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MTB - How can a human be able to react so quickly

WildBillTx

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imagine what an engine could do for this fellow.
In one of the world cup downhills a couple of years ago was won by a ride who broke his chain just after starting. In other words hi coasted 99% of the course to win.
 

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They do get practice on the course, but mostly its a healthy disregard for personal safety.
I wondered...there are a couple of jumps where he landed in the rut of a turn. Unless he has a rudder or knew where to launch that'd be pretty unlikely. Still though...rascal can flat out ride.
 
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Don't forget those bikes they have now, the suspension on them is insane. Very impressive run, I couldn't do that.
 

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Don't forget those bikes they have now, the suspension on them is insane. Very impressive run, I couldn't do that.
You are so correct about the suspension. I was a dirt motorcycle guy before also doing mountain bikes. The lack of suspension on MTB's kept me away from them. Long about the mid to late 90's, MTB's started getting some decent suspension design. I went whole hog into MTB's, especially the big hit, long travel models...doing Moab, UT for 2 weeks at a time on trips, etc.

Those downhill bikes in the vids have front forks and shocks that some have more bells and whistles than our dirt bikes. My dirt bike has a 43mm fork. Many downhill bikes have 40mm forks. Where MTB suspension has excelled is the design and technology of air suspension...8-10 inches of travel being common.

I currently ride a pedal assist MTB...emtb...that has a dual crown fork with 8" travel and rear travel at 7". It's freakin' awesome. You still have to pedal...you still work...but it allows you to feel like a pro downhill racer...LOL!
 
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