Added reply in a thread Bike age 5/15/2019 7:28 AM

You have to be a bit careful due to the progression of standards, but 2014 shouldn't be too bad. Things to avoid: 26 inch wheels (harder to find new tyres, eventually harder to find parts) Quick release axles Weird steerer tubes standards Proprietary ... more »

Added a comment about video RYAN DUNGEY AND AARON GWIN ON E-BIKE TRAINING 5/13/2019 3:59 AM

Agreed, the speed limit on them makes them boring on flat terrain (europe is limited to 25kph, i believe the US gets a bit more speed which would help). I think they shine the steeper it gets to be honest, they allows to get up stuff you would need to hike otherwise, and you dont feel the weight on steeper descents.

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Liked a comment on the item RYAN DUNGEY AND AARON GWIN ON E-BIKE TRAINING 5/13/2019 3:57 AM

That's actually where I least like mine. They can be a bit of a pig on relatively flat stuff... Coming from moto, going down they're awesome. Stable and still flickable, it's just what you're used to riding... Obviously going up they're great. I never get the hate, isn't it...more

Added a comment about video SVEN VS EWS TASMANIA - The Funnest Trails! 3/28/2019 10:05 PM

So most of the stages look amazing, but then that one rocky one looks terrible...

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Added reply in a thread Is the 29 / 27.5 combo (97.5) bike here to stay? 3/22/2019 2:32 PM

It seems unlikely that there is much of an advantage over going full 29er for racing. Personally I'm considering running the mismatched wheels on an enduro bike, but more for practical reasons: use a high end 29er wheel for longer rides and racing, but ... more »

Liked a comment on the item The MANA Superfood Protein Bar is Now Available from Ryno Power 3/8/2019 12:36 AM

I only eat food in bar form. When you concentrate food, you unleash its awesome power, I'm told. That's why I'm compressing five pounds of spaghetti into a handy mouth-sized bar.

Added reply in a thread GoPro 7 with HyperSmooth - game changer for mtb? 3/7/2019 7:05 AM

Yes, I run my GoPro upside down 90% of the time and it figures it out. Just make sure to be at a standstill when you turn it on or the vibrations/motion might cause it to get confused and flip your footage, it checks which direction is up when you press

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Added a comment about press release $2,061,000 IS UP FOR GRABS IN 2019 - INTENSE PODIUM PAYBACK PROGRAM 2/27/2019 1:13 AM

Well, it is more like 40 races * 500 dollars for a podium sweep * 3 disciplines * 10 categories = 600k

Still not sure where the 2M figure comes from, and for sure Intense are not expecting to pay out more than 30k out of this (winning half the categories of every single race in a discipline). Good marketing though.

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Added a comment about feature Prize Purse Strings: Drawn Too Tight? 2/25/2019 4:52 AM

Not sure prize money is really that important when only 3 guys and girls will be taking anything worthwhile home in the best case scenario. I find this is a bit of a fallacy in the "esports" community, where video gaming tournaments have million $ prizes pools, but you have thousands of players hoping to compete, does that really help the sport/community?

I think you should be looking at the athletes' wages, and more specifically how these drop off further down the pecking list. Because to be top 20, if not top 40, already requires you to devote most of your time to training.

More specifically, I am still blown away that Gwin managed to rake in the contracts he has, and good for him, but that doesn't mean I would suddenly consider an MTB racing career as a viable choice. It seems like DH is pretty good, even guys outside the top 20 have a salary, so long as they do a bit marketing for their sponsors, although I wonder if any top racers are still getting screwed like Nathan Rennie alluded to in his podcast (referring to 20 years ago). In enduro, I know consistent dudes ranking in the world series top ten are racing for free: they just get bikes, hotels and plane tickets. Taking into account the preparation time, the risks and the short duration of the careers, it seems pretty crazy.

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Added a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper EVO vs. Stumpjumper - See How They Compare 2/22/2019 7:17 AM

Everything about the EVO looks great except for that BB height. I own a Jeffsy 29 which is a full 1cm higher, and depsite running 160mm forks, 2.6 tyres, low rear sag and 170mm cranks, it is still too low. I have smashed my cranks/rotor into rocks multiple times resulting in broken cranks, broken rotor and broken bars in 3 separate crashes, I had a huge crash just the other day, same problem as usual. Low BBs feel great, until the bike come to a stop while you continue at 30km/h... Definitely going back to something around 350mm.

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Liked a comment on the item Jeremy McGrath and Friends Shredding 2/20/2019 12:59 AM

Man this makes me anxious to get back out on my Kenevo this summer!!! Love that thing. So capable, so fun. I'm all for em. After 3 seasons on em' riding, guiding and racing I don't see the hypothetical concerns coming to fruition. If anything it's going to get the decision makers and...more

Added reply in a thread GoPro 7 with HyperSmooth - game changer for mtb? 2/19/2019 2:51 AM

I've gotten better at recording with the hero 7 black, and now would consider gimbals unnecessary. You need to have a very stable chest mount (or helmet mount but I dont like the angles). I have added padding to my chest mount and resown the straps to ... more »

Added reply in a thread Where is the Head Angle Sweetspot for Enduro/Trail? 2/14/2019 4:07 AM

I have to admit to be part of the hypocrisy: I rolled my eyes at canyon's 66 headangle on a 2019 enduro race bike, especially considering the shapeshifter. But... The slackest enduro bike I have owned is my commencal meta with 66, my previous 2 bikes ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2019 Racing Rumors 1/9/2019 5:20 AM

Right, but generally a rumour is something that is going around, not something I just made up like "Minnaar back on Honda, I 100% garantee it". In previous years there was an industry insider releasing information as comics for us to decode, a lot of ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2019 Racing Rumors 1/9/2019 2:46 AM

That's not really a theory, based on the syndicate, commencal and Gee's posts they clearly have an eye on things, at the very least they need to make sure info doesn't leak (Do you remember when Sam Hill's move to CRC was leaked weeks before the intended ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2019 Racing Rumors 1/8/2019 9:05 AM

After watching the bryceland video, all I care about now is what bike he is going to use for DH, as it seemed clear to me that will be his racing focus based on how he formulated his answer. Will Cannondale give him a DH proto, a Claymore proto/pre-prod ... more »

Added a comment about product review First Ride: Troy Lee Designs Resist Short 1/4/2019 1:03 AM

I would add that myself and a few friends all noticed that TLD shorts sizing changed around 2016, we all bought a second pair of shorts (skyline I think), after loving the fit of the 2014-2015 ones and found the newer ones to be 1-2 sizes too big :/

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Added reply in a thread 2019 Racing Rumors 1/3/2019 7:13 AM

By the time I caught up on all the posts before it, the post above mine was 3 minutes old, and I still refreshed the page to see if anything new had leaked, this obsession is verging on a disease!