Staff Ride: Matt Beer's NZ MTB Rally-Spec Ibis HD6

Apr 11, 2024 at 14:34
by Matt Beer  
Ibis HD6
Dario will dig the seat tilt angle but Henry will roast me for it.

STAFF RIDES

Matt Beer's Ibis HD6

HD6: Heavy duty and built for 6-days of blind enduro racing. Standout items are the massive brakes, thick-as carbon rims, hand guards, 3D printed sadde, and a new-age suspension setup.




Course Breakdown

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Sharpen your switchback skills and be prepared to blow one or two.
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Getting a taste of the cornflakes and clay on Day 1.

In order to give you an idea of the statistics and terrain the NZ MTB Rally covered, each day was broken into sections to exclude the shuttles but you can view those segments here. Don't forget that Matt Fairbrother put the "endur" back in enduro and remained self-sufficient over the entire race, and won! Yep, he didn't take one shuttle and even kayaked 30 km across the bay one evening. I'm still trying to wrap my head around what he's made of.


Day 1 - Wairoa Gorge Bike Park section a, section b, section c
This day ended with a banger, literally (you can read all about that further down). The organizers combined the last two stages into one huge final descent of the Wairoa Gorge Bike Park to total 745m descending over 7km.

Day 2 - Kaiteriteri section a, section b
A "proper Kiwi backcountry adventure" through the jungle with loads of 180-switchbacks and a scenic liaison. The last stage took us into the Kaiteriteri MTB Park and ended on the beach with a primo buffet dinner.

Day 3 - Cable Bay section a, section b, section c
This area seemed to separate riders and sharp skills were needed to navigate tight corners filled with rumbly rock. A healthy amount of high-speed, but narrow benches required sharp focus.

Day 4 - Coppermine/Nelson section a, section b, section c
Heli lift number one started with a fast, loose walking track, but as the day heated up, so did the difficulty of the tracks. Rough, steep, and natural trails would make this one of my favorite days.

Day 5 - Wakamarina Track
The second heli of the week took us to remote trails in beech forest with more switchbacks that were tough to spot behind the fern. A physical pedally first stage led into steeper, raw descents.

Day 6 - Nelson City section a, section b
Some of the best corners, liaisons, and laughs of the race were had here. Everyone was buckled after arduous sprints in stage 3, a track built for the 2021 EWS that never happened due to the pandemic.


Photo by Cameron MacKenzie

Ibis HD6 Details

• Intended use: enduro racing
• Travel: 165mm rear / 180mm fork
• Wheel size: Mixed
• Frame construction: carbon fiber
• 64° head angle, 480mm reach, 435mm chainstays
• Weight: 17.3 kg / 38.1 lb (as pictured, size 3)
ibiscycles.com


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Ibis bikes have been based off of DW-link suspension for nearly 20 years now.
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The HD6 features a stubby head tube to allow a reasonably low front end height with a whopping 180mm travel fork.
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A thick layer of rubber damping keeps the chain clatter at bay and an integrated mud flap guards the lower link from building up with debris.

Frame

When I began planning for the NZ MTB Rally, I knew there would be a focus on descending. There were hundreds of tight switchback turns - some on purpose-built bike trails and others on walking tracks - all littered with pointy rocks at the Wairoa Gorge Bike Park. The Ibis HD6 seemed like the perfect fit for the job. We put this one through its paces back in the fall of 2023 during our Whistler Enduro Bike Field Test and it stood out in many ways.

The HD6 has cushy suspension with a 180mm travel fork, corners on a dime, isn't heavy, and pedals impeccably well for an enduro bike. I slapped on a few more robust components that I knew would be worth the extra weight.

The lower link runs on bushings, which have been trouble-free with just one quick service since the Field Test.

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The setup is far from the air pressures I've been riding since the Fall Field Test. Henry worked his magic on the Fox suspension using a BYB data acquisition kit.

Suspension

Both the fork and the shock were set to nearly 25 percent lower than the spring rate I chose, however, the progression was increased to accommodate the lower pressures. You will want to check out the upcoming video on how we arrived at this setup.

Next, the rebound and low-speed compression were set to nearly wide open, while the high-speed compression was almost fully closed. In fact, Ibis has an in-depth suspension setup guide for both Fox components, including a special tune on the rear damper. Using BYB's data acquisition kit, Henry dialed in the suspension to something close to Ibis' suggestions, albeit still much softer and more progressive.

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The classic combo: Maxxis Assegai on the front, DHR II out back. I gambled with no inserts, but would later rethink that chocie.
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Pressures ranged from 22 PSI front/ 27 PSI rear, to 24 / 28 depending on the day's conditions.

Tires / Wheels

For dry, loose conditions, there are few other treads that match the grip and predictability of the Maxxis Assegai. Only the Continental Kryptotal Fr or Michelin DH22 come close. The classic Maxxis DHR II did well considering the huge amount of rear steering it saw through dust and rubble. Skidding your way around the tight, loose corners and 180-switchbacks is almost necessary in riding zones like Kaiteriteri and Cable Bay.

Carbon wheels for enduro racing aren't the hottest fad because they're generally stiffer, but they're also less prone to denting and subsequent air loss. Giant's new TRX Carbon wheels looked the business with their thick rim walls and got the nod of approval from one of their fellow enduro racers, so they came along for the trip. I'll also have a review coming on those later, but the short story is that they're basically bulletproof.

After suffering an instant sidewall slash from an unseen obstacle one quarter of the way down the final stage, the longest and rockiest of Day 1, I made the game time decision to ride it out and salvage what time I could. Worst case scenario, I knew I had a spare wheel and tire back at base camp if that all went up in flames.

Miraculously, the TRX rim didn't bat an eye, despite some wincing rim-on-rock strikes on the way down. I'd highly recommend at least a rear tire insert for this type of racing and any time spent riding the Wairoa Gorge or Cable Bay Bike Parks. And that's not to fault the tire either. Maxxis DH casing tires are some of the best, but even with an insert, I don't believe anything short of a solid rubber wheel would have staved off that slice.

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The SRAM Mavens were a last minute addition and met all expectations.
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A 200mm rotor up front and a 180mm out back.
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Metallic pads all around to better manage heat on the long descents.

Brakes

Packing heaps more power to tap into versus the Code RSCs, the Mavens served well for the long descents, especially once you've been clenching them for some time. In fact, I had issues adapting to other brakes on a test bike. I kept running past my braking zones after riding the Mavens for nearly two weeks straight.

After the race, I hung about in Queenstown and swapped to a larger 200mm rear rotor. I found there to be a larger window to brake consistently without totally locking up the wheel.

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Does comfort have a cost limit?
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Crankbrothers' Mallet DH pedals are foolproof to clip back into.

Contact Points

The Specialized Power with 3D-printed Mirror technology might be that ceiling. $450 USD is a staggering number for a saddle but what does an ergonomic desk chair cost? A saddle is where I do a fair bit of my work, plus it gives me a good reason not to crash; I might cry if this ripped.

Race Face's Chester grips have been growing on me. They've replaced the ODI Elite Pro as my new favorite due to their soft, rubbery compound and uniform, tapered design. The 31mm diameter version doesn't make them the most padded under the palm, but they fit my medium-sized hands nicely. If you're looking for more padding, there's a 34mm version too, however, I've found oversizing can lead to faster hand cramping.

The four-sided Eggbeater clip mechanism rotates completely independently of the outer platform. Essentially, you can place the cleat anywhere within the proximity of the Eggbeater and wiggle your foot forwards or backwards to clip in. That means you'll never have to sit or stand heavily on one foot to clip in.

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Drivetrain

SRAM's XX Transmission-series drivetrain eliminates the derailleur hanger. Granted, you don't destroy the pulley cage, the derailleur parallelogram can withstand some seriously heavy smacks. Due to the synced shift timing and cassette chain ramps, you can shift under full power and mash through gears when approaching sudden uphills or while sprinting.

I pinched the alloy SRAM X0 crank arms from another test bike for some peace of mind. The carbon XX set that came on the top-end HD6 build kit are plenty strong, but aluminum can take unsuspecting smacks when racing blindly.

A chain guide and skid plate double down on drivetrain protection for what is an insignificant weight savings. Pedal catchers and chainring munchers were lurking everywhere in the spotty jungle light.

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OneUp's Carbon bars have been a favorite of mine for their shape, medium amount of flex, and most importantly, vibration absorbing qualities.
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Knock Sendhit hand guards do more than protect your digits. They can stave off bent brake levers too.
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Race Face's Chester 31mm grips have become a new fav.

Cockpit and Controls

You'll want narrow bars for the tight trails, off cambers and bench cuts with trees hanging overhead. I cut mine to 765mm wide, and like the OG 35mm length stem, they've been around the garage for a few years now. The 35mm rise bar has 20mm of spacer underneath for a moderately high and energy-saving riding position.

Hand guards might look funny at first, but they protect your levers in two ways; from surprise branches which can turn the brakes on unsuspectedly and against bending in the event of a crash, to a degree. They're not ideal for throwing tricks, although they are useful for traipsing through backcountry trails, whether that's against the clock or just the amount of daylight left in a big day out.

Rockshox's Reverb AXS electronic dropper post is such a slick piece of equipment. No cable means less chance of damaging a critical component and the remote requires much less accuracy or effort to hit when you're mouth breathing heavily through multiple 60 second in-stage climbs (I thought the race director was joking). I never needed to charge the main battery over the six days, however, I did save some juice by removing it while shuttling since it "wakes" during motion.

On long ascents or commutes, I may raise the post 15cm out of the frame, but I can get away with the maximum 170mm length drop for most on-trail scenarios. I know a few others that are praying for a longer version though.

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USWE's MTB Hydro 8L Hydration Pack carted around the essential supplies for the unknown. These packs are more stable than anything else out there.
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A tube, gear strap, and the cheapest performance upgrade you can make to any bike; a fender, because you find mud, even in the dry conditions of late summer in New Zealand.
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Water, tools, and guidance - the HD6 has room for a 770mL bottle and OneUp's EDC 100cc pump tucks in nicely. A Giant M200 (Stages) GPS unit recorded the stats.

What's Onboard?

I love techy gear and prefer to be over-prepared. The essentials for each day were lots of snacks, electrolytes, sunscreen, and at least 1.75L of water. USWE packs are so convenient and secure by connecting just one buckle. You can run that open on climbs for looser fitting shoulder straps too. Forget overloaded bib pockets or running vests that bounce around.

The majority of the riding locations were very remote so I thought it would be wise to bring along a Garmin InReach Mini and EpiPen, just in case of a medical emergency, not limited to myself - mind you, medics were stationed at the bottom of each stage. Other handy items included a light windbreaker and sporty hat, gorilla tape, zip-ties, some shop towel, a small bottle of chain lube, an extra 2032 and AXS battery, plus a multi-tool with pliers with a small knife.

Kiwis run a loose safety program at times. Open-face helmets and no knee pads might be acceptable for mellow trail riding in my books, but blind gravity racing in steep, rocky conditions meant a lightweight full-face and burly knee pads since we were primarily shuttling after all.

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NZ MTB Rally

How Does it Ride?

Compared to the stock components of the HD6, which we reviewed at the Fall Field Test, the nature of the bike has been beefed up for extra security to handle blind racing, but the geo and travel has remained the same.

That added heft did take a little wind out of the sails when climbing the HD6, but that’s to be expected. I’m glad I chose those bulletproof Giant TRX carbon wheels, DH casing tires, and honestly, a rear tire insert would have made sense.

The largest change was the suspension setup. Lowering the pressures, increasing the progression and turning the damper adjusters to Henry’s recommendations made a world of difference for a long week of racing. More comfort and grip were welcomed on the dry and loose conditions.

The geometry and mixed wheels allow it to whip around tight corners without compromising the high speed stability too much either. That 180mm travel fork eases the fatigue on our hands exceptionally well too.

After spending months on the HD6, I stand by my original thoughts; it’s an exceptional enduro race bike, ideal for epic adventure events like the NZ MTB Rally.

All riding photos credit of Cameron MacKenzie/NZ MTB Rally.

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131 Comments
  • 109 5
 Matt running the People's Seat Angle.
  • 5 1
 Man of the people
  • 39 4
 I can't stand having the saddle on that angle myself. Yeah, I get it. A lot of people find it more comfortable for pedaling. But personally, it just makes me feel like I'm sliding towards the front of my saddle the whole time. To each their own though.
  • 12 12
 @Andypanda82: Men are the people who need that angle most. I haven't been able to run a flat seat my whole life.
  • 8 1
 Check out the size of that meat channel. Different strokes for different folks I guess.
  • 8 1
 @tmwjr777: Just a guess, but maybe its a taller person thing. Where the saddle is higher than the bar. Saddle tilt depends on how your pelvis tilts. I'm on the shorter side where I have trouble getting my bar low enough. My grips sit is just about level with the saddle...I think its a bit higher than the saddle. There is no way I'd be able to ride a bike with the saddle pointing towards the ground. I'd be using a ton of effort just to hold myself from falling forward. My neck and shoulders would be hurting. Also with bikes getting super long and slack...you have to run a really short stem...which would requite more weight on the front when climbing. Again...just speculating.
  • 7 2
 I run my seat at that angle too. When you sit on the bike and the suspension sags out the seat is closer to level. With no weight on the bike it looks like the nose is pointing down.
  • 8 1
 @WTF-IDK: Also, when the bike is pointed up hill, the seat levels out or points up, so it really shoves the nose up the chode if you don't put the nose down. Some bikes really sag back (horst) so this can be even more of a thing. When things are flat or pointed down, I don't spend as much time seated at full mast or am out of the saddle pretending to get rad.
  • 8 0
 @tmwjr777: depends on your riding location and terrain. My local has a lot of steep technical climbing. So while the angle may look crazy when the bike is flat… it’s very comfortable on very steep terrain. If I flatten my seat too much, I spend too much time with the seat trying to push through my taint.
  • 3 2
 @abtcup: Matt Beer is 5'10", same height as me. So apparently that's not the issue. I think different folks just have their own preference on how the saddle distributes the pressure/weight.
  • 3 0
 @islandforlife: That makes a lot of sense now that you mention it. I'm an out of shape 49 year old who just dismounts and walks whenever it gets steep cuz he hates climbing anyhow. Smile
  • 3 0
 @tmwjr777: Try a long wheelie, it then makes more sense.
  • 5 0
 I also run a very similar seat angle to Matt here.

My terrain (Seattle area of the PNW), is mostly winch and plummet sorts of riding. The angle of the seat basically means when you are climbing a steep grade, it’s the same as using a horizontal/flat angle on a flat trail.

On flat trails where you are pedaling long distance, it’s not ideal. But I don’t really have many segments of trail that are flat. It’s either steep uphills and pedaling, or standing and going downhill.
  • 1 0
 @jesse-effing-edwards: Avoiding “the nose up the chode” sums it up remarkably well.
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 @tmwjr777: Its more related to how much time one spends climbing steeper grades on the flatter style of saddles preferred by mountain bikers so we can get our hips back without snagging shorts/ trousers on the saddle.
The Sea to Sky (and other regions) contains a lot of 45-90 minute climbs that probably average 10º but have sustained sections of 15-17º and some lovely little sections of 20º+.
Run your mouse over this little gem as an example: www.trailforks.com/trails/rainbowsproatt-flank
That smacks you in the arse after a 45 minute climb (for the fitter rider) on your way to Upper Howler. Or the climb to Lord of the Squirrels at the other end of the valley which is two hours for a decent climber.
I have found that the saddle angle works out at approx 1º nose down for every 4-6º of average climb angle depending on personal biometrics and preference.
  • 1 0
 @andrewbikeguide: My go to climb is The Wall or Stones Free in Kal park, which are either steep sustained seated double track, or incessant rocky sections and a million switchbacks, both 25-35min-ish. With a flat seat I'd standing half the time.
  • 23 1
 Good to see I'm not the only who neglects their OneUp EDC pump on bike clean day....entire bike, spotless... pump, covered in filth, good to go.
  • 1 0
 Interested that you ran no tire inserts but wish you had, I normally don’t run inserts but ran a cushcore in the rear and nukeproof ard in the front with double down tires. If I had my choice again I’d maybe just run the ard in the rear just to save a bit of weight and keep the bike the same as what I normally run.
  • 20 1
 Interesting info regarding the softer suspension and using more high speed compression. I highly recommend the recent VITAL Podcast - Grip Damper Breakdown With FOX's Engineers and jump to 17.20 to hear a fascinating discussion about the use of higher compression, lower spring rates and the improper reliance on rebound. It was really enlightening.
  • 2 0
 Going to listen! Hope it applies to grip2 as well, just bought a 38 at 65% off MSRP...
Good enough for Matt is probably more fork than I'll ever need
  • 2 0
 @AndrewHornor: I put myself through a stupid period hating my fox by running it unlike the recco as I assume more sag would be nice. It was awful. The fork runs so much better with only 15% sag and more LCS to keep it higher in the travel over chatter. Now I love it. Having a proper service helped too, quite a bit. Those things dont' come from the factory in great shape. (fox38/170)
  • 3 0
 @jesse-effing-edwards: In defence of the fork manufacturers there is often a lot of shipping & storage time between the production date and the retail sale date (sometimes as long as 18 months) through many temperature and atmospheric ranges. Seals and bushing rely on movement to remain lubricated so sitting around for months doesn't do any component any favours as the lubricants are optimised for use rather than storage.
Some manufacturers tend to be a little worse but it never hurts to have a basic service done on any new fork or shock so you really know it is set up properly and there is the right amount of the right stuff where it aught to be.
  • 2 2
 @jesse-effing-edwards: 4 out of 5 of my most recent Fox38s couldn't equalize pressure well because of EXCESSIVE grease in the airshaft. Best thing to do to these forks is swap out their airspring with a Vorsprung Smashpot.
  • 1 0
 alltough riding a zeb and not a fox just did the same with the new fork. i thought i set it up correctly (high pressure, no tokens, as i don't like the ramp up, low compressions) but didn't really get along perfectly. so dropped some psi (still higher than recomended cause no tokens) went for a ride, felt good.
went for another ride, felt meh and wanted more support. so went from HSC-1 to HSC +1, and let the air spring as it was. LSC is still around -4-5

that did the trick! never "relied" on compression before as i alsways run it open.
  • 1 0
 @jesse-effing-edwards: guess it depends on what you are riding. I always ran 15% sag at the fork and typically raced long enduro bikes however, since I’ve stopped racing in now run 20% at the fork with more compression and now love the way it feels at my slower (thinking I’m going fast) pace on a shorter travel trail bike.
  • 1 0
 @Taylor084: It could be this fork. My Lyrik was less finicky in this respect. It didn't have to sit as high and doesn't feel as punishing if I don't get the tune as dialed. In fact, I've never spent much time getting it 'dialed' it always just kinda works. I liked my old pikes well enough too. Would probably have me Zebbing next time, to be honest.
  • 1 0
 @cogsci: it's like a 10mins job to take it apart and clean the negative spring, and the issue is getting rarer recently.
  • 23 8
 Welcome to 2024! Where we hate cables and thus sometimes raise our $800 e-droppers by hand!

And still feel the need to babysit said e-dropper to avoid possibly needing to charge batteries...

The glorious future is here!
  • 1 3
 I'll ride tomorrow with my Camelbak Aeroback. I know we're still in the middle of April,but it's already 30ºC around here.
  • 15 2
 Are backpacks back?
  • 36 13
 They never left. I have never understood hip packs - they're uncomfortable, mess with my hip hinge mobility, and bounce. Been rocking a running vest for years now.
  • 3 0
 @Jvhowube: I used an Osprey lumbar pack for a couple seasons, and they just bounce too much. The last two years I've been using a Dakine Shuttle hydration pack and it works great. Stays in place pretty well, as enough room for anything I'd need to carry, and it's low profile enough that I can also wear it under my jacket when I go snowboarding.
  • 20 1
 I get that backpacks look dorky, but in more than a one occasion they have protected my back in a crash And even on medium length rides in the summer here in Phoenix, I have drank all 2.5 L of my water
  • 8 0
 @PHX77: Living in Vegas I also need to carry more water than can fit in a water bottle or two.
  • 6 0
 @PHX77: Hipsacks for short rides, with water on the frame (or drink it all before) and pack for the long rides, because 1.5L or more of water around your hips feels awful, plus, it's nice to fall on your pack vs your back. I also strap my faceguard to it on the climb up and that would be terrible with a hipsack.
  • 5 0
 EVOC's air flow system is amazing. Backpacks are definitely back.
  • 13 1
 Backpacks are back... As long as they're USWE
  • 3 0
 @PHX77: Totally agree, I've had my hydration bladder burst on one occasion from an impact. Plus if I'm doing more than an hour and a half ride two water bottles (which I can't even fit on my bike) isn't going to cut it. On short "routine" rides I do sometimes like the open air feel of having no pack on, but the practicality of a pack for anything more than a quick rip is undeniable.
  • 5 0
 Backpacks will never be back for me, but I swear by running vests now. USWE, Camelbak, etc.. make some cool solutions, but I think Ultra-running brands have come up with better-designed solutions even though they were never meant for use on a bike.

I use the UltrAspire Alpha 5.0. I carry my phone, wallet, keys, and snacks in the front pouches for easy access, and hydration (bladder) and clothing in the back.

It's amazingly breathable, no matter how loaded up it is it never moves around, and I forget I'm wearing it as soon as I point downhill. I can't imagine ever using a traditional backpack or a hip pack again, running vests are an order of magnitude better IMO.
  • 1 1
 I'll ride tomorrow with my Camelbak Aeroback. I know we're still in the middle of April,but it's already 30ºC around here.
  • 6 0
 USWE is definitely hot right now. On rides in the 4 hours or less range I love my hip pack, you simply can't beat the feeling of your shirt flapping in the wind, but on longer rides it just makes sense to have a hydration pack. Running out of water sucks
  • 4 3
 Outside of loud people online, most of the riders I see on the trails are still using backpacks. Great for carrying everything you need easily and comfortably. I use a hip pack on short rides (less than 12 miles) or when I'm not filming a trail, and an osprey raptor on longer rides, when I'm filming, or when the weather might change on me.
  • 1 0
 @Jvhowube: it kinda depends on how heavy you pack and what type of hip pack belt/closer you have. I tried everything from the regular "thin" strap with plastic buckle, to wide velcro belt to ultimately try velcro belt + strap with buckle. Currently running the ergon 3l hip pack and its bomb proof and it doesnt move anywhere while still elastic enough to allow me to breathe and move with my body. Running it also with an upper body protector vest and to be fair my local trails have clean water access so I only need the bottle on my frame.

For really long rides where I need extra water and food and other items I still use a backpack, the uswe 15l with integrated back protector and that thing is solid and definitely my go to pack. I still tend to choose the hip pack most of the time and it forced me to think about the things I carry and only take stuff that is really needed (I am still the guy that has the most tools and spares in my riding group) and to try to strap as much as possible to the frame itself.

Going back pack free is great, but it is something that only works if the conditions are right and you have a setup that suits your needs.
  • 6 0
 @Jvhowube: just after I got my M.U.L.E., people started praising hip packs. I finally got convinced and bought an EVOC Hip Pack Pro, and now they're out of fashion again? I'll never be part of the cool kids...
  • 4 0
 @Mac1987: You be you, man. I've been rocking hipsacks in some for since the late 80s, but also backpacks since the 90s when they became a thing. Different rides, different gear.
  • 3 2
 I haven't worn a backpack in forever. Cargo style bibs and in-frame or on-bike storage keep me situated for all but the biggest backcountry days.
  • 1 0
 @koncretekahuna: I'll have to give my ultraspire big bronc a try on a my bike. I've been using the Hot laps 5L for a few years and it's not ideal.
  • 1 0
 @hughbm: Love my USWE. Doesn’t bounce like Ospreys or other backs packs. I do hip packs for short rides when the weather is cool.
  • 1 0
 @PHX77: I think a slim pack like the USWEs look rad! Plenty of other options like another favorite is the Ogio urzberg.
  • 9 0
 Love staff rides. Keep them coming!
  • 5 0
 OMG! Carbon everywhere, wireless drivetrain, and still 17,3 Kg! I know mordern enduro bikes climb well but in rally format you have still to climb.... DH bikes weight the same in some case! My old Commencal Meta AM weight 15,4 Kg with alloy everywhere....
  • 7 4
 Lets be honest - flag guards like that look cool more than function. I've run em and broken 2-3 of them, you wash out, they are toast IME. In my ~35+ years riding MTB's I honestly don't think I've EVER broken a lever, bent a couple maybe, and I crash a lot.

All that said - yes my bike has them Smile
  • 9 1
 I would potentially argue that one of the largest benefits of a brush guard is the placebo affect during blind racing where getting distracted by clipping bushes on the side of the trail could really lose a riders focus. Plus they look cool
  • 3 0
 You've never had magura brakes have you
  • 1 0
 @orangenut: I ran HS22's then HS33's for years whilst riding trials back in the 90's - but Magura discs no.
  • 4 0
 If anyone is keen to read and watch more about the race, there's a video and daily reports via this link:

www.pinkbike.com/news/video-highlights-from-the-nz-mtb-rally-2024.html
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flag cxfahrer (Apr 13, 2024 at 0:47) (Below Threshold)
 I didn´t watch the video completely, but this looks like bikepark- racing to me on all bikepark style built trails, no blinduro with only some taped out courses?
  • 2 0
 @cxfahrer: maybe if you watched the video completely you’d see the other stuff.
  • 1 0
 @cxfahrer: Nah definitely wasn't bike park racing, very natural mostly handbuilt trails.
  • 1 0
 @cxfahrer: check out the comment section below that article, I just added a lengthy feedback and some of it is about the trails we rode
  • 1 0
 Soft suspension platforms aren't a crime! Too many people running way too firm a setup. Also tannus insert running an innertube. Silly easy and indestructible. Saw one hold air after hitting something bad enough to crack and fold a rim in a couple weekends back. Tire type really not so critical then.
  • 7 3
 too many things sticking out
  • 3 0
 FYI the OneUp EDC pump is 100cc, not 100oz. I'd be impressed by a massive 100oz pump!
  • 1 0
 we talking volume or weight?
  • 1 0
 @pbandjam: Why not both? The big boy pump! Strap a floor pump to your frame!
  • 1 0
 haha, 100oz would be 3000cc
  • 4 0
 Most important detail is Kekec for motivation
  • 1 0
 I was going to ask what the reason was for the sticker!
  • 1 1
 Hard to tell for sure, but I think that Spesh saddle is the Pro model with round ti rails, not the S-works with oval carbon rails. If so, the Pro is "only" ~$300 to replace, which is at least better than $450 for the S-works.
  • 3 2
 I’ve had that saddle for a couple years now. I prefer not to climb, but when I must, I want to give my taint the best experience possible.
  • 3 0
 Matt, how do those Maven compare to your long-favorited Maguras?
  • 2 0
 all that analysis, and not a single mention of the rider height or weight lol
  • 1 0
 I was slightly doubting moving from 220/200 & Codes to 200/180 & Mavens, but if Matt Beer is using that size... I feel 100% good with the rotor downsize.
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 He swapped 180 for 200 after the race. Who would have thought that bigger rotors are actually better in every sense apart from insignificant weight gain for an enduro bike? Wink
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 Clicked for the Ibis video, got a Norco ad. Immediately scrolled down and no Ibis video.....That is what I call a misfire... or backfire... anything but fire
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 A lightly sprung lightly damped bike oscillating between sag and the travel where extra progression ramps up sounds like what people have used the the word 'wallowy" to describe. (???) Quick thoughts I would hope to see addressed in the longer piece forthcoming: data acquisition doesn't tell you how to set up the bike, only what the bike is doing. Descriptive rather than prescriptive. So the desired outcomes, whatever the setup goals are in terms of making the bike do or not do something, those exist outside the DA and you can talk about them without necessarily getting into the DA. Grip. Every time I see that word now I think I'm reading a Fox advertisement... Anyhow, grip: to my knowledge no one, no company, tuner, guru or blogger has presented a credible way of measuring mountain bike traction in a way that you could compare two different amounts of traction and infer that the cause was two different suspension settings. Especially not between two reasonable settings like "mediocre" and "Henry says it's better." Small differences are harder to show to be real than larger ones though we may all have a bias that tells us small differences are more likely to be true because they seem so easy to imagine versus big differences toward which we may be skeptical.
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 sir, this is a Wendy's
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 there was a dude from Santa Cruz that made a video about recording the data of "grip" or "traction" on a steep loose DH track but it was based on how much tread was on a tire or how bald it was.
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 @devinkalt: the one I saw, it was comparing front and rear wheel rotations. He noted that his rear tire was worn, but that’s not how he quantified traction
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 @pmhobson: that's probably the one. I thought maybe he did a test with two different rear tires, a worn one and a new one.
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 @devinkalt: ahh yeah. That might be the case too.
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 Hopefully it's not a surprise to anyone that data acquisition and targeting effective spring rate and damping behavior in two wheeled off-road devices has been going on for decades and relatively optimal suspension behavior is pretty well established and understood as a result.
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 @zuker81: ah yes the study of quantifying the proper ratio of rabbits and turtles. It's quite easy to see on friday fails when the rear shock has far too many rabbits and not enough turtles.
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 Rear triangle looks cracked - rear triangle, near the link, drive side Frown
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 i think that's a transition in the paint
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 Above the 71 in white letters . We have the same model in our shop brand new and there's no paint transition in that location. The photo isn't high resolution so i cant get a good look but i thought i'd mention it.
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 Had a closer look and I can't see it.

Here is a zoom and a cotrast stretch.

imgur.com/a/wR74lRG
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 @IMeasureStuff: Thanks, i thought id mention it (one of my coworkers spotted it, but maybe nothing to worry about)
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 The little paint chip?
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 Am I the only one digging 2 sticker on the top tube? #loamshame
  • 1 0
 How about some FASST Flex bars??
  • 1 0
 Who is the best biker on staff? Like, who would win an Enduro race?
  • 1 1
 since the invention of fidlock, every bottle cage i see on a bike makes me cringe. fidlock is just so much cleaner looking.
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 What type of windbreaker is that?
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 wow bikes are getting so ugly
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 Funny, I think this is the best looking Ibis of all time!
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