Here at Pinkbike, we get inundated with all kinds of questions, ranging from the basic "Can I have stickers" to more in-depth, soul-searching types of queries like if you should pop the question or what to name your first child. Ask Pinkbike is an occasional column where we'll be hand-picking and answering questions that have been keeping readers up at night, although we'll likely steer clear of those last two and keep it more tech-oriented.
Difference Between the Boxxer Select, RC, WC & Ultimate Forks Question: @IllestT
asks in the Downhill Forum
: What's the difference between the 2019 Boxxer Select, RC, WC, and Ultimate models? The SRAM website is pretty vague. I think they're all air-sprung and all have some version of the Charger bladder style damper, but beyond that, I can't tell.
Recommendations for a Torque Wrench? Question: @JP4673
asks in the Mechanics' Lounge Forum
: Ok. Be gentle. I'm fairly new to MTB scene and recently upgraded from a Specialized Rockhopper to a Nukeproof Mega Factory.
Looking at it all, it seems the maintenance torque values are pretty much gospel. All of my torque wrenches are big and heavy for trucks and motorbikes, so I need to get something smaller that starts around 2-4nM. What are your recommendations, as there is a huge variety out there and I don’t want to buy cheap and pay twice?
Training When You're Feeling Down Question: @JP4673
asks in the Fitness, Training, and Health Forum
: I've been training for a 50k race and over the past couple of months I've been delighted to witness a consistent increase in both strength and overall fitness.
Woke up this morning after a good sleep, drank a coffee, ate my usual breakfast, hit the trails around 11, and immediately felt like I had zero energy. After trying to push through it, I wound up shakey, sleepy, and unable to come up with the motivation to continue.
I just got in the door and I'm feeling pretty gutted. Part of me knows it's just an off day, and I'll probably be back to normal tomorrow, but there is ever-present feeling, "Oh God! I have no explanation for what just happened. What if this happens on race day?"
How do you cope when your ride/training/race doesn't go as expected? And, because everyone's body is different, what is our body trying to tell us when the energy to perform just isn't there, despite no changes to our regimen?
Older, Top-Spec Carbon vs. New, Lower-Spec Alloy Question: @JP4673
asks in the All Mountain, Enduro & Cross Country Forum
: Hey guys- My bike has just been stolen or lost, as the airline goofballs at Easyjet put it. I now need to buy new everything.
I do a lot of riding and a lot of traveling, just rode Sri Lanka and the Alps and enjoy some serious downhill action and don't mind climbing. The question - I have about 2000GBP total for bike and gear, what are your thoughts on going for an older (2014 or so) higher spec carbon bike like Lapierre, Santa Cruz, Yeti, YT, or similar versus going for a newer lower spec alloy bike?
Have an unresolved tech or fitness question? Jump in the Pinkbike Forum
and we'll look to answer it for next time.