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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Added a comment about video Front Derailleur Re-Purposing with Fairdale Bikes 4/19/2016 1:55 PM
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want the bottle opener...not sure about the other stuff :-)

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Added a comment about photo DVO Sapphire Fork and Diamond Updates 4/17/2016 11:09 PM
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Not sure about the graphics. Look like a mix between 2013 Rockshox and 2016 Fox designs.

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Added a comment about slideshow The 2016 World Cup Downhill Season Begins - Lourdes Track Walk Slideshow 4/8/2016 5:25 AM
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As a fellow Northern Englishman I can translate :-) He was talking about last weekend, getting wasted with his mates, then the day after going to a holiday place called Center Parcs, going on the water slide, taking a dip in the pool, getting chased by security guards and making a quick getaway in his mate's mum's Skoda Labia (Fabia). Josh is absolutely hilarious...when everyone else is getting serious, he's out getting up to no good with the lads.

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Interesting comments from Peaty. Much of the impetus for the UCI point rules came from current WC teams and athletes pushing to make the WC's more exclusive to top-tier riders only. Seems those feelings change a bit when confronted with the...more

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Not sure if Steve has enough points. Anybody know? edit - just saw sspomer's post above. That's awesome news! Life in the old dog yet.

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Looking great Eric, thank you!

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