Added a comment about feature Pro Toolbox Check - John Hall's Treasure Chest 7/15/2017 5:49 PM
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If you're gonna wrench for one of fastest racers on the circuit, why wouldn't you build a setup like this? You're a professional, and your setup is part of the pit environment and sets the tone. Inspiring, love it.

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Liked a comment on the item Breaking the Rules | An Interview with Max Commencal 7/11/2017 1:15 PM

Totally agree

Liked a comment on the item Breaking the Rules | An Interview with Max Commencal 7/11/2017 1:15 PM

Comparing boost spacing to e-bikes on hard fought trails in the US is far from the same arguement

Liked a comment on the item Breaking the Rules | An Interview with Max Commencal 7/11/2017 1:15 PM

I have a Commencal Meta 4.2 and love it. That said, Max has zero clue about trail access in areas like my state, Colorado. Hikers, Horse riders, and many land managers look for EVERY SINGLE reason to kick bikes off of trails. Already rumblings of closing more access to bikes specifically...more

Liked a comment on the item Breaking the Rules | An Interview with Max Commencal 7/11/2017 1:15 PM

I have a Commencal Meta 4.2 and love it. That said, Max has zero clue about trail access in areas like my state, Colorado. Hikers, Horse riders, and many land managers look for EVERY SINGLE reason to kick bikes off of trails. Already rumblings of closing more access to bikes specifically...more

Added a comment about video Claudio's Andorra World Cup DH Course Preview with Brook MacDonald 6/29/2017 1:07 PM
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Looks like they widen the chicane before it so riders will have to slow down, Brendawgs helmet cam shows the new taping. Unfortunately its a little bit boring way to end the course in front of the crowd, having them hit a slow speed drop into the finish.

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Added a comment about video Claudio's Andorra World Cup DH Course Preview with Brook MacDonald 6/28/2017 1:16 PM
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That finish line jump will be pure carnage if they don't change it. Needs a a pre lip about 20 ft back.

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Added reply in a thread Recommendations for a park bike 6/14/2017 5:24 PM

Banshee only sells frame only, so it's up to the shop you're working with to build it up for you. I own and operate a shop called the Downhill Zone in Issaquah, WA, and I'm a Banshee dealer (just ordered a Spitfire for myself). I could provide a custom ... more »

Added reply in a thread Recommendations for a park bike 6/14/2017 4:25 PM

Banshee Darkside is a purpose-built park bike, great price too. I'd also look at the Guerilla Gravity GG/DH, two suspension settings, with one that's setup for poppy park riding.

Added a comment about video DH Destruction - Vital RAW - Fort William Saturday 6/3/2017 4:52 PM
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So if Loris beats Loic with a 29er, are they still gonna be friends?

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Liked a comment on the item DH Destruction - Vital RAW - Fort William Saturday 6/3/2017 4:51 PM

Woods section looks properly f*cked. Race is gonna be won & lost there, IMHO (irrespective of wheel size).

Liked a comment on the item SMASHTACULAR! Vital RAW Fort William Day 1 6/2/2017 1:45 PM

isnt smooth bad tho cuz 29ers make it to smooth?

Added a comment about video SMASHTACULAR! Vital RAW Fort William Day 1 6/2/2017 1:42 PM
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I assume you're being sarcastic, but there's a difference. The bigger wheels smooth out the ripples and stutter bumps, but better suspension maintains geometry through the big breakers, allowing the rider to stay centered. This allows them to apply consistent pressure to both wheels which has the potential to generate drive and momentum from the bigger holes. Inferior suspension setup leads to shifts in body weight that upset the geometry, which puts the rider in a defensive position. A combination of great suspension and bigger wheels could ultimately be the fastest, but until they can get the tuning sorted on the 29 I imagine the dialed 27 is a safer bet for a race of this caliber. He needs points, and risking a race run on an unproven bike is a chance they're probably not willing to take. Give him more time to dial in the setup, he's young and brash but I'm guessing he'll change his tune.

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Added a comment about video Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/2/2017 1:14 PM
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Go watch the Raw for Fort Bill they just posted and you'll see that Loic doesn't really need to care. Holy shit his Ohlins kit looks like its on a whole nutha level. His bike looks to have the best suspension setup, and that's saying something considering I really don't like the Demo. Or I don't want to like it because its Specialized. But I have to admit his bike looks more stable yet responsive than anything else regardless of wheel size. My guess is that the suspension tuning on the 29 isn't quite there yet, so he's running the proven formula until the boffins at Ohlins get everything sorted. When that happens I imagine he'll start running the 29.

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Added a comment about video SMASHTACULAR! Vital RAW Fort William Day 1 6/2/2017 1:06 PM
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Loic doesn't care about his wheel size because he doesn't need to. That Ohlins kit looks like it's working on a different level than the Fox stuff. His bike is noticeably more calm and stable, but still super responsive when he needs it. I guess I see that as a bigger advantage than wheel size.

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Added reply in a thread 2017 World Cup Downhill Bikes 5/22/2017 11:31 AM

Only thing I'm interested in is dropping the rule mandating same wheel size F+R. Let the 29/27.5 staggered bikes loose, IMO they will be the ultimate DH weapon.

Added a comment about feature Luke Strobel's Evil Wreckoning 5/22/2017 10:37 AM
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Luke is probably in the 160-170lb range? Keep in mind that he's racing DH on a 160mm enduro frame at the professional level. He's hitting everything at full speed on a bike with less travel, so an elevated spring rate should be expected. I'm sure his fork setting are similar, seeing as it has an inch less travel.

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Added a comment about feature 27.5 vs 29er - Danny Hart's Mondraker Summum 5/17/2017 9:41 AM
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Mix the two together and you have perfection. In 3 years 29 front/27.5 rear will be the standard.

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Liked a comment on the item Danny Hart's Mondraker Summum 5/8/2017 3:08 PM

I hope this thing smokes all those losers on 29ers.

Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 4/27/2017 1:22 PM

I think it will just depend on what the rider wants out of the bike. I like my Hightower for fast, flowy trail/AM riding. But in steep, techy braking it feels really awkward. It gets stood up in downhill corners, and the rear wheel feels huge when rolling ... more »