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NickB01 Beyond-The-Tape's article
May 13, 2019 at 16:25
May 13, 2019
Podcast: Finding the World's Top Talent, Handling Negative Feedback & More with Martin Whitely
Having met him a couple of times I don't think he's done anything good for the average mountain biker, but he's fostered a hell of a lot of talented ones to achieve great things. He's a unique individual for sure, very focused, driven, and at times blunt (which often comes across poorly) but he's definitely worthy of respect for his place in the mountain bike world.
NickB01 edspratt's article
May 12, 2019 at 14:04
May 12, 2019
Final Results: EWS Madeira 2019
@Fred10195: Skills are always there, but when someone gets on a hot streak their confidence goes through the roof and they become hard to beat. Bryceland is the prime example, but there are many others who after their first win become a bit unstoppable (Hart in 2016 is another good one).
NickB01 mikekazimer's article
May 7, 2019 at 19:27
May 7, 2019
Video: Are 29/27.5" Mullet Bikes Faster Than 29ers?
@Svinyard: Why would they test the 27.5? I believe Mike and the others have conclusively proved 29 is better in every way with no drawbacks, and in racing it's faster by at least 4 minutes on a 5 minute track. You don't want a 27.5. That wheelsize is slow and inferior. You want a 29er. 29er is good. 29er is life. 29er. Yes. ;)
NickB01 danielsapp's article
May 5, 2019 at 13:56
May 5, 2019
Endura's New MT500 Full Face Trail Helmet and MT500 Knee Pads - Garda Trentino 2019
Interesting to see the bike Gee has in that article is a 27.5, I would've thought for sure they'd all be 29. I'm now a bit more interested in this bike as it's not a bad looker...
NickB01 edspratt's article
Apr 29, 2019 at 14:14
Apr 29, 2019
Angel Suarez Suffered Dislocated Shoulder in Maribor
@Speeder01: Smart Gwin lost out when no team would pay him what he wanted, and he lost his contract extension offer with YT after he gave them the finger because they wouldn't cough up lots more money. Smart Gwin is now self-employed. True story.
NickB01 ben-cathro's article
Apr 25, 2019 at 16:41
Apr 25, 2019
Video: Testing 27.5 vs 29er with Ben Cathro
@jaame: I think a large part of it is marketing the latest and greatest, I know of one rider in our region who was told he *had* to ride the 29er version, and it's no secret Specialized and Loic had some disagreements on which bike he should be riding last year. The original 29r DH testing Commencal did threw out wild claims like '7 seconds faster per run', yet their first year on the 29er was a train wreck with most riders switching back to 27.5 (along with Danny Hart). Amaury had a great year last year, but I'm pretty sure that had nothing to do with wheelsize - as we saw with Bryceland once they get in a groove great things happen...
NickB01 ben-cathro's article
Apr 25, 2019 at 13:52
Apr 25, 2019
Video: Testing 27.5 vs 29er with Ben Cathro
@thenotoriousmic: You're right, while some state "Maths says 29ers are just faster", actual statistics don't show this at all. From what I can see there is almost no statistical signifcance in race results over the last 2-3 years in either EWS or DH World Cup racing to say a rider on a 29er is faster than a comparative rider on 27.5. If 29ers were faster they'd all be at the front with the supposed mutli-second gains made, with riders on 27.5 behind them. Yet how did that pan out on straight line track like Mont St Anne last year? 1-2-3 on 27.5.
NickB01 mikekazimer's article
Apr 11, 2019 at 13:36
Apr 11, 2019
Review: e*thirteen's Updated LG1R Carbon Cranks
@weaselssubie: SixC are just as bad. RF products are generally very good, but the insert delamination issue is hard to ignore. While I liked them I had both my SixC crank arms fail, one with a normal pedal insert delamination, the other with a crack almost through the entire width of the crank due to play in the insert. My e*thirteen TRSr's have been fine so far, which is good because the crank boots have taken some punishment.
NickB01 mattwragg's article
Apr 7, 2019 at 14:04
Apr 7, 2019
Opinion: Carbon and Aluminum Wheels - Does Stiffer Always Mean Better?
These were my first thoughts too as soon as I saw they were comparing an XM1501 to an XMC1200. The XMC1200 is a trail wheel at best, in its first generation it was defined by DT Swiss as not being able to leave the ground by more than 60cm. The XM1501 is a fantastic enduro wheelset I would glady have again. Compared to the E13 TRSr's I'm on right now the XMC1200s were godawful, horribly stiff vertically and still laterally flexy. Despite both being 'carbon' they are entirely different wheels, the TRSr's are smooth as butter and so I've noticed they allow me to ride faster through rough terrain. This is an interesting experiment but needs more samples to reach a meaningful conclusion.
NickB01 redbullbike's article
Mar 28, 2019 at 15:55
Mar 28, 2019
Payson McElveen Crushes the 100 Mile White Rim Record
"The low was literally and figuratively hitting a wall in the last hour." So did he actually ride straight into a wall? I feel like that's a part of the story that should be elaborated on more...
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