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Added a comment about feature Pros and Cons of Wireless? Long-Term SRAM AXS Review 4/29/2020 4:18 AM
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Kinda off-topic. I can't comment on AXS but I have been using di2 Xt and XTR for 2 years on my Enduro and I believe it's the most underrated upgrade for a bike. It really improves the performance and experience. Shifting is just easier because there is no need for timing. Most mountain biker do that naturally but with "classic wired shifting" you need to time when/where to shift and you need to push a bit further with your thumbs then wait for the chain to engage...not so easy.. It's not ideal when you have to deathgrip the bars or brake or just when you are gassed so you might not shift as often than you should (especially in a racing scenario). With di2 I can shift whenever with less efforts. I can also pre-shift and then focus on holding my bar per example before a compression that would be followed by a climb. I actually don't understand why di2 is not used more for gravity racing. It blew my mind that there isn't a Saint di2! There is much more benefit for gravity than for XC. It looks like in this instance the gravity crowd is just too conservationist. The cons about battery and reliability are nonsense, I charged my di2 every 2 months or so and its flawless. As full disclaimer i did not pay full price for my transmission and Shimano has been above and beyond with their customer support. (it's actually a big reason for me to use shimano instead of sram because I know that they offer great race support to any shmock when Sram only care for their top athletes). I really hope Shimano will step up with their di2 line because i can't imagine going back to cable or ride on Sram.

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Added a comment about press release Magura Concept Bike Build - The Cleanest Handlebar Ever 4/24/2020 1:08 PM
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It would be nicer if the front brake line would run through the steerer. Another option if you want a clean cockpit so bad is just to ride a fixie or a single speed with a coaster!!

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Added reply in a thread Why are there still no 200mm+ Enduro bikes? 2/25/2020 10:50 AM

Absolutely, current suspensions are able to handle more travel especially with climb switch and whatnot. I'm sure people who say it's too much are not riding their DH bike enough. I would definitively something with a bit more negative travel then some ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 1/14/2020 10:10 AM

Yeti might be doing fine for themselves. they have plenty of customers with deep pockets!

Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 12/25/2019 12:57 PM

Lapeyrie off Orbea

Added a comment to _Lan's bike check 12/25/2019 1:11 AM
Tikbalang MK1 Titanium Downhill Enduro bike

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Liked a comment on the item TRAIL BIKE MULLET EXPERIMENT - Vital Gear Show 12/24/2019 3:16 AM

I'm guilty of running my Super8 in 26/24 guise. That thing could turn so sharp! And handled those stair gaps so well!

Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 12/20/2019 6:38 PM

Kudos to that. I think the Social Media BS is just a blessing for corporate drones, they need metrics to justify their budget but on the long run I'm not sure it impacts the bottom line and more importantly contribute to make a sport and its community ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 12/20/2019 4:21 PM

Clout and Swag or Speed and Merit! Influencers give reach to brands but no value. Short-sighted marketer might not understand that for now. Diamond Back was cool under Mike King, not so much under Seth. Brands might fall for that for a while but I'm ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 12/12/2019 1:11 AM

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Added a comment about video WAY STEEPER THAN IT LOOKS! Vital RAW with Nestoroff and Trixie 12/5/2019 8:23 AM

Yeah, Nik knows how to cook!

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Added a comment about video Where Did the Shifters Go? The Ultimate Bike Nerdery with DangerHolm's Scott Genius 11/28/2019 1:38 AM

I love the finish but you would have save some troubles with wireless axs. Maybe for next project, you could tackle some integrations with the brake lines (I think Magura did some concepts like that), I could also live without the shock lock.. or why not going electronic here as well?
Finally, the yellow Maxxis branding ruins the aesthetic.

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Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 11/11/2019 11:11 AM

- Lapierre: a girl with A. Dailly for some Enduro/DH action (there is plenty of fast french girls ready for EWS and DH) - Radon: new EWS team - Richie Rude on the market - some changes at Intense Collective (EWS) - Commencal : a new Enduro woman: Isabeau? ... more »

Added a comment about feature How the UCI Made Me a Thief 11/11/2019 10:56 AM
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well done sir!

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Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 10/30/2019 10:24 AM

There is always a deal with the right offer...

Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: Red Bull Rampage 2019 10/28/2019 3:39 PM
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How is it possible to judge style when they are so different, WIld and furious: Andreu, Precision and Control: Semenuk... it's like judging Mozart style against the Sex Pistols!!

I don't think they should give a medal to everybody but they could have a collection of awards for different categories that would make more sense: creativity, precision, speed!

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Added reply in a thread Specialized & The Global Climate Strike - Marketing BS or Meaningful Initiative 10/23/2019 2:28 AM

A problem is that in bike parts most of the value is not in the part itself but in the infrastructure to deliver this part to the customer. As a result, it's most of the time outrageously cheaper to buy something new than to fix the old. Companies don't ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 10/21/2019 2:03 PM

Let's start to see who is at the end of their contract? I'm especially interested in - Jack Moir: the Shark is ready for new waters - Thibaut Daprella: upcoming top Elite to grab, it would be a great asset for an upcoming team - Veronika Widmann: the ... more »