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bkm303 jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 4, 2021 at 13:49
Jun 4, 2021
Throwback Thursday: How Much Have Mountain Bike Prices Changed in the Past 10 Years?
Totally agree. If my bike got stolen tomorrow I'd go buy a Ripley AF or one of the lower end Trances and be pretty thrilled with it (assuming I could find one in stock). Deore has an amazing price/performance ratio and today's low end suspension isn't really bad at all. Combine that with modern geometry... pretty much the only downside is weight. If I can save a couple grand I'll happily take the extra couple pounds. If you ride hard you'll eventually break stuff and have the chance to upgrade it anyway.
bkm303 sarahmoore's article
May 18, 2021 at 12:35
May 18, 2021
Field Trip: 10 Value Bikes Face the Efficiency Test
Well since they finished all the climbs with the same average power number (integrated power divided by time), the total energy numbers will be exactly proportional to the lap times they've already published here. And lap time is more intuitive than a percentage of an (somewhat arbitrary) energy number IMO.
bkm303 jamessmurthwaite's article
Oct 29, 2020 at 9:13
Oct 29, 2020
Video: Remembering Gwin's Unprecedented Domination of World Cup Downhill in 'Timeless' Episode 2
@SmashySmashy: If he cared about the "paycheck first and foremost" he wouldn't be racing mtb in the first place lmao. He just likes competing and WINNING. You can tell by how he can win the world cup overall and still look pissed about not taking the race win. The only difference between him and a Minaar or Peaty is that he doesn't party and doesn't care about being best bros with everyone in the pits. They've made just as many team changes and renegotiations as Gwin, they just seem like super chill bros so nobody assumes they care about money. But I'm sure Peaty launched his pointless lube/sealant/soap company because he's passionate about tubeless setups and clean bikes, and not as a last-ditch attempt to cash in on his brand before he fades from collective mtb memory. And that's not a knock on Peaty - he put his body on the line in a low-paying sport for a long time. Gotta get paid while you can.
bkm303 jamessmurthwaite's article
Oct 28, 2020 at 9:41
Oct 28, 2020
Video: Remembering Gwin's Unprecedented Domination of World Cup Downhill in 'Timeless' Episode 2
@SmashySmashy: idk what point you're even making here... you can't "pad your own bank account" without putting up massive race results in the first place and being the top of the field. Sponsors don't just throw money at off-podium racers for the hell of it. And if you're at the top of the field and you're not getting paid what you're worth, that's not cool or romantic, it's just exploited sucker shit. Dude has spent the last couple seasons getting injured, partially healing, then putting his recovery in jeopardy because he wants to COMPETE. This is the guy who won Leogang without a chain, and you don't think he has the passion for winning?? What else do we need from him? We just want him to make less money? To NOT drive up salaries for all the other riders? lol If this was a major stick-and-ball type sport with salaries in the multiple millions I'd be singing a different tune, but this is a fringe sport where plenty of pros are barely scraping by. Pro athletes can only compete at an elite level for a limited time, and you never know when your time as a contender will end. He's already toward the older end of high level pros. Gotta get it while you can.
bkm303 mikelevy's article
Oct 8, 2019 at 6:02
Oct 8, 2019
Review: 6 Months With RockShox's Wireless Reverb AXS Dropper Post
@ShoodNoBetter: I completely agree. Full drop on a 170-200mm post is reeeeaaaalllllly low, even past DH bike territory. Seriously, add 200mm of height to this (https://www.pinkbike.com/photo/16791126/) and the saddle is sky high. Granted, I'm still on a 100mm dropper and I'd definitely like more travel. But when I've demoed bikes with 170mm drop I just can't really see any benefit to the last 30mm or so, and I run my post pretty damn high. I found myself always bottoming it out, then trying to come up a bit to where sitting didn't feel so awkward. If all these mega long travel posts were travel adjustable I would get it - sell one long travel post and let the users customize it with spacers or whatever. As is it seems pretty overkill.
bkm303 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 26, 2019 at 15:55
Sep 26, 2019
4 Affordable Trail Bike Forks Ridden & Rated
@RichardCunningham: get "boinger" in the mix too
bkm303 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 26, 2019 at 10:59
Sep 26, 2019
4 Affordable Trail Bike Forks Ridden & Rated
@NotNamed: Yeah the TriAir looks sick. Never seen one in the wild before though. Have you ridden it?
bkm303 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 26, 2019 at 10:21
Sep 26, 2019
4 Affordable Trail Bike Forks Ridden & Rated
Yeah Suntour is conspicuously absent here. No better bang-for-your-buck forks than Auron and Aion, IMO. Both readily available brand new for $300-$400 (BuySell, German sites, etc). The PB reviews of their forks haven't been so hot but I'm not really sure what to say there. I've never had a single issue with any of the Suntour products I've ridden (or that I've recommended to friends). Auron, Durolux, and Aion were good enough for Vital to give them 4 stars...
bkm303 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 26, 2019 at 9:10
Sep 26, 2019
4 Affordable Trail Bike Forks Ridden & Rated
@Metacomet: I mean.... if you're upgrading from the Revelation or 34 you're not really in the budget bracket anymore. But yeah upgrading dampers is a good option if you already have one of those forks. There are a fair number of lower-priced trail bikes that still come spec'd with 32mm forks (Recon, XCR-Air, etc). Something like a 35 Gold (which seems pretty much the same as a MoCo Revelation), Rhythm 34, Z2, Aion, etc is a great affordable upgrade from something like that if you're getting into the sport and starting to push the bike harder.
bkm303 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 26, 2019 at 7:11
Sep 26, 2019
4 Affordable Trail Bike Forks Ridden & Rated
Hell, I recently got a brand new non-boost Auron from a german site (starbike) for $375 shipped. And it kicks ass. Smooth, stiff, easy to service, and more adjustment than I'll ever need. And I like that the travel adjust doesn't require a new air spring shaft. I would also note that they left out the most affordable fork in the RS lineup too (35 Gold) - 35mm stanchions, MoCo damper, $500. Seems pretty much the same as the Revelation, probably just a bit heavier. It's been great on my wife's bike.
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