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5/18/2022 7:04 PM

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5/19/2022 8:34 AM

Damn, now Finns out too.
Good move for sure, but a bummer he's not going to crush some rock this weekend.

https://www.pinkbike.com/news/finn-iles-decides-to-miss-fort-william-and-undergo-testing-following-a-concussion.html

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5/19/2022 7:39 PM

pit bits vid from today

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5/19/2022 8:35 PM

fort bill track walk

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5/19/2022 8:46 PM

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5/20/2022 8:48 AM

The run into the road gap could get interesting if it's wet.

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5/20/2022 5:24 PM

anyone else hearing loic is out w/ broken collarbone? massive sadface emoji if so. he looked "buttery" in RAW

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5/20/2022 5:30 PM

Rachel Atherton back on track is so rad too see (in RAW). FOX dialed about it

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5/21/2022 1:21 AM

Confirmation, Loic has broken his collarbone... :-(

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5/21/2022 4:44 AM

Amaury is apparently running a full 29er setup for this race according to an interview from the making up the numbers podcast.

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5/21/2022 4:44 AM

Ft bill is a harsh track to crash on. Has taken out pretty much all the top winners in the recent past.

Collarbone is generally a straightforward heal (much better than a seperated shoulder usually). Usually more like 5 to 6 weeks but I’ve seen people come back in 2-3 depending on the break. Could potentially be at leogang if luck is on his side.

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5/21/2022 8:06 AM

quali results - gwin, brook, neko and others didn't make the cut!
https://www.vitalmtb.com/news/news/RESULTS-QUALIFYING-Fort-William-World-Cup-Downhill,1424

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5/21/2022 8:19 AM

sspomer wrote:

quali results - gwin, brook, neko and others didn't make the cut!
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Are they protected or will they be sitting out race runs?

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5/21/2022 8:27 AM

only top 20 protected IIRC? gwin had 34 plate and brook 43, so they're not racing.

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5/21/2022 10:17 AM

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5/21/2022 10:28 AM

RE: Pit Bits

Is anyone else surprised there aren't any top-level SRAM athletes on a DH 7 Speed version of AXS? Most likely under the Blackbox label. I realize it probably doesn't have a measurable advantage in terms of time on the clock, but I would have figured someone would have been on it by now.

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5/21/2022 10:58 AM

matmattmatthew wrote:

RE: Pit Bits

Is anyone else surprised there aren't any top-level SRAM athletes on a DH 7 Speed version of AXS? Most likely ...more

I was expecting to see some folks on it this year as well. And this was kicking around back in summer 2021.
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5/23/2022 6:59 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/24/2022 8:06 AM

I watched the riders on course Saturday and Sunday and the new wood section, and by the looks of things the new prototype intense was not handle square edge hits at all… could be a complete different feeling for the riders riding the bike. But really did looking like they were getting hung up a lot compared to other riders.

Neko frame work bike looked like it was going really well.. really silent as was the Atherton bikes.

But the rider that rode the section the smoothest all weekend was Taylor Vernon… made it look effortless and a lot of people noticed it.

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5/23/2022 7:15 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/23/2022 7:16 AM

Crazy how Intense had yet ANOTHER new bike (or at least linkage) just a few weeks before the race.
You'd think that after literally years of this process, they would just "run what they brung" and let the riders get used to it and have a chance to set it up properly.

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5/23/2022 7:49 AM

dirty booger wrote:

Crazy how Intense had yet ANOTHER new bike (or at least linkage) just a few weeks before the race.
You'd think that after ...more

On the flipside, there's something to be said about Dakotah's raw talent to be able to make it work. Gutted he crashed, dude was on one.

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5/23/2022 8:29 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/23/2022 8:30 AM

Can we get an AP bike check. Wonder what they did to change the bike for full 29er. I was thinking some of the bikes that are more easily changed from MX to full 29 would go this way this weekend. I thought some trek boys would swap over. Sounds like AP might have been the only one. Interesting to see, will we see a full 29 back in the commencal catalog?

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5/23/2022 8:31 AM

Links to watch old race recap slideshows with finish area audio ?? 😭

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5/23/2022 1:09 PM

sharpy212 wrote:

I watched the riders on course Saturday and Sunday and the new wood section, and by the looks of things the new prototype ...more

Don't know what the leverage rate is like and all, but judging how closed off the links are on the intense and how 'inline' the seatstay and the rocker links are, I'm thinking the forces in the system might be mighty high? Might have something to do with the square edge performance...

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5/23/2022 1:20 PM

sharpy212 wrote:

I watched the riders on course Saturday and Sunday and the new wood section, and by the looks of things the new prototype ...more

Primoz wrote:

Don't know what the leverage rate is like and all, but judging how closed off the links are on the intense and how 'inline' ...more

Yeah, hard to say really. it was just a observation from the side of the track. They got a good team of riders so I’m sure they’ll get it dialled in soon enough. I know developing takes time… be interesting to see what they end up with.

Hats of the commencal for pushing the design of there bikes, seem to turn it around pretty quick.. max and his team are doing it right.

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5/23/2022 1:38 PM

Intense and Commencal are on different planets in terms of development.

One still has a "new" bike every few weeks, the other has their own WC level DH test track with an on site fabrication shop and had any new stuff dialed way before the season started.

Intense has been "developing" for what, 3 years now? tongue

It is clearly evident by the dominance of Commencal riders at Ft Willy.
1st, 2nd, 4th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 21st for the men
2nd, 3rd, 9th, 11th for the women.

I'd say Max and his crew are not just doing it right, but that their bikes are simply crushing everyone else.

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5/23/2022 2:07 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/23/2022 2:08 PM

"They got a good team of riders so I’m sure they’ll get it dialled in soon enough." .... ????? What!? Sorry sharpie, but that wasn't too sharp. They've been flailing at it for 2 years without much noticeable progress. It's awful their engineer died, but it's sorta obvious they're not able to compete in the dh bike development arms race. (Tho you're absolutely correct, Commencal is, or seems to be, leading the pack development wise.)


Honestly I'd be more impressed with intense, as a company, if they stopped trying to pretend they are the intense of 20 years ago, and just went back to copying well sorted bike designs of other companies. Hell, slap some intense logos on a commencal or trek or raww for the racers. Hell, hire Neko and mass produce his design (I know it's not completely his design but you know what I mean)! Pay some royalties FTW and make that design. The fact the Neko, with an obviously tight budget was able to make a better looking and seemingly better functioning prototype bike (in 3 iterations, right?) than intense should tell you everything.

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5/23/2022 2:54 PM

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5/24/2022 11:49 AM

Does anyone know what happened to Gwin in qualifying?

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5/24/2022 12:10 PM

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5/26/2022 10:49 AM

Didn't realize Neko flatted in qualies as well, sucks, and he runs proper tires (Maxxis).

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