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Wow. I wish I had more fingers so I could give this 3 thumbs up.
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Eh, he's getting paid. How many of us want-to-be-pros could ever say that. Jokes on who?!
The bikes may or may not suck (I haven't ridden one in a decade). He's just doing what anyone in his shoes would do, keep the gravy train rolling while he can. Not a lot of rad jobs for 40something year old ex pro mountain bike racers... In any other "mainstream" sport, Lopes would have long retired. Fringe sports require a bit more teat suckling.
One other point - you think Ibis, Intense or any other company would feel bad if they had to cut him due to financial problems? No way. Its a two way street. Its how markets work...
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"Super short chainstays. Sure, they’re fun and playful, but we’ll take stability any day."
[Insert that heart eyeball smiley emoji here]
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A Jeff rides a flat kinda weak trail but his dog shreds
B Tucker - The only reason we care about Jeff?
C Pimpin' your dog for 15 minutes on the internet. Pathetic or a mental sickness?
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This is so rad
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Just take my money already!! (ps, could have gone bigger...)
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How have I never seen that?
That was great stuff.
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The real question is who was better in their day, ACC or Atherton? Too bad there isn't a real time machine for this throw down to occur...
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(Typing on iPhone at trail head...sorry for typos and grammar errors)
I mean this with the utmost respect. I love your work and just think you are an all around awesome guy.
While I'm happy to hear his neck and back have checked out, I feel the other part of what you wrote goes to further illustrate our industry's antiquated take on concussion issues.
One of the things that is so hard about a concussion is there isn't a good way to say "yup, this is a concussion". The symptom list is huge, and there is no "concussion x Ray".
We as athletes have so much on the line, so many neurochemicals running around our brain, and using the damaged instrument to asses if it's damaged (see the problem?).
Until we have better technology, more research etc the subjectivity to concussion is a lot of the problem.
Its for this reason in the nfl, when a player has a hard helmet to helmet hit they undergo evaluation which includes some ***baseline testing***. That would be the only way to really clear Finn for this race. Not only does HE have to be aware of what to look for, his team manager does too. And an underlying test needs to be passed to show "normal brain function".
This is obviously impossible right now...we have no baseline and we aren't trained for what to *really* look for in a rider as to if her she is concussed. the symptoms we are trained to look for are often signs of a more severe head injury.
In Finns case I would bet a lot of money the force it takes to break a helmet like that more than exceeds that of "concussion."
It's a tricky thing. And in a way you saying what you said helped illuminate a lot of the problem we have today...
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Man. We're learning nothing. If this was any mainstream sport, Finn would be sitting this race out without a doubt. He's risking the rest of his life by even considering a ride. To add, a neck injury is scary by itself (I know well!). I know, we as mountain bikers (and racers) don't plan to live to 100, but still, his brain needs to rest. He shouldn't even have the option to race. The UCI is going to be slow to do anything, so I feel strongly all the teams should enter into a gentlemen's agreement. If Peaty got us all to wear visors and the skinsuits went away, we most certainly can figure out this one. Here. I'll start with rule one...If you break your helmet, the rule should be YOU DO NOT RACE. Sorry for the rant, I'm passionate about this one...
oh, and Minnaar at 33 seconds....
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Please release full Alpha Project!
It really isn't, its the spawn of Jon and his otherworldy bank account...
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I like it. In a certain if-I-collected-bikes kind of way...
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Jon Olson's company...
To add, nobody is making you move to a different wheel size or xyz technology. As Spomer indicated, they will make 26" wheels and tires for a long time. They'll still make non-metric shocks. They'll still make every iteration of hub standard you can think. They'll do all these things longer than that 26" bike will be able to handle trail riding abuse.
Though "progress" in the bike industry can often feel like a marketing managers attempt to get us all to crack open our wallets, we have to remind ourselves - we hold the power. We could simply just not buy it. By and large most incremental changes are for the better (but not all), and having choice of wheels is a good thing.
I go back to surfing, as its been around for a lot longer than mountain biking. There are a number of different shapes, sizes, rocker profiles etc of surf boards. One isn't really better than the other - better for you, maybe, but better overall? Naw.
Its all about fit - and all about dialing something in for your body type, style, where you ride etc. Wheel/tire choices allow us to do this better and might open something up you never thought possible.
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Thanks on that! 100% agree burlier casing is needed. That's why I was so shocked to see a 240 pound dude pilot a 27.5" bike to success (worth noting (at least to my ego) he beat everyone...not just me).