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Liked a comment about feature It's Electric! SRAM's Wireless Eagle AXS and RockShox Reverb AXS Details 2/6/2019 12:33 PM

I’d consider a reverb, but umm how much money are we leaving hanging in the most susceptible area to rock strikes?
Are the battery and electronics interchangeable into a new derailleur body or is it a complete write off once it’s been smoked?

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best 27.5 Downhill Bikes Raced and Reviewed 1/8/2019 2:09 PM

He is not saying the test has no info. If I look at it the test states that the bikes score relatively similar on time and points. But that doesn’t mean there is no difference in how they ride. It comes down to what you like riding/your style is. The Norco is no jumper. And the Demo isn’t all about full speed ahead. Both good bikes but different.

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best 27.5 Downhill Bikes Raced and Reviewed 1/8/2019 2:08 PM

So basically hardly anything in it and all down to what bike suits your riding the best.

Let's have some short travel trail bikes up... Transition scout, SC 5010 etc.

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Liked a comment about video Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/1/2017 12:44 PM

Larger shocks than we are using now ostensibly run cooler and lower leverage ratios could offer damping setup advantages. If an 11" shock came out and it offered superior traction and was 1-2 seconds faster but the tradeoff was that the bike was now less "fun" in chop, should there be discussion about quitting DH or outlawing the bigger shock? How is it substantially different from a wheel size discussion? 29 is just a tool, like a tire or a wheel or a shock. And bar width is a GREAT example because it's a bar - you decide whether you want a narrow one or a wide one depending on what floats your boat or helps you ride faster. Again, riders can prefer whatever they want, but why would one preference be disallowed? If it is slower, it won't happen. If it's faster, it will.

I like your example about rampage going one direction and then heading back again, and I think it's a good point about people deciding what they want from an event. I just question the "OMG THE WORLD IS COLLAPSING LET'S REGULATE" vibe from some people. If viewership of DH goes way down when everyone is on easy boring 29" wheels, maybe there will be a good reason to go back and reevaluate, but I have a feeling in the long run it's just barely a blip on the radar

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Liked a comment about video Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/1/2017 12:43 PM

How about everyone having to ride the same tire width or tread... is that okay? Or is that too much? Should mud spikes be allowed? They're faster in slop and make mud easier. I'm not talking about preference, I am talking about whether something should be allowed or not, and what the reasons should be behind it.

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Liked a comment about video Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/1/2017 12:42 PM

The way Loic is talking it's like a different sport. Lol at retiring threats and black-and-white statements. Tests (scientific or otherwise) are showing 29 can MAYBE shave a few seconds. The wheel size makes it maybe one or two percent "easier," when a bad tire selection or poor suspension setup could cost you way more than that. What a dork, and what a non-issue to get butthurt about. There would be calls for lynchings if the UCI set regulations on DH head angle, bb height, tire choices or bar width, bike weights, etc but somehow wheel size is different.

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Liked a comment about feature Loic Bruni's Specialized Demo 4/28/2017 4:36 PM

I'm not so sure about the point he makes about speed and safety. Ok the prediction is that 29ers might be a couple of seconds faster over the whole track...how much faster is that in reality in actual speed terms? maybe a couple of mph in certain sections. Hardly going to make a difference if you crash at 25mph or 28mph.

But I've said it before...29ers are only an advantage until everyone is using them. Then it's just a larger, weaker wheel with good rollover that is awkward for the short guys to ride.

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Liked a comment about feature Loic Bruni's Specialized Demo 4/28/2017 4:35 PM

Your point about privateers is not true, as anyone can ride a DH 29er:
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/alutech-cycles-announce-29-dh-bike-2016.html
Yes it may look as not as refined as the V10 29, but on the contrary, it is fully designed around 29" wheels, and the V10 still has a 27.5 front triangle.

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Liked a comment about feature Loic Bruni's Specialized Demo 4/28/2017 4:35 PM

My god, I had no idea people would go to such illogical lengths to defend their passionate feelings about wheel sizes. This is hilarious! So it's OK to make a bike go faster, but not by using a different wheel size? And 29" wheels are going to make the racing boring, despite making the bikes go faster? They haven't even been run in a race yet! Did the jump from 26" to 27.5" test your worldview this much too? The cognitive dissonance in your post is astounding.

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Liked a comment about feature Loic Bruni's Specialized Demo 4/28/2017 4:33 PM

Faster is always better in race, that is why they call it a race. Whether it's faster thru a tech section/track like Val di Sol or faster on a more bike park type track, faster wins races...zero exceptions. Every single fan boy of Sam Hill for example (I am one as well) wants him to be faster that all the other riders. That is how he wins a race. You get thru the super technical or super flowy sections of a course FASTER than the other riders on the same course. Style points are only great for videos and slope/jump comps. Fast wins races

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Liked a comment about feature Loic Bruni's Specialized Demo 4/28/2017 4:32 PM
Liked a comment about feature Loic Bruni's Specialized Demo 4/28/2017 4:32 PM

So with your logic , we should still be on bikes from the 90's. Why improve? Why go faster at all? Why should a racer get better brakes to have more control so he can go faster? Everyone else will buy them. Why should a racer get a lighter bike? Everyone else will get one. Why should a racer get better suspension for more control to go faster? Eventually everyone else will . FI cars should still look like they did in 1975 or earlier. Why race at all? I mean, if racing is seeing who is faster and faster isn't good, why race?

ZERO doubt if Loic (and I am a big fan of his) or even Gwin start getting smoked by guys on 29", they will be on them soon enough. As big as Specialized is, they have already researched it in depth. I even saw Gee and Rachel at Crankworx last year on the lift with 29" prototypes.

I agree the industry over hypes many things lately, and I will probably never have a 29" DH bike. I know I will get down voted for this, but The MAIN reason everyone is crying about 29" wheel DH bikes is because the 29" wheels began their lives on squirrelly XC bikes...everything DH is not. If DH bikes started with 29" and went down to 27.5 years later because of an improvement people would be bitching just the same.

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Liked a comment about feature Loic Bruni's Specialized Demo 4/27/2017 11:36 AM

"cheating" isn't the right word Loic. I am not a fan of 29" wheels for DH either. But, if all those guys start smashing him, watch how fast Specialized riders show up on 'prototype' 29" wheels. Races are meant to be won, period. Yes, bro fanboys, and "26forlife" riders will never see anything as "cool". But racing is racing...

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Liked a comment about feature Loic Bruni's Specialized Demo 4/27/2017 11:36 AM

Weren't they on AL versions of Demo last year to give it more promotion?

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Liked a comment about feature Loic Bruni's Specialized Demo 4/27/2017 11:36 AM

Loic Bruni hates speed.

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