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Climbtech angryasian's article
May 24, 2019 at 3:04
2 days
First Ride: Pivot's XC Race Ready 2020 Mach 4 SL
I think it's good that someone is pushing the technology forward and offering/using Live Valve. That's how things evolve, get better, and the price comes down. However I've also been puzzled that Pivot is doing it as their bikes are some of the last that seem like they would really benefit from Live Valve's advantages. To get a good idea of its potential, you really want to use it on a bike with really supple suspension that doesn't pedal particularly well. That people say it's a noticeable improvement and give it positive reviews on a 100mm DW-link bike does make it sound extremely promising. For a true evaluation, I would like to see it compared with/without on something like a Transition or Specialized. (Doesn't fit with those companies' brand image, so it would have to be an aftermarket retrofit.)
Climbtech NinerBikes's article
May 22, 2019 at 4:40
May 22, 2019
Video: Kirt Voreis Tries to Explain Niner's CVA Suspension
Why yes Kurt, I do like the angle of the dangle. Please go on.
Climbtech danielsapp's article
May 22, 2019 at 3:26
May 22, 2019
5 Bikes and a Few Tech Randoms: Albstadt World Cup XC 2019
@clink83: Very well stated. Thank you. It is a pretty logical process. For some reason, many on here have the opinion that all that can be discounted because "mountain biking is different. This isn't road riding." The act like you can take an optimized fit and slide the saddle all the way forward to somehow improve performance without downsides. They tell you fitting methods used and proven through racing are inapplicable, then you see them pedaling around sitting on their dropped saddle... None of that in this thread, but it seems to be a growing trend when any geo/bike fit topic comes up.
Climbtech mikekazimer's article
May 6, 2019 at 9:09
May 6, 2019
Video: Are 29/27.5" Mullet Bikes Faster Than 29ers?
@pyromaniac: As silly as these comparisons are, I think the way he did it was ok. I would argue that the changes in geometry between different chassis make more of a difference than the wheel size. If you test different wheel sizes (or mixed) on different bikes, are you really identifying differences between the wheels, or the bikes? Even for manufacturers that offer both a 27.5" frame and a 29" frame in the same bike, the geo is usually not exactly the same, making exact comparisons, and thus meaningful conclusions difficult/impossible.
Climbtech mikelevy's article
May 2, 2019 at 13:05
May 2, 2019
Point: Suspension Lockout Levers Have Made Bikes Worse
Would anyone put up with a car that you had to press a special little button on the dash to make it go up a hill, then press it again before going down a hill otherwise you bounce off the road? Would anyone accept a phone that had a send/receive switch and you had to switch it back and forth every time you wanted to talk/send a text/send email or listen/receive a text/browse PB/look at other stupid comments like this one? Imperfect analogies, but the expectation, or at least what designers should strive for, is for stuff to just work. All the time. Wait, hold on, I've got to get off the internet so we can unplug the modem and switch over to let someone make a phone call...
Climbtech mikelevy's article
May 2, 2019 at 4:27
May 2, 2019
First Look: Ibis' Longest, Slackest, and Burliest Ripley
@whambat: Agreed. It shows just how screwed up Shimano's pricing model is when people are comparing NX to XT. Shimano's lack of willingness to control aftermarket pricing combined with their shrinking share of OEM sales is hurting them big time and is kind of hard to understand why they don't take action (besides apparently shutting down Chain Reaction sales to US and Canada). Combine that with the fact that Ibis is doing a little magic and selling the complete NX build at less than what a frame, wheelset and a fork would cost you...
Climbtech edspratt's article
May 1, 2019 at 15:29
May 1, 2019
5 Things We Learned at Maribor DH World Cup 2019
@zyoungson: @zyoungson: I'm a fan, but something's up. He does appear slower (and times show it to be true). He's on a new bike, which despite all his praise for to the press will take some adjustment. Still it was very evident last year too -- the 29 Tues didn't do him any favors and he seemed a different rider to his former self trying to come back from injury. He stated a preference for 29" trail bikes, and his style, if anything, is just muscle straight through everything, so one would think the 29 would be MORE suited to his style???
Climbtech mikelevy's article
May 1, 2019 at 3:25
May 1, 2019
First Look: Ibis' Longest, Slackest, and Burliest Ripley
@bohns1: It's obvious then why you go frame-only and spec what you want. Seems like with most brands today, this one included, if you want something that shifts well, you're paying over $6500...
Climbtech mikelevy's article
May 1, 2019 at 3:15
May 1, 2019
First Look: Ibis' Longest, Slackest, and Burliest Ripley
@ChristophColombo: And in all honesty, what do you think you will get for that second-hand NX groupset? $5??
Climbtech RichardCunningham's article
Apr 30, 2019 at 3:20
Apr 30, 2019
Poll: Does Your Trail Bike Have a Weight Problem?
@clink83: The responses are fine (I don't care what you ride, so long as you are happy), but many sort of miss the point. I think what was intended by the author, but totally missed here was another question: Is a 170mm+ travel bike, with 180mm Lyric, downhill tires and brakes and a coil shock really a "trail" bike? Many people, the author likely included, would call these bikes enduro bikes/enduro race bikes/freeride bikes or "superenduro" whatever that is. Ride what you like, and pick components that work for you. I believe the intent of this article/poll was good. It wasn't to attack people for the weight of their bike, it was to provoke people to at least consider another performance aspect, rather than blindly following the more burly is better trend prompted by the rise of enduro racing.
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