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BDKR larock's video
Nov 2, 2017 at 8:57
Nov 2, 2017
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A Honda Element in the zombie apocalypse! LOL! I'll take a coil converted LR3. Great for crushing hordes of zombies and still maintaining traction. Just set the Terrain Response to Grass, Gravel, Snow and in no time you'll be squishing groups of zombies without fear of getting stuck.

BDKR mattwragg's article
Oct 24, 2017 at 6:38
Oct 24, 2017
One Question: Does Mountain Biking Need the UCI?
@hamncheez: @mattwrag; So apparently that 1800mm is max wheelbase allowed right? Put in perspective, 1800mm is nearly 71 inches! My 26" 2011 Kona Operator has an overall length of nearly 75 inches. I'd image a large or XL 27.5 DH bike is even longer. So while there is plenty of allowance per the rules in regards to overall length (and therefore wheelbase), it's actually the focus on power transfer and drafting that's pushing the design right?
BDKR mattwragg's article
Oct 23, 2017 at 3:39
Oct 23, 2017
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
Oct 23, 2017
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
Oct 23, 2017
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
Oct 22, 2017
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
Oct 21, 2017
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
Oct 20, 2017
BDKR mattwragg's article
Oct 20, 2017 at 8:01
Oct 20, 2017
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
Oct 20, 2017
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