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DirtCrab mattwragg's article
Jun 19, 2020 at 15:59
Jun 19, 2020
Interview: Nico Vouilloz Goes Down the Rabbit Hole on Bike Setup & Design
If Nico's comments seem opaque, don't feel bad. This is literally one of our sport's greatest racers AND test riders essentially admitting that he's still figuring a lot of this stuff out through trial and error (ie. "testing"). But to address your question, you're confused because you're using "stability" to refer to two completely different phenomena. The "stability" that you get with a longer fork offset is pitch stability, ie. fore/aft stability, which is stability in a straight line over rough terrain. That's what Nico is talking about with the "stability" of the longer wheelbase with longer offset. The "stability" that you get with shorter offset is stability at turn in, ie. the bike will need more rider input to change direction, which is mostly noticed as stability from the initiation point to the apex of a corner. As you'd expect, the idea here is not go get the "most" stability, it's to get the "correct" amount of stability to achieve the desired turn in feel. This is, of course, all things being equal, which they almost never are. Stem length, handlebar shape, and handlebar roll angle make a BIG difference. So does weight distribution, suspension action, HTA, and, basically, the "whole system".
DirtCrab sarahmoore's article
May 12, 2020 at 13:39
May 12, 2020
DirtCrab rossbellphoto's article
Mar 31, 2020 at 17:32
Mar 31, 2020
Bike Check: Greg Williamson's Commencal Supreme
@jomacba: Hopefully you're right. The improved turning radius would be a cool bonus with a modern DH chassis. 58mm does feel like a bit much IMO. It's amazing what a few mm will do.
DirtCrab sarahmoore's article
Dec 4, 2019 at 12:38
Dec 4, 2019
Field Test: 2020 Juliana Joplin / Santa Cruz Tallboy - Part Country, But Mostly Rock & Roll
@Ttimer: Respectfully, you're dead wrong. Keep in mind that a product cycle is NOT a model year. Essentially every brand is on 3 year product cycles. For example, think Santa Cruz TBLT->OGHT->HT2. If you're racing, the difference between each generation represents a clear progression towards bikes that are easier to ride faster, straight up. Plus, if you actually follow F1 and mountain bike racing, you understand why equipment advantages are not a decisive a factor in bike racing the way they are in auto racing. It's pretty obvious, really.
DirtCrab sarahmoore's article
Dec 4, 2019 at 9:11
Dec 4, 2019
Field Test: 2020 Juliana Joplin / Santa Cruz Tallboy - Part Country, But Mostly Rock & Roll
@nurseben: New bike stoke + better bike = faster lap times We're at a point right now where bikes are getting significantly better every product cycle. It shouldn't be a surprise that the stopwatch reflects that reality.
DirtCrab brianpark's article
Oct 15, 2019 at 7:50
Oct 15, 2019
Video: Brandon Semenuk & His Slope Bike in 'Act.II'
One of the signs of true mastery is the ability to break the rules and do it with style. Banger absolutely qualifies. But still kind of hoping this doesn't start a trend...
DirtCrab mikekazimer's article
Oct 14, 2019 at 11:17
Oct 14, 2019
Review: Santa Cruz V10 29 - A Highly Refined & Rapid DH Race Bike
Correction: The fastest racers this year were on aluminum bikes. To be fair, it was plainly obvious that the new Demo was the best suspended bike in this year's WC. Commencal and Scott were close. And this coming from a known SC fanboy.
DirtCrab RichardCunningham's article
Sep 13, 2019 at 16:38
Sep 13, 2019
Pinkbike Poll: Adjustable Geometry - Necessity or Nuisance?
If all the chips and whatnot are problem free in the field? Seems like a good thing, even if it's more complex. If it's creaky or a hassle? Not worth it at all. I'm really happy with the flip chips on my Megatower, especially the dropouts. It's SO FUN in the long setting, which balances the bike out with a 170mm fork. Hassle free thus far. Two thumbs up.
DirtCrab mikelevy's article
Aug 9, 2019 at 12:28
Aug 9, 2019
First Look: Maxxis' New Dissector Tire is Made for Dry, Loose Conditions
@dthomp325: The "warp" mentioned here occurs when one of the woven layers in the tire's casing shifts within the casing. The resulting "warp" feels and looks like a bent rim until it's inspected closely. In my experience, it really only happens under peak side load when the casing rolls, so it usually occurs when squaring up corners at speed and is much more likely at pressures under 25psi. That's also why this is a chronic problem for some of us, yet for the vast majority of riders it's literally a non-issue. Although it's common with EXO casings, it doesn't seem to be an issue with EXO+. Why? Your guess is as good as mine.
DirtCrab mikelevy's article
Aug 9, 2019 at 10:23
Aug 9, 2019
First Look: Maxxis' New Dissector Tire is Made for Dry, Loose Conditions
@endlessblockades: You're not wrong. Just think of this as a more "aggressive" aggressor.
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