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Added a comment about photo Prototype Renthal DM Stem and Custom Decals for Bryn 5/14/2015 11:04 AM
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This isn't a proto any more, BTI has them instock.

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Added a comment to Lewisbuchanan's bike check 5/2/2015 11:59 AM
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Looks trick but a pro bike should have a proper chainstay wrap with mastic or splice tape. And fix that chainguide, or put something else on that was designed without the tensioner. Other than that its ace.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: 2016 Shimano Deore XT 5/2/2015 11:54 AM
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Chain Reaction is good example. They buy direct from Shimano at distributor pricing because of how much volume they do, but they still operate as a traditional retail bike shop, so often times you can buy Shimano parts from them for less than US wholesale. Hell I'm a shop owner and I've bought from them before when everyone else was out of stock and I needed something to finish a build. With free shipping to the US when you spend $100, they easily undercut every LBS in the states. Shimano is really just chasing SRAM at this point IMO. The pricing is decent, but much of the changes are directly influenced by what SRAM has been doing for the past several years.

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Added a comment about press release SRAM Introduces the New RAIL 40 Wheelset 5/1/2015 2:35 PM
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Still 24 spokes? SRAM already has lightweight wheels. If these are supposed to 'rail', they need 32 spokes. End of story.

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Liked a comment on the item SRAM Introduces the New RAIL 40 Wheelset 5/1/2015 2:32 PM

Trade Mark it All, We Did Not Actually Change Anything, Who Are These Kooks, Branding By a First Grader

Added a comment about video How Fast Can You Really Descend on an XC Bike? 4/29/2015 11:12 AM
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Admittedly, I'm really into what I call 'small bike rally', which is simply trying to find the limit of a bike that's probably undergunned by common standards. Riding a hardtail or short-travel bike, either on a gnarlier trail then you normally would, or riding tame trails as nasty as possible. The latter I find super entertaining because typically the trails are easier to get to, and instead of focusing on just making it through a section, I try to ride with the best form/technique and as much aggression as I can. But I'm using a wide bar, dropper post and proper tires, so when I watch guys like Nino carrying good speed through the rocks on a death trap of a bike I get a kick out of it. The race in the Czech Republic had some 'rock gardens' that gave a time advantage to those willing to 'risk' it, which I think is totally the way XC racing should be. It gives the fans a place to hang out and watch some wrecks, and it forces the riders to choose a strategy. You can quickly tell who rides and who doesn't.

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Added a comment about video How Fast Can You Really Descend on an XC Bike? 4/28/2015 5:56 PM
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Added a comment about photo Name the Bike 4/22/2015 8:11 PM
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It was a Hanebrink, I've seen one's called Shocker and Descender, but this one looks different.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: 2016 Intense M16 Downhill Bike - The Next Gen of M 4/15/2015 11:28 AM
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Agreed.
-In my opinion the seat mast area needs another phase of design/prototyping. There has to be a way to do that in fewer parts.
-I know alloy has its limits but 11.5lbs is still pretty chunky.
-Hopefully the bar spec is a misprint? They can't possibly spec a 740 bar can they?
-WTF is up with a 17" reach on the large and no XL option? So only 6' and under riders like DH?
You're right on point, it seems 4-5 years old except for the bigger wheels.

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Liked a comment on the item First Look: 2016 Intense M16 Downhill Bike - The Next Gen of M 4/15/2015 11:16 AM

No disrespect to Intense and their racing history, but I have a hard time seeing why someone would choose this instead of a V10. Even the C version of the V10 frame is going to be significantly lighter and frankly looks a lot more polished. I appreciate keeping production in...more

Liked a comment on the item Ti-Springs.com Santa Cruz V10 CC 27.5 2/9/2015 3:08 PM

perfect speced build. looks amazing. with that said, is it me or is the B screw on that rear der way way out causing the pulley wheel to be too far away from the large cassette cog?

Liked a comment on the item Sneak Peek: 100% Aircraft Helmet 1/16/2015 12:31 PM

That's a good looking helmet.

Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 1/15/2015 11:01 AM

I think at this point we have to admit that the original graphic isn't 100% accurate. Unless the 'needles' are for some else, Neethling is on Polygon. The kangaroo that we assumed was Brosnan can't be, because he's full Spec and off TLD. Maybe we got ... more ยป

Liked a comment on the item First Look: 2015 Patrol 871 DH Bike 12/5/2014 2:11 PM

Probably got more to do with the average height of the customers in native country

Liked a comment on the item First Look: 2015 Patrol 871 DH Bike 12/5/2014 2:11 PM

size L - TThorizontal 595mm - CS 457mm
Couple words pop up, but modern isn't one of them.

Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 10/16/2014 4:25 PM
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It'd be interesting to have you try a Cane Creek DBAir on it, as the wider adjustment range and natural ramp up would seem to suit the frame very well judging by your comments. Feel would still be similar as it still Ohlins on the inside.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 10/15/2014 7:55 PM
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A few observations:

Seems like a slightly firmer spring may have helped the bb height issue and the diving you experienced on jump faces. 33% seems a bit much for all-around park riding, most brands are designing bikes to be ridden at 30% max. The fact that you had the compression all the way in and it was still soft is another indicator of too soft a spring. As Ohlins offers 25lb increments going up just one spring rate may be the solution and allow you to back off the compression (which may have contributed to the spiking incident).

Specialized's claims of a lower center of gravity seems off. The shock is clearly higher than it was on the old Demo, and as a heavy part of the frame that makes a bigger difference than lower pivot points.

Thats a lot of money for a team fork and a bunch of house branded stuff. I'm the last guy to ever complain about the cost of bikes, but for that kind of coin I'd expect more.

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Liked a comment on the item First Ride: 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 10/15/2014 7:35 PM

with those complaints about suspension and the lower bb being less than practical I can't see it being an 'outstanding' bike, it's the frame/shock we primarily want to hear about and sounds like it isn't exactly perfect going by the review

Liked a comment on the item Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/7/2014 4:16 PM

foam grips and no bash? come on- it would have weighed 33.3 lbs with lock-ons and a bash guard. then i wouldn't have had to make this stupid comment.