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Liked a comment on the item Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 5:12 PM

I don't know how things work with sanctioning bodies, but my guess is the only reason UCI doesn't do this is they want money. Which makes sense in the short term. But we don't want this to be a short term thing. We want to foster elite racers who pursue dh, not switch to another...more

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Can't speak for other countries, but if you're a US rider you pretty much need to be rich to get into World Cups. DH isn't a cheap sport, but traveling the country for 5 races that get you UCI points (and not even that many) is crazy. Expecting people to max out credit cards and...more

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We have to keep in mind, UCI is a Euro/french centric organization and they are probably blind to what is DH racing outside of their cocoon. In France and in Europe, the sport is much more organized with clubs in every village and races at every level (department, regional,...more

Liked a comment on the item Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 5:07 PM

Thanks for the feedback team. One point which might not have been crystal clear in my article. If you cant get the points, you enter via the national jersey. Then travel to your first world cup and if all the stars align and you qualify for finals. Then, in my opinion you have...more

Liked a comment on the item Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 5:06 PM

Well said. A few years ago I got 5th at US Nationals and qualified for my first World Cup. I now work my ass off as a traveling nurse- often on call and overtime and get usually get up at 5 am, train, and then go work a 10 hr shift. Not at a desk. In surgery. Lifting more heavy...more

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Bring back the days where winners had hangovers and STDs

Liked a comment on the item Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 5:02 PM

Anyone on here ever tried to put on a race with UCI qualifying points? It is not cheap. Then you will sometimes get big riders there and they don't need the points but fly in and take them all up. Like Eddie said, you would need to win 2 or 3 of those races to get the points, but...more

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I totally agree with the sentiment here, yes the sport is being suffocated by pandering to delivering a media output to promote the sport better. Its like the UCI are in a self destroying catch 22 circle. Add into this, the required UCI fees & prize money to put on local...more

Liked a comment on the item Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 11:32 AM

That’s what the bull does. Spend a bunch of money in some extreme sport and then get into a position to dictate terms. The fact that their media house is who we have to rely on for race coverage sucks to no end. The fact that the uci let them in tells you everything you need to...more

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It's crazy out here. Keith Darner said "I'll never host another DH race again" because costs are so high to run a race and racer turnout is so low. Driving across the country multiple times one year to earn the right to enter a WC race the next year is stupid.

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Great article, Eddie. Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't this all been done on purpose with the express intent of killing privateer racing? For their broadcast Red Bull wants recognizable names (top athletes only), lots of jumps and high speed for video (machine-built trails as opposed to technical, roots, etc), and close race times (smooth and fast instead of slow and tech). A few years ago, a top WC athlete and RB rider told me that RB was considering going to top-40 only with no qualifier so that the WC circuit was like a closed-off reality TV show for the only the top-40 riders. Everyone else be damned.

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Added a comment about video Metal Monday Vol 1 Morzine | Jack Moir 10/26/2020 11:15 AM

Great riding and shitty film quality > shitty riding and "great" film quality

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Added a comment about feature Marginal Gains: There’s Nothing *Stock* About Stock Suspension 10/23/2020 10:25 AM
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I get what you’re saying, and I scratched my head at the wide range of settings that Norco recommends within their Ride Aligned guide. When I plugged in my numbers, I wanna say it gave me a difference of 10 psi on the fork for the different “rider offsets,” and that’s for the same rider weight. 10 psi is huge on a fork!

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Added a comment about feature Marginal Gains: There’s Nothing *Stock* About Stock Suspension 10/23/2020 10:08 AM
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To Primoz comment about customers not knowing how to adjust knobs and adjust shock pressures, I think that’s why these base tunes exist. We’re talking about two shocks (the RockShox SuperDeluxe DH and the Fox DPX) that are missing a bunch of knobs. Instead of putting more adjustable shocks on the Optic and giving users choices, they’ve removed a bunch of options that could allow the shock to feel great for any user and are trying to find a one size fits all solution to make the shock feel okay for most users. Using less adjustable shocks, even at the high-end level, is common, and it reflects a common mindset in the MTB market- safeguarding against stupid customers instead of equipping smart ones.

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Added a comment about news blog Tracey Hannah Announces Her Retirement From World Cup Racing 10/22/2020 8:08 PM
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Good for her. She’s earned it. A truly decorated racing career that spans decades.

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Liked a comment on the item Marginal Gains: There’s Nothing *Stock* About Stock Suspension 10/22/2020 11:58 AM

Good piece, but it barely scratches the surface of this idea. I realize this is a mountain bike website, not a medical journal. Still, a few ways this could have been more betterer.

Though the clock isn't the only objective measure of how well your suspension is working, I feel its a...more

Added a comment about feature Marginal Gains: There’s Nothing *Stock* About Stock Suspension 10/22/2020 11:55 AM
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"It's not worth it to cater to the fringes of the population." I disagree. I think it's easier to not cater to the fringes, but I think it can be worth it from a $$ and product differentiation standpoint. You could see HUGE increases in rider satisfaction if you looked at the problem a little differently- take crankarm length for instance. The current marketing wisdom for crankarms is that price = performance. More expensive = lighter = stiffer = fancier = you go faster on your bike. Never mind the fact that people under the height of 5'2" are wildly out of proportion on 170 or even 165mm cranks. But instead of making more SKU's in the SLX range for outliers, they focus marketing on selling newer/lighter/stiffer. Once you put shorter cranks on small bikes, you can also lower BB heights which increases standover heights and lowers COG for short people. All of a sudden the whole bike fits better and rides better. But you can't do that if your marketing line is "lighter is best."

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Added a comment about feature Marginal Gains: There’s Nothing *Stock* About Stock Suspension 10/21/2020 4:44 PM
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Agreed that it's pretty hopeless to get one shock tune that works across size runs and for most rider skill levels. In a perfect world, companies would either use different shock tunes for different sizes (Like Ibis "Roxy tune") or would use a slightly different shock mount for every size to change wheel rate (like the RAAW Madonna).

I hope the bike industry continues the current trend of making their existing bikes work better across the spectrum of rider dimensions and skill levels instead of chasing "10% stiffer!!!" or "120 grams lighter!!!" Altering chainstay length and seat angle for different frame sizes is just scratching the surface of what's possible. There are a lot of things that work for 140-pound riders that DO NOT work for 220-pound riders, and vice versa.

Knowing that there are a dozen things off the top of my head that MTB manufacturers could be doing to make bikes perform better, I kind of threw up in my mouth when I read this sentence in the article: "We mentioned initially how marginal gains drive the industry, along with the never-ending quest for “perfect” suspension. Simply put: between frame manufacturers and suspension companies, nearly no stone is left unturned."

I would say the bike industry is constantly searching for good-enough solutions for the average rider, and leaves lots of stones unturned if they think their audience is too stupid to understand or utilize a feature.

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Added a comment about video Rider Owned "Ride or Die" Concept Becomes a Brand // For Riders, By Riders 10/21/2020 4:35 PM

ROBOTS say "ride and die anyway, pathetic humans."

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Liked a comment on the item Marginal Gains: There’s Nothing *Stock* About Stock Suspension 10/21/2020 3:31 PM

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...more