Added a comment about slideshow SRAM Trail House Part 2: Avid XO Trail Brakes 3/26/2012 1:41 PM

No I would rather drive a Lotus - oh I did. Now I drive a pickup because it is practical.
XO is overcomplicated crosscountry brake best left to the funny color shirt crowd. I run Elixir 1, 3 and 5 in my DH stable. Elixir 1 is best and easiest to work on. I chucked Magura, Formula because they sucked. Leaves Hayes, Hope and Shimano. Too pricey and fragile. Which brings me to the point - a simple lowly and well engineered pickup beats Ferrari and Focus in versatility, practicability and endurance. So does an Elixir 1. If Elixir 1 is good enough for me - it is probably overengineered for most the rest of the crowd. XO is a figment of imagination of marketeers - not rooted in reality.

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Added a comment about slideshow SRAM Trail House Part 2: Avid XO Trail Brakes 3/24/2012 9:43 PM

If I see this marketing innovation 4 thingy with blingy. Elixir 1 does it at a fraction of the cost.

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Liked a comment on the item SRAM Trail House Part 2: Avid XO Trail Brakes 3/24/2012 9:42 PM

Great article. Innovation is a key element to bicycle growth. That is why you can buy Elixir 1 and have a great hydraulic brake for like 69.99, or something close. Allowing new riders into our sport. I want XO Trail!

Added a comment about slideshow SRAM Trail House Part 2: Avid XO Trail Brakes 3/22/2012 9:07 PM

4 Pistons and less power than let`s say an Avid 1? 2 more seals to wear and break? Another type of brakepad? More discs to lessen brakepower - thought you wanted max. brakepower and modulate with your fingers? Adjusting cups and shims on top of the caliper serve no purpose and look unprofessional. All new shiny stuff - shinier than last years and outblings Shimano. Marketing innovation - do people really buy into it?

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Added a comment about slideshow SRAM Trail House Part 1: X0 and X9 Type 2 Derailleurs 3/16/2012 12:36 PM
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Cross country bikers look so sillystiff. Parrot colors, no safety gear and scared shit of their bikes performance going downhill...xo just the right gear for that crowd.

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Added a comment about photo Prototype Scott Gambler DH Bike 3/16/2012 9:08 AM

Single pivot, low frame, low bb, soft spring and long damper stroke. Headangle approaching finally 60 degrees, almost 0mm stem. Long wheelbase. Decent pedaling position. This design starts out - where I maxed out my Voltage. This makes most stuff look obsolete except maybe K-9 (perfect dialing), Voltage (extremely decent performance despite its simplicity), 2009 Commencal Supreme Mini DH (low spring rate suspension and supersmooth)
This will definitely go into my collection as long as it stays aluminum or steel. Scott - no carbon crap, pleese!

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Added a product review for 2011 Specialized Demo 8 2 Bike 3/6/2012 1:52 PM

No A/C and trailerhitch at this pricepoint? Really Mr.Spec..


The Good: Colorscheme? Shorter than average wheelbase. Not as short and as low as a Voltage but close enough. Glad to see that more MiniDH formfactor is in the marketplace.

The Bad: 6 chainstays? 2 beeing pushrods and not adding strenght...Its like not really an unequal length parallelogram and you end up with an ellipsoid travel curve that does just something strange that the shock and the driver has to straighten out. 343 mm BB is not really low. 310 is low and practical with 180mm of simple and quality arc travel. So this bike is yesteryear and not really uptodate

Overall: Big Hit III was right on, Status II is nice. This one is a styling excercise and needlessly complicated to justify 100% pricejerk.

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Added a comment about feature Just In: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp EVO 2/17/2012 7:11 PM

I dont know but this looks unproportional and tailheavy, storcky and overdetailed. Maybe in two or three years - when they arrive at 64 degree headtubeangle but for now its a pig...

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Added a comment about feature Tested: Scott Voltage FR 20 2/4/2012 1:52 AM

Good job on the review. The Fr 20 definitely is a capable DH-bike. I have mine setup with a plush 250 spring. Simple rear suspension works as well or better than multilink without the wear and tear and maintenance hassle. 180mm and low spring rate overcome the first 20mm of stiff pedaling platform - its just not there. This lowers the bb and slackens the headangle. Good. The fork does the job and is low maintenance. Fr ist the formfactor for many years to come. 2012 - many knockoffs - not many work as well.

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