dh is my passion, but dont mine earning it on the way up. Im a lifer.

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cthorpe mikekazimer's article
Aug 18, 2017 at 23:26
Aug 18, 2017
Remember These? 11 Classic Mountain Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2017
I loved my Giant DH. First downhill bike I ever had. Still reminisce of the days I had slayin dh runs on that 50lb beast. I think to this day it was the best jumping dh rig ive ever ridden.
cthorpe vernonfelton's article
Aug 3, 2017 at 12:30
Aug 3, 2017
Interbike Is Leaving Las Vegas... For Reno - News
Now holding the outdoor demo at Northstar seems reasonable. Which will hopefully boost its attendance and vendor participation.
cthorpe mikekazimer's article
Jul 14, 2017 at 12:19
Jul 14, 2017
What if You Could Design Your Dream Bike? - Pinkbike Poll
Given the results of these poles. The majority of pink bike users aren't DH riders. I remember when PB was nearly all DH riders.
cthorpe vernonfelton's article
Jun 22, 2017 at 12:13
Jun 22, 2017
Pivot Releases New Mach 4 Carbon and LES 27.5 Models
The rear swing arm detail is gorgeous.
cthorpe pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 20, 2017 at 12:52
Jun 20, 2017
Ask Pinkbike: Bears, Semi-Slicks, and Brakes
I've had quite a few black bear encounters in my time, while riding. As long as they hear you coming they leave the trail and you hardly see more than their butt shuffling off into the bushes. When I've startled or surprised them, they've still run. This includes a mom and cubs on several occasions. But that scenario spooks the hell out of me. I've been lucky enough not to startle a bear in an area where they felt cornered. I've always read if a black bear attacks you, you fight for your life because they feel threatened and are going to kill you. If a grizzly attacks you, play dead because they are more annoyed and want to scare you off. If a cougar attacks you, protect your neck, stay off the ground, and fight for your life. I personally dont think theres anything you can carry in any way on bike that will help you in that moment. Unless its strapped to your hand already. I feel making noise and be smart is your best option. I have noticed I see much fewer animals of all kinds with a noisy rear hub... works for me. NEVER run from a bear or cougar. Slowly back away from bears while facing them. Stand your ground and look big and noisy with cougars, dont turn your back. There' soon to be a new threat in my area too, Wolves. While there doesn't seem to be many cases of wolf attacks on humans. This scares me more than the others. Pack hunters are no joke. The first time I see a wolf while riding I will probably soil my pants and immediately be looking for the other wolves. they're seldom alone.
cthorpe mikekazimer's article
Jun 1, 2017 at 7:28
Jun 1, 2017
The New Santa Cruz Nomad is Longer and Slacker Than Ever – First Ride
I dig it! Its got everything I always wished my nomad 3 had.
cthorpe vernonfelton's article
May 18, 2017 at 21:38
May 18, 2017
First Look: Intense's New 29er DH Bike
Theres some other protos shown in these photos.
cthorpe vernonfelton's article
May 18, 2017 at 21:35
May 18, 2017
First Look: Intense's New 29er DH Bike
Thats a beautiful bike! Long live beautiful CNC work! accessing the lower shock bolt looks like a pain though.
cthorpe mikelevy's article
May 18, 2017 at 17:22
May 18, 2017
Ban the Berms? – Opinion
I wouldn't say I'm anti-berms. But I certainly feel theres such a thing as too much trail work. I personally will choose a naturally flowing and technical trail over a buffed and bermy roller coaster type trail on most days. I would also agree with this article in the sense that small subtly notched snyper berms are far more satisfying overall than rolling around multiple 3ft+ walls of packed dirt.
cthorpe SCOTT-Sports's article
Apr 28, 2017 at 12:51
Apr 28, 2017
Lourdes Track Preview With Brendog and Gaetan - Video
The fact that the podium guys are separated by 10th of a second and often less, on tracks like this is amazing. It really shows how precise and on the edge these guys have to be to win a WC these days. These guys are avoiding mistakes that us mere mortals wouldn't even register as a mistake. Humbling
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