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Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 2/12/2015 9:32 AM

That guy said that the bike was clearly too long for him. So, yes, yes he should. 501mm reach on the large. That should be plenty of room even for a guy that tall.

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 2/12/2015 9:32 AM

What I think is, that Mondraker took it too far with the XL. The measurements of it don't make sense actually. Maybe they should add a XS instead.

Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 2/12/2015 9:16 AM
Udi

I tend to agree with Monarch, sure their sizing is a little extreme, but just like every other brand sizing is subjective and does not have to meet any standards. For example I know I'm a large in some frames, but to have the same/correct geometry I would need to purchase a medium in others. This is why manufacturers provide geometry charts! You can't just say "I'm 6'3 therefore I'll always be an XL".

In fairness, I do think Mondraker takes this a little too far, and one thing the "Forward Geometry" concept doesn't take into account (at all) is that some people's local trails have much smaller radius corners than in the Alps for example, so while the concept sounds good to them, you end up with a bike that won't rail tighter corners particularly well. Extending the front center and shortening the stem corrects the reach and creates a bike that works well in some scenarios, but it also extends the wheelbase by ludicrous amounts.

If you extrapolate from this, you can see why the manufacturer recommendation won't always be right either - because a) they have no idea what trails you ride, and b) there's no guarantee that any particular manufacturer has geometry/fit/sizing down to an exact science - there's a much greater chance that you know what works for you.

I don't think anyone in particular is to blame, but perhaps if Mondraker provided a medium and a large for evaluation as well, a better review of the bike's performance could be made (independent of sizing issues). It's hard to test a bike properly if it doesn't fit properly.

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Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 2/12/2015 9:17 AM

You clearly didn't look on the numbers before ordering the test bike. One thing that I learned really fast is that you have to know your numbers, get the right bike and profit.
I am sure your review would have been better if you were on a large Foxy.

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 2/12/2015 9:17 AM

You clearly didn't look on the numbers before ordering the test bike. One thing that I learned really fast is that you have to know your numbers, get the right bike and profit.
I am sure your review would have been better if you were on a large Foxy.

Liked a comment on the item Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/16/2014 12:53 AM

Imagine how light it would be if the chain was cut to length, ti bolts were used and it had an air fork.

Some very odd weight adding oversights/compromises in this build and then no bashguard!

Liked a comment on the item Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/16/2014 12:55 AM

Weight weenie action on a DH rig... about as pointless as alcohol free beer.

Liked a comment on the item Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/16/2014 12:54 AM

I guess technically sea otter IS a race. :D

Liked a comment on the item Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/16/2014 12:54 AM

You are if you're riding that thing and it lasts more than a week.

Liked a comment on the item Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/16/2014 12:54 AM

"While no bash guard may seem crazy, it'd be just fine on all but the rockiest DH courses."

You're FIRED turman!

Liked a comment on the item Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/16/2014 12:54 AM

I do not approve of this build.

Liked a comment on the item Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/16/2014 12:54 AM

When a frame weight is given, it's assumed that the weight includes the rear shock. If the given weight does not include the shock, then it must be noted, or else the stat is misleading. This is especially important when the article is specifically about weight. Just sayin'.

Liked a comment on the item Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/16/2014 12:53 AM

`gotcha. I always find these "look at this light bike!" things really funny when it comes from a bike company. The only part that makes this bike different than what any weenie can build is the frame and shock. So lets compare weights of frame + shock: then you know what is the...more

Liked a comment on the item Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/16/2014 12:53 AM

By "custom" you mean non-existent, right?

Liked a comment on the item Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/16/2014 12:53 AM

You lost me at "steel rotor bolts," that's when I knew it wasn't serious.

I think it's a cool build. I would install a chainguide for insurance. Foam Grip Failure isn't likely going to end a run, but wrapping your chain around that pretty Ohlins shock sure will. And speaking...more

Added a comment about feature Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/16/2014 12:40 AM
Udi

Ti rotor bolts that backed out constantly? You do realise that bolts staying in or backing out is a function of applied torque, design (the same for both scenarios in this case), and to a far smaller degree, material properties? There is absolutely nothing wrong with Ti bolts used to hold rotors on, the only potential problem is unskilled mechanics damaging the heads. A drop of loctite on each bolt can remove the need to use excessive torque to get them to stay put - and this is no different to a steel bolt.

Meanwhile, this bike has plenty of terrible build decisions for an actual DH bike, least of all X0 cranks of which I have seen at least 5 pairs broken personally, along with a chainguide that does not completely retain the chain or protect the chainring.

This build is a classic example of the stupid light end of the spectrum. As someone else said, just quote a frame weight instead of glorifying the complete weight of a pointless build - that way people can make an objective comparison with whatever build they choose to run.

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Added a comment about video Mount 7 Psychosis Track in Golden, BC 7/3/2012 12:01 AM

Thanks for posting my video! It looks a lot better if you click HD, or better yet click download > original MP4 on vimeo.

The top part is the steepest thing I've ridden, having ridden the old/original champery WC track this is more relentless... it's pretty scary, but thankfully it's a blast after that section and lots of fun.

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