Bikethrasher

I'm a Trail rider through and through. I'm never satisfied, Thus I am constantly searching for the perfect trail bike. This being the case. I spend lots of time and money demoing bikes. I generally don't comment on bikes unless I've ridden them. I sacrifice pretty much everything for the sake of owning really nice bikes.

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Bikethrasher pinkbikeaudience's article
May 22, 2017 at 21:06
May 22, 2017
Pimp My Bike – A Money Can't Buy Prize With Push Industries
My wife actually said. "If you win, are you going to buy a new frame to put it on?" Picture not so happy wife. Cause you keep saying your current bike is all used up. Picture not understanding or believing wife. All I could say was. Well you know. She stomped off.
Bikethrasher vernonfelton's article
May 12, 2017 at 16:35
May 12, 2017
Brilliant or Bullshit? – Pinkbike Poll
Insanely expensive carbon wheels, carbon frames, boost, plus, bigger wheels, pf bbs, boost. God knows I've tried it all. None of that shit made me any faster. Powerful Disc brakes, Dropper posts, Quality suspension, Better Geometry, Tubless tires, good 2.3 tires, 1X drivetrains. Have all helped though. Powerful disc brakes and dropper posts made the most dramatic improvement though. Taking minutes off lap times. Major improvement in handling and control. That lead to more confidence and more speed.
Bikethrasher AJBarlas's article
May 4, 2017 at 20:03
May 4, 2017
Does Boost Spacing Really Make a Stronger Wheel?
@RONDAL: I few of my riding buddies where pros. Their insight is quite enlightening. The way they ride a bike even when they are in quote "terrible" shape will put you in your place in a hurry as well. Nothing like having a guy on a 15 plus year old clapped out 26" hardtail with 2.0 Super Sonics, rim brakes, and a blown fork smoke you on every climb and descent. I don't need bigger wheels, tires, carbon frames, slack and low geometry. I need skills camps and bigger balls. Oh there's that something in my head that needs removed as well. Then maybe just maybe, I could be fast on a bike. Damnit who am I trying to kid. The industry says I can't go fast without a $10,000 carbon 29er enduro, boosty everything bike. Thats ok because I'm 40 and it's all Dh for here!
Bikethrasher paulaston's article
May 2, 2017 at 4:56
May 2, 2017
Randoms - Bike Festival Riva, 2017
@Boardlife69: After buying one for my son. I rode 4 different plus bikes and they where the slowest bikes outside of true fat bikes that I've ever ridden. Plus bikes are all hype. The negatives far outweigh the positives, for most riders. Especially lite riders or riders who don't produce a lot of power. Maybe you didn't read all my post. Same heavy ass bike with 2.4s and he was much faster everywhere. The bike handled way better as well. Simple facts he's back to ripping, and the clock doesn't lie. Plus is a Sham. Typical bike industry leading us one way just to go the opposite way 7 months later.
Bikethrasher paulaston's article
Apr 30, 2017 at 7:14
Apr 30, 2017
Randoms - Bike Festival Riva, 2017
@mikealive: Most kids bikes are heavy. TrailCraft makes a 120mm full sus that's around 25 pounds. Their hardtails are around 22 pounds. My Daughters 20" wheeled Specialized Hotrock weighs almost 30 pounds. She only weighs 40 pounds. Last spring bought my son a Specialized RipRock 24plus with more than a few reservations. But the sales guy assured me it was the way of the future. Better traction, Rollover, cornering, blah blah bla. Well we went out for our usual 10 mile loop and didn't make it 5. I was like what the hell. After a few rides we realized those damned Plus tires sucked the life out of him. I swapped out the 3" tires for some 2.4s and wow night and day difference. He's back to his old self. Cranking out 10-17mile rides a couple nights a week. Then he demoed a Trailcraft hardtail that was a mere 22 pounds with skinny 2.1 tires. Holy crap! He absolutely flew on that bike. Just over 8 minutes faster on our 10 mile test loop. Over 15 minutes faster than with the plus tires. What? Yeah we are saving for a Trailcraft. Plus tires are a sham......
Bikethrasher vernonfelton's article
Apr 23, 2017 at 8:13
Apr 23, 2017
Another New Standard? Here Comes Boost 20x110
Well said man. Give us something we actually want. Bikes that are fun to ride. Where's our 26" trail bikes already?
Bikethrasher vernonfelton's article
Apr 23, 2017 at 8:04
Apr 23, 2017
Another New Standard? Here Comes Boost 20x110
@zede: I hear you man. I've gotten back into climbing and I've been riding my Dj more than ever. My trail bike is now on its fourth season and I have 0 intentions of replacing it any time soon.
Bikethrasher vernonfelton's article
Apr 23, 2017 at 7:55
Apr 23, 2017
Another New Standard? Here Comes Boost 20x110
I've been saying this for a while now. The bike industry is a Fat Hog???? that is ready for slaughter. It's high time the pig gets butchered. Product lines get trimmed back and companies get more conservative again. How many types of bikes do we need? Less is more people! I haven't ridden any new bike in the last 3 years that needed any parts made stiffer. If anything parts are getting too stiff. Screw the 2%ers! I'm sick of paying for there whims!
Bikethrasher paulaston's article
Apr 9, 2017 at 15:18
Apr 9, 2017
Check Out - April
I always ride Comando
Bikethrasher mikekazimer's article
Mar 27, 2017 at 15:58
Mar 27, 2017
Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 - Review
@jclnv: My Chris King Threaded BB has been on 4 different bikes over the last Ten years and hasn't ever squeaked. Why fix what isn't broken?
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