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.
Transition Smuggler vs. Ibis Ripmo Question: @ozarksagd
asks in the All-Mountain, Enduro & Cross-Country forum:
: I'm looking get a more efficient 29er with a steeper STA and reduced offset fork for aggressive all-mountain riding, all-day epics, and 4-6 enduro races per year. I'm located in NW Arkansas, so lots of short technical up and down, long flow trails, and medium to big jump lines. I enjoy it all. I want a bike I can throw on the truck and ride comfortably in a wide range of mountainous areas.
While at Outerbike, I demo'd a Transition Sentinel, Scout, and Smuggler, an Evil Following MB, Pivot Firebird 29, and an Ibis Ripmo. Out of those, the Smuggler and the Ripmo were standouts. Both felt quick, poppy, and efficient. But a well equipped Ripmo is nearly $8,000, while the Smuggler is $6,000.
Worth noting though is I would have to swap the Smuggler's DPS rear for a DPX2 and would probably upgrade the wheelset as well. I would likely run the 36 on the Smuggler at 150mm.
Does anyone have experience on both bikes? Namely, I'd like to hear people's opinions on any limitations felt with the shorter travel Smuggler or conversely, anyone who feels like the Ripmo is too much bike.
*Note: I believe it's a fair comparison due to both bikes having nearly identical geometry numbers. I'm not interested in the Sentinel. It feels too long for my tastes.
What is the Most Durable Plus Tire? Question: @dannyfag
asks in the All-Mountain/Cross-Country Forum
: Anyone had any experience with plus tires? I got quite a heavy bike with Minion front and High roller rear, both 2.8. One trip to the Lake District and I was hounded with flats on the rear. I started with tubeless and then had to put tubes in, as I had some major cuts in them.
I am going on the same trip and can`t bear to be repairing loads of flats mid winter on some of my favourite descents. I just bought a Vittoria tire insert, but I am wondering what the most robust rear 2.8 tire on the market is? Are the Magic Mary 2.8 any good? I did have the 2.35 on a DH holiday a couple of years ago and they seemed really good.
Most Powerful Brakes? Question: @seismicninja
asks in the Downhill Forum
: So I sold my Saint 810 set because I wanna try something else. Nothing wrong with them and I love them, but I want to try out some other brakes just because. I care much more about sheer power than modulation. So what brakes do you guys recommend that have EQUAL OR MORE power to the Saints? Not interested in any two piston brakes except possibly Formula RO's. Thanks
The Maxima from Trickstuff promises to be the world's most powerful MTB brake. It is without a doubt the most expensive.