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Bikes & Big Ideas is the weekly podcast from BLISTER (blisterreview.com) that's dedicated to the most interesting conversations and ideas from the bike world — and beyond.
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Bikes & Big Ideas is the weekly podcast from BLISTER (blisterreview.com) that's dedicated to the most interesting conversations and ideas from the bike world — and beyond.
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    The Many, Many Big Ideas of Williams Racing Products

    The Many, Many Big Ideas of Williams Racing Products

    Mic Williams was racing as a privateer when Covid hit and racing went on hold. But instead of binging Netflix, he used his free time to start a very unusual bike company — Williams Racing Products. Mic has a whole lot of ideas for how to make bikes better and WRP has offered a lot of out-there products, including what can only be described as the reincarnation of the Honda RN-01 downhill bike. So we sat down with Mic to talk about all the big ideas he has for WRP; the Privateer Parts Program and privateer racing in general; and much more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    The origins of WRP (1:27)Mullet links (8:24)The heyday of garage-built bike parts (14:21)Centre Hub (20:12)The return of the Honda RN-01? (28:04)Privateer Parts Program & racing as a privateer (38:36)Custom stems & future projects (50:54)Mic’s (next) Big Idea (58:42)RELATED LINKS:
    This Week’s Gear GiveawayGear Giveaway / Newsletter SignupBecome a Blister Member / Get our new Buyer’s GuideRegister for the 2022 Blister SummitBlister Mountain Bike Buyer’s Guide

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    Fox’s Jordi Cortes on Suspension, Tuning, & the Mental Side of Racing

    Fox’s Jordi Cortes on Suspension, Tuning, & the Mental Side of Racing

    Jordi Cortes spends much of the year on the road, working with Fox’s top racers on their suspension setups, and that has left him with both a wealth of knowledge about suspension setup and a unique perspective on the mental aspects of racing at the top level. So we sat down with Jordi to talk about all that, as well as the importance of consistency; developing working relationships with a huge range of athletes; how the pros’ setups differ from those for mere mortals; and a whole lot more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Offseason, testing and development (1:28)How to approach setup for a new track? (3:40)Suspension tuning as relationship building (8:57)Personal preferences, & variations in setup (10:41)Tuning as a distraction, & the mental battle in racing  (19:00)Feeling good vs. being fast (21:20)The myth of the ultra-stiff racer setup (24:48)Incremental changes vs. quantum leaps (27:21)Enduro dual crown forks (36:27)Coil forks (46:55)Fork offset (51:08)Jordi’s Big Idea (55:27)RELATED LINKS:
    Fox Dialed Video SeriesThis Week’s Gear GiveawayGear Giveaway / Newsletter SignupBecome a Blister Member / Get our new Buyer’s GuideRegister for the 2022 Blister SummitBlister Mountain Bike Buyer’s Guide

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    • 56 min
    Stan’s No Tubes on the Past, Present, & Future of Tubeless Tech

    Stan’s No Tubes on the Past, Present, & Future of Tubeless Tech

    Sealant-based tubeless systems are now ubiquitous on mountain bikes, but how did we get here? We sat down with Mike Bush, the President of Stan’s, to talk about the early days of tubeless development; why we still use rim tape and sealant; rim profiles; tire inserts; sealant formulation and how it actually works; and a whole lot more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Origins of Stan’s No Tubes (1:18)UST vs. tape and sealant (4:03)Tubeless rim stips & why Stan’s dropped them (6:04)How does sealant work? (13:06)Tradeoffs in sealant design (20:19)Rim design for tubeless (24:19)Tire inserts (30:10)What’s next for tubeless systems? (33:34)Mike’s Big Idea (38:53)RELATED LINKS:
    Getting Here: Gunnison & Crested ButteThis Week’s Gear GiveawayGear Giveaway / Newsletter SignupBecome a Blister Member / Get our new Buyer’s GuideRegister for the 2022 Blister SummitBlister Mountain Bike Buyer’s Guide

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    • 42 min
    Reviewer Reports: Santa Cruz Bronson, Norco Range, We Are One Arrival, & More

    Reviewer Reports: Santa Cruz Bronson, Norco Range, We Are One Arrival, & More

    We’ve been testing a lot of bikes of late, so we sat down to provide a rundown on what we’ve been riding, including the Santa Cruz Bronson, We Are One Arrival, Norco Range, and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Canfield Lithium (1:11)Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol (5:55)Canyon Spectral (9:13)We Are One Arrival (16:52)Santa Cruz Bronson (21:02)Norco Range (31:45)RELATED LINKS:
    Getting Here: Gunnison & Crested ButteThis Week’s Gear GiveawayGear Giveaway / Newsletter SignupBecome a Blister Member / Get our new Buyer’s GuideRegister for the 2022 Blister SummitBlister Mountain Bike Buyer’s Guide
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    • 42 min
    Mick Hannah on Racing & What Comes Next

    Mick Hannah on Racing & What Comes Next

    Mick Hannah just concluded a 20-plus year career racing World Cup DH, but he’s far from being done in the bike world. So we caught up with Mick to look back on two decades of top-level racing; discuss how the sport has (and hasn’t) changed; racing alongside his sister, Tracey; retirement; what comes next, and more.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Life at home & unwinding from race season (0:40)Early days in BMX & racing World Champs at 11 (1:54)Transition to MTB (4:29)Slalom, 4X, & focusing on DH (10:15)US race scene & development of up-and-comers (15:35)Decision to retire (24:52)Proudest memories & biggest accomplishments (33:00)Cairns World Champs, 2017 (36:37)Racing with Tracey (39:00)What’s next? (43:19)Mick’s Big Idea(s) (47:18)RELATED LINKS:
    This Week’s Gear GiveawayGear Giveaway / Newsletter SignupBecome a Blister Member / Get our new Buyer’s GuideRegister for the 2022 Blister SummitBlister Mountain Bike Buyer’s Guide

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    • 50 min
    Vinny Armstrong on the Future of Freeride

    Vinny Armstrong on the Future of Freeride

    It’s wrong to call Vinny Armstrong “up and coming” — she’s won multiple Crankworx Whip-Offs, ridden at every year of Red Bull Formation to date, and firmly cemented herself on the world freeride stage. But Vinny is only 22, and with a bright future ahead of her, we sat down to hear her thoughts on what it holds — both for her personally, and the sport at large.
    TOPICS & TIMES:
    Growing up on a bike (0:51)Crankworx Whip-Offs, & getting on a global stage (1:51)Formation & the boom of women’s freeride events (4:25)The future of women’s freeride, & progression vs. competition (16:00)Travel restrictions & 2022 plans (17:33)Vinny’s Big Idea (22:35)RELATED LINKS:
    This Week’s Gear GiveawayGear Giveaway / Newsletter SignupBecome a Blister Member / Get our new Buyer’s GuideRegister for the 2022 Blister SummitBlister Mountain Bike Buyer’s GuideHannah Bergemann (Ep. 69)Casey Brown (Ep. 62)

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    • 24 min

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4.9 out of 5
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77 Ratings

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Elliot Jackson

The interview with Elliot Jackson was incredible!!

Master Rubenstein ,

Definitely plenty of ideas

Good listen to keep the stoke alive!

mainesketch ,

Great Pod

Good content and they have some unique conversations about MTB... really enjoy

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