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mattvanders pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 21, 2017 at 23:45
Nov 21, 2017
My First Time Riding The North Shore - Video
It’s vdub t5 transporters for Surrey Hills
mattvanders AJBarlas's article
Nov 6, 2017 at 3:09
Nov 6, 2017
Mondraker Dune - Review
I did my own Mondraker long slack bike setup with a banshee spitfire (running a large frame rather than medium, longer fork out front, slack chip setting and shorter 26” dropouts with 27.5” wheels). I played with stem lengths quite a bit going from 50mm, to 40mm and finally 32mm. Small changes still make big difference, still hard to get the front end up on the trail (wheeling is fine). Have to just ride more aggressively
mattvanders mikekazimer's article
Sep 4, 2017 at 12:47
Sep 4, 2017
Transition Sentinel - Review
I have banshee spitfire with 140/160 set up and have built up scout for the misses with 125/140. What you end up getting is a bike that can pedal very well but take harder hits than something with same travel all round
mattvanders mikekazimer's article
Aug 30, 2017 at 14:09
Aug 30, 2017
Yeti's Limited Edition Team Replica SB6 - Eurobike 2017
Makes hope bike look like a bargain
mattvanders mikekazimer's article
Aug 24, 2017 at 13:32
Aug 24, 2017
Transition's 2018 Lineup - First Look
@ihatetomatoes: I would not call it more time to react to mistakes, I would call it keeping your body weight more centeral in more conditions (in the since not having to hang off the back when going down steep shoots ( which means you can't turn due to arms being fully straight) or standing and putting extra weight on the bars on climbs to prevent the front wheel lifting ( but meaning the rear wheel slips out). I know long bikes don't make much sense but once you have tried it and get use to how you have to ride them they are great. You end up riding with more weight over the handle bars but with your body more central. There are a few interesting atticals on MBR magazine website by Chris potter on frame geometry, explains it a lot better they I can. http://www.mbr.co.uk/news/bike_news/size-matters-part-3-bicycle-geometry-sucks-324160 http://www.mbr.co.uk/news/size-matters-part-2-finding-limits-geometry-sizing-323289 http://www.mbr.co.uk/news/size-matters-why-were-all-riding-bikes-that-are-too-small-321374
mattvanders mikekazimer's article
Aug 24, 2017 at 2:58
Aug 24, 2017
Transition's 2018 Lineup - First Look
The idea of a long top tube short stem is to change the handing of the bike and foot print of the wheels. The handle bars may stay in the exact same position by it's the wheel that will be moved further forward. This means the tipping point (over over the bars if that's easy to think about) is moved (think of it as a see saw, a short see saw reacts very quickly to any movement catching a rider out, a longer see saw will react slower so the rider can predict where their weight needs to be moved to keep it level). The draw backs is it can make it too stable and boring, a bit harder to ride slow and technical trails.
mattvanders paulaston's article
Aug 22, 2017 at 23:19
Aug 22, 2017
Hope HB160 - First Ride
@Travel66: at the very top in details section. When think it's only a front carbon end with alloy cnc rear end and no carbon wheels, it's on point but not for the cost
mattvanders paulaston's article
Aug 21, 2017 at 10:48
Aug 21, 2017
Hope HB160 - First Ride
I think for what your are buying it is bang on for the money, look at over top end carbon bikes (stick with European to get ride of import tax) and the competitions of mondraker dune would be similar. Take about American brands like Santa cruze, yeti, trek, intense spech ect and they are charging a lot more. The only thing I would say at 14kg it's not super light like the others can be and there is not much that you could change to get the weight down.
mattvanders mikekazimer's article
Aug 15, 2017 at 9:50
Aug 15, 2017
Ion Rascal Shoes - Review
I bought there flat version of these shoes after fancying something different from 510, really struggling to like them. A lot stiffer and less grippy sole than 510
mattvanders paulaston's article
Aug 14, 2017 at 2:42
Aug 14, 2017
Calibre Bossnut V2 - Review
Not completely sure about the 2017 range but I know when I bought my xt brakes in 2015 the differences between deore, slx, xt, xtr included the pad material, fined pads, split pin changed to bolt to hold the pads in, reach adjuster changed from grub screw to nob, bitting point adjuster and a bit of bling and weight factor.
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