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Added reply in a thread 2021 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 1/12/2021 10:21 PM

Looks like a commencal. Zink has at least 2 close friends riding for the brand. I hope he gets a good deal, he sounds like a good business guy, I secretly would like to see him on Sensus bikes!

Added a comment about press release Fezzari's Updated Wire Peak E-Bike Starts at $3,599 with Builds Rivaling Prices of Carbon MTB's 1/12/2021 10:09 PM
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Great pricing but 30 to 40 weeks delivery time is loooooooong

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Added a comment about news blog RACE RESULTS - Lousa World Cup DH 1 of 2 10/30/2020 2:33 PM
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Finn strategy was to take the pole with him, I believe his feet always stayed inside his track, not his bike.. so what does the rulebook say? is it the rider, the bike or both that need to reenter before the next pole?

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Liked a comment on the item Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/27/2020 12:18 PM

The Eurocentrism of the UCI is just as big of a problem for road cycling in the US. UCI simply assumes that the rest of the world has a broad base of club racing that builds up symmetrically through regional and national pro ranks just like France, Spain & Italy, when the...more

Added a comment about feature Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 11:34 PM
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https://www.uci.org/inside-uci/about/mission-vision-values

I don't see promote soda in their mission ;-)

I agree anyway that blaming UCI won't help ... well maybe they could be a bit less greedy to give a chance at some regions.

There's more to blame on USA cycling for failing at providing robust national and regional racing. It's insane that a state like California doesn't have several USA cycling chapters promoting racing in the state. It's all on the shoulder of private promoters.
Finally, we the riders are also the one to blame. We are consumers but we are not giving back much, we rarely pay a license to USAC if we are not racing (USAC could get some funding from regular riders membership if they would really provide some kind of value to them)
Finally, a few of us are involved in organizing races. I will concede it's nearly impossible to easily put together a race in the US. In Europe, you can see 16 yeard old kids putting together local DH races with the support/funding of the local clubs and government... Pretty unreal!

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Added a comment about feature Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 11:10 PM
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Remember that TV is dead. I assume most viewers are streaming so it's not a problem to have 80 riders on the live broadcast, you can still watch the last 20 if you like. Having more people to be in the feed allows to maybe to get this flamboyant run from an underdog! As if RedBullMediaHouse have not been able to get the current Wordchampion run....oh wait they didn't !!! I want to see racing, not a 20mins soft drink commercial
Honestly, I think we give too much credit to Red Bul in the broadcast production. I'm sure we would have as good as a show if UCI would let anybody do the job.. UCI creates a barrier to entry with their exclusive rights, they don't promote a wide diffusion of the sport.. Look at the great content we're getting from outliers such as Cathro or WynTv..

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Liked a comment on the item Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 2:01 PM

Whilst all these points are very valid, why shouldn’t the UCI and red bull make the best TV show to cover the pinnacle of DH racing?
I have been a fan of DH for over 20 years and the coverage now is the best it has ever been.

But let’s take this year, we have only just got...more

Liked a comment on the item Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 12:19 PM

Great article, Eddie. Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't this all been done on purpose with the express intent of killing privateer racing? For their broadcast Red Bull wants recognizable names (top athletes only), lots of jumps and high speed for video (machine-built trails as...more

Liked a comment on the item Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 12:19 PM

Ha - Eddie said he was available to write articles while in self-isolation - He wasn't joking!

Liked a comment on the item Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 12:19 PM

Can't speak for other countries, but if you're a US rider you pretty much need to be rich to get into World Cups. DH isn't a cheap sport, but traveling the country for 5 races that get you UCI points (and not even that many) is crazy. Expecting people to max out credit cards and...more

Added a comment about feature Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 12:01 PM
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We have to keep in mind, UCI is a Euro/french centric organization and they are probably blind to what is DH racing outside of their cocoon. In France and in Europe, the sport is much more organized with clubs in every village and races at every level (department, regional, national). In US, there is way less regional racing, it makes the sport more expensive and just limits the pool of talents. Enduro is also a distraction for race promoters and racers. I understand UCI (and Red Bull) wanting to make WC DH an elite series and not a participation sport but it will slowly kill the sport if this top of the pyramid has no base. The first sign of that is to look at which countries are represented. It doesn't look like a World Cup at all, more an European cup. How to inspire the young chilean ripper, japanese racer? Is there any russians, mexicans or chinese? I have seen great racers in Mexico but what are their chance to race a worldcup: as slim as a french team to win the SuperBowl!

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Added reply in a thread Should the UCI do more double headers? (in non-pandemic years) 10/20/2020 6:32 PM

If you are old enough, you remember the first DH WC had 2 runs with the best run winning. It was an exciting format (especially when the bike would broke all the time). Racers could strategize with a safe run then risking everything for the second one. ... more »

Added reply in a thread Should the UCI do more double headers? (in non-pandemic years) 10/18/2020 2:15 PM

Thanks for challenging my gut feeling so I went to educate myself and read some UCI annual report. Unfortunately, I didn't find anything from the Grundig Era. Through, this is interesting : https://www.uci.org/docs/default-source/publications/2019-uci-rapport-annuel-inside-english-web.pdf Remember that UCI job is actually to fund (or I would ... more »

Added reply in a thread Should the UCI do more double headers? (in non-pandemic years) 10/18/2020 1:14 AM

On top of that, I believe UCI got the fees but the organizer pays the prize money (https://fr.uci.ch/docs/default-source/bidding-guides/2018_uci_mtb_wcup_bidding_guide_web.pdf) That really reveals how much UCI loves DH, I can clearly picture UCI as old ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2021 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 10/18/2020 1:01 AM

In 2019, Mercedes Fi team budget was 442 Million USD (and they still made money). BTW, does anybody have intel on DH team budget? How much of this budget is dedicated to the riders? etc.. I think it would help to move the discussion for riders and fans ... more »

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!