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Liked a comment about slideshow THE JARED GRAVES INTERVIEW 3/13/2015 9:50 AM

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Liked a comment about video Seat Down Vs Seat Up - What's Actually The Difference For Mountain Biking? 3/8/2015 9:24 PM

If you like to ride the descents cautiously and stressed about every feature that you come across, then ride with your seat post in the higher position. But if you want to have fun and not have to think about if you are going to get bucked or snagged on the seat, then drop that post.

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Liked a comment about feature Vital Soapbox - Mountain Biking and the Mainstream 12/14/2014 8:39 PM

"There may be a couple good clips, but there's always the standout crash clip that is the most memorable visual of the commercial and that's why mountain biking is used. For crashes."

If you look at a NASCAR promo, a sport which is heavily sponsored, you'll see a whole mess of crashes. That's how they attempt to gain interest in the sport to the casual fan. In the entirety of a 500 mile race, you might see one or two crashes.

Promos are there to generate excitement; a promo is merely a snapshot. BTW, the girl who bites it in the above commercial, that's a pretty gnarly crash.

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Liked a comment about feature Vital Soapbox - Mountain Biking and the Mainstream 12/14/2014 8:38 PM

First, NOT going to complain about word count. Nice to read some thought out, articulate expression instead of a 250 word caption. Thank you.

As for wants - better bikes for less money?

How about maybe just the same bikes for less money? Bikes are pretty fancy nowadays, and besides wheel size and carbon, not changing a whole lot. I don't want more, I just want normal at a reasonable price. More trails would be nice, but there's many caveats in there... More races? No. Enduro and Urban DH has about sewn that up. RedBull is taking care of the rest. More WC level DH races in a season might be cool though.

More content... really? I can hardly keep up with all the websites anymore, let alone instafacetwitterbookgram... We have enough of a LOT of things (but I can't seem to get enough of Vital! haha)

Maybe we need to learn to appreciate more? Savor what we have.

As for Rampage, it was mishandled - should at least have had qualified commentators, that could have tried to include the uninitiated and define some things, level of difficulty, rider bios... The visuals were great though, however giving it to NBC was a mistake. Even the Wide World of Sports days suffered from un or mis-informed commentary. Network TV is going down, and thinking or planning on future big 3 broadcasts is waste. Neflix it, or HBO, or invent a new outlet. RedBull is big enough to develop something like that, if they're interested. But expecting a network broadcast of Rampage to bolster the sport is naive.

(I don't for one second believe that more outside sponsorship or attention will bring bike or component prices down. I don't believe anything will. Companies charge more and more every year.)

"Mainstream" and it's importance is going to evolve in the next decade, perhaps dramatically. Cycling in general has got it goin' on right now, on a strength. Room for improvement - yes. Room for appreciation - definitely.
Totally agree with the last paragraph, right on. Great read.

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