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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:23 pm 
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Following on from John's thread below (or maybe above depending on what's being said)...

What's the one thing that you think has been a step backwards for MTB's?

Biopace? Egg's? U-Brakes? There are some obvious candidates, but for me, because they were all reversed when the respective manufacturers realised they weren't that good, they are just a bad blip on the mtb cardiograph.

For me, it's more things like 100mm forks. Even when on a frame designed for them - they just look wrong. And they make the said bike look so ugly...all front end and no bum!

And they don't appear to be going anywhere - Quite the opposite - they're getting bigger!

I know I know, I'm a luddite and I never even use the full 80mm on my SID's and that makes me a woossy xc jey boy etc...




...but they look so crass!


What's yours?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:10 pm 
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Wu-Tangled wrote:
Following on from John's thread below (or maybe above depending on what's being said)...

What's the one thing that you think has been a step backwards for MTB's?

Biopace? Egg's? U-Brakes? There are some obvious candidates, but for me, because they were all reversed when the respective manufacturers realised they weren't that good, they are just a bad blip on the mtb cardiograph.

For me, it's more things like 100mm forks. Even when on a frame designed for them - they just look wrong. And they make the said bike look so ugly...all front end and no bum!

And they don't appear to be going anywhere - Quite the opposite - they're getting bigger!

I know I know, I'm a luddite and I never even use the full 80mm on my SID's and that makes me a woossy xc jey boy etc...




...but they look so crass!


What's yours?


LOL! :lol: 80mm! now thats retro! I'm running 140mm forks & getting full travel. s.wales ride soon yeh :D


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:12 pm 
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scant wrote:
[LOL! :lol: 80mm! now thats retro! I'm running 140mm forks & getting full travel. s.wales ride soon yeh :D


I think I'd be too timid to ride with you scant.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:14 pm 
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Wu-Tangled wrote:
scant wrote:
[LOL! :lol: 80mm! now thats retro! I'm running 140mm forks & getting full travel. s.wales ride soon yeh :D


I think I'd be too timid to ride with you scant.

:shock:


I'm a climber mate :wink: tho me & slim were talking saturday about a s.wales meet 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:21 pm 
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Wu-Tangled wrote:
For me, it's more things like 100mm forks. Even when on a frame designed for them - they just look wrong. And they make the said bike look so ugly...all front end and no bum!

...but they look so crass!


Agreed they look pretty gash, especially on a hardtail.......but they do make sense on certain terrain.

Think Biopace is probably more desrving of the title 'Holy Fail', unless you're Bobby Julich of course. Some old suspension designs were also pretty p*ss poor (original Trek?). And flexstems.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:26 pm 
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you are not bad downhill either . :wink:

we had a good time on sat in the north downs .
shame I wont be able to make a south wales ride , maybe in a few years .


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:34 pm 
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cchris2lou wrote:
you are not bad downhill either . :wink:

we had a good time on sat in the north downs .
shame I wont be able to make a south wales ride , maybe in a few years .


few years?! feck that, you gotta return the favour & come to wales now. I drove to cannock BMX course & the n.downs, now its your turn ;) :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:37 pm 
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John wrote:
Think Biopace is probably more desrving of the title 'Holy Fail', unless you're Bobby Julich of course.


...or Vinokourov, he uses 'em too. A good mate of mine rides for the US Colavita team and everyone uses them there. There has to be something about them


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Chris is going to host a Retromeet in France aren't you Chris :D , could try and tie it in with the TDF next year !! (Do they come near where you live ??)

PS - French BMX track fine with me ....


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:51 pm 
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PS - French BMX track fine with me ....


gotta be better than cannock ;) :lol:


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