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jlf1200 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 18, 2019 at 15:16
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Review: Niner's New RIP 9 RDO 29
@bohns1: Maybe these guys are wrong about your bike, too. https://www.bikemag.com/gear/mountain-bikes/review-yeti-sb130-xo1-race-turq/ "The bike corners exceptionally well, but it requires the rider to completely shift his or her weight forward over the front end. It can actually feel unnatural and uncomfortable at first, as you timidly inch farther and farther forward, corner after corner, to get the front wheel to stick. That much forward bias would pitch you over the bars on a lot of other bikes, so it takes some practice to get used to it. Also, it takes more energy, so when you get tired and want to sit up and relax, the bike will understeer and blow corners. But when you're switched on, the SB130 will not disappoint." "Are you qualified to ride an SB130? That depends, how many push-ups can you do?"
jlf1200 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 11, 2019 at 20:00
Feb 11, 2019
Review: Niner's New RIP 9 RDO 29
@bohns1: Let's just recap your hot takes so far: - DH is irrelevant, but EWS is relevant. It must be that last 20mm of travel. - A single EWS rider sponsored by your pet brand says his new bike is nice, which should be taken as evidence that his bike is perfect and what I'm saying is wrong. Because of what this kid says about his sponsor's product, we can ignore the older, more experienced guy who regularly beats him (along with everyone else) while riding a bike with the geometry I'm proposing (which he directly developed). - Even though bikes have drastically changed and improved during the last few years, (as you know first hand with your new Yeti), you're sure the industry has nailed the rear-center, and that dimension will never change because "they must know what they're doing." They just didn't know what they were doing with all those other parts of the bike, despite what their marketing guys told us back when they were selling inferior products. Oh-kay dude.
jlf1200 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 9, 2019 at 13:50
Feb 9, 2019
Review: Niner's New RIP 9 RDO 29
@bohns1: thats not an article. It’s a thread. The last 2 pages are a week old. It’s a bunch of advanced riders noticing what I notice, which is that moto, auto, skis, etc all pay special attention to forward/rearward balance for the sake of performance, while mountain bike designers just keep making half the bike longer while totally ignoring proportionality across sizes. That is not common anywhere else, and it’s a mistake. You keep citing your bike and your PRs as if that discounts what I’m telling you, but it doesn’t. It just means your new bike is better than your old bike. If you think the industry wouldn’t sell you something inferior so long as it saves them money and nobody complains... you must be new to cycling. That’s been true for every style of bike ever invented. Finally, “downhill bias” isn’t some sort of niche focus. I don’t think enthusiast riders are less interested in speed than competitive riders, they’re just less committed to understanding how to unlock it.
jlf1200 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 7, 2019 at 14:41
Feb 7, 2019
Review: Niner's New RIP 9 RDO 29
@bohns1: I meant "tough" for them, philosophically. You're fairly careless about accusing people of being "armchair" just because they're discussing ideas on the internet. That screams "I don't know what they're talking about so my ego wants to take them down a notch." People who race bikes ride at their limit all the time, and they notice things that people who just ride for stoke never do. If you want to push past your limits, you need to understand your bike. I only came to this hypothesis by racing, crashing, making adjustments, winning, and comparing new geometry to old. If you don't believe me, there's a much more intelligent discussion on this topic over at Vital. No "armchair" in this thread either. One guy is about to build a custom swingarm for his Sentinel: https://www.vitalmtb.com/forums/The-Hub,2/The-Internet-Was-Wrong-Short-Chainstays-Suck,9344?unread
jlf1200 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 6, 2019 at 17:21
Feb 6, 2019
Review: Niner's New RIP 9 RDO 29
@bohns1: SB6 is old news because of wheel size, mostly. 29ers are the hot shit now (must be tough for Yeti, they were the last ones to the party). It will be interesting to see if they update a 27" bike, and if so, whether they keep the long rear-center.
jlf1200 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 6, 2019 at 17:19
Feb 6, 2019
Review: Niner's New RIP 9 RDO 29
@WasatchEnduro: Well the larger size Sentinel will be that much more stable blasting through steep, rocky trail. It will be that much less reasonable when leaned over, which is more often than not. If you're in between sizes and this is your only/primary bikes, I'd go down a size for that reason. It's already great at ploughing shit.
jlf1200 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 6, 2019 at 15:17
Feb 6, 2019
Review: Niner's New RIP 9 RDO 29
@WasatchEnduro: I own a Sentinel. Here's the thing: it's f'n fast, everywhere, in all contexts. Yes, even in turns, it's fast. People are so quick to be black and white about this, and that's not the sort of point I'm trying to make. What I'm saying is this: it's harder to find, manage and maintain traction (i.e. biting vs controlled drifting) when you ride a Sentinel (or any Transition besides a Smuggler). There's a lot more body english involved because the bike is imbalanced and requires a lot of forward bias to ride it. Since you're already biased you're forced to find traction when you're not in a neutral position. Multiply this times 10 or 20 turns, add core fatigue (and arm/shoulder fatigue) from all that forward bias, and you have a bike that just isn't as good as a neutral one. Sorry, it just isn't. I'm not saying it's slow. I'm not saying it's boring. I'm saying it's NOT AS GOOD as it could be, and that's all to protect the "poppy/playful" short chainstay consumer, who theoretically revolts if they can't ride a manual at 7mph. I think that's dumb, *especially* for a monster truck like the Sentinel. [EDIT] Big hugs and kisses to the butthurt gangster who keeps down-voting my comments instead of saying something. That'll show me. Pinkbike is so full of idiots.
jlf1200 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 6, 2019 at 12:49
Feb 6, 2019
Review: Niner's New RIP 9 RDO 29
@bohns1: You're right. It's just pure coincidence that every one of them rides/wins on a bike more balanced than the trendy ones being marketed now. Totally unrelated that Graves goes from riding a full blown, heavy hitting SB6 to a little ass Stumpjumper because he just suddenly decides he doesn't want to ride enduro bikes while racing enduro. It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the differences in design philosophy between Yeti and Speshulized. FC:RC SB6: 1.67 Spesh Enduro: 1.93 ... (Spesh Stumpjumper 29: 1.74) Yes, it's all about "bike feel," that's real world data. Not like those pesky abstract "numbers."
jlf1200 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 6, 2019 at 10:58
Feb 6, 2019
Review: Niner's New RIP 9 RDO 29
@bohns1: Just annoyed that you're not able to follow along. It's ok I'm done trying. Enjoy your bike.
jlf1200 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 6, 2019 at 10:28
Feb 6, 2019
Review: Niner's New RIP 9 RDO 29
@bohns1: You're just waiting for your turn to talk and not listening. Either you're ignoring the very clear things I'm saying or you're dim. There's a trend here. "Not all pros" is not an argument. "But downhillers" is not an argument. This is not armchair anything, I race bikes too, bro. Every format there is. I know what I'm talking about. Please read what I just wrote about Rude's choice to ride a bigger 29er. And please consider his choice to ride a medium 6. Please consider using the internet to actually look up geometry numbers before spouting off. Graves 29er Stumpjumpers are lower in FC:RC ratio than any major bike on the market, period. Especially the ST version. The 27.5 Stumpy has numbers closer to HIll's Nukeproof. Graves picked this bike over an Enduro. I'm saying he wants a balanced bike, because he's choosing to ride a balanced bike. Do. You. Understand.?
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