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Reply to Prototype Polygon DH Bike at Whistler? 8/12/2017 8:47 AM

I had the chance to ride Marin's version (in the parking lot) and really take a close look at that bike. It could be an interesting ride, but a few things I noticed: - The rear end is VERY flexy. Like, not even remotely close to the most flexy rear ends, ... more »

Reply to 2016 UCI Downhill World Championship Teams and Riders 8/19/2016 8:21 AM

Sounds totally fair. Give the up and comers a shot, if they have the results to back it up. DH is a cruel animal, if your head (or body) isn't in it, you're done, and there might not be any recovering from it. I'm not saying this is the case with Sam, ... more »

Reply to Wrenches / Shop Employees, What's Your Biggest Pet Peeve? 5/3/2016 11:10 AM

Let's not forget the local bottle collector/psychopath and his bike that is so sticky and disgusting you have to wear gloves just to touch it. Bu he always pays in cash so you grin and bear it.

Reply to Wrenches / Shop Employees, What's Your Biggest Pet Peeve? 5/1/2016 2:05 PM

No arguments here. That drives me crazy too. There are way too many mechanics who have that elitist attitude because they can build a wheel or do a fork overhaul. Guess what - those aren't hard to do. It usually comes with guys who have just enough wrenching ... more »

Reply to Wrenches / Shop Employees, What's Your Biggest Pet Peeve? 4/30/2016 6:48 AM

Yup, dirty bikes. Charge 'em through the nose for that shit. A shop I used to work for, the head mechanic would make the customer wash his bike out back before he even looked at it. It was great.

Reply to Faking It - BikeBiz Investigates Knock-Off Bicycle Products 4/28/2016 7:02 AM

A while back I stumbled upon dhgate and saw all the TLD gear they had for dirt cheap. I was wondering if they were knock-offs or the real thing, just being sold direct from the factory. I ordered up a few jerseys. hahahahahahaha what I got was so terribly ... more »

Reply to Interesting Craftworks ENR Bike 3/2/2016 10:43 AM

The only high pivot bike(s) I have ridden were the Balfa BB7. I owned 4 of them. Back then, they worked better than most designs, and as advertised. Square edged hits all but disappeared even with the shitty shock technology we had 15 years ago. The ... more »

Reply to Yoann Barelli's Brake Lever Position 2/28/2016 9:18 AM

Totally. Its simple, just look at the legs. On a moto, the rider can go from nearly straight legs to a full 90 degree bend at the knee. Its a huge margin. And I can tell you when they're standing they're usually on the gas. On a mountain bike, we are ... more »

Reply to Yoann Barelli's Brake Lever Position 2/28/2016 9:05 AM

Until you've ridden or raced a moto, you wouldn't understand. The rider input and positioning are different on a moto, as I said earlier. You steer a lot through your rear wheel and that means you are seated a lot of the time. The position is usually ... more »

Reply to Yoann Barelli's Brake Lever Position 2/28/2016 8:50 AM

Yesterday for experimentation purposes, I angled my levers pointing down about 10-15 degrees (still not flat) and went for a ride. Brutal. For the reason Diedre_Rashid said - way too uncomfortable and unnatural.

Reply to What Are YOU Most Picky About Regarding Setup? 2/27/2016 6:04 AM

I thought I was the only person on the planet who said that modulation is in your fingers, where it should be.

Reply to Yoann Barelli's Brake Lever Position 2/26/2016 8:23 PM

That's a good point about the hand guards and the bar height of a dirtbike. No engine braking on a two stroke and a Rekluse clutch!

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Reply to What Are YOU Most Picky About Regarding Setup? 2/26/2016 7:17 PM

hahaha yup! A bar that feels too flat makes me feel like I'm holding onto a frown. Then I get sad and want to kill myself. If grips are warn, the bike could be mint, but I couldn't ride it. Lever throw has to be super short and engage close to the bar. ... more »

Reply to Yoann Barelli's Brake Lever Position 2/26/2016 4:55 PM

I get that people like it and it works for them, but to me it feels like I have rocks in my shoes hahahaha I also don't like the feeling of a bar being rolled back into my lap, and flat levers give this effect. I'm very fussy over my cockpit set up. ... more »

Reply to Yoann Barelli's Brake Lever Position 2/26/2016 3:51 PM

Well, in mx racing the levers are usually run to accompany the seated riding position. So much of the steering and handling of the bike is done through the back wheel, so the body position tends to be back a little further than on an mtb. Remember a ... more »

Reply to Introduce Yourself 1/16/2016 7:31 AM

My name is Wayne. - I live in Kamloops, BC, home of jumps that are as big as a house, and fast and flowing trails. - riding since '89ish, maybe earlier. Got into riding because it was all I could do after hurting myself from skateboarding. Got more into

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Reply to What's Your Opinion on Downhill in the Olympics? 1/16/2016 6:49 AM

Terrible idea. Keep it underground.

Reply to 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 1/7/2015 6:27 PM

Jock rock is supposed to be annoyingly loud, bro.

Reply to Whistle Blower 7/8/2014 9:49 AM

When I was co-organizing races we'd always find enough vollies for marshalls. If it wasn't family or friends, we'd have to sometimes really bribe people to get out. Buy them lunch, keep them hydrated, free t-shirt, beer - basically anything they wanted ... more »

Reply to List off the mountain bikes you've had 6/29/2014 3:50 PM

....a handful of department store piles preceded my 'serious' involvement into cycling. 1995 Univega Alpina 503 1996 Norco Tango 1997 Kona Explosif 1998 K2 Beast 1999 Norco VPS 1 1997 Fisher Mt. Tam 2000 Balfa BB7 2000 Specialized FSR Elite XC Pro 2001 ... more »