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Added a comment about photo Lars Sternberg on 2015 Shimano XTR 9000 11-speed at Enduro World Series 4/18/2014 8:49 AM
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Graves' XTR derailleur failed last year at the Winter Park EWS and it cost him that race. He likely would have won the overall at WP if it were not for that derailleur. He was pretty pissed and was vocal about what failed specifically. Likewise, his Fox fork failed during Australian XC Nationals and he did not try to hide, cover up, or downplay the failure. He's a high profile athlete with a history breaking parts and not hiding the failures when they occur. If he breaks the new XTR, loses a race - even if it wasn't the cause, and the world finds out, it gives the impression that the new XTR is not robust and could seriously hurt sales. Shimano is playing it safe by letting a less high profile athlete guinea pig the new XTR in the EWS until they are confident it will hold up to Graves.

That's my assumption, but it seems reasonable.

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Liked a comment on the item The 2014 Enduro World Series Kicks Off in Chile 4/18/2014 7:38 AM

awesome slideshow...thanks Sven and Dave.
So bummed about Josh C. hope it's nothing serious.

Added a comment about slideshow The 2014 Enduro World Series Kicks Off in Chile 4/18/2014 7:38 AM
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Wow, that looks great. Excited for this year's EWS. Thank you as usual for the excellent pictures and coverage, Vital.

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Added a comment about video Flip Flops, Tights and a Neck Brace - Eddie Masters on the Spirit of Enduro 4/17/2014 8:45 AM
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I want to see him rip a trail apart when he's not jumping on the enduro hate-wagon and in real shoes.

"He also rallies harder in flip flops than most of us do in full gear." You aren't joking!

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Liked a comment on the item Silencing the Haters: Gwin's Return to Gwinning at the South Africa World Cup 4/17/2014 8:42 AM

It's great to see Carter in there. I don't get why there were so many haters when his position...

Added a comment about photo Prototype 4-Piston Magura Disc Brakes - Sea Otter Classic 4/17/2014 7:43 AM
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Liked a comment on the item OUT OF AFRICA - World Cup Downhill Slideshow from the Finals at Pietermaritzburg 4/15/2014 11:05 AM

Thanks photogs, for the sweat equity put in all week(end)! And double thanks for the artistic...

Liked a comment on the item OUT OF AFRICA - World Cup Downhill Slideshow from the Finals at Pietermaritzburg 4/15/2014 11:05 AM

Bryceland's interview is solid gold

Liked a comment on the item First Look: 2015 Shimano XTR 9000 - New Drivetrain, Wheels & Brakes 4/11/2014 1:46 PM

i'll just save for SRAM

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Added a comment about video 4-Year-Old Super Groms: Jake and Theo 4/11/2014 12:46 PM
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Liked a comment on the item First Look: 2015 Shimano XTR 9000 - New Drivetrain, Wheels & Brakes 4/11/2014 11:02 AM

XTR = so not enduro

that dude in audio was really worked up over the whole thing too. XX1 must...

Liked a comment on the item Pietermaritzburg World Cup Downhill GoPro Run with Claudio Caluori 4/11/2014 9:00 AM

Well done Claudio. I like how you somehow had fun in the dreaded pedal section.

Liked a comment on the item WHEELS IN THE DIRT! World Cup Downhill Action from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa 4/11/2014 7:54 AM

thanks for this Duncan, Sven & Vital

Added a comment about feature Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB 2014 Pietermaritzburg World Cup 4/9/2014 1:08 PM
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Troy Brosnan 4:01:33
Rachel Atherton 4:28:33

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Added a comment about slideshow Vital Capture - Sven Martin's Off-Season Adventures 4/9/2014 9:43 AM
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Sven's off-time adventures are better than my best on-time adventures. I would be envious, but he shared the experiences so well, I can't be.

Really digging these Vital photographer off-season stories. While I love the pictures, they are always awesome, it's the descriptions of each that really make do it for me.

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Added reply in a thread Should I go with a 1x setup? 4/9/2014 9:39 AM

To second Big Bird, you absolutely should. I've been one-by only since 2008, so a bit of a noob by contrast, but definitely a loyalist. I used to use compact drive 28T and 30T touring chainrings, Middleburn CD cranks, and 9-speed 34-11 cassettes. I thought ... more ยป

Added a comment about feature It's in the Bag - A Look at the Photography Gear Sven Martin Uses at the UCI World Cup and Enduro World Series 4/8/2014 3:26 PM
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Another question: do you look forward to the WC season - your busy season - or is it seen as "break time is over. Back to work"?

I ask because a lot of industry folks will say that it's tough to do what you love for a living and not get burnt out on it. Does photographing 10 hours of bikes and then sorting through bike shots for another 8-10 hours in addition to the extensive travel kill the stoke, or do you have a trick for maintaining a love for bikes while getting the job done?

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Added a comment about feature It's in the Bag - A Look at the Photography Gear Sven Martin Uses at the UCI World Cup and Enduro World Series 4/8/2014 2:41 PM
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Dang, that was a good watch/read. I'm no photo guy and don't claim to be, but that was just about the most entertaining photo-related article I have ever read. The technical details danced within the edge of my knowledge level and the comments about what went into making each shot were awesome. My appreciation for the job of the professional bike photographer just doubled, maybe tripled.

Who is the woman throwing the peace sign on the scooter? Ms. Atherton? Whoever she is, she should be a leg model.; beautiful physique.

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Liked a comment on the item It's in the Bag - A Look at the Photography Gear Sven Martin Uses at the UCI World Cup and Enduro World Series 4/8/2014 2:33 PM

good stuff!
beats today's pinkbike posting.
I mean, two bag checks in one day, great!