pbayne29 edspratt's article
Apr 12, 2022 at 10:43Apr 12, 2022
4 Things We Learned From the Petrópolis XC World Cup 2022
muscle compression, doesn't snag on stuff, better for sponsor logos, show's off monster quads better, better range of motion in stretchy skin tight stuff to name a few
pbayne29 jamessmurthwaite's article
Oct 28, 2021 at 10:32Oct 28, 2021
Spotted: A New Cannondale XC Race Hardtail
From 2018 no less. SC ahead of the curve again. Although the market for high end XC hardtails has got to be pretty small.
pbayne29 seb-stott's article
Mar 12, 2021 at 10:01Mar 12, 2021
Tested: Does a Lockout Actually Make Climbing Faster?
As an XC racer, I removed the lockout on my fork (Fox 34SC), but left it on the rear shock (100mm). On smoother climbs or ones with just an occasional root here and there, I use the lockout. More to give me a little more pep when starting and attack or countering one. Also use it for fast starts and finishes on flat ground. On the rare occasions when I have to do a really long road climb, or think I might be coming in for a sprint at the end of the race, I'll reach down and flip the lever on the fork. With the twist lock on the bar and the little indicator window; I don't find that I forget to unlock the shock after the smooth climbing.
pbayne29 jamessmurthwaite's article
Jan 6, 2021 at 7:35Jan 6, 2021
Maxime Marotte & Luca Braidot Join Santa Cruz FSA XC Team
I think the Blur is plenty light and of course it is already raced at the world cup level for at least 2 seasons. The only real way to make it lighter would be to only have a full triangle on one side in the rear and just a strut on one side; look at an Intense, this is basically what they look like. I think the advantage of the system is that is has to be the stiffest rear end on a bike in that category. Bikes like the Epic and Lux and others don't have as much support in the rear. It's a tradeoff, stiffness/weight. The stiffness may pay back the rider with less wasted power and flex. SC also uses bigger pivots/bearings. For the non sponsored racer, this is great since it should creak less and last longer. I can see why a pro rider/mechanic wouldn't care since they will just replace it in a year. So I don't think some frame weight matters when you can put on the same super light wheels, pedals, tires, cranks, etc. where the weight matters a little more.
pbayne29 danielsapp's article
Oct 2, 2020 at 6:07Oct 2, 2020
Triple Bike Check: Comparing the Scalpels of Cannondale Factory Racing
Lighter, closer shifts, less rear mech hanging down to get caught on stuff, marginally better shifter on the shorter cage. Some XC types don't feel the need for super wide range gearing. Depends on where you live and race. Plus even the larger men on the pro circuit are usually less than 150 pounds so 36 or 38 by 45 is plenty of gear. I bet many would use a 10-42 if it was available for 12 speed.
pbayne29 andy9's article
Oct 2, 2020 at 5:59Oct 2, 2020
Photo Epic: Changing of the Guard - Nove Mesto World Cup XC 2020
How these people race on Aspens in those conditions is unreal.
pbayne29 mattwragg's article
Sep 22, 2020 at 9:49Sep 22, 2020
Bike Check: Mary Moncorge's Trans Vesubienne BMC Agonist
Please keep the privateer bike checks coming. So much more relevant to most of the readers. I do like the full bling of a sponsored rider, but the choices and compromises here are much more informative to amateur racers. Would love to see it for pure XC and enduro too.
pbayne29 mikelevy's article
May 11, 2020 at 7:14May 11, 2020
Review: Spot's Ryve 115 29 is a Part-Time Racer Doing Trail Bike Duty
Hi Mike, I love to know your thoughts on this bike vs. Blur vs. Trek Top Fuel for XC racing.
pbayne29 pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 16, 2020 at 7:22Apr 16, 2020
Now Finished: Ask Us Anything with Nino Schurter, Kate Courtney & Maxxis
What courses would you still choose a hardtail for? How do you decide?