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Added reply in a thread 2021 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 1/1/2021 8:23 AM

If you see what the pro's do with their bikes the "classification" of their bikes on the website is pretty ridiculous. But it's pretty much the same with other (German) manufacturer. E.g. with their 150 mm Stereo (I still see it as an enduro bike) you ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2021 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 12/21/2020 9:20 AM

I don't know what deal Austrians Laura Stigger has. But she rides Specialized, is two times Junior World Champion and this year - first year Elite - she got two World Cup podiums before she became ill before the Home World Champoinships.

Added reply in a thread 2021 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 11/18/2020 6:13 AM

The Syndicate team has had Top 5 riders for a long time now. When they brought Loris and Luca Minnaar was still on top. He is still on top, but the question is for how long. Also injuries are a bigger issue for older riders. But surely there are a lot ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2021 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 11/18/2020 3:06 AM

True. I also wonder why they would cut budgets now. In the last few years I saw so many Santa Cruz bikes - much more as before. Surely, that's mainly what I saw in Central Europe but a friend was in Whistler last year (or two years ago) and noticed the ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2021 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 11/18/2020 1:16 AM

I wonder if Santa Cruz would have done a photoshoot with Loris Vergier on the new Bullit if he is going too leave in a couple of weeks. https://www.instagram.com/p/CHst-rNHVMK/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Added reply in a thread 2021 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 11/13/2020 8:34 AM

Whenever I hear Loris and Jordi talking I wonder if a dice with faces like +1HSC -1LSR, +3psi, ... and a psychologist would be at least as helpful

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Shouldn't a world cup pro know what the knobs do? I mean if it's about changing the shim stack ... more »
Added reply in a thread 2021 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 11/2/2020 1:12 PM

Yes. But Nina and also Camille Balanche have been athletes for a long time. Long before they started downhill biking. Haha ... I also sucked for almost 20 years. The good thing about starting low is that you can still get better at 45 yo

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Added reply in a thread 2021 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 11/2/2020 11:08 AM

Yes! I can't remember it exactly but at least in one interview he gave the last days it sounded nothing like retiring.

Added reply in a thread 2021 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 11/2/2020 8:58 AM

I wonder if Nina stays with her own team or if she gets an offer from a bigger team. Regarding team points she would be quite an asset for teams. But I do not know how important team rankings are to the teams. Also there are more and more girls on the ... more »

Added a comment about feature Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 1:37 PM
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Another issue: the UCI should take a look at how the FIS handles the comebacks of injured skiers. As far as I know when injured skiers come back they are in an "insured state" for a couple of races where they can keep their pre-injured starting position. So something like with Myriam Nicole should not happen. She was former World Champion, is current Vice World Champion but was not allowed to participate at A practice. I assume she was not protected, so a mechanical or crash in qualification would have taken her out of the race. I further assume such a rule would have also helped Greg Minnaar when he was not allowed to participate at the Maribor WC because of his qualification crash. It's hard to come back after injuries but the rules should not make it even harder. And it's not only in the interest of the athletes. We as spectators want to see the fastest rider to compete with each other.

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Liked a comment on the item Marginal Gains: There’s Nothing *Stock* About Stock Suspension 10/22/2020 6:26 AM

Good piece, but it barely scratches the surface of this idea. I realize this is a mountain bike website, not a medical journal. Still, a few ways this could have been more betterer.

Though the clock isn't the only objective measure of how well your suspension is working, I feel its a...more

Added reply in a thread Are Global DH Bikes Sales Falling? 10/21/2020 2:02 PM

That can be but I would not say that's always the case. As far as I remember my Enduro and DH bikes where pretty equal in bar height. It also depends on the BB height. Maybe it's also the tire choice and pressure. Maybe the rebound is to slow on one ... more »

Added reply in a thread Are Global DH Bikes Sales Falling? 10/21/2020 4:03 AM

I don't get the discussion about making an enduro bike more DH-like or a DH bike more enduro-like. In my opinion there is a reason why these are two different bike categories. I remember this fast rough section at an otherwise pretty beginners friendly ... more »

Added reply in a thread Are Global DH Bikes Sales Falling? 10/20/2020 2:04 PM

Another problem with the tendency towards enduro: where should the future downhill rookies come from? A few years ago when the first enduro race series started here in Germany and Austria there was almost no one in Austria who wanted to organize national ... more »

Added reply in a thread Are Global DH Bikes Sales Falling? 10/20/2020 1:17 AM

I live within 1.5 hours to Schladming, Leogang, Saalbach and other parks. I had downhill bikes since 2006 (and raced "downhill" back in the 90s on modified XC-bikes). But starting about 5 years ago almost all of my friends got rid of their downhill bikes. ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2.5 VS 2.6 Tires 10/13/2020 1:20 PM

As far as I know the Maxxis 2.6er is more an all mountain tire for those who want to go in the Plus tire direction. It is lighter and has smaller knobs compared to the equivalent 2.5 tire. For aggressive riding the 2.5er is the way to go. The MaxxGrip ... more »

Added a comment to noox's bike check 1/29/2014 2:36 PM
Specialized Enduro S-Works 2013

For the German Speaking visitors: because I got some questions about the cable routing of the reverb stealth I have written a gide. There is also a picture of the actual cable routing through the frame:
http://www.downhill-board.com/72495-rock-shox-reverb-stealth-hydraulikleitungen-durch-specialized-enduro.html?p=802635#post802635

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Added a comment to noox's bike check 1/28/2014 9:12 AM
Specialized Enduro S-Works 2013

Yes, as I found out, there is no hole between the down tube and the part of this X-shaped tubings where the shock is mounted (also a problem if there gets water into it).

When I installed the hose went guided it through the hole above the shock and then back again. Then I pulled the loop back into the top tube. This way I also have some play to find the right length from the opening to the bar/lever.

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Added a comment to noox's bike check 1/27/2014 12:04 PM
Specialized Enduro S-Works 2013

Just go from the steering tube through the top tube - maybe with the hose or a cable. Remove the shock (Ok, now I'm pretty sure I removed the shock) and use a screw driver or something similar to get the hose/cable out of the hole above the shock . There are actually two holes. One at the outer tube, but there is another carbon layer within the outer tube. When you start from the hole above the shock you have to go through both holes.

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Added a comment to noox's bike check 1/27/2014 11:29 AM
Specialized Enduro S-Works 2013

I'm not sure. The shock is not fixed at the downtube. Maybe they "forgot" some material within the frame. In my case it was in the top tube. Maybe you could try to get the hose through the down tube starting from the steering tube. Ich there is some resistance than you should try to remove this. In my case it was some sort of plastic bag.

I've heard of someone who has just drilled the hole. But then you'll drill through the inner housing of the hose.

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