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Cheers for the critique, SDMTB'er.

I assure you that there are no biases toward the big boys vs the little guys. Vital has featured many very positive reviews of boutique brands, advertiser or not, including a handful of bikes made by Pivot.

There are a few distinctions that you should be aware of between the reviews. For starters, the Trek was reviewed by our 6'2" and 6'5" tall riders (as is clearly stated). The Pivot by our 5'8" and 5'10" testers. We do our best to tell you about each of the test riders in detail, something you won't find many other places. We list their height, weight, riding styles, and more. All so that you can better determine whether their experiences might mimic your own.

To clarify, regardless of the stem you put on a bike, the Reach measurement does not change. It's the horizontal distance between the center of the BB and the center of the top of the headtube. The size Large Pivot is very short - it's actually shorter than all 15 other men's bikes in our Test Sessions roundup, several of which are Mediums. The Trek has a much longer front center, somewhere near the top when comparing it to similarly sized bikes in the 160mm travel range.

Our testers will swap cockpit components as needed to improve the fit/feel of the bike, but also comment on the stock setup as well. Some bikes ride terribly with the stock stuff and are greatly improved with a wider/shorter combo. Others work well. For the tall guys, Trek's 750mm bar is far from ideal, and the 70mm stem doesn't quite align with the bike's capabilities. For the average height guys, Pivot's 755mm bar worked just fine, as did the slightly shorter 60mm stem. This is stated in both reviews. The M6 is a great bike in many respects, and we clearly describe where it excels.

Our ratings consider many factors, including value, price, build spec, geometry, weight, construction, how it climbs, how it descends, how it sprints, how it pumps, how it jumps, how the suspension performs, where it excels, where it doesn't, the little details, etc... The list is pretty exhaustive actually.

While it's easy to say that a bike review should just focus on the frame, there is so much more to how a bike rides than that. The suspension, tires, wheels, etc all come into play in a big way. Some companies do a great job with their builds, others overlook minor details that can end up having a big impact on the ride quality. If you're spending your money on it, don't you wan't to know how those things perform? In an ideal world we'd test all bikes with the exact same components and tire pressures, but that's just not how they're sold. They're each a sum of their parts, for better or worse.

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Liked a comment about news blog Gee Atherton and Manon Carpenter Win 2014 World Championships 9/7/2014 12:43 PM
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I did a lot of yelling at my computer this morning. Helluva end to an amazing season.

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Liked a comment about news blog Gee Atherton and Manon Carpenter Win 2014 World Championships 9/7/2014 12:42 PM
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Yeah, all three of them. LOL.

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Liked a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Aaron Gwin's Prototype Specialized Enduro EVO 650b 4/13/2014 3:34 AM
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hey, remember that one time when vital had 4 slideshows from PMB 2014 with 169 action/lifestyle photos and 48 audio clips interviewing the racers about their racing?

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Liked a comment about product review First Ride: RockShox BoXXer with Charger Damper 4/1/2014 9:03 AM
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April fools! The fork actually exploded and killed Sven and 11 sheep.

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Liked a comment about feature MTB Bucket List, 5 Places to Ride at Least Once in Your Life According to Michael Browne 3/2/2014 11:46 PM
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Call me boring, unimaginative, even parochial, but I have grand designs on riding trails in Europe, Africa, the Himalaya, South America, Canada and NZ on my bucket list. This is of course an entirely subjective opinion, but the locations listed hardly smack of grandeur or legend. I want to read about or watch videos of impressive riding in unimaginable scenery to feature on a bucket list. No offence but listing those locations is like having Top Gear review a 1987 Toyota Corolla. How about an article featuring some of the most coveted trails on each continent? Tell you what, get the readers of Vital to post up a video of their fav trail in their own country, get them whittled down to the top 10 for each continent then I will spend the whole of 2015 visiting, riding and reviewing them. I'm open to sponsorship offers and endorsements bike companies!!!!

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Liked a comment about video Forget the Pack - The Story Behind Specialized SWAT Apparel 2/19/2014 11:31 AM
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Ugh. This looks terrible. If you wanna carry a bottle why not get get a bottle cage. Or I dunno just wear a better fitting hydro pack. I never notice mine when I am riding. Also, why is this called "Forget the Pack". Aren't they really saying forget the pack you already have and come buy our weird under garment pack thing instead? Finally if you wanna tuck your bottle (who still uses water bottles anyway?) into your shirt how about you just use an xc jersey. Lord know you don't care about the way you look if your on the trail tucking water bottles in to your shorts.

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Liked a comment about feature What Was on Cam Zink's TLD Helmet at Rampage? It Could Have Saved His Life 10/16/2013 1:27 PM
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So does a spinal injury

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Liked a comment about feature Red Bull Rampage 2013 Shaping Up - Course Photos and Videos 10/7/2013 1:27 PM
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Hey Scott - I'm 30 years old and used to live in Utah, I've been to the old site and have walked around it. I have followed Rampage from the first year they did it when I was a senior in high school. I've been riding mountain bikes since 1996 and I'm not a hack... well I'm still a hack.

I just don't want the wood features to become a slippery slope and are required to hit to win (regardless of what the judges say). Also I'd hate it if riders felt that they needed to hit any of them to even podium. In addition I wouldn't like to see an increasing number of wood features be added year over year. I think this could funnel people to certain zones and limit creativity of line choice which from what I understand is the spirit of the event. Opinions not bitchiness. I'm very grateful for Rampage and everyone/everything that takes to put on a great event.

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Liked a comment about video Aaron Gwin Speaks About Fort William: Specialized Racing Video 6/11/2013 11:38 PM
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Sorry I call BS, Troy a good result after coming back from a major injury a year out, so fine, but BS on focus was on next week, youve been off for a year, its been 8 months since a WC from last year and with only 5 races this season for WC ya focus is on Rd 2 common! Sounds like allot lf corporate gibber jabber to me from both of them and I like Troy too, pegged him ways back as a future senior champ still do.

As for Gwin, well what can you say, its a bad result period, most dominant rider last 2 years defending Ft Bill champ, 8 months to prepare and 20th, in a season this short even he cant come back from that to win the series overall unless everyone else has a bad result, in the last 3-4 years I dont think anyone was won the overall series finishing lower in every round out of the top 5 its been so close, correct me if Im wrong! Ive no doubt Gwin and Troy could might even win next week or any other round, but somethings definitely not right, I also dont have much fan for Gwin, repect as a rider and what hes achieved yes, but he's got no history or respect for the sport, he could leave tommorrow and do something else and not miss it he's that kind of dude and how he definitely promotes himself in interviews, he dosent rate the World Champs, never liked that about him, nothing personal just dont like that attitude.

Peaty now theyres a true champion and if he has a bad week he will tell you no BS.
Hes someone who cares and has history for the sport, Im hanging my hat on Sam this week though, thats Sam Hill btw, hes going to kill it, Sam is back, DH moons are in alignment, lets get ready to rumble

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Liked a comment about news blog Dave Weagle Sues Giant for Patent Infringement 5/5/2013 1:52 PM
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So a guy invents a completely new suspension system, files and gets patents on it, then some company steals his work and decides to string him along for years while pretending to negotiate around licensing the design, until the point where he's had it and decides to sue. And not only that, it happens AGAIN with ANOTHER design...and now somehow, this is actually his fault and he's a loser for complaining? You're saying he should NOT go after "everybody" who steals his work???

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Liked a comment about news blog USAC HATES YOU EVEN MORE - All UCI-Licensed Riders Subject To Fines & Suspension For Racing Non-Sanctioned Events 4/6/2013 1:22 AM
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Liked a comment about press release Developing: Trek World Racing Wants Aaron Gwin Back, Whiteley May Pursue Legal Action 1/8/2013 2:24 PM
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It's funny how up in arms people are about this if you take a step back and look at the bigger picture and how much this impacts any of our lives. Racing bikes are these athletes jobs/careers/income/whathaveyou and a business just like any other. Pursuing an opportunity to make more money (I'm only assuming. I know nothing of the contract details, nor do I feel the need to) when you can in a sport where your time at the top is uncertain and limited, seems logical. I wouldn't for one second think negatively of Aaron because of his decision. After all, it is ultimately his decision, and a business one at that. If it makes him happy and betters his way of life, excellent. Forget all the drama, looking forward to some exciting racing in 2013.

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