Liked a comment on the item Troy Brosnan vs. Greg Minnaar - Andorra Race Run Analysis 7/3/2017 10:27 PM

I was sincerely hoping someone (Vital...) would do this. Your team's coverage is second to none.

Liked a comment on the item Danny Hart Back on 27.5 6/28/2017 7:29 PM

Imagine how many keyboards will explode if he gets 2nd place by .4 seconds

Liked a comment on the item Danny Hart Back on 27.5 6/28/2017 7:29 PM

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.

Liked a comment on the item Railing Ruts in Champéry 6/16/2017 7:54 AM

when it looks steep on camera...

Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW - LOOSE IN LEOGANG! 6/11/2017 6:24 PM

Scrub, manual to nolly wasn't bad either.

Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW - LOOSE IN LEOGANG! 6/11/2017 6:24 PM

I find it ironic that the UCI DH outlawed skinsuits, yet the moto pants and jerseys are equally formfitting.

Liked a comment on the item Greg Minnaar is on Another Level - Fort William Winning Run 6/7/2017 10:27 AM

Yes and no. Yes, because Minnaar had won here 6 times already, and two in a row until this run. No, because he won by almost three seconds and it looked startlingly effortless (which is of course not true, but visually it was impressive), and his rolling...more

Liked a comment on the item RESULTS: Fort William World Cup Downhill Race 6/4/2017 11:50 AM

That's the second time Gwin has been up and then crashed/stopped in the flat stuff at Fort William. Both times he landed on the podium, wild! You could see the difference braking early and cornering smooth arcs makes at the top during Gwin and Minnaars' runs. They made it look so much easier...more

Liked a comment on the item RESULTS: Fort William World Cup Downhill Race 6/4/2017 11:50 AM

The one thing I learned from the above is that qualies matter: Vergier is sitting 15th overall because of his quali points!

Liked a comment on the item Deathgrip Movie - A Review 5/31/2017 11:13 AM

One of the most basic segments, Schladming with Bryceland, is one of the most insane video parts ever made. I call it basic because it's a lot of GoPro and on a track the wasn't made specifically to be filmed. The raw energy and riding in that segment is next level f***ed. I can't imagine any other video part coming...more

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