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Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 9/19/2014 7:03 AM

Reading between the lines, I guess that means Blenki is leaving Lapierre?

Added a comment about photo MW Industries Carbon Composite Bellows Shock Spring 9/12/2014 10:32 PM
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I don't think these filling with mud is a big problem, but muddy water will get in between the carbon elements, either during a ride or when washing the bike. I wonder how quiet they will be with a grinding paste of dirt in there. I wouldn't want to remove my shock and remove/clean a stack of 40 or so 'elements' every time i wash my bike.

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Added a comment about photo How Many Did You Enjoy Today? 9/12/2014 10:25 PM
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The irony is strong with this one! *cough* Mulally

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Added a comment to michshift's bike check 9/11/2014 12:51 AM
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Fork decals are from slikgraphics.com :-)

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Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 9/10/2014 3:00 PM

I can't see Gwin leaving Specialized having not achieved any significant victories (by his standards I mean - I know a World Cup win isn't to be taken lightly). Also they have just launched the new bike and he must have had input into it's development. ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 9/10/2014 9:44 AM

I agree I can't see Hill leaving CRC. At this point in his career when he has rediscovered his form, it seems crazy to switch teams and put it all at risk. I'm sure that one of the Specialized guys will go (having to run both Rockshox and Fox can't have ... more »

Liked a bike check UMICHENG: XS Pink n' Blue - Pivot Mach 6 Carbon 9/10/2014 1:07 AM
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Added a comment about photo Steve Peat's World Champs Santa Cruz V10c 27.5 9/4/2014 2:29 AM
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Like the idea but the SC logo on the downtube looks a bit shit.

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Added a comment about photo Bring Back the Mini Bikes 9/4/2014 12:46 AM
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Hang on...isn't that a DW-Link?

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Added a comment about feature First Look: Radical New 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 7/30/2014 1:21 PM
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Interesting stuff, thanks for the link! Seems the brake carrier was there out of necessity to make the system function. One thing the graphs do confirm is that it pedalled like s**t., especially weighing in at around 45lbs :-)

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Added a comment about feature First Look: Radical New 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 7/30/2014 12:03 PM
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I agree I guess it is a 4 bar linkage at the end of the day. I think the thing that set the early Lawwill bikes apart was having the rear caliper mounted on a floating carrier that pivoted around the rear axle, rather than having it mounted to the same link. I don't know facts and figures but in my experience, trailing the back brake and drifting that DH9 into bumpy turns made it awesome fun to ride! Things have moved on so far since then, and those early Lawwill designs were complex and heavy. This demo is such an elegant solution. In fact it reminds me of a Ducati 996, especially in red with the Ohlins shock. Maybe in 20 years these will become art for rich guys to hang on their walls :-)

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Added a comment about feature First Look: Radical New 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 7/30/2014 5:33 AM
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Yeah I thought that with the big swingarm and concentric pivot, but this isn't a full floater, and the brake isn't floating either. I used to ride a Yeti DH9, nothing brakes like that that thing, you could literally back it in over braking bumps without the back end skipping around. Loved the Lawwill stuff!

Edit - just realised you are referring to the latest Rotec with the single swingarm. Yeah it definitely has a look of it, especially with the upper swingarm blacked out like that.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: Radical New 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 7/30/2014 12:42 AM
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Have you seen wheel path diagrams? Have you ridden the bike or spoken to somebody who has first hand experience of the pedaling/braking characteristics? Do you have any facts and figures for the stiffness of the frame? If the answers are no, then your entire comment is pure speculation.

Whilst we are speculating, I'll do a little bit of counter speculation for arguments sake :-) Looking at the thickness of the chainstay and the size of the main bearing, I don't think stiffness is going to be an issue. It also looks plenty wide where the upper link attaches to the main frame, so this should help lateral stiffness. In my opinion a bike can be too stiff - engineered flex can be a good thing. In any case, I'm sure Specialized have done their homework and I'm looking forward to having a ride on one.

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Added reply in a thread Who would win? Sam Hill vs Nico Vouilloz in their prime 5/22/2014 10:45 PM

It's a pretty impossible comparison really. It's like comparing Fangio to Schumacher or Senna with Hamilton. They are riders from different eras and the sport has changed massively, both in terms of the tracks and equipment they use. There's no doubt ... more »

Added a comment about video Cairns DH Highlights 4/28/2014 8:22 AM
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Brilliant footage as ever but I had to mute the speakers half way through. What's with the gash, over dramatic, hollywood style music on these Red Bull edits. It's like they send the footage to RB, then some corporate pleb adds the soundtrack.

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Added a comment about video Daily Slays from the Parkin Brothers - Red Bull World Cup Video from Pietermaritzburg, Day 1 4/11/2014 9:08 AM
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I think it's good that RedBull are getting involved. The speed these edits are available is unbelievable and more resources can only be a good thing for the filmmakers. Plus I can now watch the live coverage in comfort on Apple TV. Sad to lose Dirt TV and I only hope that Red Bull give us unbiased footage, rather than it being focused on Red Bull sponsored riders.

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Added a comment about video Ermahgerd Nermerd! 4/8/2014 1:18 AM
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ha that was funny, but I was expecting a Miami Vice style remake with Jan Hammer as the soundtrack.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: X-Fusion RV1 HLR Fork 2/27/2014 2:51 AM
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The bumpers are designed to be run in combination with cable ties. Like this http://ride.io/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/IMG_2151.jpg

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Added a comment to The Garage's bike check 10/8/2013 8:03 AM
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That frame is a work of art, and the custom etching is a nice touch. Build is let down slightly by the fork decals.

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