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Added reply in a thread 2022 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 10/7/2021 2:54 PM

He's so good, and so precise, I highly doubt it matters. If anything, I could see the argument he'll be even better on the Orbea (not that the GT is bad). Though I haven't ridden the new crop of idler bikes, one thing that always stood out to me way

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Added reply in a thread 2022 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 10/7/2021 4:51 AM

Of course, Pinkbike poached this one and ran their own "story" on it. The comments are interesting, with lots of people suggesting Tinker was perhaps not the most approachable guy. Who knows. I've never met him. What I do know is it seems a lot of athletes ... more »

Added a comment about feature RockShox Introduces Automatic Suspension System - Flight Attendant Review 10/6/2021 1:50 PM
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I get it and do agree. I also get the idea that R&D in the space (electronically controlled suspension) isn't super cheap, nor will it likely yield awesome product in the near term. You've got to put out something to offset some of those costs from a DCF standpoint alone; but that doesn't mean its so good that you are legitimately having more fun or faster.

I think a good comparison is some of the early fuel injection. It was super expensive, heavy and not all that much better (if any better) than carb'd stuff. But over time, it allowed engineers to do things you'd never otherwise accomplish through mechanical means.

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Added a comment about feature RockShox Introduces Automatic Suspension System - Flight Attendant Review 10/6/2021 6:19 AM
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Well executed, and I'm sure its super cool to ride, but as others have pointed out (elsewhere), aren't these technologies solving problems we don't really have? I get the argument that this may lead to better/cooler/more advanced stuff down the line, but as it sits, I wouldn't pay an extra $500 for this, let alone $2K+.

Give me a climb switch on my shock, and maybe a remote lockout for my XC bike and I'm set. Riding big bikes usually involves big long climbs (locked out) followed by big long descents (open). Sure, there are technical ascents where a combination of "open" and "locked out" is best, but even there just leaving a bike open (so long as the bike's kinematics are good) makes this a product aimed at a problem that doesn't exist. Put another way, I sincerely doubt I'd be any faster on this setup or have any more fun. I could be lazier, that is until I forget to charge the battery...

I do believe there are ways to apply electronics to suspension to get incredible results, but you'd have to marry electronically activated valving with real time telemetry we don't have (yet). I also feel we aren't there from a setup perspective in the first place to warrant real time changes that actually make the bike faster this side of a WC team programming suspension to firm up based on GPS data (or similar). When we get to the point where dampers/springs/chassis can be made so good they begin to totally isolate certain size trail chop (like a trophy truck), we will need electronics to keep the suspension up in corners and firmer when landing drops/etc.

...but we aren't there yet.

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Added reply in a thread 2022 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 10/6/2021 6:05 AM

Wow, with all due respect to Tinker, this is one of the most pretentious posts I've ever read in the bike industry. Is C-Dale just supposed to pay him indefinitely? I didn't even know he was still riding let alone "ambassadoring".

Added a comment about news blog Results: Jack Moir Wins EWS Pro Stage, Richie Rude Disqualified for Course Cutting 10/3/2021 7:16 PM
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Agreed. Situations like this, where I'm clearly not there, it seems best to hear what other racers think of this. Consensus appears to be "bullshit".

White tapegate is going to be talked about a lot, its pretty clear only 1 other rider had a tough time with this one.

All that said, trying to beat Richie up for this is lammmeeee. He made a mistake. Happens. Own it and move on.

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Liked a comment on the item Results: Jack Moir Wins EWS Pro Stage, Richie Rude Disqualified for Course Cutting 10/3/2021 7:15 PM

What Eddie said

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/1/2021 1:30 PM
jeff.brines

I've tried a number of different shock configurations on a number of different bikes. The idea that the Super Deluxe is somehow a bad air shock is a bit of a misnomer. What the Super Deluxe does lack is the tunability of a Float X2, but in outright performance, I'd say its right up there with the best of them.

...but don't listen to me. A number of RockShox athletes have won a whole bunch of WC/EWS races on the (air) shock (eg: Hill, Pierron, Moir)

Obviously on the coil front, you've got Loris, Reece, Brosnon etc - Dcamp can chime in but I'm pretty sure the damper is the same between the coil & air shocks with the spring being the (obvious) difference. My big point here is it has world class winning pedigree engineered into the shock.

From my many of hours of testing, I feel strongly that RockShox has the coolest air spring technology. Offering a huge range of adjustment, to both the positive and negative (via megneg) spring.

As to why the bike was harsh, I'd guess maybe they've overdone it with volume spacers (the bike is far more progressive than Sentinel V1.0 days). This is a double edged sword, of course. It'll help the bike feel more poppy and responsive (which they note it is) at the expense of square edged hits.

If I owned a Spire and felt this was a problem I'd do two things before spurring (no pun intended) for a different shock.

1) Pull all volume spacers out of the Super Deluxe. Set sag at 28-30% (slightly higher - giving more avail travel) and go smash.

2) Do a chainless run. Maybe pedal kickback is part of the problem. If this feels a lot better, add O-Chain - go ride happy.

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Added reply in a thread Fox 38 Grip2 very harsh/poor small bump sensitivity 9/30/2021 5:42 AM

Sorry man, I'm not trying to dunk on you here, but I'd hate for people to start to try and steepen their bike's HTA to get their fork to work better. Just a few things to point out... 1) You say you've "run into this a few times at our suspension shop" ... more »

Added a comment about video Break Your Frame Mid-Race? Grab Some Tape. - Let's Go Racing - Episode 7 9/30/2021 5:22 AM

Just FYI - I do bring fiberfix with me when I'm racing just for this purpose. Its super light and you can "fix" a broken frame like that pretty damn well.

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Added reply in a thread Fox 38 Grip2 very harsh/poor small bump sensitivity 9/29/2021 2:35 PM

No way this is true for two big reasons. 1) 10mm is not very much 2) It changes the head angle by about 1/2 degree. Many bikes have a 63 and change HTA. The Strive comes stock at 65 (?? I think) Overall, yes, you may notice pushing on the fork in the ... more »

Added reply in a thread Fox 38 Grip2 very harsh/poor small bump sensitivity 9/29/2021 5:10 AM

Forgot to update this. I found the culprit of this problem on my buddy's fork (who was experiencing the exact same issue as the OP) - grease had migrated into the negative chamber of the air spring. Once we cleaned it out and relubed the air spring in ... more »

Liked a comment on the item Wheel To Wheel Comparison - Reserve's 30|SL VS Roval's Control Carbon 9/24/2021 12:56 PM

I ran a set of Reserve 30's for several years with zero issues as well. They are still going strong on the bike I sold them with. Wheels were absolutely bomb proof and I would be riding a new set instead of the WA1 Unions if they were actually available anywhere globally.

Have a set of the Control's now on my SJ and they...more

Added a comment about feature Wheel To Wheel Comparison - Reserve's 30|SL VS Roval's Control Carbon 9/24/2021 6:56 AM
jeff.brines

Total side point here, I did the review of the OG Reserve 30s. I still have them and they are still working awesome. I've re-laced the rear wheel once, and just popped 2 spokes yesterday inferring I may need to do it again. Never in my life have I seen such great rim durability, to the point where you need to continually relace the wheel before you end up breaking the rim. For those wondering, I used to run cushcore, now I usually just run DH casing. Rim strikes do happen.

Point I'm making, I know nothing about the Roval and am sure they are great, but Santa Cruz's wheels are the most impressive I've ever been around.

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Added reply in a thread 2022 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 9/23/2021 4:47 AM

If people really want to discuss the value of a team & coverage of the sport, I'll make a new thread, as I find this incredibly interesting. I don't want to clog this up with such back and forth. A lot of what you are saying I totally agree with,

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Added reply in a thread 2022 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 9/22/2021 4:54 AM

I'm usually well outside the loop on any of this stuff. That said, being I'm usually on the finance side of things (in other industries) I can't imagine how difficult it'd be to "sell" a WC team on an ROI basis unless you can produce results. (and even ... more »

Liked a comment on the item FINAL RESULTS - Snowshoe World Cup DH Race 1 9/15/2021 8:15 PM

sspomer, nice to have the audio interviews. Who is the new guy doing them? Quick and to the point.

Liked a comment on the item FINAL RESULTS - Snowshoe World Cup DH Race 1 9/15/2021 8:15 PM

So I captured some freeze frames and I think the tire comes off before the wheel drops into the hole it explodes in. Why the tire is coming off, I don't know, but the wheel looks normal in the first photo with the tire starting to peel off. Maybe he lost pressure, pushed around that tree and...more

Liked a comment on the item FINAL RESULTS - Snowshoe World Cup DH Race 1 9/15/2021 2:34 PM

I do not enve Thibaut's situation right now

Liked a comment on the item RESULTS - Loris Vergier and Camille Balanche Fastest in Timed Training 1 at Snowshoe 9/14/2021 5:56 AM

izabela's time!!!