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The fact that we think a post should exist in both major seat post diameters in order to be considered suitable for as many riders as possible is elitist?

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Dropper Seatposts 5/10/2017 7:31 AM

Use a wolftooth lever with the fox and you have a matchmaker and Ispec Lever for the same price as the fox lever. Have one on mine. Has a better feel and look in my opinion also.

Added a comment about video What's the World Champ Think? Danny Hart on 29ers in DH Racing 5/6/2017 9:59 AM
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Except if 29" is faster, tracks will be changed to suit. Corners too tight to ride fast on a 29er? If everybody's on one, then the corner will be widened or routed around. DH has been building tracks to suit the bikes currently being ridden since it's inception. There's a reason there aren't any fireroad races anymore.

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Added a comment about video What's the World Champ Think? Danny Hart on 29ers in DH Racing 5/6/2017 9:57 AM
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Except tall guys won races just fine on 26". So any wheelsize above that should be looked at for who it excludes from competitiveness, not who it makes faster. If 29" makes Payet faster, but makes it harder for guys under 5'8" to compete, it shouldn't be allowed. because there's a lot more Troy Brosnans than Payets.

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Added a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/3/2017 7:02 AM
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One rider is not a trend, it's an edge case. Richie is riding the bike he likes best of those available to him, & the 5.5 is only 140mm of travel. It's not equivalent to the new crop of 29er race bikes, nor was it designed to be a thoroughbred race bike. This holds true no matter how much you may like Yeti.

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Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/3/2017 6:46 AM

Why should some riders get an advantage because they are taller than average?

27.5" is a good average wheelsize that can be made to work for riders at both ends of the height range. There are enough possibilities with frame sizing to make one wheelsize work for all competitors.

Greg Minnaar...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/3/2017 6:44 AM

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...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 10:35 PM

It obviously stinks compared to all other wheeled sports that are in essence a timed race from start to finish. Road cycling hasn't stifled development the rules have been successful in ensuring a more fair and even playing field.
Downhill just isn't as professional or as organised and it...more

Added a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 3:10 PM
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While that is true to some extent right now, 29ers are surging pretty hard in EWS this year, with the new Trek, Evil, & other brand's bikes. Second, Enduro has a more "run what you brung" ethos, at least right now. DH emphasizes velocity much more than other disciplines , & if 29 is faster, the tracks & other facets will be modified to suit in ways that wouldn't happen in Enduro or XC.

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Added a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 2:07 PM
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Ah, the "what's the matter bro, too much of a *ussy?" defense. What enlightened times, these, when discourse has risen to such stratospheric heights.

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Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 1:57 PM

I wonder how much money will be wasted collectively by canyon, propain, radon, Saracen plus others who have just finished developing a design plus norco who have only just finished a prototype that was due to enter production.
It will be interesting to see if Santa Cruz offer a rear...more

Added a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 1:56 PM
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Well, right now, on the only 3 29ers to see WC level competition, the riders on smaller frames have less rear wheel travel than Greg does.

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Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 1:54 PM

I'd argue it drives cost, not innovation, it will take another 2 years of development to get 29ers to where 27.5".

I'm a 29er fan, but Ai don't think it's nessacikry a good move for DH from a competition point of view or for tracks that DH racers will be raced on, and that's a big fact...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 12:58 PM

agreed, but I also think these guys were pretty candid about not being concerned with the "fairness" of new tech but rather the potential for the industry to self-destruct through too many options. it's the same argument for the tire width restrictions in CX- not that a wider selection of...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 12:45 PM

I think you really have made the right point here... a great example is the UCI decisions to limit the development of aerodynamic bikes in the 2000's and the decisions that all race bikes need approval and have to be available for sale to the public... before these rules, bikes were...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 12:44 PM

I think two good points were made by Loic and Brendan in the dirt walk around. If everyone gets 29ers, it's the same race, just on bigger wheels. The only people that lose are the amateurs who now have to buy, new frame, new fork, new wheels, new tyres. It's not really progression, it's a...more

Added a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 12:33 PM
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Except that isn't what happens. What happens is a bunch of brands leave the sport temporarily, since they can't compete. Look at how many brands fell off for a few seasons after 650b. Except this time, the cost/benefit analysis looks a lot better in favor of just putting more money towards the EWS. Look at Devinci, who I'm sure knew this was coming. Santa Cruz could have come to the UCI, brought if forward as an option, & then discussed it with the rest of the teams,

Instead they made a change that could have far reaching impact on both the sport, & the DH segment as a whole, & left everyone else to scramble, in the name of having an advantage for a few races.

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Added a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 10:08 AM
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I made a similar point in the "should there be a 29er class" thread, but I focused a bit more on the industry consequences. DH is not road biking. At the end of the day, there will still be enough people willing to pony up cash for pro road teams to get decent field at events like TDF. & road bike R&D is cost positive, in that they sell enough of those bikes to break even, before considering racing.

DH is a cost negative for many brands. They don't sell enough of these bikes to justify making them, they have to rely on them as halo product to drive sales of other bikes in their lines. But DH isn't the halo event it once was. EWS has taken a big bite out of that apple, & has more participants, & is raced on bikes that actually sell well, to boot. Look at a brand like Rocky Mountain. After a long time not sponsoring a racing team, they have people on their bikes this year. If they need to now scrap a fairly new frame design, & do all new molds for a 29er version, they have to take a look at the cost/benefit of doing that, vs investing more in EWS. Arguing for spending on WC racing in that light is pretty hard. Heck, look at Devinci. If we're finding out about this in the last few months, they had to have had at least a rumor of it when they decided not to field a WC team this year.

But worse than that, DH is already weak, compared to road. They lose 3-5 teams, & some real competitive riders don't have a sponsor. Not a healthy outcome for the sport.

I mean, the UCI put their foot down on skinsuits, gearboxes(Honda team) & different wheel sizes on the same bike. This is obviously detrimental to a segment that is just rebounding from all the brands that couldn't justify leaping to 650b right away, where are they here?

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Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 5/1/2017 11:56 AM

More innovation springs from more players in the market, not less. By allowing a change that disadvantages smaller teams, the UCI is allowing a change that will likely hurt the market diversity of DH, not increase it. Good job making a perfect argument ... more »

Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 5/1/2017 8:24 AM

I think, overall, this is going to be to the detriment of the sport. As has already been pointed out earlier in this thread, a lot of brands have to justify DH development as "Halo" product: they lose money on making the bikes. Problem being, a bunch ... more »