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.
Should I Switch to Wider Rims?Question:
Tcmtnbikr asks in the All Mountain, Enduro & Cross-Country forum: I've been running ENVE AMs/M70s for three years now on a 160mm 27.5 bike. I'm not an EWS pro but probably an expert level AM/DH rider that likes to pin it on the steeps and gnar of SoCal but also needs wheels light enough to pedal back up. I'm current running a Magic Mary 2.35 up front at 14 psi. E13 TRS+ 2.35 Rear at 19 psi. I almost never pinch flat or puncture a tire but then it's not terribly rocky here. I feel like I get great traction and no tire roll. My AM front has a 24mm internal width. The M70 has a 25mm width. I've heard some folks rave about even wider rims. I'd value opinions on whether 30+mm widths are a worthy upgrade and if so for what reason? Even better traction and sidewall support? I'm afraid of squaring off the tire profiles too much and not really looking for even wider/heavier tires but I'm open to thoughts.
Knee Pads for XC Riding?Question: @killabeez66
asks in the Bikes, Parts, and Gear forum: Before people say you don't need pads for XC, I have had two major operations on my left knee and recently came back from a injury on the other knee.. And a shoulder operation! So, anyone have any recommendations?
Braking the Code?Question:
Pinkbike user @loganskis asked this question in the Bikes, Parts, and Gear Forum:
Has anyone else noticed all the pros still using the Avid Codes. I love my old set, but you can't find them anywhere. Does anyone have any insight to why all the pros are still using them but they aren't being produced for consumers? Doesn't make any sense, or am I missing something/out of the loop?
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