Added a comment about feature The Complete Guide to Maxxis Mountain Bike Tires 8/29/2017 5:38 PM
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They still make a 29x.2.5 in a folding DH/TR casing.

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Added a comment about feature Greg Minnaar Speaks on Breaking His Bike Then Qualifying 2nd an Hour Later at Val di Sole 8/25/2017 5:56 PM
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How about some huge props to Marshy, frame swap to race ready in under 45 min isn't impossible but its still damn impressive.

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Liked a comment on the item ROWDY, ROUGH & RUTHLESS - Vital RAW Val di Sole Day 2 8/25/2017 5:51 PM

Minnaar with the charge dial turned up a touch more than usual. Loris conducting surgery. Brendan getting Sven the shot lol

Added a comment about feature Loris Vergier on Why He's Running 27.5 at Val di Sole 8/24/2017 6:12 PM
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Can't, UCI still has a stupid rule requiring same wheel size front and rear. It's an old carry over from TT bikes, but there has been rumors that it may be up for consideration. I agree that 29 front/27.5 rear would be the ultimate DH race setup. The big front wheel gobbles up everything and keeps you rolling over the holes, and the smaller rear allows you to move your weight back, changes direction a little easier, accelerates/decelerates quicker, is stronger and lighter.

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Added reply in a thread Cecile Ravanel to Race Val di Sole World Cup DH 8/22/2017 3:18 PM

Great to have another contender in the mix!

Liked a comment on the item SO FAST! Vital RAW, Mont-Sainte-Anne DH Day 2 8/4/2017 3:31 PM

I think Gwinn pulled 3 seconds on those 9ers in that last corner

Added a comment about video BOS Suspension Teases Inverted OBSYS Downhill Fork 8/3/2017 7:18 PM
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I have a Sunn Radical Plus hanging in my shop with an Obsys inverted fork on the front, circa 1996. They were light years ahead of the competition. The frame still has all the DNA that you see in the current Commencal DHV4.

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Added a comment about feature Pro Toolbox Check - John Hall's Treasure Chest 7/15/2017 5:49 PM
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If you're gonna wrench for one of fastest racers on the circuit, why wouldn't you build a setup like this? You're a professional, and your setup is part of the pit environment and sets the tone. Inspiring, love it.

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Liked a comment on the item Breaking the Rules | An Interview with Max Commencal 7/11/2017 1:15 PM

Totally agree

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Comparing boost spacing to e-bikes on hard fought trails in the US is far from the same arguement

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I have a Commencal Meta 4.2 and love it. That said, Max has zero clue about trail access in areas like my state, Colorado. Hikers, Horse riders, and many land managers look for EVERY SINGLE reason to kick bikes off of trails. Already rumblings of closing more access to bikes specifically...more

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I have a Commencal Meta 4.2 and love it. That said, Max has zero clue about trail access in areas like my state, Colorado. Hikers, Horse riders, and many land managers look for EVERY SINGLE reason to kick bikes off of trails. Already rumblings of closing more access to bikes specifically...more

Added a comment about video Claudio's Andorra World Cup DH Course Preview with Brook MacDonald 6/29/2017 1:07 PM
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Looks like they widen the chicane before it so riders will have to slow down, Brendawgs helmet cam shows the new taping. Unfortunately its a little bit boring way to end the course in front of the crowd, having them hit a slow speed drop into the finish.

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Added a comment about video Claudio's Andorra World Cup DH Course Preview with Brook MacDonald 6/28/2017 1:16 PM
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That finish line jump will be pure carnage if they don't change it. Needs a a pre lip about 20 ft back.

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Added reply in a thread Recommendations for a park bike 6/14/2017 5:24 PM

Banshee only sells frame only, so it's up to the shop you're working with to build it up for you. I own and operate a shop called the Downhill Zone in Issaquah, WA, and I'm a Banshee dealer (just ordered a Spitfire for myself). I could provide a custom ... more ยป

Added reply in a thread Recommendations for a park bike 6/14/2017 4:25 PM

Banshee Darkside is a purpose-built park bike, great price too. I'd also look at the Guerilla Gravity GG/DH, two suspension settings, with one that's setup for poppy park riding.

Added a comment about video DH Destruction - Vital RAW - Fort William Saturday 6/3/2017 4:52 PM
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So if Loris beats Loic with a 29er, are they still gonna be friends?

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Liked a comment on the item DH Destruction - Vital RAW - Fort William Saturday 6/3/2017 4:51 PM

Woods section looks properly f*cked. Race is gonna be won & lost there, IMHO (irrespective of wheel size).

Liked a comment on the item SMASHTACULAR! Vital RAW Fort William Day 1 6/2/2017 1:45 PM

isnt smooth bad tho cuz 29ers make it to smooth?

Added a comment about video SMASHTACULAR! Vital RAW Fort William Day 1 6/2/2017 1:42 PM
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I assume you're being sarcastic, but there's a difference. The bigger wheels smooth out the ripples and stutter bumps, but better suspension maintains geometry through the big breakers, allowing the rider to stay centered. This allows them to apply consistent pressure to both wheels which has the potential to generate drive and momentum from the bigger holes. Inferior suspension setup leads to shifts in body weight that upset the geometry, which puts the rider in a defensive position. A combination of great suspension and bigger wheels could ultimately be the fastest, but until they can get the tuning sorted on the 29 I imagine the dialed 27 is a safer bet for a race of this caliber. He needs points, and risking a race run on an unproven bike is a chance they're probably not willing to take. Give him more time to dial in the setup, he's young and brash but I'm guessing he'll change his tune.

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