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WAKIdesigns pinkbikeaudience's article
May 25, 2017 at 2:06
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Spartan vs Spartan: Devinci Enduro Team Bike Checks
@VTwintips: great points. The only thing to consider in MTB is that the tracks are the same for everybody. Danny Hart will THEORETICALLY always rail a berm faster than Greg Minnaar because A his center off mass is lower and B, his physique will manage forces better according to your tall/short guy deadlift. But when it comes to riding big chunky bump of all sorts it will be Greg who has THEORETICAL advantage as his body can provide more vertical displacement for the bike. Shorter and lighter rider will always brake better. Riding berms faster makes you carry more speed, you can jump over bumps etc. However THEORY goes out of the window as soon as you see these guys riding in person. RedBull TV does NOT give a good picture of how it looks like in real life. I am talking about how differently these top guys ride bikes. There are only two guys I saw in action with my own eyes who have similar style and that is Minnaar and Vergier, they are THE smoothest guys out there, to the point where they look slow, but their ability to keep the bike on the ground is just ridiculous. Danny turned his super messy style into a piece of straight-lining art. Gwin is a bit similar in that respect, except that this straight lining and bouncing off tops of obstacles is super unique. I doubt if there is any rider who is less on the ground than he is. Then we get Gee who is a mix of Greg and Gwin, depending on section of the track. While Gwin turns DH track into whoop section, Troy Brosnan is on a giant pumptrack doubling and trippling rollers, that dude flies. With all that sheer athleticism in mind, there can't be too much talk about wheel size. There just can't. It's far down the list of priorities. It's a tiny help making these guys get the edge. In Downhill as in no other discipline of MTB, suspension will always play a major role in performance. Obstacles are so big that at some point the wheel has to get out of the way. Now people spend way too much time pondering the wheel size thing from performance perspective, and have completely missed the suspension development since like 2010. It's just ridiculous. The first moment I landed my latest bike to flat off a drop at speed and bike just glued to the ground as if it had too much rebound, and then it launched off a root as if it had too little of it, and then stayed stable through a rock garden, I knew I was in another world of bike technology. It was almost like installing disc brakes or the dropper post from the first time. I rode through a set of whoops in a bike park, and the bike just freaking went through it. On third run I was affraid if I have enough respect to this section because if I go over the bars it will be catastrophical. None of my previous bikes could do that.
WAKIdesigns pinkbikeaudience's article
May 24, 2017 at 15:33
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Ask Pinkbike: 29er DH Bikes, Crankbrothers Pedals, and Norco Range vs Sight
@me2menow: I'd love to get one for a day mnom mnom mnom...
WAKIdesigns pinkbikeaudience's article
May 24, 2017 at 14:13
13 hours
Ask Pinkbike: 29er DH Bikes, Crankbrothers Pedals, and Norco Range vs Sight
@Travel66: I can't imagine what Enduro 29 with Öhlins coil set and Minions DHF in Maxxgrip does... it must be a rampage fest
WAKIdesigns pinkbikeaudience's article
May 24, 2017 at 7:06
21 hours
Spartan vs Spartan: Devinci Enduro Team Bike Checks
anyone who has seen Peaty walking around pits would see that this guy would never do well in basketball due to poor coordination. Give him a bike and off he goes. But he is still somewhat woody as compared to not so short Bryceland. He just managed to max out the advantages of his physique instead of falling to its shortcomings. I think it's Seasons movie where he goes over a huge boulder at speed and wheels are barely leaving the ground, while Sam Hill is just flying from it.
WAKIdesigns pinkbikeaudience's article
May 24, 2017 at 6:47
21 hours
Ask Pinkbike: 29er DH Bikes, Crankbrothers Pedals, and Norco Range vs Sight
@scary1: I think you would have to take a shittiest carbon rim to 200g to make it wobbly... for the record I have never hit my rims as hard as last weekend, I even got a 12mm hole on top and 7mm by the bead of 1.5ply Spec Grid tyre and I had Huck Norris inside. Tyre can go straight to the garbage. DT EX471 - 1mm off true, slight marking on the rim... remember having Double Track, as huge as it was, it was made of cheese. Good old EX721 - dent after dent after dent... so I don't care that much about rim material as long as I don't race XC, where you want something like 300-350g rim, and those in alu are soft as hell.
WAKIdesigns pinkbikeaudience's article
May 24, 2017 at 6:21
21 hours
Ask Pinkbike: 29er DH Bikes, Crankbrothers Pedals, and Norco Range vs Sight
@scary1: a thing with a well setup forgiving bike is that you stand on a steady platform and you look where you want to go, instead of ramming into things with eye balls falling out and feeling like choking on a dick everytime you ride over bigger rocks. That is the exact reason why I sold 125 bike and got back to 160 bike. And vision/terrain scanning is one of the most important bike skills one can have. If you ain't looking far ahead and allow your body anticipate what's coming, then how can you execute any move right? Big bike, like nothing else, allows you to get that skill. And that skill will translate to riding any other bike. Still, I doubt there will be any bigger difference between a 29" DH bike and 275 DH bike. It will just be a bike with bigger wheels.
WAKIdesigns pinkbikeaudience's article
May 24, 2017 at 5:43
22 hours
Ask Pinkbike: 29er DH Bikes, Crankbrothers Pedals, and Norco Range vs Sight
@graeme187: totally, remember the chainstay wars and twats who were saying that long stays suck because it is harder to manual? How about you first learn to manual baby... because if you can and you get a granny city bike, the first thing you'll think of: can I bunny hop and manual this thing as well? can I throw sparks with the rear fender touching the asphalt? Fkng arguing about the legitimate definition of "fun"... and getting sht from people who ride machine dug trails on DH bikes...
WAKIdesigns pinkbikeaudience's article
May 24, 2017 at 0:14
1 days
Ask Pinkbike: 29er DH Bikes, Crankbrothers Pedals, and Norco Range vs Sight
@ThomDawson: I tend to stop listening when someone says 29ers (even long travel ones) are not playful, jump bad and gives a 26" DH bike as an example of a good thing. The wheels of DH bikes, even 26" ones have more innertia than 29" wheels of an enduro bike, because even though diameter is smaller because DH tyres and DH tubes will ALWAYS weigh much more than 1,5 tyres on a long travel 29er. We are talking of at least 2 lbs here. That means that a 26" Dh bike is already at least as hard to whip and play around with in the air as Enduro 29. Now let's get to bunny hopping - Ryan Leech did a test and got barely 2 inches lower result on a 29" trail bike than on 27,5" plus HT. I think he got at least 2ft. I can find the video for avid Flat Earthers intoxicated with Chemtrails. He didn't tray a DH bike, but it doesn't require a inquisitive mind of 9/11 conspiracy theorist to figure out how well that hing bunnyhops with 200mm of travel with dampers set for bump absorption and at least 3lbs more weight on them. Manuals? Took me 3 attempts to pull a 20m one on 29+ Stache! Finally, DH bikes have slacker head angles, those things do not shine with directions changes, not in a fkng world. You may as well try to prove that reptilians live in the center of hollow earth. Someone brought up, that smaller racers may be pissed off about it - really?! I can see Danny Hart going - my times improved by 3 seconds by changing to a 29er, but it sucks to lose 6 seconds to Greg Minnaar, where normally I would lose 2. And wheels matter? How about having a chain matters! So the point I am making is that a DH bike is already NOT a playful bike compared to let's say a 140 trail bike. Upping the wheel size won't make it fly less by any bigger margin. So I am not comparing apples to oranges here, while I have an impression that people whine on 29" DH bike giving a Slope style bike or even a BMX as an example. There is NOTHING counter intuitive about it. Especially about a fact that since there are more and more 24" DH bikes made for kids, the 275 isn't going anywhere and as the sport continues to grow, as manufacturers keep releasing 99% of their tyres in 26" format (Maxxis claimed they will not release Minion SS in 26, well here it is!) we may see a comeback of all sorts of bikes in 26", at least from smaller companies that have it harder and harder to push through the pace of changing axle widths. People gladly accepted longer wheelbases and just can't get anough of slack head angles, chant about too short chainstays, yet wheel size is an area where they go: no no no no no no
WAKIdesigns pinkbikeaudience's article
May 23, 2017 at 14:57
2 days
Ask Pinkbike: 29er DH Bikes, Crankbrothers Pedals, and Norco Range vs Sight
@zzRider - where do you take your sales numbers from? @sino428 - please give me an example of a "Real independent media", especially a "Real independent MTB media". I am not saying it's all sht, so let's just roll with it, but you have some utopian view of the world mate. "Outlet controlled by the industry", oh Jesus... don't you think that if 50 companies advertise themselves on Pinkbike, then it levels out the field? I know a small site or two, where admins have direct affiliations to companies they promote, like... they are distributors of a particular brand. How's that?! Open your eyes buddy, use your brain. It is rather logical that Pinkbike is by average more independent than small sites who have to suck up to companies in order for them to send them stuff for tests. Pinkbike gets sht sent to them without asking. I can imagine that NSMB is more independent but well, as much as I love their reviews and articles, I think they are the best (although I find Mike Levy to be fkng awesome and I read pretty much only his stuff) they do not provide me with insanely good coverage of races around the world. They end up on a positive note? Have you read Bike Radar reviews? Their video reviews and tests are super cool, but the written reviews of bikes from main companies go more or less like: this bike has two wheels, handlebars it is a bit expensive, a bit heavy but it climbs rather well for a trail bike and descends very well, as expected.
WAKIdesigns pinkbikeaudience's article
May 23, 2017 at 14:21
2 days
Ask Pinkbike: 29er DH Bikes, Crankbrothers Pedals, and Norco Range vs Sight
"29ers are not as fun to ride" - please post me some pics of you sending it sideways or upside down. I want to see you utilize those small wheels to their full potential. I bet you like to ride playful bikes on technical trails. @ThomDawson - Aside of being super fast, a 29"DH bike is to a bike journalist what Trump is to a stand up comedian. It is a self picking fruit.
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