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g-42 mikekazimer's article
Nov 16, 2018 at 11:15
Nov 16, 2018
Trending: Mountain Bike Tech to Look for in 2019
@ ranchcampvt - you've gotta almost admire how they have managed to put a ton of work into evolving their product, and have found ways to make it suck in roughly the same way through all these iterations, despite all the new clever engineering they've added. As a native German, I recognize that as the same spirit that's turned German cars into works of art I don't want any part in having to own/maintain.
g-42 mikekazimer's article
Nov 16, 2018 at 11:13
Nov 16, 2018
Trending: Mountain Bike Tech to Look for in 2019
@zyoungson: But here's the thing - with the level of growth and progression that's taken over the sport, there's a shit ton of snot-nosed little kids ripping really hard on janky old hand-me-down bikes with shit-eating grins. Keeps the wanker factor down, and the fun factor up as they inspire us old dudes to try stuff. The other thing that seems to really have helped the sport is the influx of women - it's well established that the overall social intelligence of a group goes up as gender mix approaches parity, and I think we're seeing that in mountain biking, at least in my little neck of the woods here.
g-42 mikekazimer's article
Nov 16, 2018 at 11:09
Nov 16, 2018
Trending: Mountain Bike Tech to Look for in 2019
@browner: Oh no, I've got a fair bit of that 'old man yells at clouds' thing going on, too. It's just that the riding is too damn good around here to freak out about stuff related to what's at heart a bunch of kids of all ages playing bikes in the woods.
g-42 mikekazimer's article
Nov 15, 2018 at 15:47
Nov 15, 2018
Trending: Mountain Bike Tech to Look for in 2019
"You know what's really worth looking forward to in 2019? The fact that mountain biking will still be as fun as it ever was." @mikekazimer, but I'd argue that it's even better than that. There are more kick ass trails, and more kick ass people to ride and build them with than ever before, and that's before you even look at bike parks popping up everywhere. Bikes are better than they've ever been - you can buy bikes that hold up to use (we all remember when that wasn't the case...), provide better range of use (we now have trail bikes that are remarkably capable on everything from XC loops to stuff that would have been considered way too gnarly for anything but freeride or DH bikes a while back; modern enduro bikes are as capable as DH bikes of not too long ago but aren't a total chore to earn your turns on). Components are better, too - there are brake and drivetrain choices that give you solid performance for what used to be entry level pricing as the higher-priced tech trickles down. And you can buy a decently spec'd bike with up to date geometry and well balanced performance for what used to be bargain basement closeout prices (and that's before you even figure in inflation). Even better - there's now competent, highly effective instruction and coaching to be had, so new riders progress more quickly, and everyone has the opportunity to up their game and have more fun that way. It's the freaking golden age, and while some keyboard wankers may be grousing about how it's not like the old days blablabla, I, like most riders I know, sure as hell am enjoying the crap out of it.
g-42 pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 7, 2018 at 14:55
Nov 7, 2018
Ask Pinkbike: Shock Tuning, Flat Pedals, Ride Tracking & More
Agreed - FiveTens with a properly sized pedal (bigger platforms tend to help not just by giving more contact patch for grip, but also support your feet in a way that keeps them from getting overly sore/fatigued). Keep hoping for someone else to do a shoe with rubber as grippy as what FiveTen uses; keep being disappointed. If you can find a FiveTen that fits your foot reasonably well, that'll be the ticket. Incidentally - FiveTen/Adidas don't have monopoly on sticky rubber - there are lots of makers of very sticky rubbered climbing shoes, with lots of suppliers for said rubber. It's just that FiveTen seems to be the only one out there willing to put out a product that emphasizes grip despite the drawbacks that implies for things like longevity and such. To me, that's the right approach - grip is a necessary condition, and I'd rather have to replace them more frequently than dealing with shitty grip and what that does to my riding.
g-42 roboberto825's article
Oct 31, 2018 at 10:08
Oct 31, 2018
Video: Flow - Where Control Meets Concentration
All very cool, but man, you guys are monsters to have him drive off with the bike on the rack and leave the dog behind. You know pooch knew exactly what he was missing out on. #traildogswanttocomealong
g-42 RichardCunningham's article
Oct 19, 2018 at 11:50
Oct 19, 2018
Ridden & Rated: 4 Trail Bikes Under $3,000
@mikekazimer: I'd love to hear how the sub-3k (by a dollar) versions of Transition's Smuggler, Sentinel, Scout, and Patrol acquit themselves, alning with the new base spec Process and the carryover Process SE models.
g-42 pinkbikeaudience's article
Oct 2, 2018 at 10:07
Oct 2, 2018
2019 UCI MTB Rulebook Fixes DH Finals Start Order, Allows For Mismatched Wheel Sizes & More
@Dudeclimbsrocks: That's the wall they hide behind when people come asking questions about rampant doping in road cycling...
g-42 pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 28, 2018 at 15:12
Sep 28, 2018
Dates & Locations Announced for 2019 & 2020 UCI World Cup (New USA Stop)
@kamsbry: Whistler has Crankworx - that would seem like a much bigger bang-for-the-buck for tourism. There are tons of extra visitors coming into town for that, it's the world's biggest MTB party. Events for days (including an EWS race), and exposure out the wazoo. I have a hard time seeing how getting a World Cup would be a serious improvement on that. Whistler has pretty strong game on the summer tourism front anyway - don't think there's a lot of underutilized capacity all summer.
Sep 26, 2018 at 7:02
Sep 26, 2018
East of the Divide: Riding Alberta's Rocky Mountains
Holy crap, that's gorgeous. Time to plan a trip.
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