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Rucker10 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jan 11, 2018 at 6:50
Jan 11, 2018
Qualifier Events Increase Your Chances of Racing the Enduro World Series in 2018
Hard pass. ...unless I can use a set of those cool moto lever guards that is.
Rucker10 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jan 10, 2018 at 6:36
Jan 10, 2018
Ask Pinkbike: Carbon Cranks, Winter Bike Setup, and Slow-Rolling Tires
Without trying to sound snarky is it really a surprise that a plus bike with a pair of big ass minions feels sluggish? I'm not sure why that's even a question.
Rucker10 mikelevy's article
Jan 4, 2018 at 13:53
Jan 4, 2018
The Outlier - The Full Story of the Wild Insolent DH Bike
@mikelevy: Isn't it possible though everything is so played out a big box company might actually have some success pushing something somewhat radical? The Lefty struggled because it was getting good when things like the newer Pike were coming out. If the Lefty came out today when nearly every fork offered is super nice (and almost identical to each other) it might actually gain some traction.
Rucker10 mikelevy's article
Jan 4, 2018 at 12:44
Jan 4, 2018
The Outlier - The Full Story of the Wild Insolent DH Bike
@bmck: Dude it doesn't take much, you just gotta try. It would surprise you what you can build with a drill press and a bench grinder. Don't even get me started on what you can do with a lathe and a milling machine.
Rucker10 mikelevy's article
Jan 4, 2018 at 12:36
Jan 4, 2018
The Outlier - The Full Story of the Wild Insolent DH Bike
@raditude: It's 2018. 5 years ago people were riding 33lb carbon DH bikes. If we're talking 10 years I would agree with your statement. I have a hardtail(5 y/o,) a trail bike(4y/o,) and a DH bike(also 4 y/o.) All of them are almost identical to what the same companies offer now. Innovation since 2011 has stagnated, which I actually don't think is really a big deal. What is a big deal is industry on an almost weekly basis trying to convince us that they have the new hot shit when really it's a pointless improvement that only serves to line their pockets.
Rucker10 mikelevy's article
Jan 4, 2018 at 12:09
Jan 4, 2018
The Outlier - The Full Story of the Wild Insolent DH Bike
This is what innovation looks like. Not shifting hub standards an irrelevant distance from side to side, not adding a silly fork offset, not an absurdly sized rear cassette... I could go on. But this right here is some outside of the box thinking that actually has some relevant, real world improvement.
Rucker10 SamNeedham's article
Jan 3, 2018 at 14:07
Jan 3, 2018
Dan Atherton - Dyfi RAW: Video and Photo Epic
I'd pay good money to ride his trails. The man is gifted.
Rucker10 mozz's article
Dec 31, 2017 at 13:46
Dec 31, 2017
What is the Forum's Sexiest AM/FR/Enduro Hardtail of 2017? - Pinkbike Poll
I love my Nimble 9. It never ceases to amaze me how capable it is.
Rucker10 pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 21, 2017 at 6:42
Dec 21, 2017
Win Alpinestars Pro Kit - Pinkbike's Advent Calendar Giveaway
Wool flannels actually make pretty legit winter riding jersey's. They're temperature regulating, keep you warm even if they get wet, and wool has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties (so it doesn't get all stinky.
Rucker10 rossbellphoto's article
Dec 20, 2017 at 12:30
Dec 20, 2017
The Interview: Greg Minnaar
I often try to consider who my favorite DH racer would be. It's a topic of hot debate amongst my friends and I. I'm typically on the side of men like Brendog and Brook because I really appreciate how above most others they just seem like they're having a good time. It's hard for me to forget Danny because I feel like for so long he was an underappreciate underdog and it's been a real treat watching him come into his own. I always come back to Greg though. As a tradesmen I've always appreciated those in my line of work that I would consider "Mastered." The 50 year journeyman who can solve any problem. If I were to think of Greg in any light it would be "Consummate professional, master of his trade."
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