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Liked a comment on the item Sneak Peek: 2015 Trek Slash 27.5 Carbon 7/22/2014 8:52 AM

Huh, they were making such a big deal about that DRCV shock a few weeks ago, and these show up... with Monarch Plus across the entire line.

Liked a comment on the item Tested: Specialized Bib Liner with SWAT 7/21/2014 7:11 AM

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...more

Liked a comment on the item First Look: 2015 Yeti SB5c with Switch Infinity Technology 7/17/2014 10:47 AM

I got in a lunch ride at Yeti 2 days ago and had similar impression of the bike. Extremely smooth, no harsh bottom, firm climbing, and it felt like closer to 6" of travel. It looks a little complicated at first but it is more simple and much easier to maintain than the previous...more

Added a comment about feature Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/17/2014 7:15 AM
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For a budget build where performance for pennies is paramount, absolutely. The Boxxer saves a pound and $135 according to Vital's numbers. That's significant.

As for chassis, I much prefer the Boxxer over the 888. Boxxers are like Legos. You can buy an RC and swap in an air spring, Charger damper, or the upgraded black dust seals as your budget allows down the road.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: 2015 Yeti SB5c with Switch Infinity Technology 7/17/2014 7:06 AM
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Regardless of how great or terrible it rides, one thing is always true of Yeti; they love gimmicks.

EDIT: Apparently people read "gimmick" with a negative connotation. Here's what gimmick means: device intended to attract attention, publicity, or business. Perhaps I should have said "Yeti loves radical, unique implementations of suspension design that significantly differentiate them from their competition." Better?

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Liked a comment on the item Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/16/2014 11:35 AM

Valid points, no doubt. The "Problem" is not with Vital's idea; the voters skewed the test in the wrong direction. Had Vital just chose the more reasonable components for the lowest $$$ amount, I'm sure the price wold be much more reasonable. A product manager wouldn't spec a...more

Added a comment about feature Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/16/2014 11:14 AM
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Honestly, I'm glad you guys used MSRP instead of market price. Otherwise, you'd have 200+ comments saying "where can i haz Zee breaks for $137 per side?!?!?! Best i can find is $139. This test is bull****!"

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Liked a comment on the item Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/16/2014 11:10 AM

Yes, it's true that there are always deals to be had, just like we described above in the "Component Selection Criteria" section. The MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) doesn't change however. We needed to compare apples to apples, so MSRP values are what we listed.

Liked a comment on the item Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/16/2014 11:07 AM

Pretty Dissapointed in the RC choice. Goes to show people can't get over the name. The 888 RC3 V2 is a phenomenal fork and people won't even give it a chance. Seeing that Spec'd on the bike would be a much much better option.

Added a comment about feature Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/16/2014 11:07 AM
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Funny you say that because I feel the same about the 888; "people can't get over the name." But it goes to show how different our perspectives and tastes are. I prefer the Boxxer over the 888, but you prefer the 888 over the Boxxer. I guess it is not a bad time to be into bikes when there are so many good product choices out there - simply pick your flavor and buy it. :-)

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Liked a comment on the item Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/15/2014 2:00 PM

Clearly, Shimano has done an excellent job of advertising their Zee brakes.

The reason I say that is because they were the most expensive brake option. The Codes would have been perfectly fine, and the price would have been $290 compared to $500. The crankset was a little...more

Liked a comment on the item Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/15/2014 2:00 PM

Haha welcome to the world of bike industry. When every piece of advertising you see on the internet tells you zee is the greatest thing since sliced cheese, consumer logic says it must be. It's good value yes, but I wanted to see a truly budget build.

Added a comment about feature Now in 650b: Introducing the 2015 Specialized Enduro 7/15/2014 7:17 AM
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Beginning? The switch from 26 to 27.5 is in full swing. I would say the beginning started 18+ months ago when bike manufacturers bought into the advantages of larger hoops, but struggled implementing them while maintaining reasonable geometry and travel. 27.5 allows them to get a little bit of both.

I'm stoked to see Specialized is sticking with their position that wheel size should be roughly scaled to rider size. I agree with that theory.

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Added a comment about feature Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/11/2014 11:21 AM
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Hey, give this guy a break. The whole purpose of this article is to build a value-focused DH bike. This guy recommended going narrow-wide without a chainguide to get the cost of the build and weight down even more. He did not say a guide is not necessary on a DH bike. You can't beat up the poor fella up for recommending an option to save money on build whose goal is value.

From purely the value perspective, a narrow-wide is not as terrible an option as you guys are making it seem; you just have to be okay with dropping a chain and risk damaging the chain ring, which some folks can deal with if it means saving some pennies at the time of the build. Who knows, maybe getting the bike built in time for the season is more important that getting it built perfectly, and the owner will circle back and replace parts and time and money allow. Just say'n...

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Liked a comment on the item Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/11/2014 11:08 AM

Guys, jeez, do away with the chainguide altogether, just get a $50 narrow/wide ring, and save money and weight

Liked a comment on the item Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/11/2014 11:07 AM

This is a really sick idea! Goodwork VitalMTB. Will keep a close eye on this

Liked a comment on the item Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/11/2014 11:05 AM

I just went through and tried to pick based on value for a budget build. The results are a disappointing popularity contest so far

Added a comment about feature Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/11/2014 11:04 AM
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That is incorrect. The Charger Damper upgrade does fit the Boxxer RC. From RockShox' website:

If you own a BoXXer Race, Team, RC, R2C2 and World Cup from 2010 onwards (35mm chassis), you can update your fork with the Charger Damperâ„¢ Upgrade kit.

https://www.sram.com/rockshox/products/boxxer-charger-damper-upgrade-kit

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Added a comment about slideshow Uhhh, Isn't it Summer? Enduro World Series La Thuile, Italy 7/11/2014 9:36 AM
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Burly. This slideshow looks just as diverse as the Tweedlove slideshow; one slide is snowy, wet, cold, and grey, and the next is sunny, short sleeve jerseys, and green grass. This should make for some good racing. May the best all-types-of-terrain-and-conditions-rider win.

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Liked a comment on the item Jerome Clementz's Cannodale Jekyll 27.5 7/11/2014 9:26 AM

You don't have to be shy to ask me, but sure, I'll gladly fill in for J.C. while he recovers.