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Birmingnar sarahmoore's article
Dec 10, 2019 at 8:00
Dec 10, 2019
Field Test Editors' Choice: 2020 Top Fuel vs F-Podium vs Trail Pistol S vs Mach 4 SL vs Joplin
I bought a Top Fuel this year, coming off of a Santa Cruz 5010, and damn, I love this bike - especially as a southeastern rider the geometry and travel numbers of this bike are DIALED. The new tallboy has gone too far towards a trail bike imo, and it's geo is going to hold it back on my home trails. I wouldn't hesitate to race XC on this bike and will jump in some enduro's on it when the trail isn't too gnarly. A few things, SIZE UP! I'm 5'7" and have ridden a medium in most bikes, my wife got a Top Fuel before me and purchased a medium, she's 5'5", I tried hers out and it was too cramped. According to Trek's fit system I am smack in the middle of both sizes, medium or medium -large will work. That said - the Medium/Large is the sweet spot for people in the 5'7" - 5'9" height range, it makes the bike feel WAY better and it just fits perfectly. Based on the articles, I feel like both of the reviewers did themselves a little bit of a disservice and may have been on the smaller sized bikes. Finally, I feel that it's very "in" in the online mtb journalism world to hate on remote lockouts and lockouts in general, I thought I would be "meh" about the Top Fuels but I was wrong, I absolutely love the feature. For any stretch of gravel road climbing or buffed out trail I'm hitting the twist lock. Loved that you guys did this shoot-out!
Birmingnar danielsapp's article
Jul 15, 2019 at 9:45
Jul 15, 2019
Review: The 2019 Canyon Neuron CF 9.0 is Conservative Yet Quick
@vggg: Pisgah Stage Race is not like that...
Birmingnar danielsapp's article
May 23, 2019 at 11:10
May 23, 2019
First Ride: Trek's 2020 Top Fuel Gets a Little More Travel & a Lot More Aggressive
I'll be in Brevard this weekend so if you could just place this bike in a convenient spot for me to "test ride" that would rad. thx.
Birmingnar jamessmurthwaite's article
Apr 1, 2019 at 8:42
Apr 1, 2019
Jolanda Neff and Dakotah Norton Win Downhill South East Round 2
Most of the DH bros on here don't realize that many of the top XC racers at a WC level would CRUSH them on an equivalent DH or Enduro bike.
Birmingnar jamessmurthwaite's article
Nov 29, 2018 at 14:17
Nov 29, 2018
Cross-Country World Cups Were Viewed by More People Than Downhill for the First Time in 2018
Tons of kids racing NICA, ie High School XC in the states. That has to have an impact on viewership!
Birmingnar mikelevy's article
Sep 7, 2018 at 7:24
Sep 7, 2018
Custom XC Race Bikes - Lenzerheide World Championships 2018
@RedRedRe: Tell that to Jolanda Neff cc: Anika Langvad
Birmingnar mdelorme's article
Jul 14, 2018 at 12:29
Jul 14, 2018
Martin Loo Isn't From Hawaii
Thanks! I've been scratching my head at this one as well. Good luck to him!
Birmingnar danielsapp's article
May 15, 2018 at 10:49
May 15, 2018
Birmingnar briceshirbach's article
May 11, 2018 at 12:47
May 11, 2018
Local Flavors: The Complete Mountain Bike Guide to Calhoun County, Alabama
Let's just spread that divisive bullshit around a little more! Alabama based liberal-voter here, for the record. Yes, Anniston is hardcore Trump country, but c'mon man, lots of good people are doing good things, and the Forever Wild Program is CONSTANTLY on the chopping block from republican leaders at the state level. It's important to support these trails (and yes the local economies) to keep these programs, that provide valuable preservation and greenspace to the communities they are in. Misguided as they may be, most of these people who voted for Trump in Anniston have a HS diploma at best and something about his campaign spoke to them and made them think that their industry would come back. Don't punish people for not being able to see through Trump's BS, instead interact with them and try to find some common ground. Last one, if we didn't mtb in any county that voted for Trump, how many trails would we have access too???
Birmingnar mikekazimer's article
Apr 10, 2018 at 7:29
Apr 10, 2018
RockShox Announces Longer Travel SID, New Twistloc Remote
Tons of XC races, especially endurance/marathon/stage race distance ones have extended fire road sections where a lock out is useful for some people. Just because someone's home trails don't necessitate it doesn't mean a huge chunk of the racing market doesn't want it.
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