Liked a comment on the item More Travel, New Colors - YT Launches 2016 Range 1/11/2016 4:17 PM

Is it just me or are the prices on their Pro models starting to creep up there? I thought it was about value but if you have $7500 to play with there are comparable bikes.

Added reply in a thread What is the Greatest Rock Song Ever? 1/6/2016 6:57 PM

Likely something by the rock outfit that calls itself Pantera.

Added reply in a thread 2016 Racing Rumours 12/29/2015 10:01 AM

I thought that was already the deal they had in place with the Gravity Republic? Lapierre supplied them with frames. They weren't Lapierre Factory Racing. Seemed pretty clear to me that Lapierre intended to get out of WC DH for 2016. Unless of course ... more »

Liked a comment on the item Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/24/2015 4:20 PM

I've seen the suggestion alot that Redbull provide event insurance for all of the riders. While that sounds good in theory I'm not sure that something like that is possible while also keeping the event the way it is now, with the riders having such...more

Liked a comment on the item Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/24/2015 4:12 PM

You're in sponsor denial. Realize that YT had 4 riders who were there on their US sales teams bikes. They gave them free bikes because they just opened and probably don't even have a budget to speak of. 4 riders on free frames...that's the extent of...more

Liked a comment on the item e*thirteen 10 and 11-Speed Wide Range Cassette 8/28/2015 1:54 PM

That might be an issue with a Shimano derailleur, but Sram handles it just fine. I've had two 9-42 10 speed cassettes both with a med cage XX derailleur and no issues for almost 2years. And the range u get is awesome.

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That could very well be the case.

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Added a comment about photo e*thirteen 10 and 11-Speed Wide Range Cassette 8/28/2015 6:23 AM

I mean a lot of power...

Seriously though, that has been an issue and Canfield is well aware of it. On a DH or Road cassette with a 28T max cog it could very well be less of an issue. To get enough chain wrap on the 9T you really have to back off the B Tension adjustment. To the point that you then do not have enough B Tension to effectively move up to your 34T or 36T low gear (obviously I'm talking about 10 spd applications.)

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Added a comment about photo e*thirteen 10 and 11-Speed Wide Range Cassette 8/27/2015 10:23 PM

It is very tough to get enough chain wrap on 9T cogs. I suspect that contributed to why the aftermarket Canfield 9T (which was first released 5+ years ago) never really took off.

I'm sure you can get them to work great in the stand, under max power though is another story...

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Added reply in a thread Enduro practice - Should it be standardized? 7/27/2015 1:40 PM

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Added reply in a thread Enduro practice - Should it be standardized? 7/27/2015 1:13 PM

No, I'd say sprinting from 20-30 feet back into stage starts is against the spirit of the sport. Especially when it's someone like Clementz calling you out for doing it. The guys getting paid to race their bikes showing up a few days early to get the ... more »

Added reply in a thread Enduro practice - Should it be standardized? 7/27/2015 11:50 AM

The difference between the top EWS riders and your typical local American "pro" entrant has nothing to do with an extra day of practice. Marco Osborne raced much of the multi day event last year in CB blind and he won the thing. Last year I heard of ... more »

Added reply in a thread manualing a 29er 6/19/2015 6:32 AM

29er's have tons of bottom bracket drop (like 30+ mm's). Having your weight so far below the axles is the main reason they are more difficult to manual than a bike with 26" or 27.5" wheels. That increased BB drop is also the reason 29er's can feel so ... more »

Added a comment about slideshow RACE ACTION SLIDESHOW - Enduro World Series, Wicklow, Ireland 5/26/2015 6:37 AM

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Added a comment about feature Over $2000 in Prizes - Vital OTB, Lourdes World Cup - Win a RockShox BoXXer and Birzman Studio Tool Kit 4/11/2015 7:35 AM

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Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 2/14/2015 8:00 AM

Seems very idealistic. Yes, I believe people use ill fitting equipment all the time because that is what their sponsors have issued them. I have a hard time feeling sorry for people who get paid to ride a bicycle, even if it's only for 5 or so years ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 2/14/2015 5:48 AM

I agree with many of your points, and disagree with a few. My opinion is that if someone is fortunate enough to get picked up by a major UCI Elite team, then yeah, they may have to drop one of their lesser sponsors to get in line with the team. Sponsors ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 2/13/2015 2:36 PM

It's gotta be one of two scenarios: 1- The UCI is a bunch of old crusty people who personally hate Steve Peat, Minnaar, Bryceland, all Vital MTB readers, and Pinkbike too... or 2- The UCI wants all members of any registered teams to have very similar ... more »

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