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Added a comment about video Charging Hard, Vaea Verbeeck Shows Why She Is the Reigning Queen of Crankworx 3/8/2020 10:04 AM

One of my favourite riders!

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Added a comment about feature The Inside Line Listener Response - The Bermification of Mountain Biking? 1/26/2020 2:28 PM
pinkrobe

That was a good listen! I am a bit surprised to hear so many people automatically equate "flow" with "easy". When I think of flow, I think of A-Line and Dirt Merchant in Whistler - wide enough to drive a truck down, lots of berms, lots of tables, but in no way shape or form could they be considered "beginner". Also at WBP is Angry Pirate, listed as a tech trail, but with loads of flow, despite its relatively narrow width and an assortment of roots and rocks. I'd also consider Moab's Captain Ahab and Squamish's Rupert as flow trails. Closer to home [Calgary], most of our "flow" trails have rocks and roots, steeps and some small drops. What makes them flow is good design, where riders can move from one feature to another, carrying the right amount of speed on the right line.

I find that the techy/puzzler trails tend to have similar features, but bad connections between them; you're JRA and all of a sudden - SURPRISE MOTHER****ER - there's jank hiding behind a tree to mess with you. If the approach was a little different, you'd roll the rock, or drop the root step, or whatever and away you go on to the next feature. Instead, you need to have exactly the right line and/or technique to avoid landing in the rhubarb. I like a challenge as much as the next rider, but I don't need every trail to be a Rubik's Cube - it's fun to go fast, gap some stuff and drift some corners too.

I get that some flow trails are designed to require the absolute minimum of skill. In that case, maybe ride them faster for more challenge? Could gapping from berm to berm be an option? See how far you can get without pedalling or without braking? Rip the berms like Bryn Atkinson? It all sounds like fun to me...

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Added a comment about product review SPIN FOREVER! Onyx Racing's Silent MTB Hub Review 1/8/2020 8:50 PM
pinkrobe

I got a set of the old Onyx hubs laced to a set of NOBL rims in... 2017? Sold them last year with a stupid amount of kms on them. So smooth, so quiet, so little maintenance. I picked up another NOBL set last fall with the Onyx Vesper hubs and fell in love all over again. I'm honestly thinking about selling a brand new set of RF Vault hubs that were destined for my DH bike and finding a set of Onyx hubs instead. So good.

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Added a comment about feature Shimano Zee M647 Pedals Reviewed by Top Member Reviewer and Jenson USA Award Winner 1/5/2020 9:50 AM
pinkrobe

My go-to pedal for DH. One con I will note: when new, the plastic has sharp enough edges to draw blood. I ended up filing down the edges to save my calves.

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