Liked a comment on the item WINNING BIKE - Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Altitude 8/15/2017 7:46 AM

I weigh 75 kg in full gear, and I have to run 28 psi in the rear to not smash my rim to tiny carbon pieces (30 mm internal), even at that pressure I smack the rim quite often, and this is on reinforced tires, not some weight weenie floppy things like Ardents. If you can run low pressures...more

Added a comment about feature WINNING BIKE - Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Altitude 8/15/2017 7:45 AM
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Sure. But maybe don't tell Luca or Loris that (they aren't tall)

You'd be more apt to say "run what feels best".

Just go back a few months ago to see how everyone was up in arms about the wheel debate. I'm merely suggesting both are able to win at the top level in both enduro and DH.

I've had this stance since the start. Just wanted to point this out now that we are reaching the end of the race season...

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Sixth Element 27.5” Carbon Wheelset 8/15/2017 7:02 AM
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Though its tough to know for certain how much control these guys have over the rim manufacturing process, I have to agree with you. I've had excellent success with Light-Bicycle wheels. I can buy a set built up with good hubs, and two spare rims, for about the same price. Food for thought.

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: Sixth Element 27.5” Carbon Wheelset 8/15/2017 7:01 AM

Why would someone spent 1,3k USD on Generic Chinese rim laced on classic Hope Hub with pretty normal spokes and nyples.. why.. why ..why? When you can buy separately cheap-ish carbon rime like Light-bike / Nextie / Derby and lace it yourself on CX Ray / Hope, Syntace / DT350 for...more

Added reply in a thread 2016 Trek Fuel EX7 or 2017 EX8?? 8/14/2017 2:58 PM

You certainly get a lot more bike for $1000. Any reason you are set on Trek? $3K is sort of where you get 90% the performance of a $10K bike. Another option (if you are a medium...) https://www.yt-industries.com/en/detail/index/sArticle/1248/sCategory/508 ... more »

Added a comment about feature WINNING BIKE - Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Altitude 8/14/2017 1:05 PM
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Remember - Cushcore changes all of that. The system takes up a ton of volume and adds sidewall support. I've been able to run 20 at 200 pounds. I didn't like it, but I could do it without rolling the tire off the rim or damaging the rim. No way I could do this otherwise.

Plus remember, he's running double down up front and DH casing in the rear.

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Liked a comment on the item WINNING BIKE - Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Altitude 8/14/2017 12:13 PM

So that explains the 20psi tyre pressure

Added a comment about feature WINNING BIKE - Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Altitude 8/14/2017 11:24 AM
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Thx! So this would mean a guy like me would run 27-28psi. Seems totally reasonable with Cushcore.

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Liked a comment on the item WINNING BIKE - Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Altitude 8/14/2017 11:23 AM

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.

Added a comment about feature WINNING BIKE - Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Altitude 8/14/2017 10:35 AM
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Ha. I was just going to ask what he weighs...

Btw, so much for "27.5" wheels can't compete now that 29"ers are legit"

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Added reply in a thread RIP David Klaassen Van Oorschot 8/14/2017 8:40 AM

Ouch. He was such a pinner. Sorry for prying, but what was he fighting? Maybe not appropriate to ask but I am wondering. RIP.

Added reply in a thread Prototype Polygon DH Bike at Whistler? 8/10/2017 3:15 PM

Nailed it.

Added a comment about video Richie Rude Rips Fresh Trails at Aspen Snowmass 8/10/2017 9:55 AM
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This was almost really cool. That effect is super lame. I want to see Richie ride and maybe learn a thing or two. This is an editor making his mark in the worst way possible. HINT: When you have one of the best riders in the world less=more.

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Added reply in a thread Mountain Bike Racing on CBS: Crossfit Games Fail 8/9/2017 4:03 PM

I'd pay something for the Redbull coverage, especially if it got better (more cameras on course, qualy coverage etc)

Added a comment about news blog 2018 Enduro World Series Schedule and Race Locations 8/9/2017 2:37 PM
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Thanks for the reply @Sven. What stop are you most excited they included on the schedule for next year? Just curious...

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Liked a comment on the item 2018 Enduro World Series Schedule and Race Locations 8/9/2017 2:36 PM

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.

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Bummer no US stop...especially considering they got Aspen dialed now

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Added reply in a thread Mountain Bike Racing on CBS: Crossfit Games Fail 8/9/2017 6:46 AM

Considering "mainstream TV" is on the outs, I think Redbull TV is poised to do well... (it will be more and more mainstream as people cut the cord...)

Added reply in a thread Mountain Bike Racing on CBS: Crossfit Games Fail 8/8/2017 7:10 AM

Just to clarify, its cool the crossfitters (sp?) gave it a go. I'm merely suggesting its a bit of a bummer, especially with mr. gwin's performance this weekend, that *this* is the limelight shone on the sport. This is to mountain biking what celebrity ... more »

Added reply in a thread Show Off Your Backyard Pumptrack (Or One You Dream About) 8/7/2017 9:14 AM

Thx! Guessing I can't get a 70/30 clay sand mix without paying a ton for it. So it'll just be a screened finish dirt of whatever the local stuff is. Hope mother nature helps with some water over the next few weeks. Probably won't finish this till September ... more »