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Metacomet molowko's article
Aug 6, 2018 at 8:22
Aug 6, 2018
Video: Shralping & Sending Downhill on Orange's Cyclocross Racer
I might be interested in cyclocross if this is what the courses looked like.
Metacomet Bikepark-Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis's article
Aug 3, 2018 at 6:13
Aug 3, 2018
A Grom Uprising at the International Rookies Championships
@peytodog: Thats awesome! Thanks Jackson! :-) Best of luck at the races and other events!
Metacomet Bikepark-Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis's article
Jul 27, 2018 at 7:50
Jul 27, 2018
A Grom Uprising at the International Rookies Championships
@MonsterTruck: I've been pretty lucky with how much use we've gotten out of the ripcord. Nearly three full seasons on it now, and its evolved a lot in that time to make it more capable while shedding weight. He's 4'11" and about 95 pounds, so coming right into the end of its usable size for him before his knees have nowhere to go. Drilled a hole for a stealth routed dropper, replaced the fork, wheelset, brakes, and drivetrain for the start of this current season. The thing is dialed now right in time for him to outgrow it after this year. lol. Will put the oem stuff back on when its time to sell though and the other parts will go towards other projects.
Metacomet Bikepark-Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis's article
Jul 27, 2018 at 7:35
Jul 27, 2018
A Grom Uprising at the International Rookies Championships
Thats awesome! Your boy is a crazy ripper! How tall is he, and how many years do you see him getting out of that bike? Commencal supreme jr has a reach of 359 and my sons current bike, the Transition Ripcord is 366. Really leaning towards a nomad in XS or S, which have reach figures of 390 and 420 respectively. Would love if this could be his only bike without sucking the life out of him on our local trail rides. I also have a 13 yr old daughter who is just a bit taller than my son, so I've also been contemplating a capable hardtail for her, that he could also ride for the XC terrain. Lots of good grom bikes for sure. Its these tweener years that I'm having a harder time with, especially as skills and aspirations are evolving as quickly as their height.
Metacomet Bikepark-Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis's article
Jul 26, 2018 at 22:09
Jul 26, 2018
A Grom Uprising at the International Rookies Championships
My son has a Transition Ripcord and it is a fantastic bike for kids, and still within reach price wise for a bike of its quality and usability and is super capable even in its stock form. Buuut, it has 24" wheels and he's on his last season with it. We ride the local bike parks quite a bit and will continue to get more and more into DH riding and truly technical descents and bigger jump lines, but he needs a capable, pedal-able and not totally XC bike for the local trails for his next bike. WTF am I supposed to do next? Can he realistically pedal a size small nomad without completely hating anything that turns remotely uphill? He's 10, nearly 11 at the moment. Would a nomad be a better DH bike for him for the next 3 years than an actual DH bike? Or a used DH bike and a hardtail of sorts? 2 bikes!? He'll be 11 For heavens sake! There are really very few bikes that fit this bill and I'm conflicted. Also thinking about something like a SC SOLO, Transition Scout, or something along those lines. But is that small of a bike in the hands of a 11 year old going to hold back progress more in the park than a nomad for example, and ultimately not fill the overall goal. Come on PB, I double dog dare you to do the bike check or a full blown article complete with interviews on the topic.
Metacomet Bikepark-Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis's article
Jul 26, 2018 at 9:35
Jul 26, 2018
A Grom Uprising at the International Rookies Championships
Any chance we can get a bike check on some of these with the rider age/height/weight? Would be really useful to see what is working for the -+ ~5' height crowd. Difficult height for young riders especially when trying to decide what would be the better investment. XS/S 150-170mm enduro type bike with hopes they can still pedal the thing around local XC trails and use it outside of the DH park. Or just a full DH bike and accept its going to have a really tall stack height and weigh a ton for them.
Metacomet paulaston's article
Jul 12, 2018 at 6:09
Jul 12, 2018
More Randoms - Eurobike 2018
@mjcutri: Have you ever been to or watched a BMX race? You'll have a very hard time finding anyone beyond a few outliers running flats. I've yet to try a belt drive, but have heard fromfolks that have that the design purges mud, sand, snow etc. really well. The problems I have heard associated with the belt are that it cannot deal with a stick or small rocks getting in there at all and can quickly lead to a broken belt, and the precise tension and alignment requirements present some other challenges.
Metacomet mikelevy's article
Jun 26, 2018 at 12:30
Jun 26, 2018
Push Has A New Nomad-Ready Shock: ElevenSix SS
The set screw has a Delrin ball so it does not mar the threads. I really don’t see the problem here that you make it out to be. Simple, light, effective, strong, non-marring... what’s the issue again?
Metacomet danielsapp's article
Jun 15, 2018 at 13:46
Jun 15, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Use Tire Inserts?
Absolutely run inserts. CushCore. Will have a very very hard time running a bike without them going forward. Heavy? Are you serious? I want you to hand them to your toddler and tell them with a straight face that daddy’s not strong enough to pedal these around because they are too heavy. They weigh as much as a tube, but do not change the tire casings compliance and rolling resistance like a much heavier casing does. I’m honestly shocked there is so much hesitation from people to give them a try. For DH? I think you’d be mad not to run them. For trail/all-mountain? Yeah there too if you like to attack things and test how much you can get away with and deliberately take rough lines. I didn’t build my bikes to ride around all the bumps. Flats are so much less common now. The tire behavior and tracking and damping is so much improved. Sidewall stability is much much higher and I have not burped a tire since installing. And your rim is well protected from getting smashed. They’re not cheap, and they’re a bit of a process to install especially at first, but man it’s been so worth it in my mind.
Metacomet EnduroWorldSeries's article
May 10, 2018 at 6:57
May 10, 2018
Sam Hill's Thoughts on the 2018 EWS Season - Video
Yeeeahhh I would not say either come off as cocky at all. Hill is just SUPER modest and humble, ever grateful, quietly confident, and somehow perceived as the perpetual underdog even though he has the sharpest set of teeth in the litter. So much so, that if you wanted to look into it with a different set of eyes, you would probably see That as being ultra cocky. But its not. It's just a genuine person that loves what he is doing and has a great competitors spirit, in that he's really competing with his own personal expectations and only wishes the best for his competitors as well. Their greatest satisfaction in winning seems to come from riding their absolute best against the best competition in a clean race with no mechanicals or other environmental interference. Gwin is not cocky at all either. He just presents his confidence a little differently. Also, the public perception of him is as the top threat, so questions are often presented to him in this way and your expectations of his answers will reflect that as well. So when he calmly says, "Yeah if I ride my very best and put together a good run, I think I can win this race." you see that as cocky?? I just don't see it that way at all. These guys are all fiercely competitive in their own right and they have to remain confident to stay in the right mental space. After all, if you don't 100% believe you can win, why the fuck would you even try in the first place? That shit ain't easy and it comes at a cost. Now Palmer on the other hand... Palmer was what you would call Cocky.
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