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Reply to I don't like the direction of modern trail building 11/13/2020 3:31 PM

I would agree and disagree. I’ve been riding 27 for years. If anything they need more “flow” trails to accommodate all the new riders and ideally built with mandatory tech sections so riders can work up to the black and double black level tech trails. ... more »

Reply to Are Global DH Bikes Sales Falling? 10/21/2020 11:20 AM

I think some of you are missing the point saying “an enduro bike can do what a DH can”. Can do and will excel at are two completely different things. As long as we have World Cup DH racing and bike parks like Whistler DH bikes aren’t going anywhere. ... more »

Reply to Shimano Working on a New Saint Derailleur? 10/16/2020 8:33 AM

Is it? Seems like everything in that group set is still pretty top notch.

Reply to Little Black Book (of bikes) | Can you remember all your mountain bikes? 9/13/2020 6:38 AM

A Redline BMX and a Giant 24” kids bike are what started the 2 wheel addiction. Here is the mountain bike list. 2001 or 02 Schwinn Mesa 2001 Kona Stinky 6 Demo 9, bought it from a guy that was sponsored by Specialized, had the serial number 002 or something ... more »

Reply to Evolution of MTBs 9/11/2020 7:56 PM

Axle path has nothing to do with wheel size. Pivot placement effects axle path. I had one of those Wilsons, great bike. Before that I had a Rotec RL9 that had a Lawill design. That thing was amazing. Axle path was strait vertical and then went backward ... more »

Reply to Just picked up a Trek rail 9.7 (EMTB) 9/11/2020 7:47 PM

I think a lot of people just hate ebikes hence the down votes. I used to be one of those people that hated them but now I just figure if your out riding and having fun it’s all good. As long as the user is respectful, this is a big deal on multi use ... more »

Reply to Evolution of MTBs 9/7/2020 7:53 AM

I think bike design has kind of hit its limit until we see some break thru in materials or manufacturing process that allows bikes to be built much lighter. Sure geometry will get a little more refined here and there but big changes won’t be happening. ... more »

Reply to Do you say fork or forks? 6/5/2020 5:29 AM

Forker is what I prefer

Reply to help with deciding bike 5/16/2020 1:00 PM

Transitions seem to be very popular here in Washington, they seem to be pretty tough too. Im sure you could pick up a first gen Sentinel pretty cheap right now and then buy a second bike for your road rides. If you are just going a mile or two on pavement ... more »

Reply to Random musing: Road vs. MTB frame prices 5/4/2020 9:10 PM

I think the bike industry knows what status symbol chasers will pay for road bikes.

Reply to MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 4/25/2020 1:38 PM

I have a MRP Bartlett and it is the best fork I have owned. Stays up in its travel and feels very plush. I really like having a direct mount stem. I have no idea what the weight is I know my size large Evil Insurgent with the Bartlett, coil shock, DD ... more »

Reply to Best and Worst World Cup DH Tracks? 4/5/2020 2:34 PM

I don’t think any of the tracks are “bad” but I’m completely bored with MSA and Fort William. I know, bring the hate. I wish the UCI had a rule where a track could not be run more than 2 years in a row, then one year off, then back.

Reply to The Best Component Upgrade for a Mountain Bike? 3/31/2020 4:14 PM

Tires, pedals and grips. Doesn’t matter if your on a dirt jumper hard tail or a full on DH race bike, if those 3 items suck you will notice.

Reply to MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 3/14/2020 10:57 AM

Anyone know when Honda’s patent on their gear box is up? Back in the day I remember hearing that Honda patented every version of what they did. By the end it was basically a derailleur mounted in a can on the frame. If that’s the case when the patent ... more »

Reply to Where to go for a two week summer MTB vacation? 2/14/2020 7:48 AM

I live close to Issaquah and North Bend, we have some great stuff but not worth a 2 week vacation. If you drive to whistler it would be a good 1 or 2 day stop. I would suggest Whistler, between the bike park and the stuff outside the park there is months ... more »

Reply to Santa Cruz Chameleon...what's next?! 1/16/2020 8:30 AM

I haven’t rode either bike but people seem to be loving the new Norco Optic and Specialized Stumpjumper Evo. Both bikes are shorter travel, supposedly climb well and have aggressive geometry which I’m sure you would appreciate coming from a moto background. ... more »

Reply to Overcoming Fear - How Do You Guys Do It? 11/9/2019 7:30 AM

All the input here so far is really good. I would also add go for a few rides that are easy, really easy. Don’t do anything that would have felt even mildly hard precrash. Do that a few times and you will start feeling comfortable again.

Reply to Discussion: Fork Damping vs Spring Rate 7/23/2019 9:13 PM

I think damping is more important. It’s pretty easy to get your spring rate correct, coil or air. Turning all those knobs can get confusing. I’ve also noticed that unless the trail is short and your shuttling it’s difficult to pinpoint specific changes ... more »

Reply to Jared Graves Diagnosed with Brain Tumor 6/28/2019 9:14 PM

Brutal

Reply to Tires and inserts 6/26/2019 8:55 PM

Thanks for the info guys. After reading the replies has anyone tried Double Down casing back to back with DH casing?