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Added a comment about product review Tested: Reynolds Black Label 27.5AM Wheelset 10/11/2014 11:43 AM
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For $2400, a wheelset should have the best everything money could buy, and be delivered to your house by Monk, who then installs them for you and rebuilds your bike while he's at it. Then when he's done, he should hand you a check for the $1000 they owe you. $250 for a rim replacement program? I'm guessing that pretty much covers Reynold's cost on two new rims.

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Liked a comment on the item First Look: Reynolds Blacklabel Carbon Wheels and DH Prototypes 10/11/2014 11:42 AM

$2400 for a wheelset built with DT 240's? Not including the 36pt Star Ratchet? It's a bold strategy Cotton, let's see if it pays off.

Added a comment about video Giddy Up! Transition Introduces New Suspension Platform, New Bikes 9/26/2014 11:29 AM
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I was wondering about the Horst Link patent status, when I looked up the design date (1980), I suddenly felt very old. I wasn't saying it's a bad design or these will be bad bikes. In fact, I know it is the opinion of many well informed suspension engineers that horst link is still the best design. Just thought it was funny too see them talking about it like it's something new, although you can say that about 99% of mtb marketing.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Kore Durox Wheelset 9/19/2014 8:32 PM
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Remember when 800 dollars was as much money as you could spend on a wheelset? Way way back in 2009 or so. $850 for this, are you kidding me? I think because ENVEs cost the GDP of a small central american country, everyone thinks they can price their wheels in multiples of 1000 now. 800 dollars still buys you a handbuilt wheelset with Hadley/King/ or DT hubs, DT champion spokes, and whatever rim you feel like. And those wheels will be better than absolutely anything else on the market, in pretty much every way. 5 years ago this wheelset would have been 400 dollars, and people wouldn't have bought it then either. Nice try.

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Added a comment about news blog Gee Atherton and Manon Carpenter Win 2014 World Championships 9/7/2014 11:32 PM
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For sure you can expect a little more carnage and raggedness at worlds, today it just bit a few more than usual out of the contenders. I was right there with you hoping Neko would hold on to it. Personally I think the #1 plate means a lot more than the rainbow jersey. Champions should be crowned based on a series, not one roll of the dice.

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Added a comment about news blog Gee Atherton and Manon Carpenter Win 2014 World Championships 9/7/2014 10:39 PM
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Some interesting stuff happened, but I agree with JCL that it wasn't the best race to watch. Neko's chain, Greg, Danny and Sam's crashes, Bryceland's ankle, just lots of bad luck going around. Not to say Gee didn't deserve it, but his run wasn't that great either with that big bobble. Usually you need perfection to win worlds.

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Added a comment about feature Win a BoXXer World Cup - Vital OTB World Champs, Hafjell 9/6/2014 9:50 AM
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Aaron Gwin 3:22:00
Rachel Atherton 3:46:00

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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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