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Liked a comment on the item How Wide Should Your Mountain Bike Handlebars Be? 5/13/2015 12:26 AM

I love how most all bike reviewers say to go Wide Wide Wide, even changing out bars on test bikes, yet so many pro riders run right about 740-750 on trail bikes.

Added a comment about product review Optimal Shreddability 5/12/2015 9:29 AM
C50_being_looser_than_a_goose

If you look at this picture you can see there are 2 notches the one to the left is 175mm travel and the right 203mm, what you can't see is another 2 notches hidden under the brass nut and the black fitting. Mine had the ring where it's located in that picture but I moved it to the one under the brass nut which increased the axle to crown length roughly making the lowest point the crown can be dropped same as the original highest point without affecting the travel according to my measurements.

You must be running the crown dropped pretty low then before there's clearance issues. *edit* I reread your review, I see why you had clearance problems, you run stems with quite a lot of drop, that explains a lot. I was running the standard answer dm stem and have used a nukeproof 45mm dm stem aswell with no clearance issues with 10-15mm leg sticking through up top.

I got my SKF seals from J tech over here in the uk. They're the same fitting as fox 36 and replaces the double seals that come standard on dorados with a single seal. I've been running them since last November in pretty muddy conditions and they're still going strong with no leaks to date.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Manitou Dorado Expert - A Worthy Contender 5/12/2015 2:21 AM
C50_being_looser_than_a_goose

In relation to the wallowy feel for heavier or faster riders I'd reccomend upping the oil from 5wt to 7.5wt. The forks stay up in the travel more with the heavier oil and eliminate that issue completely.

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Added a comment about product review Optimal Shreddability 5/12/2015 2:14 AM
C50_being_looser_than_a_goose

I also own Dorados (pro model) and have been very happy them over the last 2 and a half years. You can adjust the axle to crown length internally (2 long travel positions and 2 short travel settings 175mm I think), mine were on the short side initially so I raised them, yours may well be in the longest already.
Are you running 35mm bars as I'd say they're a no go on the dorados. I'm currently on a 45mm stem with no issues.

I've had good reliability in general but there's a few things that you may need to do, over time maybe say 2 months the forks can drop into the travel, to fix that you just have to connect the pump back up and it gets them back to normal.

Also pressure can build up in the damper side, you can release the pressure just by unscrewing the damper side cap but you only need to do that once every few weeks. i did notice that Eddie masters proto fork has air bleed valves. Other than those things I've had no problems and they're just minor inconveniences.

To improve performance I bought some skf combined oil and dust seals, it makes a night and day difference to the forks.

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Added a comment about feature Over $2000 in Prizes - Vital OTB, Lourdes World Cup - Win a RockShox BoXXer and Birzman Studio Tool Kit 4/11/2015 2:46 PM
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Gee atherton 2.59.34 Tracy Hannah 3.32.45

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Added a comment about video New Commencal DH Bike! 4/2/2015 7:07 AM
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@Weite I'd like to hear more about this, if you were willing to share the full details? It's terrible that bigger companies can do these things with next to no consequences.

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Added a comment about feature SRAM Introduces BOOST 148x12 and 110x15 Standard & 2016 Forks 3/18/2015 9:19 AM
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Even if they felt that was an issue bikes like the old vp free had a 73mm bb with 150mm rear axles.

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Added a comment about feature SRAM Introduces BOOST 148x12 and 110x15 Standard & 2016 Forks 3/18/2015 8:46 AM
C50_being_looser_than_a_goose

Why couldn't they just have used 150mm rear ends and 83mm bbs? That would have given them all those claimed benefits plus some. They could have kept the chainrings the same and without any real effort made xx cranks with a longer shaft. It really is ridiculous introducing standards that does what another perfectly good standard does.

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Added a comment about feature How (Not) To Instafail - Vital Gram Central 1/14/2015 10:19 AM
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When is this Sam Hill interview coming? Had me all excited for the last while and I'm constantly checking vital!

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Added a comment about feature Win a BoXXer World Cup - Vital OTB World Champs, Hafjell 9/6/2014 2:43 PM
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Sam Hill 3:25.32
Rachel Atherton 3:46.78

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Liked a comment on the item Spy Shot! New Ohlins TTX Coil Shock Could Fit More Bikes 6/25/2014 5:06 PM

ERS and Ohlins are on the "I would pay for that list". Leaning Ohlins just for the pedigree, but I really like what ERS is doing as well. Great to see the best in the world of suspension finally stepping solidly into the MTB realm.

Added a comment about feature Spy Shot! New Ohlins TTX Coil Shock Could Fit More Bikes 6/25/2014 4:14 PM
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There's a good possibility some of those bikes had this new version, I'm sure the lapierre had to have bits shaved off the linkage for the original ttx to fit. I never got a proper look as the bikes were just flying past but there was no mistaking the yellow shock and spring on them. Another suspension product that might be worth looking into is Extreme Shox with their Arma shock that operates at pressures around 35psi which in theory should be very smooth and active compared to other shocks.

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Added a comment about feature Spy Shot! New Ohlins TTX Coil Shock Could Fit More Bikes 6/25/2014 3:47 PM
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I wonder why Niklas doesn't have matching wheels, could maybe be down to the wheels already having the tyres he wanted or could it be that Ohlins are going for a different axle spacing/diameter to get the characteristics they're after?

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Added a comment about feature Spy Shot! New Ohlins TTX Coil Shock Could Fit More Bikes 6/25/2014 3:42 PM
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Didn't you guys post up a list of bikes they were going to make shocks with the correct length and tune for? Also I was at Fortwilliam wc and there were a lot of bikes out there equipped with ohlins shocks. A few GT fury's, a gambler, another european make I guess that I'm not familiar with and can't remember the name of. I'm sure there was an Intense M9 and Lapierre dh920 with an ohlins shock too on bikes of lower level riders competing at the race.

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Liked a comment on the item Value DH Project: Building The Best Downhill Bike For Your $$$ 6/21/2014 1:05 PM

SR Suntour RUX fork should be a serious option given the recent review here and the price!

Added a comment about feature 7 Things the Leogang World Cup Taught Me 6/16/2014 2:38 PM
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Yes variety is good but there's not really many technical tracks in comparison to a few years ago. Yes Hill is in 10th and Brendan is in 21st but Sam is only 2.9s off winning and Brendan 5.6s so how bad are they at pedaling in reality? Also I'd like to point out Sam was injured most of the off season. Sam ended up in the top 5 in 2012 and then 8th last year even though he missed a race, so that answers your question I guess and there are riders at the opposite end of the spectrum who would do better if they had a higher technical ability but are good on pedaling.

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Added a comment about feature Vital Power Rankings - Leogang, Austria World Cup - The 15 Fastest Racers Going In 6/12/2014 8:46 AM
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Looks good this year and it looks like they've tightened a few bits up in the woods. Well I'm hoping Hill gets this one and it looks possible.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital Power Rankings - Leogang, Austria World Cup - The 15 Fastest Racers Going In 6/12/2014 8:45 AM

This has some answers: http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/Going-Wild-in-Leogang-with-Claudio-Caluori,26072/iceman2058,94

Added a comment about feature Vital Power Rankings - Leogang, Austria World Cup - The 15 Fastest Racers Going In 6/12/2014 8:23 AM
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I'm banking on the rain, I watched some footage of Sam from Leogang in 2011. Amazing how he can inside corners so well compared to other riders. I was standing in the upper woods at Fortwilliam when he went past, he dabbed a couple of times but held speed really well through the inside line. I saw Minnaar in the same place and he saved himself from what looked like a certain otb, Brook Macdonal also went out the tape and lost a lot of time climbing back onto the track where he left.

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