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Added a comment about member blog Think Frame Protection Kits are Overpriced? Ride Wrap Throws Down the Challenge 10/21/2020 12:21 AM
Eoin

The plastic piece of protection bolted/glued to the bottom of the downtube that goes from the BB up about halfway the DT. It serves to protect your frame from rocks thrown up by the front wheel. It's purpose is exactly the same as a wrap.

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Added a comment about member blog Think Frame Protection Kits are Overpriced? Ride Wrap Throws Down the Challenge 10/21/2020 12:16 AM
Eoin

Thank you for clarifying exactly which part of your sentence was the insult, and throwing another one in there for good measure. I'm not particularly bothered, just a bit thrown back at how polarized and aggressive people are getting about completely inconsequential things.

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Added a comment about member blog Think Frame Protection Kits are Overpriced? Ride Wrap Throws Down the Challenge 10/19/2020 11:36 PM
Eoin

Yeah I'm definitely an OCD cry baby for spending an hour every 3-4 years effectively doing preventive maintenance... Do you guys also remove those downtube protectors all bikes come with?

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Added a comment about member blog Think Frame Protection Kits are Overpriced? Ride Wrap Throws Down the Challenge 10/19/2020 1:07 PM
Eoin

I didn't realise some people did not wrap their frames, I would even wrap my second hand entry level aluminium frames, there is literally nothing to lose apart from 30 minutes to an hour of time and around 50 bucks for a big roll of helicopter tape.

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Added a comment about video Vital RAW - World Champs DH Seeding Day 10/9/2020 6:34 AM

And the dude was almost certainly Fabien Barel based on the voice tongue

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Added a comment about video Vital RAW - Enduro World Series, Pietra Ligure, Italy 9/21/2020 1:36 PM

I love the shot of vouilloz and pontal looking worried for the contestants

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Added a comment about product review The Best Deal on a Well-Performing, 150mm-travel 29er Mountain Bike? 9/7/2020 8:43 AM
Eoin

I would say make these 2 minute reviews and talk at a normal pace tongue

More seriously, I loved the previous version of this bike. Recently 2 riding buddies bought different specs: one guy upgraded from a 2010 spesh enduro 26er to the Jeffsy Base in this review and loves it, the other guy upgraded from a 2016 spesh enduro 29 comp (alu) to the jeffsy pro (carbon) but was really disappointed by how poorly it pedals.

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS - Jesse Melamed and Isabeau Courdurier Win EWS Zermatt 8/31/2020 2:59 AM
Eoin

I feel so bad for Nico Lau on the Peugeot, like did this guy ever get to ride a decent bike in his entire career?

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Added a comment about feature MTB Tire Insert Comparison Test - CushCore Pro vs Nukeproof ARD vs MegaNorris 8/20/2020 6:33 AM
Eoin

Nice overview, but a handful of runs isn't really going to allow you to go into the details of the pressures allowed and puncture resistance of each insert.

I ran the original Huck Norris in my rear wheels after cracking right through a carbon rim (prior to using inserts). Maybe this has been fixed, but the original HN had quite big air bubbles, which captured a lot of sealant, so in the end you had to put a huge amount of sealant and extra weight to have a decent setup. Ride quality was unaffected, but I dramatically reduced my punctures and rim damage. Eventually I took them out after about a year and they were shredded on the sides, suggesting they saved my at least 20 punctures and rim dents/cracks. After taking them out I started puncturing again, even with heavy tyres (Assegai DH). HN doesn't really allow lower pressures.

I bought some Nukeproof ARDs last year and love them. As the reviewer said, installation is easy, removal can be a pain. I recently discovered the trick: take a mallet and tap the tyre lever to push the bead under the insert into the center of the rim, so it only adds a minute to remove the tyre. I bought the 27.5 version (they come in pairs), but you can slice one and pierce 2 holes and then zip tie it back together to make it fit a 29 rim (this is how HN works), this will also allow you to control any streching issues (seems to be the main complaint online). It does absorb some sealant, but really holds the tyre and supports the casing well. I don't think I have punctured via snakebite since using them, and recent inspection revealed a bunch of pierced edges, suggesting they have saved me half a dozen punctures. I recently had a bunch of issues with punctures with my "bike park" wheel: alu rim, 1200g tyre, no insert, and swapping over to a fallback setup: carbon rim, 900g tyre + ARD gave me no issues whatsoever.

From anecdotal experience, I would trust a 1000g tyre (Exo+ or DD) + ARD over a 1200-1300g DH casing without an insert. I'm about to try schwalbe's new supertrail tyres, which look ideal weightwise. (I previously had to run supergravity which were relatively heavy when paired with ARD for all day epics)

ARD also allows lower pressures thanks to good sidewall support, I run 23psi in the rear generally, but am pretty sure I could get away with 20ish. Not tested, but on a cheap alu rim, in race conditions I would not hesitate to finish a stage despite a puncture with ARD, I'm confident the tyre would stay seated and dents would be minimal.

Never tried cushcore, they look great, but price and weight make them non-starters for me.

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Added a comment about video UNCLE RAY FOLLOWED BY MANUEL LETTENBICHLER | #NotARace - IXS Test- Session | Schladming 7/5/2020 7:58 AM

Couldn't have a better ending

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Added a comment about press release Commencal Launches New Meta TR 29 2021 6/15/2020 11:44 AM
Eoin

Sweet looking bike, but considering the geo and weight, wouldn't adding 10mm travel and unifying the range make sense? Just how extreme is the AM going to be next week?

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Added a comment about video Noisy Bikes, Small Bikes - Vital RAW - 2010 World Cup DH 4/27/2020 1:22 AM

Will we ever see anyone as loose as Blenki on 26" wheels ever again? His jeyrsey being 2 sizes too big just adds to the awesome factor.

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Added a comment about video Noisy Bikes, Small Bikes - Vital RAW - 2010 World Cup DH 4/27/2020 12:42 AM

I have a completely unsubstantiated theory that the equipment back then wasn't up to today's speed: wheelsize, suspension and tyres in particular have come a long way. Not sure the grip was good enough to handle the speeds that a longer bike would have allowed.

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