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SintraFreeride mikekazimer's article
Jan 20, 2018 at 10:23
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Pinkbike Poll: Does the Current Method of Mountain Bike Classification Make Sense?
I agree that there should be a better system. The description above sees trail, all mountain and enduro bikes over lapping. General mountainbiking up should be called trail. XC should remain XC and DH remain DH. All mountain and Enduro are just more extreme versions of trail bikes and trail riding in my opinion.
SintraFreeride vernonfelton's article
Jan 19, 2018 at 12:54
Jan 19, 2018
There's a Fine Line Between Clever and Stupid - Opinion
@loganflores: I haven't ridden everywhere nor every trail but have ridden flat, undulating, tight, fast and steep terrain, wide open, flow and tech trails. Now I'm not saying what is the best geometry but I can tell you what is the worst for sure. Having ridden a bunch of different bikes since the mid 90s I came to understand what didn't work really well. An easy one is head angle. Steep head angles are terrible and useless specially in mtbiking where you tend to lean the bike when doing turns. The old idea that slack head angles make the bike wonder when going uphill was true for short reach bikes but is solved when you stretch the bike out. So it is no longer necessary to compromise with a steep head angle in order to make it up that tech singletrack. Steep seat angles also work best for climbing and are not a hassle on flat sections. Chainstay size is a choice between traction and stability (long) or easy of picking up the front end, manualing and agility. Wheelsize depends on type of riding you want to do and also frame size. Bigger wheels are faster but not quite as agile and may not be best on XS and S frame sizes. Of course, you do have to adapt your riding style in order to handle these new breed of longer bikes. Riding off the back is no longer possible since you have to weight the front end more. Some people adapt to that more easily than others. I met a German guy last year would didn't like long bikes because he preferred to ride off the back of the bike. He complained that he kept losing the front end.
SintraFreeride vernonfelton's article
Jan 18, 2018 at 23:44
Jan 18, 2018
There's a Fine Line Between Clever and Stupid - Opinion
@vernonfelton: Respectfully these bike companies that are putting out bikes with 20mm more reach every year haven't found the limits and are just pulling our chain. Pole/Nicolai don't do that. They have tested 59º headangles, 550mm reach, 470mm chainstays and figured out what is too long, too slack, too etc. Personally I think headangles steeper than 66º have no place on a modern mountainbike as it makes cornering terrrible e.g. folding the front end. Same goes for slack seat angles as they only induce wheeling and make the front wander up climbs. Having said that yes you can still have variation within a certain range of geometries. For my type of riding (alpine) the difference between my DH and XC bike would be travel and a few parts not geometry.
SintraFreeride vernonfelton's article
Jan 18, 2018 at 23:30
Jan 18, 2018
There's a Fine Line Between Clever and Stupid - Opinion
The newer aka extreme geometry rides even better than modern geo. You got to try it out!
SintraFreeride mikekazimer's article
Jan 18, 2018 at 23:22
Jan 18, 2018
Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR SL Review
@bubbrubb: It is the first bike I have had take fits right. No more feeling like I'm hanging off the back when seated, no more feeling like my knees are going to smack the stem when I'm pedaling standing up. It has amazing traction, stable at speed and I can move around the bike without ever feeling I will ever go over the bars! So I must respectfully disagree. This is the RIGHT bike for me!
SintraFreeride mikekazimer's article
Jan 16, 2018 at 11:48
Jan 16, 2018
SintraFreeride mikekazimer's article
Jan 16, 2018 at 11:47
Jan 16, 2018
Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR SL Review
I found it disappointing that there was no comparison to the Pole either. However, the bike wasn't reviewed by Paul Aston...I do agree with you on how a long bike needs to be proportional. I notice a lot of brands going longer in reach trying to catch up to Nicolai/Pole/Mondraker but without the long chainstays or the steep seat angles thus missing the point. I have a Pole Evolink 176 and am super happy with it!
SintraFreeride mikekazimer's article
Jan 16, 2018 at 11:43
Jan 16, 2018
Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR SL Review
@bubbrubb: I have been running the saddle in that same position for over a year without any issues. Please refrain from passing judgement without testing...
SintraFreeride mikekazimer's article
Jan 16, 2018 at 11:40
Jan 16, 2018
Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR SL Review
@dangerousdave: The difference between the seated and upright position with long reach bikes is less making you ride in middle of the bike and not off the back. A steep seat angle of 76-79º coupled with a long reach does actually put you in an upright position when climbing similar to a short reach bike with a slack seat angle. The difference is that you are more forward on the bike and thus weight the front wheel better thus removing the wheelie effect on the steepest pitches. I would recommend trying out a long reach bike with a steep seat angle and seeing how you get along. I am the same height as the tester in this review and have a bike with 520mm reach and love it!
SintraFreeride mikekazimer's article
Jan 16, 2018 at 4:22
Jan 16, 2018
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