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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Greg Minnaar's Santa Cruz V10 11/1/2020 10:53 AM
WINNING BIKE: Greg Minnaar's Santa Cruz V10

Do not question Sven the all knowing!

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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Greg Minnaar's Santa Cruz V10 10/31/2020 8:15 AM
WINNING BIKE: Greg Minnaar's Santa Cruz V10

Haha, too funny! I thought Warner said he was 39! Your right, he's 38, 39 in 13 days!

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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Greg Minnaar's Santa Cruz V10 10/31/2020 7:10 AM
WINNING BIKE: Greg Minnaar's Santa Cruz V10

Pretty sure Greg is 39! Thanks for the bike check, can always learn a lot from Minnaar.

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS - Maribor World Cup Qualifying, Race 2 10/17/2020 6:35 AM
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Wow, Bruni showing that he has the best mental game in the business! Impressive after a very un-super year for him so far. Daprela looks like he is ready to take over the French domination, scary fast for a first-year elite! Good to see Gwin back in touch.

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Added a comment about feature Demo Mullet vs Demo 29: Specialized DH Bikes Head-to-Head 9/2/2020 6:40 AM
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What did you think of the size of that bike Brian? I haven't ridden a bike with a reach that short in over a decade! I find bikes with 500mm+ reach measurements much more fun and faster. The longer reach enables me to hinge like Rennie and Gwin and gives me a bigger sweet spot with all my weight on my pedals.

Oh, and how fun is that old track?!

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Added a comment about video Old World Cup DH Track Still AWESOME! Durango / Purgatory POV 8/25/2020 12:01 PM

Yes, I rode it yesterday and I had forgotten how gnarly the Deer Valley NCS track was!

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Added a comment about video Old World Cup DH Track Still AWESOME! Durango / Purgatory POV 8/24/2020 11:50 AM

At the World Cup they had duel back then. The track started separate like a dual slalom but then merged for a head to head battle. I recall Cedric Gracia putting a sweet pass on Brian Lopes for the win at the WC there.

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Added a comment about video Old World Cup DH Track Still AWESOME! Durango / Purgatory POV 8/24/2020 11:46 AM

So awesome to see that track open again! It was also used for a few NORBA National races. A few years ago with Greg Minnaar I was talking about how fun that track was and he agreed, said it was one of his favorites. It had everything, high speed, steeps and tech!

I realize I'm getting old but I rode the NCS track at Deer Valley yesterday and it blows me away how we attacked those tracks on 26" wheeled bikes that were way too short for us.

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Added a comment about product review SPIN FOREVER! Onyx Racing's Silent MTB Hub Review 1/8/2020 2:06 AM
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I love my Onyx hubs. Silent, they seem to coast faster than any other hub I have tried and the engagement is amazing. You really notice the engagement on technical climbs, way more control and confidence.

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Added a comment about video Thankful Throwback Thursday: 1999 Les Gets World Cup 11/28/2019 10:00 AM

Thanks for the memories! Wow, bikes were so tiny back then!

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Added a comment about video EUROBIKE 2019 - The Crazy & Cool Bike Tech - Day 2 9/8/2019 8:12 AM

First thing I thought when I saw that photo. Unfortunately, Dean was ahead of his time.

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Added a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS: 🏁 ️‍2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill, Mont-Sainte-Anne ️‍🌈 9/2/2019 1:49 PM
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Exactly, if Loic was as aero as Troy he would have one by even more time! Just kidding, believe me, aerodynamics are super important! But as Lee said below I would think height and width of rider and their tuck makes a much bigger impact on wind resistance.

.5 of a second is a ridiculously small amount of time, you definitely can't say Loic has more skill than Troy. The difference could be a host of things, Loic's bigger front tire, Loic got slightly better backside on one or two doubles, Troy hit one rock a little harder than Loic, Loic snuck in an extra pedal stroke or two, line choice in one or two key sections, Tire pressure, tire type, rim width, etc.

The thing is Loic seems to be the best at finding that extra 3-9 tenths of a second in a 240 second race. Which to me means he can push it the little bit extra to get the win.

I so wanted Troy to win and he obviously has an amazing mental game, a great bike and great support. He keeps just missing though, he beats Amuary, Danny and Greg but Loic nips him, he beats Loic, Greg and Danny but Amaury just nips him. If it happened once or twice I would just say it's bad luck but it's been happening for years.

Think about it, if Troy just pushed a little harder on any corner or in the rocks he would have won (he also could have crashed, something he almost never does). Loic seems to be the one who can consistently rise to the occasion (4 world Championships in 5 years, 3 WC victories this year vs. zero for Troy.

Their equipment is so different too, it could be that Troy out rides everyone every race but his bike is just slower (suspension design, tires, tire pressure, wheel size, suspension performance).

There are so many variables and if you broke the track up into 100 sections I bet Troy won almost half of them.

Anyway, I'm a huge fan of Troy and would love to see him win a few World Cups and World Championships! A more aerodynamic visor will certainly help!

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Added a comment about video Mont Sainte Anne Course Preview with Finn Iles | UCI DH World Championships 2019 8/31/2019 2:51 PM

That was a great preview! A little more color than previous ones. "I nearly died", one f-bomb and lots of yews! Really showed how the top guys might be serious about racing but they are having fun too!

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS - 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill Qualifying 8/31/2019 2:48 PM
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@Stickandstones, no worries, I wasn't trying to argue, I was just confused as f--k and trying to figure out what the hell was going on!

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS - 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill Qualifying 8/30/2019 1:57 PM
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According to the rules that Kusa posted it is a qualifier and not a seeding run. According to Sven, Laurie and Greg or in and according to the rules they will start based on UCI ranking so the start order will be the same as today's qualifying.

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