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STANDING WHEN SPRINTING?


Hi Lee,
I’m on week 7 of Pump up the Base now and seeing results! I got a question though, can I stand up on sprints?
Senen

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CANE CREEK DB INLINE ON A SPECIALIZED ENDURO 29?

Lee

Question for you regarding my Enduro 29 – is there any reason you would caution me away from a Cane Creek DB INLINE versus a larger volume shock? I’d love to retain the ability to carry a large water bottle … yet am not sure if I’d be better off going with a larger volume air can – either DB AIR CS or Rock Shox Monarch. The current setup has the stock FOX FLOAT CTD, which I’m not a fan of (needing to run high pressure to avoid bottoming out).

John

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August 29, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Equipment : Comments (1)


SHOCK UPGRADE FOR 2011 SPECIALIZED ENDURO?


Hi Lee

I’m the happy owner of a 2011 Specialized Enduro Expert (and of her sister Big Hit 2008) and i love her. i wanted to ask you a suggestion, since i would like to upgrade my FOX RP23 shock to something more beefy. I’m a heavy rider and sometimes i feel the rear end not tracking perfectly the ground. This happens only on long rocky and messy descents (i ride in the Dolomites).

Now i know that specialized uses a proprietary shock size and pivot to attach the shock to the frame, and i wondered if you came with a solution for this.

Thank you for your time, i loved your Mastering MTB skills ;)

Francesco

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August 28, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Tech tips : Comments (0)


SCALPEL IN THE MIDDLE, CHAINSAW ON THE SIDES


In the post about the new Specialized Slaughter tire, which comes in 650B and 29 sizes, David asked:

“Hi Lee – do you have any suggestions for similar 26”s out back? I love this concept!”

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August 13, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Equipment : Comments (3)


AFTER ONE SKILLS SESSION …

Our friend Keith, a Cat 1 XC racer with legs that were crushing but skills that were disappointing, has signed up for 20 hours of skills sessions.

In session #1 we covered the basics, laid down some baseline metrics (time trials!) and plucked some low-hanging fruit.

Keith raced the following weekend. Here’s what he said:

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August 12, 2014 : Posted In: Coaching,Reader mail,Skills/training : Comments (0)


BUTCHER VS. PURGATORY FOR THE FRONT?


In the post Early impressions: Specialized Slaughter tire, Tjaard asked:

“What is your feeling on the Butcher vs Purgatory for the front?”

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August 9, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Equipment : Comments (6)


SPEED LADDER FOR MTB?


Hi Lee,

Thanks for Pump Up The Base, I rocked it last winter and now I am gaining the benefits (aside from the leg speed, “climbing” on a trainer helped my posture while climbing).

My question is, does the speed ladder help in MTB? I came across a speed ladder and I thought that the foot speed(?) and agility exercises were nice and since I do MTB, maybe I can incorporate it to my training.

Pin it!

Niño

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August 6, 2014 : Posted In: Ask Lee,Skills/training : Comments (1)


ARM POSITION WHEN PUMPING?


Lee,

I have pump track envy! That just looks like so much fun.

I also have a question about arm/wrist position when pumping. I notice that some people cock/flex their wrist more at the grip that leads to a more elbows out position, and others keep their wrist more perpendicular to the bar and elbows more inline with their body. Which is correct? Or more effective?

Max

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INTEGRATING BIKE AND STRENGTH FITNESS?

Our friend Lars has an interesting question about timing his Pump Up the Base and Prepare to Pin It training programs, plus integrating strength work.

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FIRST XTERRA WIN FOR A KUNG FU STUDENT!

Hey Lee, I don’t know if you remember me, I attended the Utah clinic you guys put on last spring … anyway, my daughter and I have been on the trails almost every day since then, always yelling out whatever Lee taught us that the other is not doing … I finally won my age group at an XTERRA, on the most technical course I’ve done. I still can’t keep up on 4,000 ft of climbing because I am 30-40 lbs heavier then the other guys, but the technical riding and more punchy climbs are mine. I have gotten to the point of zero hand callouses, no wrist pain, and no arm fatigue from death gripping the bars. I think about what you taught daily, and still go back and read your books fairly often. Thanks for taking the effort to single me out and give me some help.

Carl

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July 30, 2014 : Posted In: Coaching,Reader mail,Skills/training : Comments (0)


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