Liked a comment on the item Sam Hill's Prototype Nukeproof Mega 5/27/2017 9:36 AM

Hill has been running the metric shock on an alu proto Mega all of this season. Now the carbon part... Looks damn good!

Added reply in a thread All Things Fort William World Cup 2017 5/11/2017 9:10 AM

29er Boxxer. Awesome

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Dropper Seatposts 5/10/2017 11:06 AM

One of the best product shootout articles I have ever seen. Amazing work!! And thank you for doing all the testing for us. I will definitely be on a Revive for my next build

Liked a comment on the item What's the World Champ Think? Danny Hart on 29ers in DH Racing 5/8/2017 1:12 AM

the concept of more wheel sizes creating an unfair advantage in terms of cost/access is ridiculous....every single one the racers complaining has had access to prototype/one-off components for years. i don't recall anyone flipping out over SC creating a $100k...more

Liked a comment on the item What's the World Champ Think? Danny Hart on 29ers in DH Racing 5/6/2017 11:13 AM

I read this all the time too and have to scratch my head a bit. I've really seen no evidence of this at all other than than the odd section like what was done to 100m of MSA last year (and if anyone can remember back to the old MSA start straight from 2007'ish...more

Liked a comment on the item What's the World Champ Think? Danny Hart on 29ers in DH Racing 5/6/2017 11:07 AM

I still can't get over how the underlying assumption that big wheels are always faster is the case. I still stand by the idea that it depends on the track, the rider, the conditions, other attributes of the bike etc.

Liked a comment on the item What's the World Champ Think? Danny Hart on 29ers in DH Racing 5/6/2017 11:07 AM

Again, looking at the qualification times, it's was super tight and nothing really out of the ordinary other than Loris having a blazer, but he was a top 10 contender all last year as was shaw. I guess we still need to see where race runs place them, but I see...more

Liked a comment on the item What's the World Champ Think? Danny Hart on 29ers in DH Racing 5/6/2017 11:06 AM

The problem is if you limit the wheel size you are then giving the advantage to the smaller and lighter riders who fit the 27.5 platform better. What is next limiting everyone to flat pedals because clips give you more power, everyone has to run 165mm cranks...more

Liked a comment on the item What's the World Champ Think? Danny Hart on 29ers in DH Racing 5/6/2017 11:05 AM

Somebody else commented on DH being cycling's Group B. For those not in the know, I give you this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INwqyPct8qY -- Group B was rally's unregulated "send it" class. Cars were pushing 900 horse and weighed 2000 pounds. Crazy amazing...more

Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Trek Remedy 27.5 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 5/6/2017 11:01 AM

A detailed review as always. I would however have marked the bike down for the price. Thats extreme and it doesn't even come with a Reverb or Fox dropper post.

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/3/2017 12:05 PM

Again, we'll always disagree here but my 20 years of adventure sports experience says otherwise. My education in economics and dayjob in finance also says otherwise. You are arguing against how innovation works and how markets work.

Bigger companies can throw their weight around and...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/3/2017 12:01 PM

Just to point something out, what you are suggesting goes against free markets and capitalism as a whole. Although "engineered" failure is kind of a thing (edit, outside the bike industry), failure/needing to upgrade generally has everything to do with cost/benefit/lifecycle than it is a...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/3/2017 11:58 AM

...and the v10 is only 190mm of travel for those not riding an XXL. Seems like an apples to apples analogy to me!

To add, I have had the unique privilege of interviewing the founder of the company regarding the SB 5.5c in which he point blank said it was designed as a race bike for the...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/3/2017 9:50 AM

Don't forget, both are still affiliated with brands so you aren't hearing something completely unbias.... (EG: If Canyon doesn't have one in development of course Fabien is going to be more bearish on the wheel size...)

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 10:50 PM

I don't disagree 29" enduro steeds are the new hotness, but again, I go back to Richie (see my other comments). He has had the option to ride one of the best 29" enduro weapons on the planet and sticks with the 27.5" steed. There are others who have also had the option to run the bigger...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 10:49 PM

...and in said EWS 29" bikes are allowed. With no clear consensus as to what is faster. Don't forget that.

Added a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 10:42 PM

I don't think it's as simple as that. Developing a 35" wheel would take years and tonnes of money. And when you're done the huge negative side of such a massive wheel probably won't be quicker than a 275 or 29 wheeled bike.
The bike doesn't automatically get faster the bigger wheels you put on it. The most successful team will be the one that makes the right decisions over which size to use for which race and for their riders - just like tyre choice, etc, etc

This feature has 69 comments.

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 10:35 PM

I dont think it would be good that the UCI would step in and rule what wheel size should be used. Both wheel sizes work for all the girls and boys racing EWS so why shouldnt that be the case in DH. Like the commentators on Red Bull TV use to say - it is the pinnacle of the cycling sport...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 10:34 PM

I know that wheel size is a bid deal and could give someone a slight advantage, but I am curious why no one is concerned or up in arms with the fact that there are different rear travel bikes in DH? I am curious why we are all focusing on one aspect of the bike. Ya might say that brake...more