Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Transition Scout Carbon from Vital MTB Test Sessions 4/15/2017 2:26 AM
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"How about on these reviews, that the average consumer [...] just wants to know if this bike fits them"

Surely a bike review that is based on whether or not a rider is the correct height for a given size of bike would be a terrible way to review any bike? I realise that you probably don't mean that in the most literal sense, but the whole point of a review is to test the strengths and weaknesses of a design against a variety of factors - different riding styles and riding preferences are just one aspect of that. So what if the lightest rider wanted more bottom out control? Maybe she just rides harder than you do?

As for testing stock bikes without altering them, surely you can appreciate that mentioning aspects of the bike that may need to be changed or tuned in the future can only be a positive thing. Sure, you may not need it, but doubtless someone will find that bit of information useful in deciding whether they want to test the bike for themselves. The more in depth the review, the better.

And anyway, how is adding/removing bottom out tokens/bands drastically changing a bike from stock? If you are spending thousands of dollars on a push bike, then it makes sense to tune the bike to your riding style, be that altering brake lever position, tyre pressure, or bottom out resistance of your forks etc. Just because it is "stock", doesn't mean you shouldn't fettle with it. Hell, it should be encouraged, racing or not! You don't know how good your bike could be unless you try different set ups.

End of rant. Go ride your bike. But put some more bottomless tokens in before you do.

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