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Added reply in a thread Snowshoe World Cup Thread! 9/17/2021 8:26 AM

Well, here is the answer to the question (it is way way closer than I realised): Daprela must stop Vergier from winning, or be within a couple of places. If Loris is top 10, Daprela must be top 20, so don't expect any safe runs. Vergier (1), beats Daprela ... more »

Added a comment about feature 2022 Yeti 160E Review 9/14/2021 7:57 AM
Eoin

Well, I don't care that much about e-bike racing, but it is interesting: Older riders can compete wihtout a disadvantage from fitness, bike design possibly plays an important role in results (Lapierre 1-3 on a race focused bike, Bosch dominating the climbing stage). Also 9 stages, 20+ minutes of descending without any lifts (I think), is pretty cool representation of what can be done on these things.

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Added a comment about feature $3,499 YT Tues Comp Review - Vital's Summer of Downhill 9/7/2021 3:13 AM
Eoin

Good point about stack, I havn't ridden anything other than a 160mm fork for about 10 years at this stage, much higher stack will indeed force the rider into quite a different position.

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Liked a comment on the item $3,499 YT Tues Comp Review - Vital's Summer of Downhill 9/7/2021 3:12 AM

Even with the same reach, the slacker head tube angle of the dh bike will put the front wheel farther away than and enduro bike's wheel, which could make the dh bike feel bigger. And if the dh bike has more stack, the handlebars could be farther away from the bb on the dh bike than the...more

Added a comment about feature $3,499 YT Tues Comp Review - Vital's Summer of Downhill 9/6/2021 12:17 PM
Eoin

So does a DH bike with the same exact reach as an enduro bike feel way bigger? I'm surprised by how much the reviewers felt the bike was bigger when it only 1cm longer in reach than the other bikes on test and 470 is an M/L reach for many brands enduro bikes these days.

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS - Jack Moir and Harriet Harnden Win EWS Loudenvielle #1 9/2/2021 7:20 AM
Eoin

So is the popularity of EWS really down or something? I open this site and another a few times a day, and didn't realise there was an EWS (2 actually) this week until the race was 2 stages in. Seems like there is no course previews, slideshows (I know we discussed this already) or anything. Seems bonkers, until the start of the year i thought EWS was on par with UCI DH, clearly it isn't even close...

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Added a comment about video Lenzerheide World Cup DH Track Walk 9/2/2021 12:53 AM

"This section is easy" -> footage of massive crashes.

"This section has some big hits" -> footage of dude smashing his head in.

Genius

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Liked a comment on the item DIALED S3-EP28: Greg Minnaar Can't Be Stopped. Behind the Scenes of World Champs | FOX 8/30/2021 6:15 AM

2:50 'I'm a little stronger than Bruni' Awesome!!

Added reply in a thread Looking for enduro frame with short chainstays 8/30/2021 12:58 AM

Latest Capra would suit well in either 29er (CS = 438mm) or MX (CS = 433mm). Looks like a really sorted geo, nothing too extreme but all very modern. Good luck finding stock however...

Liked a comment on the item WORLD CHAMPS - The Inside Line Podcast 8/28/2021 3:07 AM

These 3 don't do it for me. Maybe I have high expectations after 3+ years of very interesting VitalMTB podcats with spomer but this one is below the quality bar for me. The weird teenage banter, inside joke rambing combined with no structre and little insight from an athlete pov ... I switched off...more

Added a comment about news blog RESULTS - Loris Vergier and Vali Höll Fastest in World Champs Downhill Qualifying 8/27/2021 10:57 AM
Eoin

It looks like he broke physics, such a weird slow yet high bounce. Incredible he walks away from it apparently uninjured, he seems to have one of those mental crashes every other season (infamous PMB frontflip and there was another one I can't remember where where he gets up and says "oh my god I'm not hurt!?!")

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Liked a comment on the item RESULTS - Loris Vergier and Vali Höll Fastest in World Champs Downhill Qualifying 8/27/2021 10:54 AM

hit refresh, scroll up. added loic interview video about crash.

Liked a comment on the item RESULTS - Loris Vergier and Vali Höll Fastest in World Champs Downhill Qualifying 8/27/2021 7:17 AM

so got news from the squids and lawlor just now, brook had a MASSIVE crash in practice. obviously he's ok b/c he quali'd 47th, but sven said "looked worse than MSA". ugh. it was captured on video and should surface somewhere at some point (if we even want to see it)....more

Liked a comment on the item World Champs DOWNHILL Track Walk - Val di Sole Present and Past 8/25/2021 3:33 PM

Great stuff. Lawlor is a treasure.

Liked a comment on the item Loris, PA and Dani from RockShox 8/25/2021 2:14 AM

Daniel trying to break the "Loris code" and PA looking over the old Fox Dialed episodes to confirm.

Added a comment about news blog 2021 Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill Rider Start List and Other Observations 8/25/2021 1:56 AM
Eoin

I would argue that the main advantage is mental, you feel prepared and that you have an advantage, maybe don't need to push as hard during training physically.

That said, turning up a few weeks early to fully sort out tyre compounds/threads/casing as well as suspension setup and, for some, linkages could easily be a 0.5-1s gain that in many races will be the difference between top 10 and podium. e.g. Maribor, Hart in 8th is 1.2s behind 3rd place.

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Added a comment about news blog 2021 Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill Rider Start List and Other Observations 8/25/2021 1:49 AM
Eoin

@sticks https://dirtmountainbike.de/produkte/frisch-produziert/sagt-hallo-zu-dem-santa-cruz-650b-bronson well the syndicate made it look easy on a Bronson, but I live 30 minutes from Cap D'Ail and have never bothered to ride there, too harsh and no flow.

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