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bman33 mikekazimer's article
May 27, 2017 at 8:34
2 days
Trek Session 29 vs 27.5 – First Ride
@shaun-ridefast-michael: Trek is using the same front end on 27.5 as the 29 DH bike. I can get a cheap or high-end hub in every configuration right now. I mentioned the tires already. You can still find 26" rims even . We used to have square BB spindles , the Octalink, then 30 mm. Headsets used to be threaded, then threadless, then 1x1/8, now tapered. Bars used to be 25.4, now 31.8, 35. Try finding parts for a 6 year old frame no matter the wheel size. Point is , shit always changes. It's natural.
bman33 mikekazimer's article
May 26, 2017 at 7:46
3 days
Trek Session 29 vs 27.5 – First Ride
@Axxe: I have read every line you and the article said. I noted that droppers are rarely used in DH (a rare exception is the South Africa Worlds course a few years ago). Every Enduro racer on the EWS has them without exception, please prove me wrong. Plus and fat tires aren't used in any racing at the elite level (XC, Enruro, DH, etc.). Again, if what you see is important has nothing to do with racing, why restrict riders/racers in a discipline that doesn't affect you and your area of focus? What they ride has nothing to do with what you value in this discussion..ie: non-racers. Well over half the riders in Colorado and Utah I ride with or encounter have droppers both XC and 'all mountain' type riders. I worked in the industry for years and many of my friends still do. Plus/fat are popular in certain circles , but in no way are a popular as droppers in this case. So 'circus marketing' by your logic is applied to 29" tires in DH racing and not in plus/fat tires? You don't think 'marketing' plays a role in plus/fat tires but does in racing? I find that logic amusing because it doesn't make sense. Marketing is in all aspects of MTB, regardless of discipline.
bman33 mikekazimer's article
May 26, 2017 at 4:43
3 days
Trek Session 29 vs 27.5 – First Ride
Not a single person/company ever said you had to stop riding your current bike or buy a new one. Maxxis still makes new 26" DH tires. Ride your current bike till it falls apart and have fun
bman33 mikekazimer's article
May 26, 2017 at 4:41
3 days
Trek Session 29 vs 27.5 – First Ride
How dare you spout logic on this forum. Ha!
bman33 mikekazimer's article
May 26, 2017 at 4:25
May 26, 2017
Trek Session 29 vs 27.5 – First Ride
@Axxe: Dropper posts trump fat tires for innovation points. Not really used in DH , more so Enduro. Even then, you still contradict yourself. If innovation doesn't depend on racing as you say ...which it actually does in many ways, why worry about regulation? If racing is isolated from innovation , why do you care to force racers into a box?
bman33 mikekazimer's article
May 25, 2017 at 20:44
May 25, 2017
Trek Session 29 vs 27.5 – First Ride
@Axxe: you are proving my point with yours. The pants rule is absurd, which is EXACTLY why we shouldn't let UCI impose any other restrictions. It's DH bike racing. Race any bike you can as long as it's human (not electric) powered. As far as development focus, I am 43 , race NORBA nationals and locally for 8 years or so, BMX since I was a kid. That said, 6-inch trail bike would destroy 90% of 'World Cup' DH bikes form 10-12 years ago in every aspect. Tires, brakes, suspension, geometry, component materials (look at all the carbon in DH now) etc. Many 7-inch bikes would crush DH bikes from 5 years ago. Point is development will not be hampered because of the wheel size. Maybe a small pause to fix frame geometry, but suspension, brakes , etc.development won't be affected and may actually benefit all wheel sizes.
bman33 mikekazimer's article
May 25, 2017 at 18:48
May 25, 2017
Trek Session 29 vs 27.5 – First Ride
@Axxe: and that is precisely why many MTB Riders /Racers like our sport, because the lack of restrictions or rules so many other sports have. Mountain biking was created by people looking to buck that mindset. I don't like 29" either. But that should never imped on another rider/racer who wants to try other options.
bman33 mikekazimer's article
May 25, 2017 at 17:24
May 25, 2017
Trek Session 29 vs 27.5 – First Ride
@Kitejumping: ok, I stand slightly corrected. That one in the pic was a bootleg prototype. Manitou did have a full production one later
bman33 mikekazimer's article
May 25, 2017 at 15:57
May 25, 2017
Trek Session 29 vs 27.5 – First Ride
That was a prototype, not 'production' . There is a difference.
bman33 mikekazimer's article
May 25, 2017 at 15:55
May 25, 2017
Trek Session 29 vs 27.5 – First Ride
Absolutely F'ing no. So we want MTB to be road now? Hell, the UCI STILL hasn't made a decisions to 'allow' disc breaks on pure road bikes. They waffled on it for CX bikes years after they were available for sale. F the UCI and rules. If the 29" bikes are shit, it will show in the races. Only reason we a bitching is because of a) money or b) it 'reminds' us of the sketchy 29" XC wheels and bikes from years ago. Yes, the hub BS over the last few years is a mess...but that really is a separate issue. Keep the UCI anti-fun, anti-progression old farts out of MTB. If you don't like 29", don't buy one. Maxxis still makes brand new 26" and 27.5" tire right now. I can get parts from Rock Shox for for 10 year old forks as we speak. Nothing is preventing any one from riding their current bikes for the next 10 years.
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