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Mid 30's father, expat and traveler bouncing around the world with bike and family in tow trying to find a place we can all call home.
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CONomad mikekazimer's article
May 9, 2019 at 17:48
May 9, 2019
Opinion: Why Is Everyone Talking About Seat Tube Angles?
Agreed this isn't new, I've been analyzing seat tube angles for years. Learned that after I tried an early evil and had to sell it since the actual is so slack that when raised up for my 6'5 legs I couldn't ride flat ground without wheeling out. Simple thing is bikes need to change geo according to size, stack should come up and seat tube should steepen for an xl. Things are definitely vastly improved with the reach but there is a lot of room for improvement on large frame bikes for large riders.
CONomad RichardCunningham's article
Apr 26, 2019 at 10:03
Apr 26, 2019
Poll: Does Your Trail Bike Have a Weight Problem?
@davec113: Solid point, I should have clarified between "enduro racers" and over weight middle age dudes who buy most enduro bikes sold. I actually stopped enduro racing because I got more injured in 2 season of that than I ever did in 20 years of DH... racing blind tech trails just seemed like a good way to get myself permanently jacked up haha. So now I have a short travel fun bike and a dh bike... lets me ride the middle intensity trails but keeps me from getting too brave and stupid while doing so.
CONomad RichardCunningham's article
Apr 26, 2019 at 8:34
Apr 26, 2019
Poll: Does Your Trail Bike Have a Weight Problem?
@yzedf: Good to hear, haven't ridden in the north east in about 10 year now since I lived in Ottawa. But I loved the rocky techy side of things.
CONomad RichardCunningham's article
Apr 26, 2019 at 6:38
Apr 26, 2019
Poll: Does Your Trail Bike Have a Weight Problem?
I'd both agree and argue with this point. I've been a dh rider my whole life and while on the one hand I do agree that you see a lot of local trails starting turn towards gravity riding, taking away technical climbs and making things direction in favor of enduro riders. But from a DH rider's pov it's also killing dh as the bike parks and trail centers are taming down to meet this middle ground enduro rider with flow and jump trails that are really just too much work on a dh bike and it's left most bike parks without a real need for a DH bike on 90% of their trails. Aside from Whistler I can't think of a major bike park where there are still more technical "race quality" dh trails than flow trails... and it SUCKS cause my dh bike isn't getting near the attention it deserves! haha
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Apr 23, 2019 at 5:17
Apr 23, 2019
Selling
Apr 23, 2019 at 5:16
Apr 23, 2019

Sram Code R

$150 USD
I'm selling the Code R brakes that came stock on my Commencal Supreme DH. Great modualtion and never had any issues with them but at 200 pounds and with 29er wheels they just never had the stopping power I needed so I've swapped them out. Pad's have about 80% of life left in them and the front is rock solid, but the rear I had to take the hose off to get it out of the frame (it is included just not in the photo, not sure how long it is but it's off an xl 29er so should be long enough for anything short of a tandem). Also come's with Sram matchmaker brackets.

CONomad edspratt's article
Apr 23, 2019 at 5:07
Apr 23, 2019
2018 Downhill Season Analysis: Who to Pick for Your Fantasy League Team
Feels like the article is overlooking both Gwin and Minnar. Both were in peak form going into last season before injuring out. And now both are coming into this season looking to make up for it. Would Pierron have been that dominant if they were both still in the running last year (dude is fast and I'm sure still would have won at least once, but can you really toss out the veterans like that)?
CONomad paulaston's article
Mar 18, 2019 at 0:33
Mar 18, 2019
Ridden & Rated: 29" DH bikes From Intense, Saracen, GT & Devinci
Thanks for the reassurance Paul, being 6'5 I really went out on a limb and was one of the first to buy the Commencal, the only other option at the time was the geometrically stunted and over priced Trek. But I'd always had good luck with Commencal and took a gamble, which paid off as the last season on it was absolutely amazing (by both my experiences and WC results)! It's great to know that even by the reviewer's standards though I picked a winner not a lemon.
CONomad jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 6, 2019 at 2:17
Mar 6, 2019
London Bike Thief Foiled by Door
I always do that when I pop into a store somewhere, figure even if they snap the lock it'll give me the chance to run them down.
CONomad paulaston's article
Feb 28, 2019 at 7:43
Feb 28, 2019
Review: Enve’s M735E Wheelset Fails Our Test
@smithcreek: yeah sorry but you lost the "enduro is a format not a category of bike" argument about 2 years ago...
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