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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Added a comment about feature 2019 Mountain Bike Tire Offerings from WTB 7/9/2018 4:25 PM

Keep in mind that Eurobike is a business to business event and they are communicating direct with people from bike brands, distributors and shops... and that is a photo of just a part of their booth. So yes, messy, but it might be what their business customers want to see (think dual compound for OEM and triple compound for aftermarket)

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Liked a comment on the item Hayes Brake Bounces Back with the Dominion A4 7/9/2018 7:26 AM

Honestly, this brake sounds freaking sweet. Hayes have brought some innovation here and if it delivers how they promise then it could be a serious contender.

Added a comment about feature FOX Live Valve Coming this August - EUROBIKE 2018 7/8/2018 9:26 PM
Added a comment about feature Vital Rides the All-New 2019 Santa Cruz Bronson and 5010 7/3/2018 11:46 AM

The 5010 will be next level with the 2.6 tires. I a have 130mm Mojo with 2.5 tires and 34mm rims that allows an 18 psi Minion in the front and 22 psi Minion in the back. The grip in turns is off the charts, and the tires take up the chop before the shock and fork engagement threshold for a supple feel but the firmer travel keeps it responsive. The tires suck up 30mm of bump which makes the bike feel like it has much more travel than it does. It's an amazing combo. Coming off enduro bikes I miss nothing. I'm loving how capable shorter travel bikes are now.

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