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Added a comment about slideshow We Rode the FOX Pros' Bikes, Prototypes and All 7/2/2014 10:16 PM
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Hey Fox or any lurking experts: are high-speed rebound and low-speed rebound really speed-sensitive, or is this terminology just used as an analogy with HSC and LSC, which the public presumably understands or feels comfortable with? I'm having trouble picturing a graph of rebound shaft speed vs spring force. When the shock is bottomed, spring force is maximum, but in that moment of transition between compression and rebound, shaft speed is zero. Then it will rebound very fast in the absence of damping. After a small hit, less spring force is released. But if you have heavy damping, then shaft speeds are slower even deep in the travel, with high spring force. So does the HSR affect the first fraction of a second of a rebound event, and then LSR takes over? Or is it simpler to think of it as position-sensitive? Thanks in advance. This was a rad article.

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Liked a bike check A Girl's TR250 - Custom 4/16/2014 9:03 AM
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Liked a comment on the item First Look: Specialized's Fast Rolling Slaughter Tire 4/6/2014 6:18 PM

Be right back........gotta go drop 5 grand on a new bike with different whlz before I can use your 60 dollar tire.

Liked a comment on the item First Look: Specialized's Fast Rolling Slaughter Tire 4/6/2014 6:18 PM

Yeah i was going to sign up for one ,but no 26 !!!

Liked a comment on the item First Look: Specialized's Fast Rolling Slaughter Tire 4/6/2014 6:18 PM

these definitely look like a better fast rolling and cornering rear than the purgatory. too bad no 26".

Added a comment about feature It's Official! Specialized Goes 650B with Stumpjumper EVO Models 3/28/2014 8:58 PM
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A bike manufactured in 2013 and the first couple months of 2014, hung with entirely 2014 parts, in shops in the spring of 2014, is a 2014 model. And there is nothing wrong w/ that. Why on earth call it a 2015? Afraid some anonymous jerk on a forum is going to accuse you of scrambling to add a bike to the lineup at the last minute? So what. -anonymous jerk

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Added a comment about feature Sneak Peek: Inverted RockShox RS-1 Fork 3/20/2014 6:19 PM
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Too bad about the years-long marketing effort across the industry's big players to distinguish 110x20 front ends as 'for AM/DH only' and the resultant legacy of high-end 100x15 front wheels and entrenched belief among their users that 15QR would always be 'good enough' for XC/trail/AM. It might be nice, for a would-be USD fork designer in 2014, to have more axle with which to work, even for shorter travel forks. But no one dares bring a product to market that will alienate a bunch of crabby old guys who want everything new to work with everything old. Oh well.

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Added a comment about photo X-Fusion Lineup 3/6/2014 10:28 PM
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Streat? I can't read the text. And what is the little red badge that this model has in common w/ the Revel? Hand-made? Limited edition?

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Added a comment about slideshow Game Changer: Introducing the YT Capra 2/28/2014 9:38 PM
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(I am aware there are some countries outside of North America, but) this story is worthless without a clear definition of what 'franchise' means to YT. If at the end of whatever business gymnasitcs the bikes are not sold direct, then in NA it's just another bike brand, and the EUR pricing simply translated to dollars (today's exchange rate) in articles like this is totally misleading.

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Liked a comment on the item Introducing the Essax Shark Saddle 2/22/2014 9:42 PM

I'll try most any saddle once...but if they can't even get someone to proofread their copy...I question their thoroughness.

Added a comment about video Prepping for the 2014 Downhill World Cup in South Africa - Prototype 27.5 Nukeproof DH Bike for Team CRC 2/12/2014 11:16 PM
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There are more 'DH' trails and 'DH' riders in the world where a 200+mm full World Cup race bike is overkill than anyone in the sport likes to admit. Having pros ride lighter, shorter travel, steeper HA bikes at Pietermaritzburg/Air DH Crankworx/etc lets the public see the capabilty/flexibilty/burliness of mid travel bikes without bruising the (sometimes delicate) egos of the amateur 8" crowd. Take the hint.

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Added a comment about feature How Much Money Does a Bike Mechanic Make? The Answer May Surprise You 2/10/2014 7:07 PM
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Thank you, Donny Perry. I was going to share this on social media, but then I realized too many of my 'friends' are the new breed of conservative that wouldn't be caught dead studying economic theory but frequently put on airs about understanding the economy through their work experiences and the intuitve obviousness of free markets, and will attack any conversation about wages as bellyaching and redistributionism by the lazy. I hope others' social networks are less hostile to discussions of fairness. And I hope our trade is more highly valued in the future.

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Liked a comment on the item How Much Money Does a Bike Mechanic Make? The Answer May Surprise You 2/10/2014 6:52 PM

I was hoping the "surprise" answer was going to be more than I thought, it was definitely less. Thanks for all the hard work on my bikes, you guys should be better compensated!

Added a comment about feature When 800mm Isn't Wide Enough - Introducing the Greg Minnaar Signature Edition ENVE Handlebar 12/22/2013 1:30 PM
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It's disappointing that the marketing manager gets to tell the test engineer what he learned in school is no good for the company to communicate to the public, and so the message will be cheerful nonsense instead. Why treat your customer like they are too stupid to be even worth educating about your product and process? 150 cycles is meaningless. It's too few to represent any real-world situation. Testing different heights single cycle, then running out of height on your rig, and then switching to testing number of cycles single weight half way through the same experiement! That is bogus. The amount of energy put into the system (16lbs weights and 4 ft height) was never justified. It could be meaningful, it could be crap--who knows, they never give a rationale. Black T-shirt guy learned all this in is first semester of undergrad engineering. Enve had my attention for 3 minutes and didn't use it to tell me anything. Thanks a lot, gray T-shirt guy. GTFO

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Liked a comment on the item 2014 Fox Racing Launch Enduro Knee and Elbow Pads 9/19/2013 8:12 PM

New Rule: You can't call your knee pads 'Enduro' if I still have to take off my shoes to get them on and off.

Liked a bike check Nukeproof snap 4X 8/3/2013 7:52 PM
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Added a comment to danshavit's bike check 8/3/2013 1:34 AM
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I have a similarly kitted Snap and it weighs ~26lbs. But mine's not bike of the day, so

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Liked a comment on the item FOX is Going Public - Files $120 Million IPO 7/9/2013 9:17 PM

It compounds it. If they have any freedom to think about the long term of their products quality is is further diminished with the pressure of shareholders.

Liked a comment on the item FOX is Going Public - Files $120 Million IPO 7/9/2013 9:16 PM

not excited about this. Quarterly earning reports are just going to make Fox push out NEW NEW NEW stuff that is all hype (like CTD) and undercut quality to reduce costs and raise earnings in the short run which is diminish the brand in the long run. Sad