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About Jere_h

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  1. Cool bike, but every time when I see this thing I can't get around the fact how much copycatted the design is from Danny's Santa Cruz. Of course a simplistic carbon frame can't look too much different (keeping it good looking and strong at the same time) but I mean simple brand things like the headtube badge, seriously.. Wondering what SC thinks about that lol.. Definitely not a surprise considering the origin country, just sad how they actually make some really great stuff nowadays and not even single try to make it 100% cool even though it has potential. They even have a pretty decent logo already (a bit too Trialtechy though?)... Hurts my eyes as a grumpy overthinking designer myself but for most people it's probably allright, especially for the new younger street trials generation which this is aimed for. That said, good for the sport for sure!
  2. A huge respect for filming stuff like that and making trials more visible, however.. When I was watching the video I was immediately pretty sure that there will be a bunch of critisism on the trials forums going on. Not because there usually is, but because of how his riding in the video looked like for me personally. I almost felt like watching Danny but without the smoothness and accuracy he has. Same kind of smile and happiness going on, the big ballsy stuff and camera angles, but mostly lacking the precision I was looking for at least this time. As a trials rider the riding part was a bit disappointing to watch to be honest, like most of the stunts almost failed a bit and there wouldn't be enough time in the production to try again and correct them, I mean even the basic ones like drops looked very harsh. I'm sure Wibmer could do better if he really tried or had a chance to try, as some of his instagram stuff has been quite impressive to watch. Maybe it's the pressure who knows. After all, I'm a complete newbie and 100% sure will never reach even quarter of the balls size that Wibmer has. Just telling my opinion as a viewer who appreciates good looking riding over anything else.
  3. Definitely a longer reach (not a Pole level long though). Ridden two different generations of the Santa Cruz 5010 now with almost 2cm difference in reach number and the longer/newer one feels MUCH better in every possible way in every type of riding. I like to setup my bikes to match the purpose they belong to and adapt my skills to each bike separately rather than mixing the setups. At the moment I can quite comfortably switch from trials to full suspension without any awkward feeling. The old 5010 I had with shorter reach was constantly feeling too cramped to bunnyhop properly or do any trialsy rear wheel moves. With the new one I feel like there's plenty of leverage and I can apply way more strength and control to riding (just like street trials vs comp bike). Always felt like I had to hang on the bars instead of being centered on the bike and that few cm makes a huge difference. Probably could still go longer (like Pole) for DH based enduro but for trail jibs and regular trail riding this geometry feels like the sweet spot for me, being agile enough to have fun.
  4. Sure, but it's a bit work in progress and I only have one kidney left. Will post more better pics to the bike pictures topic as soon as the bike will look more complete. I'm going to take the 105 Comas bars from my echo to this to get some more reach, also would love to have a trials front rim but I think the current one will do for now (a crappy Nukeproof 25mm wide). Probably going to coat the seat with something black, as I don't necessarily like the purple frame and white seat combo. It looks like 90's barbie stuff to me (the seat and the frame were both discounted hence the color choices). Back to the original topic however, I was afraid that the Neuron will feel very heavy and too short for riding rocks in the woods (compared to Echo), but actually it was awesome for that too. With roughly one year trials background I'm not the right person to talk about the full capabilities of this bike but for a beginner it does the job extremely well as a pure trials bike too.
  5. Vote for the "real" trials bike if modern trials is interesting. Also probably not the cheapest one if ever possible. Because the price differences are not huge between the full entry level and much more advanced comp bikes and if a real interest takes place, the most entry level stuff will turn frustrating very quickly. I've upgraded nearly everything in my echo pure, but the frame, wheels and the drivetrain. And now I already hate how flexy the non tapered fork is, also it seems to be eating headsets quite fast. Guess I need to buy a new frame and fork then lol.. Pogos feel weird and annoying at first but learning to ride them opens up a new world of ability, which makes them fun. I'm actually switching between the echo and a full suspension enduro sometimes every second day, and it doesn't cause any problems to adapt anymore. For more old school trials and actual fun instead of huge moves, then definitely vote for the Inspired Hex or Czar neuron 26, but they are on another level of price than comp bikes though. I recently bought the Neuron frame and built it with more trialsy approach than street, and it feels awesome for the natural stuff. If my main focus wasn't on learning all the real big moves some day, I'd definitely ride only the Neuron as it's much more relaxed and fun to ride.
  6. This is actually very interesting topic. Seems that choosing the front foot has nothing to do with better side even it's considered the "better foot". I assume that majority of people are right sided/right handed and riding right foot forward. However I'm also right sided but left foot forward clearly formed to be the natural position for me.. Weird. I feel like the actual stronger foot (definitely still the right foot for me) is better to be the one that keeps the balance ("the lazy foot", how ironic), rather than the one that kicks. It's not about power but coordination and in the end the power comes from the whole body, not just one foot. Now when learning side hops it definitely feels way more comfortable to lean to the right, I can't even imagine doing it the other way and right foot forward. I would think it's quite obvious to jump to the stronger/more comfortable side, but obviously it isn't.
  7. Ordered that frame yesterday. I was a bit concerned about durability of the seatstay/IS mount area as it looks quite lightweight for trials abuse. Well I think I can forget my concerns. Impressive riding.
  8. You should try cruising a front freewheeled pogo bike if possible, life with any other bike will feel much happier after that sluggish neck breaker. It an attitude thing. I truly enjoy riding and discovering new spots on my "streety rig", a 26" with 22:18 ratio (hope trials hub). It has a 40mm wide rear rim with Schwalbe Hans Dampf rubber (one of the slowest ever), and it rolls incredibly well. My friend was actually wondering how my riding looks so effortless compared to him pedaling his enduro bike all the time to keep the same speed. Probably because I give it those 3 explosive kicks and then long freewheel until I feel like it needs some more speed again. Pedaling all the time would be a horrible idea.
  9. Now since flu cut my riding for few days I decided to collect all the best clips from my riding progress and create some sort of compilation. This is by no means a good video or anything, the purpose of these bad quality phone clips has been mostly to help self analyzing and learn about my riding. I'm strongly creative and visual person and capturing my riding has helped a lot to troubleshoot problems and develop skills and confidence. Some background: Been riding MX and quite tech moto enduro(almost trials) for couple of years in the past, still on a newbie level though. Two years ago I moved completely to bicycles due to lack of money, and now I wouldn't look back. This stuff allows so much more fun and endless creativity, more actual riding and less time consuming hassle than moto. Before starting trials I was able to wheelie my mtb using rear brake nearly as long as I want. Also stoppies and pivoting the bike around was something I practiced already years ago. So I actually got a quite good starting point, but needless to say the difficulty of trials kicked in my face pretty quickly. So where we are now.. I'm pretty stoked on the progress I've made so far. For me fear has been a major problem when trying certain stuff like drops or side hops, and I tend to overthink a lot. That was obviously a problem with moto as well. I feel like I have tons of understanding to moves and find it very easy to visualize them in my head, but fear is stopping me. I'm 26 now so it's not even "that" easy to do new scary things anymore compared to fearless kids. But things are getting better for sure with more experience, not worried about that. In the last couple of months I've especially focused on precision and smooth riding, even if it's a curb I'm jumping on to. Would definitely have the skills to do bigger drops and stuff already if I aimed to that, but I hate sketchy looking riding and want to develop a solid base before trying anything bigger, avoiding injuries as well. Absolutely impressed by the controlled smooth riding styles of guys like say Ali C, Akrigg, also numerous other more or less known + many of the modern comp riders out there. If I'm not practicing, I'm basically watching these guys all the time. Any feedback about my riding is much appreciated!
  10. Having mt5/mt4 on both bikes and that sounds like air to me. They perform very consistently when they're bled, but any air in there and the lever sinks especially in cold weather. Unlike Shimano four pots that behave like the problem described but that's actually normal for them for some reason which is pretty incredible considering the price. I had the Zees over a year and got enough because of that and few other serious issues.
  11. Lately I've been trying to "re-learn" my progress on sidehops and up to fronts in a proper way by letting the cranks spin. Couple of months ago I intentionally "cheated" and kept my rear brake locked so I could stay on the pedals easier, resulting in a few relatively high sidehops and sketchy up to fronts to a log. It sure helped to clear some "mind blocks" and learn the body positioning and stuff like that, but I'm not sure if it really was that useful in the end so I wouldn't recommend it for anyone. At that point I could already pedal kick comfortably and gap my bike length easily, but for some reason found it really hard to turn that movement into sidehop or up to front, without loosing my pedals and shooting myself off the bike. Now after a couple of months practicing and switching to a pogo bike I know that I was lacking a tons of important basics, and decided to improve them a lot before trying anything too fancy. Finally yesterday I succeeded to up to front a small rock in a proper way, and it actually just happened surprisingly easy after couple of days focused training. Here are the keys that worked for me: 1. Learning to jump forward on a flat and wide rock to two wheels. Actually got the basic feel of tapping as well with this. 2. Doing stoppies and thinking I was landing to a front wheel. This helped A LOT to get comfortable with the "flying phase" when the rear brake is open, letting cranks spin freely and your front pedal sink a bit -> allowing knees to drop, pushing your body against stem. However dropping the front foot too low few times caused slipping the rear pedal quite painfully. 3. Like LEON said, take off from something that helps to naturally bounce forward. In my case it was a slightly angled surface facing to the rock I was trying to jump on and it really helped.
  12. My Pure today
  13. At least theoretically sounds very true. Doubt if one could really tell the difference though. Probably a similar thing when thinking about the lever geometry curve, as it's a circular movement in the end that is pushing the piston rod, and bite point adjustment in a large scale will affect to in which part of the curve the brake pads will bite. Digging pretty deep into the rocket science really.. Currently I can't even notice the spoke flex too badly with the Monty's disc rear end, that actually felt unrideable for the first few minutes when I tried it after getting used to rim brake for weeks. Mind will adapt to things.
  14. I usually prefer the bite point closer to handlebar so the TPA has been quite far out. However because of these issues I've screwed it more in to avoid the lever sinking too far sometimes. Mainly these cold weathers seems to cause more wandering, with disc brakes as well. Screwed the TPA fully out. Now it seems that there's a fair bit of slack (feels like air) in the lever until the left piston starts moving, but that slack occurs only when the right piston is pushed against. But when I try it other way around (keeping the left piston pushed in), the slack is gone and the right piston is moving right from the start as should. So to me it seems like there has to be air trapped in the left slave cylinder somehow if that is possible with these?.. The one that is leaking. Of course would be nice to try bleeding it but I only have Royal blood at the moment for the disc brakes to keep their warranty, which would be stupid expensive to waste to refill the rim brake, especially knowing it leaks.
  15. Earlier this year I spent all my money to this. Now I'm slightly regretting it, as it seems that I'm mainly practicing trials and something cheaper like Commencal Meta am or even a hardtail would do the job for trails. Not sure If I'm going to sell it though as It's already lost too much value due to early release of the 2019 range. And I like the color!