Liked a comment on the item Claudio's Course Preview from Leogang with Marcelo Gutierrez 6/8/2017 12:43 PM

Last year the riders complained about the man-made rock gardens, saying they were too easy in the dry, and pretty much a gamble in the wet. Well, it looks like the organisers listened to them and removed the rock gardens.
Careful what you wish for...
Either way...more

Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 6/7/2017 2:00 PM

no

Liked a comment on the item All New Team Santa Cruz Hightowers 5/26/2017 11:17 AM

If it Loosedog's new bike, why does it say M.Scott inside the chainstays?
also hasn't Iago been on a LT Hightower for a while now?

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 10, Elayna Caldwell, Brand Director of MTB at SRAM 5/11/2017 6:28 AM

Would be interesting to hear if she thought there were brands who do benefit from the "lifestyle" marketing in EWS about riders "just having fun". Totally agree that it can be annoying, even from a fan standpoint, i just always figured that was a...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 10:11 AM

I'm not sure ews has actually taken much of a bite out of it? By comparison I can really see ews is participant driven (for the rider), but its not even close to dh in terms of glitz/glamour/ personalities/ attractiveness/ coverage etc etc etc. If you want to run a test look at ews...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 10:06 AM

Again, we'll always disagree here but my 20 years of adventure sports experience says otherwise. My education in economics and dayjob in finance also says otherwise. You are arguing against how innovation works and how markets work.

Bigger companies can throw their weight around and...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 10:04 AM

Relatively speaking, the cycling industry is not big. Sales are somewhere around $6.1B per year. To put that in perspective, United Technologies (UTX) posted sales of $13.8B last quarter. Santa Cruz isn't a small company in the bike world, but it was sold for millions, not billions. In...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 9:59 AM

I agree, I didn't think I would hear that from Niko. Didn't he essentially go out on his own and create the V-process because he wasn't happy with other frames. He had radical geometry and technology that was ahead of everyone else and won a ton of races. Seems like a pot/kettle...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 9:59 AM

All fair points! You will see more 29" DH bikes soon btw (Fort Bill according to the rumors - 2 more teams)! So the field will be (more) level if in fact it is the advantage some are suggesting. Again, I dig the conversation. Cheers!

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 9:56 AM

@Oz - go on as to why this doesn't feel right? Curious - have you ridden a long travel 29" trail bike? Is there something you are hung up on that doesn't feel right - like somehow the big wheels aren't somehow as cool? Like they probably suck in the air and you can't get sideways and...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 9:55 AM

26 is dead. Sam Hill went enduro. And 29 is in DH. Who cares? Get. Over. It.

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 9:53 AM

...and the v10 is only 190mm of travel for those not riding an XXL. Seems like an apples to apples analogy to me!

To add, I have had the unique privilege of interviewing the founder of the company regarding the SB 5.5c in which he point blank said it was designed as a race bike for the...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 9:51 AM

I don't disagree 29" enduro steeds are the new hotness, but again, I go back to Richie (see my other comments). He has had the option to ride one of the best 29" enduro weapons on the planet and sticks with the 27.5" steed. There are others who have also had the option to run the bigger...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 9:50 AM

...and in said EWS 29" bikes are allowed. With no clear consensus as to what is faster. Don't forget that.

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 9:49 AM

They were all scrambling. SC just got there first.

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 9:49 AM

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...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 9:47 AM

I don't think it's as big an issue as people make out. I never got buzzed but I only had 150mm travel, Luca said he got buzzed but didn't seem to give two shits about it, same as getting muddy - just a fact of riding a bike

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 9:46 AM

I don't think it's as simple as that. Developing a 35" wheel would take years and tonnes of money. And when you're done the huge negative side of such a massive wheel probably won't be quicker than a 275 or 29 wheeled bike.
The bike doesn't automatically get faster the bigger wheels you...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 9:42 AM

I know that wheel size is a bid deal and could give someone a slight advantage, but I am curious why no one is concerned or up in arms with the fact that there are different rear travel bikes in DH? I am curious why we are all focusing on one aspect of the bike. Ya might say that brake...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 9:41 AM

Food for thought, Greg C always seems to crush tight, twisty, awkward EWS aboard a 29" steed. The old school "29" bikes can't corner in tight stuff" belief is sort of a theory from yesteryear being perpetuated forward IMO.

Bikes are already long and slack as hell. That, more than...more