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Climbtech edspratt's article
Jul 2, 2021 at 8:14
Jul 2, 2021
Qualifying Results from the Les Gets DH World Cup 2021
@tacklingdummy: Right, because clearly Minnaar and (last two seasons) Vergier couldn't do anything with it either.
Climbtech jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 25, 2021 at 10:47
Jun 25, 2021
Throwback Thursday: How Much Has Geometry Changed in the Past 10 Years?
@phobospwns: I've noticed the same: plow bikes tend to also plow right off the trail in the corners. I always scratch my head over why people in the comments section either 1) always ride straight down steep near-cliffs (well, it is the PB comment section, so this probably is true, ha ha), or 2) tailor their setup and geo for what can't amount to more than 25% of total riding time (since downhill speed will be ~2-3x uphill speed). To each their own for sure, there will always be a market for the longest and slackest, and people should be able to get that. But no one seems to even acknowledge that there are downsides to super long wheelbases. I find I notice the wheelbase the most, but it's tied to any of the current trends (slack HA, longer reach, steeper STA all increase wheelbase). 1250+ mm wheelbase is a total barge unless you're on high-speed, wide-open trails. A trend I would welcome would be a separation between enduro and "everyday trail" bikes. If you go straight up and straight down, then current geometry trends (long, slack, heavy) probably work well for you. If you ride trails like you describe above: 50%-50% up and down, some rolling terrain, some flats (and if we're honest, a lot of us do) something a little less extreme than what's considered "modern" is better, at least in a lot of ways. I'm not sure that current trends are actually making bikes better for that type of riding. I feel that for everyday riding on non-extreme terrain, trail bike geo peaked around 2017-18. Do we need to keep doing this until 100mm XC bikes have 62-degree head angles? As you said, "longest and slackest isn't the best all the time"... except in the comments section :-)
Climbtech jamessmurthwaite's article
May 28, 2021 at 2:46
May 28, 2021
Throwback Thursday: How Much Has Geometry Changed in the Past 10 Years?
@ocnlogan: You got it. When steep seat tubes became a fad a couple years ago, no one was talking about ETT, which was good for manufacturers since you can't adjust all of these things independently. Some manufacturers, eager to get on the seat tube angle bandwagon, kept everything else relatively the same and just steepened the seat tube, resulting in my opinion in some silly short ETT numbers if you were sizing by reach. If you size by ETT, you either have to go way longer in reach than you're used to (even though everyone knows the reach they NEED), or you give up on the 78-degree seat tube, or you have a cramped pedaling position. You can't have them all.
Climbtech sarahmoore's article
Apr 2, 2021 at 5:13
Apr 2, 2021
[April Fools] New Enduro Race Format Announced
Yup. A funnier (and more cynical) joke would have been to introduce "Straight Downhill" racing. The corners aren't timed, only when you're going straight. Perhaps we could also not count time spent in the air so as to encourage massive hucks?
Climbtech mikekazimer's article
Sep 9, 2020 at 4:10
Sep 9, 2020
The Complete 2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude Lineup Compared - Across the Pond Beaver
@ilyamaksimov: but why would you care about the element? Isn't the Scalpel better? :-)
Climbtech mikelevy's article
Aug 13, 2020 at 7:13
Aug 13, 2020
Field Test: Cannondale Scalpel SE 1 - The Spider Monkey
@tgent: I think what is "just average" from someone with your perspective or that of this website might appeal greatly to someone who's the opposite of you: an XC rider who will never do an enduro race, but who is looking for a bit more comfort/versatility. XC race bikes are pretty awful at descending, so that would be one reason not to buy a "real" XC bike. Yet for someone who prioritizes climbing (anyone on this website? Anyone? Bueller...?) or just rides less steep, rolling terrain an enduro bike is going to feel like a total pig and something like this, the Tallboy, or the Ibis Ripley might be just the thing. To me, it's the bikes in this category (=120mm travel) that have all the geo, the components, and most of the weight of a 150mm bike that seem like they might disappoint everybody. But, everyone has different priorities and choice and diversity are certainly good.
Climbtech mikelevy's article
Aug 13, 2020 at 6:23
Aug 13, 2020
Field Test: Cannondale Scalpel SE 1 - The Spider Monkey
@TheR: Agree. Especially since (perhaps influenced by where they are riding) even the "XC" bikes are basically reviewed from an enduro perspective (e.g., the slacker and more reach the better, but then the limited suspension travel can't keep up). It's almost as if -- bring on the downvotes -- a 120mm bike doesn't really make sense for the type of riding they like to do. Mike does a good job at trying to balance his reviews with examples for where shorter geometry works well, but overall he naturally has biases towards what works best on steep, wet BC riding, which isn't really what this class of bike is designed for or best at. I bet the review would be a lot different from the perspective of someone from Connecticut (where Cannondale is based) or Florida where speeds are lower and quick handling is a positive and not a negative.
Climbtech dan-roberts's article
Aug 4, 2020 at 2:47
Aug 4, 2020
Enginerding: How Are Seat Tube Angles Actually Measured & Why Does It Matter?
@Geochemistry: don't even need to see the measurement, I can tell from the photo that the STA is way too slack! Nice compact wheelbase for jibbing though...
Climbtech mikekazimer's article
Jul 15, 2020 at 3:31
Jul 15, 2020
First Look: 2021 Yeti SB115
@SvenNorske: I understand the benefits of longer bikes, and for certain categories it makes sense, but what is sad is that they are applying the same reasoning to all bike categories and no one seems to acknowledge (or care about) what they are losing in the process. "What gets measured gets improved." Unfortunately, these days only downhill speed/time gets measured...
Climbtech mikekazimer's article
Jul 13, 2020 at 3:36
Jul 13, 2020
First Ride: 2021 Evil Wreckoning
@clink83: Do you find it annoying or just bizarre that almost no one seems to see (or acknowledge) that the current obsession over long reach is actually significantly impairing many bike's capabilities climbing or on flat ground? Yours is the first comment that seems to address the main issue. Instead of realizing the problem, designers are keeping with the fad and applying all sorts of bandaid fixes (like steep seat angles that make the TT way too short, or the wheelbase huge, your choice). On a bike like this, maybe, ok, whatever. But they are applying the same design principles to 120mm bikes, making them worse at what they should be good at, and all anyone can talk about is how much better it descends...
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