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Reply to The Best Component Upgrade for a Mountain Bike? 3/30/2020 10:59 AM

Volume reducers = mid stroke support reducers. If you want more support you’re best throwing them in the bin and using more spring pressure. I actually think that damping can be overlooked these days. I also think there’s a misconception that moar spacers ... more »

Reply to The Best Component Upgrade for a Mountain Bike? 3/30/2020 8:43 AM

I’ve said this many times... The best thing I ever did was put DH casing tyres on my bike. I’ve tried some pretty whacky stuff, stupid head angles, fork offsets, stems, all manner of shocks and forks, bikes 2 sizes too big for me. The only thing that ... more »

Reply to Best front AND rear tire 3/30/2020 2:09 AM

The only tyres I’ve ever used at both ends of the bike are DHF and DHR but rarely both at the same time. If somebody told me I had to run the same tyres front and back I’d go for DHR for sure. But my actual preference is for very different tyres (at ... more »

Reply to The No-Racing-We're-All-a-Little-Grumpy Forum Thread 3/13/2020 11:14 AM

If you’ve ever been to a European, or more to the point, a French ski resort a common thing you’ll hear in the bars is that the queues are a joke and that “the french don’t know how to queue”...spend a little more time there and it quickly becomes clear ... more »

Reply to Red Bull Rampage 2019 - Bikes and Builds 10/26/2019 7:53 AM

Anyone know what happened to Brendans blue bike? Not here to start any bitching on the manufacturers just curious cuz I think he rode his worlds rig?

Reply to Three-Quarter Lids: Gimmick or Cool? 9/29/2019 12:11 AM

I think they’re a great idea. I wear a ff almost exclusively and on the rare occasions I do go out on a trail ride putting my half lid on feels like putting a wet flannel on my head.

Reply to Is the 29 / 27.5 combo (97.5) bike here to stay? 3/23/2019 12:26 AM

Not exactly science (I’m really stupid) but when tipped over the smaller wheel will (in theory) turn with a tighter arc than the larger one. Though I haven’t read anything from anyone who’s yet to have felt any affect from this whether negative or positive. ... more »

Reply to Is the 29 / 27.5 combo (97.5) bike here to stay? 3/22/2019 12:47 PM

I trust whatever Neko says implicitly. And he’s already told me and the rest of instaland “meh”. In all seriousnous I don’t think it’s gonna stick around for long, maybe not even long enough to score a win and even if somebody does get a win it won’t ... more »

Reply to Where is the Head Angle Sweetspot for Enduro/Trail? 2/14/2019 12:16 PM

I was super happy to see the numbers on that bike. Gave me the sense that it had been designed to work rather than sell purely on the geo being moar slack than everyone else (looking at you every single manufacturer).

Reply to Is There a Sweet Spot for Flat Pedal Pin Height? 4/4/2018 7:16 AM

Sam Hill is a great guy to watch and I always pay close attention to his bike checks etc to check out his personal tweaks. He is one of few riders at the top of the sport who really seems to understand (whether he consciously thinks about it or not) ... more »

Reply to 2019 Prototype Boxxer ? 3/4/2018 12:54 PM

You have actually tried it on your own bike for yourself so your findings are obviously legit and I’m not here to question that - I’m happy you found a way to make your ride work better for you. And you make another good point that as well as all those ... more »

Reply to 2019 Prototype Boxxer ? 3/4/2018 12:40 AM

Agreed. Don’t believe tuck necessarily related to ‘normal’ or more offset alone. Ime it can also be an issue with reduced offset. With the caveat that reducing offset will generally put more weight on the front wheel and therefore more grip all else ... more »

Reply to 2018 Racing Rumors 2/5/2018 7:32 AM

Looks exactly like a Mojo HD4 to me YT trollin

Reply to Sag and Negative Travel - Discuss 2/2/2018 1:04 AM

I am aware of that but there seem to be fewer considerations made in the design process for sag than a few years ago (I could be wrong, these are very much just a lay persons observations). More and more people are seeing the advantages of a simple rising ... more »

Reply to Sag and Negative Travel - Discuss 2/1/2018 10:45 AM

If anything I think too much emphasis is put on using the fabled 30% sag and not enough on how different riders, different riding styles etc may work better with varying amounts of sag. In fact I think that even talking about sag misses the point. I ... more »

Reply to Current Enduro Bikes, One bike to rule them all, or all hype? 1/31/2018 11:25 AM

Unless you live next to some serious DH terrain then a 160mm bike IS a DH bike. They’re designed so you can ride back to the top which is great but I still spend a lot of time pushing back up sketchy hillsides. I want to own a proper DH bike, a bike ... more »

Reply to Have You Gone from 27.5 to 29er But Then Back to 27.5? 12/14/2017 11:39 AM

I don’t really get wheel flop on climbs, that’s not where it bothers me - I don’t even notice it going uphill (maybe cus I don’t corner a lot on climbs) In fact I’d say slacker angles and more trail help keep the front wheel nice and smooth and straight ... more »

Reply to Have You Gone from 27.5 to 29er But Then Back to 27.5? 12/14/2017 8:18 AM

I was riding a Mega 290 with a 64° HA 46mm offset. The chain stays are 450mm on those so the thing was quite long (1220mm wheelbase on a medium iirc). I am 5’6”. It was great at high velocity as you can imagine. But the high axles, slack HA and shorter ... more »

Reply to Have You Gone from 27.5 to 29er But Then Back to 27.5? 12/14/2017 5:59 AM

Yes. The 29er was a pig in the air. Pretty good everywhere else but I love me some jumps. It was good at landing though, you could land in a rock garden without even a flinch.

Reply to Will 29ers Impact 2018 World Cup DH Results? 11/21/2017 10:35 AM

I agree, I think that for some riders the new 29er DH bikes may help unlock potential that was stymied on 26 or 650b just because the bike works better under them. This may be something ever more present than last season as there’ll be more teams with ... more »