Added a comment about feature WINNING BIKE - Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Altitude 8/14/2017 11:02 AM
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We recorded a bike check with him in Aspen that didn't run yet (a bit redundant now), but he's 5'7, 150, riding a medium frame with a 32mm stem if I remember correctly.

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Liked a comment on the item 2018 Enduro World Series Schedule and Race Locations 8/10/2017 3:33 AM

it came down to available dates next year. Everyone wanted to avoid a clash with CWX slopestyle and DH weekend. Im sure Aspen will be back at some point. It was sweet this year. Often giving some venues a break means even better racing on more new trails the next visit.

Added a comment about feature Richie Rude's Racing a 29er at the Aspen EWS 7/27/2017 5:41 AM
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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: Aaron Gwin and Rachel Atherton Qualify Fastest in Lenzerheide 7/7/2017 12:19 PM
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Looks like Luca Shaw was 3rd fastest at split 4, might have a long sit in the hotseat tomorrow. On paper it's now Pompon who's 5 points ahead of Tracey in the overall!

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Added a comment about photo Wheel Balanacing at the Syndicate Pits 7/7/2017 7:00 AM
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I vaguely remember the Syndicate doing this a few years back for the high speeds in South Africa, but don't recall seeing it done for other courses. Have to wonder if the bigger wheels have anything to do with it? Just pedaling the bike full speed on a work stand a 29er seems to bounce quite a more than a 275 wheel.

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Added a comment about product review Conquering Moab on the All-New e*thirteen TRS Race SL Carbon Wheels 7/6/2017 3:42 AM
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I've been riding a set of these wheels for about 3 months now and would definitely agree with Brandon's assessment. Relatively light, stiff enough for getting rad on a 29er, but not as harsh as some other carbon wheels. Multiple tubeless mountings have been a tool-free, compressor-free affair. Oh, and that lovely e13 freewheel sound.....

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Liked a comment on the item Troy Brosnan vs. Greg Minnaar - Andorra Race Run Analysis 7/5/2017 11:26 AM

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

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Added a comment about photo Remote Lock-out for Brendog 6/10/2017 4:09 AM
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Sounds like offset bushing hardware in the shock as well. Ben and Brendan talk about it a bit here: https://www.redbull.com/int-en/mtb-world-cup-2017-leogang-timed-training-video

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Added reply in a thread ALL THINGS LEOGANG WORLD CUP 6/9/2017 12:04 PM

Maybe should have gone for the nac nac instead of the heal clicker?

Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 6/9/2017 10:17 AM

Keep in mind that development of dedicated DH apparel rather than repurposed moto gear was just taking form 8-10 years ago. Riders/teams' apparel sponsors do not make or sell skin suits, they want their riders wearing what they sell and be able to build ... more »

Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 6/8/2017 10:31 AM

GM's bike also has different geo than previous? That might make it more comfortable but the fact that 29ers look horrible on track. If the UCI banned skinsuits because of image to the sport, they should ban the 29er as well. If/when all teams go 29er, ... more »

Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 6/8/2017 4:34 AM

Casey Brown (5'3) and Katie Winton (5'2) have opted for 29ers the past 2 years. This whole 29er-is-unfair-to-short-people is, at this point, just internet myth. It clearly doesn't seem to apply with long travel enduro/all-mtn bikes, and no one under ... more »

Added a comment about video Greg Minnaar is on Another Level - Fort William Winning Run 6/8/2017 3:36 AM
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Also yes because he was not the fastest in any split except the one with the boggy woods. He greased the (different) woods section last year as well and also won by over 3 seconds, in fact the total gap between between Greg's winning run both years and the 5th place finisher changed by just -.058 seconds. So essentially the entire podium the past two years fell on the same spread of about 4.7 seconds even with three 29ers.. Of course our eyes will see what we want them too, but it remains according to the clock he was only the fastest in the slowest, most awkward sector. Ft. William did nothing definitive to settle the 29er debate, which unfortunately means we'll have to listen to it being hashed out all over again this weekend in Leogang.

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Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 6/6/2017 2:04 PM

Not interested in winning anything, just pointing out that the hyper focus on the 'fairness' of wheel diameter ignores the multitudes of ways that the current bikes would have to be considered 'unfair' as well using the same standard. It just doesn't ... more »

Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 6/6/2017 12:09 PM

Can't believe I'm getting drawn into an internet hair-splitting debate but one last thought and I'm outta here: I think a good number of skeptics would be well served to tune into the EWS and look at the variance of bike setups. Sure, there aren't direct ... more »

Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 6/6/2017 11:51 AM

would argue the fact that Greg gets more travel on his bike already tilts the argument towards "it probably does disadvantage shorter riders." I would argue there's a burden of proof in proving that the extra travel doesn't provide an advantage, or some ... more »

Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 6/6/2017 5:27 AM

And just 1 on a 29er, on a track he's now won on 3 years running, and with almost identical time differentials within the top 5 on both 275 and 29. Perhaps this is all much ado about nothing? The only real takeaway from the weekend seems to be confirmation ... more »

Liked a comment on the item RESULTS: Rachel Atherton and Greg Minnaar Qualify Fastest at Fort William 6/3/2017 11:33 AM

so track-side news is lots of crashes. sam hill twice and apparently a bomb-hole that was filled in w/ rocks that caught riders out, sending them OTB. not too sure how much this impacted results but seems like possibly. still, those who didn't crash are on top and...more