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Liked a comment on the item First Look: Radical New 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 7/29/2014 9:33 PM

Count on hearing more in a few weeks.

Added a comment about feature First Look: Radical New 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 7/29/2014 5:35 PM
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That mono seat stay is pretty cool, but the really interesting bit is what Specialized is doing with that Horst Link. Concentric BB main pivot, dropped chain stay pivots and short seat stay pivots... kinky! I'd like to hear the thinking on that.

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Liked a comment on the item Yeti's SB5 Carbon & The San Juans - Proven Here 7/20/2014 12:26 AM

Insane landscape colors be awesome to shoot there. Ride also I would guess.

Liked a comment on the item Tested: Specialized Bib Liner with SWAT 7/18/2014 9:52 AM

I use a Platypus soft bottle with my Swat bibs, much more comfortable.

Added a comment about product review Tested: Specialized Bib Liner with SWAT 7/18/2014 9:52 AM
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I just rode with a guy down the Downieville Downhill who was wearing the shorts. I did't realize he was wearing them until he pulled something out of the back mid-ride.

After that I was envious of those shorts every time I jumped to gap a boneyard and my camelback jumped off my back hitting the back of my helmet (and I had the straps tight).

He said that the shorts were great for small to medium rides and will still use a camelback for the long rides.

When the shorts first came out, I was thinking all XC, but yesterday changed my mind. I'm getting a pair.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: 2015 Yeti SB5c with Switch Infinity Technology 7/17/2014 11:31 PM
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Interesting that Kona's Magic Link type solution is one that others are pursuing as well. It makes sense for complete tunability. Even if Kona did not nail it, the potential is there, and an interesting step in FS bike evolution.

Trail bikes are so capable now. I wonder if this moving pivot point evolution could create the super-trail bike - the quiver killer.

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Added reply in a thread Whistle Blower 7/8/2014 11:37 AM

As a former racer, I've taken up course marshalling to stay connected to the racy side of sport. Course Marshalling has the potential to be pretty long and boring. Sometimes 5-6 hours, solo, in the same spot, no mobile connection... So both the race ... more »

Added reply in a thread Overpriced MTB products? 7/7/2014 3:30 PM

Saddles. I believe most are made by Velo, probably designed by them as well. Then "branded" and marked up. And I'll throw in any rebranded products. Catalog picking is not innovation. Price accordingly. P

Added reply in a thread MTB Shoes 7/3/2014 12:20 PM

One feature that is key for me, is a softer rubber on the cleats. That rubber needs to grip bare rock. Some shoes have a hard plastic that makes bare rock slip like ice - and it will change your decision to try technical bits if you can't count on your ... more »

Added a comment about slideshow Never Say Die - Enduro World Series Valloire Stages 4-6 6/23/2014 9:49 PM
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Manual pan!

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Added a comment about video Gwin's On Fire with No Tire 6/16/2014 7:54 AM
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I could only hope for such speed with a fully intact tire on. Inspiring!

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Liked a comment on the item Formula 1 Meets Mountain Biking in Trek's New RE:aktiv Suspension 6/11/2014 1:31 PM

Hey guys- I was the lead engineer on this shock. If you have any questions- fire away.

Edit- this was in response to earlier posts:
It is not SPV, and SPV did not perform like this.

Yes we tried to make descend mode to behave like a shim damper- that curve feels best for...more

Added a comment about feature Formula 1 Meets Mountain Biking in Trek's New RE:aktiv Suspension 6/11/2014 1:31 PM
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Thanks Dave!

Does the damping require a certain amount of pressure build up for oil to start flowing to the active state? Or is oil always active, and when pressure builds up, it allows more flow?

Did you have to retune a rebound to match?

One last one, the damping is digressive, and the air spring in linear, is deep travel/bottoming a concern?

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Added a comment about feature Formula 1 Meets Mountain Biking in Trek's New RE:aktiv Suspension 6/11/2014 1:25 PM
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Yes SPV was similar: Firm, then a "give". Fox's "Climb" mode is based on SPV. But it will be interesting to see how this new one "feels" on trail. I'm sure it's better than SPV.

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Added a comment about feature Formula 1 Meets Mountain Biking in Trek's New RE:aktiv Suspension 6/11/2014 1:22 PM
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Wider flange for stiffer wheels (they focused on 29er) while keeping normal crank spacing.

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Liked a comment on the item Fort William World Cup Downhill Finals Slideshow 6/9/2014 12:54 PM

So much love for Vital WC slide shows.