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Added a comment about feature 26 Ain't Dead - Build A Killer Ride For Less Than You Think 1/26/2015 5:57 PM
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i would agree:

http://www.norco.com/bikes/mountain/all-mountain/sight-alu/sight-a-71/

http://konaworld.com/process_134.cfm

Two great bikes with modern geo, and new wheel size, both at $2800

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Added a comment about product review Trek Fuel EX 9 Review ... Swing and a miss 1/26/2015 2:06 PM
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I have also rode the remedy as well, and I would agree that I like that bike more, but if trek were to come out with a version of this bike with a slightly slacker head angle I would prefer that over the remedy, as I felt the Remedy was a bit sluggish while climbing. At this point (over a year since i reviewed this bike) there are tons of bikes that fill that category (shorter travel 29ers with agressive angles), from transition, banshee, evil and even specialized with their EVO camber. Which is a bike that Trek is still lacking, and should have in their arsenal.

Additionally, with a 51mm offset fork, and a potentially an alternative fork that has more mid-stroke support, like a pike or RS-1, this bike may ride way better, but, that is not the stock build, and therefore I did not review it.

But I would disagree pretty strongly against your statement that anything less that 69.5 degree head angle would make the bike feel like a chopper. All of the bikes mentioned earlier are in the same travel range, and have much slacker angles (Evil Following has a claimed HA of 67.2 degrees), and most, if not all of those bikes have gotten stellar reviews. My personal experience is from riding a Banshee Prime, 130mm travel trail bike. I normally run that bike in the slack head angle which puts the HA at 67.5 (claimed), with a 46mm offset fork, and I think it corners awesome. I wouldnt say that I have ever noticed it behaving like a chopper, and I believe that there are tons of people that would agree with that statement.

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Added reply in a thread Do you use climbing-specific suspension features like lock-out? 1/13/2015 9:19 AM

I will if its a long climb, really like the climb switch on my DB-inline, and I tend to keep the rear shock on my other bike in trail mode most of the time, unless there is a long fire road climb or non-technical climb

Added a comment about video 2014 MOUNTAIN BIKE OF THE YEAR - Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 12/23/2014 1:48 PM
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I've ridden one of the first Alloy ones earlier this year, and my local shop has a carbon demo ready to be built up. The alloy version was a bit on the heavy side, and a bit sluggish on the climbs. Climbing was fine, and had tons of traction but acceleration was a bit slow. On the downhills the bike felt like a mini downhill bike, almost scary fast. I think the alloy version would be awesome for a gradual climb, like up a fire road (like what youd see all over the PNW), and then a long descend. Around my local trails it was a bit of a pig, since they are short uphills and short downhills. I'm hoping that the shedded weight of the carbon version will alloy it to perform a little better.

I just noticed the bike is finally on the review page, and ill do the full write up tonight, with pics and such.

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Added reply in a thread Front Chainring Size for 1x10 on 27.5" 11/11/2014 1:20 PM

im in austin 34/32 is pretty typical around here, but from what i understand we've got more hills than you in Dallas.

Added a comment to AntonHsu's bike check 9/8/2014 12:30 PM
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no chainguide... bold

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Added a comment to Roots_rider's bike check 7/3/2014 10:41 AM
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I've ridden the RC, it handles descending amazing, and climbs ok for how much the stock weight is. I've been waiting for the bike to pop up on the products section so I can do a full review. Ya along the lines that Roots_rider said, the Spartan is almost scary fast.

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Liked a comment on the item Orange Releases 2015 Alpine 160 Frameset and Complete Bikes 7/3/2014 10:27 AM

Orange needs a new US distributor

Liked a comment on the item First Look: Trek's RE:aktiv Damper and the 2015 Fuel EX 27.5, Remedy 29 and Lush 27.5 6/30/2014 7:11 AM

A 148mm rear hub spacing? Why oh why wouldn't a 150mm rear hub spacing work? Were those annoying, extra 2mm just too heavy?

Added a comment about slideshow First Look: Trek's RE:aktiv Damper and the 2015 Fuel EX 27.5, Remedy 29 and Lush 27.5 6/30/2014 7:08 AM
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I thought the same thing when i was reading... hurray! another standard....

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Added a comment to m4rmot's bike check 6/23/2014 8:05 AM
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what type of 3D printer did you use? Looks like its pretty fine layer resolution

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Added a comment about slideshow Cairns World Cup Cross Country Action - XC Battle Royale 4/27/2014 9:48 PM
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This track looks sick, does a video exist of anyone hitting that drop in slide #32?

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Added a comment about feature Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB 2014 Pietermaritzburg World Cup 4/9/2014 2:07 PM
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Gwin 3:57:30
That Atherton Lady: 4:26:60

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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 4/7/2014 8:37 PM
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So do you guys ever claim the gear as a starter pistol in a locked case, so it doesn't get opened, and is handled more gently?

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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 4/7/2014 8:26 PM

i can't vouch for sven or dave, but i never had as much gear as sven and could/would always bring everything in a carry on. the only items i couldn't carry on were studio lights, which if lost/stolen, wouldn't have ruined a trip (and were usually...more

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 4/7/2014 8:12 PM
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Sven, Trumpore, or Spomer, how often does that gear break/ get lost while in transit on the airplanes. I've heard about the starter pistol trick, you guys do that at all?

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Added a comment about video Redline's New Full-Suspension 29er - D880 with Binary Link 2/14/2014 1:24 PM
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Frame design is similar in look, but the switch is more concentric in where it can rotate. I would say its closer to a meastro/dw linkage

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Added a comment about member blog Fall Riding 2/3/2014 6:50 PM
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First place was all whiteclay middle run?

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