Added a comment about product review Tested: SRAM Rail 50 Wheelset 12/17/2013 10:14 AM

It should also be mentioned that the Solo Spoke deal means there is just 1 spoke length on the entire wheelset. Being quite the wheel aficionado and pro wheelbuilder for 20 years i typically shy away from pre built low spoke count wheels. These wheels, along with only 1 or 2 others currently on the market, are finally done right. Sram has taken pre built wheels to a point where they are stiffer, stronger and lighter than typical hand built j bend wheels by re shaping the rim and the hub to make the life of the spoke much less stressful. This allows for fewer spokes. Rim stiffness and spoke tension is what keeps spokes from breaking, which is really due to stiffening up the whole structure.

I dare say the due to the Solo Spoke, wide offset rim and wide spoke angle provided by the uniquely shaped hubs that these are my favorite wheels on the market.

It's still not as easy to walk into a shop and have your tacoed wheel re strung on an in stock rim in a short turn around though.

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Added a comment about photo What Does the XC World Champ Ride for Enduro? Nino Schurter's 2014 Scott Genius LT 11/14/2013 12:06 PM

He probably got popped for "racing" the liaisons and pushing people out of his way!

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Added a comment about photo What Does the XC World Champ Ride for Enduro? Nino Schurter's 2014 Scott Genius LT 11/14/2013 11:58 AM

I was thinking he could pull off a good results but then he never saw him anywhere in the standings. Anyone know how he did?

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Added a comment about product review Tested: RockShox Pike RCT3 Fork 11/1/2013 4:18 PM

Funny, i rarely if ever go by sag on a fork. I do use it religiously on a rear shock, then just try to balance out the spring rate feel of a fork so it gets full travel without too much brake dive.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: RockShox Pike RCT3 Fork 11/1/2013 3:34 PM

I weigh 135-140 dressed with gear. I'm a monster...:-)

On the the 140 29er i set the pressure at 60 with the aforementioned 2 Tokens stock.
I run 5 clicks in from all the way out on the low speed compression and only use the Pedal and Lock on pavement.

On the 150 27.5 i am at 50 with 1/2 token. I believe i was at 55 with 0 Tokens stock, and 45 with 1 Token.
I seem to prefer a light pressure and damping setup along with a fairly low tire pressure, but progressive ending feel. I ride light on the front wheel, heavy on the rear wheel. I try to get forward more than i used to with my old "Flying Squirrel Style" LoL. All those years wheelying through sand whoops on the throttle in my previous life along with hucks into gravel pits with mediocre forks ruined me guess.
I run 3-5 clicks in on low speed compression, sometimes 0 for cold wet conditions, as much as 8-10 for bike park jump runs.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: RockShox Pike RCT3 Fork 11/1/2013 12:42 PM

I have a 29er 140 Pike and a 27.5 150 Pike.

I haven't done the flex/bind test. My first impression, which was on a 29er, when going from a Fox 34 to the Pike was that the Pike felt like it was far smoother in off camber "bindy" situations. The 34 seems good one minute and rough the next. Perhaps in a 29er configuration the Pike was actually stiffer, causing less binding than a Fox 34.

When i got a 27.5 wheeled bike i found the Pike to be slightly rougher than the 29 version which seems to be due to a much slacker head angle (69-66). Trail chatter and jump landings come to mind. Naturally, the slacker bike allows the fork to feel better than the steeper one on steep rocky terrain though.

The Tokens have proven to be a great benefit for my aggressive riding style which ranges from bike park to enduro racing. Keep in mind folks, different models come stock with more or fewer Tokens due to the fact that the air rods are shared with various travel and wheel size configurations. So..my 29er 140 came stock with 2 Tokens, and i felt it to be pretty darn good. On that bike style, i was OK with occasional bottoming because i wanted to get max suppleness out of the shorter travel fork, and due to the nature of the bike i don't rally it quite as hard. The 27.5 150 came without any Tokens installed. It was pretty awesome, but i was getting some bottoming at bike parks and since it has more travel i figure i can allow some more ramp up. One spacer proved to be too much, i had to lower the pressure 10 psi to get full travel on appropriate terrain. I then cut the Token in half, went back up 5 psi and found the overall feel i was looking for.

I'm a lighter rider, so flex (as long as it doesn't cause binding) doesn't bother me as much as bigger guys. I dare say that i don't find flex in the Pike to be distracting. Comparing to a Lyric It's safe to say there is more flex, but i noticed a huge improvement in smoothness, weight, damping, maintenance and adjust ability through air spring tuning. Changing the shim stack and high speed compression spring in a Lyric is super cool, but i honestly seem to be getting better results tuning the spring curve to get the feel i'm looking for in today's forks. That i possibly because the new generation of sealed dampers are so refined nowadays.

Krispy

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: RockShox Pike RCT3 Fork 11/1/2013 12:19 PM

So the pike has more micro adjustment of the low speed compression, and that compression adjustment applies to the fully open position and the partially open position, unlike the fox factory CTD which only affects the Trail position. Good to know. Thanks Jeff

Added a comment about feature What Was on Cam Zink's TLD Helmet at Rampage? It Could Have Saved His Life 10/16/2013 4:31 PM

That probably added negligible weight as opposed to a larger shell with more padding. I wouldn't want the soft padding on the outside for fear of it grabbing the ground though!

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Liked a comment on the item What Was on Cam Zink's TLD Helmet at Rampage? It Could Have Saved His Life 10/16/2013 4:30 PM

So does a spinal injury

Liked a comment on the item What Was on Cam Zink's TLD Helmet at Rampage? It Could Have Saved His Life 10/16/2013 4:29 PM

I haven't seen this helmet up close but biggest concern with putting foam of any other soft material on the outside of the helmet is the increased risk of neck injury. This has been talked about in football helmet development. While the extra layer of material...more

Updated bike check Tanner Baughman's Lil Shredder Phenom 10/16/2013 3:44 PM
Added a comment about photo Rampage Pro Bike: Wil White's Karpiel Disco Volante 10/12/2013 4:27 PM

Ya know what? I really like that bike.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Easton Havoc UST 150 Wheelset 10/4/2013 11:13 AM

I do believe that these wheels require a trip back to Easton for a rebuild, something only acceptable if they are race wheels and the owner has a second wheelset to use in the mean time. Considering that most DH riders only have 1 wheelset and ride a short 90 day summer season i find this unacceptable for DH use.

Being an accomplished wheel builder i don't care for the threaded in nipple interface. The threads are much more coarse than a typical spoke nipple, so 1/4 turn is a significant amount of draw up. If a spoke nipple comes loose by a small margin the spoke will be loose. Also, the entire spoke has to turn, so it's difficult to get the head to turn in the hub flange once it's dirty.

Also, if a rock flips up and breaks the nipple, it may be stuck in the threaded rim making it impossible to remove. With so few spokes it isn't a good idea to ride them with a spoke missing.

From a engineering perspective the idea of having the spoke thread into the rim is a great idea. The spoke cant get near the tube or tubeless tape in a severe flexing impact. Unfortunately routine maintenance and quick repairs are more important in a DH wheel that will certainly outweigh the neato features of this wheel.

I owned a Haven wheelset with similar spoke design. The wheels were light, fast and overall great riding wheels. By the end of 1 year the spoke nipples in the rim wouldn't turn, the hub bearings were shot, and the rim had a minor bend. I would expect a rim to have some minor damage, but due to the difficulty of truing these low spoke count wheels with proprietary nipples i have relegated these wheels to a backup bike that doesn't get ridden often.

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Added a comment about photo Da Bomb 27.5 DH Bottomed Out 9/13/2013 4:46 PM

Looks like he has black spacers on each end of his shock spring.

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Added a comment about photo Gee Atherton and his 2014 GT Fury Bottomed Out at Hafjell 9/13/2013 4:44 PM

steel coil spring on the new shock?

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Added a comment to Krispy's bike check 9/12/2013 10:52 AM

Small sizeway.

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Added bike check Krispy's Trance Advanced 27.5 9/6/2013 3:10 PM