Liked a comment on the item WINNING BIKE: Aaron Gwin's YT TUES CF Pro at Lourdes 4/11/2016 4:25 PM

The pattern is available, but the GRP40 rubber isn't out yet. Your only choice at the moment is 65/55 in 27.5, which is a bit hard even for a mud tire on the WC.

Added reply in a thread The Enduro "Craze" and Safety 4/4/2016 3:01 PM

I pretty much always prefer a full-face... my backpack has a helmet carrier, so I just strap it on there for long climbs as I am not worried about crashing on my head while climbing. DH casings + Full Face is the only way to "enduro"

Liked a comment on the item Behind the Scenes of a Champion - Aaron Gwin 3/30/2016 9:44 PM

I'm so excited to see what Aron does on the Tues with it's higher suspension progressivity as opposed to the Spec. Total domination may be boring to some people. But not me.

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That was one of the best bike edits I've ever seen. Me: , Gwin:

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Added reply in a thread 2016 Racing Rumours 2/7/2016 1:42 AM

... From Angel's instagram, managed to download a larger res version from the photographer's Facebook page. https://www.instagram.com/p/BBN79sDSMrl/ So, definitely on the same team as Gwin. Hard to tell, but the rear end doesn't look like current YT.

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Added reply in a thread Belgian Rider Found with Hidden Motor at CX Worlds 1/31/2016 8:49 PM

Hmm, would 'cables coming out of the seat tube' be easy to spot in video of the race? That seems like the only thing that could exonerate her.

Added reply in a thread 2016 Racing Rumours 1/15/2016 11:45 AM

While the Norco and new Cube both 'look like a session'.... Greg Williamson's instagram shot ( YT Tues ) combined with Gwin's Alpinestars posts point to a new M. Whiteley team on YT bikes. Whiteley also has strong ties to VW/Audi.

Added reply in a thread 2016 Racing Rumours 11/11/2015 5:57 PM

That would jive well with the 'un nouveau roi' Palmer-style crown drawing that someone posted.... hard to imagine that Intense has the funds for Loic and the level of support he's used to though..... Palmer wore that crown when he was on Specialized, ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2016 Racing Rumours 10/23/2015 2:28 AM

Wild guess... Gwin to YT? They have EWS and Freeride, but no DH racers. They want to validate the Tues as a race bike and could probably use an extra foothold in the US. While Gwin was at Interbike renewing his other contracts, he plugged Zink's movie ... more »

Added reply in a thread How to fix Red Bull Rampage...IMO 10/22/2015 12:51 PM

Spot on! Thank you for writing that SSpomer. Doing well at Rampage is about exposure and marketability to sponsors. Rampage is obviously high up on the gnar scale, but the people implying that EWS/WC racing aren't just as risky are splitting some pretty ... more »

Liked a comment on the item Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/20/2015 12:00 AM

I think you are spot on about the misplaced anger. I keep seeing people say that riders are risking their lives for Redbull, but that's ridiculous that anyone would do that or ride for the benefit of a sponsor that isn't paying them. I agree that riders...more

Liked a comment on the item Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/19/2015 11:59 PM

Great writing and well put opinions here.
But I'm somewhat shocked nobody here raised the body armour question.
Wouldn't a simple back protector had prevented this life-changing injury?
Back in the day Bender was doing those crazy jumps nobody else dare to...more

Liked a comment on the item Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/19/2015 11:58 PM

One part I don't get here is so this guy spends all year riding and training for events like this with no insurance? Do other events provide insurance?

The but that Sal said is someone taken out of context. Sal knows that at Jaws you have a vest on that...more

Liked a comment on the item Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/19/2015 11:56 PM

I hope you all read this because it's something of a "fact". I write insurance, some pretty crazy policies too sometimes, and one thing to understand is that THERE IS NO INSURANCE POLICY FOR THIS TYPE OF EVENT!!! Sure, you race a USAC bike race, you get...more

Liked a comment on the item Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/19/2015 12:48 AM

First I hope all the injured riders are okay, particularly Paul with regard to his very serious back injury. With regards to your piece Brandon; you have clearly written it in a state of heightened emotion and though understandable your views are biased....more

Liked a comment on the item The 5 Top Scoring Runs From Rampage 2015 10/18/2015 11:49 PM

It just goes to show that the one thing that nobody can debate is that Remy Metailler put down the faster time.

Liked a comment on the item RAMPAGE QUESTION OF THE DAY - Do you agree with the results? 10/17/2015 6:12 PM

Josh Bender is not a suitable judge. The fact that someone thought(thinks) he's a suitable judge is simply hilarious.

Liked a comment on the item The 5 Top Scoring Runs From Rampage 2015 10/17/2015 5:29 PM

Sooooo... Basically you had to ride that ridge to be in the top 5...

Added a comment about news blog The 5 Top Scoring Runs From Rampage 2015 10/17/2015 5:21 PM
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Sorge's run was sick, but I think they scored him higher so that the same line wouldn't win two years in a row.

Zink's line had more raw gnar than any top 5, and he tricked two massive hits. I was literally cringing watching his run. All I can think is that the judges couldn't see him very well.

Semenuk is pretty much in a league of his own as far as style, flow, and dialed tricks. Massive flat drop flip in the gnar zone, nose bonk, and lily pad to oppo 3 were just wizardry. He made rampage look easy and that probably hurt him.

The judges def. have a thing for Fest boys' huge "donger".

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Added a comment about news blog The 5 Top Scoring Runs From Rampage 2015 10/17/2015 4:50 PM
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Aggy's run looked better than Andreu's to me... he greased the first drop and managed to throw a one foot table after the g-out, suicide on the ridge, huge whip/table off the hip, suicide off the donger. Andreu got sketchy and cased immediately after the drop, no tricks on the ridge, sketchy flatspin to case, no trick off the donger.

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