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iRiderPB brianpark's article
May 21, 2019 at 1:20
May 21, 2019
Race Report: MTB vs BMX - Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Velosolutions says you should calculate with 100-160 € per square meter for an asphalt pump track (at least in Europe). Pump parks and concrete pump tracks are more expensive, dirt obviously cheaper.
iRiderPB jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 9, 2019 at 0:08
Mar 9, 2019
Burning Question: Why Don't More World Cup Downhill Teams Sponsor a Woman?
You are right, athletes sell products. But why do female athletes have to only groom the market for other females? If you look at downhill's history, women like Missy Giove had mass appeal and she was for sure selling tons of bikes to mainly males. So it is about results, personality and image for an athlete to be of value for their sponsor. Personally, I care about good racing and currently the male DH WC has more drama, closer decisions etc.. As much as I love Rachel as an athlete, I think her dominance is a problem for the sport. In XC racing I feel the opposite: I think there the female races are way more exciting than to see Nino win another time. Face it, races are a show and the better the show the more people will watch it. Another aspect is the athlete itself. I have been a fan of both, male and female athletes depending on if they inspire me, get me stoked to ride and I agree with their values and image. So I don't think an athlete has just marketing potential to their own gender. If a brand sponsors a female or male racer doesn't matter to me, if the persons they sponsor are cool and fulfill the above criteria I am on board.
iRiderPB jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 8, 2019 at 23:53
Mar 8, 2019
Burning Question: Why Don't More World Cup Downhill Teams Sponsor a Woman?
I find it interesting that she is especially throwing Intense under the bus. Over the years Intense is one of the brands that supported female racers more than others. Sabrina Jonnier was for a while their top racer on the team, FMD (Tahnee Seagrave) was from a young age supported by Intense, Nikki Gudex, Vanessa Quinn won Worlds on an Intense and some others that I most likely missed. On the grassroots level Intense supports tons of female racers. I still see a niche of a big-ish brand to create a "female only" DH race team. That would get quite some coverage in the media and advertise the brand and also female racing. If this brand then gets a lot of coverage, others would follow to not be outdone.
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Jan 16, 2019 at 14:25
Jan 16, 2019
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iRiderPB alexcgevans's article
Oct 30, 2018 at 4:17
Oct 30, 2018
Interview: The Building Blocks of an MTB Community
I build quite a lot, but lately nobody is interested in building natural-feeling trails anymore. Don't get me wrong, I like berms and flow trails as much as the next guy, but why on Earth do all new trails have to be like that? They need more man hours to be build and need more maintenance. All the official trail building projects around here seem to go towards taking roots out, filling in holes, building berms and small jumps and putting tons of gravel on the ground on what is already pretty easy terrain. What is next? Paving the trails so all people with zero skills can ride their gravel bikes on them? Since the main trail builders in charge think dumbing down trails is the way forward I stopped participating in build days but instead scratch out my own little gems in hidden places.
iRiderPB mikelevy's article
Apr 12, 2018 at 23:56
Apr 12, 2018
What the Heck is a Down-Country Bike? - Opinion
I call them "micro downhill" bikes since when enduro bikes were not called that way but "mini downhill" bikes. The pitfall with these XC based short travel bikes for rowdy riding is that they won't hold up to the abuse. I tend to go the other way around and built an Intense Tazer VP (long TT frame) with a 120 mm fork, dropper post and light-ish parts. Still a bit porky, but if you come by some dirt jumps on a trail ride you can hit them w/o having to worry that you might have to push your broken bike home.
iRiderPB KingdomBike's article
Mar 4, 2018 at 11:06
Mar 4, 2018
Kingdom Bike Announces Vendetta XFS Titanium Trail Bike
@ledude: How many total frames are we talking? Statistically significant? I am still skeptical about the discoloration. Could you post pictures of how the welds look before brushing? As mentioned by others before, slightly discolored welds are acceptable (https://www.weld.com/media/blog/images/Mr%20TIG%20Articles/Titanium_Weld_Color_Quality_Inspection_Chart_.jpg), but this counts for the original weld, not the brushed ones.
iRiderPB KingdomBike's article
Mar 3, 2018 at 2:44
Mar 3, 2018
Kingdom Bike Announces Vendetta XFS Titanium Trail Bike
@ehtikhet: Yeah, because they have brushed the frame after welding. That discoloration still remains shows that it is deep in the metal. If the weld looks like that before brushing it might be acceptable, but here we will never know. I think this is one thing to cut the costs. However, other companies do offer fairly affordable ti frames that don't have this discoloration, so it can be done even on a budget.
iRiderPB KingdomBike's article
Mar 3, 2018 at 0:54
Mar 3, 2018
Kingdom Bike Announces Vendetta XFS Titanium Trail Bike
“We've learned a few tricks along the way which directly equates to cost savings. We're proud to be sharing those tricks with you” The trick is to not weld them properly in an oxygen free atmosphere and have contaminated welds that will fail. See how badly discolored the welds are. Ouch!
iRiderPB pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 17, 2018 at 1:40
Feb 17, 2018
The 2017 Photo of the Year Winner is…
@photodog: Considering this is a MTB POTY competition I ask myself when looking at the pictures if it would work without the rider(s). And a surprising bunch of pictures in the contest did, including this one. I am not saying it isn't a great shot because it is, but imagine this w/o the riders and the Gwin shot w/o him. One would still be beautiful, the other would not work at all. In my opinion it is not all about the artistic and technical execution of a shot but also how much it captures the biking aspect. So a blurry race shot might work better for me than a perfectly composed and executed landscape + riders shot. Maybe PB needs to have different categories: action, landscape, lifestyle?
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