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slyfink pinkbikeaudience's article
May 23, 2017 at 12:54
May 23, 2017
Ask Pinkbike: 29er DH Bikes, Crankbrothers Pedals, and Norco Range vs Sight
I'd say the real reason for the 29r hate isn't about "fun", it's that the industry will make the current size obsolete. See what happened to 26". Now try and get a high-end 26" rim with modern features such as carbon, assymetric spoke bed, 30mm inner width. Sure, there's plenty of cheap 26" rims out there, but by and large, products development for 26" has ceased. All the development is happening for 650b and 29. So now, anyone who has bought a 650b DH bike is staring down the barrel of obsolescence. Lots of people have built up their dream builds slowly, over time, replacing parts as they die with higher-end parts. There's no way I can afford a new bike to replace mine- I'd have to drop close to $7 Gs, and now, thanks to "the industry", there's no way I can carry over my parts onto a new frame. So where does that leave me? I think lots of people think "sure, a 29r is faster", but why? we're not all racing. and if we kept at least one variable constant (wheel size), then innovation would be driven elsewhere, perhaps somewhere more useful - like drivetrains or suspension or brakes. What's so innovative about wheel size? Why not go 32"? it's dumb, annoying, and unnecessary.
slyfink mikekazimer's article
May 23, 2017 at 7:06
May 23, 2017
Norco Sight C 9.2 – Review
Any plans to test the 650b version? A lot of the reviews I've read of bikes that come in both wheel sizes tend to indicate that they feel significantly different. In other words, the review of the 29r version won't translate to 650b wheels, which is what I'd be contemplating. Also, how much does it ramp up? You compare it to the Jeffsy... and say it's less snappy; I'm a heavy, moderately hard charger and can easily get to the end of travel without lots of pressure, and lots of bands on a bike with a high leverage rate at the end of its stroke. Where does this one sit?
slyfink davetrumpore's article
May 14, 2017 at 9:01
May 14, 2017
Enduro World Series Round 3, Madeira – Race Day 1 Photo Epic
Hahaha, you sound exactly like the 26 followers! My wheel size is the funnest. Don't kill off my wheel size! (I wrote as a 26 wheel holdover, and welcome you to the club of obsolescence)
slyfink mikelevy's article
May 7, 2017 at 4:21
May 7, 2017
Pinkbike Poll – Electronic Components on Your Mountain Bike?
Electronic seat post, yes please. Shifters? Meh. Suspension... No thanks.
slyfink pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 29, 2017 at 4:36
Apr 29, 2017
SRAM – UCI World Cup DH Fantasy Contest – Rd 1, Lourdes
men: Loic Bruni Aaron Gwin Danny Hart women: Rachel Atherton Tahnee Seagrave Myriam Nicole
slyfink mikekazimer's article
Apr 20, 2017 at 12:53
Apr 20, 2017
Reynolds Carbon DH Wheels: First Look - Sea Otter 2017
hahahahahahahahahah. hahahahahah.haha.hahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah
slyfink RichardCunningham's article
Apr 20, 2017 at 11:19
Apr 20, 2017
Marin Wolf Ridge: First Ride the eggs have hatched.
slyfink schwalbe's article
Apr 19, 2017 at 11:57
Apr 19, 2017
Schwalbe Addix – New MTB Tire Compounds
What you need, my friend, is B+ tires on 40mm inner width rims. All that volume, and all that width means you don't need large blocky knobs for ultimate grip, a nice rounded tyre with tiny micro knobs that won't rip off sounds perfect for you!
slyfink TransitionBikeCompany's article
Apr 19, 2017 at 9:15
Apr 19, 2017
Transition Introduces Two Brand New Bikes
Boost.... I guess the writing's on the wall. How long before the Patrol and Scout follow suit?! (hopefully not before I manage to get my grubby little hands on one... in a couple of years!)
slyfink mikelevy's article
Apr 14, 2017 at 16:09
Apr 14, 2017
Stan's Arch MK3 Rim - Review
weight, width, and ability to mount non-tubeless tires. that said, I have Spank Oozy 295s and the are stiff and tough. I like them.
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