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

Genuinely curious about the review of it though.

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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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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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thanks. super constructive.

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

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Savage riding.

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Added a comment about video Vital RAW - Steve Peat - Flat Pedals and a Trail Bike at Wharncliffe Woods 4/10/2017 5:04 PM
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Steve Peat is super.

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Added a comment about product review Does It Really Prevent Pinch Flats? Vital Tests the Flat Tire Defender 3/19/2017 3:01 PM
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This article was good but not great, because without a parallel test of wheels without the FTD we don't really know if it made a difference. Ideally you would have run into all the same curbs and rocks with and w/o FTD, and the broken wheels and flat tires from the stock wheelset would confirm that FTD did anything. This is a lot like hearing friends say "I crashed wearing my helmet/neck brace/elbow guards/spine protector and it saved my life." Well, maybe it did. But maybe it didn't. We have no way of knowing. I've run into a lot of curbs and rocks in my day without FTD, sometimes really hard, and not gotten flats.

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Added a comment about feature U.S. National Downhill Racing is Back 3/12/2017 6:24 PM
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SO SICK

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Sorry Johan, I think the word I was looking for was "afterbirth."

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It warms my heart to see him not in a Leatt abortion helmet.

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Added a comment about feature ​2017 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 2/22/2017 4:47 PM
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But you didn't include my weird personal favorite obscure bike brand that no one else rides. This review sucks!

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Added a comment about feature ​2017 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 2/22/2017 4:46 PM
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But I thought you don't need a guide with a narrow wide ring?

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Added a comment about video Pre-season Testing Ohlins Suspension on an Enduro 29 with Curtis Keene 2/11/2017 5:02 PM
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I would never, ever, ever want to go back to a coil fork. Coil rear sure, especially on a little dick bike that's getting hammered in the rear suspension, but why would you give up the air spring tuning?

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