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johny88 mikekazimer's article
Jul 9, 2019 at 11:08
Jul 9, 2019
First Ride: The 2020 Demo 29 - Specialized's New Aluminum DH Race Machine
So this new Demo has better antisquat than Stumpjumper. In all gears. As if that really mattered so much for a DH bike. If only it had a bottlecage, I would buy it, add an air shock, 180mm fork (-1deg headangle) and call it a uberenduro. Wait, I hope I am not giving them ideas now...
johny88 edspratt's article
Jun 22, 2019 at 13:53
Jun 22, 2019
Richie Rude Announces Return to the EWS
of course! and some asshole put it in his bottle.. and then borrowed that tainted bottle to Richie who tested positive! How unfortunate!
johny88 rossbellphoto's article
Jun 3, 2019 at 0:53
Jun 3, 2019
Finals Photo Epic: All To Play For - Fort William DH World Cup 2019
Sadly neither of those is production item. You can't go and buy them - shut up and take my money won't do it. All heavily customized, pretty much logo/company is just for marketing purposes at this point. That being said, it should trickle down to the shopfloor models eventually, there are (used to be? old memories) rules regarding prototypes used at WC - that items have to be made available to public within a year. What makes me sad is that seeing a stock linkage on any race bike is a rarity - most riders run more progressive links to fine tune suspension - and they fine tune shocks to get along that. You as a pure mortal have no way to do that, despite buying the same thing. Now surely mortals/bikepark riders do not ride as hard as WC racers and perhaps WC race setup is not something anyone of us could handle well, but there is plenty of national level racers who want to break trough and get gud. At least those few should have options to go hard.
johny88 DaveRome's article
May 1, 2019 at 16:46
May 1, 2019
8 Gorgeous Bikes from the 2019 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia
*laughs in closed cell aluminium foam* In all fairness, lattice structures are rarely used in MTB industry and honestly as dentist bikes are already breaking 10k price point, this is doomed to change. Looking at cutting edge industries and performance oriented products, carbon-alu-carbon sandwich seems to be the way to go for load bearing structures that want to utilize benefits of both materials. Before you know it there will be that one bling bling sub 100g XC handlebar made that way. And relative fragility of carbon frames can be easily addressed that way too - with lightweight lattice infill of metal.
johny88 edspratt's article
Apr 30, 2019 at 9:59
Apr 30, 2019
5 Things We Learned at Maribor DH World Cup 2019
Because if it sticks, I betcha 2021 product lines will include it from the factory. Why sell bikes in just sooo outdated 650b and asslicking 29er when you can literally reach into parts bin, mix and match, call it a new thing and sell it in numbers as the latest trend that will for sure make you go faster? Power of marketing, same as I saw guy in my local bikeshop trying to push a sale of a 29er on 160cm tall/short guy using words like "nimble, maneuverable"...
johny88 mikekazimer's article
Apr 26, 2019 at 10:59
Apr 26, 2019
Tech Randoms: Maribor World Cup DH 2019
LOL, no, by that time there will be new standards for everything. Just wait until next week when 2022 season products get launched.
johny88 mikekazimer's article
Apr 4, 2019 at 9:46
Apr 4, 2019
First Ride: RockShox's Updated Lyrik and New Deluxe Shock
@goytay: Hey, delete that comment asap, there is an embargo on 2021 product line... at least until June2020.
johny88 mikekazimer's article
Apr 4, 2019 at 9:16
Apr 4, 2019
First Ride: RockShox's Updated Lyrik and New Deluxe Shock
Are 34s having the same CSU creeking issues as 36s? Getting that replaced in EU is a nightmare with 2 months turnaround... and then in 2 more months of proper riding, you can do that again...
johny88 mikekazimer's article
Apr 4, 2019 at 9:14
Apr 4, 2019
First Ride: RockShox's Updated Lyrik and New Deluxe Shock
@aceface17: you forgot SUPERboost...
johny88 mikekazimer's article
Apr 4, 2019 at 8:41
Apr 4, 2019
First Ride: RockShox's Updated Lyrik and New Deluxe Shock
Well, snow has melted a month ago, spring is here, nature is waking up.. and cycling season begins. However, all 2019 model bikes that are at my local shop just became worthless - morally. I am not going to spend top dollar on top model of a bike they have there - if I know it is not top model anymore. Yup, 4th of April and entire model year of bikes built on top end suspension models just got screwed. Sram just screwed over with bike manufactures. Unless they release their 2020 range in a month or so.
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