Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 8/22/2019 10:07 PM

Automatically being seen as the brand that has good race pants?

Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 8/22/2019 1:05 PM

Yeah, really hating those e-mail notifications for the half a year these threads are active. But it needs to be done.

Liked a comment on the item Full Details Released: Specialized's Brand New Enduro 8/13/2019 11:45 AM

The components on the non-S-Works builds are pretty disappointing and confusing. At the $6500 build, you get the base Fox Performance (not Elite) suspension, but carbon wheels?

Added reply in a thread How Much Reach is Too Much Reach? 8/13/2019 7:07 AM

They ramped up their reach game. For XL sizing their bikes just about got useable. Though i would still like to see their actual seat tube angle. It kind of appears they steepened it up just a bit. But still, such slackness (at least they went 77+ on ... more »

Added reply in a thread How Much Reach is Too Much Reach? 8/11/2019 2:12 AM

Genuine question or just a jab at the general content of the posts in the thread?

Added reply in a thread How Much Reach is Too Much Reach? 8/11/2019 12:13 AM

@jeff.brines if you value downhill performance and ripping so much and can make almost any bike work pedalling up and optimized stroke being the key to uphill performance, why do you ride an enduro bike? Why not just ride a full on DH rig? It will cover ... more »

Added reply in a thread New Specialized enduro? Potato cam 8/11/2019 12:05 AM

I think that was the point he was trying to make, take the best design of each, designed for the DH bike, then spread it across your lineup.

Added a comment about photo Commencal Supreme Idler Position 8/2/2019 7:38 AM

A flatter, more pedally track would cater to more antisquat and riders would probably be prepared to deal with a bit more pedal kickback in order to gain some pedalling efficiency. It's vice versa on steeper, rougher tracks where you don't need to pedal as much but need as little feedback from the pedals as possible.

One thing to note is that a high pivot suspension layout gives a relatively high antisquat value without the effect of the chain (on a more normal suspension layout without an idler pivot the chain pulls the suspension towards the 0 mm travel point and gives a lot of antisquat, on a high pivot suspension layout the pivot location itself causes the wheel to want to 'fold under the bike', effectively giving quite a lot of antisquat. You might even want to tune the chain in such a way that it would promote squat if the antisquat from the geometry itself was too high.

TL;DR for the last paragraph is that a normal layout gives you either good antisquat or no pedal kickback, but both can actually be achieved with a high pivot layout.

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Added reply in a thread How Much Reach is Too Much Reach? 8/1/2019 2:59 PM

I agree that reach is useful for the fit of bikes when standing. WHich makes sense for DH bikes and bikepark bikes. Which is what... less than 1 % of the whole MTB scene? All other mountainbikes are designed to be pedalled. Pedalling is done sitting ... more »

Added reply in a thread How Much Reach is Too Much Reach? 8/1/2019 2:11 PM

No. I almost started quoting your previous post (quoting Skerby) but then i saw you quoted me as well. You mentioned there that at 5ft11 you feel fine on a 520 mm reach bike. But your bike is a Large. This and the fact that different brands have different ... more »

Added reply in a thread How Much Reach is Too Much Reach? 8/1/2019 5:00 AM

The way i see it steeper seat tube angles bring your CoG forwards and help the pedalling that way. But the intention is also not to rotate the rider around the BB, but to open up te hip joint a bit and keep the rider at least as upright if not even more ... more »

Added a comment about photo Commencal Bike Prep 8/1/2019 4:56 AM

With the idler mounted to the swingarm, this is sort of a unified rear triangle. Kind of.

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Added a comment about photo Voodoo or Not, Commencals are Winning 8/1/2019 4:55 AM

It's supposedly used to dampen vibration. You dampen vibration by tuning the mass or using appropriate materials (foams and other, usualy polymer materials that have a high internal damping coefficient) between two components. Sticking shiny stickers randomly around the bike will do nothing.

No actual data needed, just the basic knowledge of vibrodynamics of structures.

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Added a comment about photo Massive Rotor Adaptors for Commencal 8/1/2019 4:53 AM

Given the idler location, i'd say it's a proto swingarm using lots of production pieces.

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Added a comment about photo Commencal Supreme Idler Position 7/31/2019 9:58 PM

Different antisquat values and resulting pedal kickback values.

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Added a comment about feature First Ride: Nukeproof 2019 Summer Apparel 7/31/2019 2:13 PM

I'm 6ft3 (190 cm) with an almost 36 inch (91 cm) inseam and even a 15 inch (38 cm) inseam for the shorts gives me pad gap. I just got a set of Norrona Fjoras with a 43 cm inseam (though with sculpted knees that don't really do their function in my case) and i finally have shorts that don't give me pad gap.

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Added a comment about feature First Ride: Nukeproof 2019 Summer Apparel 7/31/2019 12:57 PM

So short...

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Added reply in a thread How Much Reach is Too Much Reach? 7/31/2019 12:55 PM

Oh boy how do i share your feelings since i've gotten on my XL Bird... Also, shout out to RF Grippler grips in 33 mm for the same reason. XXL gloved hands fitting nicely.

Added reply in a thread How Much Reach is Too Much Reach? 7/31/2019 12:54 PM

Don't know about going with an L fixing your back. But i do hope you're joking with he 5ft10 height and riding an XL. Around 6ft3 is the height most companies start recommending an XL frame. That's 5 inches!! I think you should actually think about a ... more »