Willie1

Long Time motocrosser who crossed over to biking a couple years ago.

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Willie1 pinkbikeaudience's article
May 24, 2017 at 0:00
3 days
Ask Pinkbike: 29er DH Bikes, Crankbrothers Pedals, and Norco Range vs Sight
Mike Levy: you are full of shit. An unneeded history with 27.5? The benefit was immediately apparent after the first ride on a 650b bike. effin tool. :(
Willie1 paulaston's article
May 4, 2017 at 8:52
May 4, 2017
Intend Suspension – Bike Festival Riva, 2017
Everything is a tradeoff. Usd forks track better, but feel different. Once you get used to the difference, and try to go back to a conventional design, you would wionder how you could have ever ridden a bike with a conventional fork. I could never get used to the feel of the conventional forks after years of MX. The inverted fork switch was revolutionary and dramatically improved the tracking/handling of the bikes. The stiffness at the crown with the larger tubes and greater clamping surface area on the inverted design provides more stable geometry, where conventional forks flex a lot more at the crown with their smaller tubes and smaller clamping area.
Willie1 paulaston's article
May 4, 2017 at 8:37
May 4, 2017
Intend Suspension – Bike Festival Riva, 2017
The maverick DUC used a steerer tubeless design with a bolt.
Willie1 vernonfelton's article
Jul 17, 2016 at 10:36
Jul 17, 2016
The Most Important Component on a New Bike? - Pinkbike Poll
Best bang for the buck is the wheels. Most top frames and even many Chinese frames perform well. You will definitely feel a difference in a wheel upgrade before a frame upgrade, with equal amounts being spent on either.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Jun 17, 2015 at 10:12
Jun 17, 2015
Now THAT Was A Bike - Yeti C-26
This was considered too new, too flashy, with comments like "what I ride right now is good enough."
Willie1 RichardCunningham's article
Jun 5, 2015 at 9:46
Jun 5, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: What is a Fair Price for a Mountain Bike?
I have been around biking since the early 90's, and the budget solution is opposite of what sells. Build your bike around the best wheels you can get. The wheels are the biggest performance upgrade there is. Suspension design is less important than a good shock and fork. Even a faux bar will work well with a good shock. After that, spend what you can afford. Really, its almost all about the wheels on a mountain bike.
Willie1 paulaston's article
Jun 5, 2015 at 9:38
Jun 5, 2015
Fort William DH 2015: Tech from the Pits
I've used both and personally like the carbon better. I'm more of a finesse rider than a hack, and the lack of maintenance is a big plus with the carbon. Carbon wheels almost never need truing, if built with proper and even spoke tension. I've had some medical issues this past two years and with my weight up (from medications) to 300lbs, I still haven't broken a carbon product. I'm 6'3" and built like a linebacker. My fit weight is 240-250lbs. If you break carbon, you would have smashed aluminum. For riders in rocky areas, get a rim with a kevlar layer. Amazing impact resistance, or even mix graphite fibres in the resin. Its what boat builders do to improve impact resistance. On the other hand, I am really liking steel bicycles. With modern butted tubing, weight is about on par with aluminum, with better fatigue resistance than aluminum.
Willie1 RichardCunningham's article
Apr 20, 2015 at 11:32
Apr 20, 2015
Did You See That? RAM Bikes URT Chassis and Quadrilateral Fork - Sea Otter 2015
I don't think this guy cares about any standards, period. Where are the whiners about the custom front hub? How the hell could he upgrade (?) his fork with that wheel?
Willie1 RichardCunningham's article
Apr 20, 2015 at 11:09
Apr 20, 2015
Did You See That? RAM Bikes URT Chassis and Quadrilateral Fork - Sea Otter 2015
This fork was tried by Honda in the early 80's but it was cost prohibitive to put into production. I think weight might have been an issue, but modern materials could solve that problem. Being a hobby frame builder myself, I just HAVE to try to build one now !!!
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Apr 19, 2015 at 6:26
Apr 19, 2015
FOX's New Suspension - Sea Otter 2015
It's not impossible for steel to be lighter than ti. Steels all way about the same. (Steel, not steel compared to ti.) What they have done here is used a high end alloy, probably 9260, and used a thinner wire at a wider coil spacing. Rate is determined by coil thickness, and coil spacing. With lower end steel, wider spacing can result in failure, as the steel has to flex more. Look at the wire diameter and coil spacing on the springs.
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