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  1. #1
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    Why is Clementz not using a Trigger?

    Video: Take A Ride With Enduro Star Jerome Clementz | Mountain Bike Review

    Someone please explain to me why Jerome Clementz is not riding the new Trigger? I can't see how a 29er would not be faster than a Jekyll on this course. I think I saw only one switchback.

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    Handling, geometry and travel would be my guess (Jerome fits a 170mm fork to his Jekyll's).

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    Wow, that guy takes off like a friggin' rocket.

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    Why is Clementz not using a Trigger?

    Yeah, I don't think the Trigger is what Jerome is after...

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    Simple answer: The Jekyll takes the bigger hits going down.

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    Geo and travel.

    He's also a very small dude.
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    The Cannondale team were asked that by

    BIKERUMOR: Have you tried a 29er for enduros?

    JASON MOESCHLER: I have, actually. For Downieville last year, I pre-rode on my Scalpel with a Fox 120mm 34, but I couldnít get down the mountain quite as fast. It was really comfortable on it, and I could take some technical sections straighter, but I wound up flatting a lot more often, and I was quicker overall on the 26″ Jekyll. I could have run heavier duty tires, but I think the added weight would negate some of the benefits. At the end of the day, it could work for some events like Ashland Super-D, but it just didnít work out for us.

    MARK WEIR: I havenít. If youíre racing some of the Oregon series events, youíre probably better off on a 29er, but for the races Iíve done, I wouldnít feel comfortable on it. In the US, you could get away with it on quite a few courses, but in Europe I donít think itíd work.

    JEROME CLEMENTZ: No, it doesnít fit to my style of riding, and right now there is not enough tire choice to use it year íround.

    BIKERUMOR: What about 650B?

    JASON MOESCHLER: I think itís coming, nobodyís going to stop it. 29er is going to become the XC norm and 650B is going to completely wipe 26″ off the map. And Iím not against it. I think the wheel size rides good. It gives some of us that arenít using a 29er for everything a wheel size that really could work for everything.

    MARK WEIR: Iíll definitely try it. Iím definitely interested. Iíd like to see what it feels like. Iíve done a little riding on it, but not enough to get a handle. Seems like itís not a big enough difference to be a negative. Who knows, in a few years maybe there wonít be much 26″.

    JEROME CLEMENTZ: I think it would be a great improvement to the type of riding we do. But first we need to get the geometry dialed.

    BEN CRUZ: Iím open to it. Iíve never tried it, but Iíd like to.


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    Jerome Clementz and Ben Cruz on the 2014 Cannondale Trigger 29 Carbon - YouTube

    So Clementz and Cruz are now testing the Trigger 29er in the off-season, plan to use it at least at Downieville next year.

    I predict once these guys learn to handle the bigger wheels, they will even be using it at Switchback-, er, Trans- Provence.

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    That first video, wow some acceleration.

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