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mattwragg mattwragg's article
Mar 6, 2019 at 22:01
Mar 6, 2019
Bike Check: Adrien Dailly's Lapierre Spicy
Errrr.. a journo had been using the bike that day and we forgit to drop it back down.
mattwragg mikekazimer's article
Mar 6, 2019 at 6:47
Mar 6, 2019
First Ride: Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Pro Carbon
@WAKIdesigns: Dammit, I have an ali bike coming and I just drafted a story this morning where I say I’m interested to try carbon rims on it...
mattwragg mattwragg's article
Mar 6, 2019 at 2:28
Mar 6, 2019
Bike Check: Adrien Dailly's Lapierre Spicy
@jaame: No, he doesn’t as it is not allowed (he hasn’t raced a French cup in years either).
mattwragg mikekazimer's article
Mar 6, 2019 at 1:49
Mar 6, 2019
First Ride: Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Pro Carbon
@WAKIdesigns: Why didn't I think of that? I'll never be on trend at this rate...
mattwragg mikekazimer's article
Mar 5, 2019 at 23:11
Mar 5, 2019
First Ride: Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Pro Carbon
@mtbikeaddict: Damn... so many options. I'm definitely not sticking with 50mm stroke then.
mattwragg mikekazimer's article
Mar 5, 2019 at 23:02
Mar 5, 2019
First Ride: Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Pro Carbon
@andyrm: Yeah? Does it clear the ST? I’m pickng mine up Friday...
mattwragg mikekazimer's article
Mar 5, 2019 at 11:16
Mar 5, 2019
First Ride: Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Pro Carbon
@hamncheez: Makes sense - if you extend the travel you're essentially just extending the end of the curve, not changing the initial stroke (I'd assume they're going from 50 to 52.5 or 55mm stroke, which has the same eye-to-eye, so the same starting point) so naturally it would just get more and more progressive. Depending on how the ramp goes, I'd guess you might even be able to drop a spring weight in that case to increase initial traction and lower the sag point to suit.
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.
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