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Specialized & the E-Bike Dilemma - Dec. 25, 2016, 3:54 a.m.

Saying E-bikes are all the evil is just plain stupid. So is saying that they are perfectly harmless and people will use them responsibly. The idea that it's a great plot against MTB trail access is fkd up, so is the idea that there is no misinformation shared by E-bike makers. Yea 250W motor is perfectly cool on a mountain bike. Levo is awesome but European companies are already going for higher Wattage. The stuff that Dirt Mag does is great but even they go over the edge. E-bike with engine off faster on a downhill track than regular comparable bike? I mean what the hell is going on here… Will Loic Bruni be attaching a 7kg chunk of led under the BB of his S-works Demo?!

The obvious problem is that e-bike makers throw all these bikes into the same bag. Is Stealth Bomber with 5200W engine same as LEvo?That Stealth Bomber is just going full retard, the stupidity of that thing is beyond anything in bike world. Attaching bike parts to supe rpowerful engine at that price? Stealth Bomber costs the same as KTM E-SX, what kind of wanker would buy that if not the a-hole hoping for a pardon on using it on non-moto trails?! A piece of human brain crap, insecure both on MTB and on a moto.

Sorry Specialized, Trek, Cube, Haibaike - it's up to people like you to draw the border between 250W e-motor assisted mountain bike and pure belch of human retardation like Stealth Bomber.

HT X2 Pedals : First Impressions - Dec. 15, 2016, 12:49 p.m.

Yes it is! Thank you! I just need to find a buddy with a pair to lend them to me.

HT X2 Pedals : First Impressions - Dec. 15, 2016, 12:03 p.m.

I am curious about them but do they lie closer to Shimanos or CBros in terms of feel and clipping out? I hate Shimanos, just don't like CBros and love Times.

HT X2 Pedals : First Impressions - Dec. 15, 2016, 12:02 p.m.

We have a real man here. Can you please explain correlation between non pussy xc shoes, shredding hard and lasting long in bed with multiple partners and beating down Connor McGregor? You know manly things that males in 5.10 shoes do on daily basis. Pussy XC shoe… get a hard on for once and those issues will disappear.

Yeti SB5.5 Reviewed - Nov. 28, 2016, 3:04 p.m.

I totally get it! But considering everything you just wrote about your terrain: would you still put a 160 fork and big fat knobby tyres on it?

What I mean is: If you are really into efficiency leave lightweight, fast rolling tyres on, and keep the fork low. Sprint like an idiot and hold tight in corners. But if you live in a place like Squamish then get a fricking Wreckoning or Enduro 29 and just plow with impunity. Get big, soft tyres with giant knobs , and just kill Pandas while eating puppies.

Yeti SB5.5 Reviewed - Nov. 28, 2016, 10:10 a.m.

As far as I can see this Yeti 5.5c runs exactly same setup as Yeti 6c… big fork, big tyres. If you flick the climb switch on 6c then you obviously have a better bike no? This short travel trend is so silly… 90% of people buying these, immediately replace filmsy tyres with big tyres and 140 fork with 160 fork - what's the point then? So you want a 6″ bike with 5 inches of travel - that's basically what you do.

Here's my suggestion: get a 160 bike (or keep your 160 bike) and get a decent shock for it (CCDB Coil, Float X2, Ohlins, EXT Storia, push). Then higher the cockpit by an inch. Here you go a bike that climbs better than 5″ bikes with 6″ componentry and rides down even better, so good that you can put some DH bikes to shame…

WHere do I come with that? I did just that. Bought a 125 bike with 140 fork, light wheels and light tyres, after owning a 160 bike. Two years later that 125 bike had exactly same setup as I had on 160 bike… so I bought a 160 super bike.

Don't let that hormonal imbalance get you. Keep that 160 bike and get some herbs, Do deadlifts, lots of deadlifts. Will get your testosterone levels higher.

The Ten Laws Of Loam - Nov. 18, 2016, 1:09 a.m.

Richard - absolute bullshit. You are afraid that authorities will close trails because we disturb endangered species. Oh well, these authorities and land owners can order clear cutting a forest off a whole fkng mountain. One month and it's gone. Like that. And nobody will say anything about legislation. So chill out. MTBers ruining nature is just a stupid excuse for some people to channel frustration of fucklessness.

How to Rip Like A Rider From B.C.? - Nov. 3, 2016, 12:03 p.m.

Maybe she thinks it's a good way to find wood?

Talking to Women - Oct. 25, 2016, 1:35 a.m.

I'd also consider another option here and that's that you are all sexists. The man saying that "this bike is too much for you" may be just a typical specimen of a progressive trail rider. A person who's dreams have been shattered after Enduro became popular. The riding genre he loved more than anything because before 2012 nobody could really judge him when he said he rides Enduro - XCers couldn't laugh at him for being weak and Downhillers couldn't mock him for being slow on descents. He was out of bounds… But then someone came started pedalling 2ply tyres for 10 000 vertical feet a day and still bomb down a DH World Cup worthy track faster than the man in question ever managed on asphalt… he became insignificant. So he became one of these people, who decided that 160mm bike is too big. I've been one. I know. Lack of sex is terrible. Such individual sets off to buy a 100-120mm bike in order to get more feedback and pedalling efficiency. Then the first thing he does, he buys a 160mm fork and 2.5″ 1ply tyres with DH tread pattern. He is out of categorization again. No one can judge him. His bike is 90% as his previous one but not quite… his buying choices has changed him to a bad ass enduring 40mm of less travel in the rear. That is the essence: More gnar, less travel. Ride your way.

Hormonal imbalance and low self esteem brought him here. To the trail head. To evangelize. Men and women. A hero. You on the other hand are all intelligence priviledged insensitive sexists…

Shimano AM7 Shoes Review - Oct. 24, 2016, 12:26 p.m.

Recent 5.10s Mi6 rubber is not as sticky as S1 on old Impacts 2. I miss Impacts 2…

Mountain Biking Sucks! - Oct. 19, 2016, 11:39 a.m.

Mountain Biking is an agglomeration of all sorts of people like any other. There are dumb pricks (you can recognize them by hearing them say that MTB is the best sport ever) and fantastic people (building trails, doing advocacy, helping out, riding hard) aaaaand a hell of a lot of regular folks. There are people who are cool about everything, numb (like me) aaaand a hell of a lot of whiny btches.

MTB is awesome and just like every other hobby, it sucks as hell. I wish people who don't agree with me and don't live by the same values like I do, just stay away from me. World's big enough.

3 Things I Hate About You (Bike Industry) - Oct. 19, 2016, 11:32 a.m.

Erm, I have mediocre awareness of how little female athletes make in MTB. And my best guess would be: almost nothing. So don't put me on some other team. I am on your team. But going after twats like "brand ambassadeurs" isn't solving anything, because the whole idea of "athlete" is messed up from the very core and that push for what is possible is exactly what keeps women down. Nobody but your fellow mates cares for how hard you work when result is not the best in the world regardless of gender. That one gender has more testosterone and thus more muscles: faster, better, harder, stronger. World's made that way, just like Earth circles the sun. Do I envy my female boss for being a more motivated and organized person? Hell Fk I do, she's better organized, speaks better, writes better, knows how to get the client to spend more money, she digs that game. She got money from her parents to buy a sweet house, her partner has his own company, they are way better off than I will ever be. Should I kill myself because we are not equal? Should i leave my wife and kids to pursue being better than she is? If you are into faster, better, harder, stronger, then whatever you do, there is a price to pay. And if you never get on top, nobody will ever give a tiniest damn, but 5 people closest to you. As someone said: Rampage, where are the girls?

Removable Chin Bar Fullface Helmets - Oct. 9, 2016, 1:43 p.m.

I'd rather wear a 10 year old original Switchblade than 1 day old original Met Parachute. I did land on my face in original Switchblade. Off a 7m gap. Failed suicide no hander. Saved my face. Prachutes were the one really injuring people.

Removable Chin Bar Fullface Helmets - Oct. 7, 2016, 10:50 a.m.

The usage of such helmet is very limited in my books. I use the chin piece very rarely, max 3 times a year. I guess it is for situations where you ride up and down frequently and just want that added protection against face abbrasion without compromising ventilation and breathing. After all the face is an important part of many people's professional lives. It's better to have a few small marks, than a huge wound and then a scar.

Removable Chin Bar Fullface Helmets - Oct. 7, 2016, 7:38 a.m.

I wouldn't risk it with lift assisted riding or local descent bombing, even with Giro. As I said, I did hurt my face in a rather stiff D2 a few times. When I lived in mountains, I used to put the fullface on my backpack for a fire road climb, when I knew I'm going to ride down some track as fast as I can. I'd do the same today if I was to go on a proper Enduro comp. I'd take my roadie lid and a legit FF. Not only you try to ride as fast as you can on tracks you barely remember, you are also more and more tired through the day. Your whole body gets stiffer and more fatigued, your heart rate goes up easily, your error margin gets smaller and smaller.

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