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.
I wasn't able to get the WT tyres a few months back so I went back to ~30mm...more

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."

Isn't this the whole reason DH pants and shorts were made bulky with extra layers of fabric in the first place? Isn't that the point of DH specific gear? To offer...more

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.

Added a comment about slideshow Carbon Enduro Gearbox Bike - The Zerode Taniwha 3/9/2016 2:24 AM
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And a gearbox does away with the need for Boost 148...

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: e*thirteen TRS Group 3/8/2016 3:35 AM

"coming it at 507g with a 32t direct mount ring. This compared to the other offerings on the market is very competitive, coming in roughly 40g lighter than another key manufacturer's carbon crank"

Really?? More like 60 grams heavier than the benchmark!




Better options abound....

Added reply in a thread What Venue Would You Pick for the World Cup to Either Return to or Host? 3/7/2016 1:14 AM

Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa. Beautiful scenery, gourmet food, wine lands, beaches and with some work, killer trails too.

Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Santa Cruz Bronson C S 3/4/2016 3:16 AM
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That rim ding shows this bike was tested properly :-)

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Added a comment about press release Urge Announces That Their Endur-O-Matic 2 is Now Available 3/4/2016 2:29 AM
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Gimme one now!

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Added a comment about video The Audi Commercial with Gwin 3/2/2016 3:34 AM
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Meh!

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Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Jamis Defcon 1 2/25/2016 1:43 AM
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The Jamis is not a Horst link design. Its a linkage driven mono pivot. Look at where the rear most pivot is. On the seat stay, not the chain stay. Specialized and Transition, among others make the Horst Link work very well for them.

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Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Jamis Defcon 1 2/24/2016 1:55 AM
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Ouch, that's a bit of a fail Jamis. That other site also found the back end too flexy for words. Seems unbelievable in this day and age that they'd get it so wrong. A bridge on the chainstays is probably all it would have taken. My Enduro has one and it does limit tyre clearance but thats a small price in my opinion.

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Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 EX 2/23/2016 2:11 AM
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Thanks, I read the Transition article. The reach was the biggest problem for me on my previous bike. The XL frame has made all the difference...

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Liked a comment on the item 2016 Test Sessions: Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 EX 2/23/2016 2:09 AM

See above for a response to the TT vs reach question. We prefer to go by reach measurement as the length when standing is what matters to us most.

As far as the rating is concerned, the words in the review should justify our decisions pretty well. The bike climbed very well with...more

Added reply in a thread Localism, Legitimacy or Both? 2/22/2016 2:00 AM

We have the same issues here in South Africa. Our primo riding area in the Cape Peninsula was proclaimed a national park a few years ago. It got burned out in a bush fire a year ago and is still closed. Other trails that I have ridden for over 20 years ... more ยป

Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 EX 2/22/2016 1:42 AM
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Great bike but I have queries similar to those below regarding the TT and reach. The XL has longer reach than my XL Enduro so its not a shhort bike methinks. I also wonder how the bike scored so highly with an under performing shock. Even though the price is good, surely you should not have to buy a RS or Fox to make it work properly (or be reliable)?

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