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Added a comment about photo Santa Cruz Tallboy - Vital Member, NoahColorado 5/13/2015 2:22 PM
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She was a great bike!

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Added a comment about feature First Look: Kore Stronghold Narrow/Wide Chainrings and Mega Range Sprockets 4/14/2015 10:47 AM
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How many miles do you have on that ring?

It may be that most chainring reviews are "full of all kinds of technical data, CAD drawings, friction coefficients, etc." but reviews should have some kind of qualifying information like that, not simply be "it worked, it's great."

Having pretty extensively tested N/W rings over the last year or so, I can tell you they all seems sensitive to wear to varying degrees. Pretty much any of them will work flawlessly at first - thus the reason you might see a sponsored athlete able to tackle a few runs down Rampage guideless. However, it's rare you'll any elite racers go without a guide in competition - even those with full factory support.

I mean, I'll happily sell anyone a chain-retaining style ring, and for some people that performance is good enough. But, it's about time an MTB site did a real test of these products' performance and durability. I think you'll find their (rings only) long-term performance still falls short of a really basic upper-only chainguide - a product that's cheap, doesn't really "wear out", weighs as little as 40g, and doesn't introduce friction to the system (which interestingly is cited as a "con" for chainguides, but never mentioned in regards to rings).

Sorry, rant over, haha. Killing time in the passenger seat on the long drive to Sea Beaver.

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Added a comment about video Vital RAW - Lourdes World Cup Gnar 4/10/2015 4:58 PM
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Added a comment about photo FOX Float Shock with EVOL Air Can 3/27/2015 10:52 AM
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Like Evol burritos? Tasty.

I wonder who's bike that is...

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Added a comment to NoahColorado's bike check 2/25/2015 2:34 PM
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Correct, but the all black Lev Ti was considerably more expensive. The cheaper Lev DX still has a natural gold telescoping portion - looks dated. I was trying to avoid having black, Kashima, and natural gold on the uppy-downy parts.

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Added a comment to NoahColorado's bike check 2/19/2015 8:15 AM
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It's a medium. The saddle sizing changed in 2013, before that small and large were your options. The former "large" became the medium and they now offer an even wider "large".

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Added a comment to RuRoost's bike check 2/13/2015 8:21 AM
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Bike of the day material right there!

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Added a comment about photo Top Secret 2015 Intense Bike 1/7/2015 1:43 PM
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Dropped chainstay position suggests VPP linkage.

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Added a comment about feature What's Out and What's In - Mountain Biking in 2015 1/2/2015 11:56 AM
Added a comment about video SCORPION ALERT! Loic Bruni's Mont Sainte Anne Crash 8/1/2014 4:02 PM
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Looks like it, also the spot where Ratty's wheel gave up the ghost last year.

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Added a comment about feature Formula 1 Meets Mountain Biking in Trek's New RE:aktiv Suspension 6/12/2014 11:14 AM
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Same q-factor, but different chainline requirement.

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Added a comment about video Vital RAW - Fort William World Cup Rock Skipping 6/6/2014 3:24 PM
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:21. WTH Ratty! So sick.

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