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Added a comment about photo Value DH Project: Bike Build Gallery 8/19/2014 7:40 AM
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Also keep in mind that these are retail prices. If someones buying a complete bike from me they're never paying retail. A good shop should give you a hefty discount if you're buying this much stuff at once.

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Added a comment about photo Value DH Project: Bike Build Gallery 8/19/2014 7:38 AM
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Love the concept, this is something I do regularly when a customer comes to me with a budget. I do have some suggestions though:

-Joystick stuff is cool but far from value. You could use a Kore cockpit to save quite a bit: OCD bar($60), Torsion direct mount stem($55) and a Fazer saddle ($45). Saves you $140.
-I do not consider plastic pedals to be DH rated. Something like the new DMR V-12 ($75) would be more appropriate. -No matter how much you save, old school slip-on grips are never worth it. Get some decent lock-ons and be done
with it.

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Added a comment about feature New Rocky Mountain Flatline Nearing Production? 8/15/2014 4:41 PM
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I think you mean Norco wants their bike back. Horst link pivot rocker link, this thing is pretty much an Aurom. Trek uses ABP/Split Pivot rear end.

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Added a comment about slideshow 26 Ain't Dead - Leogang World Cup Downhill Race Slideshow 6/17/2014 7:36 AM
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I agree 100%, but when working with carbon the bikes they race need to be the bikes they sell, and somehow the industry has convinced the high-end market that every new bike needs 650b wheels, so companies have to balance what the team guys want with want the market demands. I think it makes a strong argument for custom alloy team bikes ala GT, giving them complete control over what they race with no concern for market demands. Think about it, should we as consumers actually be riding what a WC pro races on? I can't ride nearly as fast as them, so why would I need the same bike?

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Added a comment about slideshow 26 Ain't Dead - Leogang World Cup Downhill Race Slideshow 6/16/2014 11:29 AM
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Current V-10 has been around for a bit and their whole lineup is moving that way. Gotta assume the next version will be 650 with some influence from the new Nomad (longer front ends, lower bb, maybe shorter chainstay, not sure if headangle needs to go slacker but they might just to stay 'current').

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Added a comment about feature 7 Things the Leogang World Cup Taught Me 6/16/2014 11:02 AM
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Ya, with how dry it was and how much you had to slow down for that last step/compression because otherwise it would buck you on to the front wheel for the corner? I dunno, seemed pretty damn hard/technical to me. Greg almost threw it away in the same spot. That section required the perfect balance of braking, body position and momentum. Seemed like that and the multi-line steep left hander were spots that made a big difference with such tight racing.

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Liked a comment on the item 7 Things the Leogang World Cup Taught Me 6/16/2014 10:58 AM

Easy corner?

Liked a comment on the item Cairns DH Highlights 4/28/2014 9:21 AM

Brilliant footage as ever but I had to mute the speakers half way through. What's with the gash, over dramatic, hollywood style music on these Red Bull edits. It's like they send the footage to RB, then some corporate pleb adds the soundtrack.

Added a comment about news blog Jared Graves and Anne-Caroline Chausson Fastest on EWS Day One in Chile 4/19/2014 4:29 PM
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Cedric in 4th, Anne Caro out in front, its like a 1999 WC DH result. Pretty impressive considering they're both more than twice the age of many of their competitors.

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Liked a comment on the item Jared Graves and Anne-Caroline Chausson Fastest on EWS Day One in Chile 4/19/2014 4:25 PM

So there goes the theory that 27.5 are better blá blá blá,

Added a comment about video How-To: Mountain Bike Suspension Set Up with Art's Cyclery 4/15/2014 11:37 AM
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30% sag while seated is usually the sweet spot - standing or seated. If you set your sag at 30% while standing it will typically be too soft because you're not fully loading the frame while taking the measurement. I find its usually correct for aggressive DH riding as well, because you're not blowing through the travel as easily.

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Added a comment about video How-To: Mountain Bike Suspension Set Up with Art's Cyclery 4/14/2014 2:54 PM
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Typically Im setting sag with the rider in full height seated position. For most setups this will be more accurate, as much of your riding will be in the seat. Only time I'll do a standing sag is for full DH race, and even then its usually off. Seated position is more rearward, which will load the suspension more. This is important so you don't end up with too soft a spring rate for when you sit down and mash up a steep climb. It helps to keep your weight balanced on the bike.

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Added a comment about photo Unidentified (Telemetry?) Device on Mick Hannah's Polygon 4/11/2014 3:46 PM
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When you look at the placement of it, my guess would be wheel rate sensor for the BOS boys. They did the same thing on Remi Therions bike at Andorra, its for finalizing the shock tune.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: RockShox Pike RCT3 Fork 10/31/2013 2:41 PM
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Seems like you could drop your pressure to improve the ride when things get hairy. Im 200lbs, Ive been running at around 80-85 psi with one token and 6 clicks LSC from full out. Im using all the travel on big hits but keeping the pressure lower really improved the mid-stroke sensitivity when really pushing hard. The fork isn't as stiff as a Lyrik, so if you're a bigger rider or really hit hard you may consider the barely-detectable .5lb weight gain with the bigger brother. But as an all-rounder its easily the top choice in the market currently. It makes a Fox 34 feel like an elastomer Manitou.

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Added a comment about slideshow Making History - Red Bull Rampage 2013 Finals 10/16/2013 3:55 PM
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Hard to disagree with you there. Strait definitely had the speed/flow going, which is why I feel he deserved the win, but when you let a world champ lose he's gonna pin it. The speed Gee carried all the way down was such a fun variation as opposed to the creep-n-huck that we're so used to seeing. Too bad the WC stakes are so high, obviously he and Mick have too much to lose if they wreck. Hope to see more WC pros at the next Rampage.

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Liked a comment on the item Making History - Red Bull Rampage 2013 Finals 10/16/2013 3:51 PM

Best Rampage run of all time for me is Gee in 2010

Added a comment about slideshow First Time Senders at Red Bull Rampage 2013 10/12/2013 12:54 PM
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Added a comment about video Cases and Dead Sailors on the 70-foot Canyon Gap at Rampage 10/12/2013 12:31 PM
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THAT IS LARGE

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Added a comment about video RAMPAGE REDEMPTION: Mike Hopkins Deciding Not to Over Shoot His 50 Foot Gap by 20 Feet in 2013 10/12/2013 12:28 PM
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Rad

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Added a comment about slideshow Rain Day Insanity at Red Bull Rampage 2013 10/11/2013 12:21 PM
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Holy Balls, what a slideshow! I feel this is a perfect introduction into aggressive riding for your friends who don't really 'get' why you're always nerding out about MTB, busy because you have to watch live feeds of DH races, limping because of your latest crash, etc. The intensity is off the chain.

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