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Metacomet mikelevy's article
May 5, 2017 at 12:30
May 5, 2017
Pinkbike Poll – Electronic Components on Your Mountain Bike?
When we put powerful servos and trigger style electronic shifters on a Pinion gearbox, I'll be ready.
Metacomet RichardCunningham's article
Apr 28, 2017 at 6:50
Apr 28, 2017
Pinkbike Poll: If Racing Does Improve the Breed, Will You Trade up to 29-inch Wheels?
@cmkneeland: That's absolutely true. And it is a bit of a shame. Do you really think this will happen to 27.5 as well? I can't see it happening since many people just don't really get along with 29" wheels regardless. With 27.5 thee was Barely a perceivable change from 26, which is what frustrated so many people with the introduction, but at least people were not forced onto something they completely could not possibly get along with. 29" really feels different overall though, and as long as enough people do Not want to ride 29" due to that different feel, there will be a demand for 27.5. It is tough though. It is the OEM that dictates the adoption of this stuff, and if all OEM becomes 29 then yeah, even 27.5 will very unfortunately fade away. I'm holding out hope that that will not be the case.
Metacomet RichardCunningham's article
Apr 28, 2017 at 5:19
Apr 28, 2017
Pinkbike Poll: If Racing Does Improve the Breed, Will You Trade up to 29-inch Wheels?
I just love the dichotomy of it all. And I really cannot wrap my head around how flustered it has got so many people. So much to the point that they are throwing their hands up and saying "Put them in a different class!" All the while they are saying "Those wheels handle like a turd! I hate them! They're Weak! " If you step back for a moment, the reactions legitimately sound Scared more than anything. All while nobody has even raced a 29" DH bike yet! Let alone proven over time whether or not they will provide Any consistent amount of an advantage across such varied conditions present in every track. Even in XC and Enduro, 29" bikes are not unanimously sweeping the podiums all day every day. And people are so concerned that they all of a sudden lost an edge in DH!? Even just 2 years ago, if you wanted to race a 29" DH bike people would have pointed and laughed and never taken the concept seriously. Now all of a sudden people are saying its not fair!? Come on. It's Gravity, and a bike, and a rider. The comparison to motorized sport regulations and engine displacement would be more like different gravity classifications, as other than your legs, that's the only place acceleration is coming from. So maybe we should put people in different "wattage" classifications since we cannot alter gravity. If you've ridden a longer travel 29er, you will know that it is still a bike. It works very well in some situations, and not the best in others. Particularly when the trail is steep and rough and requires dynamic movement over the back wheel, and when the trail demands sudden changes in direction and acceleration. There is just not as much room to move around and absorb terrain through your legs without that wheel coming up and making itself known, and its more rotating mass to slow down and speed up. Especially as the travel gets longer, the trail gets steeper, and the impacts get bigger. My point? I think 27.5 DH bikes are still going to be perfectly competitive, and 26/27/29 will each have their own advantages from one rider to the next. But it will all still come down to the rider no matter what wheel size they are on.
Metacomet pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 27, 2017 at 9:48
Apr 27, 2017
Now Finished: Ask Us Anything with Josh Bryceland, Loosedog Lewis, and Kirt Voreis
Do you ever lay awake thinking to yourself... "If Only I'd scrubbed that f'ing Bridge"
Metacomet pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 21, 2017 at 14:05
Apr 21, 2017
New Forks from DVO, Fox, RockShox, Manitou and X-Fusion, Sea Otter Classic 2017 - Video
I'm annoyed I have to change my hubs, but I like that it creates more clearance. Stiffness wise, whatever. Can't hurt but I wasnt dying from my 100mm hubs. I feel like forks/bikes in general should have always been through axle and mtb forks should have just been 110 from the beginning. I just hope it stays put now.
Metacomet pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 21, 2017 at 13:12
Apr 21, 2017
New Forks from DVO, Fox, RockShox, Manitou and X-Fusion, Sea Otter Classic 2017 - Video
The boosted Diamond has been available for quite some time. Like a year. But they do have three genuinely brand new forks that are not covered here. Oh well. The Diamond is a super nice fork in whatever standard, but I was confused why PB included it in a video called "New Forks".
Metacomet mikelevy's article
Apr 18, 2017 at 8:27
Apr 18, 2017
Fox's 29'' DH Fork... and Mondraker's 29er DH Bike?
Yeah there are a lot of different drivers here I think, but the primary one is just racing in itself and everything that comes with it as it gets scaled up to this level. I am hoping the tracks take a turn back towards the steeper and rougher more gnarly tracks. But as far as 29er DH bikes? I don't think I can really even care about whether or not they exist. Its still a bike and has to be ridden like one. If it's faster in certain situations, isn't that what racing is all about anyway? The only reason someone would legitimately be scared is if they believe they will no longer be able to be competitive without a 29" DH bike, and I'm just not convinced that will unanimously be the case. Regulating and standardizing and limiting the equipment in DH would be terrible for so many reasons. Where do you draw the line? Are we going to standardize the track too? Think about how much the track changes from the beginning to the end of a race. Is that fair for the last man down? What about weather and environmental influences? Just like with the rampage analogy, the demand for a change in the track layouts has to come from both the riders and the viewers. Live broadcasting of a DH series is expensive, hosting a WC DH is expensive, having a deep field of riders at these races is hard on the mountains hosting them as the tracks get hammered. So they begin building them to handle more traffic, easier to broadcast, and hopefully more attractive to viewers. Understandably, everyone Needs to see a return in order to make a race series sustainable, and in the end, that's what we want isn't it?
Metacomet pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 18, 2017 at 7:40
Apr 18, 2017
Truvativ and TLD Collaborate on New Handlebar Collection
They should really categorize their different collections that way. At this point, it would be more honest. Lucha Lords Power Rangers Insane Clown Posse Whats the 2018 collection going to be? Yo Gabba Gabba?
Metacomet gojammedia's article
Mar 28, 2017 at 13:33
Mar 28, 2017
Downhill Southeast - Round Two Race Recap
Hats off to Chris Grice, the 13 year old that cracked the top 10 in pro-mens. That's nuts! Especially in those conditions.
Metacomet vernonfelton's article
Mar 24, 2017 at 10:15
Mar 24, 2017
DVO’s New Onyx and Beryl Forks Aim to Lower the Price on High Performance - Taipei Cycle Show
@brysonmartinjr: Will the air volume adjuster on the Onyx be compatible to retrofit the Diamond?? That would be pretty sweet! Can you elaborate on that feature a little more? Externally adjustable? New forks all look Great! You know what else would be Great, is a properly burly fatbike fork from you guys. Seriously. Either in a 100-140mm or maybe even a 120-150/160mm version of the Diamond/Beryl/or SC Onyx. There needs to be a better, stronger and proven alternative to what is currently out there, including the new Manitou.
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