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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
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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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Liked a comment on the item Rider of the Year - Shreddy Awards 12/30/2018 8:54 AM

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 »

Liked a comment on the item A Trek Truck Driver's Trail Bike 8/24/2018 10:47 AM

I rode my Firebird like that for most of the season (with the Bartlett), it was rad. You can gain a bit of travel and a lot of stiffness without affecting geometry. Plus, direct mount stems are the best thing ever for people who can't align...more

Added reply in a thread RAMPAGE ON STEROIDS 8/22/2018 9:55 AM

That was so sick! I would love to see a Moto Rampage! And yeah bring back a 300mm fork and DH bike!

Added reply in a thread Little Black Book (of bikes) | Can you remember all your mountain bikes? 8/2/2018 9:03 AM

- Marin Rocky Ridge -Sintra Cycles -Hi-tec -Specialized Stumpjumper -Specialized Bighit -Specialized Status (size M) -Specialized Status (L) -Pole Evolink 176 (Current bike) Also had bikes for work from Scott 2013 Voltage 2014 Gambler 2015 Voltage 710 ... more »

Added a comment about feature A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/27/2018 10:31 AM
Fred_Pop

Most bikes nowadays work well and come with decent parts. The thing I find that is missing is a) geometry Some brands like Pole/Nicolai have sussed it out and other brands now offer XL and XXL frames that are in the same range. But there are still a lot of brands making frames with slack seat angles and long seat tubes when we now have +170mm dropper posts. Also please stop building trail bikes with +66º headangles! A slack bike with a nice long toptube and steep seat angle will climb great without the front end wandering around! It will corner better without the front end folding and obviously work much better downhill. And b) durability when it comes to suspension mainly concerning forks, The obsession with weight has produced forks especially single crown that have barely any oil, plastic internals and service intervals of 50-100 hours. If you actually ride more than once a week you end up with a fork that feels decent for only a few rides and then you have to open it up and service it!
As for your point about lighter bikes I find that weight is over rated in my humble opinion. Bikes that are light are obviously less of a drag to pedal up but are all over the place going down. I personally wouldn't want a 12kg 170mm enduro bike! 14-16kg is gives more stability without making it a beast to get up the hill!
Now point a) is being addressed and I foresee geometry stabilizing within the next 5 years like it has with MX bikes. Point b) may or may not be addressed. Sure some brands like DVO and Manitou have forks with a decent amount of oil but they do get discriminated against because of their weight even though performance is outstanding.
Anyways I might sound like I'm whining but I do agree that these are good times! Better today's bikes than those when I started in the 90s!

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Added a comment about feature Schwalbe Tires - EUROBIKE 2018 7/10/2018 11:39 PM
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I want those ebike tires motor or no motor! Just wish they make the rear in a narrower size!

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Added a comment about video Kenny Smith, Gnar BC Shredding, Devinci's New e-Bike 6/16/2018 11:04 AM

Sick video! I agree that an ebike allows you to ride more without any real downsides. My next bike might be an e!

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