Liked a comment on the item TECH TALK: Air Shocks Versus Coil Shocks, What's Better? 10/14/2017 9:03 AM

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Liked a comment on the item TECH TALK: Air Shocks Versus Coil Shocks, What's Better? 10/14/2017 9:02 AM

All that talk and no mention of durability and maintenance? Sure, brand new air shocks feel great out of the box, but beat on them for 6 months and then run your comparisons. Air shocks always have this slow degradation of their performance, sorry rockshox, there's nothing your new fancy...more

Liked a comment on the item Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/16/2017 8:02 AM

I had the 2016 Slash 9.9 27.5. The bike was expensive and a pile of S&^t. The bike was so long it was super difficult in corning and a pain in the ass to climb. The rear triangle cracked twice. I ditched the bike with in 6 months. I don't suggest anyone waisting their money on a Trek....more

Liked a comment on the item Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/16/2017 8:01 AM

Thanks B

I should have been more clear as to what Trek was claiming, as there likely are some benefits.

I am subjectively saying "the juice isn't worth the squeeze" on this one.

Too many companies have successfully dipped the downtube without making boat anchors of a bike at similar...more

Liked a comment on the item Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/16/2017 7:55 AM

I completely see where you are coming from here. I really meant, "as a racer, I'd like to see a bar mounted lockout or compression adjust". It does look ugly, complicates the bar setup and really not that useful for your everyday rider. But for a racer, it can shave seconds off a time,...more

Liked a comment on the item Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/16/2017 7:54 AM

"Overall I think a bike that is designed for EWS racing should be designed to eat bumps as well as it can, even at the expense of pedaling. "

I am not exactly sure where I heard or read the following quote, but after riding the bikes in question I am inclined to agree. "If you want to win...more

Liked a comment on the item Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/16/2017 7:54 AM

It really is an impressive bike. I applaud just how purpose specific it really is. Few thoughts pertaining to your comments.

1) I should have commented on the pressfit BB. Has absolutely no place here. There is ample room for a traditional threaded BB.

2) The design is active, this is a...more

Liked a comment on the item Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/16/2017 7:53 AM

I know a couple guys that have the '17 model and are quite fond of them. My big knock against them are the same as pointed out in this review. Proprietary stuff with minimal benefit, pressfit BB (meh) and more so an overly active rear suspension when climbing necessitating reaching for some...more

Liked a comment on the item Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/16/2017 7:52 AM

Thanks for the kind words!

One thing I didn't mention - the GRIP damper is excellent. I fully planned on upgrading to the FIT4 damper, but after my time on the GRIP damper, I'm not sure I'd realize any appreciation in performance. IFP vs Bladder.

But yeah, if Trek would give up the knock...more

Liked a comment on the item Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/16/2017 7:51 AM

I think you do an excellent job across the board with your reviews, Jeff. I keep wanting to want one of the new Remedy's or Slash's but Trek keeps doing these hokey or proprietary "innovations" that, as you've expressed, don't do much. Add in the low end damper on the fork and at best I...more

Liked a comment on the item Transition Patrol vs. Patrol - See How the 2018 Compares 8/25/2017 8:05 AM

bturman - How does the new Patrol handle at slower speeds in tight technical trail sections? Also any noticeable differences in climbing? Ive been on the Patrol since its release and absolutely love the bike, just wondering if the new changes make less of a trail bike and more of a...more

Liked a comment on the item Transition Patrol vs. Patrol - See How the 2018 Compares 8/25/2017 8:03 AM

Great comparative article. Patrol v2 is an absolute weapon of a bike.

Liked a comment on the item Transition Patrol vs. Patrol - See How the 2018 Compares 8/25/2017 8:03 AM

wow! recently bought a brand new 2016 patrol frame for a killer deal and loving it so far. Should I known better, I would have waited for the new one.. oh, well... I'm guessing I'll be ok for the next couple of years... "Go out and gid"

Liked a comment on the item Transition Patrol vs. Patrol - See How the 2018 Compares 8/25/2017 8:02 AM

Killing it with the original content! Keep it up

Liked a comment on the item Pre-season Testing Ohlins Suspension on an Enduro 29 with Curtis Keene 2/11/2017 10:54 PM

Whoever says, "Yeah, but air is lighter..." doesn't get it. Coil just works better (more consistently as Curtis said) and is more reliable. This is wicked. How about a 27.5 non-plus guys?

Liked a comment on the item Pre-season Testing Ohlins Suspension on an Enduro 29 with Curtis Keene 2/11/2017 10:54 PM

finally!!!2017 enduro with a threaded BB!

Liked a comment on the item Pre-season Testing Ohlins Suspension on an Enduro 29 with Curtis Keene 2/11/2017 10:54 PM

Awesome video! I hope they release a coil kit for my Ohlins RF34 (160mm) fork!

Liked a comment on the item Pre-season Testing Ohlins Suspension on an Enduro 29 with Curtis Keene 2/11/2017 10:54 PM

i thought i misheard "coil FORK" and had to rewatch the first ten seconds.. then i scrolled down expecting to be let down... Nope! COIL FORK FTW!!!!

Liked a comment on the item First Look: SRAM ROAM 60 Wheelset 2/6/2017 9:47 AM

^^^100%. LB wheels, built however you want from a decent local builder are the dirty little secret that the big boys don't want anyone to know about. One can build a more durable set of wheels that have all of the positives that carbon is known for without all the bs proprietary hub or...more

Liked a comment on the item First Look: SRAM ROAM 60 Wheelset 2/6/2017 9:46 AM

I agree that SRAM's handling of your issues was top shelf, and one day when my LB Chinese Carbon rims give out I'll likely get worse service than you experienced with these wheels. But I'm more than a year in on my substantially less expensive wheels, riding every bit as technical rocky...more