Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Transition Scout Carbon from Vital MTB Test Sessions 4/18/2017 4:31 AM

Easy there, Lace! We often add tokens or bands when experiencing bottom-out issues. Nearly every Vital Test Sessions review discusses the addition or removal of air volume spacers, compression, and the like to dial in a setting that works best for our testers and the terrain (and...more

Added reply in a thread How many riders in the 2017 Lourdes World Cup DH Top 10 will be on 29ers? 4/13/2017 1:52 AM

More chance of a 26er being in the top 10 :-)

Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Trek Remedy 27.5 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 4/12/2017 1:26 AM
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A detailed review as always. I would however have marked the bike down for the price. Thats extreme and it doesn't even come with a Reverb or Fox dropper post.

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Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 4/5/2017 5:54 AM

I am 1.88m and ride an XL 160mm travel frame with reach of 477mm. The CS length is 412mm - its a 26er of course. I can't say that my set up with 785mm bars and a 50mm stem ever feels unbalanced eg weight distribution wrong. The first thing I noticed ... more ยป

Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Specialized Enduro 650b from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/24/2017 3:31 AM
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I still ride a 2011 Enduro and love it. The XL has longer reach than this bike at 477 and with the carbon front its also quite a bit lighter than this beast. i run a 160 Pike on it but wish i had more options to change out the rear shock for something that matches the Pike better.

This thing looks like a good deal for the money however, except for that colour of course...

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Commencal Meta AM V4.2 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/16/2017 3:09 AM
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Really enjoying the Vital reviews this year. I take something away from each one and find I can use them to interpret my own bikes behaviour. Plus the dry, rocky trails are more like home than the loam we often see in bike reviews

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Pivot Firebird Carbon from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/14/2017 5:07 AM
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Beast of a bike. Overkill for most but so much fun I bet!

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Added a comment about product review Review - YT Jeffsy CF 29 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/13/2017 3:43 AM
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Cant beat the price or the performance it seems. Pity the prices we get in the RSA are so high though.

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Giant Trance Advanced from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/2/2017 1:46 AM

When other rims survive much longer than one day of riding in the same terrain at the same speeds, that certainly reflects on the quality of Giant's rims.

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I guess the proof is in how the other test bikes carbon wheels performed when ridden on the same trails in the same way. You guys aren't the heaviest riders out there by a long shot either.

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Giant Trance Advanced from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/1/2017 12:56 AM

That's a great question









Personally I feel many companies oversell their products' capabilities as may have been the case here. That said, I wouldn't be caught on a downhill bike on Tucson's trails. A trail/enduro bike is a far better match given the varied terrain.

Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Giant Trance Advanced from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/1/2017 12:56 AM
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I also agree on the tyres. My 2013 Reign came with the std Nobby Nics of the day. What utter rubbish they were.,didn't last a week. I think they put them on because they make they bike feel lighter in the shop. This Trance is impressively light but with decent 1kg tyres on it it will probably weigh nearly 1 kg more...

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Giant Trance Advanced from Vital MTB Test Sessions 2/28/2017 1:30 AM
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This is custom bike territory in terms of price - and all you get are Giant's own dropper ( I have one and its reliable but budget) and own brand carbon wheels. Its good to see Giant have largely sorted out their rear suspension. In the past the longer travel bikes like the 26er Reign suffered from too little progression and required the largest volume reducer available from Fox.

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: Hope Tech 35W Wheelset 1/31/2017 2:24 AM

In my experience anything over 30mm internal just adds drag, quite noticeably for a light weight rider. We did rolling tests and the 35mm rims created a lot of drag with similar tyres on smaller rims.
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Added a comment about product review First Look: Ohlins RXF 34 Fork 1/19/2017 2:44 AM
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Yes and no. I don't get to ride many different forks but when I have upgraded, eg. from QR to 15mm and then 32mm stanchions to 35mm, the difference was remarkable and easy to spot. That said, its all down to feel and what you are used to. Some days my Pike feels too stiff, the next day its perfect. Maybe it was cooler on day 2? Maybe my mood was better? Either way, suspension forks in this category have all become so good, its become harder to differentiate them. In my case the Pike is a price vs performance winner and its lighter too, and available for all wheel sizes. Why buy an Ohlins then unless you value the brand appeal more than the other factors I mention?

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Added a comment about feature Beware, It's Getting Weird Out There 8/31/2016 2:19 AM
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All the good AM /DH tyres are available in 26. Just look at Schwalbe for example. As far as rims go - Stans is a great option and Hope has just released a new wheelset for enduro in all three sizes. So there goes the theory that no new stuff comes out in 26 anymore. That goes for the new Stan's flows too. As for new tread patterns - there is nothing revolutionary coming out in that area. Everything starts looking more and more like a Minion or Magic Mary...

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Liked a comment on the item First Look: 2016 Specialized Demo Pro Apparel 5/17/2016 7:16 AM

"If we had to make a few critiques, due to how light the material is there's no counting on them to keep you protected in a fall."

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Liked a comment on the item The 2016 World Cup Downhill Season Begins - Lourdes Track Walk Slideshow 4/8/2016 2:15 AM

Interesting comments from Peaty. Much of the impetus for the UCI point rules came from current WC teams and athletes pushing to make the WC's more exclusive to top-tier riders only. Seems those feelings change a bit when confronted with the...more

Liked a comment on the item 2016 Test Sessions: Felt Decree 3 3/11/2016 4:57 AM

Somebody finally called a spade a spade on the overconstrained rear triangle (i.e., flex pivot). Basically impossible to get proper shock spring and damping rates when the frame is contributing it's own spring and damping rates.

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And a gearbox does away with the need for Boost 148...

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