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Added reply in a thread Advise needed for a new Enduro/Trail rig 6/19/2018 4:38 AM

If you are going to the bike park regularly, maybe don't prioritize the jeffsy and spectral, they are great all mountain and even enduro race bikes, but they will suffer a little too much in jumps and bermed corners, I have a Jeffsy that I love and race ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Mystery of the Bead Monster 6/18/2018 9:17 AM

Weird, in my case it was more the sidewall than the bead, but I think the issue was pretty similar: I guess that whatever lining is inside the rubber has ripped leading to overly strechy tyres?

Added reply in a thread The Mystery of the Bead Monster 6/18/2018 5:39 AM

Very similar thing happened to me 2-3 years ago, had never seen such a failure and then 2 occurred over a couple of months (in my case it was from a side impact to the tyre causing it to ballon up in one area). I have read about this happening with a ... more »

Added reply in a thread Faster, Higher, Stronger - Share Your Best Tips 6/8/2018 7:18 AM

Adding to the cones and pump track comment (and moving away from the physical training...). It is impressive how you can improve with no equipment: I never used cones, but i completely changed my riding style by going out in front of my house and doing ... more »

Liked a comment on the item Loic Bruni's Leogang Bike Choice? 6/7/2018 4:30 AM

I can't remember any occasion where a rider has switched bikes for a single world cup event and gone on to win it. Yeah Sam Hill did well in Cairns, as did Jared in PMB, but those were the bikes they raced all season. Surely it's better to stick to what you are familiar with.

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Added a comment about news blog Loic Bruni's Leogang Bike Choice? 6/7/2018 1:42 AM

Seems like a troll/joke.

As others have pointed out, you can win without a chain, so why would a better pedaling bike be a good choice? There are always complaints about this track, but I find the live feed really good (way better than fort bill for example), the follow cam of Brendan and Troy a year or two ago was mint, and even without taking into account the amazing outlier runs of Gwin's chainless and tyreless attempts, some of the past runs of Smith and Vergier right on the knife's edge are great to rewatch.

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/7/2018 2:26 AM

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Added reply in a thread 2018 Racing Rumors 2/5/2018 8:04 AM

Best theory I've read so far is that they are gunning down the IBIS as they are the #1 EWS team

Added reply in a thread Have You Gone from 27.5 to 29er But Then Back to 27.5? 12/14/2017 1:38 AM

Moved to 29 a while back, expected all companies to release sick new aggressive 29ers this years but pretty bummed so many 27.5 have been announced. I borrowed a canyon strive (27.5) for a few days, it felt good, but was slower than my enduro 29 and ... more »

Added a comment about feature Why Are E-Bikes Such a Touchy Subject in the U.S.? 11/12/2017 12:23 AM

Europe is a big, varied place, but down in the south of France the local enduros started an e-mtb category 2 years ago. The first year there were 4-5 shop owners racing, the next year there were maybe 10... Then this year the last race I went to had 40 including very fast downhillers and pros not wanting to tire themselves out too much on smaller races. It is growing very fast, and with that people seem to be accepting them. Personally and in my riding group I feel like we were more against 29ers a few years ago than e-mtb today! The irony...

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Liked a comment on the item Aaron Gwin's Signature Aquila Tires Now Available with a Lighter Trail Casing 9/22/2017 11:17 AM

When's the 29" coming?

Added a comment about feature SPDs or Flats, Pick Your Poison with These New Shoes and Pedals from Shimano 9/21/2017 5:46 AM

Redesigning their shoes every single year seems a little weird to me... I have been really happy with my ME5's but pretty disappointed with the previous AM9's (not comfortable, weird sizing and very soft sole).

Those looking at the DH clipless pedal might want to look at Funn Mambas or DMR's offering which are on the market for less and use shimano cleats. Personally I tried the Mambas, but ended up returning to a XT trail pedal as the wider platform and pins didnt do much for me and actively hindered easy engagement on the cleat.

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Liked a comment on the item What's New on the 2018 Specialized Enduro? 8/24/2017 12:42 AM

glad to see J bend spokes on a high end complete...

Added reply in a thread Loris Vergier has a 27.5 and 29er Santa Cruz V10 at Val di Sole 8/24/2017 12:41 AM

I agree with the sentiment, but i think he'll race the 29er, if that's the bike he has run all year and in training, switching doesn't make sense. A bit harsh saying he has had a bad season, he has qualified in the top 5 a bunch of times only to get ... more »

Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: Fort William World Cup Downhill Race 6/4/2017 10:40 AM

The one thing I learned from the above is that qualies matter: Vergier is sitting 15th overall because of his quali points!

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Added a comment about video Picture Perfect to Muddy Nightmare | The Syndicate 2017 Ep. 1 5/15/2017 12:13 PM

I saw Loris doing a photoshoot yesterday, and that paint job on that bike is so good in the flesh!

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: Mitch Ropelato, Jill Kintner and Ethan Shandro Win Pro GRT Port Angeles 5/15/2017 8:40 AM

Seems like a bit of random luck when the difference between a podium or not is 1/30th of the blink of an eye! On the other hand in Enduro this weekend it was a battle of attrition with who could keep their tyres and wheels together over an hour or racing... Must be getting old, all the races (EWS and WC DH) have been a bit of a let down so far this year sad

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: Qualifying, 2017 Lourdes World Cup DH 4/29/2017 1:34 PM
Liked a comment on the item RESULTS: Qualifying, 2017 Lourdes World Cup DH 4/29/2017 1:31 PM

Let's be real though for a moment, Loris and Luca were top 5 contenders all last season as is Minaar and the times are reasonably tight. I don't see anything out of the ordinary here looking at the numbers.

Liked a comment on the item Lourdes World Cup: 2017 Track Preview 4/27/2017 6:11 AM

no need to yell. slideshows will be used for the rider trackwalk, practice, quali and race days like usual. when there is no audio, there won't be a slideshow. @cravks, the slideshows have the "one page" format option at the top of the page, too, so you can scroll if you prefer. i personally love this...more