that is what will be remembered. Unless of course, he had thrown down that time in the rain ala Hart and Gwin of old
  • 17 1
 I don't know. They don't lay it all on the line in qualifying. That's maybe a top 10 run.
  • 3 1
 @giantkeeper: and Stevie
  • 4 1
 @Mountainbob: and Barry Bonds hit a shit ton of home runs...still gets an asterisk...
  • 10 10
 Have people been saying this kind of stuff about Champery 2007 too? Everyone talks about Sam (who finished third), no one about Matti (who actually won). As Matti said: "I played the tactics right, but Sam is the king" or something along those lines. If the organizers knew about upcoming bad weather, so did the racers. The best riders have the choice (to some extend) to put in a great qualifier and do the finals in shite weather. Or be tactical, take chances and put in a mediocre qualifier to be able to ride the finals in mild conditions. No one complained about Champery, no one complained about the bad weather. No one complains about the favourably changing wind condtions that help Gwin on his way to a chainless victory in Leogang. But this year none of the heroes managed to do the unthinkable in adverse conditions. And then all of a sudden it's the weather that has messed up?
  • 5 1
 @vinay: That's no longer legal per UCI rules to play tactics.
  • 2 3
 Very bad month for haters (or good I'm not sure)
  • 3 3
 @dualsuspensiondave: That's an interesting one. I know back in the day when a good qualifier didn't get you more than a later start time, riders were actually taking a break to just qualify for the finals but to start their final run a bit earlier (under less beat-up conditions). I thought the only measure they took is to also grant some points to fast qualifiers. I know that was in effect in 2008 (which made for some exciting mens finals in Windham) but I'm not sure about 2007. But apparently in the mean time tactics (which isn't that well defined) are no longer legal. I get that. Those with a later seeding run simply have more knowledge to play tactics than those with an early run. But then again, was that (the fact that apparently tactics were still allowed) the reason that no one complains about Champery 2007? I for one was actually curious how Nico Vouilloz would perform on his first return into WC DH racing. Didn't quite get the answer either.

Shifting the mens finals as Bruni suggested wouldn't be a fair solution either. Yeah for the mens maybe. But for this to happen you'll also have to shift the preceding races to an earlier time and also their practice times. That could mess with their resting and nutrition plan and also might mean that those earlier classes also have to ride in still damp conditions. That seems even more unfair if it simply is because the top men don't want to ride in worse conditions than those who qualified lower.

I guess then we'll just have to accept that with an outdoor sport and with a mountain sport in particular, weather conditions can change quick. It's inherent.
  • 1 0
 @ckcost: just like when Matti Lehkonin(sic) won that time in the dry, but all anyone remembers is Sam Hill's unbelievable run in the pissing rain.
  • 2 0
 @vinay: Yea, from what I understand it's new as of last year or maybe this year. That's also why they only broadcast the top 20 or so race runs now with the one hour break in broadcasting. I think that they should be able to pick when they drop in for their race run depending on their qualifying times. It's only fair that everyone race in the same conditions, especially the top 40 or so.
  • 1 0
 @dualsuspensiondave: That's a good idea actually. A bit like BMX racing where you get to pick your start gate. A bit clumsy to organize maybe with 80 elite men taking turns picking the remaining race slots. But it is fair in a way that it makes sense to qualify well for both points as well as a chance to be riding in decent conditions.

Slight downside is that nowadays they have these live feeds where they (attempt to) broadcast the last few elite men racers down the hill as these are (inherently) the best qualifiers. That wouldn't be the case anymore with this new approach. Not quite for me as I don't have the patience to watch long videos anyway. Back in the day I received a race report in Dirt magazine every other month (or every month in more recent years) and now I just read the race report online. But I understand that the live feed is important for the audience nowadays hence for exposure hence for sponsor money hence at the end of the day for the athletes and teams.

So yeah, if they can fix the exposure issue (maybe just broadcast the complete race, why not?) it is an excellent idea Smile !
  • 1 1
 @vinay @dualsuspensiondave : If they got to pick their riding time then the top men would naturally want to go earleir to take advantage of a less riden track, , so you'd have the top guys go out and then the slower guys after, would make most of the event a bit boring having a gwin or bruni, for example, sat in the hot seat while another 70 riders come down at a slower pace...

With the fastest guys coming down last it builds exitement as the race goes on, and it also puts more pressure on the top guys to be in the best physical and mental condition as they have a slight disadvantage so makes the racing closer for all us fans.. Imagine how fast the top guys would be on a less beat up track than everyone else...
  • 1 0
 @Fire-Starter: First, it couldn't be any more anti-climatic than what happened last weekend. Not all racers would want to drop in first on their race runs. This was shown to be true for years and years. Some prefer to drop in last actually. And who cares if a 50th place racer gets 80th instead? Truthfully, they will never be a top 20 racer at that level anyways.
  • 1 0
 @dualsuspensiondave: Well this one was anti-climatic because of one factor, my point was they'd all be anti-climatic if we knew (with a fair amount of certinaty) the result by 1/2 way through the event because the big boys have gone first.... I don't care at all about the 80th or 50th place, I suspect most other people don't either so no one would watch then come down at the end of the event, so no viewers, no point in showing it at all for red bull, no point in any spectators sticking around for the event either to see it in person.. I've been to many a car racing event and superbike racing event where one of the support classes is shown at the end of the day, bareley anyone sticks round for that, they're all off to their cars to get a quick get away.
  • 58 7
 DQ rules for reentering where you exit need to be reexamined in situations where you fully come off the bike and clearly gain no time. Especially considering only 7 rounds and no throw-aways. It would be a real shame to loose an overall contender for something stupid like that.
  • 21 1
 Do you get any points for 70th? Also who else crashed and got help as that's technically a DQ too.
  • 18 1
 I'm surprised at Gwinn. He would know the rule.. I'm sure it was baby sh*t slick to try and reenter from the exit wound, but it was not about gaining a few precious seconds.. must have been the total adrenaline rush...

I'm sure he will be even more determined now... if that is possible.
  • 40 1
 In Supercross the riders regularly ride a whole straight off the track if they get forced off and it's dangerous to re-enter because of the pack. They just slow up so they don't gain and it's not an issue. I don't see why downhill can't do something similar. If you crash down a steep, wet, grassy bank there's absolutely no way to get back up with a bike.
  • 8 0
 Same thing happened to Minnaar in Cairns. It was so slick, he literally could not climb back up to where he exited. Gained zero time from reentering where he did. DQ'd, period.
  • 13 9
 nobody ever lost WCup overall by 2 points. Fortunately he didn't look up to the sky and said: "why have you forsaken me father" because people would be losing their shits more than if Minnaar rode a 29+ bike
  • 5 0
 I guess maybe they've kept it as it is to make sure an objective decision can be made. Not saying it's necessarily right but leaving it down to a subjective view on whether someone did or did not gain an advantage could open up a whole can if worms.
  • 5 0
 @ajjrsons: Keep in mind while you're crashing, you're not simply right side up like all of us watching at home, so it's not the easiest thing to keep a mental note of exactly where you crossed the tape; (sometimes maybe you are facing down and can see, but many crashes the person is all over the place and would have no idea). Not to mention you're just realizing you crashed in a race, so the only thing going through your head is get back up to speed cause the clock is ticking. I'm sure Gwin does know that rule, and may be kicking himself now, but in the moment I'm sure he was just trying to get back on his bike as fast as he could.
  • 1 0
 @el-nombre You're right about it opening a can of worms. That said, they could just make a rule where if you don't come back where you left off you get a 5 second penalty, and more at the discretion of the UCI. The way downhill is it'd be too damaging to a pro's rep to try and cheat anyway, and there are spectators everywhere on a WC DH track. Either way it'd surely be better than needlessly damaging a rider's season with the current system?
  • 1 0
 @el-nombre: In many ways I agree with you. Interpretation of this rule was the beginning of Rachel Athertons reign and Emmeline Ragots fall. Windham 2014. Rach cut the tape, went into the open grass field, turned to reenter the track long way down the place where she went out. Ragot crashed 6 meters before the finish line getting blown by the wind on a jump that most men had a hard time clearing. She was on a winning run. In effect loosing World Cup overall since Rach came 2nd or 3rd don't remember. Rach should have been disqualified. she is a dominating force in DH cuz she is damn good but that was a turning point of her career and I know for a fact it had a big effect on Emmeline.
  • 1 0
 @shaun-ridefast-michael: yep.. totally agree... altho just cat3 & cat2 amateur - I've been there in that adrenaline rush frenzy to jump back on and go.. and i race for tshirts and cheap plaques..

i still say an extremely disciplined pro with world titles would have that in his mind somewhere telling him.. go back to hence you came.. or be DQd...... its the UCI.. no mercy...

I do respect AG immensely for many reasons and that why in part it surprised me..
  • 4 1
 To me it's like any other consequence of crashing. Once you've made that mistake, anything bad that happens as a result is ultimately your responsibility. Crash and bust a wheel and can't finish? Sucks, but it's your fault. Crash and break your arm and can't finish? Really, really sucks... but still your fault. Crash out of the course and can't get back up to where you went out? Sorry bro, also your fault.
  • 47 1
 Bad month for Franz Grossman who is in a coma in Mexico after crashing an urban DH race down there Frown #healupsoon
  • 3 0
 A bit more info about that. #staystrongfranz www.pinkbike.com/news/franz-grossmann-recovery-fund-2017.html
  • 33 1
 Good month for Greg who finally has a bike that fits him. He seems such a nice guy he deserves it.
  • 2 0
 You're spot on. Everyone's talking like 29ers have some inherit advantage in DH but what I've read makes it sound like purely a fit issue for the tallest riders.
  • 29 8
 I'm calling it now. The react suspension design is a gimmick that doesn't perform better than anything else out there. At the end of the day, without an idler pulley or some other drastic form of chain redirection, every frame has to balance chain growth, leverage rate/curve, and side-to-side stiffness.

The bikes receive a disproportionate amount of coverage on Pinkbike, Vital (it keeps appearing as a "reloaded" news article"), and MTBR. They are doing an aggressive marketing push, nothing more.
  • 12 2
 Yup... suspension kinematics is all about compromises and you cannot get away from it... even with fancy marketing. Geo is may more important than suspension kinematics anyways. Good month for Pole and Geometron... hopefully the big 3 follow.
  • 6 2
 Indeed. It is not fundamentally different from any DW link, the Ibis Ripley, any Yeti SB bike, etc. The axle path is what matters, and there are various ways of achieving the same result.
  • 14 2
 When I hear "climbs like a 120mm bike, descends like a 160mm bike" they lost all credibility in my eyes. What makes a 120mm bike climb faster is the geometry, rolling weight from light tires and rims, and overall bike weight. With most modern frame designs suspension is secondary.
  • 11 0
 I'll wait and see how it actually rides - but my BS meter is through the roof right now. If anybody remembers the initial GT iDrive release, this feels awfully familiar.
  • 4 0
 Hit it. The physics of suspension design haven't changed.
  • 2 0
 @GeorgeHayduke: Ho damn, the iDrive. I managed to get this ugly design out of my head until today
  • 2 0
 Couldn't have said it better. I can name only a handful of bikes that do anything interesting with regards to a relation between anti-squat and pedal kickback, and in all cases they do this by eliminating chain growth. The react design does not do that.
  • 1 2
 pffft - says the guy who hasn't ridden one. I haven't either, but I am at least going to reserve any sort of judgement until I have tried riding it for myself.
  • 2 0
 @Hyakian: That would make sense if their claims were believable.
  • 1 1
 @WaterBear:

That's cool - people had a hard time getting used to the idea that the world was round too (for a while).
  • 26 0
 R.I.P Stevie Tilford
  • 6 0
 Man I can't believe I had to scroll this far down the comments to see this. I'm pretty bummed about Tilford. It was inspiring to watch him crush CX fields when I saw him at nationals a few times.
  • 2 0
 Such a character. I don't think I've ever been so affected by the death of someone I've never met.
  • 24 3
 While I realize the men's field got completely screwed, the top 3 women actually had closer times than the top 3 men. Kind of a cool achievement since everyone seems to put so much stock into how tight the racing is (or isn't).
  • 1 0
 Very cool
  • 38 17
 I know I'm going to het downvoted to hell but....

This whining over the world cup rain has got to stop. Fayolle was fast, he qualified where he did with a flat tire, he ended the drought of a Frenchman winning on home soil and he gave it all he had. Maybe mother nature got pissed off at all the "Holy Water" comments in Pinkbike articles and decided to give us all the Holy Water one could handle. All the big boys will still be battling it out come the end of the season. Relax.
  • 18 4
 Some of the stragglers:

59 - Greg Minaar
62 - Bernard Kerr
63 - Brook Macdonald
64 - Mick Hannah
68 - Troy Brosnan
71 - Loic Bruni
72 - Loris Verier
76 - Danny Hart
DSQ Aaron Gwin
  • 15 2
 One thing is for sure: If you want to get your comment upvoted on pinkbike, just write at the beginning "I know I'll get neg-prolped but..." Seems to work every time, ahh and shit I didn't write it myself
  • 4 2
 @Dallll: I upvoted you back to the positives just on principle. It was there, just not at the beginning of your comment.
  • 1 0
 I don't understand what your argument is against the rain ruining the race. It did.
  • 2 1
 Agree - "rain ruined the race" - boo-f00king-hoo, that is racing folks, get over it. Weather happens, and while rain did effect the outcome, if Fayolle doesn’t have the chops this race will just end up being a throw away in terms of the overall points standing at the end of the season.
  • 22 4
 The "boost makes your fork stiffer" argument is tired. Call a spade a goddamn shovel: boost allows for easier swapping to (and hence marketing of) plus size tires. All I've got is a bike with normal sized tires that has an oddly wide fork.
  • 9 5
 Not quite true. It allows engineers to widen the hub flanges to increase wheel stiffness though better spoke bracing angle which in turn makes for a stronger wheel.
  • 7 0
 @Demoguy: Big boy, you learnt well your text
  • 9 3
 @Demoguy: which was all unecceassry if we could have just kept using 26inch wheels.....boost was done to make 29 wheels a bit stronger so they were more like 26. :-(
  • 10 0
 Hasn't Plus effectively failed now?...looks like most riders are happier with a slightly wider tyre on a wider rim. A proper 2.4/2.5" or say Maxxis WT version on say a 25 to 35mm ID rim gives loads of grip, volume and stability. Even the smaller 2.6" plus tyres look likely to gain interest. Ironically sticking Boost on and improving clearance on normal 27/29 has killed Plus.

Maybe I'm wrong but it seems like they are disappearing ...Seems like people who are buying just want a bike with good uncompromised wheel size dedicated geometry rather than some Frankenstein trying to be all things to all riders.
  • 1 0
 @Travel66: So true! I bought the new TREK Fuel EX Plus but the best thing I have done is to buy a set of 29" wheel (Mavic XA/ Quest) now it actually feels like a rocket ship on the trails..
  • 1 0
 @Demoguy: Let's be precise. Wider hub flanges increase lateral stiffness at the cost of reduced...what do you call it? up-and-down stiffness. So the wheel is more likely to get squared off but less likely to taco.

When was the last time any of us actually taco'd a wheel? On the other hand I squared off a rim in the last 5 years. Boost is a no go for me.
  • 15 0
 Mega Boost 163 states that it is stiffer than morning wood !
  • 7 0
 misprint: it's megaboost 169 that is harder than morning wood.
  • 13 2
 Pouring salt in the wound disqualifying Gwin on that re-entry, he clearly didn't gain any advantage punching out the front door on that section.
  • 7 1
 He got 0 points for the DNF, right? But did any of the other top riders that finished in like 70th place get any points? The DNF vs 70th place for a top 5 rider doesn't seem like its any different.
  • 3 0
 Points from last up are like 4/5/6/7
Think Bruni got 10 points and Minnaar like 20.
  • 8 9
 It makes no difference if he gained an advantage, you have to ride the whole track
  • 10 1
 Yes I feel sad for the top dogs getting rained on but the newer guns came through and just imagine winning at an international level race expecting to be smashed I mean come on !!
  • 8 0
 Incoming Boost 150 for the new 29er DH rear axles in 2018.
  • 4 0
 Ultra Boost 157! On XC bikes too.
  • 21 1
 They got to wait until a bunch of idiots buy 29er DH bikes before they come out with the wider hub though.
  • 1 0
 Realtalk though, that might actually happen. Look at how much space is wasted on most 12x150 hubs, the rotor mount is quite a distance away from the NDS flange. Tons of room to push the flange over and increase the bracing angle.
  • 1 0
 @seraph: I'm still running running' Boost Light'
  • 4 0
 @mnorris122: Yeah, but these guys aren't breaking spokes or wheels. The failure is at the tyre or dinging the wheel at the bead interface. I don't get the point in more stiffness as most folks feel it is less forgiving and I just don't see it as the failure mechanism.
  • 1 0
 Already out, Superboost from Pivot
  • 1 0
 Super boost 157 is already here!
  • 1 0
 @mnorris122: already done. Pivot Switchblade "super boost 157"
  • 1 0
 @iantmcg: how will you know which people buying 29 DH bikes are idiots and which are smart?
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Our stupidity can only be determined in time.
  • 4 0
 Good month, other than loosing a legend. My outdated 2004 demo 9 is almost up to date with the new 20 x110 front and 12 x 150 rear. Now if it just wasn't cracked at the shock mount... Oh well been that way for years and hasn't gotten worse.
  • 5 1
 no need for boost with 26" wheels.......that's what you get with following new trends unfortunately. For every person that comments about how people who dont move with the times are lame the manufacturers start rubbing there hands and thinking of new things they can change for the sake of more cash in there pocket. Once everyone is competing on dh 29" wheeled bikes what will be the excuse for why we didn't just go to 29 in the first place.....

this basically makes 650b a massive scam. should have just kept with 26 and 29 like it was in the 90's rather than dropping 26 for 650b.
  • 14 9
 I'm gonna answer bad month. Any month that exists with that WC race in it sucks. Like waiting for that gift you know you're getting for Christmas and winding up with socks.
  • 42 3
 First of all, socks are great. Secondly, that race was still fun as hell to watch. It built suspense for the next round, throws a monkey wrench into the season, the gals were smashing, and I bet the polygon party was going off.
  • 15 0
 All DH racing is fun to watch. But not seeing the top ten qualifiers race at their best sucked. And I'm 44. Socks and coffee for me at Christmas is perfect.
  • 5 3
 @Jimmy0: It was the worst race for years and everyone was disappointed. It was no race actually, as all contenders had to fight for what, 70th place? How fun is that for you? Yes, that can happen in a sport like this, and we all know that, but it was ruined and that's a fact. Now we'll have to wait for another month to see what this season can bring to us.
  • 3 2
 @mentalhead: nobody was whining about it as much as pinkbike commenters. Shit happens, that's racing. The racers seemed to shrug it off in good sport, so why can't you get over it? What did you lose?
  • 1 0
 @Jimmy0: Yeah I think Jimmy0 is pretty much right here, shit happens. Although I was surprised to see Loic's legitimately pissed off post about the race, think it was on his instagram, he actually had a first post that the team made him take down, but his second one is still pretty spicy, gotta be a first for that.
  • 7 0
 Wake up soon Grossman!
  • 2 0
 Everyone rides a bike with 2 hubs, 2 sets of spokes, and 2 rims.

Why not be happy with what you've got, and if you toast a wheel, build a new one with the hub you already have. And when it's time to buy a new bike with different _______ (insert late$t dimen$ion trend for added $tiffness/$ize that $omeone ha$ $uggested i$ "the be$t"), do the same thing.

Or enslave yourself playing the "catch-up to the future" game, whether it's hubs, forks, rims, bottom brackets - whatever. It's such a *uck ton of wasted energy and money.
  • 1 0
 Dude it's so true. I rode an '04 bullit frame with mostly '06 parts until last year, upgraded to a spartan. I'm pretty good on a bike too. Yeah, the new bike is f'ing amazing, the biggest gains are in weight and suspension, in my opinion. But my old avids were definitely stronger than my new guides (less modulation, sure), my old derailleur almost never needed tuning (I find the new sram needs some adjustment every 5-10 rides), mavic wheels lasted forever, and my marzo fork from '06 was, newsflash, 110mm/"boost" spacing. Contact points are also key -- I had 780mm bars/40mm stem on the bullit with spank spoon pedals and that thing felt relatively modern ; )
  • 2 0
 Good month for-
Tall people with more money than sense.
Possibly people who care enough to run the Red Bull app.
People who are not bored of watching the Rachel Atherton show (comon' enough now please).

Bad month for-
Anyone who has tried Red Bull and realised that it tastes like dead moose anus therefore RB app wont make you appy.
People that wanted to watch a world cup race run by someone with a testicles (or an ovum) worth of common sense.
Franz Grossmann, seriously injured in Monsters urban downhill.
Fellow cyclists putting lives on the line to boost corporate money whores.
  • 4 1
 I seriously just seen a $5 window punch retail for $75. That surely has to make the month of May great.
I am serious...and stop calling me Surely.
  • 1 0
 SHIRLEY!!!
  • 1 0
 I smell BS with the 20mm boost hubs... Just look at this picture of a non boost hub and then tell me it's not possible to move the flanges 5mm outward AND keep the rotor in the same place.. Mybe you'll get some clerance issues if you're gonna run a 160mm rotor (caliper - spoke clearance) but why would you want to do that?
r2-bike.com/bilder/produkte/gross/SRAM-Nabe-front-X0-fuer-15-mm-Steckachse-20-mm-Steckachse-Schnellspanner_b2.jpg
  • 3 1
 We were robbed by the UCI. Either give us more WC races, or don't f*ck up the the only ones we get. Now we have to wait a whole month!? Shame
#lessenduromoreDH
  • 4 0
 ah goodbye Michele Scarponi ...cry cry... Frown
  • 7 4
 It's a great month! I'm still ALIVE!!!!
  • 2 0
 Is the new Polygon and the New Marin the same exact bike?
  • 1 0
 Exactly. I wondered the same thing. Two ugly bikes for sure.
  • 1 0
 Good month for bikes and pizza - bad month for...anything else not related to bikes or pizza.
  • 1 0
 Could almost put the 29er on both as now my brand new bike is obsolete lol.
  • 1 0
 It's the worst month for me since I ride mountainbike.oh no!
  • 1 0
 I think all boost hubs need an extra mm of width for optimal stiffness.
  • 1 0
 for me #everydayisepicday. yewww!!
  • 1 1
 You forgot to mention, on the new bike front, the new Carbine was spotted at EWS.
  • 1 0
 Aren't Polygon and Marin owned by the same parent company?
  • 1 4
 April will be a good month as long as somebody doesn't shoot a gorilla again, causing PC outrage for 3 weeks, followed by not giving a &@$) about it since they moved onto whatever is the next PC log for their 2 week fire
  • 1 1
 Good month to be over
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