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mtbluka mikekazimer's article
Aug 26, 2020 at 6:34
Aug 26, 2020
Ask Pinkbike: Fixing Rattling Brake Pads, Best Backcountry Bike, & Are Shock Lockouts Necessary?
@Primoz: "Physics doesn't deal with opinions, even less so biased ones. And of course that goes for anecdotal evidence too. It deals with numbers and therefore with facts." -> precisely. And yet you contradict yourself twice in the last two posts. Anecdotal evidence is exactly what you're listing, especially in the last "me me me" paragraph. Mentioning "testing" lock out switches without providing measurements and timing is again anecdotal without a stopwatch, HR monitor, and power meter. The comment thread started from the premise that lockout and/or firm pedalling platform is great to have in the Alps, also because not all suspension designs are equal. But no, you went the other way "you don't need it" ... as said, where do you draw the line, you don't "need" gears and suspension either, just look at the SS rigid enthusiasts. Last but not least, provide a number then, eg. how many people on a popular local hill climb trails, especially where there's a (fire)road option. In my experience, this number is almost 0, zero, niente. Not saying there aren't any, but I've yet to see someone climbing trails up the local hills if there's a road option. Hence the assessment that's the general trend.
mtbluka mikekazimer's article
Aug 20, 2020 at 11:34
Aug 20, 2020
Ask Pinkbike: Fixing Rattling Brake Pads, Best Backcountry Bike, & Are Shock Lockouts Necessary?
@Primoz: what you're listing is anecdotal evidence and own biased opinions presented as "facts" (eg. claiming one doesn't need lockout). Of course, they don't "need it", but it makes things easier or more efficient in some circumstances. Just like pedal platforms and adjustable LSC does - and some would say you don't "need" those either. Observe the trends and compare the numbers on bikers climbing (fire)roads vs. trails, especially technical ones, and after carefully reading the previous posts you will see that the generalization (with already mentioned exceptions ;) ) is a pretty good assessment of the current state.
mtbluka mikekazimer's article
Aug 20, 2020 at 1:54
Aug 20, 2020
Ask Pinkbike: Fixing Rattling Brake Pads, Best Backcountry Bike, & Are Shock Lockouts Necessary?
@Primoz: You're absolutely correct, the bikes climb better than ever - on the (fire)roads :) It's just an odd phenomena that no one is utilizing that exceptional climbing ability on the trails, apart from a few exceptions. Yup, people have move on from there, to the easier access roads...
mtbluka mikekazimer's article
Aug 18, 2020 at 22:50
Aug 18, 2020
Ask Pinkbike: Fixing Rattling Brake Pads, Best Backcountry Bike, & Are Shock Lockouts Necessary?
@jrocksdh: there are, of course, but quite often uphill trails aren't as suitable for modern enduro bikes with high gears and slack geometry. So the majority of the riders just don't bother and use (fire)roads instead (or push), unless they've got an eMTB. I'm generalizing a bit, naturally there are riders who like to battle technical uphills, but in my experience they're in a small minority.
mtbluka mikekazimer's article
Aug 18, 2020 at 13:38
Aug 18, 2020
Ask Pinkbike: Fixing Rattling Brake Pads, Best Backcountry Bike, & Are Shock Lockouts Necessary?
Unless your name is Ludo May. Then you climb the trails too :) But, I agree completely that a firm pedalling platform (not necessarily a full lockout, just firm setting) is great to have in Alpine regions with long or steep climbs.
mtbluka rossbellphoto's photo
Feb 13, 2020 at 7:22
Feb 13, 2020
Cheers mate, you deserve to win :) Nice one for both the photographer and the rider. How many tries did it take?

mtbluka StefanEberharter's article
Dec 18, 2019 at 1:52
Dec 18, 2019
Videos: Technical Alpine Riding with Stefan Eberharter
Amazing riding and skills. He makes it look easy on top and bottom sections, where photos and videos don't really show how damn exposed it is on the upper ridge. The raw video shows an interesting perspective too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDqI4UzJwF8
mtbluka uniortools's article
Nov 28, 2019 at 3:41
Nov 28, 2019
Unior Tools Launches Limited Edition 100th Anniversary Tool Set
Have been using both Unior and Park tools for over a decade, I'd say they're definitely on the same level as far as durability, precision, and ease of usage goes. Both hold up fine not just for a home mechanic, but for a shop as well, plenty of local bike shops are using one or both tool brands. As a local, I will of course support Unior, but can't give any comparison for Silca/Wera as I haven't been using them.
mtbluka edspratt's article
May 16, 2019 at 16:26
May 16, 2019
Innsbruck Bans Downhill Bikes from Public Transport
Fake news, that's merely a cunning plan by the e-bike industry to generate more sales.
mtbluka urgebikeproducts's article
Apr 30, 2019 at 2:39
Apr 30, 2019
Video: Finding Creative Uphill Lines Along the Mediterranean
Meh. It would be impressive to ride this uphill by fair means which is something an exceptional riders like MacAskill or Akrigg could do. Heck, I bet Brumotti could hop up using a road bike. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuJtiqW23ks
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