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William42 jessiemaymorgan's article
May 24, 2024 at 11:42
May 24, 2024
Review: Wolf Tooth Components Ripsaw Aluminum Flat Pedals
This is a pretty dumb take. If you place a higher value on maximum efficiency, you'll get more value out of a concave or flat pedal that rewards placing the ball of your foot over the axle. XC, roadie, trail, enduro - disciplines tend to favor this. If you place a higher value on ankle stability and reducing leverage on your ankle, you might like an arch over axle approach where the convex pedal works better. Maybe you come from a moto background, have bad ankles, spend all your time at bike parks riding DH, or on dirt jumps. There's a lot of pedal options out there for the first set of riders. There's not a lot for the second group. That's okay that they're not your preference. Stop assuming that you're the only customer in the world. Hell wolf tooth even makes a pedal FOR you and riders like you. And get busy taking a hike when it comes to shit that's clearly not designed for you. This may come as a surprise, but you are not god's gift to mankind and you are not the only rider in the world, nor are your riding preferences the only ones that matter. Options like this are dope, even if a large majority of riders prefer a flat or concave option over this.
William42 mattbeer's article
May 8, 2024 at 5:23
May 8, 2024
Review: EXT Aria Air Shock
@fred-frod: Agreed. It's useful for figuring out which frames to buy and which ones belong in the trash. "Oh this frame was optimized for maximum performance? That's cool, I like that!" "Oh this frame was optimized because it's easier for bike companies to sell bikes with air shocks so they made big sacrifices in suspension performance? I know just what I'm going to do about that: not buy it." Like I like air shocks. They're genuinely useful. For rental fleets they're tremendous, you can switch the pressure on a per rider basis and it takes 3-4 minutes instead of 10-15 with more tuning to do afterwards. Dialing in a coil is more time consuming and costly - and anybody that tells you they're cheaper is misleading you, because chances are you'll end up wanting to test a few different spring rates and the price of that adds up quickly. If it's a loaner bike you can't beat air. There's good reason for air shocks to be around. But not good reason for the end user to buy one for their personal bike if they care about top of the line performance.
William42 sarahmoore's article
May 2, 2024 at 7:20
May 2, 2024
William42 henryquinney's article
May 2, 2024 at 3:08
May 2, 2024
The Pinkbike Podcast: Is World Cup XC Actually Worth Watching?
@Saucycheese: I hope that one day you're able to obtain the self awareness to realize it's your behavior that's making the internet a worse place - it isn't somebody else's fault. That it is easily within your power to not look at people who say something you disagree with as people to insult and belittle. The world will be a better place for it. Cheers
William42 henryquinney's article
May 1, 2024 at 12:29
May 1, 2024
The Pinkbike Podcast: Is World Cup XC Actually Worth Watching?
@Saucycheese: Bud, it's an internet forum in which you approached somebody else that expressed an opinion that pinkbike used to be better and its filled with a bunch of sellouts now to tell them the following: "Don't let the door hit you on the way out." "Stop being a douchebag" "Whatever you need to inflate your ego." Trust me - I don't need to inflate my ego. I'm already running at 100% confidence that I'm in the right and you're a dick. Ego doesn't come in to play here, its just facts. You went out of your way to pick a fight with somebody who expressed an opinion, called them a bunch of names, and got schooled. Over a fucking bike forum lmao I cannot think of a single losing cause that you could have poured your time into that would have been less consequential. But hey, maybe now you'll consider more measured and thoughtful responses than randomly picking a fight with everybody you disagree with. Probably not. But we can hope that you use this as an opportunity to practice a little bit of self control and personal growth and remember that it only takes you to make the world a better place.
William42 FiveTen's article
Apr 30, 2024 at 14:31
Apr 30, 2024
Video: The 'Science' Behind Cleat Positioning with Ben Cathro
@CobyCobie: Ah - yah no I meant that suspension is mostly pretty dialed at this point as far as optimized weight ranges, and that cleat positioning could take a lesson from that.
William42 FiveTen's article
Apr 30, 2024 at 11:07
Apr 30, 2024
Video: The 'Science' Behind Cleat Positioning with Ben Cathro
@CobyCobie: I think you got it, so I'm not sure what to explain, but in different words: Your shock is tuned so that you sit right in the middle of the usable range. There's room for a lighter rider to set it up the way they want, and for a heavier rider to set it up the way they want. Now imagine if your shock were instead set up so that you set all the settings to minimum. You ran as little damping as you could. Suppose that still worked pretty well for you - that's great! But now, riders who weigh less than 200 lbs will find it over damped, with it getting worse and worse the lighter they go. The comparison is that shocks are set up to work well for a range of riders when it comes to their weight. That range is aimed at working within the weight band that most of their riders occupy - eg 170-230lbs. With DH shoes/pedal setups, that doesn't appear to be the case. Everybody seems to be setting their cleats at the most extreme position to put the least leverage on their ankles allowed by the shoe. The analogy is that this is similar to if everybody was setting their suspension up for the 200lb rider because that's all the suspension will allow, even if its possible there are a lot of 170lb riders that would prefer a suspension setup for a 170lb rider. The request I'm making is to move the cleat slots further back along the shoe, so that all of those cleat positioning from the riders interviewed resulted with their cleats in the middle of the slot. That way, those of us that wanted more priority given to reducing ankle leverage than current shoes allow for could find a happy medium and run clipless instead of flats. Make sense?
William42 FiveTen's article
Apr 30, 2024 at 3:50
Apr 30, 2024
Video: The 'Science' Behind Cleat Positioning with Ben Cathro
Now after Cathro made this video can y'all make some shoes that allow me to run the cleat further back? I liked Cathro justifying the past 2 decades of my complaining. Sample size was small, but the leverage data was pretty clear even if the numbers were a bit guesswork, DH riders prefer a more stable ankle position to maximizing any perceived pedaling efficiency gains. With so many of them immediately slamming the cleat to the back of the shoe, it looks like the equivalent of suspension mfgs sending out suspension tuned for 200-270lb riders. Sure, there are plenty of 200 lb riders, but a more sane suspension range might be for 170-240 so that you don't end up with everybody just smashing the compression to the lowest setting and thats the best they get. Protecting my ankles from hyper extension in hard hits is way more important to me than saving 1/4 of a second because I could pedal slightly harder in the flat section.
William42 henryquinney's article
Apr 26, 2024 at 6:19
Apr 26, 2024
The Pinkbike Podcast: Is World Cup XC Actually Worth Watching?
@Saucycheese: Ah. It's my fault you decided to start an argument and then couldn't handle being wrong. My bad. Better idea: Don't let the door hit you on your way out.
William42 henryquinney's article
Apr 25, 2024 at 8:33
Apr 25, 2024
The Pinkbike Podcast: Is World Cup XC Actually Worth Watching?
@Saucycheese: It's crazy how NSMB vital bike and blister and other review sites like consumer reports all manage to stick around despite not basing their model on sucking the corporate teat and shilling whatever they're told to. And yet, somehow they manage with far greater success than pinkbike. It's almost like you're presenting a false dichotomy of "either they bend over backwards and do everything their corporate overlords tell them to or they're out on the street selling handjobs for crack," when in reality it would be easy for them to push back more if they so chose. If you want to look at an example of this, check out enduro-mtbs recent brake test. "This is what we wanted to test, so we got all the best brakes from the best mfgs. These are the methods of how we tested them to get accurate and consistent results. Here are the results. Here's the brake we liked best when it came to actually using them. The end." If pinkbike was spending their time pumping out articles like that we wouldn't be having this conversation. They'd still be drawing in eyeballs and selling advertising space and earning a paycheck.
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