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dhx42 paulaston's article
Feb 16, 2017 at 11:19
Feb 16, 2017
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
@WasatchEnduro: I agree the review brought up some good points and it is cool having the side by side comparison. I just felt the review could have been more complete - better evaluation of the pedaling, etc. I realize my earlier comment came off as overly negative. However, the comment on weight is a poor one. Most riders I know do prefer the lighter bikes as its easier to move the bike to hit their spots on the track or get to spots that were more challenging with a heavier bike. There is a reason racers have moved to lighter bikes - they're faster. Of course, there is a limit here for where going too light my be hurtful, but I don't think racers want to be in the 40+ pound range anymore.
dhx42 paulaston's article
Feb 16, 2017 at 9:48
Feb 16, 2017
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
Interesting idea, but I had trouble with this review as well. This comment kind of ruined it for me... "I can't find any evidence that a lighter bike is faster downhill, and something that makes me think the opposite is when I'm trying to follow a heavier rider down the hill. Try following a buddy who is 15kg's heavier than you and see who rolls the fastest." So you are saying that a heavier guy is always faster?? Try telling that to Troy Brosnan - the "little guy" seems to do pretty well against guys that are much heavier than him
dhx42 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 7, 2017 at 13:58
Feb 7, 2017
2017 Intense Tracer - Review
@SacAssassin: That is insane... Why even offer financing at that price
dhx42 RichardCunningham's article
Jan 27, 2017 at 7:47
Jan 27, 2017
Gore Pro Jacket - Review
Gore-Tex Pro makes no sense for MTB. Gore makes a lot of different 3 layer membranes that would be way better for MTB. The "Pro" moniker means that the face fabric needs to be of a certain strength, thickness, etc. which is really designed to prevent tears from rock abrasions, protection in extremely windy environments (stiffer fabric) and what not that climbers, skiers, and mountaineers would encounter. Why you wouldn't use Gore-Tex C-Nit or something like, which is lighter, more pack-able, less stiff etc. and delivers you the same functionally from a membrane standpoint for MTB is beyond me.
dhx42 mikekazimer's article
Jan 23, 2017 at 10:38
Jan 23, 2017
dhx42 mikekazimer's article
Jan 19, 2017 at 6:32
Jan 19, 2017
Specialized Enduro Pro Shorts and Enduro Comp Jersey - Review
@bsavery: You take any falls with it? Always like the merino stuff, but feel that its hard for it to be durable just given the nature of the fabric.
dhx42 laurenjenkins's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 8:22
Jan 12, 2017
Snapshot: Examining the UCI's Changes to World Cup DH Racing
@si-paton: Would it be feasible to have a rule that if you are currently in the Top 40 of the WC standings, you are unable to gain points at a non WC event. I am not totally sure on the point accrual at WC events, but in theory anyone who is top 40 probably has enough points to be qualified to WC events in the next year...
dhx42 laurenjenkins's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 7:03
Jan 12, 2017
Snapshot: Examining the UCI's Changes to World Cup DH Racing
While there are different opinions here, it appears that the overwhelming sentiment of WC riders/teams is that 1) WC needs to be the pinnacle of the sport and 2) the riding should be more competitive. I would agree with this too as it will make the racing tighter and tracks harder as the skill level of the group competing increases. I think some of the reason we've seen a "taming" of tracks is that the range of riders is too wide and in order for the racing to be safe the tracks have to become easier. That being said, I think if the UCI wants to reduce the number of entries and up the level of quality at WC events, it needs to do a much better job for setting up a "qualifying series" that enable younger/newer riders to gain experience and points. While national series help here, there needs to be something that excludes "elite riders" (i.e Gwin, Hart, Gee, etc.) from taking valuable points away from someone that needs points at one of these events. An example here is the BDS at Ft. Bill, if you have a bunch of top 30 WC riders at the events that take up the first 10 spots and the majority of the points, you're leaving someone who needs points (that may not be far off the pace of the top 10) and is deserving of points in a tough spot. While its great to have that level of competition at more local/regional races, guys who are in the top 30 in the WC standings don't need points and we end up forcing up and comers to travel to obscure locations to get points.
dhx42 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 1, 2016 at 15:35
Sep 1, 2016
dhx42 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 1, 2016 at 15:11
Sep 1, 2016
Steve Peat's "Spitfire" Santa Cruz V10-C - Vallnord DH World Cup 2016
Think he swapped wheels for the shorty... vital has pictures with wheels that match
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