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dcaf mikekazimer's article
May 23, 2019 at 7:22
May 23, 2019
SRAM Announces New DH Cranks & Colab With Troy Lee Designs
@f00bar: You are correct, scientifically proven red is the fastest color.
dcaf mikekazimer's article
May 17, 2019 at 12:57
May 17, 2019
Pinkbike Poll: What Would You Upgrade On Your Current Mountain Bike?
Yup, I was looking for a box labeled "skills" or "fitness", but let's face it, most of us would rather try to buy speed!
dcaf EnduroWorldSeries's article
May 10, 2019 at 5:30
May 10, 2019
Video: How Do the Enduro Pros Set Up Their Pedals?
@landscapeben: Get smaller feet
dcaf EnduroWorldSeries's article
May 10, 2019 at 5:28
May 10, 2019
Video: How Do the Enduro Pros Set Up Their Pedals?
I think there are some scenarios where clipless pedals do add tangible benefits, efficiency included. The test you cited utilized individuals on a spin bike- which only translates to pedaling a regular bike outside on relatively flat surfaces. As other have mentioned below, the ability to pedal a full circle really helps in steep climbs, loose traction, etc. Plus, if the "eleven healthy subjects" in the test you cited above don't know how to pedal a full circle efficiently, then advantages of clipless pedals would not show up in the test. Another way of looking at this is that all XC WC riders ride clipless, all pro road riders go clipless, and now even most Enduro WS riders do as well. These people are extraordinarily competitive and will do what they can to get any advantage they can. I doubt they would go clipless if they didn't think it helped them win races. That said, Sam Hill crushes it on flats so it isn't like flats are holding him back. For the rest of us mere mortals, ride whatever you feel most comfortable on. Rider skill and fitness will far outweigh any advantage given to one pedal type or the other, and there are clearly some advantages for flats as well. Last I checked most of us weren't getting paid to ride, and a few seconds here or there won't make or break our riding experience.
dcaf davidarthur's article
Feb 11, 2019 at 5:41
Feb 11, 2019
Review: 2019 Merida One-Twenty 8000
@jeremy3220: I thought they stood for "freeride" and "race" but I don't work for Maxxis, so what do I know.
dcaf danielsapp's article
Dec 16, 2018 at 15:25
Dec 16, 2018
Field Test: Yeti SB130
@bohns1: I agree, but the industry has us convinced we need a new bike every year or two because geometry, latest greatest, etc. Somehow the two year old Hightower I have in the garage can no longer possibly provide me the fun and performance it used to because I know there is something lower, slacker, and with a steeper STA. I haven't even thought about replacing my 16lb, 7 year old Scott CR1 carbon road bike because no bike could do what getting off my ass, losing a few lbs, and riding more could. Why can't I look at mtn bikes the same way? Spending a few hundred on some real coaching would make me a hell of a lot faster than spending 8k on a Yeti. By the way, I still really want a new Yeti, can't have fun riding anymore without it......
dcaf danielsapp's article
Dec 15, 2018 at 10:45
Dec 15, 2018
Field Test: Yeti SB130
I'll take it! Now where did I leave that winning lottery ticket...........
dcaf RichardCunningham's article
Dec 12, 2018 at 15:38
Dec 12, 2018
Field Test: Cannondale Habit Carbon
Cannondale spec'd a Minion 2.5WT on a i26 rim, so I guess it is OK that I put one on my i27? Maxxis says i30....
dcaf RichardCunningham's article
Dec 12, 2018 at 15:34
Dec 12, 2018
Field Test: Cannondale Habit Carbon
RC points out that they upped the bling by including an XO rear derailleur when a GX shifts 95% as well for half the money. The rest of the kit is GX, Truvativ crankset. He says they could have spent that money on something that improved the bike, I guess bling sells more than ride. Carbon bars? XO cassette (lighter)? Guide RSC brakes? SRAM says the chain is the first place to upgrade from GX to XO for just a few dollars more, but chains don't sell bikes. What would you rather have, or would you stick with the XO derailleur?
dcaf danielsapp's article
Dec 10, 2018 at 12:44
Dec 10, 2018
Field Test: Giant Trance Advanced 29
I would love to see a comparison with a Tallboy and maybe a Stumpjumper ST or others. Bikes like this check off a lot of boxes for those of us who honestly don't need 140+mm rear travel, ride terrain that's more flowy than gnarly and do more distance and climbing.
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