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ThomDawson paulaston's article
Apr 24, 2018 at 5:22
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Lapierre Overvolt AM 727i - First Ride
It’s an odd thing this notion that we should have to ‘earn our turns’... I spent half my life snowboarding, I did as little hiking as possible, took the chair straight to the park every day. If I lived next to a bike park I’d do as little peddling as possible and I’m sure there are many lucky bastards who do this. There are segments of cycling based heavily around peddling just as there are skiing and even splitboarding based around hiking or just plain going uphill. But I’m not into cycling to pedal, I’m in to go down hills and off jumps, once again as I’m sure are many others. If there’s a way to help me do more of that in areas that aren’t lift accessed...I’m down. No question. I ride in areas that are not impossible to ride to the top but if I could double the amount of runs? No brainer. I’m not feeling negative toward these bikes at all, I am sceptical whether we’ll get to a point where they’re as good as bikes without motors on the descents but I’m excited to see where it goes. Second to building a chairlift on every hill (which is what I’d do if I could) they seem a good idea. I wanna go to FJMTB and do 50 runs a day.
ThomDawson alexcgevans's article
Apr 20, 2018 at 6:31
Apr 20, 2018
Loic Bruni Out of Lošinj World Cup?
@vinay: man they really need to address this dangerous axle path though. Loic needs to push for some danger pay
Apr 19, 2018 at 8:41
Apr 19, 2018
ThomDawson mikekazimer's article
Apr 18, 2018 at 11:10
Apr 18, 2018
Spotted: New YT Tues - Lošinj DH World Cup 2018
The tues has like the lowest ratio of all right? But they toned that down on the Capra (much to my disappointment)...wonder if it’s the same story here? I doubt it if Gwin has anything to do with it and he definitely did.
ThomDawson davidarthur's article
Apr 18, 2018 at 10:49
Apr 18, 2018
2019 Specialized Stumpjumper - First Ride
@SintraFreeride: maybe it’s just that I’m quite short or maybe simply riding style, I’m not sure yet. I did enjoy slack bikes for some time then I think I reached the limit and once I backed off on the slackness I realised I didn’t need it in the first place and even that a shorter wheelbase, steeper bike was better for 90% of the riding I do. I kept the same reach as I had before which for my height is quite a long 435mm or so, I tried longer and it reaaaaly sucked. Not just for manuals and bunny’s as you’d expect but I couldn’t actually ride much longer than that without dying so I’m at pretty much my limit reach wise. Now I tend to tweak my ride like that - by keeping roughly the same reach (can be tuned via stack/ stem/ bar/ all above) and looking at varying head angles and chainstays and right now I’m leaning toward something like 66° and 425mm. But like I said, I’m short. Currently have a Mega and it’s almost awesome, just a tad too long to manoeuvre the way I’d like in the filthy rock switchbacks we have and in the air which is another thing I enjoy a lot. Last year I rode the Fort Bill track on a transition scout and felt pretty confident, quite sure the Mega will feel better in 6 weeks time but that’s a world away from my usual riding!
ThomDawson davidarthur's article
Apr 18, 2018 at 8:03
Apr 18, 2018
2019 Specialized Stumpjumper - First Ride
Sorry that sounds a bit blunt. It’s hard not to sound like a knob when you’re in a rush. Was just trying to point out what I found when using a longer reach combined with slacker head angle. As always no malice intended ;)
ThomDawson davidarthur's article
Apr 18, 2018 at 1:28
Apr 18, 2018
2019 Specialized Stumpjumper - First Ride
@SintraFreeride: firstly, couldn’t give two poops about climbing. I can climb any bike with a few adjustments (sometimes in mindset more than bike). second, if you’re lucky enough to be traveling at high velocity more often than not I can see some validity in your argument for a longer front centre. But here we have lots of short, steep, twisty crap where the front wheel is much more likely to push if you can’t weight it properly. The issue I’ve found where I ride is not a worry of tuck but the opposite - the front wheel pushing cus it’s jusy too far away to get any grip on it. This was even more prominent with reduced offsets. Perhaps just a simple matter of where the bike is being ridden?
ThomDawson davidarthur's article
Apr 17, 2018 at 8:05
Apr 17, 2018
2019 Specialized Stumpjumper - First Ride
@Lagr1980: good listen. I’m glad to hear somebody had similar experiences to me. Feel a bit surrounded by “moar slack”, “moar wheelbase” ideas at the mo. Sounds to me like Cy just built a bike that fits him better. For me having enough weight on the front end is key to cornering confidence and crazy slack head angles make that quite difficult to achieve, especially with longer reach numbers. Ultimately though I still don’t think he’s talking about anything revolutionary here. He’s just a tall guy who’s been riding bikes that are too small for too long. He finally gets a bike that fits and it’s awesome...well I’m short. I haven’t had that struggle and already have a bike that fits me. If I was designing bikes I’d be careful not to add too much length to the small and medium sizes. Lol...he just got to that and said exactly the same thing. Awesome. Cy’s my new favorite
ThomDawson davidarthur's article
Apr 17, 2018 at 0:45
Apr 17, 2018
The Differences Between the 3 New Specialized Stumpjumpers
@jclnv: it’s still a trail bike right? Seems on the money to me. But totally agree about the evo...they’re just trying to out-slack everyone else. Why would I want a dh bike with no suspenshanz?
ThomDawson davidarthur's article
Apr 17, 2018 at 0:36
Apr 17, 2018
2019 Specialized Stumpjumper - First Ride
Seems a bit excessive to me. That’s the average dh hta. Does a trailbike really need to be that slack and long? If you’re riding dh bike terrain then a dh bike is gonna be a lot more fun. Seems more like a move to cover sales that they might otherwise lose to the boutiques than based on any kind of logic. Kind of disappointed in Specialized tbh.
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