I'm not a professional bike mechanic, but I repair and build up bikes for myself and friends. Regardless of brand or style of bike, the one component that gives me the most grief is my legs. If they were built like they were when I was in my 20's, that would be awesome.
Brendog's POV vid is here:
Frankly, watching the POV's of the Rampage riders scares the shit out of me. I ride pretty gnarly stuff regularly, but that mountain's a different level entirely. I'm...
" ...you won’t get the true Mountainbike experience without riding a full-sus bike of at least this minimum level of quality."
Complete nonsense, spoken like a middle-class elitist salesman. Just get some wheels...
A "small" tire company would likely go out of business pretty quickly. Depending on your idea of "small" though, you may want to look at Ritchey tires ( https://us.ritcheylogic.com/us_en/mountain-bike/tires ). Tom Ritchey...
How about something like this NS frame?
I have 4 or 5 pairs, so I just change up and throw them all in the wash together. A lot of my riding is an hour and a half in the woods after work, or at the skills park up the road so on short rides my hands don't sweat.
And MTB racing is an inherently risky activity.
Yes, but that statement shouldn't apply in this case. It shouldn't be risky because the parts you bought catastrophically fail during their intended use.
First MTB (fully rigid - somewhere in the late '80's) was rescued from a dumpster. Installed a stem (quill), seat, chain, patched the tubes and rode the hell out of it for almost a year. Felt like it weighed in excess of 40 lbs., but I learned how to huck drops on that thing.