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beerhunter davetrumpore's article
May 30, 2017 at 4:20
May 30, 2017
Enduro World Series Round 4, Ireland: Race Day Photo Epic
@rizzodun: Next year I might just make the trip :) Look forward to a pint or three watching the boys and girls rip...
beerhunter davetrumpore's article
May 29, 2017 at 0:03
May 29, 2017
Enduro World Series Round 4, Ireland: Race Day Photo Epic
Great pics as ever. Love the one of Richie Rude, who muscles his bike, race face on while many in the crowd have facial expressions that say "how the hell did he ride that out? Again..." The crowd are so much a part of these events, particularly in Ireland.
beerhunter BWinder's article
Jul 9, 2016 at 17:42
Jul 9, 2016
Megavalanche 2016 - Women's Race
What a bunch of goers. Well done to every single rider I say.
beerhunter RichardCunningham's article
Mar 25, 2016 at 0:44
Mar 25, 2016
Opinion: The Courage to Create
"Someone figured out how Sam Hill was riding" Can that someone tell me how? I see it, and it inspires me to ride better, but I will never do it. But, that inspiration engages me in a way that no bit of bike bling will ever do. I say that because I believe that almost all of sport is about the riding and only a bit is about the bike. Taking it forward by showing others to ride better puts the gear tech in its rightful place, IMO. Just sayin...
beerhunter JacSchapel's article
Feb 22, 2016 at 15:34
Feb 22, 2016
Cedric Gracia Gets Lusty in Aussie - Video
I have ridden the section in the third photo down dozens of times. For the record, I don't look even remotely like that...
beerhunter MattStaggs's video
Dec 29, 2015 at 12:15
Dec 29, 2015
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beerhunter Specialized's article
Dec 16, 2015 at 12:18
Dec 16, 2015
Specialized Welcomes Jared Graves to the Team
That's true, the speculation has been around for a while. If you look at the EWS series results there is a big range of bike manufacturers represented in the to ten. That says to me that it is the rider, rather than the bike, which is the key to good results. As others have said in this thread spesh makes good bikes. I have had one for myself and one for my wife. The reason I will never buy another is their preoccupation with proprietary parts that you cannot get anywhere else and are very hard to upgrade. To me, it is a corporate tactic to building in obsolescence so that their bikes are turned over more often, and to force you to buy overpriced, high margin replacement parts. I wonder if Jared will get access to suspension parts that are made just for him to get a wider range of setup options on the stumpy? Also, I wonder how he will go on spesh tyres. The maxxis range that he has been on for years is both broad and high quality, and I'm not convinced that the spesh branded tyres are in the same class. I guess that the spesh DH riders smashed it this year, they can't be too bad. Personally, if I had a choice between an SB5C and a Stumpjumper at the same spec level and same price, I'd go with the Yeti any day. They are just the sexiest bikes you can buy, in my opinion.
beerhunter yeticycles's article
Dec 14, 2015 at 2:42
Dec 14, 2015
Jared Graves - Over a Decade with Yeti Cycles
He may win, but he may not too. A lot has to go right to win the EWS overall, or to put it another way not much has to go wrong. And, he has strong competition, from Richie Rude (who Graves has been talking up for some time) and many of the fine French riders who regularly feature in the top ten. All in all he has a good chance, but is no certainty...
beerhunter yeticycles's article
Dec 14, 2015 at 2:20
Dec 14, 2015
Jared Graves - Over a Decade with Yeti Cycles
I would like to see you try and follow him down (or up) a hard section. Without bothering to comment, his expertise would bring your twisted arguments to an end :)
beerhunter yeticycles's article
Dec 14, 2015 at 1:20
Dec 14, 2015
Jared Graves - Over a Decade with Yeti Cycles
If Jared Graves does go to Spesh, you can easily see why. I might be wrong, but here goes... Enduro racing is much more like real world riding than downhill, and I'm sure that the EWS results sell bikes. Heaps of bikes. Spesh have not done well in Enduro. Spesh does not compete to make up the top ten, they are there to win. The other riders they have had seem like good guys, but have not achieved the results that Spesh would demand. Therefore, Spesh need new talent. So, who could they get? Most of the top 10 EWS racers are French, and while they are all fantastic riders, a French accent wont sell bikes in the US of A. So, who's left? Richie Rude is a Young Gun, and Yeti would have died in a ditch to keep him in turquoise. Both Joe Barnes and Greg Callaghan are great riders, but would not build on brand Specialized as a one Mr Graves. Multiple 4X winner, strong competitor in downhill, and EWS winner. He may not win in 2016, but will compete very, very hard, with a preparation that is second to none. He will bring another rider on the team up the rankings. He will speak well but also speak his mind. He will still ride Fox. And, will have good input to he next round of Spesh bikes, where the investment pays off for them. For Jared? He is now a 30 year old bike racer, in a highly technical disciple. No one lasts forever. I for one, could never blame him for making this move and helping secure his future. Good luck to him I say. He has earned it.
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