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JustinVP mattwragg's article
Feb 23, 2017 at 11:23
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Point: E-Bikes Are Good for the Sport
Some of the statements in the article don't hold water. No pro racer could ever beat any normal rider up a climb. Never. I went and tested a Specialized Levo ebike on singletrack as part of an outing to understand the tech and come up with appropriate policy guidance. I'm fit, a good technical climber, but not a racer. An unskilled person with no fitness would still have gone 2-3 times as fast up the singletrack climb. On the bike I never broke a sweat, though I did get my hear rate up a few times. My legs certainly didn't get much of a workout. They are pretty fun, especially going up or on rolling terrain, I'll give you that. But if you ride an ebike, you'll get out of shape quite quickly. Ebikes, at least the Levo, have a massive amount of power, and you have to pedal just barely enough to get the e-boost to kick in. It's not a proper workout. Anything else you hear is just spin from the marketing managers trying desperately to open up the regulations.
JustinVP EvergreenBryan's article
Feb 18, 2017 at 8:02
Feb 18, 2017
Washington Riders - Represent Your District For Evergreen Rally Day
@visser62: Oh come on. By pushing hard, whether they want to hear from us or not, is how we've made the impressive progress that makes us the envy of the country, as far as our political clout goes. Yeah, they need to fix the school funding issues. But they also need to keep up the absolutely minuscule amount of recreation funding that they provide. By keeping pressure on them now is the only way we'll even have DNR or State Park recreation once they figure out MCCleary. This is a long game. We can never let up. What do, definitely works.
JustinVP RichardCunningham's article
Feb 14, 2017 at 10:08
Feb 14, 2017
Crankbrothers Highline Dropper Seatpost - Review
Thanks for the cold weather report, I was curious about that. My freshly serviced gen1 reverb just. barely. goes. up. when it's 25-35° out, about the coldest it gets here. Doubt it would even work below 20.
JustinVP VorsprungSuspension's article
Dec 21, 2016 at 12:53
Dec 21, 2016
The Tuesday Tune Ep 8: Why We're Riding Telescopic Forks - Video
@VorsprungSuspension: That's an interesting point. I would think in practice there are fewer variables designing and setting up a horst or single pivot (isn't Split Pivot just a single pivot with concentric rear axle pivot?). There's S curves on the shock rate and wheel path for some DW and VPP. The designs closer to single pivot feel more consistent to me when set up with different shocks, different sag, and ridden on varying terrain such as tech climbing. Sample size of about 20 bikes that I've got meaningful time on, so might just be my experience.
JustinVP VorsprungSuspension's article
Dec 21, 2016 at 11:53
Dec 21, 2016
The Tuesday Tune Ep 8: Why We're Riding Telescopic Forks - Video
Simple is also why I prefer a single pivot or horst rear suspension to the mini-link designs (VPP, DW, etc). It's just... simpler and more predictable in how it rides in all scenarios. They just plain work and don't have much weirdness built into them. Notice how the "better" mini-link designs are becoming simpler with less exaggerated leverage curves like the early Santa Cruz VPP. Remember how they were absolutely brilliant in certain ways, but totally sucked in others, such as crazy pedal feedback? Also notice how DW's Split Pivot is a more loved design right now (Evil, Devinci) than his more complicated DW Link, even though he swears the Splitter is less advanced and a lower shelf product. There's also reliability and durability - simpler always winds in these scenarios. Many single pivot-ish bikes have impressive stiffness and bearing durability these days. Simple for the win.
JustinVP meagerdude's article
Dec 17, 2016 at 19:58
Dec 17, 2016
2016 Winter Gear Review - Part Two
I don't know nkrohan from a stump in the forest, but I agree with the assessment of you being a chauvinistic asshole. You've proven it for all of us to see. Self-proclaiming your cruel comment as humor doesn't even make sense.
JustinVP meagerdude's article
Dec 16, 2016 at 20:23
Dec 16, 2016
2016 Winter Gear Review - Part Two
You're a vile person. Go away.
JustinVP VorsprungSuspension's article
Dec 13, 2016 at 18:12
Dec 13, 2016
The Tuesday Tune Ep 7: Less Obvious Aspects of Sag - Video
@VorsprungSuspension: Yeah no kidding. Using the "bottom once per ride" method on the rear means you're going to break a lot of frames or bolts or rear wheels if you ride hard and ride a variety of trails. Even worse if you're a little bigger than average and a bit of a hack. Been there, done that. Now I only like to bottom in "oh shit" moments or on the biggest moves for my ability. Even then, I don't want to feel a harsh bottom. Thank god for bottom-out tokens these days. Even 5 years ago it was hard to find off the shelf trail bikes that ramped up enough for aggressive riders without bottoming harshly resulting in lots of broken gear.
JustinVP mikelevy's article
Nov 3, 2016 at 8:47
Nov 3, 2016
Thule T2 Pro Rack - Review
A lot of carbon mtb's don't play well with the Northshore racks. Evil, Devinci, and many others. Head tube is too thick. I won't put my bike in a Northshore Rack. Recon Racks seem to be better, and have the same upright stance as a NShore if you want it behind a van or RV. Lower profile of Thule, Yak or 1UP is better for sedans or small SUV's to you don't rip your bikes off in a garage or kill your gas mileage.
JustinVP mikekazimer's article
Sep 1, 2016 at 12:58
Sep 1, 2016
New Shoes From Ion, Mavic, Shimano - Eurobike 2016
Too far back and your toe strikes the crankarm when attempting to clip out in the horizontal crank position. A little contact is OK, too much can = blown knees.
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