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BDKR vernonfelton's article
Mar 7, 2017 at 14:18
Mar 7, 2017
Your Trail’s Future May Depend On IMBA's New Leader
Spoken as someone that will turn 50 in less than a month, the biggest problem is... "our average member is 45 years old" ...! Why? Because most in that age frame are going to see everything through glasses of a particular color. Most are riding XC! A good number don't have a life time screwing around on bikes and don't want to see roots and ruts. Trail sanitization is the number 1 issue with a lot of peeps. Me included!!!!! But most that want to see this go away are younger and more focused on shovels and just having fun. Two options here: 1) More young people get involved and crush this noobification of trails mentality. 2) Create a different organization.
BDKR paulaston's article
Feb 20, 2017 at 6:54
Feb 20, 2017
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
@DARKSTAR63: I hear ya! :-) And awesome bike BTW!
BDKR paulaston's article
Feb 20, 2017 at 5:33
Feb 20, 2017
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
@DARKSTAR63: I'll back up from "you're an XC rider" and instead say that one is XC focused. Most aren't going to carry that much while riding DH, if anything. we can remove that right there. The real battle fronts for acceptance here are XC and Enduro. Efficiency is paramount in cross country. Enduro OTOH is a blending between DH and XC so no single Enduro bike is going to be as good as a dedicated XC or DH rig right? So you're after the best possible compromise. When you consider that you are timed on the trip down, that logically would skew the balance a little towards the DH side of the blend no? Anyway, I'll agree that the bike isn't for everyone! If you don't have the mindset to deal with a bike that's going to feel sluggish while going slow (due to it's length and plushness more than it's weight), stay away from it. The Tanniwha is likely to be more lively and feel more familiar by virtue of not having a twist grip. :-)
BDKR paulaston's article
Feb 20, 2017 at 5:05
Feb 20, 2017
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
@DARKSTAR63: @Patrick9-32: On the weight difference, MBR (who did a report on these two bikes nearly a year ago!) states that the gearbox setup weights 2.7 kilos by itself. That's just shy of 6 lbs! That is a bit! OTOH, if you carry a 2.5 litre hydration pack (with water in it!), a tube or two, a small pump, some snacks for energy, and a multi-tool, you're already over that 2.7 kilos! The simple truth here is that if a 40% reduction(!!!!!) in unsprung mass at the rear (based on the MBR review) is less important than an increase in 6lbs, you're an XC rider! http://www.mbr.co.uk/reviews/full-suspension-bikes/is-the-nicolai-ion-gpi-the-most-radical-mountain-bike-ever-created-video
BDKR paulaston's article
Feb 20, 2017 at 4:41
Feb 20, 2017
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
@Patrick9-32: You're right! A wide range kit makes no sense for a DH bike, but it does for an Enduro rig. And at this point some are going to argue that the additional weight and drag are too much to justify, but that's more personal at this point. Some Enduro riders carry the difference in weight between a gearbox and der setup in their backpacks! Tracey Mosely in her last year of full time racing was spanking everyone with what appeared to be an expedition pack on her back. But you would still put on a wide range on your DH bike if there is not a narrow range available, simply because the increase in suspension performance greatly out weights that of a der. @DARKSTAR63: I think "Hides" is the wrong word. "Doesn't bother" is probably more fitting. Everyone knows the additional weight is there so what is there to talk about really. The drawbacks are a known quantity to everyone so not stating it isn't such a loss. We all know it! OTOH, there are more than a few that will argue that the weight penalty may be justified if the better suspension action results in better climbing over "TECHNICAL" terrain. And we are mountain bikers right? Aren't roots and rocks part of our experience?
BDKR paulaston's article
Feb 19, 2017 at 4:18
Feb 19, 2017
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
That portion of the test is valid since it's important to understand the effects of mass location on the bike. Unsprung vs sprung weight in particular. With a 1x dérailleur setup, the gears and shifting mechanism are all at the rear and the suspension has that much more mass to handle swinging up and down. The Gearbox OTOH is placed in the middle and doesn't suffer those drawbacks. That's one of the reasons it's a superior setup for DH and I'll argue Enduro as well. Lycra-Lads should stick with a dérailleur.
BDKR WindrockBikePark's video
Feb 19, 2017 at 3:57
Feb 19, 2017
video
THAT(!!!) Looks like a fun course!

BDKR seanleader's article
Feb 19, 2017 at 3:47
Feb 19, 2017
Pro GRT Set to Get Wild in Tennessee - Course Preview
Phuck yeah! Tennessee Downhill! Windrock has been there for a bit and deserves it's props!
BDKR NakiTrailRider's video
Feb 10, 2017 at 12:17
Feb 10, 2017
video
Rockin!

BDKR mikelevy's article
Feb 10, 2017 at 7:37
Feb 10, 2017
MRP Ramp Control Cartridge - Review
Some of these comments tell me just how out to sea some people are in their understanding of suspension function and setup. Bravo MRP, Having to install tokens and volume spacers is just plain dumb! Why not put the control/adjust-ability there in the first place? And why did this kind of thing come to the fore in the first place. I can think of a number of older designs that had end travel ramp control before (Marzocchi Rocco as an example). Why are so many newer offerings in need of tokens and spacers while having 5h1t mid-stroke support? Looking at you Cane Creek DB Air!
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