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Added reply in a thread Prototype, unique and random mountain bikes 11/24/2014 9:59 AM

Huh... I've seen the alu prototype before but I guess I just had my hopes up. The chainstay looks fairly horizontal with the ground in the pic and you'd think a 40 would raise it up a bit more than the 36. But, I do see the small rotor in the back now ... more »

Added reply in a thread Prototype, unique and random mountain bikes 11/24/2014 7:36 AM

New Yeti SB8C on Bike Rumor: http://www.bikerumor.com/2014/11/23/jared-graves-teases-prototype-yeti-sb8c-downhill-bike-carbon-dt-swiss-dh-wheels/

Added a comment about news blog Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/23/2014 1:10 PM
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Is this the same bootleg demo that was held for Interbike? Isn't that not open to the public, meaning that these were "industry" affiliated people and usually buyers for shops trying out the bikes? If that is so, many of them might be ill-equipped since they are here for the tradeshow and simply trying out bikes for their shop, rather than a sample population for potential buyers. There are many buyers who are absolute rubbish at riding bikes and this is most likely one such person.

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Added a comment about news blog Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/23/2014 8:56 AM
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It is kind of funny that a lot of the American objections are based around ebikes only being used by people who are fat and/or lazy. While I am sure that those who may ride an ebike are sometimes fat or lazy, the ebikers that I see here in Europe (where ebikes are far more popular AND there are far less land usage issues) are usually older people and/or people with some sort of disability/condition that limits their aerobic activities (like asthma, for example). These bikes allow them to get out and enjoy nature when they couldn't do so on a normal pedal bike.

As for instant gratification, people could easily buy a lift ticket and ride downhill trails. I see lots of fat, out-of-shape people DHing and no one complains. Is it because it's the norm not to have to pedal up that makes it ok? In this situation, what's the difference between an ebike and a lift or a shuttle?

Ebikes are going to allow a lot of people the chance to get out and enjoy the trails that would be unable to on a normal pedal bike. This, to me, is a huge benefit rather than having them stay at home and play video games. As for North America's land-access battles (which is what I see most objections pertaining to), that is a problem of the state and not one inherent to ebikes.

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Liked a comment on the item Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/23/2014 8:40 AM

People want to ban assault rifles because they're completely unnecessary but that has nothing to do with e-bikes so why bring it up? E-bikes do produce more than enough power to easily compensate for the added weight or else chubby chub chub wouldn't see any benefit from riding one. Not to...more

Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 11/20/2014 1:26 AM

Jurassic Park edition. Is it commemorating his first win at Fort Bill?

Added reply in a thread Calling All Kiwis! 11/4/2014 11:46 PM

Dude that's sick! Good luck with the dice rolling!

Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 11/4/2014 12:48 PM

Cool to see him move on to bigger and better, but don't think that it will disrupt their sales. Giant, like Specialized, has 2 things always going for them: price-points & distribution. They are in sold in tons of shops and have the right price-points ... more »

Liked a comment on the item What Is The Most Efficient Pedalling Style? Testing Flat Vs. Clipless Pedals 11/1/2014 11:37 AM

They need to test nac nac efficiency.

Added a comment about video What Is The Most Efficient Pedalling Style? Testing Flat Vs. Clipless Pedals 11/1/2014 10:10 AM
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But that's what they were wanting to prove: a pedal/shoe combination that allowed for pulling up vs a pedal/shoe combination that only allowed for pushing down. What "modern" flats & shoes allow is for both pushing down and pulling up (to a degree). It would have needed to be a different test, one that compared how much you can pull up with a clipless vs "modern" flat combo.

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Liked a comment on the item What Is The Most Efficient Pedalling Style? Testing Flat Vs. Clipless Pedals 11/1/2014 10:06 AM

I think people get confused in terms of Power vs. Efficiency.

Sure flat pedals might be more efficient pedaling slowly on smooth ground, but when it comes time to sprint what pedals do you want? For max Power you want to be using one leg to pull...more

Liked a comment on the item What Is The Most Efficient Pedalling Style? Testing Flat Vs. Clipless Pedals 11/1/2014 10:05 AM

When used to a clipless pedal, there is no the wasted time clipping back in after a difficult turn. In fact, it's easier because one's foot goes back to where it should be. It takes some time to get used to though.

I rode flats for 5 years and...more

Added a comment about photo Flashback - Superco Silencer Prototype DH Bike 10/22/2014 9:31 AM
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Only a handful of bikes come to mind that when you first look at them, you can tell the company absolutely nailed the geometry. This is one of those bikes, and it was really ahead of its time.

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Added a comment about video John Lefrancois in Bromont 10/22/2014 3:42 AM
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I miss Bromont...

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Liked a comment on the item Specialized Pump Track Ribbon Cutting 10/22/2014 12:09 AM

We need more name captions like that during the regular season.

Added a comment about video Vital RAW: Luke Strobel 10/16/2014 12:12 PM
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Hub full o' bees!

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