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SimonNZ davetrumpore's article
Mar 23, 2019 at 12:10
Mar 23, 2019
Course Preview: Blown Out - EWS Rotorua 2019
Light rain last night, should clear by mid morning. Not enough to affect the trails and will hopefully keep the dust down.
SimonNZ pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 22, 2019 at 0:59
Mar 22, 2019
Final Results: Downhill - Crankworx Rotorua 2019
Pity there was no video from the larches section on the live feed.
SimonNZ callumm's article
Feb 12, 2019 at 19:23
Feb 12, 2019
Destination Showcase: Rotorua, New Zealand
The tree in the photo is not a kauri.
SimonNZ KS-USA's article
Jun 28, 2018 at 16:46
Jun 28, 2018
KS Announces 27.2mm Cartridge Enhancements
Ditto for my hardtail. I think it's simply due to the volume limitation of a 27.2mm diameter. I have no problem with the 31.6mm on my full suspension bike. A quick hand jerk solves the problem ;-)
SimonNZ pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 12, 2018 at 19:25
Apr 12, 2018
Results: XC MTB - 2018 Commonwealth Games
Many athletes use a perceived sense of injustice to inspire themselves to work harder, look at certain European footballers.But when the race has finished, it is time to park those emotions and be gracious in defeat and victory. Why are there so many punctures in XC races? The Olympics were even worse. I can understand the reason for making tyres as light as possible, but they should be at least strong enough to finish a race.
SimonNZ mikelevy's article
Mar 28, 2018 at 15:45
Mar 28, 2018
Should the Derailleur Die? Zerode's Gearbox-Equipped Taniwha - Review
I have been riding a Taniwha for well over a year now, my build is 31 lb using pretty standard components. It is a great climber in technical rooty stuff as the rear wheel just floats over obstacles. I often climb out of the saddle and there is zero bob. Downhill it is the best bike I have ever ridden, the rear wheel tracks the ground brilliantly. It's weakness is tight and twisty XC single track; there are many bikes that accelerate quicker. Shifting is no big deal once you get used to it, just stop spinning momentarily before you shift. The cool thing is that you can shift as many gears as you like in one go. I'm sure that there is some friction associated with the gearbox, but it would take a strong rider to notice it.
SimonNZ RichardCunningham's article
Jan 25, 2018 at 18:02
Jan 25, 2018
The Short, Turbulent Life of URT Suspension
I'm curious as to how many still survive. My take on the BowTi was that the shock forces have to be absorbed by the flex of the titanium frame, which is a big ask. I would have loved to have one. I had a Trek Y bike at the time and you had to clamp your thighs on the seat while descending so that the suspension didn't lock out.
SimonNZ mikelevy's article
Jan 17, 2018 at 16:25
Jan 17, 2018
Here's My Zerode Taniwha Test Bike - Tell Me What You Want to Know
My two cents after a year of riding a Taniwha: Downhill, the back wheel tracks the ground better than any other bike I've ridden. Technical uphill is great too; the rear wheel soaks up the bumps, the gear range is ridiculously huge, and there is no bob when climbing out of the saddle. Where I struggle is in twisty, flat, cross-country tracks; it does not accelerate out of a corner like a singlespeed hardtail. Momentum is lost fairly quickly when going from downhill to uphill,which is probably due to bike weight. The gearbox and grip-shift is a non-issue once you get used to it. There is no noticeable drag from the gearbox once it is run in, and that seems to happen after a couple of hundred kilometres. Plus it's a good-looking bike, low maintenance and so quiet.
SimonNZ RichardCunningham's article
Sep 21, 2017 at 16:54
Sep 21, 2017
The 5 Most Popular Demo Bikes at Bootleg Canyon - Interbike 2017
I suspect much of the "drag" is imagined or weight/suspension induced. I have trouble keep up with cross-country guys on the flat and windy because I don't accelerate out of the corners as fast. Keeping up on the uphill is no problem because of the wide gear range and the active suspension helps the rear float over the technical stuff. Downhill is way faster on the Zerode. It does take a wee while for the gearbox to settle in, mine is super smooth now.
SimonNZ pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 25, 2017 at 2:30
Mar 25, 2017
Fox Racing - EWS Rotorua Fantasy Contest
1. Hill 2. Rude 3. Graves 1. Thoma 2. Beerten 3. Ravenel
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