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Added a comment about video 2014 RIDER OF THE YEAR - Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 12/19/2014 11:18 AM
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Yes, Shreddy Awards are back! They make winter better than Christmas does.

EDIT: Vital, I have a request. Will you make a single posting that contains links to this year's Shreddy Award pages? I remember last year having a hard time finding all the videos and then keeping track of what I had watched or not. The Site Search function just doesn't cut it when you are searching for groups of similar content (e.g. Shreddy Awards, Test Sessions, etc.). Cheers.

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Liked a comment on the item First Look: 2015 FSA Mountain Bike Wheelsets 12/19/2014 7:44 AM

There are merits to both types of rims. Did you know that Anne Caro mentioned to us that after trying wide rims she wouldn't ride such a wide rim in the back because she prefers the "spring" and accurate feel of a narrower rim? Up front she was all about it. ~21mm widths have been used for...more

Added a comment about video Loam Ranger | Lars Sternberg 12/18/2014 10:49 AM
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Now that's the proper way to ride a trail bike. Only wish I could like that.

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Added a comment about video DirtTV Danny Hart Interview 2014 12/16/2014 2:38 PM
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No kidding.

There's some pretty sweet riding at 9:22, but that's it for action.

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Liked a comment on the item Little Miss Downhill - A Superstar in the Making? 12/12/2014 2:07 PM

I gotta step up my game.....

Added a comment about feature Vital Soapbox - Mountain Biking and the Mainstream 12/12/2014 2:01 PM
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...we might even become so popular that we get to sit as equals at the multi-use trail access advocacy negotiation table.

I dream of this day. I hope it happens in my lifetime.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital Soapbox - Mountain Biking and the Mainstream 12/12/2014 2:00 PM

I would love for more people to be interested in mountain biking. I'd also love for bikes to be cheaper cause manufacturers can spend less on paying teams (although I think it is questionable that bikes would actually come down in cost), however, I think that downhill is not destined for this...more

Added a comment about feature Vital Soapbox - Mountain Biking and the Mainstream 12/12/2014 2:00 PM
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...you don't see millions of people around the world posting (and watching) some high school football game clip--that's interesting to the people in that town, but not beyond. But Kelly McGarry making that backflip in the middle-middle-of-nowhere, Utah, or Danny Macaskill riding on top of rocks on an island...now THAT's something else.

That is a really good point. We may not be mainstream, but our loyalty to unsigned, moderately to highly talented, or interesting athletes is something no other mainstream sport has.

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Added a comment about feature 10 Instagrammers You Should Follow but Probably Don't - Vital Gram Central 12/12/2014 8:32 AM
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Who was the "other site [that] did the exact same thing" with the Instagram feature after Vital did? That reference was lost on me. I guess I don't venture out across the internet enough.

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Added a comment about press release Altamont Capital Partners Leads Majority Recapitalization of Fox Head, Inc. 12/11/2014 9:00 AM
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I always thought Megan Fox's parents owned FOX news. Is that not the case?

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Liked a comment on the item Altamont Capital Partners Leads Majority Recapitalization of Fox Head, Inc. 12/11/2014 8:59 AM

Always prefered Megan Fox to FOX News anyway.

Added a comment about press release Altamont Capital Partners Leads Majority Recapitalization of Fox Head, Inc. 12/11/2014 8:59 AM
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Absolutely correct. However, in each of those cases, the riders/teams have contracts with both brands. The distinction I am making is for the riders/teams/employees who have a contract with/employed by one but not the other. I wouldn't contribute this if I haven't experienced it personally. ;-)

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Added a comment about press release Altamont Capital Partners Leads Majority Recapitalization of Fox Head, Inc. 12/11/2014 8:00 AM
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Two completely different companies. Fox Racing Shocks and Fox Head have not had anything in common for 30+ years... well, other than confusing people who think they are two branches of the same company.

Fun fact: some race team sponsors and companies prefer their athletes/employees not to wear/use the other Fox if that other Fox conflicts with a sponsor/company because so many people do not know they are different companies. For example, and this is speaking hypothetically, a Marzocchi sponsored athlete without an apparel sponsor may be asked to avoid wearing Fox Head ride gear at races. I've heard of it happening more than once before.

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Liked a comment on the item Merci Jerome 12/10/2014 10:05 AM

I have to say this guy elevated Mavic's 24 and 20 spoke wheels from looking terrifying for any sort of aggressive riding to looking legitimate.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Giro Terraduro Clipless Shoe 12/8/2014 9:42 AM
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The timing of this review is very fitting as I am back in the market for a pair of clipless trail shoes to replace my very tired Giro Privateers. I have loved the Privateers and they are one of the best bang-for-the-buck shoes I have ever owned, but the lack of a rubber sole is a real downer. The Terraduro is an obvious upgrade, but the lack of real lugs and a few coworkers experiencing severe durability issues has shied me away somewhat. This review reinforces my first concern, but the experience of improved durability in the latest batch makes me optimistic - thank you for including that point. However, I'm still eying the new Code VR70 since it appears to be a Privateer with a rubber sole - exactly what I want - but I haven't had great luck with carbon reinforced shoes from other brands; the carbon inevitably breaks under my heavy frame and frequent hike-a-biking.

For the record, I have owned Specialized Rimes, several comparable Pearl Izumi offerings, and several comparable 5.10 offerings. Surprisingly, the Privateers have been my favorite of the list and I believe they were also the least expensive, IIRC. If Giro ever releases the Privateer with a lugged rubber sole at the Privateer's price point, I probably will never buy another brand of shoe again.

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Added a comment about video Escape. Create. 12/5/2014 12:45 PM
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"Escape. Create. Dan Atherton As You've Never Seen Him Before"

Rolling around in a meadow full of puppies giggling like a school girl?

That video was dramatic. Good, but dramatic. The producers of Titanic would be proud.

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Added a comment about video Joe Barnes’s Search for the Steep - Episode 1, Madeira 12/2/2014 1:51 PM
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I agree with your first point - Joe Barnes edits are always excellent - but there was more music than just dubstep in there. And there's always the mute button.

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Liked a comment on the item Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/24/2014 11:57 AM

Good, here's to hoping this sets the proper precedent: e-bikes = motorized vehicles.

Also, let me forestall the barrage of ignorant criticisms: yes, I have ridden an e-bike. I think they're a great invention, and they are a cool piece of technology. For xmas, I'm seriously thinking of getting...more

Liked a comment on the item Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/24/2014 11:57 AM

Not the same thing at all. Good try tho

Liked a comment on the item Moab Bans Electric Bikes on Mountain Bike Trails 11/24/2014 11:57 AM

Bravo. E-bikes are motorized vehicles and should not be on bicycle trails.