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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
elbandido77 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jan 18, 2017 at 13:50
Jan 18, 2017
A Mountain Bike Horror Movie? Trailer Within - Video
The Evil Shred? Cannibal Hollowtech? Sorry, that's the best I can manage
elbandido77 COMMENCALbicycles's article
Jan 16, 2017 at 10:59
Jan 16, 2017
Anne-Caroline Chausson Joins Commencal Bikes
She's no longer just a pro racer picking teams and bikes, but moving into the next phase of her career, so other considerations about the job must have been important. Even if she were still racing EWS that meta seems like it does a perfectly decent job in that series!
elbandido77 parker-squires's article
Jan 14, 2017 at 2:56
Jan 14, 2017
Pinkbike Poll: How Often Do You Maintain Your Full Suspension Frame?
I'm lazy at this because it's a horrible job, especially if you don't have good workshop space to work in. I got 18 months out of the pivot bearings in my stumpjumper, which doesn't seem like a lot, but compared to my continuous destruction of PF30 bottom brackets it's pretty good. I'd prefer if more manufacturers offered pivot bearing warranty. My missus trek lush came with one and surprise surprise it has had no problems. If Trek still offer that it would be a big incentive for me the next time I buy a bike. If you're selling bikes in the UK you'd better make sure that people can ride them in the UK without pulling them apart every 3 rides
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