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Added bike check Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon 12/20/2014 1:32 AM
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Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 11/24/2014 1:26 PM

I thought the same thing when I read that. What other bikes come from NZ? Cam on Zerode

yes please!

Added a comment about news blog Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/23/2014 3:19 AM
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You better not show up on my trails with a Di2 or iCD or E:i Shock or.... hell anything else I might not like because it's not on my bike.

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Liked a comment on the item Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/23/2014 3:16 AM

What about my electric skateboard? Those still good?

Added a comment about news blog Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/23/2014 3:15 AM
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Boooo!

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Liked a comment on the item Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/23/2014 3:05 AM

man... next they're going to make it illegal to drive my electric car down the sidewalk.

Liked a comment on the item Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/23/2014 3:00 AM

Give people some freedom. Let people exercise their right to adventure. Americans are so twisted when it comes to rules especially ones (e-bikes) that aren't hurting anyone. I would probably never ride one, but I am not going to judge the man next to me who is. Let him ride his toy who wants...more

Added a comment about feature WINNING BIKE: Kieran Bennett's Zerode G2 11/2/2014 12:37 PM
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Cool to see the Zerode G2 in my face first thing in the morning checking out Vital
Love mine.

Based on the interview questions it seems people sometimes forget the Zerode is much more than just a gearbox bike. The gearbox was a clever way to solve the problem of massive chain growth for such a high pivot bike (read that as the most insane bump eating machine ever!). It has the added benefit of being maintenance and hassle free and, as Kieran said, centres the weight to make it handle fantastic. Less weight on the wheel is also great for small bumps.

Funny video as well, those guys had to bail pretty quick

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Added a comment about feature 12 Bike Crashes That Will Give You Nightmares 10/31/2014 9:15 PM
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Cam Zinks Canyon gap bail.
Pretty much just watch Rampage... Lines that will give you nightmares, crashed that will give you nightmares...

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Added a comment about feature Ken Block's Custom Specialized Demo DH Bike 10/12/2014 6:45 PM
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Now we need to see some videos of him drifting it!

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Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 10/10/2014 3:20 PM

So that's why the BigHit never made it to UCI races...

Even if they did want to enforce a chain rule, you can swap the belt drive for a chain drive on that gearbox. Lucky they don't have a rule about it "must have a derailleur" I ... more ยป

Added a comment about feature Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/7/2014 4:41 PM
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Weight weenie action on a DH rig... about as pointless as alcohol free beer.

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Added a comment to F1234K's bike check 10/4/2014 5:14 PM
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Well, I've only been out twice since I finished building it up so the ride experience included a bit of fiddling with getting my setup just right. I am still tweaking suspension settings since I have never owned a Pike or Kirk before.

So far though:
It's a size medium, but feels on the larger side, pretty much perfect for me. It pedals really well, and from looking at suspension profiling which suggested it would be squatty I am pleasantly surprised at how well it pedals. It really execrates when you get on the cranks.

Being concentric pivot you get no pedal feedback when hitting the rough stuff so it inspires you to let go of the brakes more and more. This is why I love my Zerode G2 as well. These sort of bikes just make you want to test your limits all the time.

It's shorter travel than the G2 which I rode on similar trails and obviously isn't as forgiving on the bumps but the G2 is a monster truck DH bike. When the fun bits are over and you need to get back to the top or to the next trail the Anakin makes easy work of the uphill bits.

This is also my first 27.5 wheeled bike. I am not used to it yet I can tell you that much. It feels taller... I've got to consciously make myself get deeper into the bike when things get rowdy but I am sure as time goes by I will feel more comfortable on the bigger wheels.

The gear changes are dead quite and you need very little action to change gears. The gaps are pretty big between gears too so at the start I changed 2-3 gears at a time and soon realised this was a mistake. 1 gear at a time is usually enough, sometimes you need 2-3 if there is a drastic change in terrain. Of course I can change while coasting as well which is mainly when I do my gear changes in preparation for the upcoming bits on the trail.

Quite is almost not even a strong enough word. It is dead silent with the exception of some free hub noises (similar to most hubs out there). The free hub is in the gearbox so the rear hub is a fixxy hub and the belt turns when you coast. This is not noticed at all while riding, but when pushing the bike up you can get slapped on the shin with the pedals if you are not careful since they spin around as you push the bike.

Corning is fantastic and as I said before it likes to carry speed and accelerate when you get on the pedals out of the turns.

The gear range is spot on and I managed to climb up one of the silliest hills we have in easy gear without too much huffing going on. I've not needed 9th gear yet. I'm not sure what speed the gears will top out, but it's probably 50km/h or close to that.

The Kirk is pretty damn good so far. Really sensitive on the small bumps and feels plush on the flat drops we have sprinkled along our trails. Still tuning it though so we will see. I'm used to CCDBAir shocks.

Overall it is exactly what I was after. A trail bike that behaves in some part like my Zerode but more suited to long pedally trails.

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Updated bike check Cavalerie Anakin 10/4/2014 4:33 PM
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Updated bike check Cavalerie Anakin 10/4/2014 4:33 PM
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Added a comment about video Andreu Lacondeguy's Winning Rampage Run 9/30/2014 2:00 PM
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Yeah, but it was pretty clear the announcers didn't know what they were talking about half the time. I am super stoked Andreu won it and that he did it on a run like that: BIG mountain. You could tell after first runs they were rewarding creative lines and the dodgy-ness of them more than tricks for which I am very glad.

Between Andreu, Zink, Kyle and a few others I was left slack jawed that the things they were attempting was even doable. How the hell they thought those moves were ridable to being with?! Just amazing!

Some really creative lines from Brendan and Paul Bas as well. Those might have been winners in previous years. The level is absolutely insane...

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