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mattwragg mattwragg's article
Jan 29, 2019 at 8:45
Jan 29, 2019
Staff Rides: Photographer Matt Wragg's Scott Spark
@JorgeF88: I see the limitations as mainly the rider. I mean, I like riding technical trails on short travel bikes, but maybe I'm just a bit weird. I don't tend to do shuttle days on this bike, but that's more in my head as day-to-day I ride the type of trails I'd probably be shuttling, but don't think about it because I pedal to them. I personally think the bike will be a lot of fun with a 130mm Pike (I don't like travel mismatches of more than about 10mm, but again, I'm odd). I think a 30mm rim and a 2.35 tyre go a long way too. It all depends what you find more fun - maybe see if you can test a longer travel bike and see if it makes you happier, it sounds like that's what you really want to do, but I'm inferring that from a couple of sentences. It's riding bikes, not life or death, so if you think a bigger bike will be more fun, do it.
mattwragg jamessmurthwaite's article
Jan 21, 2019 at 22:54
Jan 21, 2019
The 10 Year Challenge... for Mountain Bikes
@rpl3000: I didn't realise that's where they were on the road - I think this is something I need to look into. I've never had my bikes fitted, but I do quite a bit of distance and know what feels right - a few years ago I had a bike with a really slack SA and I couldn't pedal the thing. I tend to find that once I get pedaling I can feel where my sitbones are on the saddle and will adjust to place them accordingly. That said, I haven't tried a super steep SA either and if it's diverging significantly from a road bike then I would be sceptical as to the benefits...
mattwragg jamessmurthwaite's article
Jan 21, 2019 at 1:05
Jan 21, 2019
The 10 Year Challenge... for Mountain Bikes
@hirvi: Can’t say I’d agree with them - you also need to factor in what people are used to. I would suspect that if you went from a slack SA to a steep one you would suffer some discomfort during the adaptation period. However, if you take a look at the pro peloton on the road, you won’t find a slack SA in sight... so I’m going to side with the guys and girls doing 10,000km+ per year. Slack SAs are just a remnant of times when mountain bike designers didn’t know what they were doing and/or were trying to work around a specific frame layout.
mattwragg jamessmurthwaite's article
Jan 20, 2019 at 2:55
Jan 20, 2019
The 10 Year Challenge... for Mountain Bikes
@hirvi: I’m not sure how you reached that conclusion as by moving the saddle forwards on the rails I’m steepening the effective seat angle.
mattwragg jamessmurthwaite's article
Jan 19, 2019 at 3:47
Jan 19, 2019
The 10 Year Challenge... for Mountain Bikes
That fork went on to do a whole season out in Queenstown on the front of my Commencal Supreme later that year... Daft as it was, I miss that fork occassionally it never let me down (except when it was brand new and the seals got warranty’d because of a production issue) and I had some of the best rides of my life with it...
mattwragg jamessmurthwaite's article
Jan 19, 2019 at 1:54
Jan 19, 2019
The 10 Year Challenge... for Mountain Bikes
Saddle placement should be about your relation to your hips and the BB, not the reach.
Selling
Jan 18, 2019 at 2:57
Jan 18, 2019

Saracen Myst Carbon - XL 27.5

$3000 EUR
This was brand new last year - it has only been used for a week in Morzine and 10 days in my local bike parks, so is in almost mint condition. Myst - 27.5, XL Fox 40 - I'm not sure what year these are from, but they were built by Fox's race tech at the Garda Bike festival 2018 but the decals are not the latest Fox DHX2 w/375 and 400lb race springs Full Saint Drivetrain, except Zee derailleur Formula Cura brakes w/200mm discs Gamut chainguide Gamut bar - choice of 20 or 30mm rise Gamut direct mount stem - 45-55mm DT350 hubs on DT EX511 30mm rims Schwalbe Magic Mary DH 2.6 tyres Thompson Elite seatpost Dirty Selle San Marco saddle Ergon DH grips This is a reluctant sale, a change of circumstances mean I can't afford to keep up my DH bike this year, so it needs to go. I'm not open to swaps or splitting.

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Jan 18, 2019 at 2:57
Jan 18, 2019
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Dec 12, 2018 at 10:31
Dec 12, 2018
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Dec 12, 2018 at 5:57
Dec 12, 2018
From The Top: David Lappartient, President of the UCI
@noplacelikeloam: Some fair points there. The choice of shot was down to me, and if you look in the full gallery I would be interested to know if you think there is a better option in there (DM me). However, I don’t shoot during interviews - I listen. I do take offence to suggesting a velodrome is inappropriate, however - I hate the petty tribalism within cycling - I think cycling should just be cycling and the more different bikes I ride, the more fun I seem to have.
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