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levaca henryquinney's article
Oct 20, 2023 at 4:21
Oct 20, 2023
Field Test Review: 2024 Commencal Meta 5 SX - Supercross for a Reason
@lkubica: 1mm would be great! My seatstays and rocker are misaligned by at least 5mm. Its not that i can feel it while riding, but one can imagine what it does to the bearings and stays, being loaded asymmetrically all the time...
levaca henryquinney's article
Oct 17, 2023 at 10:50
Oct 17, 2023
Field Test Review: 2024 Commencal Meta 5 SX - Supercross for a Reason
@lkubica: My Meta from 2021 started creaking after about one year. I still doent know for sure where it comes from, but i suspect the bottom bracket and the linkage. I took apart the linkage, in my opinion the tolerances are shit. Some bearings are way to tight in there and dont even spin freely. Additionally i noticed that the rocker isnt aligned with the seatstays, so i had to force and preload them so that they would fit together... Im a bit disappointed with the frame quality overall btw: i never pressure wash and in general try to avoid washing as much as possible :)
levaca edspratt's article
Mar 11, 2023 at 23:58
Mar 11, 2023
'Decade' Photo Book Launched to Mark 10 Years of the EWS
Youve never been mkre upset about anything? Maybe read some news to get a bit of perspective...
levaca pinkbikeoriginals's article
Dec 23, 2022 at 14:25
Dec 23, 2022
2022 Pinkbike Awards: Video of the Year Nominees
@Tambo: are you serious? It didnt look sped up to me
levaca henryquinney's article
Dec 7, 2022 at 13:47
Dec 7, 2022
First Look: Commencal Release The Race Proven Supreme DH V5
@onespeedbrian: But the complete builds are very comparable. For example the basic builds: Speci 5600$ - Commencal 5700$ Spec is very similar, same fork, same drivetrain, same shock level, commencal has the air version. The commencal also has trp dhr evos vs code rs and maxxis vs speci tires, which is worth the extra 100 bucks imo. Sure, framesets are overpriced, but that seems to be a trend with commencal bikes. As others mentioned, there are other, more affordable commencal dh bikes as well. The new tempo also is priced quite fair. Imo the price is high but not outrageous considering it is arguably the best dh bike on the market and quite complex. Additionally its nice that the brand supports more wc dh racers than any other brand and compared to the specialized it makes the supreme the better deal imo.
levaca mikelevy's article
Oct 28, 2022 at 12:20
Oct 28, 2022
Tech Week 2023: Pole's New Vikkelä Ditches the Motor, Keeps the 190mm of Travel
Im a bit confused about the chainstays. What does "effective chainstay length" mean? And why is it 455 mm when the chainstay legth i get from subtracting the front center length from the wheelbase is just 426mm across the sizes?? I mean it looks like the axle path might be a little bit rearward initially, but is it really that rearward?
levaca pinkbikeoriginals's article
Oct 22, 2022 at 7:48
Oct 22, 2022
Video: Finals Highlights from Red Bull Rampage 2022
Brett Tippie is so great!! Please let him do more videos!
levaca christiefitz's article
Oct 22, 2022 at 6:56
Oct 22, 2022
Pinkbike Poll: Who is the Red Bull Rampage Pinkbike's Choice Winner?
I think it would make for a great pinkbike article or video to interview some of the judges and get some insight into the judging process. To me it seems a bit intransparent to say the least. I think it would also be great if they broke done the scores into the various aspects cosnidered, like the line choice, tricks and flow. Just getting a number without any explanation can be a bit frustrating
levaca mattwragg's article
Oct 15, 2022 at 2:27
Oct 15, 2022
It’s Time to Recalibrate Our Ideas About Chainstay Length
@Chondog94: Its the other way around actually. If you slacken the bike with the same fork, your stack (height of the headtube) will drop of course. Reach, BB and headtube form a right triangle. If you "drop" this triangle by a couple mm as you decrease the HA and lower the headtube, the upper part of the triangle, the reach, must grow. Your handlebars might still be closer to you, especially if you have a lot of spacers under the stem. As you slacken the steering axis, the stem is pointing more backwards and with some spacers, it might actually come closer to you. but this does not affect the reach measurement, as it is taken on the frame and determined by the head tube, not the actual place your handlebars are at.
levaca mattwragg's article
Oct 15, 2022 at 2:08
Oct 15, 2022
It’s Time to Recalibrate Our Ideas About Chainstay Length
I totally agree, i was a bit confused by Matts analysis. I have a Commencal Meta with 63.5 HA, 495 Reach and 433 Chainstay, so i have pretty much the shortest chainstays possible in relation to the rest of the bike. I thought a lot about rear to front center balance, and of course, the short chainstays mean that you have about 2/3 of your weight on the back wheel, while the front is relatively light. This is very noticeable while riding, you really have to weigt the front and adapt a very aggressive position, especially on mellow terrain. Otherwise the front easily washes out and you dont get good front wheel grip. I countered this to a degree by increasing sag in the fork and decreasing sag in the rear, so that the weight distribution at sag is a bit more front wheel heavy. I would think that increasing pressure at the fork for less sag like matt suggests would have the opposite effect. I guess his thinking was that more fork sag means more reach, but we are talking about wheelbase and front- to rear center ratio here. With a slack head angle the shortening of wheelbase and front center as you go through travel is a lot more substantial than the increase in reach.
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