Thursday, December 30, 2010
Being a dedicated internet nerd, I've seen this photo of Sam Hill's wrecked bike at Fort Bill a million times. There were 65 comments on pinkbike talking about whether or not DT rims are strong enough for Downhill, but no one realized the most interesting part of this photo:
Sam Hill runs innertubes.
I've been running tubeless for two years in my race wheels. No flats so far, and they are much lighter. I could feel the wheels moving more freely over bumps, and my suspension felt less dead. Then again, I never had any flats with tubes in my practice wheels, either. Additionally, there were always little wet spots around the bead of my tubeless race tires from burping in my runs. Never was a problem, but it obviously could become one.
Lower mass=lower moment of inertia=more responsive to bumps=better bump absorption
Less likely to flat? Maybe?
But harder to fiddle with or set up in a hurry or change tires
Less sidewall support from tubes in sidewall, so more likely to fold over in corners
Burp air in hard corners
Simpler and quicker to work with
Stiffer in corners
More likely to flat?
I remember a poll from, yes, pinkbike, where they interviewed all the riders at World Champs in Mount Sainte Anne to see what type of equipment they ran. The link is here:
93% of the riders were running tubes. NINETY THREE PERCENT! That means that tubeless is basically an endangered species at the World Cup level.
Time for me to reconsider tubes for my race wheels? Feel free to leave a comment, but remember that robots are smarter than you, so I don't really care what you have to say. This post is more a public service to the incompetent humans.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
We're still sorting things out here at Robot HQ, but damnit when these machines are operational you humans can kiss your collective ass goodbye.
LIVE IN FEAR, MORTAL HUMANS!!!
LIVE IN FEAR, MORTAL HUMANS!!!
50 Cent Beiber
Here's my new favorite song, "Always." Pretty much the dopest music video of all time. Look for this song in the new Clay Porter movie, along with lots of sweet slow mo and interviews. Watch it all the way through or perish in the robot apocalypse:
You might recognize this song from the new robot game: Robot Unicorn Attack. This game is probably old news to the robots in the audience, but still thoroughly awesome.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
This jump is the first real jump at the trails, with a setup stepdown into it. There's going to be some serious hangtime this summer. P.S. that landing is going to go up another foot or two before it's all said and done.
Big jumps require big nutrition. I was unable to fit any more peanut butter in this peanut butter/nutella sandwich. I've had people tell me this looks like a frog, like a heart attack, and like #2 in a bun. Delicious.
More digging to come. So many leaves.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Okay, maybe the one on the right isn't that ugly, but what is it? It's not a table top. It's not an invert. It's a shoulder buzzer. What the hell is that? Is that a "I can't do a real table top" table top? And why does your foot come off? WHAT IS IT?
This person truly is the worst person in the entire world. There is a special seat in hell that satan is keeping nice and warm.
If not, there is no such thing as justice in this world.