What would you say the bulk of you riding is?

I'm a skidding, dirt-slashing, back-flipping, jump-building vagabond
4
15%
I couldn't pull a skid if I tried, too busy enjoying the scenery.
16
62%
I don't actually ride, I only come here for the kittens.
6
23%
 
Total voters : 26

Re: Talkback Tuesday: Does Mtb Have An Identity Crisis?

Postby AgrAde on Wed 29th Mar 1:38pm

Rik wrote:
AgrAde wrote:No option for both? I'm definitely both, depending on time and place.


Come on Agr, you're got to get of that fence. If the equation became n=1 and you had to choose a bike which one would it be?


A bike like the Nomad, Patrol, Rune - a bike that has the ability to ride a calm 50km scenic backcountry dual use trail on one day, and do a bunch of DH runs or hit up a jump trail the next. Just one bike isn't as limiting as it used to be.

In terms of marketing, I have no real interest in watching someone noodle through some easy trail with their seat up. No matter how awesome the views are in the background, I'd rather see them for myself. But I do like seeing people push the limits of what's possible in a video. That's pretty rad. And given the n=1 limitation I'd prefer to know that my bike is made for people sending huge jumps or destroying tires in berms, because if I'm going to ride DH tracks and do jumps on my bike I want it to be strong enough for whatever I can throw it at, and composed when things get a bit hairy.

So I think marketing is fairly suitable for me at the moment.
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Re: Talkback Tuesday: Does Mtb Have An Identity Crisis?

Postby swtchbckr on Wed 29th Mar 3:17pm

wot he said.
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Re: Talkback Tuesday: Does Mtb Have An Identity Crisis?

Postby Wobbler on Wed 29th Mar 4:48pm

I like skids
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Re: Talkback Tuesday: Does Mtb Have An Identity Crisis?

Postby slowMTB on Wed 29th Mar 6:46pm

My downhill aspirations literally went up in smoke :(

For now I will have to concentrate on the technical climbs like Evans Pass , The Summit Rd etc :lol:
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Re: Talkback Tuesday: Does Mtb Have An Identity Crisis?

Postby el_booto on Wed 29th Mar 10:11pm

Wobbler wrote:I like skids


:withstupid:

how do you feel about wheelies :eh:
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Re: Talkback Tuesday: Does Mtb Have An Identity Crisis?

Postby Velocipedestrian on Wed 29th Mar 10:47pm

el_booto wrote:
Wobbler wrote:I like skids


:withstupid:

how do you feel about wheelies :eh:

I like wheelies, and despite the advancing years still hold ambitions of mastering them.
Then manuals.

Then maybe once I'm 50, the proper bunny hop.
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Re: Talkback Tuesday: Does Mtb Have An Identity Crisis?

Postby AgrAde on Wed 29th Mar 11:45pm

Wheelies are easy. 10 minutes a day and you'll have them sorted in a few weeks.
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Re: Talkback Tuesday: Does Mtb Have An Identity Crisis?

Postby Wobbler on Thu 30th Mar 8:07am

That sounds like the start of an infomercial
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Re: Talkback Tuesday: Does Mtb Have An Identity Crisis?

Postby Rik on Thu 30th Mar 9:21am

It is! I've bought three of the things, stored conveniently under my bed and I still can't wheelie for shit.
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Re: Talkback Tuesday: Does Mtb Have An Identity Crisis?

Postby swtchbckr on Thu 30th Mar 9:25am

Wheelies = manuals, i thought?
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Re: Talkback Tuesday: Does Mtb Have An Identity Crisis?

Postby Velocipedestrian on Thu 30th Mar 11:09am

swtchbckr wrote:Wheelies = manuals, i thought?

No.
Wheelie = seated pedaling
Manual = standing coasting
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Re: Talkback Tuesday: Does Mtb Have An Identity Crisis?

Postby AgrAde on Thu 30th Mar 11:12am

You could be forgiven for that thanks to Wyn's wheelie wednesday consisting mostly of manuals.
Also, standing and pedalling is a wheelie (and also a major faux pas) but what is sitting and coasting?

Most people that say "I've been trying it for 10 years and haven't got it" have tried a single failed wheelie once every fortnight or so. Which is about 10 minutes of practice spread over the last decade.
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Re: Talkback Tuesday: Does Mtb Have An Identity Crisis?

Postby swtchbckr on Thu 30th Mar 11:23am

Velocipedestrian wrote:
swtchbckr wrote:Wheelies = manuals, i thought?

No.
Wheelie = seated pedaling
Manual = standing coasting

Aaaahhhhhh! Finally, now i know.
Manual, no way. How the hell do people find that sweet spot without first having fallen on their asses and breaking their spines multiple times?!
Wheelies... Sometimes, sometimes not
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Re: Talkback Tuesday: Does Mtb Have An Identity Crisis?

Postby AgrAde on Thu 30th Mar 12:24pm

Protip: you can step off the back of the bike and land on your feet. The rear brake will also drop your front wheel immediately, even if you're way past the balance point.
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Re: Talkback Tuesday: Does Mtb Have An Identity Crisis?

Postby Velocipedestrian on Thu 30th Mar 12:53pm

AgrAde wrote:Most people that say "I've been trying it for 10 years and haven't got it" have tried a single failed wheelie once every fortnight or so. Which is about 10 minutes of practice spread over the last decade.

So true.
It's more like half a dozen failish wheelies every time I get on a bike with flats, but that's been very rare for the last 15 years or so.
One of my motivations for giving the Ryan Leech flats Challenge a nudge.
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