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vp27 danielsapp's article
Jun 17, 2019 at 11:19
Jun 17, 2019
Made in USA: Inside Zipp's Carbon Wheel Testing and Production Facility
@chileconqueso: OK, but you're just confirming what I said. These are not mass producers. I love buying local kit, especially when it's top quality at OK prices. I just don't agree that we should be negative about overseas manufacturing when they manage to mass produce a quality product at a good price. Especially when this is the result of years of investment.
vp27 danielsapp's article
Jun 17, 2019 at 4:55
Jun 17, 2019
Made in USA: Inside Zipp's Carbon Wheel Testing and Production Facility
That's easier said than done though. The reason most bikes and components get manufactured in Taiwan is not only because it's cheaper, but also because of their expertise which they have built up over decades. It's hardly a third world country where high end bikes get put together in sweat shops. It's advanced manufacturing. Yes you have brands like Hope, Alchemy, Orange, I9 etc that build in their respective locations, but these are always high end, lower volume products. Besides, US made doesn't always mean better (ENVE wheels anyone?) and I much prefer a German engineered car over a US gas guzzler. OK, maybe not a diesel...
vp27 jamessmurthwaite's article
May 24, 2019 at 10:21
May 24, 2019
Damien Oton Suffers Broken Back in Training Crash
Sorry but that's not going to always save you. I had a massive off a few years back and broke my neck and back in 3 places. One vertebrae was a burst fracture and had to be pinned. I was wearing a back protector but the impact on my head is what did it. Yes, precautions matter and I always wear a back protector when riding DH, but there's so many factors at play. Healing vibes to Damien!
vp27 mikelevy's article
May 2, 2019 at 13:16
May 2, 2019
Point: Suspension Lockout Levers Have Made Bikes Worse
I have a Knolly Warden. They kinda do their own thing. On cycle paths (to the trails) or fire roads, you need the lockout, but once the trail gets bumpy, it's actually much better to keep the suspension in open. It's the first bike I've had which behaves in this way. All my previous rigs just added more bob uphill rather than just filtering out. It shows that you can engineer a bike to be open on a trail, but I'm happy to have the switch for the long, boring, flat grinds.
vp27 OneUpComponents's article
Apr 10, 2019 at 11:55
Apr 10, 2019
OneUp Announces Carbon Bars, EDC Ready Stem & Lock-On Grips
@OneUpOwenF: OH SNAP! Take my money! I don't even need to be a dentist for these goodies. @ tackytraks : You're right, but you then still need to make sure to carry plugs, CO2 canisters etc. I just hate carrying stuff in my pockets, especially on a DH bike. And when you strap stuff, it can rattle, chafe the frame etc. etc. I might as well push these guys a bit right ;). They always come up with the goods.
vp27 OneUpComponents's article
Apr 10, 2019 at 9:06
Apr 10, 2019
OneUp Announces Carbon Bars, EDC Ready Stem & Lock-On Grips
Hey @OneUpComponents! I love your products! Hope you don't mind me making a few remarks. The stem resolves one problem (I don't have to tap my steerer), but it also means I can't stack spacers on top. I always keep my steerer length a bit longer in case I want to adjust bar height or switch forks to another frame. Also, the EDC tool can't really be fitted to a DH bike as far as I'm aware because steerer tubes are cut down too much. I use the EDC pump on my trail bike and would love an EDC tool for my DH bike. Anyhow, never mind, I'll probably be buying all of above products at one point!
vp27 danielsapp's article
Mar 28, 2019 at 20:24
Mar 28, 2019
First Look: Fox Rampage Pro Carbon Helmet
@rezrov: It's heavier, bulkier and more expensive.
vp27 danielsapp's article
Mar 28, 2019 at 11:04
Mar 28, 2019
First Look: Fox Rampage Pro Carbon Helmet
It's great that all helmet makers are pushing safety. However, I'm a bit disappointed with the lack of helmets with multi impact shells. POC is the only one that comes to mind. EPS helmets are designed to sustain one impact only. In theory, the moment you drop your helmet (I'm clumsy) or have one bump (I'm a poor biker as well), you have to replace your whole $500 investment but no one does. I bought a POC for that exact reason and the Fox fluid system looks very similar to their spin system. Yes it makes me look like a storm trooper and the shape isn't exactly elegant, but it's the only brand that doesn't seem to compromise on safety. Take note other helmet makers.
vp27 pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 24, 2019 at 7:22
Mar 24, 2019
Final Results: EWS Rotorua 2019
Looks like EWS hasn’t gotten used to Cecile not being on top yet. Check the standings https://www.enduroworldseries.com with Isabeau’s picture next to Cecile’s name. Old habits die hard I guess.
vp27 mikekazimer's article
Mar 19, 2019 at 8:14
Mar 19, 2019
WaveCel - Bontrager's New Concussion-Preventing Helmet Technology
Yes! This! I actually find it amazing how safety technology has come along in the last 10 years for MTB. Yes there are always questions about new tech, but if you look at for example American football, hockey or horse riding, our sport is definitely moving in the right direction.
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