I went from a 20lb 100mm HT to a 27lb 120/130mm full suspension in 2019. I honestly thought I was going to crush my DH times. I still can't break the PR's I set with the HT from like 2016.I'm definitely slower on my new, slacker HT. It's my first boost frame, and my heel rubs on the derailleur cable. Yeah, that's the ticket.
I converted my fat wheels to tubeless using those same valves in orange and can confirm I was faster the next ride. My pedals and and grip lock rings are orange too, so there are too many variables to confirm it was just the valves. Science is hard.This is the first time I've ever used purple anodized valve stems instead of the regular boring plated brass Stans valves. Could definitely be the vale stems. I'll change out the valve stems on my other bikes and report back.
I don't want to pop your bubble, but it's basic statistics. You dont have a large enough sample size. The 3 months is the issue. There aren't enough rides in the data set. It is statistically very easy to climb up into the top #2 or #3 slots because the times are probably not very close together. Most likely the ride times are over a minute or 2 between lengths. Very easy to fit a new ride in between the current #2 and #3 slot. Once you get 100 or 200 rides in the data set, getting to the top #2 or #3 gets harder becasue they are so close together. You really need to beat the #2 time to get on the leaderboard. Please dont take offense. Take a math class. And keep riding.I've been riding either a '15 Trek X-caliber and old 26er FSR Stumpjumper the last 3 months when I started tracking rides via Strava.