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Added a comment about feature Win SRAM GUIDE RSC Brakes - Vital OTB Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec World Cup 8/1/2014 12:54 PM
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NEETHLING Andrew 4:18.700
CARPENTER Manon 4:58.030

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Added a comment about photo Fort William PIT BITS - Devinci Wilson 27.5 6/5/2014 10:56 PM
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That's got to be the heaviest ti spring ever installed on a bike...

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Added bike check Corsair Konig - The Do-it-all mini shredder 6/21/2013 10:36 AM
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Liked a comment on the item WORLD CUP QUALIFYING RESULTS: Gee and Rachel Atherton Go Fastest at Val di Sole 2013 6/14/2013 9:31 AM

That top 5...that top 10...yeah, that's like the ultimate set of concert headliners.

Added a comment about feature Taxco Downhill 2012 11/15/2012 6:04 PM
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That was so great I'm shaking now.. We need to send Lucent Productions down for next year..

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Added a comment about feature First Look: The Contour+2 Camera - Best of Two Worlds 9/6/2012 5:20 PM
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How about image stabilization and writing to a higher read/write capacity SDHC card? I find most video shot at 30fps is garbage, you need 60fps so the camera shake isn't so evident.
Curious what the new image sensor is all about... I own the Contour + and have to say the smartphone integration and simplicity of the design is what puts this camera above the rest.

Oh and there isn't that famously annoying [GoPro] rattle noise..

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Added a comment about photo Caption Contest - We Have a Winner 8/7/2012 2:28 PM
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Hey, there's gum under here! You want some?

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Added a comment about feature Win a RockShox BoXXer - Vital OTB, 2012 Val D'Isere World Cup 7/28/2012 5:48 PM
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Steve Smith: 2:23.13
Emmeline Ragot: 2:46.22

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Added a comment about feature Win a RockShox BoXXer - Vital OTB, 2012 Windham World Cup 6/29/2012 3:15 PM
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Gwin: 2:26.24
RAGOT: 2:51.62

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Added a comment about feature Win a RockShox BoXXer - Vital OTB, 2012 Mont Sainte Anne World Cup 6/23/2012 5:38 AM
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Gwin: 4:08.56
Atherton:4:49.76

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Added a comment about video DIRTTV: MONT SAINTE ANNE WC PRACTICE 6/22/2012 9:22 AM
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Agreed, a little long for a work-time distraction but couldn't pull myself away. Looking forward to the race and more of these rad edits!

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Added a comment about feature Win Custom Painted Allsport OH2 Carbon Wrist Braces 5/24/2012 4:05 PM
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I experienced my gnarliest crash just this year. It was a compilation of several small mistakes leading up to a fantastic display of urban carnage.
Some of you may have already seen this in Pink Bike's coverage of the 2012 Valparaiso Cerro Abajo. (link below, footage starts at 2:13)

2012 Valparaiso Cerro Abajo on pinkbike.com



If that ddin't work, the video link is: http://www.pinkbike.com/video/243989/

Mistake #1: The bike. This race is held at the end of the race season in Chile. Being in South america it falls at the beginning of our spring in February. I didn't have a ride sorted out yet so my girlfriend loaned me her rather new Turner DHR so I could make the trip. Having ridden the bike before I accepted and boarded the airplane and headed south. My mistake was not fully setting up the bike; a) for my style of riding; b) for my weight. The cockpit was set up very low with flat rise bars and zero stack stem. Great for raging fast, loose corners but not so great for steep rough descents. The suspension was slightly under sprung for normal riding conditions and very under sprung for the demanding urban course. This was my third trip to this race and I was prepared to make it happen regardless.

Mistake #2: My impatience. Valparaiso Cerro Abajo is a single day urban downhill race. That means there is no practice or even a full course to inspect until race day. Most of the ramps are assembled the day/night before the race so other than the stair sets and select drops, there is nothing to inspect. When race day rolled around I was shaking with excitement. The course has historically been a blast to ride with features being improved every year. With the first run out of the way and all of the features successfully completed, I decided it was a good time to tackle a stair gap.

Mistake #3: The stair gap. This section of course was a long, very long set of stairs. Due to lack of strict building codes, the stairs are fairly free form and inconsistent between sets. 'The set' that I wanted to gap was near the end of the stairs. The set of is about 20 stairs with a gap of around 15 feet. The set you land on is nearly twice as steep as the set before it with four more consecutively steep, small sets that fallow.

The time advantage for jumping these stairs is not very big, maybe a second if done cleanly. It was my second practice run and I did not intend to attempt the gap. However after feeling good in the stairs above and gaping other smaller sets I decided not to slow my momentum and just go for it.

The gap went well, I cleared the set and landed just where I wanted at the top of the set. However once I hit the steep transition at the bottom of the set to the next landing I was positioned poorly on the bike and got bucked forward a little as I headed down the next set. At this point I knew I was in trouble and knew I just had to hold on and get to the bottom. The bucking motion continued to worsen as I attempted to recover from each occurrence. One set to go and by this point I drifted off line and towards the stair rail. My right hand, still gripping the bars, landed on top of the metal rail pulling me into it. The front wheel hit a vertical post and at that point I hit the eject button. Over the bars, tuck and roll between the rail and rusty building, then miraculously I was on my feet, sliding backwards in the direction I was traveling in.



The execution of this fall went down as well as it possibly could have. Despite folding the front wheel of the bike, bending the rear break lever and crushing my right index finger I was unscathed. My finger, the one that slid down the handrail while gripping the bars, had a good gash in it and I was unable to straighten it. The tendon that crosses the knuckle up from the tip had split in two causing the disability.

Once I got myself and bike out of the course, I was surrounded by spectators who where cheering enthusiastically as I had probably just given them their most exciting moment of the day. One spectator, a very nice lady, ran inside her home, about twenty feet away, and returned with some gauze and a bandage and wrapped me up.

Justin Schroth (Lucent Productions) happened to be filming at the time and captured the footage in wonderful HD. Moments after my crash, While I was a few feet away, Justin was hit by another rider that lost control exiting the stairs. (that footage is at the end of his video above) He walked away with some bruises. Big thanks for capturing the footage and enduring the risk. I'll be back to Valparaiso again, a little better prepared next time.

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Added a comment about news blog Brian Lopes Wins the First 2012 World Cup XC Eliminator 4/13/2012 11:55 AM
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I watched the last round of this live.. It seems the strategies are the same as a typical 4X, first off the line and first to the first corner. From there on it's just line protection and riding clean - minus all the big airs, fast & loose corners, and edge of seat battles. I have to say it was a little disappointing. I thought there might long technical climbs with multiple lines, and the same with descents. There is plenty of room for improvement here!

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Added a comment about news blog Breaking News: Red Bull to Broadcast 2012 World Cups, DH1 Series Likely Cancelled 12/16/2011 3:54 PM
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That should free up freecaster to broadcast the other popular events that take place around the world that never get the coverage they deserve. I think this may be a good move for both parties. Redbull will certainly add some momentum to our sport and hopefully freecaster will add diversity by covering events like The Valparaiso Cerro Abajo. We love you Rob Warner!

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Added a comment about video North Legion SMX 2011- shizofanatic.com 10/21/2011 3:24 PM
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http://www.lenzsport.com/skibike_main.php

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Added a comment about news blog UCI Releases Updated 2012 World Cup Schedule, 4X Missing 9/22/2011 10:49 PM
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Gated racing is what got me into the sport of gravity racing. I didn't have to own a full blown DH bike to go head to head with my friends. In fact a simple Walmart bike did the trick. After my first season racing I would guarantee a Walmart bike has never gone faster.

What is great about gated racing (4X and DS alike) is that it is a true test of talentt. Racing what's left of it today is still a blast. Sure the courses aren't always the best, but aside from DS and 4X, where else would you really learn how to ride a two wheeled drift into a jump rhythm?

Gated racing is the ultimate test of bike control. If nothing else, I hope the sport never dies outside the world cup. I won't argue the fact that it pulls a large attendance or draws the greatest crowds; it's obvious that it doesn't. But remember that even a couple gates on a grass hill can equate to more fun with your fellow cyclist than any other form of competition. Keep it alive for the spirit of the sport.

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Added a comment about feature Gloves, Body Protection Required at La Bresse 8/5/2011 8:41 AM
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The guys riding at the world cup level are very aware of their limits and the inherent dangers of racing a bike. If personal injury is of their concern, then the choice to wear body armor is always there. It's not like these guys have difficulty getting their hands on the products.

Body armor should always remain optional, there is no question about it. It's the people that push their limits and are exposed to the reckless side of riding DH that have these concerns and push these dumb mandates.

Ride within your ability and you'll reduce your chances of falling 95%.

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Added a comment about photo Chris Boice, 3rd place Stage 2 6/20/2011 11:25 AM
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This is Joey Schusler

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Added a comment about feature First Ride: Yeti SB-66, The Super Bike 6/7/2011 8:47 AM
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Eddi, Great write up, a quick suggestion however... Next time when you cover a brand new suspension design that is out to revolutionize the industry, take more photos of the non-drive side of the bike so we can see whats actually happening!

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