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astonmtb dan-roberts's article
Jul 13, 2021 at 8:17
Jul 13, 2021
First Ride: Manitou's New Dorado
Just going to throw this out here, judging by the current success of the bike industry all the new Dorado's are probably pre-sold out for the next years: I'm raffling off my custom Manitou Dorado RRT, you can win it for only £3!
astonmtb jamessmurthwaite's article
Jul 10, 2021 at 5:19
Jul 10, 2021
Bike Check: Joe Connell's Orange Stage 6 EWS Race Bike with a Dual Crown Fork
@Hogosha: Did it! But 210mm both ends!
astonmtb jamessmurthwaite's article
Jul 9, 2021 at 7:17
Jul 9, 2021
Bike Check: Joe Connell's Orange Stage 6 EWS Race Bike with a Dual Crown Fork
@seismicninja: you obviously don't know how pinkbike works! Comment first, check article second haha!
astonmtb seb-stott's article
Jul 9, 2021 at 4:58
Jul 9, 2021
First Look & Interview: Gamux CNC Gearbox Bike At Les Gets
Such as sick bike! This has definitely been added to the list
astonmtb jamessmurthwaite's article
Jul 9, 2021 at 4:50
Jul 9, 2021
Bike Check: Joe Connell's Orange Stage 6 EWS Race Bike with a Dual Crown Fork
Finally! People using dual crowns for enduro... I've been banging my head against the wall about this for years, but somewhere like La Thuile a pedal-able DH bike is exactly what you need. It's one of the gnarliest places I've ridden all over the world: steep, rough, loose, and 95% of the racing is downhill with a chairlift to the top. The extra stiffness at the top crown area/headset and especially the Direct Mount stem junction makes a lot of difference and much more important than stiffer lowers. Plus there is plenty more room in the stanchions to fit longer dampers and air springs inside. I think the only reason they haven't caught on yet is because the marketing dept's at the big brands are too worried about categories of 'downhill' products and 'enduro' products so won't let their riders chuck on a dual crown fork. I predict late '22 or 2023 season at least 80% of the pro's will run DH forks with new cut-out crowns to save 12 grams so they can call them enduro forks.
Jun 10, 2021 at 6:20
Jun 10, 2021

Nicolai Saturn 14 29" XL inc. RS Deluxe RT3

$2000 EUR
Nicolai Saturn 14 XL Frame size 29" er, but can be used hybrid or 27.5" using different Mutators and headset cups (not included) Factory Raw Finish Includes optional ISCG05 tabs Rockshox Deluxe RT3 210x 52.5mm Important: - Normally this bike uses a 210x50 shock. So it will have a tiny bit more travel than standard. - Does include 22.2x8 hardware but it is used. Located near Finale Ligure. Can ship in EU

Nov 22, 2020 at 7:20
Nov 22, 2020
quotes Quick spin
98.2 km - 06:03 - 4 badges
Oct 27, 2020 at 10:43
Oct 27, 2020
quotes Quick spin
38.8 km - 03:09 - 4 achievements
Oct 12, 2020 at 4:14
Oct 12, 2020
quotes Full day at work: 9-5
95.0 km - 09:27 - 7 achievements
Sep 27, 2020 at 12:25
Sep 27, 2020
quotes EWS post race laps
52.7 km - 05:00 - 8 achievements - 4 badges
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