Added a comment to JMGraphicsPT's bike check 5/15/2017 6:12 AM
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Wow seriously? sounds fast! Templating the frame is an hours work, unless you already had templates?

Ah sorry just noticed you didn't include the frame decals in your list.

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Added a comment to JMGraphicsPT's bike check 5/15/2017 4:23 AM
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Really nice job. How many hours went into the decals would you say?

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Added reply in a thread All Things Fort William World Cup 2017 5/11/2017 1:01 PM

And that's part of the reason why we are seeing more tracks that are based at bike parks. They can use the WC as a promotional event to hopefully attract visitors for the whole season. It's also much easier to tap into local government funding when it's ... more »

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Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/3/2017 1:25 AM

@Oz - go on as to why this doesn't feel right? Curious - have you ridden a long travel 29" trail bike? Is there something you are hung up on that doesn't feel right - like somehow the big wheels aren't somehow as cool? Like they probably suck in the air and you can't get sideways and "have...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/3/2017 1:25 AM

All fair points! You will see more 29" DH bikes soon btw (Fort Bill according to the rumors - 2 more teams)! So the field will be (more) level if in fact it is the advantage some are suggesting. Again, I dig the conversation. Cheers!

Added a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 4:28 PM
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I ride an Enduro 29 Carbon. It's the fastest bike I've owned. I can get it sideways (just), it rails turns, it climbs, it ploughs. Haven't used my DH bike since I bought it.

What doesn't feel right to me is that at present, the Syndicate have an advantage over all the other teams. I know the advantage is debatable but my own experience of riding 29" bikes leads me to believe that they are faster (and Lourdes quali kind of confirmed it too). They will carry that advantage this season and over most other teams into 2018. They announced it late as a marketing stunt. They kept it under wraps so that the other teams couldn't react in time. They have access to exclusive tech from their suppliers which has allowed them to be the only team to bring this to the table.

I don't care what the wheelsize is, as long as it's fair for everyone involved. At the moment it's not a level playing field. Whether smaller riders can ride them with the same amount of travel etc will depend on how the bikes are developed.

I don't think wheelsize can be compared to other tech such as suspension. Wheels are a fundamental component of the bike and are a defining component. Just as BMX is 20", road is 700c etc. The wheels make such a big difference to the characteristic of a bike, I think that it's important that this component is a constant. If it settles at 29" that's fine, at least we'll have a level playing field again, if the bikes fit smaller riders without any compromises (less suspension travel etc). It's a shame that we only saw 2 years of WC level development on 27.5" wheels before the jump to 29".

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Added a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 3:05 PM
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Speed in most cycling disciplines is about power to weight, and how long a rider can sustain that power. Troy might be short but he's a powerful guy. He placed 5th in Pietermaritzburg a couple of months before his win at Fort Bill. I like the fact that different sized guys can win, although mental preparation, confidence and a huge dose of talent can win races too.

I dunno, I'm generally in two minds about this whole thing. Love the sport, Minnaar is my favourite rider, Syndicate my favourite team, yet it's those guys who are taking the sport into a place that doesn't feel right to me.

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Added a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 1:01 PM
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From what I've read and heard, his wheelbase is 1300mm. Last year he rode a XXL V10 with longer shock links (+17mm I think), so around 1295mm in total.

You could say Greg's set up is one of the more extreme in terms of length. Even Peaty didn't go that long and he is an inch taller than Greg. But anyway, I'd say the length of Greg's bike is in proportion to his height. It would be interesting to look at the ratio between wheelbase length and rider height.

Danny Hart rides a large Summum with a 1250mm wheelbase. At his height of 1.78m, his wheelbase is actually longer than Minnaars relative to his height (Greg is 1.9m tall).

I understand that wheelbase is just one measurement on the bike, but it's a good number because it takes into account the head angle etc.

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Added a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 11:29 AM
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Why should some riders get an advantage because they are taller than average?

27.5" is a good average wheelsize that can be made to work for riders at both ends of the height range. There are enough possibilities with frame sizing to make one wheelsize work for all competitors.

Greg Minnaar and many other racers have been going longer in search of stability. One thing I found interesting is that Gregs 29" V10 is the same size as last years bike, so switching to big wheels wasn't about bike fitment. It's purely about the advantages of a bigger wheel with more momentum, stability, rollover and grip.

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Added a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS: 2017 Lourdes World Cup Downhill 5/2/2017 1:36 AM
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A WC track sees 2 days of solid practice/qualis and maintenance before race day. Plenty of time for the track to bed in and mature. In any case there is morning practice, juniors and senior womens race before the senior men. That's plenty of riders to 'sweep' the main line, if that even happens. It's more likely that holes get deeper, and berms/ruts get blown out by the time the last guys do their runs.

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Liked a comment on the item FINAL RESULTS: 2017 Lourdes World Cup Downhill 5/2/2017 1:25 AM

So when pros have said that they couldn't ride their lines since it was blown out they must not know what they re talking about? Sorry it's happens, maybe not every race but it happens. And no matter what it ends up the riders choice not something forced on them.

Added a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS: 2017 Lourdes World Cup Downhill 4/30/2017 2:58 PM
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At least the entire top 15 were caught out by the weather. Still all to play for.

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Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 4/29/2017 10:57 PM

I'm pretty sure that the definition of a bicycle in the UCI rules says that the front and rear wheels have to be of equal diameter. Please correct me if I'm wrong on that.

Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 4/29/2017 10:52 PM

I agree and disagree with Eric's comments. He is a racer at heart so obviously he is fine with having an advantage over the other competitors. He'd be just as pissed as the other guys if he had to compete against the Syndicate this year. I don't agree ... more »

Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 4/29/2017 11:38 AM

Somebody said: "At the end of the day, we need to decide what direction we want the sport to take. Do we want it to be like road racing or rally where officials scrutinise equipment before and after and sometimes during events? Or do we want to keep ... more »

Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 4/28/2017 7:47 AM

Greg keeping his cards close to his chest it seems. Do we really believe he hasn't done any back to back runs? Somebody who adjusts their bar height by 2.5mm and lever angle by single degrees. Even Vergier said he did back to back runs himself, and the ... more »

Added a comment about feature Loic Bruni's Specialized Demo 4/28/2017 5:35 AM
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Ok so all the privateers have to drop their current frame sponsors/support and buy an Alutech?

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Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 4/28/2017 2:06 AM

Eh? Don't get butthurt. The whole point of a discussion is to try to change the other persons opinion. I'm just giving you my opinion. Take it or leave it, I don't care. The only reason you can argue that it is fair is because there is no regulation ... more »

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