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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:51 pm 
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Most of the bikes ridden on the course don't match the spec given on that website.

For instance many of the men ran XX1 and prototype Red calipers instead of XX but it's not been noticed/mentioned.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:49 pm 
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can anybody explain me why the winner is on full suspension?!? Still can't believe it!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:48 pm 
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pkienast wrote:
can anybody explain me why the winner is on full suspension?!? Still can't believe it!


Because he was the strongest, and used to riding that bike.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:46 pm 
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pkienast wrote:
can anybody explain me why the winner is on full suspension?!? Still can't believe it!

another case of its not the bike, its the rider.

really exciting race though.


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Tiffster wrote:
Most of the bikes ridden on the course don't match the spec given on that website.

For instance many of the men ran XX1 and prototype Red calipers instead of XX but it's not been noticed/mentioned.


Do you happen to have pics of the red calipers? Were they using them with XX levers? I would be interested to see how much more the red calipers are slimmed down compared to XX.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:03 pm 
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Gabe wrote:
pkienast wrote:
can anybody explain me why the winner is on full suspension?!? Still can't believe it!

another case of its not the bike, its the rider.


+100
FS and way heavier than competitor's bike!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:46 pm 
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slim83 wrote:
Do you happen to have pics of the red calipers? Were they using them with XX levers? I would be interested to see how much more the red calipers are slimmed down compared to XX.


I believe Emily Batty was using the Red calipers at Sea Otter.
http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gallery/ar ... es-33806/2


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:29 pm 
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Cool! Any other pics of prototype pro gear, please post up. I'm eager to hear more about Shimano's carbon tubular XC wheels.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:33 pm 
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What seatpost was Bury Stander using? His chainguide also looks interesting.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:19 am 
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Check out the geo on Eva Lechner's Colnago! Head and seat tubes must be around 80 degrees?!


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I would have thought more riders would have been using 10spd gripshifts

Not many used them, Kulhavy, Hermida, I saw one other guy, thats it...


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Also interesting to me us the continued popularity of 26 inch hardtails, which you can't even find in the US anymore (high end). This is true even for GB, which had a dedicated national program. It suggests 27.5's may catch on.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:14 pm 
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I like 26" wheels. Moving to bigger wheels will not change my life or make me a better or faster rider. My inability to win XC races will not change by having bigger wheels or tubular tyres (although I would like to try tubs off road as I now love them on road). Training more will make a bigger difference.

I do like the idea of 584 wheels more than 622 wheels. However that is an asthetic desision and we really should choose our wheels based on performance not asthetics, after all when you are riding it does not matter how the bike looks so long as it performs well.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:02 am 
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djconnel wrote:
Also interesting to me us the continued popularity of 26 inch hardtails, which you can't even find in the US anymore (high end).

A mass generalisation here, but to me this seems more a reflection on short XC riders, wanting short head tubes on stock geometry frames, not really to do with wheel size. Those who aren't vertically challenged don't seem to ride 26inch wheels anymore :noidea:


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