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.
Is One Day in the Whistler Bike Park Worth It?Question:
Pinkbike user @Robv asked this question in the Downhill forum
: We are planning a family trip to BC, and I'm hoping to spend a little time in/around Whistler. Of course I would like to ride when I'm there. Unfortunately, it looks like I will only have one day..... Also: I've never ridden downhill. (I have done several years of MTB though, and started dirt jumping/skate park last year). My questions are: is it worth it for just one day? Should I just book a bike and go for it? Where should I start? I'm not looking for the big jumps and drops for obvious reasons, but would like to get some air. Any other tips ?
Why Are One-By Sprockets So Huge? Question:
@woofer2609 says in PM: I'm curious as to why there aren't any 1X drivetrains offered on the market that have the ability to run a 22 or 24 tooth narrow wide chainring. I am aware of the ability to run a 26t on Race Face Aeffect cranks, but then this negates having a bash guard, which most would agree, is almost a necessity, and doesn't match the rock crawler ability of the 22 or 24t chainring.
This would seem to make sense for a few reasons:
- weight savings (smaller rings all around, you could easily rock it with an 11-36t rear)
- durability (no need to run faster wearing aluminum 42t+ cassette rings)
- better ground clearance due to a smaller diameter chainring/bash guard
- less cross chaining if offset is the same as current 1X systems
As another plus, it's much cheaper and less wasteful to replace one front sprocket when it wears out as opposed to 10 still usable cassette sprockets when only one is worn out. Is this a case of planned obsolescence, or are there practical reasons?
Capable Cross-Country BikeQuestion:
Pinkbike user @bridgermurray
asked this question in all-mountain, enduro, and cross-country forum
: This is a weird question but I'm wondering about peoples' opinions on this. With cross-country becoming more technical, what cross-country bike currently on the market is the most progressive and aggressive when it comes to handling rougher, longer courses and downhills? For the record, I'm not asking about 120mm-travel trail bikes or steel hardtails, but proper 100mm-travel race bikes like Trek's Top Fuel or Specialized's Epic hardtail. The Scott Spark looks like a decent candidate, with a 68-degree head angle, long reach, and low bottom bracket. Any other suggestions?
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