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Reply to Should we re-think chain guides? 4/6/2021 9:54 PM

What I'm saying is: I don't see how the chainguide caused the crash. I see how the chain caused the crash, I just don't see the link. What story are you suggesting: a) Chainguide failure ===> causes broken chain ===> chain goes into front wheel ... more »

Reply to Should we re-think chain guides? 4/6/2021 2:42 PM

Yeah, I fail to see what the problem is. When a chain snaps it's anyone's guess what happens next. Sometimes they drop out of the bike harmlessly, sometimes you go over the bars, sometimes they get sucked into the wheel. Sometimes you're Aaron Gwin and ... more »

Reply to MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 3/29/2021 2:30 PM

I also said that pedal kickback wasn't a thing: https://www.vitalmtb.com/features/MTB-ADVICE-with-Team-Robot-ANSWERS-2,3031

Reply to 2021 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 1/22/2021 11:09 AM

"The old butcher was great, good sidewall, good compund, rivalled maxxis. The new stuff is bobbins, flimsy carcass and a rubber compound that is far too hard. The tread patterns are good though, hillbilly is good as is the slaughter. Makes you wonder ... more »

Reply to Michelin tires thread! 1/5/2021 3:18 PM

Just checked and the DH22 is 1500 grams for a 29x2.4" tire. That's a lot. I think Maxxis DH tires are about 250 grams lighter. Not saying that's better or worse, just info. I'm a weirdo who runs Maxxis DH tires with Cushcore front and rear on my trail ... more »

Reply to Will lighter riders benefit from an RS Zeb or Fox 38? 12/17/2020 11:57 AM

I went from a 170mm 36 on my Megatower to a 180mm Zeb and I'm roundly impressed by the new fork and pleased with the change. It's a huge improvement over the 36 it replaced in every respect. Yes, I can definitely feel the increased stiffness, but I appreciate ... more »

Reply to Scout vs SB140 vs similar bikes 12/15/2020 2:05 PM

Nice! That's a great friend to hook you up like that. I think you've got enough bike there to do anything, and you should be set for a long, long time if you keep up with maintenance. You could race a NW Cup downhill race on that bike, then change tires ... more »

Reply to Another geo thread - this time, related to stack height 12/11/2020 8:30 PM

"Actually you want to weight the bars pretty heavily. Escpecially when climbing. You use your abs and back to pull the bars backwards and down and towards the bb." I disagree with this advice. There are very few times on extremely steep technical climbs ... more »

Reply to Another geo thread - this time, related to stack height 12/9/2020 11:08 AM

@Allen_Gleckner Thanks for asking. I'm running 10mm of spacers, a 50mm stem, and a 40mm rise handlebar rolled pretty far forward so it has less backsweep and more upsweep, but I'm also running a 180mm travel RS Zeb. That's important because the Zeb is ... more »

Reply to Another geo thread - this time, related to stack height 12/8/2020 11:45 AM

Some additional thoughts that I haven't heard yet: 1. 29ers have taller front ends. Someone mentioned that as reach lengths got longer, WC pro's started lowering their handlebars. That's actually not true. It might look like pro's front ends are coming ... more »

Reply to Favorite Winter Tire Combo? 11/30/2020 11:26 AM

My favorite winter tire combo has always been running the same tires I run in the summer. Right now I'm on an Assegai DH MaxxGrip front and a DHF DH hard compound rear. Works a treat.

Reply to Share Your Local Trail Advocacy Group 11/20/2020 9:36 AM

In Washington we're ridiculously spoiled. Most of Washington: Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance Eight local chapters include Cascade to Sound (Seattle Area, obviosuly the biggest and most active), Kittatas (Ellensburg), West Sound (Kitsap County), Southwest ... more »

Reply to I don't like the direction of modern trail building 11/16/2020 3:20 PM

I'd like to take an unpopular position for a moment to defend flow trails. Flow trails aren't inherently bad. In fact, I can think of a few flow trails I've ridden that are phenomenal. Whoops in Bend, Crank it Up in Whistler, and Silky Johnson at Sol ... more »

Reply to I don't like the direction of modern trail building 11/16/2020 9:40 AM

Hey StudBeefpile, this is Charlie Sponsel. I live in Silverdale and I'm on the board of Evergreen Westsound. I'm helping lead an Evergreen work team to "flowify" the trail Derailed right now, and I'd love to hear your feedback more in detail. Our goal ... more »

Reply to Sram Guide RSC lever upgrade? 11/15/2020 6:31 PM

I've always thought one of the best tips for bleeding SRAM brakes was throwing them in the garbage and buying Zee's.

Reply to Scout vs SB140 vs similar bikes 11/9/2020 2:53 PM

Welcome to Washington! I think you've got the right idea when it comes to amount of travel, but I would highly encourage you to not spend that much money if you're riding the green and blue lines at Duthie. I'm a former pro downhill racer and I would ... more »

Reply to Best Or Worst Bike Mods and Riding Accessories 10/29/2020 7:09 PM

As someone who has zero volume reducers in their 170mm Fox 36 and still can't get full travel, I'm thoroughly curious about the Secus. Steve at Vorsprung is playing it unusually close to the vest with HOW the Secus works, but it sounds like it opens ... more »

Reply to Best Or Worst Bike Mods and Riding Accessories 10/27/2020 1:40 PM

If you’re wondering if you can get away with a Snakeskin or EXO tire in the back, you absolutely cannot get away with a Snakeskin or EXO tire in the back.

Reply to Are Global DH Bikes Sales Falling? 10/20/2020 11:03 AM

Dave Camp, this will be a real product within 10 years. Including the built-in selfie stick.

Reply to Best Or Worst Bike Mods and Riding Accessories 10/15/2020 7:57 PM

Best upgrade: DH tires on enduro bike. Worst upgrade: carbon rims on anything other than an elite-level TT bike.