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Dec. 13, 2012, 10:52 p.m.
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Air rear shock on a dh bike - opinions?

I have not been up on the new vivid or ccdb air as to how it feels, but from experience with all other air suspension, coil suspension is far superior. They have more initial softness, ramp up much better, and track better. Remember this is just an opinion.

I currently ride a Knolly Chilcotin with a CCDB coil and replaced my fox talas with a vanilla and it was like night and day once I got the proper spring weight. The bike is about 1 lb heavier due to this, but the suspension performance easily negates the increase in weight.

Oct. 5, 2012, 12:02 p.m.
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Best trail names out there are...

prolapse - courtenay. I would say the name represents the trail nicely.

Aug. 21, 2012, 10:01 p.m.
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Mt Washington BC Cup DH

Yeah its the old course. Fast and rough. One of the most demanding tracks out there.

May 12, 2012, 12:31 p.m.
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Industry Nine

I rode them in 2009. The rear hub needed some maintenance, although probably due to being raced in the mud constantly. The spokes need to be equally taught. Otherwise they are super strong and ran really strait after racing all season, but more importantly at MSA and Bromont which are known for wheel destroying rocks. They have quick engagement. They had more drag in the hubs compared to other wheels when spinning. Also they have pimp ass colours. Also they are expensive.

April 26, 2012, 8:21 p.m.
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What happened to the pedalable 7" bikes?

Knolly Chilcotin. Seriously.

April 18, 2012, 8:12 p.m.
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Building in Kashmir: Breaking Trail in the Indian Himalayas

that was amazing. really shows how big the world is and how many mountains there are other then the rockies and alps.

April 11, 2012, 6:37 a.m.
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modern dh rubber suggestions

schwalbe muddy mary verstar 2.35's are the best all around dh tire nowadays. It's not an opinion as much as fact.

Feb. 10, 2012, 7:38 p.m.
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NSMB - 2012 Light DH Bike Build Off 7"+

does having a lighter dh bike make you go faster?

Feb. 9, 2012, 7:25 p.m.
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low front end out of style?

It depends a lot on rider size and riding style. I did some testing around in 2010 with a really low front end. I found I had to shift my weight back more for descending, but then if you hit a section of steep into a corner (which is a pretty common scenario on a dh course) my weight was back so then I had to immediatly shift my weight forward, which sometimes was awkward and difficult to do. Also weighting the front end was sketchier if there were holes or drops in the corners because my weight was too front biased, making me feel like I was going to go over the bars more.

I then tried it higher, and found I was shifting my weight less front and back and kept my weight centered, and was able to weight both tires evenly. Basically this makes you fight the bike less, which in my opinion is what you are trying to do when setting up your bike.

Feb. 8, 2012, 6:08 p.m.
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NSMB - 2012 Light AM/FR bike build off 4-7"

The bike pedals uphill quite well I thought. The full seat tube is a plus. I have it in the low bb/slack shock position so obviously thats going to compromise the uphill performance, but I am more concerned about dh performance. I would like to be able to do everything I can do on a downhill bike with this bike, just a little slower in highspeed stuff. Judging from the little bit of riding I have done, it is totally possible. Also the rear end is really stiff.

The weight is 34 lbs. The heavy parts are the dh tires, straitline pedals, and cane creek shock. Maybe by swapping those parts you could get it down to 32, but that would be ghey.

Feb. 8, 2012, 1:52 p.m.
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NSMB - 2012 Light AM/FR bike build off 4-7"

Knolly Chilcotin. It is everything I expected and more. As you can see it's set up a little more for descending. I left the steertube long incase I want to raise the cockpit for steep/fast downhill riding. I have 2 rides on it so far. I have the suspension at baseline settings and haven't really dialed it in yet, but feels amazing as is so far.

Jan. 23, 2012, 11:56 p.m.
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2012 Island Cup Series - Official Thread

Good downhill schedule. Hopefully I will make it to some of those.

Jan. 23, 2012, 11:50 p.m.
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Noel Buckley

This is nice. I will have mine built up once I get home. Is yours a medium or large?

Oct. 14, 2011, 11:45 p.m.
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a new future for mtb DH racing?

hopefully freecaster will turn dh mtb racing into what feld motorsports has done with supercross.

The top 80 format is boring to watch, and if you are trying to make dh into a "tv package" then it needs to be shorter and more dramatic…so I think its good they are going with the 30 man final.

I really hope this gets bigger then the uci and is a marketable product and business. That is what will sustain the sport of dh racing.

Aug. 10, 2011, 4:09 p.m.
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Any word on Mount Washington?

Hey simon whats the course like, fast and flowy, or is it fast and rough like monster mile. Just curious what it'll be like as Ive never ridden that chair.

Well it sounds like it will be MMT - which is smoother and bermy, with little ish berms, and flows quite well, then onto the two last treed sections of monster mile, and then instead of bombing down the fireroad to the finish, you turn right and head towards the 4x course into a monster mile-style treed section, and then probably a pedal onto the 4x, and then the 4x would be like riding a 4x course. This is what I assume it would be like.

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