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Prh edspratt's article
Feb 12, 2022 at 2:15
Feb 12, 2022
Video: Comparing Privateer & Factory Team Setups in Fast Life Season 5 Episode 3
I think Katy Winton has summed up the factory team vs self run program pretty well. Self run program gives you the freedom to choose the bike and components you want but also puts all the organisation, logistics and everything else that goes on behind the scenes of the factory envelope on your shoulders. Being a fully funded factory rider lets you focus on just riding without worrying about anything else. I think some riders on factory teams with less than optimal components and tight budgets will suffer more than semi supported “privateers” that are able to get some funding to ride the bikes and components they want but will never match the top end teams on full factory budgets.
Prh alicialeggett's article
Jan 27, 2022 at 17:18
Jan 27, 2022
Updated: Specialized Plans to Add Consumer-Direct Sales February 1
Problem I see with this that like a lot of people I would rather demo a bike before having to fork out a tonne of precious $$ for my next bike. I currently have an Enduro purely because it was the best bike I was able to demo for what I ride, and likewise I went for the S3 size rather than S4 after being able to ride both on my local trails. No store is going to want to stock bikes and have demo bikes available if after riding them the customers go straight to Specialized website and buy direct rather than paying more from them……
Prh henryquinney's article
Sep 12, 2021 at 12:36
Sep 12, 2021
Video: Arrival vs Range vs Force vs Spire vs Capra - Field Test Roundtable
@mikelevy: Another question that would have been good to ask is rather than what bike out of the 5 on test would you choose but what about if you could also choose the Enduro in its 2021 build form which now comes with the 38 on the front?
Prh henryquinney's article
Sep 8, 2021 at 18:10
Sep 8, 2021
Field Test: 2022 YT Capra - The Speedy All-Rounder
@sspiff: Yup I'm just under 6ft and up until a year ago had been on a Knolly Fugitive size large with from memory around 477mm reach. Demoed the Specialized Enduro in both the S3 (med) size 464mm reach and S4(Large) 487mm reach and the S3 which I ended up buying is the best sized bike I have owned for my body shape anyway (long legs short torso) although the wheelbase and chainstays are what I put the main reason for the fit being so much better for me. I could easily have gone with the S4 which on the Specialized chart I was better aligned with but after riding both the long wheelbase of the S3 being so good you have the stability and the smaller reach just made it feel a lot more nimble. I have since read numerous articles where testers have all been similar height to myself and opted for S4 sizing only to say they felt slightly stretched out and wandered if the bike would have been more lively in the smaller size....Pretty sure going with smaller frame size when close between sizing is not uncommon with a lot of the EWS enduro riders. I seem to remember both Eddie Masters and Matt Walker both opting for the medium frame in the Firebird. I feel that the slacker head angle of modern bikes combined with size specific chainstays gives the added wheelbase for stability without needing to stretch out the reach too much which can make you feel lost in the cockpit.
Aug 10, 2021 at 18:00
Aug 10, 2021
Jul 23, 2021 at 13:35
Jul 23, 2021
Prh mattwragg's article
Jul 21, 2021 at 18:52
Jul 21, 2021
Opinion: Should We Be Racing eMTBs at the Elite Level? Maybe Not Yet.
@mrtoodles: Na EWS has to be on the Knarly downhill tracks with no uphill crap as part of the stages. Emtb should race same tracks but the liaisons are going to be easier and there would be the option to link 2 stages that might have a pedally section in between. I’ve never ridden an Emtb and before I do would like to see top riders hitting the same things and enjoying it as much as the non Emtb professionals.
Prh mattwragg's article
Jul 21, 2021 at 11:43
Jul 21, 2021
Opinion: Should We Be Racing eMTBs at the Elite Level? Maybe Not Yet.
An Emtb series should be on the same courses as the normal EWS so they are still just racing predominantly downhill. The motor will just mean the riders will be fresher and able to push harder. That way it will appeal to the older riders who have less time to train, families etc. I want to see past legends who don’t have the time to train to compete at top level EWS fitness wise but still have the skills to jump on an Ebike and ride the same course probably beating the non Ebike times…..
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