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HendersonMike edspratt's article
Oct 1, 2020 at 1:57
Oct 1, 2020
Bike Check: Charles Murray's Pivot Firebird 29
@tobiusmaximum: hahha!! You got me.
HendersonMike edspratt's article
Sep 29, 2020 at 14:24
Sep 29, 2020
Bike Check: Charles Murray's Pivot Firebird 29
@subwaypanda: I like to say my wingpspan is 175mm. Makes me sound tall! and here in the USA, I like to tell people I am 170mm tall, makes me sound taller... because 5'7" is SHORT!!!
HendersonMike HendersonMike's photo
Sep 29, 2020 at 9:18
Sep 29, 2020
Forgot to mention how great this thing pedals! If I put Easier Gearing on her, I could even use it as a "Trail" bike. It would be be a heavy Trail bike at 37.3 lbs, but she would still be quite manageable. Seat tube is a little too short to even run a 100mm dropper for me, but with a QR seatpost clamp I can get the seat tube to an ideal height to pedal uphill.

HendersonMike HendersonMike's photo
Sep 29, 2020 at 9:07
Sep 29, 2020
I am 170cm with a 175 wingspan and decided to go for Small for this bike (440mm Reach, 1223mm WB). Even though this is a Small, it is basically the same size as 2018 Scott Gambler and 2018 Devinci Wilson. I am use to riding DH bikes with about a 415-420mm Reach. 440mm Reach use to be large DH bikes (2018 and prior), and though I can manage a traditional large DH bikes, I prefer traditional mediums for the Bike Parks, as it is easier to jump and move the bike around. This bike in Small is even bigger than Traditional Mediums. It took me 3 full runs to get used to the longer reach and wheelbase of this bike, but as the day went on I got more and more use to it and now I am loving the bike. I think I can even go Medium for the Furious with NO issues at all, it will just feel less nimble and be a little harder to jump and get through the tight sections. the 2020 and 2021 Medium for the Furious is 465mm Reach and 1249mm WB. If speed was what I was after and NOT playfulness, I would definitely go Medium. I chose Small because I was after a "Park Bike" and more playfulness, but even in Small, this bike was not as nimble as expected. I probably could even get away with an XS (for Park Duties) if Commencal made one in Small. Overall, I LOVE THIS BIKE! I can't see myself upgrading for at least 3 years, might even do some DH Racing on this rig soon if I can manage to stay healthy and get fit.

HendersonMike HendersonMike's photo
Sep 27, 2020 at 13:40
Sep 27, 2020
2019 Santa Cruz Bronson V3 160mm travel rear and 170mm front - 2019 Santa Cruz BronsonV3 CC frameset - 2019 Fox X2 Factory Shock - Cascade Link (bumps travel.up to 160mm and makes her much more progressive). - 2019 Fox 36 Factory - 170mm - Wheelset: Ibis 741 rims with Chris King Hubs - SRAM XX1 11-speed rear mech and shifter - E*thirteen 9-46 11-speed cassette - Canfield Brothers crankset 155mm - Absolute Black Oval Chainring 32T - Shimano Saint Brakesets with RT-86 Rotors, 200mm Fr 180mm Rear - Fox Transfer Dropper Seatpost 150mm - Chris King Headset - Enve M7 Handlebars 780m - Enve M7 stem 35mm - Rev Grips - WTB Volt Saddle

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Sep 27, 2020 at 13:05
Sep 27, 2020
My Latest Build. 2020 Commencal Furious Freerise and Park Bike, but also can be considered a DH rig. Swapped over all the parts from my 2016 Scott Gambler. -- 2020 Commencal Furios Small (440mm teach, 1223mm WB) - 2021 Fox X2 Factory - 2016 Fox 40 Factory with 2019 Grip2 Damper - Shimano Saint Drivetrain and Brakes. - Chris King Headset - AMP Straitline Pedals - DT wheelset that is badged Syncros (DT 350 rear hub). - 2.35 Magic Mary Super Gravity Tires Fr and Rr. - Rev Grips - Syncros DH 1.5 seat, seatpost, handlebars, and stem

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Sep 27, 2020 at 12:53
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HendersonMike mikekazimer's article
Sep 24, 2020 at 9:34
Sep 24, 2020
Review: 2021 Commencal Meta TR 29 - T is for Turbo
@roma258: You have that right, these bikes are made for the chunky Enduro courses, but you also have to realize that they actually benefits us LESS SKILLED the most. These bikes are easier to stay on the bike because they are so forgiving. It takes more skill to stay on a bike with shorter wheelbase and a shorter reach. Then again, I am tallking about chunky downhilling here, and 90% of the time, we are NOT even downhilling much less chunky downhilling. For an all day Trail Bike, I do believe these long Enduro bikes to be too much work. They are about 10 lbs too heavy, the Seat Tube Angles are just too steep, and the Head Tube Angle just to slack. I think for an all day trail bike, 66 deg HTA and a 74 deg STA is ideal. The legs seem to work harder when the STA is too steep. The wrists also work harder when STA is too steep. As the days drags on, we feel it. however, if we are riding 3 hours or less, then these newer Enduro Geo are just fine. These bigger bikes do FEEL slower and cumbersome, but sometimes our FEEL is all wrong, because the reality is different. I am actually going faster on these bigger bikes, and I am still able to make the same turns the same way as I would on a smaller bike. "If the car feels good, that means you are going too slow" -- Mario Andretti. Basically what Mario is saying is you should always be on edge, and you should NOT based how fast you are going on FEEL ever! Then again, most of us to NOT ride for speed, we ride just to have fun, but you have to admit, it is nice to stay on pace with the Bros with less effort. We all seem to have it wrong when it comes to these bikes. 90% of the time riding does NOT involve techy climbs and chunky Downhilling. I would first set up the bike for the 90% first, get that reach perfect with the correct handlebar sweep, length, and height. Then from there work on the other 10%. Even with those steep seat tube angles, those Super Techy climbs are impossible if our Conditioning is off. I have about a 5 minute section on my local trail network I have only cleared twice on my best climber (Ibis Ripmo, 76% Deg STA), and only reason I was able to clear them at all those 2 times was my conditioning was at it's peak. Most of the time, it is NOT. As for Downhilling, unless we have shuttle service, we only get about 5 minutes of Downhilling for about every 50 minutes "Uphilling". So therefore, TTL is the most important Geo Measurement of them all in bike set up if we are setting up a pedal bike. The other measurements are still important, it is just TTL is the most important for a pedaling bike. For me personally, I have found that any bike between 590mm to 615mm is perfectly OK with me. I can play with stem and sweep a little bit to even fine tune if need to. As for Reach, I have found 460mm to be my absolute max for Reach, I am even ok with 415mm, but a bike with a longer Reach is just easier to DH with, as we have more room to move around the bike, and it does seem harder to go over the bars on longer bikes. There does come a point that reach is too long, and it seems more work to weight the front end. For me, that is 460mm (I think). It is best to just ride and ride. I often travel without my bikes because I feel it is too much work lugging a bike around on vacation and worrying about if it would be jacked or not. I often rent bikes on "bike trips" to allow me to do other things. When I do rent bikes, I try to go for something different, both in design as well as sizing just to get an idea of how other bikes feel.
HendersonMike mikekazimer's article
Sep 24, 2020 at 9:04
Sep 24, 2020
Review: 2021 Commencal Meta TR 29 - T is for Turbo
@Svinyard: I am really liking the 2021 Commencal bikes, people will be amazed how well built and finished they are. The Paint job and attention to detail on my Furious frame is just amazing. Made from 6069 T6 Aluminum and braced in all the correct places for stiffness. I bought frame only and built it up, so I was able to closely see all the details when building it up. The cable routing channels are nicely done and the routing of cables was super easy. The numbers on these 2021 Commencals are spot on perfect geo wise. Finally the bike Industry gets their sizing correct! Only thing that is a negative is they will be about 2 pounds heavier than any carbon bike, but is that really a problem? The biggest problem with Commencal the Company is we they do NOT offer a way for us to Demo them. I really want to try a 2021 Commencal Supreme Mullet DH bike in size Medium, but there is no place to try one. The Reach on the Medium Supreme is 455mm and Wheelbase is 1290! That thing must be smooth as silk to ride. My Furious is 1223mm WB and I feel it is so plush and soft, that I can only imagine how awesome a 29er Front wheel with 1290mm Wheelbase Commencal DH bike would ride. One thing I realized about longer bikes is they feel slower and more cumbersome, but the reality is actually opposite from feel, because I am still able to make the turns, and my times are faster! Then again, 90% of biking is more than speed, it is about feel, and my Furious in size Small and 1223mm WB just feels awesome. I think I will ride my Furious for at least a couple of years before even considering upgrading to another "Lift and DH" bike.
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