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bmbracing RichardCunningham's article
Oct 18, 2017 at 13:14
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Kenda Helldiver Pro DH Tire - Review
@tall-martin: That's cos the tread compound was harder than dried Weetabix! :D I felt sorry for the tarmac... £20 a pair tho and that pro-bike look (although you can be sure the pro's didn't use the el cheapo version!). The good old days... My first DH bike, 17 years ago - Tioga sofa seat too! :)
bmbracing natedh9's article
Aug 27, 2017 at 8:41
Aug 27, 2017
Curtain Call: Finals Photo Epic - Val Di Sole DH World Cup 2017
@davetrumpore: I thought as much - after all, I couldn't see Bruni doing a race run with all his telemetry equipment still attached! ;) Great photos, I love these race (and pre-race) reports and photo epics.
bmbracing pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 27, 2017 at 6:53
Aug 27, 2017
Final Results - Val di Sole DH World Cup 2017
@ibishreddin: Indeed. And his name is Nico Vouilloz. :P
bmbracing mikekazimer's article
Aug 19, 2017 at 14:31
Aug 19, 2017
Remember These? 11 Classic Mountain Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2017
PB is around so much modern bike bling, anything with 26" wheels probably looks like a classic to them! :D Not sure I would count the Commencal and the Scott Gambler, they're only a couple of design iterations removed from today's models - hardly classic yet! The Cove with it's awesome Shiver and the BMW, on the other hand... (Anyone remember the TMX - the definitive huck-to-flat bike? :P) I'd be happy to run one of those Shivers or early 888s now - the HSCV damping, plushness and live-forever reliability is that good. Sadly other folk know that too and the used prices are pretty high! Some of the old-skool geometry is painful to look at! Nice to see that there are more than a few of us who can't afford or don't feel the need to get the latest mass-produced marketing jobs and are happy plugging away on such characterful machines! :)
bmbracing mikekazimer's article
Aug 19, 2017 at 14:03
Aug 19, 2017
Remember These? 11 Classic Mountain Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2017
I'd buy you a beer bro if we ever met! :) Fellow Foes Fly owner here. Except I'm still riding mine as my main bike! :P Still in top condition too. As you say it just works - Curnutt is a beast, although over here there's only one place that can service them. I put a longer fork on it last year (8" Boxxer WC) - BB's a bit high, but the slacker HA feels so much better. Just need to get lower wider bars now. PS Not sure tho about it being the Dave Watson TDF bike, pretty sure he was on a Kona for that?
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Jul 19, 2017 at 15:25
Jul 19, 2017
Jul 19, 2017 at 15:10
Jul 19, 2017

Cannondale Prophet frame & Lefty Max 140 + extras

$325 GBP
Sadly having to put my beloved Cannondale Prophet up for sale, as lack of time and injury have limited my ability to use it as it deserves - this is your chance to own a classic handmade US frame in great condition and in the rare Cannondale Siemens Mobile team colours complete with all proper stickers and of course, the Lefty! 140mm travel F&R. Builds up into a lightweight and lively bike. Only £325 ono the lot - just add back wheel, brakes, drivetrain etc. Included in the sale is: Frame - 2005 Large (approx 19") with Manitou S-Type SR shock and seat clamp. Lefty Max 140 SPV (Rebound, Ramp-up and Pedal Platform adjustments) with 2 springs - green soft (fitted) and red firm. Front wheel - Sun EQ21 on Cannondale Omega 24-hole hub - super-super light! (Disc and tyre NOT included!) Cannondale System Integration cartridge bearing headset. Cannondale 100mm stem for oversize bars. Deity bars, if wanted (narrow at 685mm and well-used). Frame and Lefty are in great condition and have been well cared for in the 6 years I have owned it. I have tried to show all the few scrapes in the pics - burnished alu mainframe is superb except for some scratches on the rear of the seat tube, small scratch on the black part of the top tube, some minor heel rub on the swingarm, and the worst two are on the inside by the dropouts so barely visible - one on the right caused by a derailed chain and one on the left from a disc bolt that worked loose. The traditional smooth Cannondale welds are sublime. Manitou S-Type shock was a brand-new addition to replace the original Swinger shock - works perfectly with no air leaks and is very light - about 200g IIRC. Has rebound and SPV pressure adjustments. Two mounting positions on frame - slack and steep. Comes with cable guides including the BB guide for front mechs - please note, frame is designed for an e-type mech (a normal low-clamp mech MAY work but I cannot verify this). Lefty is so stiff in a way that defies its look and that fact it weighs only about 4.3lbs - this thing can corner - other forks just feel flexy in comparison. As you can see in the photo, the all-important bearing races on the lower stanchion are corrosion-free and greased. Rubber boot has no holes/tears. Soft spring is fitted, but will include the firm spring too - can change for the new owner if required. The included wheel is extremely light - both the hub (the axle is after all part of the fork!), and the EQ21 rim which is a mere 350g. (Tyre and disc NOT included in sale!) All bearings (headset, hub, frame pivot) were changed in 2014 and have seen very little use since (hence sale!) Happy to answer any questions! Collection preferred but can post (might be able to do a deal on postage depending on selling price).

bmbracing RichardCunningham's article
Apr 21, 2017 at 12:30
Apr 21, 2017
The Beginning of Modern DH? 1994 Foes LTS Prototype - Sea Otter 2017
That's funny, my school mate back at the dawn of my MTB life in the mid/late '90s also bagged a Kinesis long travel frame (well, 4/5" I think, haha!) and an RST dual crown fork. 381DH in bright yellow, yeah... :P We were like, sooooooooooo plush! :D I pulled off some crazy stuff on that bike which I'd probably be too scared to do now! Just felt so sweet and solid compared to my Kona with 2" Marzocchi F&R - I would pop bolts out of the Zocchi's fork crown just jumping down a few steps.
bmbracing pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 26, 2017 at 9:12
Feb 26, 2017
Neck Braces - Should You Be Wearing One?
In a crash like Sam's in the photo, it seems to me that you'd benefit most from proper upper-body protection - you see many folk including pro racers without it, and the likelihood of crashing on your arms/shoulders must be pretty high. Sure the consequences are nothing like breaking your neck, but for those of us with jobs etc, it makes sense to be protected against the everyday crash that can limit our day-to-day life in the short term. If I'm shuttling/racing (which is rare cos I can't afford it!) I always wear an upper body jacket - the shoulder and elbow pads have saved both me and a mate on several occasions. Can't justify the cost of a neck brace - before you say about the cost of bikes etc, I haven't bought a new bike since 1999 - always 2nd-hand... :P Maybe if they were like £50 more people would try them.
bmbracing RichardCunningham's article
Feb 22, 2017 at 14:06
Feb 22, 2017
Shimano Announces Affordable Deore M6000 Group and a Wide Range SLX Option
@TheFunkyMonkey: Yeah I wouldn't mind a wide-range 8-speed cassette too. Not sure about the EX1 though; I REALLY don't like the price :P and I don't like the big jumps across the middle of the cassette which is where I want closer ratios for trail work. I'm thinking about b*stardising a 34T megarange - drop one of the smallest 2 and add a 40/42 at the top for the steeper climbs. I imagine a clutch mech would be best though, and I gather most seem to use a different cable pull ratio from the pre-clutch days - does anyone know if there is a clutch mech which works with either SRAM 1:1 or older Shimano 1:2 shifters?
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