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Added a comment about news blog Discovery / Warner Bros / Eurosport Talking About Covering the World Cup 2023-2030 6/15/2022 11:05 PM
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Everybody wants the sport to be better and bigger but I don't think, it means the same thing for everybody and I don't think the quality of a broadcast is necessarily beneficial for mountain bikers.

In the best scenario, WB will produce a great show enjoyable to enthusiasts and mainstream audiences, for that they need to showcase a pool of 20 well-known racers battling on scenic locations years after years with the occasional outsiders (same formula than red bull rampage). Eventually, it becomes enjoyable enough for corporate sponsors to provide a decent living wage to our 20 racers-entertainers.
What does it do to provide trail access, local racing opportunities and grassroots racers support: close to nothing.
Does it make bikes cheaper and better: maybe, maybe not
Does it make mountain biking more enjoyable: absolutely not.

I have heard for 30 years that the sport needs to grow but does it really make it better for users if their sport is less a niche and more mainstream.

Genuine and honest question: is there an example of a niche sport that became more mainstream AND better for its users because of the broadcast quality.

(I'm not a specialist, maybe BMX got better because of the Olympic effect but I reckon is more because of the different federation efforts than the media exposure itself)

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Added reply in a thread Can we please talk about Angel's insane huck to flat on the motorway? 6/13/2022 11:58 AM

His wood entrance was also epic!

He mentioned it in some interviews that he overshot this table (but quite gracefully - without losing much time) . He said he was focused on getting as much speed as possible on the motorway in order to gap ... more »
Liked a comment on the item Why Do They Blow Whistles at Downhill Mountain Bike Races? 6/10/2022 12:08 PM

What would Eminem know about the subject?

Added reply in a thread EWS Coverage & the overall ROI for companies sponsoring enduro racers 6/8/2022 1:03 PM

I think we are talking about 2 different independent topics here: the value of EWS as entertainment and supporting a EWS team as a sound investment. I think Moutain bike marketing is really a regional business, people buy the bikes they see at their ... more »

Added reply in a thread Pros & Cons of High Pivot or Idler Equipped Bikes 5/22/2022 12:07 AM

I rode a bunch of old high pivot back in the days (without idler and often single pivot) and there was a specific feel I lost. I don't really have any scientific theory there, it's more like just a gut feeling, I feel like the higher the pivot, the better ... more »

Added a comment about press release MTB Fantasy League is back! 3/25/2022 11:10 AM
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It sounds like fun!! Long live DH.

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Added reply in a thread Everything Lourdes World Cup 3/25/2022 11:05 AM

Could we get some slow-mo of these whoops. It looks epic for the bike and the riders. So far the best clip I have seen was Wyn masters, jumping and skimming!!

Added reply in a thread Everything Lourdes World Cup 3/22/2022 4:34 PM

Hey Guys, I put together a MTB DH Fantasy League website to cast your predictions. You can also invite your friends to compete against them. It has never been so difficult to predict a top3 or even a top5. What is unlikely to be seen is no french rider on the podium. ... more »

Added a comment about press release 661 Announces Protection Partnership with Commencal Muc-Off 3/11/2022 12:25 AM
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After 661, I believe they are going to reveal a new kit made by NoFear. On another note, the syndicate is planning to use Roach shin guards!

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Added a comment about video Dante Silva - #USDH Rider Profile 1/3/2022 3:51 PM

I can't wait to see what's next. You gotta love this kid!!

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Added a comment about photo Thibaut Daprela's Commencal Supreme 9/14/2021 11:28 AM
Thibaut Daprela's Commencal Supreme

That's Myrian Nicole!

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Added a comment about video The Shock is Inside the Frame - Scott's New Patron eMTB 9/7/2021 2:07 PM

I kinda like the Scott bikes usually but here it looks like they did a lot wrong.. It looks like this bike is designed for kooks that drive a lifted raptor to drive to the grocery store...

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Liked a comment on the item The Shock is Inside the Frame - Scott's New Patron eMTB 9/7/2021 2:04 PM

Nobody is asking for it, everybody will want it. Except mechanics tongue

The fact that they still use an inline shock on bikes like this (and the Ransom for example) is also completely inconceivable. And rotating the motor to achieve a lower CoG? How exactly?

Liked a comment on the item Win This Custom Specialized Stumpjumper and Help Restore Trails in Colorado 9/2/2021 10:17 AM

Those look cool as hell. Reminds me of the Bontrager XXX Crowbars so many of us shop guys were running twenty years ago. They were 4130, had a crossbar, and were quite wide as well. Being a Trek dealer we got good pricing on them. I think they were less...more

Liked a comment on the item Win This Custom Specialized Stumpjumper and Help Restore Trails in Colorado 9/2/2021 10:17 AM

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Added reply in a thread MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 9/1/2021 9:04 AM

It's clearly an exhaust for a mini motor. It's a 2 stroke gas-powered servo for a remote lockout. You just kick start the motor on the other side and it locks the shock. It usually only takes 2 or 3 stokes to start. Gas-powered servos are more reliable ... more »

Added reply in a thread List off the mountain bikes you've had 7/27/2021 8:02 AM

I wish i would have more pics and i would remember better: 1988 Peugeot Hawaii 24 1990 Fisher Montare ❤️(I still have it!) 1992 Proflex 952 💀(worst bike ever) 1993 Sunn 5003❤️ 1994 Sunn Max 1994 Stumpjumper FSR💀 (I still have it!) Cannondale Jeckyll ... more »