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Added reply in a thread Are Global DH Bikes Sales Falling? 10/22/2020 2:54 AM

Did you design only the geometry and kinematics or did you do the whole shebang including drawings? How much did it cost you?

Added reply in a thread Are Global DH Bikes Sales Falling? 10/22/2020 2:44 AM

Where did you have it made?

Added a comment about feature Marginal Gains: There’s Nothing *Stock* About Stock Suspension 10/22/2020 12:27 AM
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The industry is catering for the average rider, but it's not worth to cater to the fringes of the population. Case in point, horribly slack seat tubes are only now slowly going out of fashion on most XL frames. Yet top tubes are still short. There are still like ~5 frames on the market that I'd willingly buy considering the seat tube angle, the position of the seat and the resulting angle of it compared to the BB and the top tube (cockpit) length. Almost all bikes have at least one value off in this regard (for example, the Privateer and Forbidden bikes are horribly short given the steep seat tube).

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Added a comment about feature Marginal Gains: There’s Nothing *Stock* About Stock Suspension 10/22/2020 12:24 AM
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I'm amazed hardly any shop offers a Shockwiz for rent, maybe throw it in for free for a week or so when you buy a bike...

I guess it's 'sell the bike, cash the money, forget about the customer' kinda deal in most cases...

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Added a comment about feature Marginal Gains: There’s Nothing *Stock* About Stock Suspension 10/22/2020 12:23 AM
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Linear does not mean a constant force throughout the travel, it only means x change in travel means y change in force. But still, the deeper you go, the higher the force. So it does have an effect.

Progressive (or digressive) suspension designs actually cause problems too since the damping, while a set value on the shock itself (on the shaft) is not constant on the rear axle... It's one of the reasons Cannondale was trying out dual shocks on the DH bike, to have a progressive spring characteristic, but a linear damping characteristic (or vice versa, if desired).

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Added a comment about feature Marginal Gains: There’s Nothing *Stock* About Stock Suspension 10/21/2020 11:04 AM
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Sadly that's the issue, only 'marginal' riders actually get a benefit from the full 4 clickers, either because of their body features (very light or very heavy riders) or because of their riding style (huck to flats probably require a bit more compression damping). Then there's the issue of how many of such riders actually know what to do with those clickers...

I have a Lyrik RC2 and have the HSC in the middle position, which is 'stock' for all other dampers. I wanted the clickers, turns out I don't need them. What I have learned I really really want is an adjustable LSC (in open mode) on the rear shock to fine tune the support for pedalling, so I don't get the pedal bob and also don't need to flip the switch - I ride my suspension open all the time.

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Added reply in a thread Are Global DH Bikes Sales Falling? 10/21/2020 10:58 AM

Regarding the e-DH bike, I think the weight would kill it, as in it would self implode. E-bikes have reliability and durability issues as is, ride it like a DH and you'll just multiply it. As for 'I ride the same trail I used to with a DH that I do now ... more »

Added reply in a thread Are Global DH Bikes Sales Falling? 10/21/2020 9:59 AM

Just like you have lift access freeride terrain where in some cases you still need to skin a bit, you have bikeparks with areas where you need to pedal a bit to get to certain trails. Or you can do a looooong ride with some ups and downs, but you start ... more »

Added reply in a thread Should the UCI do more double headers? (in non-pandemic years) 10/21/2020 9:52 AM

Why wouldn't it? Skiing has two runs and people watch it? Maybe not in the same format (with 80 riders doing the two runs), but do it exactly like skiing has it maybe?

Added reply in a thread Are Global DH Bikes Sales Falling? 10/20/2020 1:28 PM

The issue for 2021 is that there are apparently no components in stock to build bikes, so even if people want to buy them, none can be made and sold. As for bikes, yeah, more of the upper 'monstrosity'. As for non-production bikes, like I said, make

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Added reply in a thread 2021 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 10/20/2020 12:18 PM

I had a long answer written regarding the three points, but we're way off topic here. And there's a DH sales numbers thread opened already, maybe this debate would fit there better. As for the points, I was aiming purely at the technology and uniqueness ... more »

Added reply in a thread Are Global DH Bikes Sales Falling? 10/20/2020 11:52 AM

50 for all the brands? If the big brands sell 500 bikes per year and there are 10 brands like that, that's 5000 bikes already. It's simple. Of course a trophy truck will be better at Baja 1000 than an F-150 Raptor. Or a Subbie Outback. But on the school

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Added reply in a thread MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 10/20/2020 6:48 AM

Moving the BB by a few mm will change the antisquat by a couple percentage points at most. And I highly doubt it's 130 % throughout the travel... Antisquat numbers usually fluctuate wildly depending on the length of the linkages and the resulting movement ... more »

Added reply in a thread Should the UCI do more double headers? (in non-pandemic years) 10/19/2020 1:16 PM

Good idea. Boy Loris would have made bank over the last weekend with a system like this

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Added reply in a thread 2021 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 10/19/2020 1:15 PM

Sorry to burst your bubble, but the true F1 of cycling is triathlon. It's almost unlimited in what they can design. DH is a rally series at best (something along the lines of R5 or even lower, old Group N/S2000 category for example) and, like I said ... more »

Added reply in a thread UCI DH Rule Unclear - DSQ for Riding Over a Course-Marking Pole? 10/19/2020 8:59 AM

For some reason I thought this happened in Race 2... Never mind me then, clearly I don't know what I'm talking about, race 1 WynTV is up.

Added reply in a thread Should the UCI do more double headers? (in non-pandemic years) 10/19/2020 8:57 AM

Jeff well MX has two motos on the same track, sooooo... It might be hard for some venues to do variations on the track they use (Lošinj?), but for sure it is an option. And nobody said you have to run 2 races on a course, you could maybe do double headers ... more »

Added reply in a thread UCI DH Rule Unclear - DSQ for Riding Over a Course-Marking Pole? 10/19/2020 8:53 AM

Taken down?

Added reply in a thread MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 10/19/2020 8:51 AM

What about a wet and dry rebound circuit? One being normal and one being a bit slower

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Added reply in a thread MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 10/19/2020 1:43 AM

We could easily ride hardtails if we ride what we needed. But isn't it fun to buy stuff, ou don't need but want that is just over the top, but is really cool? 😎 Yeah, Andorra was like that, smooth and relatively flat at the top, then it dropped in like ... more »