Liked a comment on the item Tested: Forbidden's High-Pivot Druid Trail Bike 9/18/2019 7:01 AM

Some anti-squat is actually generated by the force vector at the bottom (contact patch) of the wheel, pushing the wheel forward and under the suspension pivot. The higher the pivot, the more pronounced this type of anti-squat, which explains why the high-pivot design manages to generate...more

Liked a comment on the item Tested: Forbidden's High-Pivot Druid Trail Bike 9/18/2019 7:01 AM

Not the same "as any bike". Some anti-squat is actually generated by the force vector at the bottom (contact patch) of the wheel, pushing the wheel forward and under the suspension pivot. The higher the pivot, the more pronounced this type of anti-squat, which explains why the high-pivot...more

Added a comment about product review Tested: Forbidden's High-Pivot Druid Trail Bike 9/17/2019 10:11 AM

While I do think you're probably right about that, I've found that pedal kickback is generally most noticeable at slow speeds in low gears. On very high anti-squat bikes (e.g. my Intense Recluse), I mostly feel the kickback when trying pedal over chunky rocks or roots. I do feel it when pedaling in higher gears as well, but it's not nearly as bad and I don't often try to pedal through thick chunk when I'm at the top end of my cassette anyway. When coasting, the freehub is not engaged and I don't really feel any kickback. It seems to me the real advantage of the idler (aside from the axle path of course) is you could have very high anti-squat without any of that kickback when pedaling especially in lower gears.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Forbidden's High-Pivot Druid Trail Bike 9/17/2019 10:00 AM

These high pivot bikes tend of have very high anti-rise often upwards of 120%. According to Forbidden's website, the Druid is right around that number too. How did the bike feel under braking? Could you feel the rear end squatting into the travel a bit? Did the suspension firm up at all?

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Liked a comment on the item Revved Guerrilla Gravity Smash 8/29/2019 6:11 PM

Specialized Z-Cage with integrated SWAT tool. i much prefer the low mounting position. my thighs rubbed the bottle cage in the upper position. can still fit a 500mL bottle too.

Liked a comment on the item Sick! Wulfbaron 4/1/2019 10:22 AM

Great looking bike but sick are not doing a great job for their customers

Liked a comment on the item Canfield bros Riot. Stoke turned up to 11 5/29/2018 3:18 PM

1,062 lbs. Impressive quads on this guy.

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Added reply in a thread Rear tyre - fast rolling, good cornering - Aggressor, Minion SS, Rock Razor 3/25/2018 10:56 PM

WTB Trail Boss might fit the bill.

Added a comment about feature Introducing the Updated 2019 RockShox Lyrik and Super Deluxe 3/20/2018 4:56 PM

I assume the Pike will be receiving the same air spring update for next year. Any word on whether the 2019 Pike will have an RC2 option as well?

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Liked a comment on the item HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BIKE?? Stolen on 8/30/19 Transition Scout 3/19/2018 8:18 PM

I had my first one built with a 150mm MRP Stage and it had a an offset 10mm less than fox/sram so it rode about the same with a 40mm stem as this does I feel. I feel like the tune on the V1 with the monarch was better than what this comes with from fox even though I feel like this shock is better across the board...more

Added a comment to POWsLAYER's bike check 3/19/2018 8:12 PM

Where did you get a Stage with a smaller offset? Are the uppers reversible or something?

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Added a comment about product review Do Cheap Chinese Carbon Wheels Last? Two Years of Abuse on Light Bicycle's Carbon Rims 7/28/2017 11:22 AM

Yeah, that's a good point. I forgot about that. Although I believe they only stock a subset of the rims they offer, so depending on which custom options you choose, that may or may not be an option.

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Added a comment about product review Do Cheap Chinese Carbon Wheels Last? Two Years of Abuse on Light Bicycle's Carbon Rims 7/27/2017 3:42 PM

It really depends on what you're looking for. Obviously there's the price to consider. Carbon rims can be stiffer, lighter, and wider, but it's generally going to cost you a lot more. Aluminum can offer other advantages as well, though.

For one, alloy rims are more likely to bend instead of crack if they get damaged, and you can often bend them back into shape and/or re-true them and keep riding unlike with a cracked carbon rim. Plus the Stan's rims are much more readily available if you do manage to completely destroy one. You'd probably have to wait at least a week or two if not longer for a replacement from one of these cheap Chinese manufacturers.

The fact that aluminum will typically provide a little more compliance can often be a good thing too depending on what you want. Perhaps aluminum rims would be a better option if you're building up a hardtail for example.

If you don't have a tendency to destroy rims and you can afford the higher price, then I'd say yes it is a compelling option. But ultimately you have to weigh your priorities and make that decision for yourself.

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Liked a comment on the item What's the World Champ Think? Danny Hart on 29ers in DH Racing 5/8/2017 1:47 PM

Except tall guys won races just fine on 26". So any wheelsize above that should be looked at for who it excludes from competitiveness, not who it makes faster. If 29" makes Payet faster, but makes it harder for guys under 5'8" to compete, it shouldn't be...more

Added a comment about product review First Look, First Ride: All-New 2018 RockShox Pike Fork and Charger 2 Damper 4/13/2017 11:42 AM

150g? According to Rockshox's website the old 650b Pike was 1861g and the new 650b Pike is 1841g. That's only 20g lighter. The only thing I can think of is maybe that's because the old version is non-boost and the new version is boost? But even the 29" version of the old Pike is only 15g heavier, so I can't really imagine how the old boost version would be 130g heavier.

Edit: Found my answer in another article. Rockshox is claiming a 150g weight reduction from the boost version of the original Pike, so presumably the old boost version must have been ~130g heavier than the non-boost Pike.

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