Added a comment to nzsnowboarder's bike check 2/20/2017 10:36 PM

Is that a custom rear sprocket? Nice build

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Added a comment about feature Bike of the Month: Sideshow's Zerode Taniwha 2/3/2017 1:38 PM

I think it is important to try it in real world conditions. I honestly don't notice the drag on the trail and the engagement, I agree is terrible, doesn't come into play either (I do have an i9 hub which I think is important - having a low engagement hub would probably result in a poorer experience).

I obviously came from a normal drive train before this (XX1) so its not like I don't know what that felt like, and I have swapped bikes with friends on the trails since I've gotten the Taniwha. They agree the way it pedals and transfers power into motion is simply better regardless of the above mentioned car park flaws. In the end, real world experience is what matters.

To me this means 2 things:
1. the current gearbox solution is already a better experience in many ways to other options
2. there is room for improvement to make it even better going forward and hopefully Pinion are on top of that.

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Added a comment about feature Bike of the Month: Sideshow's Zerode Taniwha 2/2/2017 1:39 PM

Nice bike! You have some pleasant surprises waiting for you when the snow melts...

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Added reply in a thread Will Electric Downhill Bikes Become A Thing? 6/7/2016 5:59 PM

This technology doesn't make you go faster downhill. It doesn't make you less scared of that gap. It doesn't make you take more chances on sketchy terrain (which suspension does btw). All it does is make you less tired going uphill. If you break your ... more »

Added reply in a thread Will Electric Downhill Bikes Become A Thing? 6/7/2016 3:17 PM

Yep, for sure I will. I have ridden other pedalec bikes before and they are a lot of fun. I feel this technology is more suited to a DH rig than a trial bike (but there are a lot of reasons why this is also a good idea) as that is where most of us not ... more »

Added a comment about video Going Places - New Zealand with Anka Martin & Housemartin 5/10/2016 1:47 PM

Going to have to hook up with Housemartin next time I'm there

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Added a comment about feature An E-Bike in Moab - Riding the Specialized Turbo Levo 4/5/2016 1:05 AM

Good article, great perspective. I totally agree that there are many people that would love these and there is no reason they should be "blocked". MTB is about having fun, first and foremost. I would love to rent one of these one day and give it a good crack on the local trails.

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Added a comment about video Queenstown Bike Park 2016 1/26/2016 12:17 PM

Man, some of those group jump shots at the end look ridiculously fun! Got to get back there soon, lots of new things to play with

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Added a comment about photo 17 Bikes Tested - 2016 Vital MTB Test Sessions 1/19/2016 12:34 PM

Isn't that what Linkage X3 is for? I'm sure most of these designs would be mapped in the database.

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Added a comment about video Troy Brosnan | Escape To Paradise | Part 2 1/18/2016 4:19 PM

Considering the snakes and spiders from last years coverage, the guy behind the camera made some brave choices

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Added a comment to F1234K's bike check 1/14/2016 3:12 PM

Hi Leo,

The top tube length of the medium is 602mm, which I think is on the longer side for medium sized bikes. I'm 175cm and like my bikes a bit on the longer side. The medium Anakin is maybe slightly shorter than the large Nomad. I was really happy with the medium size Anakin.


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Added a comment about product review First Ride: Hope Technology Pro 4 Hub 1/4/2016 3:03 PM

I like my Hope Pro 2's, but the only "issue" I have is the engagement. I was really hoping that the new hubs would be even less angle than they are. My Profile Elite hubs are still the nicest engaging hubs I've ever owned but the Hope build quality is better. And the Hope price is waaaay better

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Added a comment about feature MTB Bucket List - 9 Places Sven Martin Says You Should Ride Once in Your Life 1/4/2016 2:52 PM

Yeah, Peaking Ridge, and one of my favourites: Whites Bay. That Nelson/Blenheim area is epic! Can't wait to go back there and do some more of those trails.

Nearly did Old Ghost Road earlier this year, but 85km by myself sounded a bit daunting. My bucket list would probably mostly consist of NZ trails... but then again, I am comparing with Australia which is way behind when it comes to MTB. Although, Mt Buller Alpine Epic would probably make it onto my list as well just because of the 9km descent at the end

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Added reply in a thread Favorite DH bike of all time? 12/2/2015 3:58 PM

My current bike. The Zerode G27.5. I owned a G1 as well and this was the first time ever that I bought the same brands updated version of a bike I already owned, I love it that much!
Added a comment about news blog Bernardo Cruz Wins Down Hill Taxco 2015, Filip Polc Series Champion 11/22/2015 11:31 AM

Rampage is the most gnarly thing that you can do on a mountain bike, but this looks less "safe".

I cannot get my head around the speed these guys are going in essentially a maze of concrete, steel and sharp edges with dogs and protesters running around at any given time. Crazy!

I think the bikes get a hell of a hammering in this type of riding as well.

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Added a comment about video Nico Vink Gambles on a Steep Line at Rampage 2015 10/12/2015 2:34 PM

My palms are sweaty...

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Liked a comment on the item It's Electric! The 27.5+ Specialized Turbo Levo 7/21/2015 4:02 PM

Hello Johan,
It's a while after the event but your story makes interesting reading and didn't have much trouble provoking the anticipated response in the comments section, which I daresay would have been exactly the case in another age when snowboards first made...more