Liked a comment on the item What's the World Champ Think? Danny Hart on 29ers in DH Racing 5/5/2017 10:05 PM

I think the problem is this will start giving larger riders advantages. yes the larger wheel sizes fit larger people better but they also roll over things better. So do we make obsticals bigger? But then even if 27.5 fits the rider better they are at a loss and...more

Liked a comment on the item What's the World Champ Think? Danny Hart on 29ers in DH Racing 5/5/2017 10:04 PM

i keep hearing this argument, but are they really straightening out the tracks? aside from leogang which could never replace schladming, what track on the WC circuit doesn't reward cornering skill? i know MSA had the controversial section last year, but that...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/4/2017 9:13 AM

Food for thought, Greg C always seems to crush tight, twisty, awkward EWS aboard a 29" steed. The old school "29" bikes can't corner in tight stuff" belief is sort of a theory from yesteryear being perpetuated forward IMO.

Bikes are already long and slack as hell. That, more than anything,...more

Added a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 10:28 AM
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I ride a 29er. I love technological progress in bikes.

But I have one concern: If bigger and bigger wheels prove more and more advantageous, at what point will tall riders have a overwhelming advantage by riding equipment shorter riders can't possibly use?

One of my favorite parts of DH racing is that most sizes of human can compete-- to see Danny Hart and Troy Brosnan level with Minnaar and Payet is awesome.

But if people keep pushing the wheel size, and Payet sized people come to dominate on, you know, a 33in wheel in 2020, and short riders are pushed out of the sport like it was basketball or something, it would be a real shame.

For this reason I am fine with the UCI capping wheel size at a max of 29.

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Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 10:21 AM

26 is dead. Sam Hill went enduro. And 29 is in DH. Who cares? Get. Over. It.

Liked a comment on the item WINNING BIKE: Alexandre Fayolle's Polygon DH9 4/30/2017 8:40 PM

he went within 0.1s of vergiers time on a much more beaten up track, i think it fair to say that the last 10-15 would not have crushed him. Maybe a couple of them at best. The only downside form my point of view is it made the last guys boring to watch, when if it was all dry it would have been...more

Liked a comment on the item WINNING BIKE: Alexandre Fayolle's Polygon DH9 4/30/2017 8:40 PM

Right? I want to know more about the shock as well!

Liked a comment on the item WINNING BIKE: Alexandre Fayolle's Polygon DH9 4/30/2017 8:40 PM

There's no telling what would have happened. Loic, Gee, and Gwin have been on plenty of winning runs only to crash out in a seemingly benign section. Is it likely Loris or Troy or Minnaar might have bested that time? Historically speaking, sure. But in the top 15 riders there also likely would...more

Liked a comment on the item WINNING BIKE: Alexandre Fayolle's Polygon DH9 4/30/2017 8:39 PM

That's racing, deal with it.

Liked a comment on the item WINNING BIKE: Alexandre Fayolle's Polygon DH9 4/30/2017 8:39 PM

To be fair he hammered down like a boss

Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW - 2017 World Cup Downhill Chaos from Lourdes 4/29/2017 10:48 PM

I strongly disagree.
I think it was a nice change of pace and really lets us see the difference between riders and their different lines.
While i agree the "old" format was more action packed, this is a welcome addition to prepare for sunday because it gives much more...more

Liked a comment on the item RESULTS: Qualifying, 2017 Lourdes World Cup DH 4/29/2017 2:07 PM

We need this reminder on every page: These are the 7th and 9th ranked guys from last year, and they are both ~20 years old, so it is completely normal that they keep progressing each year into their mid-twenties.

Liked a comment on the item RESULTS: Qualifying, 2017 Lourdes World Cup DH 4/29/2017 2:07 PM

Crazy splits between Loris and Loic!

Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW - 2017 World Cup Downhill Chaos from Lourdes 4/29/2017 2:05 PM

no worries, and thanks for being constructive. i see both sides to the argument. since i'm not at the race, i personally loved seeing a lot of action (even if it wasn't quite as A.D.D. as some RAW vids), but i can see where you're coming from.

Liked a comment on the item Nukeproof Pulse 2017 Prototype 4/11/2017 10:11 AM

I really like that team photo. Almost silly to say it, but I'm a fan of people looking happy and stoked - the "look tough and nonplussed" team portrait is not my favorite.

Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW Redux - Best of 2016 4/5/2017 12:59 PM

I like how half the video is MSA

Liked a comment on the item Sam Hill's Prototype Nukeproof Mega Enduro Bike 3/2/2017 7:40 PM

It warms my heart to see him not in a Leatt abortion helmet.

Liked a comment on the item 17 Questions - Reggie Miller 2/19/2017 10:20 PM

Like he isn't calling for the largest Geometron 29" bike.......

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We melted down the T1000 and dipped each frame in the vat. Booya!

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Thirstmaster 3000 is a revolution

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