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Ktron pinkbikeoriginals's article
Jan 24, 2023 at 16:43
Jan 24, 2023
Video: Racing the XC Olympic Champion, Jolanda Neff vs. Tom Bradshaw
@R-M-R: I can speak from personal experience. My 2 bikes are a Transition Smuggler and a Merida 96 and I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt the XC bike WAY faster than the Smuggler at anything other than downhill. The Smuggler feels like a fking pig compared to the XC bike. I often ride the bikes on the same trails and it is emphatic. Tyres, absolutely. Everyone knows that. But the geo and suspension as well. There is so much more bob and waddle to the Smuggler. The steep seat angle certainly helps the Smuggler, bit you simply cannot control the front end as well on climbs, or really get on top of the bike and hammer the power when you really need to. The pedalling efficiency of an XC bike wicked in comparison, effortless. It is agile and sharp, you can rip it through corners and pick lines at will. The XC bike destroys the Smuggler and it is a short travel down country bike. There is no way a full fledged enduro bike is going to keep up. Downhill is a different story obviously, and the more technical the more different. The plush suspension and big, fat, soft tyres provide endless grip and stability, and you can rail as hard as your legs can take it. The xc bike is surprisingly quick on a flow trail and its ability to carry momentum (it is far more efficient at pumping and holding speed) is seriously impressive. But the tyres and suspension simply don't offer the same grip or stability when slamming into berms or riding gnar.
Ktron henryquinney's article
Jan 24, 2023 at 16:24
Jan 24, 2023
5 Key Stats From Downhill Racers in the Pinkbike State of the Sport Survey
And that's probably got a lot to do with it. The monetisation leaves a lot of money on the table. But we as consumers gotta be prepared to pay the price.
Ktron edspratt's article
Jan 12, 2023 at 20:35
Jan 12, 2023
Orbea Launches New Factory XC Team
So long as the racing part actually mattered
Ktron edspratt's article
Jan 5, 2023 at 14:03
Jan 5, 2023
Giant Factory Racing Launches 2023 Team Roster Including Luke & Remy Meier-Smith
Ain't no one heard of Linda Indergand? Top 10 XCO rider on the world stage for several years now for Liv.
Ktron RockyMountainBicycles's article
Dec 22, 2022 at 18:01
Dec 22, 2022
Ktron seb-stott's article
Dec 20, 2022 at 18:03
Dec 20, 2022
2022 Pinkbike Awards: Product of the Year Nominees
The thing is it's really limited to the DH tyre as it is the only one with the super-soft compound. Want the trail casing? Endurance compound only which has sucked in every review I've ridden. Why do I care? I ride a short travel "downcountry" bike (Transition Smuggler) that came with Maxxgrip Exo Minions. When Conti makes the super-soft in the trail casing I'll be keen to try, but why would anyone want a chunky tyre without the grip? If I am paying a rolling resistance penalty I want the damn grip for it!
Ktron betsywelch's article
Dec 13, 2022 at 11:52
Dec 13, 2022
Specialized Cuts Global Ambassador Program
I think most Sales research suggests people are emotional buyers. We think we are rational, buying on the basis of the technology and specifications of the things we are buying, and sure to a point. But there are so many brands producing so many very homogeneous bikes. The geo is very similar, there's like 4 suspension designs, they're all carbon fibre or aluminium, running the same parts. So once you've decided what kind of bike you want. What makes one brand win over another? How it looks, what the brand stands for or says about you, all the fuzzy wuzzy stuff that all this brand work stands to manufacture. So in the end, yeah. It sells bikes.
Ktron mattbeer's article
Dec 1, 2022 at 14:34
Dec 1, 2022
First Look: The 2023 Giant Reign Gets More Travel, Adjustments, & Storage
Think of Giant like Toyota. Big and conservative. They get value from mass production economies of scale versus trying to lead niche designs. They make only proven designs that will sell in the mass market. Thus, bulletproof reliability and great value for money.
Ktron Thredbo-MTB's article
Nov 24, 2022 at 12:21
Nov 24, 2022
Thredbo Signs Jack Moir As New MTB Ambassador
Stoked to finally be going down there this summer!
Ktron mikelevy's article
Nov 23, 2022 at 15:49
Nov 23, 2022
Opinion: What Are Your Worst Bike Habits?
Or the opposite. Bombing past over-biked Enduro bros on an XC bike down a descent.
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