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I spent a year on Enve wheels, and broke a bunch of them, but what surprised me most was how bad the wheels handled. When I put them on, yes, I immediately noticed they were stiffer and more confidence inspiring in high g-force berms, but I thought the wheels handled like dogshit on flat or bumpy turns. They were too stiff, and they bounced around a lot in anything less than a locked-in mega berm. I didn't fully realize this until I broke another rear wheel and went BACK to aluminum, and it was like night and day on flat corners. I'm surprised no one else talks about this or notices it. Maybe I'm crazy.

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Added reply in a thread Prototype Polygon DH Bike at Whistler? 8/10/2017 2:28 PM

Sometimes I feel so bad for Mick Hannah and the shit he has to ride on. The guy won a World Cup on a Cannondale Judge. "This is the most public yet of my many humiliations."

Liked a comment on the item New Maxxis 29er DH Tires on Syndicate Bikes 8/3/2017 10:14 AM

The New Maxxis Hans DHF!

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Bummer for Brendan Fairclough. That Brit team is real tough to get on.

Added a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS & Vital RAW - Enduro World Series Aspen 8/1/2017 5:20 AM
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DAVE CAMP

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Added a comment about feature Richie Rude's Racing a 29er at the Aspen EWS 7/27/2017 9:15 AM
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I was wrong. Maxxis website says the 29" DH tires weigh less than the 27.5" due to wire beads. This is not the heaviest enduro tire set up of all time. I learn something new every day.

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Added a comment about feature Richie Rude's Racing a 29er at the Aspen EWS 7/27/2017 4:46 AM
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29" DH casing tires with Cushcore: heaviest enduro tire setup of all time?

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Added a comment about video ROCK-SMASHING DH! Vital RAW - Lenzerheide World Cup 7/6/2017 1:45 PM
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These are so much better than any other DH media out there. It's like being at the race. I know the six minute version is "more boring" than the shorter, more intense Vital RAW of the past, but getting to see rider after rider trying the same section gives a much more accurate representation of what downhill racing is. It's methodical, it's repetitive, it's intellectual, and yeah, it's kind of boring when you're watching trackside. Hell, it's actually kind of boring when you're racing. A lot of the time is spent sitting and waiting, or talking, or hiking. DOWNHILL FOREVER

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Liked a comment on the item Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/1/2017 7:38 PM

I am just going to go out there on a limb and say i hate that the term "playful" is an attribute bikes are measured by.

Added a comment about video Lourdes Slomo Sickness | Qualification Day Practice 4/30/2017 7:28 PM
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I want all my instantaneous, free trackside content to look like the product of months of production work. Is that so much to ask?

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Liked a comment on the item NitroShox 4/22/2017 6:15 PM

Waiting for "Climbs like an xc bike and descends like a DH bike"

Genuinely curious about the review of it though.

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 8, Jose Gonzalez, Director of Suspension Development, Trek Bicycles 4/22/2017 2:57 PM
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Woo, most people don't live in Truckee or Reno, so they actually have to drive their asses to the ski resort and often times pay for lodging and food in the process. Plus 99% of people get ski passes, which are expensive as shit. Yeah, maybe I'll grant that backcountry skiing is cheaper than being some asshole who wanders off the street and pays full pop for an MTB at a shop, but that's apples to oranges. Folks who ski backcountry exclusively are uber uber advanced skiers, and the equivalent to that guy in mountain biking absolutely, positively does not pay retail. If you don't pay retail for bikes and you sell them every year or two, your yearly cost is actually pretty low.

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Added a comment about video Slay the Brown Serpent 4/22/2017 1:49 PM
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This was really good.

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Based on literally everything I know about suspension, a shock that doesn't sag (and thus has no negative travel) sounds awful. I'm really, really curious about your thoughts after test riding this shock. Please don't pull punches this time though *cough* *cough* Marin *cough* *cough*

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Marin Wolf Ridge Pro and Naild R3ACT Suspension 4/21/2017 6:49 AM
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Brines, my thought exactly. Roughly 1/3 of all US enduro stages are on flat, bullshit terrain (flow trails) that require significant rider input. This bike might pedal uphill in a seated position like a shorter travel bike, not reacting to weight shift and chain forces, but that's a completely different task than being being firm and compliant under heavy pumping and rider inputs on flat, bullshit terrain. It seems like the 20% sag thing is a compromise (that gives up descending performance) to make the bike handle rider inputs on flatter terrain better without traditional damping.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 8, Jose Gonzalez, Director of Suspension Development, Trek Bicycles 4/20/2017 8:56 AM

thanks. super constructive.

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 8, Jose Gonzalez, Director of Suspension Development, Trek Bicycles 4/20/2017 8:56 AM
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Also compare this to other rich guy lifestyle sports, like golf or skiing, and it isn't so bad. It sucks, but it's pretty comparable on a year to year basis. Especially compared to riding or driving anything with a motor. If I ever hear someone say the common refrain of "$10,000 for a [totally tits/dialed in/top of the line complete carbon build with carbon wheels and fancy everything] bike? I could get a 450 for that much!", I'll die.

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Added a comment about video Vital RAW - Steve Peat - Flat Pedals and a Trail Bike at Wharncliffe Woods 4/19/2017 9:25 AM
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True story. Being as he's so big, he carves such big arcs, brakes early, and generally smoothes out the trail so much, it doesn't look like he's doing much work or going that fast. But he is going fast. Really, really fast.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW - Steve Peat - Flat Pedals and a Trail Bike at Wharncliffe Woods 4/19/2017 9:21 AM

People have no idea how fast and talented he is until you see him ride in person.

Added a comment about video Downhilling, Fire, Booze and Mayhem - #vanzacs 4/19/2017 9:20 AM
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