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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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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Added a comment about product review Tested: Trek Fuel EX 9.9 3/11/2015 9:11 AM
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That clarifies it a bit. the problem is the review read a bit like my Giant Reign experience. Lots of shock tweaking ie vlume reducer experiments leading to a bomb proof 150mm rear end let down a bit by a flexy fork. My Reign in 26" did duty as a road bike this weekend and outgunned plenty of people (noobs no doubt) on road bikes. It has also been used on multiday mtb rides. So, a versatile bike is nothing new. The difference is mine can still bomb a dh line and will be even more capable once i fit the Pike I have coming in a day or so... Just saying. The Trek does sound good - its light and fast. If money is no object buy it and a proper dh/enduro bike I guess :-)

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Trek Fuel EX 9.9 3/11/2015 3:37 AM
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This review felt a bit alien on vital. A 120mm "trail bike" being ridden on dh like lines and requiring a lot of tuning to get it right. Thats a lot of tweaking on a $9k bike. The review doesnt read like the bike deserves 4 stars and frankly the reactive damper sounds more like a marketing ploy than anything ground breaking. Acronyms sell bikes seems to be Treks motto...

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Added reply in a thread Middle of the road, All around tubeless rim? 11/27/2014 10:20 AM

Id go with the Stans. They are probably the easiest rims to inflate any tyre on that I have ever used - bar actual UST rims. For Texas, the Arch's will be just fine...