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PhilKmetz jamessmurthwaite's article
May 2, 2020 at 7:08
May 2, 2020
Bike Check: Isak Leivsson's Homemade Steel Downhill Bike
I'm sure seasoned Pinkbike commenters know more about a Pro DH racer's bike preferences the pro rider themselves.
PhilKmetz danielsapp's article
Feb 16, 2020 at 7:25
Feb 16, 2020
Spotted: Greg Callaghan's Devinci with Prototype Fox Suspension and Shimano Drivetrain
If you look at the last photo they actually made it more potatoey. It's not just a cropped version of the 3rd image.
PhilKmetz pinkbikeoriginals's article
Nov 15, 2019 at 8:04
Nov 15, 2019
Video: Friday Fails #92
I ran into that kid while in the lodge at Thunder the other week. He showed me this crash and was blown away he wasn't more hurt. Props to him for giving it the beans!
PhilKmetz pinkbikeoriginals's article
Oct 22, 2019 at 10:45
Oct 22, 2019
Video: Whistler Bike Park Gaps - Grom Edition
That last Berm to Berm gap was savage!!
PhilKmetz lucacometti's article
Oct 17, 2019 at 11:06
Oct 17, 2019
Video: Luca Cometti's Dream Machines
Disregarding the [rad] riding, and video videography, I'm impressed with just how much dirt Luca displaced in a single video. I think this set a new bar.
PhilKmetz jamessmurthwaite's article
Oct 16, 2019 at 8:57
Oct 16, 2019
Mountain Biker Dies Following A-Line Crash
This is extremely sad news, even if this rider wasn't as well known as Jordie Lunn, in the MTB world there are only a few degrees of separation and it hits just as hard. My sincere condolences to his family and close ones. I think it's good opportunity to take some time and reflect, but I don't think prospective visitors to whistler should to avoid making the trip. Whistler is the most popular bike park in the world, and A-line is arguably the busiest jump trail in the world. With the amount of traffic it gets, it's almost statistically impossible for this not to happen at some point (it still sucks). I've ridden a lot of different trails, and A-line, even with how big some of the jumps are, A-line is amongst the safest jump trails I've ever ridden. Well built lips, wide landings, predictable building style, good visibility, and well-signed features contribute to that. I really have to commend the trail crew. That being said, I do have some recommendations for riders. Having been to a number of bike parks I see a fair amount of riders trying to progress a bit too quickly and rider outside their league. Finding the balance between pushing your limits, and being safe can often be hard. Remember a lot of the Pros have been riding and refining their skills for along time. I've been riding for over 20 years and I'm still refining my skills. I'd much rather see more a rider case a jump with control than clear a jump while out of control. Focus more on perfecting the small jumps before sending the big jumps. Learn to jump the small jumps at different speeds, pop off the lip slow speeds, and to squash, the jump will go a long way. All the while you're developing a sense of the speed needed to hit features of different sizes, which can only be learned through experience. Safety equipment is very important, but it should be our 3rd or 4th line of defense. 1st. Risk assessment Is that feature near or within your skillset? Work your way up to doing bigger features. 2nd. You will crash at some point. Knowing how to bail, ditch the bike, tuck and rolling will get you out of a lot of bad situations. 3rd. When you inevitably do crash, our pads and safety gear will act as the saftey net that catches the crashes that slip through the other lines of defense Sorry for the wall of text, but I thought this information was worth sharing.
PhilKmetz NOBLwheels's article
Oct 11, 2019 at 10:18
Oct 11, 2019
Video: Phil Kmetz Rides Whistler
I grew up riding and racing BMX before mountain biking. Riding dirt jumps and racing you get really good at pumping and maintaining flow. When I started riding skateparks, I never cared about tricks, but I loved big transfers and figuring out how to maintain flow throughout the skatepark without pedalling. Skateparks also teach you how to be precise and change directions really quickly. When I started riding MTB I had pretty solid fundamentals as a result, but I struggled to learn how to ride off-camber and slippery surface which came with time and lots of bruises thanks (thanks MTN creek!) I've tried to explain the importance of riding skateparks and becoming more proficient at pumping in my videos, but nobody wants to hear that. Those videos always fall flat. I think there's this perception that skateparks are just for teens, but it's one of the best places to cut your teeth (figuratively and literally).
PhilKmetz NOBLwheels's article
Oct 11, 2019 at 8:53
Oct 11, 2019
Video: Phil Kmetz Rides Whistler
@whitehonky: I've actually never used that function, but that's a very good suggestion to consider from here on out. I spend lots of time building trails in my neck of the woods. My general thought is as long as I'm doing more trail building than damage the net output should be positive. Thanks for bringing that up!
PhilKmetz NOBLwheels's article
Oct 11, 2019 at 8:17
Oct 11, 2019
Video: Phil Kmetz Rides Whistler
:) You're pretty cool yourself in my books.
PhilKmetz NOBLwheels's article
Oct 11, 2019 at 8:14
Oct 11, 2019
Video: Phil Kmetz Rides Whistler
Haha I'm that's exactly what it thinks! In all seriousness, I hate sending things to flat (though there's a time and place). Small bumps, rocks, roots, and even square edges can all be used to deflect off of and land smoothly, but it can be hard to pick up on.
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