Liked a comment on the item Danny Hart's Mondraker Summum 5/9/2017 5:32 AM

I hope this thing smokes all those losers on 29ers.

Liked a comment on the item What's the World Champ Think? Danny Hart on 29ers in DH Racing 5/6/2017 1:03 AM

True dat Spomer. Also there is a lot of talk about tall guy vs short guy, straight track vs tech track, fun vs speed....which is all good and dandy, but what about some actual scientific analysis of the physics of 27.5 vs 29? There must be some boss nerd mtbers...more

Liked a comment on the item What's the World Champ Think? Danny Hart on 29ers in DH Racing 5/6/2017 1:03 AM

I read this all the time too and have to scratch my head a bit. I've really seen no evidence of this at all other than than the odd section like what was done to 100m of MSA last year (and if anyone can remember back to the old MSA start straight from 2007'ish...more

Liked a comment on the item What's the World Champ Think? Danny Hart on 29ers in DH Racing 5/6/2017 1:02 AM

i keep hearing this argument, but are they really straightening out the tracks? aside from leogang which could never replace schladming, what track on the WC circuit doesn't reward cornering skill? i know MSA had the controversial section last year, but that...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 9:24 PM

While that is true to some extent right now, 29ers are surging pretty hard in EWS this year, with the new Trek, Evil, & other brand's bikes. Second, Enduro has a more "run what you brung" ethos, at least right now. DH emphasizes velocity much more than other disciplines , & if 29...more

Added a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 3:28 PM

I'm not sure ews has actually taken much of a bite out of it? By comparison I can really see ews is participant driven (for the rider), but its not even close to dh in terms of glitz/glamour/ personalities/ attractiveness/ coverage etc etc etc. If you want to run a test look at ews athletes social media popularity compared to dh athletes - its not even in the same ballpark! Coverage is important. I don't know anyone that's stopped following the world cup events since the ews started, and many of the don't follow ews at all. Lots of them only race enduro events.

Personally for me having a good dh bike and team means I pay attention to the brand ad have trust you can make a bike that is competitive and durable. Marketing has worked on me! If I was to think about what I think about something like rocky mountain, I don't believe any of their bikes are cutting edge enough for me to get a performance advantage (not saying its true, just assessing my feelings). But spesh, mondraker, yt, canyon, trek, Kona, commencal, polygon - I feel they know how to make bikes that genuinely perform well. Again, just my feelings.

Once last addition from me is that I think the dh bike is the only MTb made without compromise, and that part of why it influences me so much. Handling and control are everything. As soon as you have to go up and down you have to compromise something....although not according to the marketing spiel out there lol.

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Added a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 1:15 PM

When riding downhill the tyre hits your arse

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Added a comment about feature WINNING BIKE: Alexandre Fayolle's Polygon DH9 4/30/2017 6:31 PM
Added a comment about feature WINNING BIKE: Alexandre Fayolle's Polygon DH9 4/30/2017 2:33 PM

To be fair he hammered down like a boss

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Liked a comment on the item FINAL RESULTS: 2017 Lourdes World Cup Downhill 4/30/2017 2:25 PM

it sucks when weather decides the race. i find it hard to believe given the huge cost to the teams and sponsors of putting on this event it's better to run the main or allow it to finish in insane weather. run it earlier if weather is looking crazy or push it back a few hours. it's not like...more

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I hated slideshows, really happy now with the scrolling

Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: Wyn Masters and Cecile Ravanel Win Rotorua EWS 3/27/2017 6:01 AM

Matt walker too

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Added a comment to isak.leivsson's bike check 3/6/2017 12:35 AM

awesome, racing world cups on this beast?

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Giant Trance Advanced from Vital MTB Test Sessions 2/28/2017 11:59 PM

That's a great question









Personally I feel many companies oversell their products' capabilities as may have been the case here. That said, I wouldn't be caught on a downhill bike on Tucson's trails. A trail/enduro bike is a far better match given the varied terrain.

Added a comment about feature See The Bikes - 2017 Vital MTB Test Sessions 2/21/2017 2:13 PM

And the commencal is cheaper too

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Added a comment about feature Aaron Gwin's YT Capra vs YT Jeffsy - Bike vs. Bike 1/20/2017 9:50 PM

I think its a dh grip so maybe he just uses it on that?

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Added a comment about feature Aaron Gwin's YT Capra vs YT Jeffsy - Bike vs. Bike 1/20/2017 2:37 AM

can you get those brakes now? If they work for gwin im interested

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Added reply in a thread Is straighter and faster really that bad for a World Cup track? 1/17/2017 6:34 PM

Surely accessibility and viewability is important though? If all we did was please the riders but that reduced exposure and sponsorship and therefore their pay- would they be satisfied then? I cant help but feel that the majority of those that are being ... more »

Liked a comment on the item Dan Atherton Shreds Latest Mountain Bike Creation in Dyfi 10/29/2016 4:07 AM

Jaded much?