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BDKR mattwragg's article
Oct 23, 2017 at 3:39
3 hours
One Question: Does Mountain Biking Need the UCI?
@mattwragg: Ahhh.... Good intel! Thanx for clearing that up. :-)
BDKR pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 23, 2017 at 3:32
3 hours
Ask Pinkbike: Fork Travel, Mini-DH Bikes, and Junior Racing
@nvranka: I certainly don't want to sound as though I'm dissing other riders skill levels but I certainly agree that A DH bike IS STILL a different animal and still better suited to big gnarly fast dh courses. Now while I am a proponent of AM/Enduro machines I have both a '14 Canfield Balance and an '11 Kona Operator. The Operator is visibly longer and lower. The Operator is heavier. The Operator is uglier. The Operator feels like your pedaling a been bag through jello compared to the Balance. BUT, once you get that BUFF (big ugly fat f***er) up to speed you remember real quick that even a 4 year old proper DH bike has a lot more potential than the newest AM/Enduro rigs. Longer, lower, slacker, and more capacity to soak up gnar means you've got a bit in reserve when your AM/Enduro rig has hit's ceiling! Hats off to EWS riders as some of the trails they race are proper! Wouldn't want do a good number of those on my DH bike due to them being pedaly or just plain tight!.
BDKR mattwragg's article
Oct 23, 2017 at 2:56
4 hours
One Question: Does Mountain Biking Need the UCI?
@Cam86: Not speaking for YoKev, I mean the same keyboard warriors that refuse to buy new when they can buy used (because mountain bike pricing is just plain dumb), don't insist on all the "kit", don't buy "Enduro" pads, haven't completely re-tooled all their 5hit for 27.5 or 29 in the past three years but then still ride around the gnarly tech stuff at the local loop, and aren't thousands in debt just so they can have a fitness bike, trail bike, enduro bike, and a DH bike. Most of the local shops around here can suck it! Most of them period. The real truth is that there is a new business model. While I don't see ANY LBS's shutting down around here (which makes me think you are a butt-hurt LBS owner) I do see smaller places now that aren't retail heavy and focus a great deal on repairs and updates. AND THEY ARE ALWAYS BUSY.
BDKR mattwragg's article
Oct 22, 2017 at 13:25
17 hours
One Question: Does Mountain Biking Need the UCI?
@SintraFreeride: @hamncheez: @mattwragg: So UCI regulations are hampering design? I can't say I know what the head angles are on road bikes, but my time on motorcycles (sport bikes), is hearing what you are saying here. A steeper head angle was/is a great thing for a sport bike, but there is an upper limit which always results in instability! Couple that with years of mass centrailization, shorter wheel bases, and increasing stiffness, you ultimately wound up with bikes that were far more high strung than others. CBR900RR (Fireblade) and TL1000S come to mind. From their you of course wound up with steering dampers and other tricks like steeper head angles combined with longer swing arms. None of which can be easily accomplished on a road bike. Whatever the case, there is a very real possibility that perhaps the UCI is worried about the bikes getting faster so they are keeping slower via regulations or restriction on design.
BDKR mattwragg's article
Oct 21, 2017 at 11:31
2 days
One Question: Does Mountain Biking Need the UCI?
@gramboh: I personally would rather see a 50% increase in growth AND a 50% increase in the number of events!
BDKR mattwragg's article
Oct 20, 2017 at 8:01
3 days
BDKR mattwragg's article
Oct 20, 2017 at 8:01
3 days
One Question: Does Mountain Biking Need the UCI?
You couldn't be more right about the mindset. It's more akin to skateboarding and snowboarding! I felt right at home in it having grown up skating in the 80's and doing some snowboarding in the '90's. And the FIS isn't the only time this kind of shake up has happened. AMA Superbike racing in the '90's went through this. It ultimately resulted in the AMA getting their crap together (for a little while at least). Gabe is all the way out of line here! After all the love he got from the community after Stevie's death, how is he going to turn around and tell the good majority of those same people they are lesser!
BDKR mattwragg's article
Oct 20, 2017 at 7:42
3 days
BDKR mattwragg's article
Oct 20, 2017 at 7:41
3 days
One Question: Does Mountain Biking Need the UCI?
Unfortunate the way these things are. I've done a bit of organizing in the past and I've seen this kind of thing happen over and over again. I used to go to Laguna Seca during the winters when teams would show up and do some pre-season testing. Toyota before getting into Indy car racing, Marlboro Yamaha back in the Rainey/Robers days, etc.... Laguna itself was considered a park, but you weren't getting through the gate on those days without signing waivers!!!!
BDKR mattwragg's article
Oct 20, 2017 at 7:36
3 days
One Question: Does Mountain Biking Need the UCI?
While I agree that growth as such is a good thing, it speaks nothing of the demographic that's watching. I can still walk into a food joint, bar, down the street, or into a bike shop and the vast majority still have no idea that a mountain bike race was on! Funny also the number of people that would like to try DH, but find it difficult to find where live events are being played. And Redbulls problems over the last couple of years with their platform was no help!
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