Added a comment about product review Tested: Five Ten Freerider Pro Shoe 3/22/2017 8:31 AM
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Bizutch, I will only race DH in these. The toe is better protected than a Freerider, the sole has better feel, but similar support to the Impact. The protection is similar to the Impact in my opinion from the footbed down, and even the toe. The Pro has less protection around the ankle. By far my favorite 5.10's. You trusted me towing you into those jumps at SolVista back in the day, remember??

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Added a comment about feature Aaron Gwin's 2017 World Cup YT Tues CF 3/17/2017 10:00 PM
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How many top pros are not running lower chainguide retention systems now with narrow wide stuff?

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Added a comment about feature Aaron Gwin's 2017 World Cup YT Tues CF 3/17/2017 9:57 PM
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Zink's daughter runs a 350 pound spring.

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: Five Ten Freerider Pro Shoe 3/17/2017 12:35 PM

You forgot to mention that those Target shoes looked sick, you were just ashamed of the fact that they had 4 stripes and not 3.

Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Commencal Meta AM V4.2 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/15/2017 10:01 PM

I'm an atheist in the school of chainstay length. The chainstay is part of a system, different parts of the bike come together to make the whole. I have no doubt that there are great stubby stay bikes as well as lengthy bastard stay bikes. You caught me here. I was...more

Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Commencal Meta AM V4.2 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/15/2017 9:58 PM

Consululted Miss Cleo about my hamstrings did you. Well you're...right. I've never touched my toes in my life. Interesting tid-bit there. You'd have to have hamstrings tighter than mine to be deterred by the wide seatstays and that is going some. Sign me up for yoga....more

Added a comment about product review Review - YT Jeffsy CF 29 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/12/2017 2:20 PM
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The Devinci Django was ridden by the larger testers, the Jeffsy was ridden by the medium guys. Unfortunately, we don't have one rider that can compare both directly. bturman might have a bit more insight.

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Giant Trance Advanced from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/2/2017 9:34 AM

When other rims survive much longer than one day of riding in the same terrain at the same speeds, that certainly reflects on the quality of Giant's rims.

Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Giant Trance Advanced from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/2/2017 9:33 AM
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"lol, warranty the rims." is just not going to cut it. If you pay $8000 for a bike, or $3000, whatever it is, you should expect that bike to work as the company claims it to work. Some people spend a lot of money (relative to income) on their bikes, as their bikes are their escapes from the real world.

If you spent a lot of money on a bike, went for a big riding trip with your buddies, and within the first day your new bike is compromised, you wouldn't 'lol, warranty the rims'. You'd be bummed. You'd hesitate the rest of the trip if it held up, and you'd question the bike the entire remainder of the time you owned it. That's real life, and it isn't something we'd want to put on someone if cracks and issues were swept under the rug.

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Giant Trance Advanced from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/1/2017 12:25 PM
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Sjames88, the Canyon Spectral and the Giant Trance are very similar. Having spent a good amount of time on each, I'd be happy to have either one. They both are on the shorter end of travel, both have 650 wheels, and both have similar geometry. I don't know what the chainstays are on each, but the Spectral felt shorter.

The biggest difference in those two bikes is the feel of each, which I believe goes back to the rider that might benefit the most with either. I think the Giant is easier to go fast on initially. It is glued to the ground, and does a great job with the travel it has. The Spectral does not feel as good when you are just cruising, but really comes alive when really pushing it. Neither bike will really save your ass when the going really gets rough, but neither bike surprised me when they were at the limit.

Some of those feelings might comes from the shocks I rode on the bikes. The Spectral had a CCDB, and the Giant has the new Deluxe metric shock. The Deluxe helped the Trance feel glued to the ground and isolated from trail imperfections, the CCDB is a shock that I feel works best when pushed hard.

I think someone could learn and grow into the Giant with how it works, and the Spectral is a great bike for someone who knows what they want, and are already an accomplished rider. That's the rider type I'd see them fitting. As for trails, I'd choose the Spectral if I had to do a rough trail with good traction, where I had to move the bike and be precise for a five minute descent. I'd choose the Giant if I was doing some longer descents or bigger rides, the added suppleness of the Metric shocks would be a benefit in long term fatigue.

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Giant Trance Advanced from Vital MTB Test Sessions 2/28/2017 8:26 PM

That's a great question









Personally I feel many companies oversell their products' capabilities as may have been the case here. That said, I wouldn't be caught on a downhill bike on Tucson's trails. A trail/enduro bike is a far better match given the varied terrain.

Liked a comment on the item We Ride the New Norco Range C9.2 - Vital MTB First Ride / First Look 2/22/2017 5:18 PM

Hill put down a 57.81 on the 1:04. Santa isn't real and there is no Easter Bunny. Enjoy the dirt Wentz.

Liked a comment on the item Aaron Gwin's Signature Onza Tire Is More Than Just a Look-alike 2/20/2017 10:40 PM

Looks like a session.

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Dig the new large format! Photos really shine this way.

Added a comment about feature First Ride: YT JEFFSY 27 2/15/2017 9:52 AM
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I think they run some 760mm bars because Thomas rips them off for fun with the extra leverage at 800mm.

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Added a comment about feature Aaron Gwin's Signature Onza Tire Is More Than Just a Look-alike 2/15/2017 9:32 AM
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Look at how much more bolstered those side knobs are as well, I'd run those, especially after trying Michelin's Wild Rock'R II and E-13's tires, I am a huge fan of burlier side knobs.

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i drive a dodge stratus but i dont go to a tesla review to complain about there prices

Liked a comment on the item Long Term Tested: SRAM X01 Eagle 1x12 Drivetrain 1/27/2017 1:09 PM

The final sentence calls out the pricing. Yes, it's expensive. So are the hours of CNC time it takes to make that incredible cassette so it doesn't weigh five pounds, the team of engineers it took to come up the improvements, and on and on. The price will no doubt improve as...more

Added a comment about product review Tested: Spank Spike Race 33 Wheelset 1/20/2017 11:03 PM
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Cousin_Gunner you are right, it is not much of a difference. I was more referring to the whole wheelset's weight, not just the rim, which I we obviously couldn't isolate for comparison with a wheelset review.

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