Added reply in a thread 2019 UCI World Cup Downhill Tech 3/2/2019 11:17 PM

Finally there is a 500mm reach V-10 (all angles being equal)! Minnaar is getting close to having a bike that fits him after +20 years of riding!

Added reply in a thread Where is the Head Angle Sweetspot for Enduro/Trail? 2/15/2019 11:11 AM

It is closing which is good news as it will provide us all with more options in the future. I look forward to Trek/Specialize/etc Geometrons in 5 years time!

Added reply in a thread How Much Reach is Too Much Reach? 2/15/2019 11:07 AM

At 485mm overall length it is too long. When slammed the saddle height would be even higher than my current KS (which I already fine annoying). I need to get me a Geometron with a straight seat tube to solve my current problem. 430mm seat tube with a ... more »

Added reply in a thread Where is the Head Angle Sweetspot for Enduro/Trail? 2/14/2019 9:40 AM

If it works for you great but don't assume long, stable bikes aren't fun! I think it is fun to have a bike that can handle anything in it's path no matter the speed, I think it is fun to drift corners, I think it is fun that my long bike doesn't spin ... more »

Added reply in a thread Where is the Head Angle Sweetspot for Enduro/Trail? 2/14/2019 7:11 AM

I have read the other thread about chainstays and again agree with you that short chainstays are rubbish. My bike has 460mm chainstays, 520mm reach but I still had to ride way over the front when I had a 62º head angle when riding flat terrain. I remember ... more »

Added reply in a thread Where is the Head Angle Sweetspot for Enduro/Trail? 2/14/2019 6:56 AM

For short travel I think 63-64º is too slack for the same reason I think sub 63º is too slack for longer travel forks unless you are riding very steep terrain. I used to run a 62º head angle and found that on flat terrain I had to weight the front so ... more »

Added reply in a thread Where is the Head Angle Sweetspot for Enduro/Trail? 2/14/2019 6:42 AM

Ok that I will agree with that. Long seat tubes are unnecessary especially with 200mm droppers coming out.

Added reply in a thread Where is the Head Angle Sweetspot for Enduro/Trail? 2/14/2019 6:41 AM

Mondraker follow that logic by going longer in reach but not super slack like Pole or Nicolai/Geometron. The problem I see is that steep head angles don't corner as well with the front end prone to folding. Under 66º seems fine but above that especially ... more »

Added reply in a thread Where is the Head Angle Sweetspot for Enduro/Trail? 2/14/2019 6:33 AM

I think it depends on how much travel your bike has. Shorter travel 65º ~130-140mm 64-63º 150-170mm. Given a longer reach head angle does not negatively affect climbing stability i.e. it does not cause front end wandering. Sure a 63º head angle isn't ... more »

Added reply in a thread How Much Reach is Too Much Reach? 2/14/2019 6:18 AM

I also prefer shorter seat tubes as I like to run my saddle as low as possible. I actually cut my frame seat tube down from 480mm to 450mm. Ideally I'd like a 430mm seat post. I currently have a 150mm KS dropper which is 440mm long (the shortest out ... more »

Added reply in a thread How Much Reach is Too Much Reach? 2/14/2019 6:10 AM

Reach is a useful number to know how your bike will fit when you are standing on the pedals rather than sitting on the saddle. A short reach bike with a slack seat angle can feel the same as a long reach bike with a steep seat angle when the rider is ... more »

Added reply in a thread Advanced geometry nerding 1/10/2019 11:18 AM

Steeper seat tube angles will move the weight forward only whilst seated. Long chainstays will balance the bike out when standing.

Added reply in a thread Advanced geometry nerding 1/10/2019 11:15 AM

Sounds like an awesome bike. I hope you put up a review with your thoughts after you've gelled with it!

Added a comment about feature Rider of the Year - Shreddy Awards 12/30/2018 8:57 AM

100% winning streak in her first year doing full world cup schedule plus constantly doing times that would get her in the top 5-8 in elite. Vali Holl was by far athlete of the year! Would Miss Atherton have won the world cup if her strongest rivals hadn't been injured? Last 2 years she hasn't been her dominant self...

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I was sort of expecting Vali Holl.

Added a comment about video Vali Holl Tests the YT TUES 29 Prototype 11/14/2018 11:17 AM

An amazing emerging talent in DH racing. I look forward to seeing her progress in the elite category.

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Added reply in a thread 2019 UCI MTB Rules Changes 10/7/2018 2:43 AM

If 700mm is the new rule then most 584mm DH tires will be too big as well. A Schwalbe Magic Mary measures in at 708mm. Back to 558mm wheels I guess or tire manufacturers will have to make lower sidewall DH tires to be under 700mm!

Added a comment about video RED BULL HARDLINE - Vital RAW 9/14/2018 2:23 PM

All it shows is that slack seat angles allow the tire to hit the saddle at full bottom out. Seriously brands need to fix this ASAP and not force riders to run a) the saddle slammed forward and b) force the rider to run the saddle super high!

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Added reply in a thread Dual crown forks in enduro soon? 8/24/2018 11:20 PM

I recently switched my 160mm Yari Fast Shox 622mm wheeled fork for a Dorado and am really happy. The fork flexes less under braking, is way more sensitive to small bumps and I can plow into anything without worrying. Oh and personally I think it makes ... more »

Added reply in a thread Dual crown forks in enduro soon? 8/24/2018 11:13 PM

Tight turns can be overcome at speed with a little sliding. At low speed nose manualing or pivoting can overcome that. So no reason why a you can't use a dual crown. Also if you are hitting the upper crown with your knees then your bike is way too short! ... more »