Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 - Reviews And Previews

2015 was an interesting year for me gear-wise; a new bike with all its gear attached, wheels, brakes, suspension, dropper-post and so on. But a few reviews sneaked their way into my blog as well, so here is my short list of the 2015 reviews I did.

For a whole lot more reviews check out the 2014 and 2013 lineups.

E13 LG1 pedal 2015 (generation2)
Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2015
YT Capra CF Comp 1 2015

E13 LG1 pedal 2015 (generation2)
Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2015
Specialized Boomslang Flat Pedal
YT Capra CF Comp 1 2015

Special Features (not new but read it):
-The Anatomy of Intelligent Trail Design

Coming soon:
2016 FiveTen Freerider ELC
Gamut Podium Pedals
Specialized 2FO shoes
Spank Oozy Trail Flat Pedal
RockShox Pike
RockShox Monarch Plus RC3

Untill next year

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Best and Worst of 2015

Thought I'd do a roundup of whats good and bad from 2015. I did it last year, and the year before it, so its time for a new list. So, whats the WORST and BEST stuff of 2015 according to this blog - well lets take a look:

Best (in random order):

YT Capra CF
When I meet and talk to other mountainbikers, I for some odd reason verbally underplay my YT Capra. But I really shouldn't. Because this bike has surprised me in a very positive way. Its fast, responsive, fun to ride, and climbs outstandingly good. I wish the setup was slightly different, as I mentioned in my review, but otherwise, YT nailed it.

Hafjell Bikepark and Drammen Bikepark in Norway
We kinda knew that Hafjell bikepark would be good, it is after all known as the "European Whistler". Its big, fun, and well designed.
But we didn't just vist Hafjell bikepark tho'. Drammen bikepark is just outside Oslo, Norway, and we had the opportunity to ride there a single day. Now Drammen is a bit unusual bikepark. Many of the lines are very natural, and have a very raw feel to them. Its not really a difficult park to ride, nor is it particular big. Jan and Drea where not particular excited about this place (admittedly being blinded by Hafjell Bikepark - and injured). I on the other hand liked it alot. Its raw nature was something different, and some sections where crazy steep and technical - I love that. There was lots of tables and berms as well - and who doesn't like that? These two parks are some of my highlights of 2015.

DH 2015 Worldcup
The hardest and toughest collection of tracks ever, chainless wins, and more than a few surprises. The 2015 DH Worldcup season has been absolutely awesome. I really enjoy sitting down, popping a beer, grabbing some snacks, and watch the entire race unfold.. while listening to Warner and Claudio's commentary. Moooaar!! 
(who else than Danny)

Progression despite age
I'm not 18 anymore. In fact, I've reached an age where mental and physical degradation usually sets in. Regressions creeps in. At this age laziness is corrupting your every action, you get scared of everything, get conservative with cash, think new music sounds stupid, go to sleep at 22.30, take hangovers into consideration, and you fuck with the lights turned of, every second best. 
NOT THIS TEAM!  *Duuut Duuut!!* We still go bigger, faster, and longer. And that's not something that should be taken for granted, at all. Progression feeds progression. Standing still kills.

(this is me a few years ago, catching up with the young kids and their mobile eiPhones, and facesBooks, and their MySpaces and they are all showing too much skin if you ask me. Everything was better when it was made out of wood.)

Honorable Mention:
Stepping up build wise: I cant wait to show you guys what we have been up to the last 9 months.

Worst (in random order):

The 27,5" Hype Train
Its not that there is anything mechanically  wrong with the 27,5" standard. It is however vastly over-hyped. Putting my 26" wheels up against my 27,5" tells my that there is very little difference. Ask the industry, or some of the bullshit cycling journalist, then you really cant live without this new wheelsize. Ughhhh.... yuck.

Ugh...what a fucking waste of time.

Trail design
Copy & paste from last year: 
I don't know where you ride, perhaps you are lucky, and have some sweet trails to ride, designed by some passionate mountain bikers. I'm afraid that I'm not in such situation. I continue to see poor use of terrain, features that are badly executed, a lack of continuity, and overall ill design. The quality of the official trails in the country I live in, is mind bugling poor, and there are no excuses for it to be this way. A thick fog of conservatism has corrupted the official trail building scene, and pretty much nobody does anything about it - because nobody really questions it. This picture wraps it up nicely:

Friday, December 18, 2015

Oldie but goldie #8

"Oldie but Goldie" series will be my tribute to the "old days". When 640mm bars where considered wide, carbon was fragile, and adjustable seatposts didn't exist. And I'm doing it, for the fun of it.

The year is early 2010, it was the first of 2 very cold winters we had. 2010 was unusually cold, with temperatures as low as -23,0°C.
This day however was a bit more warm, with a temperature at -16,0°C. Being ignorant we grabbed our bikes and went out riding anyway...for 3 hours! : D

FAHK it was COLD.
Thomas with ice taps on his helmet.
Ice taps in my hair? 

My Camelbak was not just frozen in the hose, but the bladder content was like a thick slushice. I remember it was possible to break the hose if I wanted to.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Review: FiveTen Freerider Contact

FiveTen Freerider Contact shoe cough my attention the minute I put it on. Its very comfortable, and its slim and sleek design, makes this a very untraditional FiveTen shoe. I have been using it for 3 months and here are my thoughts:

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The outer fabric is synthetic, and tough. Easy to clean as well. Not a fan of laces tho'.
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The Stealth Mi6 rubber is grippy, but its more fragile than the original stealth rubber. This is after 3 months of use.
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Slim profile, lightweight, you would be forgiven to forget that you are wearing a FiveTen shoe.
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Weight (Actual, same size):
Original Freerider is 960g
Freerider PRO is 880g
Freerider VXi is 855g
Freerider VXi Element is 795g
Freerider Contact is 727g
The diet obviously continues..
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If you ride as a weekend warrior this shoe may last you a long time, if you ride more than that, then beware, you will eat these shoes within 4-5 months. They do get hot on the varmest days, more than they had to, and I'm not a fan of laces. But in the end, this is a great performing product...while it lasts.

The good:
-The most comfortable FiveTen shoe I have had my foot in
-Small profile, almost feels like a regular shoe
-Mi6 Rubber has outstanding grip

The bad:
-Durability is poor
-Ventilation is a bit poor as well
-Laces...fuck those loose laces


Sunday, December 6, 2015

All Mountain Next turns 6 years!

My blog turned 6 years, yay. Its been a very eventfull year for me on a personal note, and I'm also happy to say, that we still go bigger and faster on the bike. Fuck yeah.

(This is me 6 years ago, writing some of the very first posts here. I don't smoke anymore tho', (had a "incident" and ended with my legs up in the air - in a bathroom, nurse on site and all)...anyway, added some bodyweight since this picture. But hey, that's how it goes right? Kay, just rambling now)