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If it isn't Carbon - are you Still a Mountain Biker? - Nov. 10, 2017, 10:56 a.m.

Last weekend, I took my 26" hardtail with 100mm fork for a ride with 4 very prominent riders, each on carbon Spec E29s. I can tell you... it was not cool. I hated every single minute of the ride... a month earlier I rode the very same bike on almost exactly same trails with slower riders on worse bikes. And I was a God. Elitism? Maybe. But chosing your riding friends can be crucial... if you don't expose yourself to elitists, you may have a rather good time. I personally have never ever experienced more exclusive group of people than 15-25 year old Joeys on poor or medium specced bikes being into gravity riding. I experienced it both in Poland and in Sweden. Their unfounded guilt of being poor riders not owning top bikes is so big they just can't help themselves to give shit to people who have worse bikes than theirs and they will roast the sht out of anyone who owns an expensive bike and doesn't ride well. This summer I've been hanging around a few riding spots across Poland with my super unique, boutique, pretentious carbon bike, and it was drawing attention, but on one occasion, three students were virtually sucking my balls for owning it. Later on I overheard their conversation as they were talking rather hideous things about an owner of a fresh Ibis parked nearby "rich fat basterd", then laughing at a dude on DJ hardtail with a quite long seat post. "is he going to ride up and then down this mountain on that?!"

Choose your riding group wisely... as simple as that... don't let idiots drag you down. I could not care less if there is a BMX made of gold... nobody should. It's our own responsibility to control our reactions to triggers (yeah, I know, not a popular opinion)

Cheers!

Matt Dennison x Micayla Gatto Win Dirt Diaries - Aug. 16, 2017, 10:58 p.m.

I was confused while watching that, it felt kind of weird. I liked it so much but there was a dosage of shame. I talked about it to my friend from student NGO at UBC and she told me that I got subtriggered, it means I am offended without knowing about it.

Reinventing (and moving) The Freewheel - June 13, 2017, 10:56 a.m.

The thing that I would like to see is the departure from "smooth gear ratio ramping" tenderness in that rather brutal sport. What's the problem with running 6 speeds with 11-42 cassette at 10/11sp cog spacing? Eagle is insane, it is decomposing everything that single speed drivetrains have established, that is it got people to muscle up. People running 30t front and 50t rear, honestly change sport if 10-42 XX1 was too hard for you. Also if you need better shifting, so you consider going Di2, honestly get a freaking life, what kind of mountain biking you are doing to be able to experience difference in shifting quality between mechanical XT and Di2?

Reinventing (and moving) The Freewheel - June 13, 2017, 10:56 a.m.

The thing that I would like to see is the departure from "smooth gear ratio ramping" tenderness in that rather brutal sport. What's the problem with running 6 speeds with 11-42 cassette at 10/11sp cog spacing? Eagle is insane, it is decomposing everything that single speed drivetrains have established, that is it got people to muscle up. People running 30t front and 50t rear, honestly change sport if 10-42 XX1 was too hard for you. Also if you need better shifting, so you consider going Di2, honestly get a freaking life, what kind of mountain biking you are doing to be able to experience difference in shifting quality between mechanical XT and Di2?

Reserve: Santa Cruz's New Carbon Wheels - June 2, 2017, 11:07 a.m.

Upgrade, giving you nothing. May as well rub Snake oil into your thighs before the race to warm up your muscles.

Reserve: Santa Cruz's New Carbon Wheels - June 2, 2017, 11:05 a.m.

The inside looks good but lots of stuff here is just marketing bollocks for people who know absolutely nothing. How can a carbon rim be flexy once it has enough meat it can withstand direct hits? I recommend taking a light bicycle XC rim which is just above 300g and trying to bend that by just pressing it against the ground. Even lightest road rims are known to never get out of true, to rub on rim brakes in corners. So that's about right for Bullsht content. Then Mike Kazimer from Pinkbike cracks one... 

C'm on SC, carbon rims are rims made of carbon fibre, they are slightly lighter than aluminium counterparts, that's the end of the story. You save more weight by using alloy nipples instead of brass ones, but why would you do that in the first place?

e*thirteen TRSr Carbon Cranks - Feb. 27, 2017, 7:12 a.m.

Hope provides tools with their crankset but it didn't make me any happier with them after the first time I realized the spiderless chainring got loose. Taking the crank off took about 20 minutes. Reinstallation took 5 more. Lots of swearing took place. On the second time it happened (two weeks after) I got pissed off and regreted being a guy who wanted to buy a product made "locally". My pseudo-morality and wish to have a bike made of parts made in EU has let me down. The next time I will take them off I will sell them and buy the latest SLX.

In Shimano and SRAM I trust.

167 km/h on MTB: Should I Care? - Feb. 23, 2017, 11:13 a.m.

I just love the vanity connected to certain uses of a bicycle, like going for a month to Himalaya with it and calling it sacred… Nama-fkng-ste. There was also a man who wanted to take his beloved Fixie to the top of Mt. Everest. Maybe ride a bike to the North Pole. Ok, that's extreme. But also simplier things like bike packing, riding fatbikes on the piste, hello?! Maybe E-fatbiking on the Piste? Then Fest series trying sooooo fkng hard to get at least a bit close to what Moto Freestyle does. I love Andreu, I do get inspired by some of these jumps but then I see a regular Supercross competition and the complex of the little brother is looming. Whatever it is, you have to make sure you put a mountain bike on it and claim it's great for the progression of the sport… so I would like to see bike speleology. I can see Nite Rider being a big, big sponsor… This drawing of mine will hopefully inspire somebody.

167 km/h on MTB: Should I Care? - Feb. 21, 2017, 10:54 a.m.

You mean like Aggy on Iceland? 😀

4 Bikes For Price of 2 - Feb. 19, 2017, 5:51 a.m.

That makes sense (the bit about BB height). I gladly accept your expertise with it (bit about my hipster) I run Bell Super 2R chin piece only, attached to my beard with string made of hemp fibers

As to having two non plus bikes in one I claim that wheel and tyre type play a major role in bike performance. A 160 bike with very light and fast rolling tyres will always outride one of these "modern" trail bikes where people install Minions or Highrollers anyways. Soon I will perform an experiment of running two Minions SS on my XC bike. It actually may be the bees knees. They weigh only 100g more per tyre when compared to a tyre like Rocket Ron but they offer plenty of cornering grip.

4 Bikes For Price of 2 - Feb. 18, 2017, 3:02 p.m.

Does that make me a hipster if I say that I've been doing 2 bikes in one Nomad back in 2008? I went further. I had Lyrik UTurn and I was lowering it to 120mm for long XC rides. Now I have a new Lyrik on a modern 160 bike which I ride at 160 locally, and I will set to 180 for a visit in the bike park. Unfortunately we can no longer change the travel by just adding spacers to the negative spring so it takes a bit more fiddling to swap shafts.

As to 27,5+ and 29 swapsbility. BB height is an issue if the rider prefers high cadences and cannot time pedal strokes.

Snoop Watches MTB POV - Feb. 16, 2017, 11:17 a.m.

I am selling my Antidote Carbon Jack, I chose the brand to be edgy and now it went mainstream… damn!

Flats and Dings Gone? - Feb. 14, 2017, 4:40 a.m.

I have huck Norris and so far I got three pinchflat worthy hits on my Minion SS Exo. Hard to determine it's function based on that, but at least one hit has been serious, since the tyre burped sealant somewhere midway the descent and I landed into rocks after a small hop. I would definintely use it coped with Double Down casing. The only issue is that it's not really as they say that you don't need a compressor. I couldn't inflate it just with the floor pump, I hade to use the Bontrager Charger pump. I have Minion SS 2.35 on DT EX471 rim. Then it is a bit hard to put it on, but nowhere close to muscling with installation of a Full on DH tyre.

Chromag Primer 27+ - Feb. 10, 2017, 11:15 p.m.

Reasons for knee pain are hard to identify, it can come from anything. Mine comes when I don't keep them warm enough. A certain feature of a mountain bike where we move around seems to be the last to blame. No1 culprit is always a Clinical issue, either from injury or genetic then no2 is insufficient hip stability which is adressed by lifting stuff on the gym or doing lots of legitimate Yoga. Most bikes these days have 74+ seat angles. To me personally it makes little sense how it could make it worse for the knees because the steeper the SA the closer your body is to running position which we evolved to through last several hundreds of thousands of years. I'd sooner expect fatbike riders to be complaining on knee pain due to the humungous Q-Factor. Have you exprimented with crank arm length? What pedals do you run? Low hip stability + clipless pedals with lots of float, making your foot unstable is a very bad combo. To sum up knee pain: Doctor > Gym > crankset/ pedal type then keep them warm and pedal standing as much as you can, let your body work as it is built by evolution.

Cheers! Good luck, I hate to be out from riding because of knee pain, it's one of the worst feelings to not be able to trust a knee when wanting to push hard. Ewww

Whitecrow Hubs – Adjust Tire Pressure Remotely - Feb. 10, 2017, 3:08 p.m.

Cam - put a boxxer into a 160 bike. Take an adjustable strap and compress the fork. Then tighten the strap around lower crown and the arch. Climb with what became a 100mm fork. On the top Release the strap and put it into you pocket. Allow the bike come to it's own on the descent.

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