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Loshmi24 henryquinney's article
Sep 28, 2021 at 22:22
Sep 28, 2021
First Look: 2022 Rocky Mountain Element - When XC Gets Aggro
I wonder why RM didn't make an option that is more XCO, Eg. a bike with 120 mm fork, something like Element 70 XCO (100 mm fork) in the previous generation. I assume it would steepen up HTA by ~1.
Loshmi24 henryquinney's article
Sep 28, 2021 at 12:34
Sep 28, 2021
First Look: 2022 Rocky Mountain Element - When XC Gets Aggro
Such an interesting bike. In my mind, a bike with a 130 mm fork is a trail bike, since there is no SID or SC fork in that travel. But, when a previous Element was released, it was also a big departure from the XC bikes at that time. It had 120 mm at the front and since no SC fork was available, that was considered a trail fork, it had a dropper ( 150 mm one, and not 60-80 XC dropper), which at that time was a rarety and it had 720 mm handlebar. I was surprised, but only a couple of years later, many other manufactures offered similar bikes. Judging by that experience, Fox will release 130 mm SC soon. I really like how they managed to make room for two water bottles.
Loshmi24 jamessmurthwaite's article
Jul 27, 2021 at 22:05
Jul 27, 2021
Final Results from the Women's XC at the Tokyo Olympics
@Ricolaburle: What about Annika Langvad? While she was at the peak of her sports career, a lot of people (media included) have mentioned her academic achievements (qualified dentist), which, I would say, is not related to her achievements in MTB. He didn't say that Jolanda won the gold medal because of her physical appearance, he just stated his opinion in a non-offending way. My wife is a scientist (molecular biology), she has published more than 30 scientific papers, and she says that if somebody says she looks good, she will take that compliment :).
Loshmi24 alicialeggett's article
Jul 8, 2021 at 20:08
Jul 8, 2021
Loshmi24 edspratt's article
Jun 13, 2021 at 20:06
Jun 13, 2021
Round Up: 14 XC World Cup Cockpit Setups Past & Present
I am very curious about Carter Wood's setup. I have the feeling he is sizing down to compensate for Norco's crazy long bike. I don't know how tall he is, but I had that impression since that article about his bike setup. According to Norco, 60 mm stem should be always used on Revolver since the bike is designed for it, but I have the feeling Carter's stem is longer. Something already seen on Mondraker in this article https://www.pinkbike.com/news/bike-checks-5-xc-race-weapons-from-the-2019-nove-mesto-world-cup.html.
Loshmi24 edspratt's article
May 16, 2021 at 22:01
May 16, 2021
Final Results: Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021
I honestly hope Pidcock will fail a doping test one of these days.
Loshmi24 alicialeggett's article
May 12, 2021 at 11:36
May 12, 2021
Pinkbike Primer: The World Cup XC Season is Charging Ahead to Nove Mesto
As I already said, it is a sad day for MTB racing. Ineos brought their doping practices to XCO racing. Pidcock could probably win all world cup races this year. Let's hope he will not end up as another Tom 54 years ago.
Loshmi24 edspratt's article
May 12, 2021 at 0:18
May 12, 2021
Overall Standings After the 2021 Albstadt XC World Cup
It is a sad moment for MTB racing. Ineos brought their doping practices to XC racing now. Pidcock will probably dominate XCO World Cup this year.
Loshmi24 mattwragg's article
Feb 13, 2021 at 9:18
Feb 13, 2021
Opinion: eMTBs are Going to Change Mountain Bike Racing Forever
Personally, I don't like e-bikes. In my opinion, it is against the idea of a bike, a simple, human-powered vehicle. I hope I will never have to ride an e-bike. But, I don't care if someone else does. I am a lone wolf and I don't care much about other users of trails as long as they know trail manners. But, in my opinion, e-bikes could be potentially dangerous. Let me elaborate a bit. 7-8 years ago, I was very unfit and I was 30 kgs over my regular weight. At one point, I have decided to get back in shape. My local hill is 6-7 km away and I have to climb two short but steep hills to come to the trails. There is a short loop there, when I am fit, it is 5-6 minutes of hard effort uphill and 4-5 minutes of downhill. When I was out of shape, I could ride that loop twice and still have enough in the legs to come back home. That would be ~20 km and ~1:20. As I was getting fitter and lighter, I was increasing the number of laps. Usually, I am on 4-6. Last year I had a bad crash. I was going 40 km/h and I hit a stump with my left pedal. I went over the bars and landed on my shoulder and my head. Luckily, I ended up only with a scapula fracture. My MD told me that is a good thing that I am working out and that I am very fit. He told me that if he had fallen like that, he would be injured much much worse. His fitness level and weight are like mine 7-8 years ago. I thought it is a good thing he could ride so fast. Then I realized, that he could if he would have an e-bike. I think e-bikes give an opportunity to the people that are not so fit and potentially overweight, to ride downhill part of the trail more times than they would be able with a regular bike and even flat(ish) parts of the trail at a higher speed. This simply increases the probability of crashing. And if they fall, they are heavier than they would be if they would be riding a regular bike, and their bike (e-bike) is heavier than a regular bike. This could lead to more serious injuries. Basically, they give me from 7-8 years ago an opportunity to ride the same number of loops as I could ride now, and at a higher speed, and my body from 7-8 years ago would suffer much more in the case of a crash.
Loshmi24 mikelevy's article
Aug 11, 2020 at 1:01
Aug 11, 2020
Field Test: Transition Spur - Made to Descend
@sspiff: No, the term was presented in this article https://www.pinkbike.com/news/what-the-heck-is-a-down-country-bike-opinion.html. I would say it was inspired by Process 111 or RM Element. In my mind, the first downcountry bike presented by one of the major players was Yeti's ASR. It had 120 mm fork, slack (for the period standards) HA, short offset fork, and an ability to run dropper.
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