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Bluefire mikelevy's photo
Feb 25, 2017 at 0:24
Feb 25, 2017
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/norco-prototype-dh-bike-first-look.html For review. In this photo, we're looking at the top tube; it looks like that linkage is in the same place. Good stuff. I've always liked the theory behind high-pivot DH bikes.

Bluefire FRNZ's article
Feb 16, 2017 at 22:50
Feb 16, 2017
Rupert Chapman - Pivot Phoenix Bike Check
Still darker, though. I was thinking the same thing; I almost feel like the differential between forks and shocks is getting larger over time. Bothers me to no end. I'd rather have the black now because of it, especially considering how good the Grip damper is. And then we have this, which I spotted about a week ago... That's basically Espresso, which triggers me just a hair. It's in all the pictures, too. http://www.intensecycles.com/bikes/recluse
Bluefire paulaston's article
Feb 16, 2017 at 16:56
Feb 16, 2017
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
@hamncheez: Good point about the start... but what's funny is that the twist shifter would solve that problem hahaha. One and done. Not that any downhiller could use it.
Bluefire paulaston's article
Feb 16, 2017 at 9:35
Feb 16, 2017
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
@Patrick9-32: I did not consider either of those things at all; you're absolutely right. Glad to be corrected; thanks!
Bluefire paulaston's article
Feb 16, 2017 at 9:23
Feb 16, 2017
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
@Mojo348: I thought of that when Eagle came out. SRAM may no longer make one, but there's nothing preventing you from adding a triple to that drivetrain. 1000% gear range, anyone?
Bluefire paulaston's article
Feb 16, 2017 at 9:18
Feb 16, 2017
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
@Nizhoni: I figure it would be faster if more people rode DH. All the drawbacks of the gearbox, minus the freehub lag, are things that are less detrimental to a downhill bike's performance than to a trail bike's. Trigger shifter should be fairly easy to fix... I also figure that adding electronic shifting to a gearbox would be a lot cheaper than adding it to a derailleur is.
Bluefire paulaston's article
Feb 16, 2017 at 9:12
Feb 16, 2017
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
@maxlombardy: To be fair, though, this Nicolai is 34 pounds with the derailleur. This build and frame are heavy independent of the gearbox. I can't seem to find any complete weights on the Zerode, but I imagine that'd be significantly lighter; the whole gearbox platform, though it naturally pays a penalty to a derailleur, doesn't necessarily have to be a heavy bike overall. Weight can still be saved in other places. Furthermore, the gearbox is a big opportunity for downhill to wrest its title back from enduro as the F1 of mountain bikes. Shifting under power won't be as much of a problem, and neither will weight; the improvements in ground clearance and suspension performance will be most beneficial in DH. So it's natural to expect that gearbox downhill bikes will herald their widespread adoption... except that downhill bikes are one of the lowest-selling mountain bike segments; any R&D costs a manufacturer invests in developing a gearbox downhill bike will be much more difficult to recoup than if they were invested in an enduro or trail bike (hence the Taniwha). So as far as the financial incentive to improve the technology, gearboxes are fighting a fundamentally pitched battle. That's probably why it's taking so long. If everyone rode downhill, I imagine we would have started seeing gearbox DH bikes from midsize manufacturers two or three years ago.
Bluefire paulaston's article
Feb 16, 2017 at 8:55
Feb 16, 2017
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
The new C1.12 with magnesium body is cheaper and it saves about 250g versus this model. Does that change the equation at all for you?
Bluefire pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 16, 2017 at 0:09
Feb 16, 2017
Gwin's Telemetry GoPro Run - Video
@SoCal-AM: Just learned about Sequoiadendron in my Botany GE at Cal Poly. For a second there I thought I was going to get to combine school and Pinkbike... beat me to the punch!
Bluefire vernonfelton's article
Feb 6, 2017 at 12:43
Feb 6, 2017
Mountain Bike History For Sale
On your last line - a real upside of the new administration's aggressive policies seems to be a gradual renewal of unity between the various land users. Hikers, bikers, hunters and equestrians all have common goals once again. We may bicker and fight and cut each other out when things are good, but now that the land we all love is threatened, we are setting aside our differences; remembering what REALLY matters. It's heart-warming. I hope this change continues, and I hope it's relatively permanent. Even the Sierra Club isn't big enough to stand against these threats alone.
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