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Added a comment about video Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/1/2017 12:53 PM
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Just picking up on the point about speed. Are 29ers really going to be more dangerous? Take fort william for example - a generous estimate may be that these new 29ers are maybe 3-4 seconds faster over the entire track if you're lucky. What that comes down to in actual speed on track is, therefore, not actually that much. If you fall off at 30mph or 30.5mph, I would doubt the outcomes are going to be drastically different. Sure, speed is a factor, but there are many other things that can cause injury, even with a low speed crash. Rocks, roots, trees, (spectators), twisting motions or sudden changes in direction can play as an important, if not more important part in injury IMO. Also, from what the riders are saying, 29ers seem more stable and permit more control in rough sections.

While I mostly disagree with Loic, I admire him for speaking out on a subject he obviously feels strongly about, especially when there seems such a push to accept 29ers as a new standard in DH. I think its important to be listening to both sides of the argument, whether or not you agree with everything that is being said. Ignoring the riders, who make DH what it is, would be a mistake.

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Transition Scout Carbon from Vital MTB Test Sessions 4/15/2017 2:26 AM
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"How about on these reviews, that the average consumer [...] just wants to know if this bike fits them"

Surely a bike review that is based on whether or not a rider is the correct height for a given size of bike would be a terrible way to review any bike? I realise that you probably don't mean that in the most literal sense, but the whole point of a review is to test the strengths and weaknesses of a design against a variety of factors - different riding styles and riding preferences are just one aspect of that. So what if the lightest rider wanted more bottom out control? Maybe she just rides harder than you do?

As for testing stock bikes without altering them, surely you can appreciate that mentioning aspects of the bike that may need to be changed or tuned in the future can only be a positive thing. Sure, you may not need it, but doubtless someone will find that bit of information useful in deciding whether they want to test the bike for themselves. The more in depth the review, the better.

And anyway, how is adding/removing bottom out tokens/bands drastically changing a bike from stock? If you are spending thousands of dollars on a push bike, then it makes sense to tune the bike to your riding style, be that altering brake lever position, tyre pressure, or bottom out resistance of your forks etc. Just because it is "stock", doesn't mean you shouldn't fettle with it. Hell, it should be encouraged, racing or not! You don't know how good your bike could be unless you try different set ups.

End of rant. Go ride your bike. But put some more bottomless tokens in before you do.

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Added a comment about news blog 2016 UCI World Cup DH Overall Results 9/3/2016 2:31 PM
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You get points for both qualifying and final runs, so thats where the variation comes in. Your overall score for each race is an accumulation of points for both runs, I think it was introduced to stop riders from purposefully qualifying badly so that they could come down earlier under better race conditions/weather.

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