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davidccoleman gkabush's article
Oct 16, 2018 at 7:26
Oct 16, 2018
Geoff Kabush's Race Diary from Bentonville Off-Road
Bentonville was insane and the course was awesome, I did the Amateur race Geoff mentioned and it was definitely a flat fest. I ended up finishing under 5 hours and had a smile on my face the whole time. I put up a recap on my blog ( https://blog.bikeminded.com/epic-rides-oz-trails-off-road-50-race-recap/ ) but my general thoughts were as follows: -28t ring was a good choice again, paired with the Sram 10-42t 11 speed. I can definitely see the advantage of SRAM Eagle 10-50t though for sure. Having enough top end to hold with a group on the road at 30mph but also to enough low end to grind up 20% grades is where a 500% range shines. -Vittoria G+ tires are truly impressive. I went back last week and counted slices/cuts over 1/8": 19 front and THIRTY NINE in the rear. Zero went through, no sealant showing, still holding air today 2 weeks later. After passing so many other riders on different brands, I know which tire I’ll pick for my next trip to somewhere with sharp pointy things. (Hey Vittoria want to hook a brother up?) -Keeping positive when the rain started helped a good bit, I could have gotten bummed out about it but it was actually really fun (and made the course faster I think). As far as increasing the number of flats I'm not sure, talking to teh pros during the week they were getting flats in pre rides. Maxxis EXO didn't seem to work, Specialized GRID worked for Grotts out back, tough to find XC tread with DH casing on the market like Geoff said. -Sharp punchy climbs are a little easier for us flatlanders as that’s all we usually see, I felt much better on these than the long grinding climbs I’ve raced in NC and CO. -Being closer to sea level and decently humid made me feel right at home, no issues with recovering after big efforts. -Also check out 8th Street Market as a cool place to work/hang during the day. Overall if you're thinking about doing this race: book it. It's a great course run by people who know what they're doing. Bring burly rubber, XC bike is fine, climbs are all short and manageable and DH was insanely fun.
davidccoleman danielsapp's article
Jul 23, 2018 at 11:33
Jul 23, 2018
First Ride: 2019 Orbea Oiz
If you're an XC racer, yes it's worth it. If you're not an XC racer, get that dropper/Pike/Minions/1900g wheels etc and go rip stuff. And a proper trail bike frame is going to be more than 2100g last I checked? My Top Fuel is more than that... This is an XC race bike for XC racers. And no, you're not better off with a 8kg hardtail unless you're way down on power where 2kg is a big percentage of the rider/bike package weight. For XCO and XCM a ~10kg full squish XC bike is the perfect choice for many (most?) race courses.
davidccoleman danielsapp's article
Jul 23, 2018 at 8:45
Jul 23, 2018
First Ride: 2019 Orbea Oiz
I heard 1600g for frame w/o shock.
davidccoleman ibiscycles's article
Jul 18, 2018 at 12:01
Jul 18, 2018
Ibis Introduces Adjustable Width Carbon Handlebar
Guys, April 1st was like...at least 2 months ago.
davidccoleman danielsapp's article
Jul 4, 2018 at 11:25
Jul 4, 2018
First Ride: Maxxis Rekon Race
Maxxis was overdue for a traditional XC race tire, Ikons are dated and no bueno when compared to most of the competition.
davidccoleman danielsapp's article
Jun 26, 2018 at 9:52
Jun 26, 2018
First Ride: 2019 Canyon Lux
Yes. This. Adding a 2nd bottle cage for 2 full sized bottles in the triangle is a huge deal for XCM & Stage racers too. Sick of having a bottle in my jersey pocket or some cobbled seatpost mount.
davidccoleman orbea's article
Jun 25, 2018 at 11:29
Jun 25, 2018
Orbea Announces Oiz XC Bike
@Soilsledding: some of the builds come with a dropper.
davidccoleman orbea's article
Jun 25, 2018 at 10:34
Jun 25, 2018
Orbea Announces Oiz XC Bike
69 deg HTA, 2 bottle cages, 1600g w/o shock, no proprietary shock BS, cleanest rear lockout routing of all time, longer and lower but not insane and 2 bottle cages. Looks like a great XCO/XCM option, probably builds up to 20# flat in L/XL with xx1/Fox32SC/race wheels and rubber.
davidccoleman mikelevy's article
Jun 25, 2018 at 9:19
Jun 25, 2018
Review: e*thirteen's New TRS Plus 12-Speed Upgrade Kit
Man they really missed the mark on this one. I mean, where's the Gripshift version?
davidccoleman pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 6, 2018 at 6:27
Jun 6, 2018
Finished: Ask Us Anything With Norco Bicycles
When are the Boost XC frames coming out? Got a great local shop here that moves norcos but all us XC racers can't go backwards to 142 rear bikes.
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