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Added a comment about feature SAM HILL - The Inside Line Podcast 4/14/2021 8:44 PM
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15 years later and I still can't shake the suspicion that he actually likes Monster energy drinks.

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Added a comment about video DOWNHILL BIKES GOING SMASH! - Vital RAW 4/3/2021 6:01 PM

Yeah, I also thought they looked oversprung or overdamped. Looked like the bikes couldn’t quite “sit in” to their travel. Maybe the trail was just hella mega rough.

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Added a comment about video Neko Mulally Tapes Bottles of Water to His DH Bike - Is Lighter Actually Faster? 4/2/2021 3:34 PM

Riding an Ebike for the first time was mind blowing. Not only does weight not matter in a lot of circumstances, but it's awesome in others. The bike carried so much speed through flatter sections of trail. It's like bumps couldn't slow it down. And the added grip on roots, slick rocks, and in turns was immediately noticeable. Made me think about taping lead weights to my bike like that lovable kook from England.

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Added a comment about feature BRAKE JACK DOESN'T EXIST!! Advice!! with Team Robot, March 2021 3/22/2021 10:14 PM
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Great questions- seems like you'd be on Team Hart. Danny was probably chasing those exact suspension attributes with his floating brake arm. When talking about brake squat, "stable" implies a fixed center of mass, which isn't a realistic assumption. Riders can move all around, and what you're suggesting is that a rider whose suspension isn't getting stiff then supple then stiff again from braking will be better able to shift weight to compensate for braking-induced mass shift. Fair point, and maybe you're right. I'd love to know what Danny and the Saracen team observed in their year of testing the floating brake arm. In my observation thus far, anti-rise doesn't seem like a significant variable for bicycle performance.

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Added a comment about feature BRAKE JACK DOESN'T EXIST!! Advice!! with Team Robot, March 2021 3/22/2021 9:27 PM
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just6979, great points. Yes, you're totally right that when your fork or rear end is extended, the suspension is in a part of its travel that yields a lower absolute spring rate. Totally. What I'm saying is that, when your rear wheel is unweighted, you still aren't generating enough compressive force on the suspension to make it absorb bumps, even with a lower absolute spring rate.

For your example, yes, being in the backseat does make the front end of your bike harsh and unwieldy. If you imagine being in a near-manual position leaned way off the back of the bike, you're in a really stable position to hit bumps with your rear wheel, but even small impacts to the front end are going to throw you out of whack. I've accidentally dropped the nose on a manual right before hitting a curb (I was planning to bunny hop up it from a manual, but didn't quite get there), and it's a brutal impact. It's not a good position for absorbing bumps.

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Added a comment about feature BRAKE JACK DOESN'T EXIST!! Advice!! with Team Robot, March 2021 3/22/2021 9:08 PM
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Just6979, you perfectly described why the world’s fastest riders ride forks that are basically locked out, but still ride 30-40% rear sag like the rest of us. It’s not just that they like stiff suspension. Pros hate uncontrolled weight shift, but they love a loaded-up front tire that’s gripping when they brake.

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Added a comment about feature BRAKE JACK DOESN'T EXIST!! Advice!! with Team Robot, March 2021 3/22/2021 3:12 PM
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I think you've accurately described the difference in ride feel between long and short bikes, but I don't think a 2017 bike is 2.5'' shorter in reach. That would mean a medium that's 460mm in 2021 would have been 397mm in 2017. That's not realistic. For instance, a large 2021 Santa Cruz Bronson has a 14mm longer reach than a 2017, with a front center that's 32mm longer. So it's better, but not mind-blowing.

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Added a comment about video Vital RAW - Jack Reading and Dan Slack - A Typical UK Day! 3/21/2021 8:49 PM

That looked like a properly good time. Was thinking about how hard-earned Jack's bike skills are from riding an Ellsworth Dare at the World Cup level. Respect.

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Added a comment about feature Charlie Sponsel - The Inside Line Podcast 3/10/2021 3:54 PM
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Love you, man! Had such a great time riding with you in Draper, and the private screening of Double Down was amazing. Glad you enjoyed the podcast!

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