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 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 henryquinney's article
Apr 24, 2022 at 20:10
Apr 24, 2022
First Look: 2022 Antidote Woodsprite
@alis66: Eli Tomac’s Moto will set you back a Cool $50k. Google it!
Bikethrasher henryquinney's article
Apr 24, 2022 at 6:49
Apr 24, 2022
First Look: 2022 Antidote Woodsprite
@alis66: Your not comparing apples to apples. A top the the line race equipped dirt bike that the pros are riding can easily cost $25k-$50k. They are not riding off the floor models by any means. When you build up a $10k Mtn bike there isn’t much you can do to make it better.
Bikethrasher seb-stott's article
Jan 22, 2022 at 8:20
Jan 22, 2022
Pinkbike Poll: How Reliable Are Modern Mountain Bikes?
I bought my first Mtn bike in 1993. Aside from the fork everything on that bike still works pretty good. Forks and shocks have been the most problematic parts for me over the years. That being said in the since I switched to RockShox I haven’t had a single suspension issue in over ten years. Smashed wheels have all been my bad. I switched to carbon wheels when Edge now ENVE started making wheels out of carbon. Since then I’ve only cracked two wheels. I’ve broken a couple derailleurs and snapped one chain. Again all rider error. Since switching to 1x drivetrains over ten years ago now I haven’t had a drivetrain issue that couldn’t be easily fixed with the barrel adjuster and some lube. The only frame I’ve broken was when I got hit by a car. So technically the car broke it. I started using dropper posts 20 years ago. Gravity dropper posts are bomb proof never had one fail. I moved on to KS and now BikeYoke. I had the KS serviced once in five years. The BikeYoke has been the best post I have ever used. I’ve never had a cockpit component fail in any way. Shimano pedals always work. I switched to SRAM drivetrains when the XO derailleur first came out and haven’t had a derailleur issue since. I rarely get flats any more. Tires have come a long way since I was setting up regular tires tubeless with duct tape and presta valves cut off of old tubes 20 years ago. The only bike part that still gives me issues is brakes. More specifically getting them to run true and not rub. If your still breaking lots of parts on your bike it’s most likely where you ride and the way you ride. If you ride DH and free ride your going to break your bike and probably yourself as well. If you race enduro or ride like your racing enduro your going to break stuff. If you ride lots of very technical trails your going to break stuff. When I say very technical I mean only the very skilled can ride whole trail. Horse thief bench in Loma for example only has two very technical sections. The drop in and the coffin. Which has been dumbed down so it’s not nearly as hard as it used to be. An intermediate should be able to easily ride the rest of that trail. Your skill level and riding style will also greatly affect how often you break parts. If you aren’t doing a lot of those three types of riding you shouldn’t be breaking anything on your bike these days. If you are the problems are skill, riding style and maintenance habits. Taking some skills clinics will greatly reduce the amount of damage you do to your bike and your body. Granted there will always be exceptions and sometimes things just don’t work the way they should. There are definitely parts that I refuse to use. Don’t be afraid to try different parts. Your friends and the guy at the bike shop might not be exactly like you.
Bikethrasher mattbeer's article
Dec 4, 2021 at 5:04
Dec 4, 2021
Pinkbike Poll: What Do You Perceive to Be the Riskiest Outdoor Sport?
Considering 16,884 cyclist where hit by cars in 2019 in the United States alone. Everything else is pretty safe. I’ve been hit twice here in Colorado. Once by accident and once intentionally. Sharks aren’t nearly as unpredictable as a texting driver. Riding the backcountry is safer than riding in bounds. Despite how reckless people are these days. The amount of people that actually die on the resorts of Colorado would shock you. As far as the sport that you will most likely kill your self. But if you ride a motorcycle your at the highest risk for sure. With around 90,000 injuries and 5458 fatalities in 2020 alone.
Bikethrasher briceshirbach's article
Oct 21, 2021 at 4:34
Oct 21, 2021
Colorado's 5 Most Popular Trail Networks According to Trailforks Data
Shit every trail within an hours drive if Denver gets hammered daily. By way too many people. We need to triple or quadruple the miles of trails down there.
Bikethrasher jamessmurthwaite's article
Oct 20, 2021 at 4:35
Oct 20, 2021
Clipless Crocs Are a Thing Now
My worn out Crocs stick to flat pedals better than any other shoe on the market!
Bikethrasher seb-stott's article
Oct 1, 2021 at 16:10
Oct 1, 2021
Pinkbike Poll: Have You Ever Recycled A Frame?
Here in Colorado that would be correct for the most part. I have a friend who works for a metals recycler. They literally get train cars full of metal from Waste Management. They sort it and grind it up then send it off to be reused again. Waste Management has a couple large sorting facility’s around Denver where they try really hard to salvage as much metal as possible. They don’t get it all but at least they are trying. The day will come when the old landfills are mined for all the materials we have thrown out over the years.
Bikethrasher henryquinney's article
Aug 7, 2021 at 8:54
Aug 7, 2021
Poll: Once and For All, How Much Should a Mountain Bike Weigh?
That’s complete bike weigh with a full XTR Kit, King / Mavic wheels, Easton bar, Thomson stem, Gravity dropper post, Manitou Minute Fork, Specialized Revolution 2.3 tires set up tubeless with electrical tape and and modified presta valve stems. A friend of mine still owns and rides it regularly.
Bikethrasher henryquinney's article
Aug 7, 2021 at 8:13
Aug 7, 2021
Poll: Once and For All, How Much Should a Mountain Bike Weigh?
@landscapeben: I have to agree. My Ripmo is just under 30 pounds and feels like a Pig compared to my Mach 5.5 at just under 26 pounds. My Ripmo is the heaviest bike I have ever owned. But it’s also the most capable and when things get interesting it has my back. It’s also more bike than I need 90 percent of the time. The 5.5 is simply pure joy to ride. It seemingly floats up hill and would rather spend more time in the air than on the ground. My Santa Cruz TRC was without question the greatest trail bike I have ever owned. It was stupid fast everywhere. It was a mere 24.43 pounds. Many things have lead to heavier bikes. Mostly people pushing bikes beyond their intended use. This was fine but many of those people didn’t have the skills or finesse to pull that off so warranty rates jumped. So manufacturers responded by adding a pound or more to most companies trail bike frames. Add in the want for Dh level grip and and tire inserts and all the sudden a trail bike weighs as much as an enduro bike and an enduro bike a DH bike. The really question is. With all the talk of lighter and stronger. Why does almost every trail bike frame on the market today weigh more than the first aluminum full suspension Trail bike frame I bought over 20 years ago? It was a Foes FXR with a Ti Curnutt coil spring shock. 27.54 pounds. In case you cared. Bikes have gotten FAT! Thanks to bikes I still weigh the same as I did in high school.
Bikethrasher jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 22, 2021 at 8:47
Jun 22, 2021
British Councillor Objects to Local Bike Park Due to Fears of Child Molesters & 'Aggressive Males'
@pourquois-pas: The biggest problem we have here is that most politicians seems to push the extremes of their parties believes. When in reality most Americans are moderates. Which are poorly represented by our two party system in which only the extremists get much attention.
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