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Honestly, I don't think Danny has looked comfortable on the 29er all year. After dominating the latter part of 2016, why change things? You have to respect Gwin for having the confidence to stick to 27.5.

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Added reply in a thread ALL THINGS ANDORRA WORLD CUP 6/26/2017 2:24 PM

Yep I agree. Danny Hart...on 27.5".

Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 6/14/2017 12:50 AM

I agree it's hard to make judgements by looking at the results because it is down to individual performances but we can compare the result to last years race. The same guys finished first and second and the rest of the top 10 is made up of the usual ... more »

Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 6/12/2017 11:30 PM

It seems to me that the bigger wheels didn't offer any distinct advantage at Leogang. The track was too smooth with bermed corners for the large wheels to make any difference. Any benefits from increased grip, momentum and rollover were negated by a ... more »

Added a comment about slideshow Faster and More Fun Than You Think - Leogang Training Sessions 6/9/2017 11:00 PM
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Not sure i get Luca's point really. There are more red flags because the track is so fast which means big consequences when you crash. 'How many riders mullered themselves today' shouldn't be the guideline for how difficult a track is. But it's cool to have variety and that those guys are having fun, can't wait for Sunday.

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Added a comment about video Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/4/2017 10:09 AM
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UCI rule 6.1.064 Bicycles with 20” wheels may be raced only in standard categories. Cruisers may be
raced only in cruiser categories.

With the exception set forth herein below, all bicycles used in the standard 20” type must be equipped with matching wheels that are nominally 20” in diameter. The total diameter of the wheels, inflated tires included, shall not exceed 22 1/2” (57 cm).

The total diameter of the wheels, inflated tires included, in the cruiser type shall measure at least 22 1/2” (57 cm), and the total diameter of the wheels, inflated tires included, shall be no larger than 26” in diameter.

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Added a comment about video Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/4/2017 10:05 AM
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Tell that to the guys who shelled out $10k on a V10c a couple of months ago.

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Added a comment about video Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/4/2017 10:03 AM
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The F1 wheel size came up because Sven mentioned it in the interview with Loic. I never said all the regulations in every sport are relevant. Of course the size of a tennis racket isn't relevant to DH. My point is that ALL other professional sports are regulated, including other disciplines in cycling, and that includes a wheelsize rule.

DH does have some regulations...that actually make the sport slower. Is that progress?

The fact is that a lot of riders aren't happy with the direction that the sport is going in. The faster, open courses aren't to everyones liking and aren't really true to the spirit or heritage of the sport. I don't have anything against 29" wheels as a piece of equipment, but they are an effect of the direction the sport has taken in recent years. If you like watching and riding fast, open, man made tracks then that's great for you. Personally I'd rather watch the top guys being tested to the limit on natural, steep, gnarly, tight tracks that would scare the life out of me.

After watching Fort William today, the section of track that made this race interesting for me was the tight, slippery, rooty woods section. It separated the good from the great.

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Added a comment about video Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/2/2017 5:32 AM
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Are you saying that DH shouldn't be close, competitive, and entertaining?

F1 is just one example of a highly regulated technical sport. Pretty much every sport in the world that uses some kind of equipment has regulations, be it motor sport or lawn tennis.
We could always compare DH to BMX, Road Cycling, Track Cycling, and Cyclocross. All those disciplines have a regulation governing wheel size.

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Added a comment about video Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/2/2017 1:45 AM
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Spot on!

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The F1 comparisons are nice to hear, and make the F1 paddock sound like the ultimate thing, but they have regulations galore. Specifically in wheels/tires. Years back they even had dimension rules, back when there were multiple tire suppliers....more

Added a comment about video Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/1/2017 5:03 PM
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F1 cars would be faster if they had bigger wheels and lower profile tyres. It would allow higher cornering forces, larger brakes, lighter wheels, lower unsprung weight, better suspension performance (they would increase the controlled suspension travel and reduce the undamped tyre travel) and better aero because the bodywork could be run closer to the tyres due to less deflection. They don't have bigger wheels and lower profile tyres because of regulations. That was my point.

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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 1:34 PM
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If it's all about 'how fast they go' let's bring back skinsuits. Easily worth 2s on a track like Fort William...more if it's windy.

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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 1:32 PM
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The tracks aren't getting 'easier'. They are getting more open to benefit TV coverage. More open means faster which plays into the hands of the larger wheels.

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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 1:31 PM
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The Formula 1 analogy is still a good one. They could run bigger wheels with lower profile tyres. The cars would be faster. But they don't.

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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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