Here at Pinkbike we get inundated with all kinds of questions, ranging from the basic "Can I have stickers" to more in-depth, soul-searching types of queries like if you should pop the question or what to name your first child. Ask Pinkbike is an occasional column where we'll be hand-picking and answering questions that have been keeping readers up at night, although we'll likely steer clear of those last two and keep it more tech oriented.
More Travel = More Better?Question:
Pinkbike user Climb16 asked this question in the 29er forum
: Is it worthwhile to switch the 100mm-travel SID on my Giant Anthem 29er to a Fox 32 with 120mm of stroke? Rear wheel travel is 100mm, and the stock head angle with the SID is 71.5-degrees. If I switched to the Fox fork, it'd be closer to a 70-degree head angle.
Mini Downhill Bike? Question:
Milko3D asks in the All Mountain, Enduro & Cross-Country forum: I'm looking for a fun mini-DH rig. Something that won't be incredibly boring on the more mild runs, but will also be able to take park runs. I'm looking at RM Slayer, Pivot Firebird (when and alloy comes out), Radon Swoop 170, Nukeproof Mega, Intense Uzzi, or Santa Cruz Nomad 4 would be cool, but these are way too expensive. My dilemma is as much as it is on which bike as it is: should I get a 140/150mm trail ripper and a secondhand DH rig, or should I stick to the mini-DH plan?
I've got a Cube Fritzz 180, changed the Float X to X2 with 3 spacers which made a massive difference, but it's still a bit boring on easier local trails and the suspension is a little mushy, absorbs stuff but can't pop too well. I'm an average rider, I do drops and tables, but don't ride at Mach 5 and don't hit the crazy big features. It's got to be 27.5. I'm based in the Alps, there are bike parks around, but I also like hike-a-bike and riding down some not-too-hardcore Alpine stuff.
Pinkbike user @MalleCommencal asked this question in the Downhill and 4X forum:
Hi guys, I am wondering about some part of the UCI regulations, I know, pretty boring. But can you tell me if it is mandatory to race two years as a junior, 17 and 18, before moving to Elite, or could you skip one year?
Have some unresolved tech questions? Jump in the Pinkbike Forum
and we'll look to answer it for next time.