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ThomDawson mattwragg's article
Feb 23, 2018 at 18:02
25 mins
Fashion vs. Fit: Is Longer Always Better? - Opinion
@Hoob93: I’d put your analogy the other way around! Super low bikes are easier to corner at slower speeds. They replicate what a good rider was doing in the first place by putting the B.B. really low before they’ve even initiated a corner, you don’t have to push through the bike or be travelling fast to get the bike into cornering mode. Experienced riders do this by loading the bike through the corner which in turn produces more grip as the suspension pushes away through to the exit (which, by the sounds of it, you’re well aware). The bike with a more moderate BB height might ride a little tall and perhaps even a bit twitchy but comes alive when you start to push it - like your Ferrari. The super low bike feels great to average riders almost everywhere but give it to an experienced rider and they’ll push beyond the limits quickly - Jag. But to step away from the analogy I’d say there are other benefits of having access to good cornering geometry during corners and not permanently in “cornering mode”. The bike is agile, line changes are rapid, it can be picked up, manualled, hopped with greater ease than a super low ‘barge’ of a bike. It doesn’t need a huge amount of speed to get off the ground. During slow speed sections the bike is quick to steer, nimble. You just need a little conviction to put it through a high speed corner. Disclaimer: as I said I accept that B.B. drop is a good thing, until it’s not. To clarify 15mm or so is what I’m suggesting as an upper limit for a 160mm bike and I would probably do what I could to make something that low ride higher until I wanted it not to (and have done on two recent bikes).
ThomDawson pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 23, 2018 at 11:42
7 hours
YT Announces Full 2018 Rider Roster
@WasatchEnduro: :lol:
ThomDawson pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 23, 2018 at 7:20
11 hours
YT Announces Full 2018 Rider Roster
Excited to see how the up and coming young talent Rob Warner makes his mark on the team.
ThomDawson pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 23, 2018 at 7:03
11 hours
YT Announces Full 2018 Rider Roster
“So which riders are on our radar for 2018?” “...all of them”
ThomDawson mattwragg's article
Feb 23, 2018 at 2:51
16 hours
Fashion vs. Fit: Is Longer Always Better? - Opinion
@IllestT: Bryceland sized down his race bikes (I think) to keep the wheelbase more manouvreable and just used a slightly longer stem. For me he is one of the best bike handlers in the world. Not saying that’s the way everyone should go, just saying I agree that smaller bikes can be good too.
ThomDawson mattwragg's article
Feb 23, 2018 at 0:49
18 hours
Fashion vs. Fit: Is Longer Always Better? - Opinion
@jfkusa: negative. I disagree. I actually prefer to corner bikes that aren’t scraping on the floor, lower and lower isn’t better and moar better. Actually I think the pedal strike argument misses the point completely because regardless of how close your pedals are to the ground having the BB swinging way below axles can negatively impact the ride of the bike. Sure we can use a little bit of B.B. drop say 10mm but anymore and the bike starts to become a barge. I totally accept that other factors are very much at play but lots of B.B. drop makes the bike very planted, too planted if taken to extremes and cornering is just another aspect of the manoeuvrability of the bike (enter arguments about bikepark berms and corners vs tight ruts etc). Just like ever-growing reach numbers, chainstay, wheelbase - making bikes this way allows mediocre riders to be less mediocre but I believe it may also hinder great riders from becoming greater. It’s similar to the way traction control and driver aids in cars allow average joes to drive faster but the really talented drivers need to switch them off to unleash their own potential and that of the car (sorry everyone who’s bored of my analogy). It’s not an exciting answer but I think it’s clear our bikes should be a bit longer, a bit lower and slacker than in the past but I feel we have already surpassed the sweet spot that will allow improved confidence for all while still allowing dynamic riding to shine.
ThomDawson rossbellphoto's article
Feb 22, 2018 at 9:43
1 days
Bike Check: Danny Hart's Saracen Myst
@MickT13: what is this? A DH bike for ants!?
ThomDawson rossbellphoto's article
Feb 22, 2018 at 8:12
1 days
Bike Check: Danny Hart's Saracen Myst
@AlexS1: those are probably 9” tiles, cross referencing with the wheel diameter and ~180cm seems correct. Can’t believe I just sat and worked that out :lol:
ThomDawson rossbellphoto's article
Feb 22, 2018 at 5:39
2 days
Bike Check: Danny Hart's Saracen Myst
@Loki87: ah yes of course. The proto may well be longer. Doh! I’ve seen his height reported as 5’10” before...he got in the gondola I got out of (as I nervously said “good luck Danny” in my best 12yr old voice) at fort Bill last year and he definitely didn’t seem that tall. I’m only 5’6” and he didn’t seem to be that much bigger than me. I guess he knows his own height better than I though!
ThomDawson rossbellphoto's article
Feb 22, 2018 at 4:50
2 days
Bike Check: Danny Hart's Saracen Myst
They’re just very good rims. A good balance of strength, weight and profile. It may be that the slightly narrower width (than is currently popular on trail bikes) works better with DH casings that don’t necessarily need any extra sidewall stability that the thin trail tyres need.
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