Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 10:41 AM

I ride a 29er. I love technological progress in bikes.

But I have one concern: If bigger and bigger wheels prove more and more advantageous, at what point will tall riders have a overwhelming advantage by riding equipment shorter riders can't possibly use?

One of my favorite parts of...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 10:41 AM

I made a similar point in the "should there be a 29er class" thread, but I focused a bit more on the industry consequences. DH is not road biking. At the end of the day, there will still be enough people willing to pony up cash for pro road teams to get decent field at events like TDF....more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 10:41 AM

I think you really have made the right point here... a great example is the UCI decisions to limit the development of aerodynamic bikes in the 2000's and the decisions that all race bikes need approval and have to be available for sale to the public... before these rules, bikes were...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 10:41 AM

agreed, but I also think these guys were pretty candid about not being concerned with the "fairness" of new tech but rather the potential for the industry to self-destruct through too many options. it's the same argument for the tire width restrictions in CX- not that a wider selection of...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 10:40 AM

I think two good points were made by Loic and Brendan in the dirt walk around. If everyone gets 29ers, it's the same race, just on bigger wheels. The only people that lose are the amateurs who now have to buy, new frame, new fork, new wheels, new tyres. It's not really progression, it's a...more

Liked a comment on the item Beware, It's Getting Weird Out There 8/29/2016 1:24 PM

If you got smoked by a fat guy riding a 27.5+ bike, you don't need to go "back to the drawing board."

You need to go to the gym.

Liked a comment on the item Beware, It's Getting Weird Out There 8/29/2016 1:22 PM

Ah the good old days before the internet. Now everyone can find people online who are also into having sex with other people in animal costumes (I once stayed in a hotel that was hosting a Fuzzy convention a few years ago).

But I digress. Once upon a time all we needed was one bike. I could race XC or...more

Liked a comment on the item High-tech Axxios AXS Anti-Vibration System on Commencal DH Bikes 7/9/2016 11:42 PM

What if you bought thousands and filled the tires with them?

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Liked a comment on the item First Look, First Ride: 2016 Yeti SB5.5c 29er 4/13/2016 9:54 AM

To add to Sspomer's post, one needs to open their mind up a little bit. There will never be "one bike" (or wheel size) that is "better". Better for me? Maybe. Better for where I live? Sure. Better for the type of riding I do? Absolutely.

Take a nod from other "tool oriented" sports such...more

Liked a comment on the item First Look: Patagonia MTB Apparel 3/12/2016 5:33 PM

they go into detail about where textiles and garments are made here - http://www.patagonia.com/us/footprint - you can read about the vietnamese factory on that page, too.

Liked a comment on the item Enduro Action from Crankworx New Zealand - Giant Toa Enduro 3/9/2016 2:43 PM

Vital, if you ever change the background music on these slideshows there will be hell to pay.

Added a comment to Evil13's bike check 9/19/2015 3:26 PM

How's the tyre clearance at the back?

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Added a comment about photo NAILD 12-3-9 Quick-Release Thru-Axle System 9/4/2015 2:26 PM

Forwards is a guaranteed way to snag foliage around here. I run mine just a few degrees back from upright.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW - Enduro World Series Whistler, Stage 1 Chaos 8/9/2015 10:18 PM

Still pretty cool though. I liked getting to see so many riders through the same section. Looked pretty darn steep!

Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW - Leogang World Cup Nastiness 6/12/2015 6:52 PM

that flip by '' cunny'' at the end... HOLY SHIT...he was FLYING...