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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?
bmbracing paulaston's article
Feb 17, 2017 at 13:45
Feb 17, 2017
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
I run a halfpipe GripShift on my trail/AM bike - two thirds of the grip is shifter (!) and I've never had a mis-shift from jumps or rough terrain. And the halfpipe also allows shifts while covering the brakes, with a bit of practice. :P
Jul 10, 2016 at 15:07
Jul 10, 2016

Wanted: Spring for Boxxer fork, 2006-2009 model

$15 GBP
Looking for a spring for my Boxxer, 2006-2009 model with 32mm stanchions. Interested in soft silver or medium yellow springs - mine has a firm red which is too high for my weight (73kg) and style. Thanks!

bmbracing vernonfelton's article
Jun 24, 2016 at 14:33
Jun 24, 2016
Now THAT Was a Bike: 1996 Klein Mantra Pro
Man, I feel old - had just started MTBing, and I remember these bikes, and those Judys, and that first Sid - uber light, if you didn't mind riding a piece of wet spaghetti apparently, but they looked the shizz... I didn't have a Mantra though, I had a '96 Kona Sex Too (yeah that actually was its name!), still using the '96 XT rear mech shown in the first pic. The day when my mate got his RST 381 DH fork, and the rest of us were like kids in a sweet shop - oooh, dual crown, massive plush 3.5 inches of elastomer travel, lets go huck down some stairs! Those were the days! :D
bmbracing paulaston's article
Jun 9, 2016 at 11:36
Jun 9, 2016
Adam Brayton's Scott Gambler - Fort William World Cup 2016
I've been using the same front/rear Hope M4 brakes for 16 years, and a Hope Bulb rear hub for over 10 - all still going strong! :)
bmbracing pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 4, 2016 at 15:47
Jun 4, 2016
Danny Hart POV Fort William - Video
I've done 45mph down the Wall, Danny only did 32mph - does that make me faster than Danny? :P Nah, don't think so! :D It was much smoother then, and anybody can go fast down the Wall - Danny goes fast everywhere!
bmbracing RichardCunningham's article
Jun 4, 2016 at 15:43
Jun 4, 2016
Opinion: My Favorite Bike
Much as I love my current bikes, and previous bikes I've ridden, my favourite hands-down was a Mosso DH Intense M1 knockoff, back around 2004 - not because it was the best bike or my first DH bike, but because of what it did for me and my riding, and the personal input into the finished build. It was a bit long, bit flexy, and initially had only 7" travel with a cheap shock, but it was the first bike to perform like a high-end DH bike should - to run with the big boys at a fraction of the cost. (And it was also my first foray into Boxxer ownership which no doubt helped!) Slashed a massive 1m30s off my Innerleithen times compared to the previous bike, set my fastest ever time down Fort William (ok, it was smoother back then!), made me more excited and confident about DH. And then I designed my own link combined with a Fifth Element shock for 9" of travel and made it feel bottomless! :P
bmbracing bikepark-champery-morgins's article
May 5, 2016 at 9:59
May 5, 2016
Champéry-les-Crosets to Open May 14th - Video
Ha, I was the same, think it was the year after it first held the World Cup. Day after some of the worst rain in a decade - the Swiss Cup track had been torn to shreds by flooding, and then I was stupid enough to try this one - grease fest, took me 45 minutes to get down... :P
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