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Added a comment about feature Win SRAM GUIDE RSC Brakes - Vital OTB Meribel, France, World Cup 8/22/2014 2:00 PM

Loic Bruni 3:17.78
Rachel Atherton 3:48.33

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Added a comment about video Kid vs Downhill Mountain Biker 8/19/2014 1:47 PM

He might have snuck by if he didn't say anything. To alert the hiker/rider/pedestrian or not, that is the question.

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Liked a comment on the item Value DH Project: Bike Build Gallery 8/19/2014 12:23 PM

I'm surprised some of you call this a failure. No way was it a failure. Yeah, it may not have had value as its primary focus, but look what it taught us so far:
- OE budget DH bikes have a ton of value comparatively. You can save as much as...more

Liked a comment on the item Prototype Yeti DH Bike with Switch Infinity Suspension 8/12/2014 10:23 PM

They should have trolled everyone and put an adjustable seat mast on there. It's just begging for it.

Liked a comment on the item 14-Year-Old Finn Iles is a Future Whip-Off World Champ - #FinnIsIn 8/8/2014 10:03 PM

like Rampage - whip off's need a new venue.

Added a comment about feature Win SRAM GUIDE RSC Brakes - Vital OTB Windham, NY World Cup 8/8/2014 8:47 PM

A. Gwin 2.22.783
E. Ragot 2.42.927

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Liked a bike check Agang Ninja 3.0 8/8/2014 8:42 AM
Liked a comment on the item This Guy Earned a $100 Jenson USA Gift Card for His Vital MTB Member Reviews - You Could Too! 8/5/2014 2:15 PM

Love slick honey, I don't use it on just my bike either. I have used it on other projects, car parts, whatever. I swear its multiuse!

Liked a bike check Guerrilla Gravity - Megatrail - BAMF 8/4/2014 7:49 AM
Added a comment about feature Win SRAM GUIDE RSC Brakes - Vital OTB Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec World Cup 8/1/2014 9:38 PM

A. Gwin 4:17.333
R. Atherton 4:54.927

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Liked a comment on the item SCORPION ALERT! Loic Bruni's Mont Sainte Anne Crash 8/1/2014 7:46 PM

Good thing Loic wears body armor then.

Liked a comment on the item First Look: Radical New 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 7/30/2014 8:56 PM

Y'all lost me at "so I haven't actually ridden this bike yet..."

Added a comment about photo Jared Graves' Prototype Long-Travel Yeti SB6C with Switch Infinity 7/24/2014 10:58 AM

I think I read that the pivot only goes a few millimeters up and down so maybe a plastic (or carbon) plate could snap over and act as a mud guard. Fox might insist on making it see-through to show off all that kashima?

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Liked a comment on the item Excellent all-around wheelset 7/15/2014 8:50 PM

Solid review! Picked up on many finer details. Well done.

Added a comment about product review Tested: Royal Racing Quantum Glove 7/14/2014 4:16 PM

Test these out if possible ahead of time. I picked up a pair and the size felt too large than what a normal medium should.

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Added a product review for Spank Spike Race28 Wheelset 7/14/2014 3:43 PM

Excellent all-around wheelset


The Good: tough and relatively light at a good price

The Bad: hub adapters for 142mm or 157mm axles cost extra


Earlier this spring I decided to pick up a set of these wheels to help drop some weight on my DH bike and to add a little bling to the bike. The somewhat heavy stock wheels were the obvious choice for me to shed some weight and after calculating what the swap would do, I estimated that I would save a pound from going to the Spank Race 28 wheels and another pound by going to slightly lighter tires (Schwalbe Magic Mary super gravity casing) set up tubeless. The change was noticeable right away.  After three months of riding them on shuttled trails and bike park tracks, I am glad to have gone this direction and have seen no drawbacks to the way they perform on the trail.

These wheels are a winner in the weight, strength and price categories. I also like that these wheels do not have proprietary parts.  I have spent a number of years on other wheels that used special spokes and truing wrenches. Getting replacement parts meant waiting for the shop to do the repair or order in parts as they didn't have them in stock. 

As far as the tire installation goes, the way the rim is designed rims can make things tougher than normal.  There is not a deep groove to drop the tire bead in when mounting it up.  Add that to the fact that it is recommended to not use tire levers on tubeless tires, setting these puppies up tubeless was quite a chore.  I have done enough tubeless set-ups to know that the whole process is a combination of more than just a tire or a rim so I don't want to over-emphasize the difficulty here but it seems pretty obvious that the reason is the rim profile. In the end I finally got them on and was ready to roll.  Another issue with having the rim higher than normal is that the valve stem sticks through the rim a bit less.  This can make it harder to get certain pumps on the stem when inflating it.  My floor pump seems to grab it just fine but the hand pump I take on the trail is hit and miss.  I would suggest getting the lesser common 48mm valve stem length if you do tubes.

A couple of things to keep in mind is that if a high number of engagement points is your thing then the Spoon hubs, at 27, may disappoint. Also, while the cost of these wheels is good, they come in either the 135mm or 150mm rear axle size.  If your bike is set for 142mm or 157mm, plan on spending another $50 to get the right axle insert. I noticed that Spank does offer the 142mm axle on their spike race28 enduro wheels and the 135 axle is included at no charge. To be fair those "enduro" wheels are more expensive than the regular race 28 reviewed here but it would be a nice option to order whichever size you actually need.

On a tangent, the spike 35 rims offered by Spank look to be a super-sized version of the rims offered on this wheelset and would be a good alternate for those who want a wider rim (29.5mm vs 23mm internal rim width). It's too bad Spank offers them only as a rim and not a wheelset like this one.

Taking into account that this is more of an initial review (3 months of riding) and the fact that I'm relatively light at 170 pounds, I can't speak to the long-term durability or heavy abuse of this product but so far these have been fantastic. I have been hanging on to the old stock wheels as a back-up plan for rougher tracks or as a spare. The Spank spike race28 wheels have yet to show any signs of abuse and are still running true. I am thinking of selling my old ones as they wont be needed anymore. Time to look for my next upgrade.

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Added a comment about feature Now in 650b: Introducing the 2015 Specialized Enduro 7/14/2014 10:05 AM

Yes to both would be my guess. I'm interested to see what fork will match the 170 or 180mm rear travel.

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Added reply in a thread Best Colorado Bike Parks 7/13/2014 4:00 PM

Your plan sounds fun. Part of what comes into play is which day of the week you are starting. Steamboat closes down at 4pm Sat-Tues and 7pm on Wed-Fri so your idea of starting early is good. The day at steamboat might be short but that's fine as there ... more »

Added a product review for Jett Hornet Jersey 7/11/2014 3:10 PM

Jett Hornet jersey


The Good: solid construction

The Bad: thicker fabric can get a bit hot


I've been using Jett's Hornet jersey on and off for the past two years and have found it to be a keeper. Each piece of clothing has it's own characteristics, not that they are good or bad in and of themselves.  This jersey is made of a somewhat thicker fabric with perforated mesh holes to aid in breathability. The fabric is stitched well and has survived a couple of my minor tumbles and shown only minor damage.  A couple of snags have appeared over the years and this could be due to scraping rocks or even a dreaded velcro scrape. 

Since it is a little heavier duty than many of the other jerseys I have, I often wear it on cooler days in the early spring and late fall with a layer underneath to add warmth.  In the summer I have worn it a couple of times while riding the resorts (higher elevation and cooler temperatures) and since the fit is comfortably but not overly baggy, I can sneak some protective pads underneath.

The hornet jersey is devoid of fancy features with the exception of some small side pockets that zip close and can hold keys, some cash or maybe a small snack.  Personally I have never used them and the thought of landing on keys right under the ribs doesn't sound too appealing to me. Jett has made this in short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve and long sleeve lengths. Styling is personal but I like the look of it fairly well.

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