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Added a comment about photo Value DH Project: Bike Build Gallery 8/19/2014 10:23 AM
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This compares reasonably well to a Demo 8 II at 4600, although I would go with the specialized for the weight and the warranty.

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Added reply in a thread List off the mountain bikes you've had 7/9/2014 12:05 AM

Giant Iguana Giant XTC WTB hardtail Specialized Stumpjumper Echo ES1 Echo ES2 Zoo Boa Megamo stock Giant AC1 Santa Cruz Super 8 Giant DH Norco Team DH Intense Uzzi VP Intense Socom Transition Blindside Transition Covert Transition Double Santa Cruz V10 ... more »

Added reply in a thread Overpriced MTB products? 7/8/2014 3:46 PM

Crankbrothers. They should pay you to run that garbage. Shorts... wtf people, GFY Tires. My dirtbike tires cost less, and I dont get cost on dirtbike tires. Crankbrothers. Also pretty much everything else. Back in 08 or so, you had to be trying to spend ... more »

Liked a comment on the item Value DH Project: Building The Best Downhill Bike For Your $$$ 6/20/2014 10:32 PM

Actually I would say they're all copies of the Ventana El Cuervo design that have been tweaked.

Added a comment about feature Value DH Project: Building The Best Downhill Bike For Your $$$ 6/20/2014 10:31 PM
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Pau668 must be the owner of Funn

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Added a comment about feature Value DH Project: Building The Best Downhill Bike For Your $$$ 6/20/2014 8:48 AM
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This is correct. I'm not sure about their newer stuff, but for many moons, Transition has been strictly a taiwanese catalog company. But it's totally rider owned bro.

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Added a comment about feature Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB Leogang, Austria World Cup 6/14/2014 2:10 AM
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Aaron Gwin 3:14:52
Rachel Atherton 3:52:14

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Added reply in a thread Getting Onto a DH Team 5/10/2014 11:29 PM

Unfortunately some of the advice from our European friends comes from places where the sport is not languishing quite so badly. It all depends on the level where you're going to end up. Most mid level pro teams these days are basically just collections ... more »

Started new thread OMFG Brayton's leg injury form Cairns 4/26/2014 11:41 PM

Not embedded so as to give you nice people fair warning, this is extremely graphic... http://instagram.com/p/nPp1eEmxAp/

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Added a comment about feature Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB 2014 Cairns World Cup 4/25/2014 8:54 AM
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Aaron Gwin 4:15:00
Rachel Atherton 5:19:00

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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Aaron Gwin's Prototype Specialized Enduro EVO 650b 4/17/2014 12:33 AM
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I'm not entirely uninterested, but after racing for 16 years you start to realize that it's just a bike. What's more interesting about a carpenter, his tools or his products? Gwin didn't go 3.5 sec up at the first split because his bike was 254.2 grams lighter or because of the size of his wheels, he did it because he's probably the greatest downhill racer in history. Knowing what a grizzled old bastard Woo is, I think he might understand where I'm coming from. Equipment is an important part of the sport, I just grow weary of central position it seems to take in the attention of the community. Go contrast the forums on Vital MX vs Vital MTB, and see the how many threads are about equipment vs riding and racing. Here it's probably 10 to 1, there it's 1 to 10. Seems out of whack to me. Hope that clears up my feelings on the issue.

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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Aaron Gwin's Prototype Specialized Enduro EVO 650b 4/13/2014 11:50 AM
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The assessment of me as "bitter" is pretty fair and accurate, although "defeated" might be slightly better. I have watched the sport I love, downhill, basically die over my 10 year DH career. The nationals died, the MSC died, and half the great american DH tracks have been reclaimed by their hills, to be replaced by bike park trails you could do on a DJ bike. Enduro is a sad replacement that sucks to watch and to race, contrived to sell more 6" trail bikes. I know a few high level guys who like it, and I know some high level pro enduro riders who do it only because they have to to continue to have a career. Among the rank and file pro DH riders that I know, it is all but universally loathed. I am hoping to go back home to the East this summer and hopefully re-find some of the joy I used to have in downhilling, when the tracks were steep, the rocks were slick, and men were men. If it's not there, that will probably be it for me until something turns around. DH racing has been the greatest experience of my life, and it's too heartbreaking to watch it continue to decline into a shadow of it's former self.

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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Aaron Gwin's Prototype Specialized Enduro EVO 650b 4/13/2014 10:12 AM
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Cooper's old age at least gives me some company as a broken down old fart. How does your little white fluff ball feel about the kid, do they have a Cash-Kyle style rivalry brewing yet?

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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Aaron Gwin's Prototype Specialized Enduro EVO 650b 4/13/2014 9:59 AM
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My brethren MTB nuts are the problem, with everything. People that would rather build bikes than ride them, people that want to talk about how they shredded the sanitized "black" trail rather than actually be challenged, people that want the XC trails to be dumbed down to their level rather than elevate their level of riding, people that pretend to enjoy horrible anti-fun enduro races because that's what's being marketed right now, and so on. These people are now the majority in MTB.

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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Aaron Gwin's Prototype Specialized Enduro EVO 650b 4/13/2014 9:31 AM
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The Out of Africa slideshow is killer. Nice work. Just thought it was strange that the first thing up about the 4 race wins yesterday was their bike checks. Also The Hub yaps about nothing but parts and bikes, from there you wouldn't know there were races yesterday. My arm is broken and I need vicarious racing fulfillment, frustrated. Come on Outdoors!

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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Aaron Gwin's Prototype Specialized Enduro EVO 650b 4/13/2014 12:34 AM
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This sport will continue to decline and become less and less interesting, until we stop talking about pieces of plastic and aluminum and start talking about the people who ride them. Inanimate objects will never be as interesting as people, this sport has lost its soul with incessant pandering to self-important manufacturers. Bikes don't win races, people win races.

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Added a comment about feature Good Riddance, Pinch Flats! Introducing Dual Chamber Tire System from Schwalbe 2/8/2014 11:16 PM
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This is true

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Added a comment about feature Good Riddance, Pinch Flats! Introducing Dual Chamber Tire System from Schwalbe 2/8/2014 11:15 PM
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Mavic/michelin Le System was basically the same thing back in like 05. It's a great idea, we rigged one up at the fix with 650c tubular road tires in a UST rim. Worked well but you couldn't change the tire pressure once the road tire was inflated. Super stoked this is coming out, if it works as well as Tu-bliss, I'm buying it.

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Added reply in a thread Pro DH Riding 12/8/2013 5:40 PM

Pro DH racing is barely even a thing. You can count the number of american racers for whom DH racing is a worthwhile, full-time job on one hand. You can count the number for whom it is truly lucrative on one finger. Just ride your bike and go as fast ... more »

Added a comment about press release Developing: Trek World Racing Wants Aaron Gwin Back, Whiteley May Pursue Legal Action 1/10/2013 9:09 AM
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Whiteley will probably just have the UCI change the rules so that anyone named Aaron will need 470,000 UCI points to race at a world cup.

From what I'm told, Whiteley has been the one instrumental in pushing aspiring racers and privateers out of world cup racing with the rule changes on trade teams and UCI points payouts for national champs. As far as I'm concerned he can go eat a giant bag of em.

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