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bmbracing brianpark's article
Nov 3, 2018 at 16:31
Nov 3, 2018
5 Surprisingly Nice Catalogue Frames - Taipei Cycle Show 2018
Nice to see Mosso again - had dealings with Woei Fong 15-20 years ago when I was trying to establish contacts in the Taiwanese factories. Nice helpful folks, despite the occasional language barrier! :) My first two DH bikes came from them - sadly not got any decent photos of the 2nd as it was a masterpiece - bit long maybe (or maybe just ahead of it's time, haha!) but with a couple of mods proved to be fully raceable - still holds my fastest time down Fort William... chainless...! :D Both bikes always got lots of attention at the races/trails as they were so rare in the UK. And the welds on that Ti frame are amazing!
bmbracing mikekazimer's article
Aug 11, 2018 at 16:56
Aug 11, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: How Well Do You Know Your Mountain Bike History?
Damn, I feel old... :D Never had a Mozo but lusted after one while having to make do with a 381DH. Remember my mate's Judy 100 and we were like, wow, 4" travel! Open bath! Feel the speed! Rear Velociraptors were the shiz, first tyre that really opened my eyes to the difference a proper tyre could make, superb climbing grip. The only other similar leap I've had like that was moving from Tioga tyres to Michelin Comp 16s back in 2001 - bet there's plenty of kids on here who don't know the mighty Comp range!
bmbracing pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 9, 2018 at 10:44
Jun 9, 2018
Results: Fort William DH World Cup 2018
@LoganKM1982: Just a standard 8sp with 11-34 cassette and the 32T from my old triple, can't mount the front mech. No clutch, narrow-wide or big cassette, so at the moment the chain derails a lot and I can't climb steep hills! :D A mate just gave me a 32T narrow-wide so that will go on soon, and then eventually a proper 10sp setup when I can afford it. Yeah both bikes are "out of date" ;) - 2008 S-Works Enduro and 2005 Foes Fly, both 26" naturally! Sourcing decent 8sp shifters can be a challenge now - never been a fan of Shimano shifters although I'll happily use their mechs, but snapped up some Sram X4 triggers for the Foes and they converted me away from the Gripshifts that I've been on pretty much all my life, haha!
bmbracing pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 3, 2018 at 15:23
Jun 3, 2018
Results: Fort William DH World Cup 2018
@Jamminator: No disrespect :) in fact I pretty much agree with you. I gather the shear strength of the different speeds of chain is not too different and is more than capable for even the most powerful roadie. I just feel that the thin side plates and short pins of modern chains are less likely to withstand the abuse that MTBers can dish out, be it damage and maintenance like you said (and many of us don't change our chains often enough, haha!), or savage shifts and side loads under power - aka Dakotah sprinting out of the start hut today! My go-to 8-speed chains (Sram mostly and occasionally KMC X-series) have seen a number of impacts, and having run Gripshift for many of my biking years, some pretty brutal across-the-block shifts too - maybe that's why I've worn out so many mech pivots :P (especially the old Sram ESPs - they were properly fragile!) but the chains keep coming back for more...
bmbracing pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 3, 2018 at 9:14
Jun 3, 2018
Results: Fort William DH World Cup 2018
Right on, man - was gonna say the same, but you beat me to it. Damn skinny chains - interesting how Rob commented on how they didn't see many snapped chains in their day - probably snapped just about everything else back then tho! :D Still running 8-speed myself across the board - DH, trail and city - although will soon (somewhat reluctantly) move to 10-speed for trail cos my ghetto-1x8 is just a PITA. Never snapped a chain in 22 years of riding.
bmbracing mikekazimer's article
May 4, 2018 at 13:10
May 4, 2018
4 Reasons Why You Should Enter a Race This Year - Opinion
Agree with all the reasons for racing, but one big reason not to - entry cost! If anyone knows any local budget gravity events in Scotland/North England, let me know! :) I haven't raced for 10 years, but I kinda miss it - did quite a few of the Scottish Downhills and Winter Series at Innerleithen, as well as the early NEFA Chopwell DH races c.2001 - chilling with the Northern lads when things were simple, costs were low and stoke/fun was high! (People airing the 20ft tabletop at night while drunk!) I was always crap, but that didn't matter, just liked trying to do my best and hopefully improve my times. Highlights were that race run feeling and being pushed to ride faster/harder than normal, and the beery comradeship around the campfires on the Saturday nights.
bmbracing alexcgevans's article
Mar 1, 2018 at 12:26
Mar 1, 2018
Throwback Thursday: Mountain Biking Console Games
I still have both No Fear and Downhill Domination from when they came out - never really liked No Fear (control/movement was clunky and tracks seemed pretty boring) but DD was the shiz - IIRC basically a remake of SSX snowboarding, but that's no bad thing! Everything so OTT and fun, with responsive controls and and just enough real stuff to make it feel like biking, like weight shifting, catching the backside of transitions etc. And you could ride the Foes DHS Mono! :) Still play it on PC - using the original disc with an emulator makes it look something like this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMdsFk3BFgw - much better textures and resolution.
bmbracing alexcgevans's article
Feb 15, 2018 at 10:40
Feb 15, 2018
Throwback Thursday - Gee Atherton's Bonkers 2010 Rampage Wall Ride
And that, folks, is why you don't buy a pro rider's used frame! :P
bmbracing pinkbikeaudience's article
Jan 19, 2018 at 14:39
Jan 19, 2018
Jeff Steber Returns as Intense CEO [Updated]
I really don't like it. Compare the carbon M29 to the raw alu prototype - no contest, the proto stomps all over it IMO. To me it's what an Intense should be - sleek and muscular at the same time. The carbon job looks like it's bent in the middle - I think it's the horrible kink of the downtube around the shock and the flatter seatstays compared to the protos. It's like a reversal of the old days when Intense looked fast and the SC V10 looked like a camel! :D
bmbracing vernonfelton's article
Dec 2, 2017 at 9:03
Dec 2, 2017
Your Bike Is Fine Already. Just Ride It. - Opinion
@pinhead907: Well, I'm running a 12-year-old 26" non-boost quick-release aluminium short/steep/high bike with X7 2x gearing - I'm sure at least a dozen people will have had a heart attack by the time they finish reading that! :D
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