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Reply to The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 7/20/2016 8:29 AM

I do like Norco's method of changing the rear center for every size. However, I'd like to see more growth to keep everything in proportion as, in my opinion, the change isn't enough to make the difference I'd want to see. So...here is the point to this ... more »

Reply to The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 7/19/2016 2:13 PM

I've played with a number of stem lengths. To be honest, it depends on your stack height (as your bars go up, your "effective" stem length goes down), reach, where you are riding etc. I will say, in my experience, going north of 60 really isn't (ever)

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Reply to The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 7/19/2016 1:10 PM

That's a tough call. For me, I know what I prefer 90% of the time. However, saying I recommend the Smug over the Patrol isn't totally accurate. If you are tall, trying to race and want an extremely versatile bike yes, I think its the call. If you are ... more »

Reply to The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 7/19/2016 11:24 AM

I have a few sources indicating Richie was on a medium (like Graves used to be). Both are built like linebackers but aren't overly tall (5 10" or 5 11").

Reply to The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 7/19/2016 10:10 AM

100%. Which is really what I'm trying to say. A bike needs to be well balanced to ride well. The funny thing is what turned me onto this idea was in fact 29ers with "longer" (compared to my other bikes) stays. I was cornering better, riding faster and ... more »

Reply to The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 7/19/2016 8:38 AM

Few thoughts to add but before I do I should apologize for this coffee fueled rant. There were a few things I wasn't overly clear on and others I may have blown out of proportion. Unfortunately, I drank more coffee - so this is just as likely to garner

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Reply to The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 7/18/2016 3:55 PM

You echo some of the thoughts I've recently had. It'd be rad if there was someway to actively monitor how much weight I'm putting on each tire or the forces on each tire at any given moment. That would really help an engineer build better more natural ... more »

Reply to The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 7/18/2016 3:02 PM

Agreed. We all wanted to boil bike handling down to overly simple isolated variables as opposed to looking at the tool as a whole.

Reply to The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 7/18/2016 1:59 PM

Respectfully, I'd argue you are contradicting yourself. Keeping a longer bike's wheelbase in check with short stays would be akin to keeping a snowboard length in check by cutting off a chunk of the tail. My entirely too long "rant" was essentially saying ... more »

New thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 7/18/2016 11:18 AM

The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* ****Disclaimer - Full on bike geekery below - eyes *may* glaze over while reading*** First, a story. Many years ago the bike world was convinced the shorter the rear end of the bike, the better it would ... more »

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Reply to Time to Say Goodbye to USAC? 7/16/2016 7:44 AM

Woh. What year is it? Is it 2005 again?! Somebody, quick, get me a shot of whiskey. Seriously, I remember these exact same conversations a decade ago, and in those days, it seemed if you wanted to hold a race you HAD to be a part of the big bad governing ... more »

Reply to Cam Zink and Luca Shaw Fined $20 by USAC for Peeing in the Woods 7/15/2016 10:39 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG6b7KJ1Ah0

Reply to Ways to Become a Better Mountain Biker 7/15/2016 7:36 AM

^^^

Reply to Grizzly Bear Kills Mountain Biker in Montana 6/30/2016 8:58 AM

Awful. Considering I frequent griz terrain this has me a bit scared. Always thought the bike + rider would be enough to usually keep them away. Guess I'm wrong. Maybe I start packing!? (kidding...mostly)

Reply to Let's See Your Man (or Woman) Cave 6/16/2016 10:59 AM

Bumping this. Just bought a new (to me) house and need to effectively use the garage space best as possible.

Reply to That Time My Bike Flew Off The Car Rack... 6/15/2016 3:17 PM

HAHAHA. I heard this story. From a certain PR company representing the brand...

Reply to slow tires 6/15/2016 2:11 PM

This. Cause there is no question that tire is faster the 'right' way than the 'wrong' way.

Reply to Radio Use in WC DH? Legal? 6/13/2016 9:39 AM

Yeah. No offense to those who are saying "its too complicated, its just bike racing" or "its a distraction" but this is racing at the top level. We are a world apart from Formula One, I know this, but anything that can help has to be considered. Remember ... more »

Reply to Radio Use in WC DH? Legal? 6/13/2016 8:12 AM

There we go! Thanks. I do think Brandon's idea of analog communications may actually be happening at times for certain racers. Again, its not appropriate everywhere or for every racer or every track, but I could see the advantage for certain racers in ... more »

Reply to Radio Use in WC DH? Legal? 6/12/2016 12:30 PM

It would change things but a lot of what you are suggesting is already happening, just not in real time. EG: You better believe team managers are radioing/calling/texting conditions, line tips etc to their riders up until the moment they drop. I highly ... more »