Its for some of top xc racers too... dropper or no dropper. Video I posted earlier is for Schurter with no dropper, Kate Courtney just posted slomo video where you can nicely see how far back she goes on drop... with dropperbut the idea of not "getting back," is new to me.
I ride in California, so lots of climbing and descending. Here are a couple of my rides:yeah with out knowing where you ride its hard to know. but Honestly i think a great way to think about riding is the default position is low and you only raise it when you want to pedal. I will literally use mine on the flattest of single tracks just to pump corners...
I would also suggest finding if there is local pump track and learning to ride the pump track will make you more aware of when those moves are needed on trail. Riding a pump track with out pedaling IMO is barrier to be considered an intermediate rider the journery towards no pedaling pump track will teach you tons about body position, flex extentsion, bike fit and timing.
She almost sits on her back wheel! Cool videoIts for some of top xc racers too... dropper or no dropper. Video I posted earlier is for Schurter with no dropper, Kate Courtney just posted slomo video where you can nicely see how far back she goes on drop... with dropper
That's a focus for me this month.ummm did you see how much she preabosorbed prior to that rock?
People say the same w/r/t my INTENSE dislike of much tail rocker in a ski.What??? Does not compute. <---- I'd like to use an exploding brain emoji there if there was one.
I admit I have very limited knowledge of top level mountain bike racing, but I would assume these guys and girls do at least some testing, and if mtb racing would be at least half so serious as ski racing is, this "at least some" means actually whole bunch of it. Therefore I would assume that some top xc racer, like Catharine Pendrel (rider you are questioning her decision not to run dropper) with Olympic medal, 2 World Champion titles and overall World cup win, just to name few, knows better then anyone of us hobby riders (regardless on how many local KOMs with 5 people ever rode that section we own on Strava), why she's not running dropper and why there's no need for "extended range of motion". Now either droppers are not all that mighty thing, or noone in top XC mtb racing knows a shit about riding, considering noone is using them (particularly on men side). Considering I don't know much about top level mtb racing, I'm open to both options, but realistically, I don't think second one is very valid.My only question is why do you like less Range of motion when you ride? And objectively is less range of motion better?
Work with a factory team and / or their coaches and product developers. Athletes usually have the freedom to chose the equipment that they want for a particular event, but it is after a lot of course walk throughs, riding, and consulting with team trainers and mechanics.I think tradition and Ego come down to it more than actual testing.....
In most cases.... negative. They have bike sponsors who really pay the bills. In the case of Specialized, for example, they were equipping Epics for the factory team with dropper posts when they where not offered on their inline offering. They were also putting 120mm forks on Epics, which is one of the reasons for the Epic EVO. In some cases, that extra 10mm made a racer faster.I also wonder if some of it that many of these riders have sponsors with dropper post, and those dropper post are not always the best for the rider or most reliable.