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Loki87 Mandownmedia's article
May 18, 2024 at 19:56
May 18, 2024
Bike Check: Danny Hart's GT Fury - Bielsko-Biala DH World Cup 2024
@DirtyRider13: I agree. Though i think that while Loic is definitely in dominant form, the team´s "factory race program" approach has some part in it as well. It´s not the buttons, but they are so meticulous with their suspension setup and giving the riders exactly what they need. I can only imagine that basically having a private suspension mechanic must give them quite an edge over all the other guys who solely rely on handing their forks over at the Fox or RS truck. It may not even come down to a real performance benefit in terms of technology, but with those suspension service trucks being as busy as they are i am certain that Loic and Finn can adapt to changing conditions or newfound preferences a lot faster than most of the other athletes. And ultimately that will result in more training runs on an ideal setup, where some other riders may have to settle for "just good enough" or only get to optimal settings very close to finals.
Loki87 jessiemaymorgan's article
May 6, 2024 at 15:10
May 6, 2024
Loki87 jessiemaymorgan's article
May 6, 2024 at 13:39
May 6, 2024
4 Tech Takeaways From the Fort William DH World Cup
@drakefan705: That´s why i chose the pirate life. Harrrr!
Loki87 jessiemaymorgan's article
May 4, 2024 at 6:22
May 4, 2024
Bike Check: Dakotah Norton's Prototype Mondraker Summum at Fort William World Cup
It's kinda crazy to me how that sentiment has held on in the scene until this day, while almost nobody realized why at some point we wanted to use lower bars. Back in the day, with ridiculously steep head angles and rather high stack numbers on bikes, paired with super short chainstays, we needed the low front to generate front end grip. Now that all these things are gone and slack head angles have lowered the front ends significantly it only makes sense for us to return to higher rise bars in order to preserve a good riding posture on the bike. But for some reason this idea of "low front = fast" has embedded itself deeply into the collective minds of gravity riders. Or maybe it's just because most dislike the unconventional look. Either way, you're right. High rise bars is where it's at.
Loki87 jessiemaymorgan's article
May 4, 2024 at 6:15
May 4, 2024
Bike Check: Dakotah Norton's Prototype Mondraker Summum at Fort William World Cup
I guess this is a moto thing? My moto experience is very limited, but from what I remember, the rearward bias is entirely different from a mtb. I too think Dak is doing it right, but with modern mtb geo, the bike automatically puts pressure on the front wheel when it's properly driven through the bottom bracket by the rider. And with no motor powering the rear wheel, I don't see the rear needing more traction than the front. Or did I misinterpret your idea about more aggressive rear tread? That said, I too am curious if this trend will catch on with other riders eventually. Maybe not to the same extreme as Dak likes it, but I can easily see more racers use a 40 to 50mm riser. I can also see the higher bars be a game changer for all the high pivots being in use now, allowing the rider to maintain proper posture more easily on a bike with rather drastically changing geometry under compression. My last experience with a proper HP design was way back on the Balfa BB7, but I still remember that it felt absolute dogshit with a low front end and kinda moto with a higher rise bar. Less pitching the upper body forward and allowed for the bike to be driven more through the bottom bracket/rear. Dak is for sure cooking something here.
Loki87 jessiemaymorgan's article
May 4, 2024 at 6:04
May 4, 2024
Bike Check: Dakotah Norton's Prototype Mondraker Summum at Fort William World Cup
@jptothetree: been preaching it for years. Front ends are too dang low. At least if your bike primarily goes down hill. Especially with new Geometrie, with long reach and long chainstays, there is no need to create front end pressure by artificially placing the riders upper body weight over the front wheel. It was always a bad solution to a problem created by insificiently advanced geometry. We finally have the geo, now we need to learn that higher front ends are the way to properly utilizing it.
Loki87 jessiemaymorgan's article
May 3, 2024 at 13:30
May 3, 2024
Bike Check: Greg Minnaar's Norco Prototype DH Bike at Fort William World Cup
There's about a 10% variation in these springs, so may have been either really.
Loki87 jessiemaymorgan's article
May 3, 2024 at 13:12
May 3, 2024
Even More Tech Randoms: Fort William World Cup DH 2024
Samuel L. Traction as a front tire and a Mudderfucker as a rear tire
Loki87 mattbeer's article
May 3, 2024 at 13:03
May 3, 2024
Spotted: Canyon's High-Pivot Carbon Sender - Fort William DH World Cup 2024
@erborow: yeah, the HP Wilson was a great concept. This new Canyon seems too good to be true. If the numbers check out, it's surely my next bike.
Loki87 mattbeer's article
May 2, 2024 at 17:17
May 2, 2024
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