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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
C50

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
C50

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
C50

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
C50

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 ยป

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
C50

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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Liked a comment on the item Full Custom Santa Cruz V10 - The Ring 10/8/2013 8:01 AM

Wow. Never seen spokes like that! Nice work. Just one thing: Fox stickers have been inverted! Left right

Added a comment about photo Onza Tires Coming to the States 9/25/2013 1:35 AM
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Coming to the States would tire me out too.

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Added a comment about feature Blue Ribbon Banter: Gwinning Killed The MTB Star 9/19/2013 2:26 AM
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I feel like this article is written from a very American stand point. Maybe his success has had a bigger influence on the US riders - as an inspiration, and that is what you are seeing. The groms want to win like Gwin, so they act like Gwin. If Gwin acted like Shaun Palmer, maybe you guys would have to wait another 15 years before a top rider comes out of the USA. Right now, I'm sure Gwin's success will result in many more top 20 WC level riders coming out of the US over the next 5-10 years. Looking at the bigger picture, the rest of the world just respect Gwin's talent and realise they have to up their game to beat him. Yes Gwin's dominance has moved the sport on, but WC racing has always been serious at the top level. Just take a look at videos from the 90's when the top guys were being paid 6 figure salaries. The interviews are along the lines of "my GT bike and Rockshox suspension worked awesome and my Michelin tyres hooked up good, etc ". Seriously embarrassing to look back on but those were the corporate days of the sport, not now. I think if Gwin had dominated for 5+ years, like Sebastien Loeb has in world rally, then it can have a negative impact on the popularity of the sport. Close competition is always more exciting than pure dominance by a single person.

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Added a comment about video RAW: Hafjell, Norway World Cup Downhill Qualifying 9/14/2013 9:31 AM
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Yeah that's Matty Stuttard. He's an up and coming UK rider. Always quick, he was 2nd through the Mnt Snt Anne speed trap in qualifiers.

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Added a comment to Oz_Taylor's bike check 8/14/2013 1:48 AM
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Wow thanks guys!

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Added bike check Giant Glory DH 2012 by Slik Graphics 8/13/2013 9:00 AM
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