Fifty dudes just put their Sessions on eBay, slammed a Red Bull, ordered some TLD kit, and ran to their Specialized dealer.
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Instagram? Sick edit.
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BigSteezy!!! AKA Branden
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axle path has a correlation to rider's fatigue?
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Added a product review for One Industries Conflict Knee Pads 5/13/2013 10:38 AM
by Noah Sears
To pad or not to pad, that is the question. All-mountain riders seem to come in three varieties in terms of safety equipment; those who (except for a helmet) forego it altogether, full-time knee-padders, and fully-armored warriors ready for battle or perhaps expecting to hit the dirt at some point on their ride. I'm the in the first camp, unless I'm at a resort, I'm largely unprotected.
Given my preference for pad-free riding (a preference that admittedly bites me in the ass from time to time), when the conditions do call for knee pads I'm pretty picky about what I strap on. I want something that doesn't interfere with pedaling, doesn't chafe, and doesn't migrate down my leg. I like a knee pad that doesn't leave an unsightly gap, exposing my pale white quads to potentially blind unsuspecting riders.Additionally, I prefer a low-profileaesthetic, I don't want to look like an 1980's vert skater.
I've yet to find the perfect set and with several enduro races now making kneepads compulsory, I've been on the hunt. The One Industries Conflict are the latest I've tried, and while they're a decent bit of kit they don't quite make the grade.
Upon they're arrival I was already a bit bummed - they were considerably bulkier than I had pictured. They consist of a neoprene sleeve with a stitched on cordura-like kneecap that houses molded CE foam. Elastic straps top and bottom handle the fit duties and the whole unit has been pre-curved to minimize bunching. The last few pairs of pads I've used had much more pliable padding or impact-sensitive materials in the kneecaps, and I much prefer that style. Compared to those, the Conflict's kneecap is quite firm and seemingly oversized. The hard kneecap and sleeve don't seem to fit together cohesively - with leg extended the cap has a tendency to pull the bottom portion of the sleeve and elastic strap up, and with leg bent it pulls the top portion and elastic strap down. This creates a bunching-effect which pushes the pads knee cap out leads to chafing on the back of the leg.
Fit issues aside, I can't fault the construction or material quality of the Conflict. The ventilated neoprene keeps your knees from becoming too swampy. The tips of the elastic straps are covered in molded rubber which help them keep their shape and should reduce fraying over time. The pads also feature some nice foam side padding which helps with knee-to-toptube contact. Having taken a few whacks while wearing the pads, I can say the padding is more than sufficient - even a major knee-bonk on the stem was hardly noticeable.
Considering their bulk, and the fit and chafing issues, I can't recommend the the Conflict as an everyday pad set - unless your days feature minimal pedaling. Compared with pads that feature impact-sensitive materials like VPD (POC) and D3O (SixSixOne and others), these seem like a step backwards in kneepad evolution - although those pads do come with a substantially higher price tag.
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Liked a comment on the item Trail Check: Joe's and MoJoe's in Fruita, Colorado 5/10/2013 12:47 PM
Are you RR on Vimeo? Just want to say your Blackjack (CO rocks) video is inspiration to me. That is all.
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Added a comment about photo Dan Atherton's Prototype GT Enduro Race Bike 5/9/2013 2:03 PM
Hopefully they're just testing the geo and layout in alloy - and they've got a carbon model on the drawing board. Looks naked without a chainguide - wonder if they'll go e13 or Shimano.
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Added a comment about video Trail Check: Joe's and MoJoe's in Fruita, Colorado 5/9/2013 10:32 AM
For the most part I think the layout of MoJoe's is pretty flowing and natural. There are a few hits (like @ 1:37) that don't work very well, but the rest of it doesn't seem contrived. It's hard to put rock gardens in up there because that area lacks rocks - and we wanted the trail to have the same "feel" as the other trails in that system.
The other two major trail systems in the area, Lunch Loops and Kokopelli, have no shortage of rocks, ledges, and other challenging features.
Cheers, thanks for watching
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Short-shocked Blur LT with 650b wheels and some other tweaks. I've got a Bronson C now, stoked!
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Liked a comment on the item Race Report: 2013 Enduro Cup #1, Moab, Utah 5/9/2013 7:51 AM
Yeahh... I thought that comment didn't post but still, 6 inches is overkill for these trails. There wasn't anything gnarly, just seemed like a really intense sunday ride with the buds on some great XC trails.
Liked a comment on the item Race Report: 2013 Enduro Cup #1, Moab, Utah 5/8/2013 2:33 PM
Yeah, it is still cool there was a race at all- which is better than no race. I would also not classify a 1 stage, 16 minute race as an enduro. I'm just getting defensive over the amount of descending and speed. It's probably because it is so new in the US and I want it to grow to be as fun as the enduro...more
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I don't have the World Enduro Series handbook memorized, but they call for 1- minimum 4 stages mostly downhill, 2-minimum 20 minutes combined time, 3- the most fun way down using the local trails. All of these rules were adhered to in Moab.
Liked a comment on the item Race Report: 2013 Enduro Cup #1, Moab, Utah 5/8/2013 9:01 AM
While it's easy to point out the lack of vertical descending one must understand it's still spring. At first i wasn't too interested in attending either..but of course, spring rolls around and everyone is signing up and ready to RACE! I had a great time despite the courses being pretty pedally. Great...more
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I don't think it's necessary to copy what other folks are doing. Enduro racing will thrive if there is variety, I think the quickest way to kill it is to make all races follow a formula. You don't have to enter races that don't suit you, but that also limits your growth as a racer. I think everyone was...more