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elbandido77 paulaston's article
Aug 22, 2017 at 0:23
Aug 22, 2017
Hope HB160 - First Ride
@WaterBear: I think it's a bit lazy to dismiss the enthusiasm for a UK made bike as protectionism. A lot of the loyalty towards hope products, especially their hubs, has been hard earned through durability, maintainably and good customer service. Also they've really gone for it with this bike. You can argue that the frame itself isn't that radical, and debate new standards, but it took some guts to undertake a project like this. It's a proper endeavour.
elbandido77 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 9, 2017 at 22:30
Jul 9, 2017
Finals Results - Lenzerheide XC World Cup 2017
Women's race was fantastic. A great result for Annie. Gunn-Rita is a real inspiration. My missus is returning to MTB after a year off to have a baby. It's no joke, and doing it at that level is mind blowing.
elbandido77 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 1, 2017 at 14:19
Jul 1, 2017
Finals Results - Vallnord DH World Cup 2017
Best race in a long time. The top guys all one after the other hitting nearly identical times with completely different styles and line choices. Amazing.
elbandido77 RichardCunningham's article
May 12, 2017 at 15:28
May 12, 2017
Big Wheel Blitzkrieg at Fort Bill – Danny Hart's Mondraker Summum 29er
"Showing up with a more powerful vehicle" is quite an important part of motorsports. I'm a bit confused by the idea that 29ers are cheating. Wider handlebars or slacker angles apparently aren't an unfair advantage, let alone suspension or disc brakes. I have some perspective on this as I have 2 MTBs, a modern(ish) 29er trail bike, and a battered old 26er ht with rigid forks. The size of the wheels is in no way the biggest difference between the two
elbandido77 Fabric's article
Feb 23, 2017 at 9:22
Feb 23, 2017
Ratboy and Loosedog’s Beaconventure - Video
That was great, but that botched log crossing at 1:28 is one of my moves
elbandido77 lunatyk's article
Jan 26, 2017 at 5:21
Jan 26, 2017
On The Doorstep: Hannah Barnes
Having done a few rides in the Scottish Highlands I wonder about the suitability of e-bikes and e-bike riders to that environment. You usually end up pushing and carrying for a substantial portion of the ride so pedal assist might not be much help, and the extra weight would be a real hinderance. Unpredictable weather and navigation are real issues and almost any ride can become an epic. I'm all for accessibility, but in this case physical fitness and riding experience should be a barrier to entry
elbandido77 rossbellphoto's article
Jan 23, 2017 at 12:22
Jan 23, 2017
13 Bikes From Core Bike Show 2017
I count zero front dérailleurs. Amazing how quickly that's become the standard in the upper reaches of the market. I'm pretty much sold on 1x for trail bikes, but not sure I'd go in for it on a cross bike or that Kona fatbike
elbandido77 RichardCunningham's article
Jan 20, 2017 at 1:29
Jan 20, 2017
Pinkbike Poll: Which Major Component is the Least Evolved Part of a Mountain Bike?
I'm glad that it's finally OK to admit in public that tubeless tyres are a pain in the arse. They do significantly reduce pinch flats, but at the cost of a lot of messing about. Mountain bikes are evolving in a lot of ways, and I wouldn't go back to the bike I had ten years ago, but in some ways they have regressed. My current bike does seem much less reliable than those 10 years ago. I don't know if that's true but it's harder to fix, or at least harder to bodge fixes for it. I have a 1x11 drive chain, which is an interesting example because there are less parts that can break than in a 3x9, but there is also redundancy. With a 3x9 you could still find a few working gears with a bent derailleur hanger or a sticky cable Anyway, I voted for a component which I believe to have significantly regressed in recent years, the bottom bracket. My personal worst from a SRAM bb30 is 4 rides, and that's a familiar tale to anyone who rides anywhere wet. Rather than technical solutions to problems I'd like to see the industry take a different attitude towards durability and resilience. Companies like Hope set a good example IMO
elbandido77 RichardCunningham's article
Jan 20, 2017 at 0:56
Jan 20, 2017
Pinkbike Poll: Which Major Component is the Least Evolved Part of a Mountain Bike?
Answer: Tubeless Tyres Pressfit BB Derailleur gear systems are a fairly easy system to keep running. It's not just the time you spend on these tasks but their complexity
elbandido77 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jan 19, 2017 at 11:53
Jan 19, 2017
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