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The MTB Aesthetic - Sunday Comics with Taj Mihelich
Jun 23, 2019
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I kind of like the way mountain biking is pretty much the wild west of bike design. Nothing is too weird or too complex to put on to the trail. It is a corner of the cycling world that seems to be a designer's free for all!
Sunday Comics With Taj Mihelich
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(Jun 23, 2019 at 6:07)
(Jun 23, 2019 at 6:52)
Needs another rear shock.
(Jun 23, 2019 at 8:04)
For sure Richie Rude wouldn't had issue for doping with this bike and all it's bottles !
(Jun 23, 2019 at 9:34)
I don't see the e-motor mounts. And when are bar ends making their comeback? I think this is the perfect opportunity.
(Jun 23, 2019 at 9:45)
isn't this your handiwork?
(Jun 23, 2019 at 10:34)
(Jun 23, 2019 at 11:17)
first thing I thought of when I saw the thumbnail
(Jun 23, 2019 at 12:16)
: Needs another bottle cage!
(Jun 23, 2019 at 17:05)
: Double the water bottles to prevent having to avoid a random person’s drug laced bottle!
(Jun 24, 2019 at 10:53)
: No horizontal brake levers? As for gearing, is there a Pinion, Effi or Rohloff in there or is this a singlespeed setup? The lack of tire valve promises some new tire tech this year (or Tannus street stuff) and of course we now need some bright minds to design some proper mud guards for these.
(Jun 24, 2019 at 11:40)
: poor richie, he will have to deal with these water bottle jokes the whole career from now on. His strange excuse reminds me of Contador, who once said after being caught with salbutamol (if i remember it right) that he ate a contaminated steak in a restaurant
(Jun 23, 2019 at 9:49)
More like "Hold my triple bourbon barrel aged New England farmhouse sourdough porter."
(Jun 23, 2019 at 10:23)
This is more true than we realize^
(Jun 27, 2019 at 11:39)
Sounds good, I'd buy.
(Jun 23, 2019 at 5:23)
Good design comes from the heart and good business sense comes from brain. Cough- "sick bikes"
(Jun 23, 2019 at 19:56)
(Jun 23, 2019 at 6:28)
Just gotta love the innovation and awesomeness of this industry. Ya I know we can’t afford 80% of the cool engineering that comes out but as a nerd it’s still awesome to be apart of an industry pushing the envelope in New and exciting ways each year.
(Jun 23, 2019 at 14:25)
You think this era for MTB design is wacky....you should have been around in the early/mid 90s.....some of those suspension designs were truly surreal.
(Jun 23, 2019 at 17:41)
True that! It's pretty lame these days barring a few manufacturers.
(Jun 23, 2019 at 8:01)
Thank you Mondraker, Nicholai, Pole, Polygon, Forbidden! Keep it moving forward!
(Jun 23, 2019 at 18:26)
I wanted to sample the hype with an evolink 140 and I must say I'll probably never go back to "traditional" standards. It's almost cheating. Kudos to all of those companies pushing the boundaries on what a mountain bike truly can be.
(Jun 23, 2019 at 19:57)
Yeah Yeah! Anything I see with a short top tube and a super leaned back seattube angle = instant disqualification. Let's see more of what you mentioned!
(Jun 23, 2019 at 11:58)
If this were true everyone would be riding Yo Eddy hardtails. Evil, Trust, Pole, Forbidden, Canyon, keep it up. If it is generated from actual kinematic design theory and tested. it is good.
(Jun 23, 2019 at 10:04)
Yeah, mountain bike design is pretty free for all, but have you ever looked at triathlon frames? With no suspension to deal with, and what I would imagine is unlimited budget (I think even more doctors ride on the road than trails), there are some pretty wild designs out there. But road riding is still lame (I don't do it, I just think the design element is neat)
(Jun 23, 2019 at 13:01)
I want to upvote the first half of your comment but downvote the second. Hitting 50mph on road descents is not lame in my book. That shit is scary
(Jun 23, 2019 at 22:09)
: 50mph is just when it starts to get interesting
(Jun 23, 2019 at 16:13)
Love the drawings and humour.
(Jun 23, 2019 at 8:40)
This is why I like the Starling Murmur. Less is more.
(Jun 23, 2019 at 10:35)
I guess that involved less humor too
(Jun 23, 2019 at 9:26)
Flexures and elastomer dampers for the win!
(Jun 23, 2019 at 13:17)
The Trust fork was almost starting to grow on me - ’til I saw this cartoon.
(Jun 24, 2019 at 4:22)
Imagine a Polygon Square One with trust forks, remote lockout shock and 2 x 11 drivetrain.....simplicity at its finest.
(Jun 24, 2019 at 5:10)
Why not 3x12? And Scott TwinLock
Because inovation and huuuuge range
(Jun 24, 2019 at 5:22)
: ok lets throw everything into the pot, a dyad shapeshifter shock with brain and remote lockout
(Jun 24, 2019 at 8:09)
: prolly gonna need a thudbuster as well
(Jun 24, 2019 at 18:36)
: Heck yeah, a thudbusting dropper, for the moments when you’ve locked out the shock but still need some supple support without having the saddle too low....
(Jun 23, 2019 at 5:36)
Good design is an ancilotti pull-shock frame with a lefty fork. Just start from that, tweak it, adapt it to every mtb discipline.
(Jun 23, 2019 at 6:01)
Waaaay to mainstream. Semi-seriously, I have always thought that there might be some place for rotary dampers in MTB design. F1 championships have been won with them, and their inherent limitation would be less of a problem in an MTB. SO rotary damper/gearbox sharing the same casting! Plus 150mm Lefty, and mic drop.
(Jun 23, 2019 at 8:54)
: great, now my 1970 MG and my MTB can share the same dampers.
(Jun 23, 2019 at 10:27)
: I think those are armstrong/lever shocks. The rotary vane damper is a bit different. It offers interesting packaging options.
(Jun 23, 2019 at 9:06)
I love it Taj. Mt bike world need some terrible 1 800mm bars. Best dirt jump bar ever!!!!!!
(Jun 23, 2019 at 15:28)
Love how it has a fork with another one of those janky linkage forks attached to it
(Jun 23, 2019 at 5:06)
............ Orange bikes
(Jun 23, 2019 at 5:23)
Until you realise how over engineered the chain stay section is lol
(Jun 26, 2019 at 14:05)
: The most well designed filing cabinet you'll ever see!
(Jun 23, 2019 at 19:05)
Viva la hardtail
(Jun 24, 2019 at 5:28)
Mtb full sus designs make even the latest motocross bikes look dated
(Jun 23, 2019 at 6:30)
Kind of "WAKI" or what?
(Jun 24, 2019 at 10:42)
When is AI gonna come in an just tell us what's best?
(Jun 23, 2019 at 6:01)
ha.. I like these comics
(Jun 23, 2019 at 11:59)
Good design is timeless... and gets better as years go by!
(Jun 23, 2019 at 9:48)
Its a shame honistly it went from a good bikes to “revolututionary bikes” which just make things uneeded
(Jun 23, 2019 at 14:46)
This is great
(Jun 23, 2019 at 10:45)
(Jun 23, 2019 at 8:48)
Nice one Taj
(Jun 23, 2019 at 8:44)
(Jun 24, 2019 at 16:43)
(Jun 23, 2019 at 6:03)
It's called the Squidyasaurus... When it gets old it becomes a fossil because every pivot is fused....
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(Jun 23, 2019 at 7:26)
Maybe 30 years ago this was true. The MTB industry has stagnated for the most part. Prices keep going up though.
(Jun 23, 2019 at 9:19)
Yeah, polygon. Make an interesting bike already
(Jun 23, 2019 at 11:08)
Dave Weagle - this is a wake up call! Stop sitting on your arse please!
(Jun 23, 2019 at 17:44)
: You lack reading comprehension skills. What do you think 'The MTB industry has stagnated for the most part' means?
How old are you 15?
(Jun 24, 2019 at 11:34)
I think the sarcasm in both our comments might have been missed...
(Jun 24, 2019 at 13:39)
: No. Just the complacent, obsequious, snowflake sycophants down voting any comments that they don't like.
I wasn't being sarcastic.
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