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whambat EnduroWorldSeries's article
Aug 14, 2018 at 22:21
6 hours
Video: EWS Whistler Highlights
@Patsplit: so true. When I watch Rude race, I just think “Hulk Smash!” He’s an amazing rider and sometimes it’s just super fast, but it’s hard to maintain consistency and equipment riding like that. Contrast that to Sam Hill who is always looking for a smoother line because he knows his equipment and body will hold up in the long run. If I were his coach, I’d almost want to put Richie on an XC hardtail, hell maybe a cx bike, with light tires on some east coast tech and make him ride it until he stopped flatting. He’s such an amazingly fit dude that can handle more than what his bike and tires can. #armchaircoaching
whambat mikelevy's article
Aug 14, 2018 at 16:30
12 hours
Magped's Magnetic Pedal - Crankworx Whistler 2018
I could see a benefit to these as a guy with 4 knee surgeries, I like being able to move my foot a little on the pedals to reduce knee pain from the same position all ride (float sort of helps but it is also better to move the whole foot now and again). I’ve switched to flats this year and that’s helped a bunch, but since I’m not Sam Hill I’m still a little faster with clipless. I’m not racing these days, so if I loose a few seconds because of flats, I really don’t mind so I’m not hunting for something like this but I’d try it out. The problem I see with these is that the magnet almost seems like it’s on the wrong side of the axle. If the magnet was on the forward side of the axle, you would be able to center your foot more on the axle the way most people ride flats vs clipless.
whambat mikekazimer's article
Aug 14, 2018 at 7:37
21 hours
Cannondale Introduces the New Jekyll 29
@hamncheez: I didn’t get to try it in those conditions, mainly just manicured bike park trails. I could see the stays being a lttile short for some, looping out being more the concern. I found it to be very playful and very quick to corner on the trails I rode. I did like the short travel option for the smoother trails for how responsive and poppy it would get. I, too, was bummed by their build kit options on all but the very expensive versions. Crappy shock being high on the list. I really don’t get why companies put an inline shock on a $5k bike enduro bike when they have room for a piggy back. At the end of a 2-3k descent, I don’t want my bike turning into a hardtail from a heated shock. Charge us the extra $100 for the better shock so we don’t have to shell out $500plus later. Maybe it’s my bias as a light Clydesdale, but 4-pots should be the standard for a bike with over 5” of travel. Bigger rotors help, but the extra piston and bigger brake pads really help me still have brakes at the bottom of a descent. I know product managers want to give you a reason to upgrade to a more expensive XO1 build, but I really think they are missing out on sales when they skimp heavily on a $5k GX build. This build goes a long way to what I would want to see as a standard (but I do think the XO1 rear derailleur is a fluff upgrade dating back to the old big brand bike builds). I know plenty of experienced riders that are quite happy with GX drivetrain and would rather have their money go to better shocks and brakes (doesn’t have to be factory shocks, just put the damn piggy back on there and put Code Rs instead of Guides). Unfortunately, we still get throw away rear hubs on most of these builds, but the product managers have to keep costs down somehow.
whambat mikekazimer's article
Aug 13, 2018 at 12:32
2 days
Cannondale Introduces the New Jekyll 29
@ibishreddin: not to go off tangent too far on a different bike, but I love the Ripmo. Especially, once I put on a 35mm stem with a 40mm ride Renthal Bar, which brought out a more playful feel for me. I’ve done 6k vert days and lift days on it and am happpy with it as a daily driver. In an XL, it’s a big bike with a 1250 wheelbase, but once you get used to it it’s actually pretty quick to turn and fun to jump. I’ve even been tempted to play with an angle set to slacken it (closer to the Sentinel numbers) just to see how it would ride, but haven’t yet, only because it’s dang fun as is. I also want to try it with some lighter tires like a 2.6 Rekon just to make it more of a backcountry machine, but I’ve also been pretty happy with the stock DHF, even if they do drag a little on 4K climbs.
whambat mikekazimer's article
Aug 13, 2018 at 12:19
2 days
Cannondale Introduces the New Jekyll 29
@kyytaM: I was referring to the Jekyl 2, as it’s mostly GX except for the derailleur. It’s got the 4-pot XT. I’d call the 3 an NX build.
whambat mikekazimer's article
Aug 13, 2018 at 9:15
2 days
Cannondale Introduces the New Jekyll 29
Looks like they finally nailed their build kits. 4-piston brakes and a piggy back on even the GX model. They 27.5 Jekyll I rode last year in a demo was a blast to ride, I’d definitely want to give this a go. It might not get me to get rid of my Ripmo, but it sure looks like a blast.
whambat pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 12, 2018 at 21:07
2 days
Final Results: EWS Whistler 2018
For reals, that’s a solid finish showing tons of improvement. Adam should be proud! Hopefully, there will be a season two.
whambat pinkbikeoriginals's article
Aug 11, 2018 at 21:02
Aug 11, 2018
Video: EWS Practice Begins in Whistler - The Privateer Episode 10
Great series. Tons of inspiration! It’s almost impossible not to root for Adam after watching it and seeing him work hard and learn so much.
rode in Vail Valley. view ridelog
Aug 9, 2018 at 10:50
Aug 9, 2018
quotes DH with stuffed ears= wobbly but still fun
19.5 km - 01:36 - 4 achievements
whambat SteelCityMedia's article
Aug 7, 2018 at 8:54
Aug 7, 2018
Video: Steve Peat's Segment From GAMBLE Film
Legend! He may be getting a little old to put up the 0.01s against the young guns, or just got tired of all the travel of the World Cup, but I will never get tired of watching his style. Hope he keeps filming into his 50s and beyond.
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