Added reply in a thread Discussion: Fork Damping vs Spring Rate 7/24/2019 8:42 AM

I read somewhere from someone smarter than me, "Spring controls the mass, while damping controls the spring" I've always thought of compression damping as slowing down a fork's movement to it's spring balance point. And I want the fork to move as fast ... more »

Added a comment about product review Get Better Performance from Your Air Fork: Vorsprung Suspension Luftkappe 7/19/2019 9:31 AM

I have about a year on a Luftkappe and dig it. The review sums up the benefits pretty nicely so I'll add some additional observations.
- The mid-stroke is for riders who like a bit of platform to push on in turns, berms, and jumps.
- The previous hyperactivity of the fork moves from the stock mid-stroke to the initial stroke, and it is hyper and sucks up all the smaller bits of the trail. Kind of like getting really low in tire air pressure. It just sucks bits up.
- There is now a wide range of air pressure that is usable. I tried stupid low pressure and the mid-stroke still held up the fork nicely. You can now set the pressure more to your liking rather than to solve issues.
- That supportive mid-stroke becomes firm at high speed in bigger chunk, I feel it on very fast, longer, rougher downhills. It pushes pack. This is a byproduct of having more spring in that mid-stroke. This is something to consider. Or maybe it is the high-speed compression circuit kicking in?
- The fork sags in further. What this means; I over-forked my bike by 10mm, the new spring gobbled up that 10mm when I sit on it. But that seems to be just a numbers thing as performance in that initial stoke is freaking awesome.
- I think I bottomed out once (with no tokens). All rides I am left with 10-20mm of unused travel. I'm ok with this, I like to preserve the geometry of the bike in Oh Shit moments. It might be me running a touch higher pressure. Or maybe it is the high-speed compression circuit kicking in?

It's a perfect fit for my solid mid-stroke 5010. It sucks things up, while still getting boosty and I always know where my bike is in space so I can purely focus on playing with the trail.
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Added a comment about product review Tested: Tioga's Front-Specific Edge 22 Tire 7/11/2019 6:40 AM

Tioga is very underrated in their tire development, and it's nice to see new ideas brought to tires. I run their Venture tires on my hardtail in sand over hardpack and it is the only tire that sticks turns. I would love to try these out. Moar cornering rubber is key for loose over hard, dusty conditions.
Thanks for the review.

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Added a comment to Jim_Katsilometes's bike check 4/23/2019 2:16 PM

Jib-tastic!

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Added a comment about feature RockShox Unveils 2020 Suspension Lineup, Charger 2.1 Damper and the MegNeg 4/4/2019 9:42 PM

Odd, my Fox fork with the Fluffenkaffin ramps up and has a firmer midstroke with 10-15% less air pressure than the stock Evo spring. And bottom is near impossible. I'll have to check out one of the Volsprung videos for more insight.
Edit: on the fork spring the Fliffinfrakkin takes up more positive spring space so the shock to fork analogy is not a good match.

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Added reply in a thread DH Not In Cycling World Champs 2023 Athlete Message Video 3/13/2019 7:58 AM

Don't read to much into it, pulling these videos together can be a challenge and you work with what you get. P

Added a comment about product review Deep Dive and Impressions: 8150's Unique Carbon Wheels 2/19/2019 9:36 AM

I'm running i37mm rims with 2.6 tires and the sidewall support at super low pressures is the real deal, and cornering grip is off the charts.

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Added reply in a thread Where is the Head Angle Sweetspot for Enduro/Trail? 2/14/2019 8:15 AM

As bikes have become more capable (and my skills improve... I hope) I'm finding I need less and less "mechanical" advantages and am preferring a more "spicy" bike to keep the trail alive. 800mm bars have done a great job of stabilizing a front end at ... more »

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Added reply in a thread Grips Question 12/20/2018 8:10 AM

I've been off lock-ons for years. Lock-ons have a dirty secret, the hard plastic core that runs under the entirety of the grip. IME this makes for a very firm grip as there is not much room left for padding. Some riders like firm grips, and that is great, ... more »

Liked a comment on the item TESTED: Tioga Glide G3 Tire 12/19/2018 9:19 AM

Can I add in that these tires roll fast fast fast! Much faster that the other Maxxis clones and the Michelins I'm riding now. I rode them for a week in Moab and was very impressed how they handled out there, (I will admit that I was fortunate to not experience the flatting issue). Grip on slick...more

Added a comment about feature 3 Great Mountain Bikes for Kids 12/13/2018 8:09 AM

Great write up! I'll throw in some unsolicited advice, having been in the rodeo a couple of times.
- geometry is everything, the bikes above are probably great for kids, and department store bikes will have poor geometry - Specialized nailed it years ago, it's amazing how much better kids ride on good "kid" geometry.
- kid suspension forks are unmoving, blocks of wood that weigh more than your fork, kids are better off with...
- fat tires, or large tires you can run soft with a rigid fork (bonus with extra grip)

Skip 24" and go straight to XS 26" - there are amazing used full suspension bike at stupid low prices - with real tires and real suspension that moves. If the bike is too big, the kid rides "in" the bike in a safe position - like a shorter person in a XS 29" bike. 30mm stem, shorter cranks. Outside of advanced kids, kids steer with their hands so a steeper head angle works better for them.

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Added reply in a thread FOX DPX2 or Float X2 rear shock 11/14/2018 9:49 AM

Removed, inaccurate.

Added a comment about product review Crankbrothers Merges Stiff & Compliant with Synthesis Carbon Wheels 10/3/2018 3:56 PM

I don't understand the narrower rear logic. What I see is more psi to support the tire sidewall from folding over.
Perhaps it makes sense if you run a 2.5 front and 2.35 rear, but again, to what advantage is a smaller rear tire? or perhaps if you run a tougher dual ply tire in the rear? But then you sacrificing compliance for support (and reliability, which is important for some)
Help me out.

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Liked a comment on the item FOX Live Valve Suspension: Robots, MTB and the Rise of the Machines 8/29/2018 10:23 AM

I raced this bike at the Big Mountain Enduro in Crested Butte. Had a top 5 stage finish on it. To be perfectly honest, the Scott Genius is not my first choice for an enduro race bike. I was struggling with the geometry, and it rides like a 120mm XC bike, not a 150mm enduro...more

Added a comment about feature FOX Live Valve Suspension: Robots, MTB and the Rise of the Machines 8/28/2018 7:00 PM

A Fox engineer was testing this in Downieville last year on a Trail/Enduro bike, they have been testing it on some rough and fast terrain with plenty of pedaling. Just wanted to throw that out there.

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: Timed Training, La Bresse World Cup DH 8/23/2018 9:14 PM

Great write up!
I have to wonder if timed training is a mental game for both the rider and the competition. Get in the head.

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