Yep, There is no way any of these can threaten the Shimano and Sram, neither in road or in MTB. They can get a very thin slice of the OEM pie, but you'd have to be insane to buy any of these yourself as Aftermarket, at least in coming 5 years. Both SRAM and Shimano spent tens of years of tons of cash on polishing the turd, they know every tiniest detail of the game, while BOX, FSA will have teething problems for a few years to come, they just will, because they already have, and everyone buying any of their tech is a guinea pig. And the problem doesn't lie in high-end grouppo, XTR or Eagle are not the monsters to fight for the upcoming companies. It is the SLX or GX that should scare the sht out of the pretenders as the performance to price ratio is just unbeatable.
I have Bell Super 2R but I'd never race any real Enduro in it, nor would I ride it in the bike park. I have smacked my face enough inside TLD D2, a legit full face to not trust any removable stuff for full on gravity riding. I am surprised I have my teeth in place, when I hit my chin into the ground after my front wheel went over the edge of a berm. That was with D2 on my head and my mouth was hurting for a week, with a big abbrasion on the chin. Check Barry Nobbles Facebook, he just broke his nose in a MX helmet when riding in a bike park.
I agree with Pinkbike audience on this one, Industry has to be quite clear that these helmets offer an ounce more abbrasion protection so that you can show your face on a monday meeting, after a weekend with AM gang, but aren't real FF helmets for gravity riding. Don't think for a moment that you can ride them in the park instead of D3 because you aren't pushing that hard. That thought alone is a hint that you actually should wear a D3-like helmet because you have no clue what you are talking about.
Vernon, Bejesus… so your main problem with long travel bikes is Enduro racing? An introduction of new point of reference has changed your perception of an object even though object hasn't changed almost at all? And you put 2.4″ tyres on that Hei Hei. I guess 150 Pike is next 😀 Guess what hasn't changed either - your trails 😀 That will bring you back to long travel sugar by the chance of the next hormonal imbalance 😀
Quite frankly? I thought that problems of folks on Pinkbike were hard to understand. After reading each answer: my brain went: Jesus Christ: this is how that load of bullcrap I leave every day on pinkbike must sound to people… First off Amanda, this is the issue of scarcity of resources on the planet MTB, gravity MTB in particular: if you, with your race record and mediap resence, were a roadie, your salary would be higher than what I make as an architect in one of the world's most expensive countries. And yes, especially if you were a male (just a remark on irony, no malice involved). Pro Tour team spends probably more on water bottles than Syndicate on travel expenses. The second issue: as I argued a bit with Stacy Kohut, athletes are a bit like contemporary artist: they are not necessarily important for the well being of a society. Yes I am all aware of all the externalities of the impact of sport medicine on society, but… you are just… entertainers… and that means it goes wrong rather quickly, where sport gets so popular that it motivates people to sit on the couch, drink beer and shout dumbest remarks at the screen. And the recent shift in social media, is Hannah Barnes or Wyn Masters recognized for her their results? Nooo, but their instagram is cool to follow. Stop feeding it and you're out, no matter how hard you work out. Sam Hill, ACC? Complete opposite of that. Who's to judge? Company picking bad ambassadeurs? It's their money, a simple as that.
Then Dimitri - bike parks in Europe suck? Really? Where were you 5-7 years ago, when there's been Leogang, Portes Du Soleil, Livigno Verbier and fricking Winterberg - in 2005-08 mountain bikers were as welcome in European Ski resorts as a fart in a Sputnik. What is this? A rant by an average park rat BRAH from Pinkbike who can barely do an X-Up but shts on Pietermaritzburg not being a real DH track? Remember where you come from, be happy people let you on a lift with your bike. The dream of Whistler at Garda lake? I recommend giving a ring to Ben Walker from Scott and asking him about every single trail he built, they are fricking awesome.
I must say that it offends me as a male. How the F should this persuade me in any way to buy their tyre?! It actualy enrages me in a way, that it shows me the underlying factors, tw in particular: A there are people who find such advertsing technique to be cool and B there is a fucker at Maxxis who thought that people from point A must stand for a large portion of penis equipped humanoids. In psychopatic terms, it would be extremely interesting to see the effect of such campaign on their sales. Increase or Decrease. One thing is sure, I love Minions so much that I will not drop the company for some holistic reasons BUT I know that if I would like to try another company (like Michelin Rock'r or E-Thirteen TRS) that thing will be on my mind…
Do a wedding on A-Line and become the Joey of all Joeys
Cam, as I went through the first paragraph I hoped you'd end the list of names with Stevie as an example. I don't think it would be a step too far, I think it would halp many to get in terms with a few psychological issues. Nobody is free until they can let that through the system. Having said that I must admit that even though I met Stevie twice and never talked to him, just stood beside, even though a few other legends died this year, no other "stranger's" passing struck me as hard. Why? I don't know and don't care. I felt like dick for not feeling anything when my uncle died, when McGazza died, I was just unable to squeeze a tiniest bit of empathy. But I felt muuuch worse about myself in the case of Stevie, because I felt good about myself for feeling sad about it. These are all feelings perhaps, and it's how we react to them that matters, do we dwell on it? the paradoxes…
Now the question about risks of MTB. I find it insane. We humans, if we are to survive, we must get in terms with our fears. I'm sorry, I will use this word. I don't give a tiniest shit how counterintuitive it may be, but it is FUCKING RETARDED to consider road riding being safer than MTB. Especially in countries like US, where drivers have quite limited respect for cycLERS. It's ridiculous to think so and I feel obliged to inform people that casualties and disability causing accidents happen more often on road. It's the same case as with Street motorbikes and MX.
Once I posted a series of long rants where I presented various ways of performing holocaust of E-bikers. Like public execution during Crankworx in Whistler, where e-bikers were hanged by the rib or by the chin under lift chairs and run for a full day. I rarely get so many upvotes.
MTB purists plan to solve the E-problem
1.Throw verbal hate at E-bikes
3.No E-bikes are being produced.
MTB is such a friendly community. Let's focus on the bright side, always end with the positive: all lifts in bike parks are running electric motors and downhillers are perfectly fine with that way of earning turns.
Very well written. As a fulltime troll and a Polish person, I am well aware of people who endulge a hobby of shitting in their own soup. The origins of such behavior lay in having expectations and demands based on absolutely nothing. Throw some fake ideals into the pot (like what real MTB is about) and you have a dick cheese cookin'. They haven't done crap but they sure know how stuff should be done and the people to throw crap at are the ones that actually do something. As if they actually were some great shredders who can utilize difficult features, but that is highly unlikely. Hardship almost always forges humility and the case you describe is highly probably a bunch of Joeys who whine on dumbing down of A-Line, while all they do is roll on it.
However I am affraid that all the MTB community can do is to have a voice of approval, gratitude and support to those who build trails. Those great people need that tap on the shoulder, even if there's one love message per 10 slimy ejaculations. Trolls cannot be stopped. They feed on anger they create. Always.
Cheers! All the best! Waki
I highly recommend Cane Creek DB Coil CS. It made my 160 Antidote Carbon Jack pedal and pump better than 125 Blur Trc with Pushed Float. And I'm speaking about riding in non-climb mode. Those bikes are bulldozers, additional 1lbs spent on coil won't hurt it.
My God you stopped at a Bullit with 125 Psylo mounted to it, if my daughter went to that school, how should