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Liked a comment about feature Fast and Furious | We Ride Commencal's Newest Downhill Bike 7/5/2017 2:43 AM
iceman2058

It's a bit deeper than that, and it has nothing to do with build quality nor durability. Max does not want to work with carbon for two reasons: he feels that carbon is not a very eco-friendly material (because the manufacturing process uses a lot of resins and chemical compounds and because the material cannot be recycled), and he also does not feel that the carbon plant working conditions are satisfactory. And of course, producing carbon elsewhere but in China means not being able to compete on cost anymore. Those are the reasons he has always evoked when asked about carbon, and he's sticking to them so far.

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Liked a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/3/2017 6:54 AM
groghunter

Except that isn't what happens. What happens is a bunch of brands leave the sport temporarily, since they can't compete. Look at how many brands fell off for a few seasons after 650b. Except this time, the cost/benefit analysis looks a lot better in favor of just putting more money towards the EWS. Look at Devinci, who I'm sure knew this was coming. Santa Cruz could have come to the UCI, brought if forward as an option, & then discussed it with the rest of the teams,

Instead they made a change that could have far reaching impact on both the sport, & the DH segment as a whole, & left everyone else to scramble, in the name of having an advantage for a few races.

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Liked a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/3/2017 2:50 AM
Maverickdh005

I'd argue it drives cost, not innovation, it will take another 2 years of development to get 29ers to where 27.5".

I'm a 29er fan, but Ai don't think it's nessacikry a good move for DH from a competition point of view or for tracks that DH racers will be raced on, and that's a big fact people are not taking into account.

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Liked a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/3/2017 2:49 AM
lev

I think two good points were made by Loic and Brendan in the dirt walk around. If everyone gets 29ers, it's the same race, just on bigger wheels. The only people that lose are the amateurs who now have to buy, new frame, new fork, new wheels, new tyres. It's not really progression, it's a variation. Bad Santa Cruz.

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Liked a comment about video 2016 MTB PRODUCT OF THE YEAR - Shreddy Awards 1/1/2017 8:34 AM

That's because they wouldn't fit in your frame and if you somehow did get it to fit in your frame, the suspension kinematics would be all sorts of wacky.

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Liked a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS: Richie Rude and Cecile Ravanel Win La Thuile EWS 7/18/2016 1:30 AM
stiingya

a minute and a half after Rude... yeah his flat pedals "rule"...

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Liked a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS: Richie Rude and Cecile Ravanel Win La Thuile EWS 7/18/2016 1:30 AM
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As much as I love Sam Hill, I can't help but feel flatpedalthunder is stealing a little bit of the glory from what is one of the most incredible wins of the year in all of cycling. 95+ seconds over second place?! This isn't some local event! Its the top level of the sport and he just won by a MASSIVE margin. Sam Hill in second is awesome but yeah, Richie's accomplishment is nothing short of phenomenal
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Liked a comment about feature What's Out and What's In - Mountain Biking in 2016 1/3/2016 7:46 PM
sofa king slow

Out: posting politics on a bike riding website.

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Liked a comment about video 2015 RIDER OF THE YEAR - Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 12/31/2015 1:26 PM

Cam Zink

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Liked a comment about video 2015 RIDER OF THE YEAR - Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 12/31/2015 2:56 AM

Rachel Atherton hands down.

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Liked a comment about slideshow RAMPAGE QUESTION OF THE DAY - Do you agree with the results? 10/21/2015 2:36 AM
RAMPAGE QUESTION OF THE DAY - Do you agree with the results?

I've watched the replay and just cannot see how Aggy scored higher than Semenuk or Zink. No doubt Aggy's run was awesome but Semenuks was pretty much faultless, huge, more tricks, the same level of gnar on his lines. Just don't get it. Great event though! Love to see it at a new venue in 2016, Gobi Desert?

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