maglor

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

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maglor PROPAIN-Bicycles's article
Sep 17, 2018 at 2:04
Sep 17, 2018
Propain Announces Rage Carbon in 27.5” and 29”
@SintraFreeride: I appreciate some people prefer a longer reach but wanting 500mm at 180cm tall makes you quite an outlier id say so you're always going to have to go with one of the more extreme brands for sizing. I've tried quite a few different sized bikes including a 502mm reach geometron (medium for them) and i think it depends on the bike as to what size works best, the very steep seat angle and short stem on the geometron made it manageable although did still feel very big while some large 29ers with around 450-460mm reach felt bigger than the geometron due to big wheels, tall stack and slacker seat angles, i think it comes down to more than just reach really.
maglor PROPAIN-Bicycles's article
Sep 14, 2018 at 3:17
Sep 14, 2018
Propain Announces Rage Carbon in 27.5” and 29”
@SintraFreeride: i'm 178 and i wouldn't want more than 461 on a DH bike, id probably go with 441 or 451mm to be honest, an XL v10 is 450.8mm and recommended for 1.8m+ i don't think reach needs to be as long on a DH bike so the Propain would be ok up to 1.85/1.9m id say, its nice to have that customization within one frame though.
maglor PROPAIN-Bicycles's article
Sep 14, 2018 at 0:58
Sep 14, 2018
Propain Announces Rage Carbon in 27.5” and 29”
I like the way they have done the sizing (with the 27.5 anyway) just 2 frame sizes they need to make which will keep costs down but you get a 50mm range in reach sizes, and you can choose 10mm steps anywhere between, no more 30mm jumps between sizes which you fall right into the middle of.
maglor SCOTT-Sports's article
Aug 31, 2018 at 5:55
Aug 31, 2018
Scott Launches New Ransom Enduro Bike
@dingus: yer as i say that ones not bad, would probably have that colour but that model doesn't have the fox shock which means no nude and no traction control and i think that a good shock is very important for the performance of a bike so that rules it out as thanks to the twinloc stuff its not so easy to swap it for a better shock without loosing that. Just want some colour options, is it so much to ask, it would make finding a bike with a spec that suits and looks i like so much easier.
maglor SCOTT-Sports's article
Aug 31, 2018 at 3:52
Aug 31, 2018
Scott Launches New Ransom Enduro Bike
Biggest problem i have is the spec that matches my needs and budget is the colour scheme i don't like, only the top spec orange is really nice, the green and black is ok but doesn't have the good shock, wish brands would stop using nicer paint jobs to make you up spec. its like they deliberately make the cheaper bike look horrible.
maglor mikekazimer's article
Aug 30, 2018 at 0:49
Aug 30, 2018
Bike Check: GT Fury - Wyn Masters & Martin Maes - La Bresse DH World Cup 2018
@PaulLehr: I've also worked as a mechanic and it might just be luck or fluke but have not seen a broken quick link it's always normal pins (not just the joining pin i should add) My point was more about user error, as you point out people reuse them or don't know what they are doing, if you are a mechanic of course the pin is easy but for your average joe its much easier to work a quick link, its pretty idiot proof while the pin isn't, i'm sure you know how wrong some people can get things if you work fixing them.
maglor RichardCunningham's article
Aug 29, 2018 at 4:02
Aug 29, 2018
Review: Fox Live Valve Suspension
On another note it does seem pretty cool in theory, the fact you don't have to remember your suspension switches is useful especially on undulating trails like race stages with lots of changing terrain and short climbs this would save lots of time and thought. However i am a little against adding batteries and more cables/wires to already busy cockpits and frames for a start but surely simply using a remote lever (yes it still adds cables, but no batteries) would give you that same ability to adjust on the fly and to your liking rather than a computers and cost a tiny fraction of the price.
maglor RichardCunningham's article
Aug 29, 2018 at 3:49
Aug 29, 2018
Review: Fox Live Valve Suspension
$2000 upgrade feels like the bike companies are scamming you a little, full system with 36 fork, shock and everything is $3250 but a standard 36 and dpx2 shock retail for $1600, that's a $1650 difference, i hope the extra $350 isn't just lining pockets especially considering the trade prices they will actually pay for it. Starting to feel like the very high end bikes are attached to price tags based on what they can get away with charging because that demographic can afford it rather than it actually being worth that price.
maglor BWinder's article
Aug 28, 2018 at 3:51
Aug 28, 2018
Ancillotti Scarab - Bike Check
Italian design and passion make for the best toys though, bikes should make you excited just from looking at them and this Ancillotti certainly does that, its going to turn heads at the trail that's for sure and the geometry and suspension make it look like it'll ride as well as it looks. I do however own a Ducati motorbike and an Alfa so i think i might be a sucker for Italian design :) although Ducati are owned by lamborgini and VW and Alfa is Fiat/Chrysler so they aren't as bad as their reputation suggests.
maglor mikekazimer's article
Aug 27, 2018 at 5:03
Aug 27, 2018
Bike Check: GT Fury - Wyn Masters & Martin Maes - La Bresse DH World Cup 2018
@lifted-d: I've had pinned chains fail on me but never a quick link, i think the pinned one broke on me because its quite hard to get it in right, you either make it to tight and have a stiff link (as pictured even world cup mechanics can have that issue) or too loose and the pin can rip out under pressure. you can't really get a quick link wrong and they are solid due to the lip that locks them in when pulled tight.
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