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miles-e natedh9's article
Sep 11, 2017 at 7:33
Sep 11, 2017
Tropic Thunder: Finals Photo Epic - Cairns DH World Champs 2017
That is brutal. Makes me wonder if Pom Pon really beat Miller, but they couldn't bring themselves to take gold away.
miles-e natedh9's article
Aug 6, 2017 at 8:58
Aug 6, 2017
Superhuman: Finals Photo Epic - Mont-Sainte-Anne DH World Cup 2017
Hart: It can't be done. Gwin: Hold my ice cream cone.
miles-e mikekazimer's article
Jul 24, 2017 at 12:28
Jul 24, 2017
Giant Reign Advanced 2018 - First Ride
I applaud Giant for bucking the currently fashionable "steeper is better" trend for STA, but cannot follow the stated rationale: "riders were getting more tire buzz (between themselves and the rear tire) with the steeper seat angle" If you're buzzing the rear tire then presumably the seat is down, at which point the STA is largely irrelevant. It's also a bit odd they increased the reach so much without steepening the STA, as usually the two go hand in hand. Was a 25.2" top tube (on a large) just too cramped? Were riders really having to run a 65mm stem to get comfortable?
miles-e mikelevy's article
Dec 15, 2016 at 8:55
Dec 15, 2016
The Coastal Crew: Skeptical - Video
Unfortunately the power is sure to only go up from here. And how long before customers grow tired of pedaling to activate the power and throttles start showing up? Even Dunkerton admits there are times you would want the power decoupled from the pedaling (ladder bridge drop).
miles-e mikelevy's article
Dec 15, 2016 at 8:43
Dec 15, 2016
The Coastal Crew: Skeptical - Video
Well said. Specialized appears to be leading the charge getting e-bikes to market, and in turn on trails, with little or no concern as to how this will inevitably effect trail access. Notice that's the one thing Dunkerton doesn't want to talk about either.
miles-e mikelevy's article
Dec 15, 2016 at 8:37
Dec 15, 2016
The Coastal Crew: Skeptical - Video
@AllMountin: I noticed the lack of style (relative to my expectations) before I noticed they were on e-bikes.
miles-e paulaston's article
Oct 19, 2016 at 10:54
Oct 19, 2016
Robot Bike Co R160 Custom - Review
@SintraFreeride: Okay, I'm glad we can agree that you can't just keep lengthening the wheelbase indefinitely and not give something up in return. If, based on experience, you feel the positives of a longer wheelbase outweigh the negatives right up to 1340mm for your body type/riding style/terrain, then who am I to argue? On the other hand, if I feel my 1200mm wheelbase bike already gives up something in terms of agility to my 1150 and 1175 wheelbase bikes, and in turn have no interest in going dramatically longer, doesn't that make sense too? And thanks for the offer, would love to visit PDS. By the time that happens though all bikes might have wheelbases approaching yours, if your prediction of +10mm/year holds true!
miles-e paulaston's article
Oct 18, 2016 at 19:05
Oct 18, 2016
Robot Bike Co R160 Custom - Review
@SintraFreeride: I'm sure a lot of it depends on one's body type and preferred fit. It sounds like you feel it takes you from a rearward weight bias to neutral, but that's just another way of saying it increases your forward weight bias, regardless of how you would qualify your starting point. On steep descents the saddle is down, so STA has very little to do with not riding "off the back" there. I do agree that a steep one makes for a less dramatic change when standing up, but to me that just underscores my point- if I need more weight on the front end I get out of the saddle; I don't want extra weight on the front end at all times (when seated) just to make that transition smoother. And yes, for a given top tube length a bike with a slacker STA will absolutely feel shorter than one with a steeper STA (again, for a given TT length/saddle:bar distance) when out of the saddle, precisely because it *is* shorter. If you're suggesting that no agility is lost with these crazy long wheelbases, then you're either being disingenuous or you're the last person that should be giving advice on bike geometry. I'll admit I haven't ridden a 51" wheelbase bike, but based on my experience owning dozens of bikes with wheelbases 43" to >47", I have absolutely no desire to. I'll say it again: there's no such thing as a free lunch with bike geometry. You don't gain all that stability on fast/steep terrain without losing something on slower/tighter trails. Obviously where each rider finds that point of diminishing returns is a matter of personal preference, but to pretend it doesn't exist is just being obtuse.
miles-e paulaston's article
Oct 18, 2016 at 12:20
Oct 18, 2016
Robot Bike Co R160 Custom - Review
@SintraFreeride: I don't like the forward weight bias that they introduce. Everything in a bike's geometry is a compromise- you don't get to have more weight on the front end for climbing without that effect being there the rest of the time (that you have your saddle up) too. They also necessitate an even longer reach measurement (to keep a similar saddle-bar distance as a slacker seat tube angle would provide), and at some point the wheelbase just gets too unwieldy to rip around singletrack.
miles-e paulaston's article
Oct 17, 2016 at 12:09
Oct 17, 2016
Robot Bike Co R160 Custom - Review
Agreed, first thing I thought when I saw the pic- titanium lugs notwithstanding. Not a fan of steep seat tube angles or mega long reach figures for practical reasons too, but the aesthetics alone would almost be enough to keep me away.
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