maglor

Live in Edinburgh, ride Trail and DH as often as possible, do a few races when i can.

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maglor vernonfelton's article
Feb 14, 2018 at 3:29
Feb 14, 2018
Shimano Patent Filing Raises Electric Questions
I’m on board if we can standardise on routing all the wires though the handlebars and stem, nice neat handlebars with only brake hoses would be lovely.
maglor mikekazimer's article
Feb 9, 2018 at 1:28
Feb 9, 2018
The New YT Capra - Everything You Need to Know
@dudee47: My point was with bikes that have carbon and alloy (like the Capra) its becoming common to just have the alloy as a cheap price point but while top end carbon is great if you have the money most people are looking at the middle models where you don't get a very good spec with carbon so it would be nice to have a similarly priced alloy version in the middle of the range with a high end spec so you can choose to prioritize carbon or spec. Also the Mega 290 comes in comp, pro and factory spec while the alloy 650 is just comp and pro, the factory spec is carbon only.
maglor RichardCunningham's article
Feb 9, 2018 at 1:15
Feb 9, 2018
Opinion: Does Downhill Have Nowhere Else to Go?
Very interesting read but i don't think you can compare them so directly, saying that a DH bike could be radically different to a enduro or XC bike seems odd other than the fact DH probably doesn't need a seat, cross country ski and big mountain are still very similar, the skis still basically look the same just tweaked to suit the purpose (just like different bikes) i'd also say that if a DH did evolve into a totally different beast it would be because its faster on a race course and if a certain design was faster then id guess enduro and trail bikes would also follow that route (just tweaked to still go uphill) so the bikes would still be very similar, maybe we could move further away from the road and moto routes though.
maglor mikekazimer's article
Feb 8, 2018 at 6:23
Feb 8, 2018
The New YT Capra - Everything You Need to Know
@dudee47: Nukeproof are pretty good but they don't have a carbon 29er and in the 27.5 where they do they don't have an Alloy model with the same top of the range factory spec, although the pro model is a very nice spec still.
maglor mikekazimer's article
Feb 8, 2018 at 5:41
Feb 8, 2018
The New YT Capra - Everything You Need to Know
Interesting thought, i have a DH bike and a 140mm trail bike (with 160 fork) and i think a lot of people compromise themselves so they don't need 2 bikes, which is fair as bikes are expensive enough without needing 2 But there are alot of times i ride trails that are flatter and really fun on the trail bike which wouldn't be fun on anything bigger as it would feel sluggish and slow but if i didn't have the DH bike i would feel my trail bike would need to be bigger like the 160/170 enduro bikes (capra) so that i can still ride loose DH tracks without missing my DH bike but that would make the more chilled rides much less fun. I also have a carbon hardtail that gets out of its depth quickly but its so much fun and fast on smoother stuff that would just be boring on a trail bike, the right tool for the job definitely wins but it is wonderful that we have bikes capable of doing it all to a reasonable degree.
maglor mikekazimer's article
Feb 8, 2018 at 4:57
Feb 8, 2018
The New YT Capra - Everything You Need to Know
@Patrick9-32: Must admit I am very intrigued to try the R3ACT suspension as everything says it is crazy efficient but does that mean it compromises the supple terrain eating descending capabilities?
maglor mikekazimer's article
Feb 8, 2018 at 4:48
Feb 8, 2018
The New YT Capra - Everything You Need to Know
@Patrick9-32: "Better than all of that would be a bike which pedals well with the shock open though so you don't need to think about it at all." totally agree but unfortunately that defies physics as its all a compromise with descending, you cant have the cake and eat it as they say.
maglor mikekazimer's article
Feb 8, 2018 at 4:41
Feb 8, 2018
The New YT Capra - Everything You Need to Know
@bok-CZ: It does when you have a cane creek shock with a properly engineered climb switch that works wonders for technical climbing rather than most other shocks that just ramp up the compression to the point of nearly locked out.
maglor mikekazimer's article
Feb 8, 2018 at 4:34
Feb 8, 2018
The New YT Capra - Everything You Need to Know
@NickBosshard: You are right, but in reality how often do you use the little cog? i have an 11-46 shimano 11 speed and cant remember the last time i used the 11 tooth cog and even when you do due to the high speed the force on it is likely low, when you are putting force through the cassette and chain for long periods you are always in the upper half climbing so the big cogs will always go first so i think a 10 or 9t is almost irrelevant. Also worth noting an eagle 12 speed chain is narrower than an 11 speed chain so the chain on this shimano / e13 setup is probably more durable.
maglor mikekazimer's article
Feb 8, 2018 at 4:05
Feb 8, 2018
The New YT Capra - Everything You Need to Know
@Adamrideshisbike: Once again a climb switch remote would solve this issue, for the sake of an extra cable i really think more bikes should have it, we wouldn't go back to having shocks without climb modes would we. people insist on a dropper remote rather than a lever on the post so why isn't the climb switch the same?
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