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 bchapel's article
May 16, 2023 at 5:56
May 16, 2023
Video: A New Era of Trail Building in Colorado Springs
Due to a rider being hurt badly on a Bikes only DH only trail on Floyd Hill trying to avoid hitting hikers who didn’t follow the rules. I think a hefty fine should be imposed and strictly enforced. Let’s start at a minimum $5000 first offense, $10000 second offense. Plus medical expenses paid to the riders that are hurt due to hikers not following the rules. If we have to go off line to avoid hitting someone on some of these trails the chance of getting seriously injured or killed is pretty high. People need to be held accountable for their actions. We would be sued if we hit a hiker on a normal trail.
Bikethrasher mattbeer's article
May 4, 2023 at 4:43
May 4, 2023
Review: Akta's Trail Apparel & Protection Line
@Yody: I’ll second that I have 3 Pairs of Abit Shorts and they are the best riding shorts I’ve owned in 30 years of riding.
Bikethrasher henryquinney's article
Apr 7, 2023 at 5:03
Apr 7, 2023
We Explain Why Cheap Drivetrains & Alloy Bikes Are Best | Pinkbike Magazine Show Ep 3
@bman33: I have 4 going on 5 seasons on my XX1. I rarely need to adjust it. I replace the cables every spring and have replaced the chain twice. It’s been a very good drivetrain. Better yet when I bought it 4 years ago I sold the Deore kit that came on my bike and got more than retail for it.
Bikethrasher brianpark's article
Mar 22, 2023 at 11:44
Mar 22, 2023
Kitsbow to Close After Financing Shortfall
@jaytdubs: Yes they are a public company. The largest and most financially influential company in the world. I never said they were evil. Just that they have a controlling interest in nearly every industry in the world, and that nearly everything you and everyone else does that involves money involves them in one way or another. So yes they are the Man. Whether that is a good thing or not is not for me to say. I will say Money talks. Yes greed loves company. Especially corporate company. I’d suggest taking the time to read up on them. Their story is quite interesting if you’re into business. Many board members hold board positions at many companies. Again not necessarily a bad thing just a reality. My main point was and is that we should take all media with a grain of salt, and understand that they may or may not be pushing a particular agenda. Regardless of that agenda we should not and can not let the extremists of the world divide us. Great leaders bring the people together. All I see from our leaders and the media today is people trying to divide us. Peace and Respect
Bikethrasher brianpark's article
Mar 22, 2023 at 7:07
Mar 22, 2023
Kitsbow to Close After Financing Shortfall
@jaytdubs: BlackRock They have a controlling interest in almost every industry in the world. The most powerful corporation in the world bar none. They literally are the Man. You have to try extremely hard to not use a good or service they are involved with. Like I said we have to stop fighting each other. If we are divided we will be taken advantage of.
Bikethrasher brianpark's article
Mar 22, 2023 at 5:04
Mar 22, 2023
Kitsbow to Close After Financing Shortfall
@scott-townes: Considering over 90% of all media in the world is owned by the same company. I don’t think we can put much trust any of them. They all tell a story but only the story they want you to hear. Follow the money people. Unlike people, money always tells the truth….. The real question is how and why we let virtually all the media be controlled by (1) company? The world is in a tough place right now. The extremists on both sides need to pull their heads out of their asses and stop dividing our world. We the people need to stand united or we will fall.
Bikethrasher mikekazimer's article
Mar 21, 2023 at 14:11
Mar 21, 2023
Review: 1,000 Miles on SRAM's New Eagle Transmission
Thanks for not going 13 speed. That might be nice for old roadies, but if you can’t get around with 500% range you need more time on the bike not more gears. As pretty and well thought out as it is it’s still not what I want. I have been asking for a wide range 6- 8 speed trail drivetrain for years. Trail riders are your largest group of high end component buyers. I don’t need or want tighter gear spacing! We are not roadies! I double shift more than I single shift. 6-8 speeds should mean the cassette could be narrower. A narrower cassette would mean the derailleur wouldn’t need to stick out as much or move as far side to side. Much straighter chain line as well. Less need for double shifting. I really believe less could be more. I’m not ready to give up my cables either. I don’t care if they are run on the outside or the inside of the frame just not through the headset, bars or stem. Oh if I’m gonna be stuck with 12 speeds can I at least get a XO1 or XX1 kit with a cable? I don’t want to deal with batteries. I’m a slackass and always forget to charge them.
Bikethrasher henryquinney's article
Feb 28, 2023 at 4:37
Feb 28, 2023
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Real Bike Weights from PB Editors
@lkubica: Fast is Smooth and smooth is fast. Very much a fact!
Bikethrasher henryquinney's article
Feb 27, 2023 at 17:07
Feb 27, 2023
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Real Bike Weights from PB Editors
@motts: I couldn’t agree more. I’m only 170-175 pounds with full gear and 3 liters of water. When I’m riding a lot that can easily drop down another 10 pounds. Heavier riders will benefit much more from tires with heavier casings and inserts. For a lighter rider those heavy casings and inserts can make the bike feel overly damp and dead. Might be great if you’re racing but not what I’m looking for on my trail bike. Ride style is also a huge factor. Guys who plow down the trail with reckless abandon are definitely going to be much more likely to get flats and break wheels, than guys who seeming flow down the trail. Both styles can be very fast just different. Rider strength also plays a factor as well. For lighter guys muscling a 35 plus pound bike around can be really taxing. At the end of the day they have their opinion and I have mine. I’m just glad we all have a choice and we can ride the bikes and parts we prefer. It’s a great time to be a Mtn biker. This article will encourage more than a few rich guys to buy burly bikes that they don’t need and won’t ride much then sell them for pennies on the dollar. That’s a win for those people who actually need one.
Bikethrasher henryquinney's article
Feb 26, 2023 at 11:31
Feb 26, 2023
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Real Bike Weights from PB Editors
@Chonky13: Living in Moab. You actually live in a place where a having a bigger bike would be nice. But my current set up works extremely well there. Can’t say I feel under biked there on any of the trails you like to ride on your profile. You and anyone else that has easy access to that kind of terrain should consider themselves very fortunate. My point was that most of the people who ride do not or have limited access to the terrain that would require a Super Enduro. Also remember that in the grand scheme of things Pinkbike is a tiny group in Mtn biking. Of that group only a small percentage has properly burly trails near by. So the Pinkbike staff rides probably aren’t the representation or fit for most riders. I’ve been riding Moab since 1995 on everything from a 1992 Trek Antelope Hardtail with 1&1/2” travel fork to a Yeti 303 DH bike. Most of the rides I do require just as much climbing as descending. Unfortunately some require more climbing than descending. So depending on the people you ride with. This could me a nice leisurely spin to the top this being most people and bombing the Dh. Or the OG XC group of old XC racers and it can easily turn into a day of seemingly endless climbing for a crappy descent. As miserable as this sounds there is a lot to be learned from the OG crowd. Or in my case with my crew of ex endurance racers it’s race to the top then a race back to the bottom. As far as killing wheels. I used to destroy wheels and tires constantly, well my bike in general. Then as my Friend Frank would say I actually learned how to ride and I stopped destroying my bike. This took a while‍♂️ I was smarter at 20 than I am today.
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