Added a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS: Sam Hill and Cecile Ravanel Win EWS Valberg 9/18/2016 1:55 PM
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I think it's awesome how two guys who dominated completely different eras of downhill are battling it out to with 0.5s of each other at World Enduro.

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Added a comment about feature Vital Stat Attack | Rachel Atherton 2015-2016, Anatomy of a Win Streak 9/15/2016 1:12 PM
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What I find interesting from looking at the numbers, is that when Rachel qualies in 2nd place, she only has to improve her time by a few percent to win the race. This tells me a few things. Rachel is conservative in her quali runs and is able to improve on race day. The other girls are riding at their limit just to beat Rach in qualies and often can't follow this up with consistency on race day. All in all I would say Rachel just rides at a higher level than her competitors, and is able to judge her speed and time to perfection, minimising risk and maximising consistency. It takes an impressive athlete and mental focus to do this over such a long period of time.

I do think if Pompon has a good off season and can stay injury free she can challenge Rachel. She has the raw speed, she just needs to wind it back a bit and stay on the bike. Once she gets a few good results she can judge how hard she has to push in order to beat Rach. Should be a good season next year, if a little short.

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Added a comment about photo Luca Shaw's Custom Troy Lee D3 for World Champs 9/7/2016 1:18 AM
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Amazing. Not sure about the matte stripes. Did the apprentice paint those?

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Liked a comment on the item Rachel Atherton's Busted Bell 9/1/2016 3:10 PM

Proabably that one time she was training with her brothers... Too soon?

Added a comment about photo At The Cyclewash 9/1/2016 12:52 PM
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does this scratch the paint and snap the aerial off?

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Added a comment about photo MRP Ramp Control Upgrade Cartridges 9/1/2016 6:20 AM
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whats the relationship between force and mid stroke support? in the graph above the force required to move the suspension with ramp control at max is less in the mid stroke compared to 2 or 3 tokens. i run two tokens but i dont want softer forks for the first 2/3 of the travel.

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Added a comment about photo MRP Ramp Control Upgrade Cartridges 9/1/2016 2:30 AM
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Looks like it will work well for the guys who only need to run one token.

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Added reply in a thread Interesting Shimano Dropper Post Patent 8/5/2016 2:58 AM

This sounds just awesome. One could make a bunch of these, test them, fix the issues, make some more, test them again, make them look like something someone would want to use, add packaging, include some margin for warranty, after sales service, spares, ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 7/19/2016 12:48 AM

If you keep all other variables constant (eg. CS length, HT angle, stem length) then increasing reach should have the effect of putting more of the riders weight on the front wheel. The effect is pretty dramatic because the human head weighs around 5kg ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 7/18/2016 3:47 PM

Couldn't agree more with what's been said here really. The best bike I ever had was a 2003 Yeti DH9. Long in the front, long in the rear, and that thing inspired confidence and was more planted in the corners than any modern bike I've ridden. Also I ... more »

Added a comment about video Preview of Crankworx Les Gets Dowhnill Presented By iXS (2016) 6/15/2016 12:49 PM
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Looks like it follows a similar course to the 2004 worlds track.

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Added a comment about press release Öhlins Introduces New RXF 36 Fork and Universal TTX 22 M Shock 6/15/2016 7:36 AM
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I see what your saying, but I doubt Adam is heading to Les Gets out of his own pocket. I guess I'm just sceptical that's all. If Gwin was running Öhlins would he win by a bigger margin?

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Added a comment about press release Öhlins Introduces New RXF 36 Fork and Universal TTX 22 M Shock 6/15/2016 4:20 AM
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Yeah I totally agree, it makes no sense, or are they implying that Brayton wouldn't have placed as highly if he'd been running 'off the shelf' Boxxers?

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Added a comment about photo Steve Peat's Custom-Painted Santa Cruz V10cc for Fort William 6/3/2016 12:22 AM
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That's a good point, maybe they couldn't make his custom stickers in time...

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Added a comment about photo Steve Peat's Custom-Painted Santa Cruz V10cc for Fort William 6/2/2016 11:34 PM
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I think you are reading too much into it. But honestly I think my eyes would bleed if they put any more colour on this. Amazing craftsmanship and I admire the skill and time involved in that paint job, but I'm really not a fan of the colour scheme. Sorry I think it's awful.

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Added a comment about photo Jared Graves' BlackBox Rear Shock 5/16/2016 1:02 PM
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wow, somebody needs some new allen keys, or that bolt just wont stay tight...

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Added a comment about video Celebrate the life of Stevie Smith, a photo tribute from Sven Martin 5/12/2016 4:30 PM
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Thanks Sven. A beautiful tribute. I wish you were here Stevie.

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Added a comment about press release Steve Smith Passes Away at Age 26 5/11/2016 3:17 AM
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A couple of seasons back I watched Stevie race at the Hafjell world cup. The conditions were dry for practise but rain was forecast for race day. Stevie sessioned his wet lines for both practise days, displaying his unique, loose but powerful style. I watched as he hit the exact same lines, time after time with military precision. Race day came and the heavens opened. Whilst other riders were changing their lines and getting their heads in a mess, Stevie was on it. I watched his finals run as he once again hit his lines to perfection with amazing accuracy, taming the wet roots and rocks, carrying immense speed, and of course going on to win the race and the overall. He had the measure of the track and every other rider that weekend.

This year it seemed that he was on his way back to that form that took him to the very top of our sport. Bad luck took him out of the running in Cairns but the wheelie over the line showed his spirit and good nature. This is a very sad day for me, a true Chainsaw fan, and my thoughts go out to Stevie's family and friends. RIP Stevie. You were and always will be an inspiration every time I throw a leg over my bike.

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Added a comment about video YT - Tales of the Mob - #4, Cairns Race Recap 4/26/2016 1:40 PM
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I love you bro Montana

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: Qualifying from the Cairns World Cup Downhill 4/22/2016 6:39 AM
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Gonna have to call you out on that one. Mik is one of the most powerful guys on the circuit...2nd at Pietermaritzburg in 2014 proves that. Brosnan has shown he's not lacking in power...1st in Fort William 2014 with the infamous 'motorway' section.

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