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Added a comment about feature Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 2:40 PM
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I don't know how things work with sanctioning bodies, but my guess is the only reason UCI doesn't do this is they want money. Which makes sense in the short term. But we don't want this to be a short term thing. We want to foster elite racers who pursue dh, not switch to another sport or leave with a bad taste in their mouth.

I've never had a real shot at world cups, but I remember as a junior who was babysitting, mowing lawns, and packing boxes under the table to get even a few hours from home for a race, it was tough meeting the kids who's parents went all in. I remember asking one dad when I was 16 how his son did school while still racing nationally in the mid 2000's. "We don't do school". WTF? I thought he was kidding. His dad literally started a world cup team just so his kid, who was super talented and deserved to go, could get in (back during the team loophole thingy team america exploited). Most people don't get that opportunity, and waiting around for a unicorn who shreds, has money, and has the time means the UCI talent pool size is sorta shit.

DH is, and always should be, a grassroots thing. It's the vibe that we all love. That being said, there needs to be significant top down support. The UCI relying on rich kids is a garbage way of getting their top athletes. It makes our sport less diverse, interesting, and competitive.

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Added a comment about feature Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 11:43 AM
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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 make objectively horrible financial decisions just to have a shot at participating is sad, and fundamentally bad for our sport. The UCI needs to start giving points for respected regional races like NW cups. They need to just accept these races will be run different and expect riders to adapt as they do normally when a national makes a stop. Until that happens, rich parents are a better indicator of international success than skill. Not saying people can't make it happen, but seeing the insane skill level at many NW cups it's a bummer they don't have at least a chance at the big leagues.
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Added a comment about video NW CUP #2 Pro DH Course Preview with Ella Erickson 7/15/2020 10:23 AM

Raced it last year, unless you had like a 170mm or so travel enduro I'd still say dh. The course has a couple slow spots but it's all super chunky, and the high speed bits are pretty gnarly. Lots of loose rock as well.

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Added a comment about feature PIT BITS: Spring National, Pro GRT at Mountain Creek 5/20/2019 9:47 AM
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good fox is testing new sus, their X2's blow up like every other ride. Never seen such an unreliable coil shock.

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Added a comment about video DH Bikes in Oregon?! Kyle Jameson Unleashed 2/1/2019 1:57 PM

this title is so much better than pinkbikes haha.

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Added a comment about product review Offset Crowns in an Adjustable Package 12/21/2018 11:27 AM
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I think its 46mm but thats off the top of my head. With the negative 8 it should be around 38mm. I didn't do anything to alter the head angle, but reducing the offset will slacken the head angle a tiny bit. I felt the 63 angle on my operator was spot on, so I didn't want to mess with it past what the offset reduction does.

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Added a comment about photo Sound Damping on Shimano Brakes 9/6/2018 9:30 AM
Sound Damping on Shimano Brakes

I can smell the burning velcro from here.

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Added a comment about feature PUSH Elevensix SS Coil Shock and ACS-3 Kit Explained 7/9/2018 12:40 PM
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why on gods green earth does that beautiful zerode have EXO casing...

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Added a comment about photo Spin Shield, Post-Training Runs 4/20/2018 10:05 PM
Spin Shield, Post-Training Runs

bet cushcore wouldnt be wrecked like that...

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Added a comment about photo Nik Nestoroff's Kenda Hellkat Tires. 3/9/2018 5:39 PM
Nik Nestoroff's Kenda Hellkat Tires.

lol that rimstrip aint cutting it huh....

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Tire Insert Systems 6/14/2017 10:07 AM
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Just got cushcore. hell to install, but wow did I notice an improved ride. Loose rock felt so much more stable and a decrease in handpump.

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Added a comment about video Next Exit - Bend 12/8/2016 3:35 PM

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Added a comment to Todd Schumlick's bike check 3/8/2016 2:03 AM
2016 Norco Aurum - Norco Factory Racing 'team edition'

I've for the 2015 aurumn, whats the benefit of the roller? If it's significant can it be added to the current model?

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Added a comment to Ajax-rider's bike check 12/6/2015 10:11 PM
2016 Rocky Mountain Maiden

canadian crusher

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Added a comment to odin woods's bike check 10/19/2015 9:50 PM
Production Privee Shan 27

looks like a lot of fun

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