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 mikekazimer's article
Dec 11, 2017 at 11:59
2 days
2018 Canyon Spectral - First Ride
@mikekazimer: As you will know. Getting a base setup for a bike takes a matter of minutes. You then take the appropriate tools out with you and dial the bike in very quickly to your riding preference. The familiarity of the trail is pretty immaterial as rider ability to ride certain feature types with a relatively familiar setup is what is important. I would hope that a rider with your review experience knew what the contact points would be like on the trail before setting off, took your own pedals. I would anyway and consider myself a competent enough rider to be able to judge a bike well within 2 days of riding on any trail in any conditions, this comes from years of experience racing where you don't have time to adjust to the conditions or the track choice, especially when you don't ride the race locations all of the time as they are all too far away. My own bikes are far from perfect and I could point out their flaws quite quickly but also realise what I like about them.
betsie mikekazimer's article
Dec 11, 2017 at 6:06
3 days
2018 Canyon Spectral - First Ride
Did the article just say.. They made me go ride somewhere new, on a new bike, in conditions I didnt like, and the bike was hard to ride, but the trails were easy... but please wait for the long term review once we have had enough free stuff to write an amazing review... or am I just getting old and cynical. :)
betsie mikelevy's article
Dec 7, 2017 at 3:58
Dec 7, 2017
Spengle's One-Piece Carbon Enduro Wheels - First Look
Its April 1st somewhere in the universe :)
betsie mikelevy's article
Dec 7, 2017 at 3:58
Dec 7, 2017
Spengle's One-Piece Carbon Enduro Wheels - First Look
But I9's are just not DT Swiss hubs by any stretch.
betsie vernonfelton's article
Nov 30, 2017 at 3:37
Nov 30, 2017
'New' Bike Models Every Year - Does That Make Sense?
I still have a large Mk2 Nomad (with Pushlink and -2 angleset) that has a set of Totems up front. I also have an XL Mega Tr27.5 with 26" wheels, Lyrik 170mm fork and -2 angleset (long, low, slack with long back end) I take my Mega Tr out more often as it makes the trail more difficult, but is a hoot to ride as its long and slack. The Nomad with Push link is fantastic, its even been out to SantaCruz for a ride around on the trails out there (was out with work and they let me take my bike). It eats technical climbs and descents. 2 totally different bikes, designed for different purposes, both can bring joy on the same trails. Even though the Nomad doesnt really get ridden, it blows me away when I take it out once or twice a year. Is the is the "new bike" effect as I don't ride it and have not gotten used to its quirks? I dunno, but its not worth selling as it has such a low value, so I just keep it, dust it off, hit some big mountain riding with it every now and then then put it back in the back of the shed. Who knows if an old bike dusted off every now and then can give the same effect as a new bike, but bikes sure are fun :)
betsie vernonfelton's article
Nov 29, 2017 at 2:37
Nov 29, 2017
'New' Bike Models Every Year - Does That Make Sense?
@WAKIdesigns: its all marketing and sheep in the end of the day. Little Joey wants a bike that he thinks makes him 0.1s faster on a 2 hour ride and he is happy to throw $6000 at it. A good coaching session and some gym work might be a better investment, but it isnt new and shiny and he cant show it off to his mates. :)
betsie vernonfelton's article
Nov 29, 2017 at 2:35
Nov 29, 2017
'New' Bike Models Every Year - Does That Make Sense?
Maxxis Minion = 2004 or earlier... things are evolving at lightening speed. Suspension got better until about 5 years ago where it has stood still. Bikes have just got slacker, but you could buy a bike and angleset 5 years ago and just go up a frame size. Enduro has made for some lighter trail bikes, so we have shaved off 1kg from a frame and put some plastic out there. ... the rest is all fashion.
betsie vernonfelton's article
Nov 29, 2017 at 2:32
Nov 29, 2017
'New' Bike Models Every Year - Does That Make Sense?
New bikes are always needed.. just don't tell people that they have 2 wheels, handlebars, stem, headset, seatpost, saddle, brakes, fork, shock, tires..... just like their old one, coz the new one comes with magic unicorn poo in the frame which will make them 10% faster, 15% less tired and 50% happier than their old bike. Minion DHF got 5 start on MTBR.com in 2004.... The humble tire is the only contact point with the ground and hasnt really moved that much in 13 years, bike have just got a little slacker, longer and suspension has got better. Oh, we changed some gears, but gears are still a chain and mech. The rest is all noise and marketing.
betsie VorsprungSuspension's article
Nov 21, 2017 at 12:03
Nov 21, 2017
The Tuesday Tune Ep 21: Low and High-Speed Rebound Adjustments - Video
Interesting. Not how I would setup a shock. Remember you have to factor in leverage curve throughout the travel and not leverage ratio. The cane creek guide is good for cane creeks. Which involves starting with a roughly damped setting. Then adjusting the highbsoeed, getting it right then adjusting the low speed. The reason this works in the real world on the trail is that the number of hits the rear wheel takes that require a fast recovery from a small deflection (roots and rocks) is far greater than the low speed, body movement and berms for example. Suspension setup for each rider is also different depending on riding style and where they ride. There isn't a holy grail if a tune and setup for a trail bike. Cane creek have done a good job with the climb switch which closes off high speed and leaves low speed. (Basically to my knowledge). I wouldn't try to race down a hill with the CS on... Gets very chattery and removes a lot if the good ride characteristics of my Mega.
betsie faultlinetv's article
Nov 18, 2017 at 12:37
Nov 18, 2017
Big Wheels: Autumn Feels - Video
I do just build and ride. Negative prop me if you wish for having an educated, proven opinion. At my level it's pretty much all rider and training. I am sticking with 26 for now. Next season looks fun. Scottish champs at Fort Bill again and national Champs at Glencoe... aim is medal in both. Fingers crossed keep my Scottish jersey. Might try world's too if I can stay fit. (Baby on way might be an issue though).
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