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phobospwns seb-stott's article
Sep 7, 2023 at 19:53
Sep 7, 2023
Tested: Do Short Cranks Work For Tall Riders?
I happened to get 175s on my bike from the factory, so that's what I've been riding... but man with how low BBs are these days, the even 5 mm of extra clearance would be great. 10 would be even better- but that'd probably mean a new dropper for me, so it's just not worth it. Very interesting read and definitely will be on my mind if I ever need to replace my cranks- I won't be afraid to go shorter, for sure.
phobospwns edspratt's article
Aug 1, 2023 at 5:28
Aug 1, 2023
How to Watch the 2023 World Champs
FloSports? Sounds more like a phishing site than an actual place to watch the race. I know many disliked Redbull coverage, but at least it was widely available and reliable, without a subscription. Oddly enough it seems FloSports subscriptions are by specific sports (in this case, cycling), and it's $150 for a year up front or $30 for month to month. If you watch a lot of cycling (e.g. road and BMX in addition to DH), it might be worth it; but for only DH racing, it doesn't seem like a great deal.
phobospwns GFell's photo
Jun 24, 2023 at 17:37
Jun 24, 2023
Sick pic, sick ride. Love to see you still out there shredding pal.

phobospwns ericolsen's article
Nov 17, 2022 at 11:12
Nov 17, 2022
Ratio Technology Tease Direct Mount Derailleur Conversion
bring out that old Saint you never used!
phobospwns ericolsen's article
Nov 17, 2022 at 11:11
Nov 17, 2022
Ratio Technology Tease Direct Mount Derailleur Conversion
Same boat. I've generally found it's enough force to bend or break a derailleur hanger, it's enough to bend or break your derailleur. Best I've managed is to save the part for spare bits on the next derailleur if I'm able to get the same one. Direct mount... long live OG Saint RDs.
phobospwns samskuatch's article
Oct 22, 2022 at 5:53
Oct 22, 2022
Old Gold: Dakine Slayer Knee Pads
Big ups to Dakine, one of my favorite brands by a mile. Everyone glorifies the "old days" of every brand, and maybe there's some truth to it with Dakine, but they still make great products at a really really good value. Been using a rift bag for 15 years. Well designed, durable product, much like these OG Slayers.
phobospwns HayesPerformanceSystems's article
Sep 19, 2022 at 12:36
Sep 19, 2022
Manitou Announces Limited Edition Mastodon Pro LE
@MaxDeutsch: Totally agree man, it's p lame tbh.
phobospwns HayesPerformanceSystems's article
Sep 15, 2022 at 6:53
Sep 15, 2022
Manitou Announces Limited Edition Mastodon Pro LE
There should be a lot more of this in the sport (neat cosmetic only changes), but specific to professional/factory riders. With disc golf, factory players very frequently get a custom graphic to make a player preferred "stock" mold their signature disc. Part of the proceeds from the sales of the specific disc go to the player themselves. There is a constant stream of signature discs coming out- and they tend to sell like hot cakes. This can be done on otherwise production parts, so there's not the high cost of NPD involved (though, yes, sometimes they have different flight characteristics). I know it's not unheard of for signature parts in MTB. Grips, saddles, bars and stems... but those tend to have their own form factor. I'd love to see more "stock" parts carrying special graphics and whatnot from pro riders, it'd be a great way to support your favorite personalities in the sport somewhat directly. Plus you get to jazz up your ride to suit your "look".
phobospwns Mandownmedia's article
Sep 13, 2022 at 5:44
Sep 13, 2022
22 Race Bikes from Red Bull Hardline 2022
The matching paint job on the fork on the Vitus is awesome, it looks so good. Give me more of that, MTB world.
Added 11 photos to Buysell
Aug 20, 2022 at 15:27
Aug 20, 2022
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