betsie

I love to ride my bike,
Anything from XC (well trail riding) to DH.
I race DH for fun.

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betsie mattwragg's article
Oct 6, 2017 at 5:07
Oct 6, 2017
Opinion: Save the DH Bike?
Dh is definitely dying, the way I see it is that the core of the sport is now older and has become scared of going flat out, therefore has moved to XC bikes and is using the "I pedal up" reason for their fear. Where does this fear come from... well 20 years ago a 5ft drop or 10ft double was considered big, where now its a 20ft drop and 30ft double. The geometry of the new XC bike is pretty much aligned with the old Dh bike and the damping is better these days. So to justify a full Dh bike you have to be braver than the average man (or have an uplift where you have to be braver on the XC bike to use it). In short... nothing has really changed apart from Dh jumps and drops becoming bigger and XC getting slower for the climbs and people riding more manicured trails on their XC bikes. Once called All mountain, which is a type of XC, AM has been rebranded Enduro as the trails are slightly easier and you wear Dh kit. :) I love this sport and what marketing has turned it into. Still on 26 here and still getting good results on those old wheels.
betsie brianpark's article
Oct 1, 2017 at 15:50
Oct 1, 2017
The Bike That Won the Championship - Finale Ligure EWS 2017
@bosnianrider: Its been proven that flats are better and more economical for pedalling. Flats pedals all the way for me
betsie mattwragg's article
Sep 28, 2017 at 0:55
Sep 28, 2017
From the Top: Pinion's Christoph Lerman
I like the answer to the question below, clearly someone who does not understand the full market and how fashion leads function. Make a product that is lighter and interchangeable, something that is a game changer and can look to replace the standard single ring up front and cassette out back, something that fits onto an ISCG mount and threaded BB, as that is a standard that you can work with. Something that fits 80-90% of bikes and integrates the tensioner (currently the mech arm) into the device. Oh, and is over 95% efficient... if it was easy then everyone would do it :) or maybe there is no actual need for a gearbox and its a niche product for those who want to be different and are willing to pay a premium for an inferior design (efficiency has to be top priority) than we currently have.... I have a 10-year-old VW Golf, and maybe it's not got Bluetooth, but it's fine. Where if you look at a 10-year-old mountain bike, you wouldn't really want to ride that anymore. Is that rate of progress a problem for you? I don't really think it's a problem because a good Pinion mountain bike in market production would be so different and so way ahead from that what we have at the moment, I think that's more than two years in the future where you would say, "Oh, I don't want to ride that anymore." I think the Pinion's technology puts something to that bike which makes it more durable for more than two years.
betsie pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 25, 2017 at 6:26
Sep 25, 2017
Results: Red Bull Hardline 2017
They came, they saw, many were found wanting, true and real test of man and machine. The true warriors of Dh made it and rode finals, some got injured on the way, some legends of the game turned up and walked away, some were invited and never even turned up. True hero's are born on hardline. Well done to Bernard especially for coming back from injury and racing. Oh... of course I wouldnt ride it, probably not 1 feature of it, sack that, this is mental.
betsie ollyforster's article
Sep 25, 2017 at 6:21
Sep 25, 2017
Getting to Know Craig Evans
1 year later and.... hardline champ.. well done fella
betsie mikekazimer's article
Sep 20, 2017 at 2:11
Sep 20, 2017
Nukeproof Mega 275 Carbon - First Ride
Such a sexy looking bike, I wonder if this is what will replace my mega.... (Lean dont steer in the video.)
betsie mikelevy's article
Sep 19, 2017 at 5:48
Sep 19, 2017
Rohloff's Electronic Shifter Needs Just 180 Milliseconds - Interbike 2017
I remember back when you didn't have opposed shifting for gears (thumb and fore finger), then we got opposed shifting, double shifting, tactile feedback (SIS), etc etc. Now someone wants to put the shifting experience (I couldn't care less how it shifts so long as it shifts reliably) back into the dark ages with something that is harder to reach, uses the same finger for up and down, doesn't have good tactile feedback, is harder to know how many gears you have shifted, you cant double shift and to add to that you have to remember to keep charged. Lets not even talk about wheel interchanging with a hub gear or the unsprung mass.... Looks like someone had some pretty limited design input requirements... :)
Sep 14, 2017 at 2:57
Sep 14, 2017
Scottish DH Championships and SDA Final Round - Fort William
What a great weekend. Thanks to the SDA for putting on another wicked race. Stoked to defend my Vets jersey against the local legend. (1st time I have ever beaten Al at Fort William).
betsie pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 7, 2017 at 14:55
Sep 7, 2017
Loris Vergier Course Preview - Cairns DH World Champs 2017
That track looks amazing. Probably the most progressive and challenging dh track out there. Wow. Blown away..... At least Gwin is used to the dust. Looks like some easy Californian trails.
betsie hopetech's article
Aug 22, 2017 at 7:58
Aug 22, 2017
Behind Hope's New HB.160 Bike
Some old school practices going in there and some not so good practices too. Good luck to hope with this home made bike.
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