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Added a comment about video Epic, Epic FAIL: Guy Jumps Huge Ramp with No Landing 7/18/2014 9:38 AM
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Must have been trying to win a Darwin award.

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Added reply in a thread Whistle Blower 7/8/2014 10:48 AM

The Eastern States Cup is doing great things for the sport in the Northeast. But having raced the ESC in 2010, 2011 and 2012, I was always surprised at the lack of safety--course marshals and crash pads included--at some of the stops on the series. It ... more »

Added a comment about slideshow We Rode the FOX Pros' Bikes, Prototypes and All 7/3/2014 11:28 AM
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Check out this Fox pdf to see the innards.

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Added a comment about slideshow We Rode the FOX Pros' Bikes, Prototypes and All 7/3/2014 8:28 AM
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A simple explanation is that the oil damper controls how much the spring is allowed to move. The oil has two pathways (HSC or LSC) when the fork is compressed and each of these pathways has a "valve" so to speak to regulate when the oil is allowed to take each compression route. Each compression pathway has a separate rebound pathway back to the main chamber which can be regulated (HSR and LSR).

When the shock moves slowly over a small bump the low velocity/impulse/force moves the oil through the low speed compression route. Usually this is stiff on the compression to resist movement (of the spring) and free flowing on the rebound to allow the spring's force to quickly get the shock back to its resting position ready for the next bump.

In the high speed compression situation the high velocity/impulse/force allows the oil to move via the high speed compression route. This route requires that the high speed velocity threshold to be surpassed. Once it is surpassed, the spring is free to move during the compression to soak up the huge drop, but will slowly rebound to resist the spring snapping back to its resting position and bucking the rider.

To answer your question, the high speed and low speed are separate situations and the fork will behave differently according to which path the oil flowed through. No, the LSR doesn't take over from HSR once the damping slows the fork's movement. When the fork is bottomed out the slow rebound damping is taking place because the oil has taken HSC and HSR oil routes.

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Liked a comment on the item Stories: The First Time My Handlebars Fell Off 6/18/2014 1:09 PM

Nice write-up, more please!
Here is my somewhat similar story:
I used to love doing wheelies and also "working" on my bike, aka putting your bike upside down and turning the cranks with your hand, as well as the occasional oh-so-tricky removal of the wheel with the QR.
One day, I guess I had not...more

Liked a comment on the item 7 Things the Leogang World Cup Taught Me 6/17/2014 10:43 AM

What's the logic behind the opinion that a tighter track is a more compelling race to watch?

Think about it; is a race whereby at the first split, if the rider is one or two seconds down the race is over (i.e. like Leogang); is this more or less likely to keep you on the edge of your seat....

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Added a comment about feature 7 Things the Leogang World Cup Taught Me 6/17/2014 10:10 AM
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I'm with you.

The UCI could host Downhill races on a pavement slope--no turns. The race would be really tight. It also wouldn't come down to skill so much as to the tires, aerodynamics, bike weight, etc. for the win. Keeping it difficult and fast will make sure those who win won because of skill and fitness not because they had 29" vs. 26" wheels.

Everyone seemed to like the Andorra course and Schladming, why can't UCI learn from rider feedback and try to incentivize these type of locations into hosting WC races?

On a different note, any rider who complains in an interview is makes me want to turn the video off. I don't see how sponsors can have these riders flying their flag when they talk negatively on camera. Just makes me wonder how much crap they are talking when the camera if off. You're riding your bike (and getting paid or free gear). Be happy!

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Added reply in a thread Police Use High-Tech Lures to Reel in Bike Thieves 5/28/2014 11:32 AM

You can buy bait bike tracking stuff here for pretty cheap (less than $200). Worth the money when your bike is likely 20x that. It uses GPS and GSM tech. GPS for when it's outdoors; otherwise, the GSM network and SIM card can ping their website with ... more »

Added reply in a thread Why are flat tires something we still see these days? 5/15/2014 8:56 AM

What I don't understand is that Danny is a Schwalbe rider. So why didn't he have their new TU Bliss system? http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/feature/Good-Riddance-Pinch-Flats-Introducing-Dual-Chamber-Tire-System-from-Schwalbe,219

Added a comment about video #OnTheHunt Episode 1: Team CRC/Nukeproof Pietermaritzburg 4/15/2014 1:16 PM
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So badass when that music kicks in at 2m22s!

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Added a comment about feature It's in the Bag - A Look at the Photography Gear Sven Martin Uses at the UCI World Cup and Enduro World Series 4/8/2014 12:27 PM
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Sven, why so many tripods? Most of the time I see you shooting at the races without one. Is it primarily for flash placement? What is your most used tripod of all the ones shown?

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Added a comment about video ESCAPE - Anfiteatro - Chile with Jérôme Clementz 3/11/2014 11:47 AM
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Love the soundtrack. Almost takes it back to the old school bike video days.

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Added reply in a thread 2014 Team Updates - Who's In, Who's Out? 2/3/2014 7:36 AM

Gotta wonder if Aaron coming over and getting everything he wants is what Sean meant by: "Now that we no longer have input into the program, the fun has faded and the vision is blurred." *stroking my chin*

Added reply in a thread UCI World Cup Rumors via @TeamRumours 1/21/2014 8:42 AM

I think it's about time to revive this thread... I'm sure there won't be quite the spectacular shake up we had with last year's teams. I just read the news that Yeti is not in the WC circuit this year. Where is Cam Cole going???

Added a comment about video From South Africa to World Champs - Theo Ngubane's Success Story 10/1/2013 1:48 PM
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Did you really just create a profile just to make that worthless comment???

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Added a comment about slideshow MUD, WET AND CHEERS: Hafjell World Cup Downhill Race Slideshow 9/18/2013 12:20 PM
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Surprised nobody has started using NeverWet spray on shoes and the bikes.

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