What does this mean?

Discussion in 'Observed Trials Discussion' started by Lagerhead, Oct 29, 2004.

  1. Lagerhead

    Lagerhead New Member

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    "The Creepy Crawler rear trials tire provides
    discerning riders with ultimate control for edging, smearing and all around trials dominance."
    (^^^ quote from http://www.maxxis.com/products/bicycle/product_detail.asp?id=303 )

    Edging?

    Smearing?

    Is edging and smearing something I already do, and just don't know what to call it?
    Is it some secret euro thing that I need to learn?
     
  2. Trialsking

    Trialsking Retired from Trials

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    Smearing is a rock climbing term.

    For rock climbing it means placing your foot on the flat face of a rock and then standing on it with all your weight(especially a vertical face), but not using any edge or crack in the rock.

    So for trials this means the tire will "stick" to a smooth face of rock well.
     

  3. bylsma

    bylsma New Member

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    By smearing, they mean it will grip well on off-camber stuff. Edging means it will not fold and slip when only a fraction of the tires width is hooked on an edge. Basically:

    Good for edging = stiff

    Good for smearing = sticky
     
  4. DanBowhers

    DanBowhers I farted.

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    wow, after years of refering to trials as a parallel to rockclimbing, its cool to see the two sharing terms...
     
  5. tomacropod

    tomacropod Rum Pig

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    I always thought they were wonderfully comparable, the boring stuck up hikers poo poo the rockclimbers, and the boring stuck up roadies/XCers poo poo the trials riders.

    it's in perfect balance

    - Joel
     
  6. trialsbug

    trialsbug New Member

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    I was thinking the same thing when I nearly red pointed my first Expert section last weekend. :)