Added a comment about feature A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 9:24 AM

And when Sram first released 12-speed it was only one group. Then is trickled down. Shimano will do the same. Shimano had the same freehub design for decades. Before that, all freewheels were the thread on kind. I am sure plenty of folks were crying and bitching back then too . Progression is fine. Sometimes a bit disruptive when a big change happens, but all good. More choices are great.

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Liked a comment on the item A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 9:23 AM

Everyone has their own opinion about what the best drivetrain is—that's essentially what Shimano determined, they asked a whole bunch of racers what they wanted and determined there was no ONE unanimous winner so they created a couple options to satisfy a broader range...more

Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: 2018 U.S. National Mountain Bike Championships 7/23/2018 3:39 PM

Well said, and very good with specifics Mickey. I lived through the NORBA days as well as NBL/ABA nationals prior the the 'merger' and subsequent USABMX 'rebranding'. USAC is an energy suck at the very best. I look to them specifically as a threat to the spirit of all things MTB / BMX. Their only missions is road cycling and I am not sure how healthy that segment is in the US. I think what you laid out here is a similar reason most are so upset Chris over at EWS is getting cozier with the UCI. The UCI understands the EWS can do things successfully without them and they see that as a threat. My two cents....

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Liked a comment on the item RESULTS: 2018 U.S. National Mountain Bike Championships 7/23/2018 3:34 PM

DH racing is better than ever- and statistically US downhill racers are better than ever, there are just less of them. DH is just harder than it has ever been, and it costs twice as much as it did 15-20 years ago, when day-job wages were essentially the same as they are now, but far,...more

Liked a comment on the item Gone Too Far? Enduro World Series, La Thuile 7/23/2018 10:23 AM

I blame you...or McCoy...or Walter. hah

Liked a comment on the item Gone Too Far? Enduro World Series, La Thuile 7/23/2018 10:23 AM

Please do not dumb down northstar or the CES even more. Getting crazy or pushing the limits is exactly how you progress the sport and people's ability. That's why we have enduro now. Our bikes are so good and better than the DH bikes of 10 years ago that a lot of...more

Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: 2018 U.S. National Mountain Bike Championships 7/21/2018 1:07 PM

Exactly. @usacycling is a joke and embarrassment. I had plenty of issues with NORBA back in the day. That said, they did promote a little and hype the series..

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Added a comment about slideshow Gone Too Far? Enduro World Series, La Thuile 7/21/2018 12:59 PM

I remember hearing those same rumors while traveling the NORBA circuit. Ha!

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Liked a comment on the item Gone Too Far? Enduro World Series, La Thuile 7/21/2018 10:43 AM

EWS is going through a NORBA late 90's crisis, where each track tried to out do the next and ultimately removed the fun, became a test of balls---it seems anyway, from sitting in my living room

Added a comment about feature Norbs Has a New Ride! Meet the 2019 Evil Wreckoning LB 7/20/2018 2:27 PM

I here that same story out of numerous bike companies that still get plenty of exposure on Pinkbike. Often "it's the "they had some issues prior, but have corrected them now....." type of thing. From all I hear, much of the previous issues with Evil have been addressed. My two cents

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Liked a comment on the item Norbs Has a New Ride! Meet the 2019 Evil Wreckoning LB 7/20/2018 2:25 PM

Serious question, have you ridden a modern Transition for more than a day? Just like wheelsizes, getting them lined up in a tight corner takes a little different approach but once you adjust your riding, they are fine...and then you get the benefits of carrying some serious speed in...more

Added a comment about feature Norbs Has a New Ride! Meet the 2019 Evil Wreckoning LB 7/20/2018 11:04 AM

Many of us have asked the same question. Must be something personal with the staff only a rare few are privy to

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Liked a comment on the item Norbs Has a New Ride! Meet the 2019 Evil Wreckoning LB 7/20/2018 11:03 AM

ITs funny how this is not on Pinkbike... Whats their deal with Evil?

Liked a comment on the item Enduro World Series Media Squid Bike Checks 7/19/2018 1:09 PM

Heavy packs and long climbs mean they need low gearing. Expect to see a lot of Shimano in the next 12 months as their 12 spd trickles down to XT. Then the fight between Sram and Shimano will be on again.

Added a comment about press release Red Bull Rampage 2018 Dates and Invited Riders Announced 7/17/2018 10:19 AM

Best place to get tickets is? Rampage is not listed on their Facebook page. I see it on their website, but no directions on how/when to buy tickets.

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Added reply in a thread Mountain Biker Jumps the Tour de France Peleton 7/17/2018 9:58 AM

Excellent! ?

Added a comment to Evans's bike check 7/16/2018 12:26 PM

Right on, thanks. Sweet ride!

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Liked a comment on the item Norco Aurum HSP 29 7/16/2018 12:26 PM

Hey there, That weight is without pedals. With pedals (Saint SPD), CushCore front and rear wheel and a steel spring it’s 36lbs.