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gabriel-mission9 paulaston's article
Aug 6, 2018 at 16:32
Aug 6, 2018
Review: Commencal's Supreme DH 29 is an Unflinching Race Weapon
"Cons - Requires some adaptation to get the best out of the bike - Falls off chairlifts and shuttle trailers and might not fit in your car or garage - May make you ride too fast for your own safety" Rounded write up? The first point isn't really a con, and the second two are jokes! I'm sure it's a great bike, I like it. But he's essentially making out there are no downsides whatsoever. He even makes some statement about high pivots being the holy grail. This is not a balanced, cool headed clinical write up, it's a stoke fest. That's cool, I'm glad he's stoked on it and I'm sure that is because it is a great bike. But at some point a reviewer should step back from that initial high and make an honest judgement of what compromises have been made and where. Making out there are none at all just makes me less confident in the accuracy of the review. If I'm considering spending serious money on a bike and can't test every bike out there back to back on proper terrain, good quality reviews are all I have to go on.
gabriel-mission9 paulaston's article
Jul 31, 2018 at 7:25
Jul 31, 2018
Review: Commencal's Supreme DH 29 is an Unflinching Race Weapon
@bulletbassman: You missed quite a lot. There is history to this which you may be unaware of. In particular the part where he discusses "rider forward handling". It's cool though. Paul knows how I feel, and we have spoken about our differing opinions. He's offered to take my opinions on board and I've apologised for calling him out in public. Your cape can rest easy ;)
gabriel-mission9 paulaston's article
Jul 31, 2018 at 6:54
Jul 31, 2018
Review: Commencal's Supreme DH 29 is an Unflinching Race Weapon
@bulletbassman: Did you actually read my comment? I basically said the article started really well. It seemed informed and gave his opinion. That part was great, and I think we agree there. Of course the reviewer needs to give their opinion. The entire review is an opinion and nothing more, and a great reviewer will have formed a full and comprehensive opinion about the entire bike, good and bad. Getting all hyped up on stoke and saying that a bike is perfect and anyone who disagrees sucks at life is not the same as writing a great review... What baited me to comment was the bit where he basically tried to sell the bikes weaknesses as strengths and essentially said "if you don't agree with me that this bike can do no wrong then you suck and you are stupid and your mum smells of elderberries." All bike designs are compromises. There are no perfect designs out there, as it is physically impossible to design a bike that does everything well. It is the reviewers job to find where these compromises have been made, to explore them, then to discuss them in the review. If I just wanted to hear about how fucking stoked and excited someone is about something, if I only wanted to hear one side of the story, I'd ask a 13 yr old. I want to hear the whole story. I want a full breakdown, warts and all. Thats why I read reviews on Pinkbike.
gabriel-mission9 paulaston's article
Jul 31, 2018 at 4:56
Jul 31, 2018
Review: Commencal's Supreme DH 29 is an Unflinching Race Weapon
@Joelukens00: You sir. Have made me laugh multiple times today. Whats even funnier is people taking your shitposting seriously. Keep it up dude.
gabriel-mission9 paulaston's article
Jul 31, 2018 at 3:04
Jul 31, 2018
Review: Commencal's Supreme DH 29 is an Unflinching Race Weapon
Honestly thought Paul Aston had actually managed to write a review and not just a gushing, semi-press-release about a bike he likes. It was looking really good and well rounded. It said some things that made me think "I might actually like one of these as my next bike" That is... until I got to the bit that essentially said "if you don't like the way this bike rides you are a loser. It's so great even its negatives are actually positives. It's so great and I can ride it really well cos I'm so cool" Christ man. Your job isn't to tell people how fucking cool you are or how this bikes foibles suit your awesomeness. No one cares about that shit. Your job is to review the fucking bike. By the time I'd finished reading the review I had lost all the "this bike might actually work for me" as it had been replaced by "I wish they'd get an actual reviewer to ride the bike so I can hear an unbiased opinion....
gabriel-mission9 brianpark's article
Jul 24, 2018 at 6:52
Jul 24, 2018
6 Things We Learned at EWS La Thuile
Enduro: Definitely not just a sport for washed up DH racers.... Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahhahahhahahahhahaaaaaa!
gabriel-mission9 mikelevy's article
Jul 15, 2018 at 3:51
Jul 15, 2018
Gee Atherton's Trek Session 29er - Vallnord World Cup 2018
progression bands/tokens make up for poor damping. With good damping they are not required...
gabriel-mission9 paulaston's article
Jul 12, 2018 at 15:45
Jul 12, 2018
More Randoms - Eurobike 2018
oh i rode this thing quite aggressively. but yeah im not sure how it'd translate to offroad riding. ive always liked bars with more upsweep on bmxs, but offroad i basically use renthal on everything. Or gusset S2's which are basically the same geo.
gabriel-mission9 paulaston's article
Jul 12, 2018 at 12:59
Jul 12, 2018
More Randoms - Eurobike 2018
A few years ago a mate left his raleigh burner replica bmx at mine for a couple of months while he was away, so obviously I used it to ride about town on. The bars had shit loads of sweep on them and it felt really odd at first, but i got used to it after a few days. By the time I gave it back I could hop and manual it just as well as any bmx, and tbh it felt a bit weird going back to a normal bar. For about 10 mins... But yeah, it wasn't really a problem. It was quite comfortable.
gabriel-mission9 mikekazimer's article
Jul 7, 2018 at 1:29
Jul 7, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: What Injuries Have You Received While Mountain Biking?
@Hwulex: I've broken both my wrists multiple times (including scaphoid), my elbow and my shoulder. back to normal riding within three months each time. 7 months in casts is insane!
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