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McNinja mikekazimer's article
Sep 24, 2019 at 12:41
Sep 24, 2019
First Look: Ibis' Updated Mojo HD5 Has a Different Approach to Suspension
@ibiscycles: HEy IbisCycles, I think it's great to add data acquisition to improve the suspension tune. Is this why you decided to add a bearing to the superior link? Because some of us would love to see, at least the option, to get full bearing linkages on your new bikes. Performance is a priority over ease of maintenance.
McNinja RichardCunningham's article
Aug 14, 2019 at 5:01
Aug 14, 2019
Fox Announces New FIT4 Fork Damper & Roller Bearing Kit for Shocks
I know this is an eternal discussion and I understand perfectly how some may feel against it, but I rather take care of more bearings and have the improvement in small bump sensitivity. RWC not only builds needle bearings for the shock mount in every size (huge improvement for my VPP linkage bike) but it also has bearing press and removal kits for both the shock and linkage of your bike that make the change of bearings a breeze (www.enduroforkseals.com). RWC, santa cruz in the new MegaTower, now FOX. Take note IBIS Cycles, some of us still wonder how much better the RIPMO would be. There is just no physical way a bushing will rotate with the same ease of a bearing, however, bushings last more. Just an opinion. Cue the down votes
McNinja jamessmurthwaite's article
Aug 13, 2019 at 20:42
Aug 13, 2019
Norco Factory Team Mechanic Lewis Kirkwood Thinks Mountain Biking Could be Giving us Bad Vibrations
@shinook: Thanks for the tip! I'll be looking around to see if I can demo a set
McNinja jamessmurthwaite's article
Aug 7, 2019 at 14:45
Aug 7, 2019
Norco Factory Team Mechanic Lewis Kirkwood Thinks Mountain Biking Could be Giving us Bad Vibrations
Hey Guys, Johnny Arm Pump here. I suffered from quite severe arm pump and thought you guys might like to know how I have improved it. My first recommendation would be to get yourself checked by a hand ortho to discard you have medical issues like carpal tunnel, and also as a disclaimer, whatever I say is not to be taken as medical advice. First of all, severe hand pump has a medical name, it's called Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome in the Forearm. What happens very simply speaking is the muscle groups of the forearm swell up beyond the fascia that sorrounds them (fascia is a fibrotic inelastic tissue that sorrounds muscle groups in the body), this increases pressure in the forearm which prevents circulation getting to both the nerves and the muscles, resulting in loss of strength, sensibility and pain. There are two solutions to the problem... you either stretch the fascia allowing more space for the swelling of the muscle, or you cut it surgicaly (if only tried the first one, but from what I've read surgical minimaly invasive resolution of the problem results in immediate resolution of the problem from reports both on professional dirt motocross and rowers). So, what have I done to stretch the fascia (known as myofascial release, youtube it). I copied the idea of a device sold for motorbikers (https://4arm-strong.com/) and improved it a little. I actually bought the device and it helps a lot. Watch the tutorial video to get an idea of the concepts (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2SHY0l35x0) This is what I built https://www.pinkbike.com/photo/17574271/ It's a lacrosse ball cut in half, using a crank extractor tool kept in place by a vice, so that it prevents the ball from moving forward when I do the myofascial release exercises. Could also nail it to a table I guess. I do two exercises: 1.- https://www.pinkbike.com/photo/17574273/ Stretch your elbow and flect your hand and fingers, look for the thickest part of the muscle group on the back of your forearm (it's a little to the lateral side in that position). Press it as much as you can on the ball while at the same time maintaining a forward push on the ball, and at the same time maintening the flex on hands and fingers. Hold for 20 seconds, repeat 3 times. 2.- https://www.pinkbike.com/photo/17574275/ Same thing but working on the other side of the forearm. Look for the thickest muscle group (a little on the medial side on that position) extend hand and fingers (help yourself with the other hand), press the ball on the muscle group while pushing. Maintain for 20 seconds repeat 3 times. If you find your forearm sliding too much on the ball clean both with alcohol. Afterwards I use a complete (not cut in half) lacrosse ball, and press on those muscle groups and following their direction while moving the ball against a table or wall. Start easily, too hard at the beginning with any of these exercises could irritate the nerves more. Other recommendations. DONT TRAIN FOREARM STRENGTH on the gym. Train Pecs arms and back, so that they handle the biggest part of the load, use forearm only as stabilizer to your arm and pec exercises. Consciously relax your hands and grip when riding. Gear improvements: coil the shock it if you can, 29" if you can, vorsprung luftkappe if you cant coil it, and re-shim it to your weight and riding stile (vorspung, push, avalanche customize the damper side of shocks). Rev Grips, Oneup components handlebar. edit: I forgot to mention, use brakes that need the less force possible both in the free stroke and while squeezing, and put the levers in the Yoan Barelli position because it relaxes the posterior muscle group of the forearm wich is the one that I've found to be more stressed. Don't down vote me on branding but unfortunately I've found shimanos fit better this description, same goes with 29" wheel size
McNinja jamessmurthwaite's article
Feb 27, 2019 at 4:32
Feb 27, 2019
Troy Lee Releases Adidas Collab Race Kit
You know, I have an obsession for light weight gear for summer with a colors that doesn't absorb the entire light spectrum and heats up, it's impossible to find, and when they exist it's never my size . Why size 28 on the pants and not the shorts!!!! I was willing break the bank account for those light blue shorts.
McNinja paulaston's article
Jan 12, 2019 at 13:46
Jan 12, 2019
Review: The 2019 Banshee Legend 29" Rewards Aggressive Riders
@Mondbiker: Agreed Maybe it should be needle instead of ball. But definitely bearing https://www.pinkbike.com/u/WayneParsons/blog/real-world-cyclings-needle-bearing-shock-kit.html
McNinja paulaston's article
Jan 11, 2019 at 8:42
Jan 11, 2019
Review: The 2019 Banshee Legend 29" Rewards Aggressive Riders
@bizutch: and the manufacturer doesn't use bushings instead of bearings
McNinja trailpeek's article
Dec 29, 2018 at 4:07
Dec 29, 2018
Video: A Trip to the Top Riding Spots in the Peruvian Andes
Wow what a great trip. And the Trail Peek YouTube Channel is my favourite, highly recomended if you want to watch some serious MTB adventures, and this guys rip. That video mashup of the trip at the beggining of this article is a masterpiece!!! Thanks guys
McNinja ReubenKrabbe's article
Oct 11, 2018 at 17:33
Oct 11, 2018
Photo Epic: Forfeit, Marlboros, & Riding Canadian Alpine - A Yeti Tribe Story
"The sun begins to dive to the horizon, like a newly mortgaged med school graduate diving into middle age." you killed me
McNinja brianpark's article
Jul 24, 2018 at 9:32
Jul 24, 2018
6 Things We Learned at EWS La Thuile
How about Richie's cush core race ending flat?
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