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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Aaron Gwin's Prototype Specialized Enduro EVO 650b 4/17/2014 12:33 AM
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I'm not entirely uninterested, but after racing for 16 years you start to realize that it's just a bike. What's more interesting about a carpenter, his tools or his products? Gwin didn't go 3.5 sec up at the first split because his bike was 254.2 grams lighter or because of the size of his wheels, he did it because he's probably the greatest downhill racer in history. Knowing what a grizzled old bastard Woo is, I think he might understand where I'm coming from. Equipment is an important part of the sport, I just grow weary of central position it seems to take in the attention of the community. Go contrast the forums on Vital MX vs Vital MTB, and see the how many threads are about equipment vs riding and racing. Here it's probably 10 to 1, there it's 1 to 10. Seems out of whack to me. Hope that clears up my feelings on the issue.

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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Aaron Gwin's Prototype Specialized Enduro EVO 650b 4/13/2014 11:50 AM
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The assessment of me as "bitter" is pretty fair and accurate, although "defeated" might be slightly better. I have watched the sport I love, downhill, basically die over my 10 year DH career. The nationals died, the MSC died, and half the great american DH tracks have been reclaimed by their hills, to be replaced by bike park trails you could do on a DJ bike. Enduro is a sad replacement that sucks to watch and to race, contrived to sell more 6" trail bikes. I know a few high level guys who like it, and I know some high level pro enduro riders who do it only because they have to to continue to have a career. Among the rank and file pro DH riders that I know, it is all but universally loathed. I am hoping to go back home to the East this summer and hopefully re-find some of the joy I used to have in downhilling, when the tracks were steep, the rocks were slick, and men were men. If it's not there, that will probably be it for me until something turns around. DH racing has been the greatest experience of my life, and it's too heartbreaking to watch it continue to decline into a shadow of it's former self.

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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Aaron Gwin's Prototype Specialized Enduro EVO 650b 4/13/2014 10:12 AM
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Cooper's old age at least gives me some company as a broken down old fart. How does your little white fluff ball feel about the kid, do they have a Cash-Kyle style rivalry brewing yet?

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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Aaron Gwin's Prototype Specialized Enduro EVO 650b 4/13/2014 9:59 AM
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My brethren MTB nuts are the problem, with everything. People that would rather build bikes than ride them, people that want to talk about how they shredded the sanitized "black" trail rather than actually be challenged, people that want the XC trails to be dumbed down to their level rather than elevate their level of riding, people that pretend to enjoy horrible anti-fun enduro races because that's what's being marketed right now, and so on. These people are now the majority in MTB.

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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Aaron Gwin's Prototype Specialized Enduro EVO 650b 4/13/2014 9:31 AM
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The Out of Africa slideshow is killer. Nice work. Just thought it was strange that the first thing up about the 4 race wins yesterday was their bike checks. Also The Hub yaps about nothing but parts and bikes, from there you wouldn't know there were races yesterday. My arm is broken and I need vicarious racing fulfillment, frustrated. Come on Outdoors!

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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Aaron Gwin's Prototype Specialized Enduro EVO 650b 4/13/2014 12:34 AM
C138_gwina

This sport will continue to decline and become less and less interesting, until we stop talking about pieces of plastic and aluminum and start talking about the people who ride them. Inanimate objects will never be as interesting as people, this sport has lost its soul with incessant pandering to self-important manufacturers. Bikes don't win races, people win races.

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Added a comment about feature Good Riddance, Pinch Flats! Introducing Dual Chamber Tire System from Schwalbe 2/8/2014 11:16 PM
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This is true

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Added a comment about feature Good Riddance, Pinch Flats! Introducing Dual Chamber Tire System from Schwalbe 2/8/2014 11:15 PM
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Mavic/michelin Le System was basically the same thing back in like 05. It's a great idea, we rigged one up at the fix with 650c tubular road tires in a UST rim. Worked well but you couldn't change the tire pressure once the road tire was inflated. Super stoked this is coming out, if it works as well as Tu-bliss, I'm buying it.

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Added reply in a thread Pro DH Riding 12/8/2013 5:40 PM

Pro DH racing is barely even a thing. You can count the number of american racers for whom DH racing is a worthwhile, full-time job on one hand. You can count the number for whom it is truly lucrative on one finger. Just ride your bike and go as fast ... more ยป

Added a comment about press release Developing: Trek World Racing Wants Aaron Gwin Back, Whiteley May Pursue Legal Action 1/10/2013 9:09 AM
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Whiteley will probably just have the UCI change the rules so that anyone named Aaron will need 470,000 UCI points to race at a world cup.

From what I'm told, Whiteley has been the one instrumental in pushing aspiring racers and privateers out of world cup racing with the rule changes on trade teams and UCI points payouts for national champs. As far as I'm concerned he can go eat a giant bag of em.

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Added a comment about press release UCI Approves Equal Prize Money for Men and Women 12/21/2012 10:31 PM
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You know I'm right when a female racer like Dave Camp agrees with me. The "needing prize money to pull women into the sport" argument is bogus, none of the dudes got into it for the money. There's nothing wrong with chasing prize money as a pro, but there's women who are cashing in their first year of racing because there's three women racing, while good pro men who have been racing and supporting the sport just for the love of it, year after year, go home empty handed. I know this rule is just for world champs and not just for downhill, and lets face it, UCI's payouts are a f-ing joke anyway, so who gives a shit. Payouts should be based upon turnout, then the women who can win will have lots of motivation to get more women out to the race, or they'll just cancel women's downhill altogether and no one will notice.

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Added a comment about press release UCI Approves Equal Prize Money for Men and Women 12/21/2012 1:36 PM
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This sounds great until you get to a race where a woman who gets last of four racers and couldn't beat an eleven year old gets paid, and a pro man who beats 50 people to get 6th gets nothing. It happens.

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Added a comment about press release USA's 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Championship Team 8/7/2012 9:54 PM
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Also, who would you have go instead? There's a handful of riders who are good, but out of those I can think of (Keene, Memmelar, Sylvestri, Buell, etc) I would probably still be putting my money on Dunc anyday.

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Added a comment about press release Press Release: Former Marzocchi USA Founder to Launch DVO Suspension - "Gunning for the Top" 7/23/2012 5:50 AM
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My first thought was "why?" but I hope it's good stuff and pushes mtb suspension to be better across the board, kinda what we all hoped BOS would be. Not sure there's any room in the market though.

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Added a comment about video In Depth: The History, Technology and Testing of the 2013 Specialized S-Works Demo 8 Carbon 6/7/2012 10:38 AM
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For 10K you would think it would at least have carbon rims. You can build a V10 with Enves, and all the same stuff for similar or less, and that's with 2000 dollars worth of rim.

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Added a comment about video NSMB.com - Sea Otter On 4/26/2012 2:07 PM
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Added a comment about photo Wentz 2/14/2012 11:25 PM
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Steve's a complete punter on the moto.

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Added a comment about video Premium Rush Trailer Featuring Danny MacAskill 12/11/2011 11:33 PM
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I looks like the movie ends with the fixie hipster getting hit by a car. Sounds like a good flick.

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Added a blog post Pack Fill #4, A Good Year 11/16/2011 11:39 AM

I would venture to guess that at one point or another, every one of us who races downhill asks...

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Added reply in a thread What Else Do You Dork Out On? 10/23/2011 4:04 PM

I didn't really contribute the first time around All this stuff Bowling Golf Cooking Xbox Lots of moto This summer it was back to bikes, bikes, and more bikes sol all the other hobbies have suffered. Trying to learn guitar as well, but suck at it so far.