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R-M-R mikekazimer's article
May 24, 2024 at 13:35
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R-M-R YTIndustries's article
May 23, 2024 at 10:41
May 23, 2024
YT Industries Releases Retro-Inspired Jeffsy Uncaged 13
@dmackyaheard: Weak braking is dedication to the retro theme.
R-M-R wynmasters's article
May 23, 2024 at 0:31
May 23, 2024
Video: WynTV Finals - Bielsko-Biała DH World Cup 2024
@robmurray12: Not offended, more like bewildered. Sounds like you and davidrb9 were the ones offended by getting too much free content - hence my bewilderment.
R-M-R wynmasters's article
May 22, 2024 at 17:54
May 22, 2024
Video: WynTV Finals - Bielsko-Biała DH World Cup 2024
Are you aware you don't have to watch the whole thing? Imagine being a content creator and having people complain about receiving too much of exactly the thing they like. Should we also complain when we get a couple extra fries with our order?
R-M-R sarahmoore's article
May 15, 2024 at 15:41
May 15, 2024
5 Things We Learned from EDR World Cup Finale Ligure 2024
@dhgirly: I agree, we definitely don't want to put athletes under undue physical duress. The questions are whether this was undue duress and, if so, how so? [L=https://www.accuweather.com/en/it/finale-ligure/213521/may-weather/213521?year=2024]Accuweather[/L] says the high that day was 18°C. Even if it felt a little warmer - it was certainly sunny - the weather wasn't unreasonable. Events with vastly greater physical demands exist. No one is saying enduro is or should be about pushing the limits of physical endurance, but if XC racing can exist, let alone [L=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4_Deserts]160 km off-road ultramarathon running events[/L] in temperatures up to 50°C and Ironman triathlons (3.9 km swim, 180.2 km ride, 42.2 km run), then surely 39 km of riding with 2139 m of climbing in room-temperature weather isn't inherently dangerous for a professional mountain biker. It would exhaust my soft, middle-aged body, but these are supposed to be world-class athletes and only a couple courses per year are so physical. If we look more closely at the riders who DNF'd, there are a few top riders, but it's mostly the lesser-known riders. The usual suspects finished on top, including some stoutly built riders who are carrying a lot of muscle mass - it's not like Tom Pidcock and Yolanda Neff suddenly won an EDR round due to an outlier course or exceptional conditions. Every athlete has unique strengths and it seems fair to have a balance of less demanding courses that favour a pure DH rider and courses that favour riders with high fitness.
R-M-R sarahmoore's article
May 15, 2024 at 11:13
May 15, 2024
5 Things We Learned from EDR World Cup Finale Ligure 2024
@chrismac70, @Upduro; It's a good question! (re: Lighter/faster rolling bikes vs. reliability.) With current equipment and current courses, the balance favours DH or almost-DH (ex. Double Down) casings. Even with the tight transfer time limits at Finale Ligure, it would've been a huge risk to use anything more supple - did you see those rocks, especially on Stage 4?! A good argument in favour of making races resemble consumer behaviour - whether that's enduro, automotive racing, etc. - is that technological advances for the racers will be more applicable to consumer products. One of the reasons I favour burly World Cup XC courses and climbing-intensive enduro courses is that it's driving development of tire casing design. I agree with you, Upduro, that current options force enduro racers to use equipment that's a chore on the climbs, and I agree with you, chrismac70, that enduro racers could benefit from lighter and faster-rolling equipment. So, tire manufacturers, we're waiting ...
R-M-R sarahmoore's article
May 15, 2024 at 1:14
May 15, 2024
5 Things We Learned from EDR World Cup Finale Ligure 2024
If the purpose of the enduro format is to better represent typical riding, then yeah, let's have a few events with intense climbing and a few that are easier on the cardio. And let's have some wide open, high speed stages and some tight and janky ones. In everyone's group of friends, there will be the DH specialist who may be too exhausted to ride their best after a climb, and the super fit friend who isn't phased by the climb and needs all the mental clarity they can get to keep up on the descent. An enduro event strikes a good balance when both of these riders can be competitive. We already have XC and DH to represent the ends of the spectrum, so enduro can span much of the range between; it doesn't have to be just downhill racing with water bottles. Regarding the DNF stats: In the Araxá World Cup XC races, approximately 50% of the XC field was pulled off the course before finishing due to being lapped, so 14% and 29% of the field not finishing a particularly challenging enduro seems reasonable.
R-M-R sarahmoore's article
May 15, 2024 at 0:48
May 15, 2024
R-M-R edspratt's article
May 14, 2024 at 10:55
May 14, 2024
Bike Check: Jack Moir's Steering Damper Equipped YT Capra - Finale Ligure EDR World Cup 2024
@justwan-naride: Glad to hear you're moving things in the right direction. Yes, the longer offset will make the steering less stable. You can increase the trail via reduced offset or an off-axis headset; the former will shorten the front-centre while the latter will increase it. Unfortunately, there's no cheap way to try both increased trail and a Viscoset. We're all familiar with the sensation of a change in head-tube angle, but steering damping is new to most people - especially in the context of mountain bikes - so I suggest trying the Viscoset to incorporate a new tool into your bike set-up toolkit.
May 13, 2024 at 22:11
May 13, 2024
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