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Added a comment about press release All New Everything - Atlas Reimagines Its 2015 Line 12/3/2014 12:09 PM
C50_water_bike

uhhh isn't 'suspension' something you don't want in a neck brace?

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Added reply in a thread Front Chainring Size for 1x10 on 27.5" 11/10/2014 11:15 AM

34 is probably fine for Texas... if you need lower gear for trips to elevation you can always buy a 30t later. I run a 34t with a 36-11 cassette in Colorado, but I end up swapping to a 30t for long/high elevation rides.

Liked a comment on the item What Is The Most Efficient Pedalling Style? Testing Flat Vs. Clipless Pedals 11/2/2014 10:20 AM

Who the hell cares about efficiency? Raw, hot, nasty, burning POWER.

Liked a comment on the item What Is The Most Efficient Pedalling Style? Testing Flat Vs. Clipless Pedals 11/1/2014 8:23 AM

I think current flat pedals with proper concavity and pins, coupled with "stealth" rubber or similar high friction soles have closed the gap considerably.

The above test didnt prove anything in my opinion. The clipless vs flats debate is just too...more

Added reply in a thread Prototype, unique and random mountain bikes 10/31/2014 9:43 AM

One of those is hanging up somewhere in Trek HQ... I heard the fairings and a skinsuit on the rider made a significant difference in the wind tunnel, but added weight and weird looks caused the team not to use it. Interesting for sure. I'd like to see ... more ยป

Added a comment about slideshow We Rode the FOX Pros' Bikes, Prototypes and All - Enduro Edition 10/20/2014 7:09 PM
C138_4-up

Only have one, but it's lasted most of summer and still going pretty strong (on the front). Rubber is harder than the DH tires, but not as hard as the normal Bontrager xc stuff. Corner knobs are actually wearing, not undercutting and getting floppy like Maxxis. Casing is good too. I'll be buying a lot when they come out.

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Added a comment about slideshow We Rode the FOX Pros' Bikes, Prototypes and All - Enduro Edition 10/19/2014 12:47 PM
C138_4-up

SE5 is real good.

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Added a comment about feature Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/7/2014 3:35 PM
C50_water_bike

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.

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Added a comment about feature Formula 1 Meets Mountain Biking in Trek's New RE:aktiv Suspension 6/13/2014 10:27 AM
C50_water_bike

JM- thanks for the reply... To ease your concerns, EVERYONE who has ridden it thinks it's an improvement over the currently available shocks. Obviously there are a million variables (rider weight, style, speed, terrain, bike, travel etc.) however we feel like we have a good generic tune that will work well for most riders. It is not perfect. Nothing is.

You are absolutely correct in that we tuned a lot of the regression out of the curve. Initially we had a lot more regression, but it didn't feel good on the bike. We have a tune that offers a sharp nose for efficient pedaling, then a little regression to take the edge off bumps when riding in climb or trail modes. It works pretty darn good. Of course you will have to ride one to see for yourself and form your own opinion.

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Added a comment about feature Formula 1 Meets Mountain Biking in Trek's New RE:aktiv Suspension 6/11/2014 8:03 PM
C50_water_bike

It decreases force (in trail and climb modes only) from around 4ips to 10ips (medium speed hit) then the curve starts to turn up again as speeds increase and orifice damping takes over (the valve is fully open and the holes are the restriction).

It is fairly speed sensitive, so on an fast hit (50ips) peak, it reacts differently than on a medium speed hit (25ips) vs on a low speed hit (10ips). The curve kind of stretches out with increasing speeds.

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Added a comment about feature Formula 1 Meets Mountain Biking in Trek's New RE:aktiv Suspension 6/11/2014 7:18 PM
C50_water_bike

Yes- the biggest advantage is that the shock pedals efficiently while still moving when you need it to- hitting bumps, preloading for bunny hop etc.

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Added a comment about feature Formula 1 Meets Mountain Biking in Trek's New RE:aktiv Suspension 6/11/2014 7:15 PM
C50_water_bike

They are a little similar, but Re:aktiv valve actually decreases in force as velocities increase (for a while). The damper curves that propedal makes are very different from the ones that Re:aktiv makes. The valves are also very different inside...

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Added a comment about feature Formula 1 Meets Mountain Biking in Trek's New RE:aktiv Suspension 6/11/2014 3:00 PM
C50_water_bike

Not exactly- small bump doesn't always mean small velocity. The shock velocity is more dependent on shape of the bump- even a small rock or tree root generates a medium/high shock velocity. The low speed inputs are all rider generated- pedaling, pumping, weight shifts etc. The goal of the damper curve is to resist movement due to rider inputs, while still being sensitive to terrain.

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Added a comment about feature Formula 1 Meets Mountain Biking in Trek's New RE:aktiv Suspension 6/11/2014 2:47 PM
C50_water_bike

This one feels very 'settled'. Especially climbing rough stuff in trail mode- the bike just feels planted.

Never ridden SPV in an airshock, so I can't compare to that.

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