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hypermoto angryasian's article
May 23, 2019 at 10:072 days
First Ride: Pivot's XC Race Ready 2020 Mach 4 SL
@mikekazimer: I could understand his criticisms if Pivot only offered the Mach 4 SL and the Switchblade. However they already have the Trail 429, which is their short travel 29" light/fast trail bike. It has all the changes he's asking for (bigger rotors/tires, a little more travel, still light). If the consumer wants those features they should just buy the correct bike. That's why Pivot has so many models, so they don't have to compromise their vision.
May 23, 2019 at 9:532 days
Aaron Gwin Comments on Injured Ankle, Broken Cranks, & More
Bingo. The new Hope EVO are looking very good right about now.
hypermoto edspratt's article
Apr 30, 2019 at 9:47Apr 30, 2019
5 Things We Learned at Maribor DH World Cup 2019
I see what you did there
hypermoto pinkbikeoriginals's article
Apr 17, 2019 at 10:02Apr 17, 2019
Video: Mike vs Mike: Geometry Battle - Specialized Stumpjumper vs EVO
I have this conversation with a lot of my customers. The only metrics the industry can use to compare products is weight and speed. Everything else is subjective. Consumers want a simple flow chart showing why one purchase is superior to another, and these two metrics make marketing a lot simpler. But it never tells the whole story. You have to ask your self: what do I enjoy most about MTB? Is it being able to brag about having the lightest bike amongst your friends, or that you hold the fastest Strava time on your local descent? Or do you do it for yourself, to satisfy the inner 10yo that makes moto sounds, blasting off root lips, kicking out a Canadian flick before the corner, wagging your tongue like a goon, and in general trying to get rad whenever possible? I enjoy the sensation of speed, but I don't care how fast I'm actually going. All that matter is that I feel like I'm pushing my limits and going for trail features that have a high fun vs risk ratio.The bike industry hates this conversation because they can't engineer a marketable solution. You need designers who ride and understand riding ENJOYMENT, and who can translate the sensation they prefer on trail into a technical package that can be built and sold. Thats a hard thing to do well.
hypermoto mdelorme's article
Apr 15, 2019 at 10:06Apr 15, 2019
Downhill Photo Epic: Short & Sweet - Sea Otter 2019
I know everyone is racing their enduro bikes, but the amount of water bottles in these pictures is shocking. You stopping for a drink halfway down?
hypermoto mikelevy's article
Apr 7, 2019 at 11:03Apr 7, 2019
Review: SRAM's New G2 Ultimate Brakes
Now that we have the updated Codes that seem to be holding up and working very well, I agree that the mid range brake seems odd. Bronsons come with Codes now (with 200mm rotor). Saving weight on brakes is the dumbest thing to focus on. If any area of the bike needs more reliability, durability, and performance, its always been the brakes. Take a shit in the morning and enjoy more powerful/consistent braking. Easy choice.
hypermoto mattwragg's article
Apr 6, 2019 at 10:00Apr 6, 2019
Opinion: Carbon and Aluminum Wheels - Does Stiffer Always Mean Better?
Stiffness/ride quality is one of the reasons I lean towards 27.5 vs 29. I know I can build a solid, responsive 27.5 wheel with an alloy rim that will hold up, not be too heavy, and have a nice balance of smoothness and support. For my riding, when I go 29 I prefer a carbon rim to maintain a similar level of dynamic response. Alloy 29 rims just feel vague, unless they're burly in which case they're quite heavy. 27.5 wheel platform allows me to build a lighter, more affordable bike that still performs at a very high level. Just my 2cents
Mar 23, 2019 at 10:15Mar 23, 2019
Bike Check: Bernard Kerr's Pivot Phoenix 29 Carbon - Crankworx Rotorua 2019
Not necessarily. Its probably fine for most people, even most racers. But BK hits huge jumps, and has a BMX style that works well with a very progressive setup. Look at the rest of his settings; if you know what those mean for a rider of his weight then you know all his adjustments are running very firm, not just the tokens. The X2 air can is also very big, to the point that most people run several spacers in it regardless of frame design. I hope they launch a smaller air can in the future to give riders more options.
Mar 23, 2019 at 10:10Mar 23, 2019
hypermoto ForbiddenBike's article
Feb 27, 2019 at 9:34Feb 27, 2019
Video: Forbidden Bike Co. Announces the Name of their Forthcoming Trail Bike
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