Added a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 12:15 PM
ThomDawson

That's the worst point that keeps cropping up. The exact same thing happens whenever a new innovation or improvement hits the circuit - carbon frames and components, somebody develops a glue-like tyre compound, somebody develops a super controlled damper (that smooths out terrain just like a 29er wheel btw). Etc etc, eventually everyone develops (copies) their own carbon frame, their own tyre, their own dampers and everyone's back on the same page...until the next thing comes along. It's precisely how competition drives innovation.
Besides that your (and Brendan's and Loic's) argument assumes that a 29er wheel will be faster and we simply do not know that it will in competition. Getting the right combination of wheelsize and bike set up for a given rider on a given track is what's fastest, we don't know that will always be a 29er for every track and every rider.
Good Santa Cruz. Would you rather nobody tried because "29ers are..."

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Added a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 12:06 PM
ThomDawson

I'm 5'6" and never had an issue riding a 29er. I don't k ow why everyone assumes that small riders can't ride them or even why tall people think they fit them better than a shorter rider.

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Added a comment about feature Rob Warner's Commencal Meta AM V4.2 4/18/2017 1:29 AM
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This is one of the best things ever, can't believe there aren't more comments. Dunno why but Warner's BS is very enjoyable to listen to. And can we have a check on his TR too? Surely he doesn't run 203s on that as well? Probably does actually thinking about it

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Liked a comment on the item Steve Peat's Santa Cruz 5010cc Trail Bike 4/4/2017 1:03 PM

i am surprised to see an ardent on there in the exo casing. i am no where near the rider peaty is and not his size and i tear that tire on local trails; i can't imagine that tire lasting long under peaty

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ThomDawson

NOT a short stem

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Added a comment about feature Steve Peat's Santa Cruz 5010cc Trail Bike 4/4/2017 1:00 PM
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I think he's used the Ardent on the back for a long time now. Guess he just got used to it and likes it and doesn't read many comments sections ;-)

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Too short cord :c

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Classic. Dubious brake line routing. But very cool nonetheless.

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Liked a comment on the item Iron Horse Sunday! 3/31/2017 7:37 AM

When you slackwn head angle,angle goes down , not up (eg. 67 to 65) so yes, -2 would be right wink

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Colour matching is a crime.

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Added a comment about feature Pro Bike Check: Josh Bryceland's Santa Cruz V10cc 3/1/2017 8:41 AM
ThomDawson

I thought he liked his suspension quite soft?? Don't remember where I read that but guess I was wrong?

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Liked a comment on the item Pro Bike Check: Josh Bryceland's Santa Cruz V10cc 3/1/2017 8:39 AM

bike check for his 5010 please, thank you.

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Just tell me where I can't get the saddle damnit

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Added a comment about video Fabric x 50:01, Ratboy and Loosedog’s Beaconventure 2/24/2017 1:04 AM

Marvellous. Please bequeath unto me one of those fine saddles.

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Added a comment about video How To Foot Jam with Sam Pilgrim 2/10/2017 2:15 AM

One of the best how tos I've seen. Covered pretty much every question I had. Think it helps having the three of em do it together, more like this pls.

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: SRAM ROAM 60 Carbon Wheels 2/4/2017 6:32 AM

waiting for sram's pre-production answer. i love the honesty vital. it makes your reviews far more valuable. for that price, you can get some seriously blingy wheels and with less gray area in the warranty.

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ThomDawson

In my experience anything over 30mm internal just adds drag, quite noticeably for a light weight rider. We did rolling tests and the 35mm rims created a lot of drag with similar tyres on smaller rims.
I wasn't able to get the WT tyres a few months back so I went back to ~30mm rims. Same effect of WT tyres having less drag and less unsprung and rotational weight. Bigger isn't always better.
I like what Maxxis have done with the WT tyres (though I haven't tried them) but they seem like an answer to a problem that needn't exist and can be solved by just not running ridiculously wide rims.

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Added a comment about press release 2017 YT Bikes - Jeffsy, Capra and TUES 1/18/2017 9:19 AM
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Last I heard they had a May/ April ETA for the new Capra (redesign) but now I'm wondering if they've pushed it back to 2018.

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Added reply in a thread DISCUSS - 29ers in WC downhill? 1/17/2017 2:34 AM

When it stops being a bicycle and becomes something else then we have an issue. Until then it should be fair game. There's nothing dangerous about 29" wheels, I see no reason for restrictions. I am dumbfounded by the notion "why bother l, when everyone's ... more »

Added reply in a thread DISCUSS - 29ers in WC downhill? 1/17/2017 12:52 AM

When do we draw the line? Never. Why would we want lines?