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this was one of the best 17 questions yet. Thanks Spomer

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Kashima Super Monster with 40mm stanchions?

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Liked a comment about feature Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/19/2015 9:47 AM
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Agreed with most written aside from the insurance bit. The Rampage falls under the FMB Tour, in which riders cannot compete without insurance. In no other sport, action or otherwise, is an event's title sponsor responsible for providing insurance to the competitors. That's not their responsibility and it never was. All they do is provide a venue at which these riders can compete if they want to. There's a lot of misplaced anger about that and if anything, be pissed at the rider's SPONSORS for the lack of travel cash or providing insurance/medical coverage.

Also here's some perspective... The FWT, a world tour big mountain circuit for skiers/snowboarders. Over the years multiple people have died competing or being part of this event. There are no massive outcries about who should be paying who, how much, etc. because everyone understands its an inherently dangerous comp. with little extrinsic rewards. You can either compete or not, its ultimately up to the rider and what line the rider risks.

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Liked a comment about video An UnReal Dirt Blizzard 9/22/2015 7:55 AM
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"Brown Pow" = a shart. It's obviously brown, and POW! The next hour of your life just got dictated by this outwardly insignificant event.

This is what happens when people who have made a career on overly dramatic, cheesy ski flicks, touch mountain biking. Hey, let's make biking like skiing, we understand that! Let's see a slow mo seggie of someone waxing the bottom of their bike now.

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Liked a comment about photo 2016 Intense M16 Carbon 8/26/2015 10:57 AM
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After many years of development they have arrived at the santa cruz v-10

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all of them

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Liked a comment about news blog RESULTS: Qualifying from Windham World Cup Downhill 8/7/2015 2:07 PM
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yeah Shawn Neer #55.!

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Liked a comment about slideshow Missy Giove at the 2015 Windham World Cup 8/7/2015 11:13 AM
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sven reporting from field, no idea if 100% true, but saying missy getting a re-run after men's qualis. we'll find out i guess.

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Liked a comment about slideshow Missy Giove at the 2015 Windham World Cup 8/7/2015 8:28 AM
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yes, she will try to qualify today.

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Liked a comment about news blog RESULTS: Timed Training from Windham World Cup DH 8/6/2015 2:50 PM
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it was 2:24 last year. i know this isn't race pace, but the times are longer than last year. i think the ridiculously tight times on a short course are exciting once or twice a year.

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Liked a comment about slideshow A Tribute to Will Olson - Memorial Ride, Enduro World Series, Crested Butte 8/4/2015 10:35 AM
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Oh my goodness... Lee Trumpore, Eddie Clark - THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for doing this. This is so incredibly beautiful, thoughtful, amazing. Will would be blown away. Thank you for honoring my boy in this way... He loved you guys - this whole community. Peace and love, Will Olson's girlfriend, Bonnie

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Liked a comment about news blog Racer Fatality at Enduro World Series Crested Butte, Event Canceled 8/1/2015 9:03 PM
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SOOOOOOOO sad to hear something like this happening to a fellow rider..... my thoughts and prayers to the rider's family..

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Don't forget the tall black socks to go with your DH knickers

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Liked a comment about video Desk to DH: From Cube Life to Race Tape in Eight Days 7/9/2015 9:33 AM
C138x104

awesome video i find myself being the same boat turning 30 this year and having a ton of fun racing enduro in my hometown, around my province and even in new zealand cheers to you Jeff!

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Liked a comment about video Desk to DH: From Cube Life to Race Tape in Eight Days 7/9/2015 8:27 AM
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Hey thats a great idea, someone should make a trail dog race or a category. Both rider and dog racing together

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Liked a comment about video Desk to DH: From Cube Life to Race Tape in Eight Days 7/9/2015 8:27 AM
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Definitely doesn't warrant its own post. On pinkbike they do way more fascinating things like ride some average trail bike that "inspires confidence" and is "just as capable as a dh bike". That's much more legit as stand alone content.

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Liked a comment about video Tucker vs Jeff | Lithium Trail 6/22/2015 4:20 PM
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Probably looks a lot like mine but with a 3 axis. http://imgur.com/a/ztBnU

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Liked a comment about video Tucker vs Jeff | Lithium Trail 6/22/2015 10:35 AM
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see how it says "lithium trail" in the title?

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Liked a comment about slideshow How To Get The Most Out Of Your RockShox Suspension 6/19/2015 10:22 PM
C138_rockshox_spota

I'm impressed by your enthusiasm.

Re-read my comment with the graph. I don't disagree with you about how a volume change at the same starting pressure will alter the spring rate.

However, the slope (aka spring rate) does indeed change when you up the air pressure. Let's do some very basic math, using the nice orange and red dots at the 2-inch travel mark on the 4-inch chamber lines as an easy reference point.

Rise / Run = Slope

The 4-inch chamber with 200psi rises from 200lbs at 0-inches to 400lbs at 2-inches.
The 4-inch chamber with 100psi rises from 100lbs at 0-inches to 200lbs at 2-inches.

400lbs - 200lbs = 200lbs
200lbs - 100lbs = 100lbs

200lbs (rise) / 2in (run) = 100lbs/in
100lbs (rise) / 2in (run) = 50lbs/in

While they may look "more or less parallel," they're far from it.

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Liked a comment about slideshow How To Get The Most Out Of Your RockShox Suspension 6/19/2015 9:41 PM
C138_rockshox_spota

kc358, you've got some wires crossed. Changing air pressure does indeed change the spring rate. Here's a graph from RockShox to illustrate this fact:



Spring rate describes the stiffness of a spring and is defined as the (change in force) / (change in displacement). It's usually measured in lbs/in - the pounds of force necessary to compress the spring by one inch. In the graph, note the red and orange lines that represent different pressures in the same volume. In the case of the 100psi red line, we see a change in force of 100lb over 2-inches. The 200psi orange line sees a change of 200lb in those same 2-inches. If the spring rate did not increase as you increase pressure, the change in force over those 2-inches would be the same.

As you noted, almost all air springs have a progressive spring rate, which means that they get stiffer the more they are compressed. As you also noted, yes, changing the volume also increases the spring rate (note the red and blue lines and their respective 100lb increase vs ~200lb increase over 2-inches) - this is why many riders will reduce air pressure by a few psi as they add more Tokens in order to keep a similar sag level and initial stroke feel.

Yes, the force necessary to initially compress the air spring due to the static pressure (breakaway force) also increases as you up the pressure, but RockShox offsets this with their auto-adjusting SoloAir negative spring, The effect of the negative spring isn't shown in this graph, but the breakaway force is reduced by the amount of force created by the negative spring pressure.

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