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maxyedor davetrumpore's article
Apr 29, 2017 at 21:56
21 hours
Big Wheelin' - Qualifying Photo Epic - Lourdes DH World Cup 2017
@multialxndr: I believe you're correct. 26" wasn't an engineering decision, it's just what early MTB builders had because that's what cruisers had. 29" came to be back when bikes were anything but sorted out. Trail bike builders were still trying to figure out how to make an non-shitty 4" travel bike that could go up and down. Nowadays everything else is reasonably well sorted, and wheel size is fully open for experimentation, we can finally figure out the single ideal size, or figure out for sure that there is no ideal size for everything. I saw no reason to get away from 26", but since we've already opened Pandora's box, game on. 29" makes sense for DH, yes big wheels corner like poop, but every year bikes get slacker, also hurting their cornering prowess. If you can make up for the lack of cornering agility with straight line speed, and maybe rolling speed in the rocky corners, it can work just fine. The downside is stand over, my 29" trailbike flat out wouldn't work for me at 6'1" without a dropper post, add another 3-4" of suspension travel and things are going to get weird, especially for shorter riders. Exciting times we live in, that's what I say.
maxyedor mikekazimer's article
Apr 27, 2017 at 22:56
3 days
Greg Minnaar's Santa Cruz V10 29er - Bike Check
Minaar is also one of the pickiest pros out there, dude has a specific bottom bracket break in procedure for gods sake! If he's claiming the 29er is better, I'd tend to believe him, but also realize virtually nobody can push a bike to its limit like a top WC racer, so it's likely a moot point for 99% of us.
maxyedor RichardCunningham's article
Apr 23, 2017 at 8:14
Apr 23, 2017
Startups: Proudfoot Prime Chromoly Trail Bike – Sea Otter 2017
It was the brake calipers mounts for me. Those would be $5 to have waterjet cut with a nice radius. Why oh why did they choose to slap some crappy bits of flat at on there instead? The welds are a little goobery too. Love seeing small shops building cool frames, especially when they do innovative stuff like the headset bearings as pivots, the the level of craftsmanship needs help
maxyedor calledtocreation's article
Apr 22, 2017 at 10:58
Apr 22, 2017
Pump Track Invitational - Sea Otter Classic 2017
@ddd: Paying out for a win doesn't mean the pros get paid, it only means the few fastest ones get paid, everybody else races for free. A pro mountain biker gets paid to show up and represent their sponsors, if they actually relied on the payout for winning, there would be no such thing as a professional mountain biker. I don't know all the details of the protest, but if they never advertised prize money, then I don't understand the protest. If they canceled the prize money last minute, then everyone should have boycotted.
maxyedor mikekazimer's article
Apr 20, 2017 at 13:56
Apr 20, 2017
Reynolds Carbon DH Wheels: First Look - Sea Otter 2017
What they're "cracked" up to be? I see what you did there...
maxyedor mikelevy's article
Apr 16, 2017 at 11:58
Apr 16, 2017
Fox's 29'' DH Fork... and Mondraker's 29er DH Bike?
@zede: that's the thing, there's now 3 wheel sizes for which they make high quality "race" tires, why pick just one? If a rider isn't tall enough to ride a full travel 29er, ride smaller wheels. If it's muddy, ride smaller wheels. If there's stutter bumps everywhere, ride bigger wheels.
maxyedor mikelevy's article
Apr 15, 2017 at 22:11
Apr 15, 2017
Fox's 29'' DH Fork... and Mondraker's 29er DH Bike?
@dthomp325: I wonder if the loss in travel is really that big of a deal? Some of the WC guys run their suspension absolutely rock hard. with enough ramp up in the calving, can the increased roll over make up for the lack of suspension travel? I suspect that, on many tracks, it can. Plus, some of these guys, like Minnaar are giants, he could probably ride a 200mm travel 29er just fine
maxyedor mikelevy's article
Mar 25, 2017 at 10:03
Mar 25, 2017
10 Kooky and Cool Finds - Taipei Cycle Show
That's exactly why there should be more coverage. Aside from being peripherally aware of new MTB products, they're pointless until you can actually buy them and try them. The whacky shit from Taipei deserves limitless photogalleries on PB so we can all point and laugh.
maxyedor TransCascadia's article
Mar 21, 2017 at 7:20
Mar 21, 2017
Ten for Trails Winners Announced
@Lookinforit: If only there were some technology that could convert money into bicycles. Maybe one day, until then I'm stuck with a stupid $500m Powerball jackpot that I can't even take on my local road-bike loop.
maxyedor pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 21, 2017 at 7:15
Mar 21, 2017
RockShox Revive the Judy
Needs more buzz words, er, I mean "technologies"
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