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OrangeGoblin mikelevy's article
Apr 1, 2019 at 8:09
Apr 1, 2019
Inside Look: Vittoria's New Graphene 2.0 Tire Technology
@R-M-R: totally. Never said it was the width that was the problem from a purely technical standpoint. Itsvthatbthe 2.6” tyres are just much worse than 2.5” for aggressive trail/Enduro/DH riding. You kinda think, more width = more grip = faster. But it’s totally the inverse. I’m really disappointed. There needs to either more education on the designed purpose and implications of the larger tyres or they need to design them for the same end effect. My Minion DHF 2.5” is nothing like my Minion DHF 2.6” in any way other than to look at. The 2.5” is great. The 2.6 is awful.
OrangeGoblin mikelevy's article
Mar 28, 2019 at 8:22
Mar 28, 2019
Inside Look: Vittoria's New Graphene 2.0 Tire Technology
@R-M-R: My Maxxis DHF 2.6" tyre is actually over 7mm wider than my 2.5" DHF according to my callipers, on the same rim. They're on SC Reserve 37mm rims as specced on the Bronson from the Factory. The issue is that the tyres are different in almost every respect: The tread is shorter - the shoulders are especially shorter so less bite on cornering. It's also spread over a much larger (More circumference) carcass but without more tread pattern so is more spaced out. In order to keep weight to a similar spec the casing is much flimsier, meaning you have to put more air in to avoid squirm meaning the wrap isn't as good on roots etc. In the dry they're great, but then I tore through the rear on the 2nd ride. I changed to the 2.5" DD and immediately it's a better ride in every respect. I still have the 2.6" on the front, but it's awful in the wet, so will be doing the same with 2.5". You can say all you like about it just being numbers, but it's a totally different animal.
OrangeGoblin mikelevy's article
Mar 27, 2019 at 1:43
Mar 27, 2019
Inside Look: Vittoria's New Graphene 2.0 Tire Technology
This. This. A thousand times this. Wish someone had told me how shit 2.6” when I specced my Bronson. ????
OrangeGoblin sarahmoore's article
Jan 29, 2019 at 1:25
Jan 29, 2019
OrangeGoblin Nukeproofinternational's article
Jan 25, 2019 at 2:37
Jan 25, 2019
Nukeproof Announces Winter Riding Apparel
Just in time for Winter..... oh
OrangeGoblin sarahmoore's article
Jan 19, 2019 at 9:18
Jan 19, 2019
Recapped: The Complete 2018 Pinkbike Field Test
@mikelevy: for sure, but then there are 220lb guys who also shred hard and fast and really put their bikes through it, what about them? Asking for a friend. ;-)
OrangeGoblin paulaston's article
Jan 8, 2019 at 1:49
Jan 8, 2019
Sick Bicycles Partners with Legendary Fabricator Frank the Welder on New Long Travel 29er
@justanotherusername: 1 million percent this. I also don’t really wanna give my money to a pair of obnoxious (IMO) tagalongs who only have ‘these numbers’ because of a long history of people working their asses off to progress the sport technically. I know that’s a bit sentimental but whatever. If they were graceful about it, or shows an ounce of humility, or an interest in the sport, maybe I’d thunk differently. They’ve got the social media banter wagon going but that’s it. I wouldn’t trust their bikes as far as I could ghost one off a double.
OrangeGoblin trek's article
Dec 20, 2018 at 9:19
Dec 20, 2018
Bontrager Rolls Out 2-Year, No-Cost Carbon Wheel Replacement Program
Glad you've clearly done your research... "Santa Cruz Reserve carbon wheels carry a warranty for the lifetime of the original, registered owner"
OrangeGoblin Identiti-Bikes's article
Dec 20, 2018 at 8:47
Dec 20, 2018
Identiti Announces 2019 MTB Lineup, Offers Lower Starting Price on Mettle Enduro Bike
@Identiti-Bikes: You do NOT have to justify yourself to this guy. A bike is a bike. It costs money to make and the people who design, build, market and sell it have to make a buck. Most bikes are using 25 year old tech, and I'd argue yours are far more reasonably priced than most. I wouldn't credit peeps like this with a response other than "don't buy it then". The internet is far too full of people who get incensed when something isn't designed/marketed directly and solely for them. The age of entitlement.
OrangeGoblin mikekazimer's article
Dec 13, 2018 at 16:38
Dec 13, 2018
Pinkbike Awards: Mountain Bike of the Year Nominees
Disregarded!? It had a great review...!?! “the Bronson's numbers make it enjoyable on much more than just the steepest trails. It's certainly capable of holding its own in an enduro race, but it's also just as useable as a trail bike with plenty of travel for the technical stuff. When it comes to cornering performance, the Bronson's low center of gravity makes it feel extremely stable and planted, and testers were unanimous in their praise about the grey machine's tenacity in the turns.”
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