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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon X01 2/27/2015 7:00 AM

Bturman is correct. I did have a Nomad that I bought, and rode for months. I sold it because I preferred something else. The ability to give high praise for a bike that wasn't exactly what I wanted should reinforce the idea of unbiased reviews. Star rating aside, there are certainly some pronounced negatives about the bike in the words written above. Just like the good rating for the Canfield despite its faults, the Nomad gets a good rating based on how it will work for many people, not all.

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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Orange Alpine 160 RS 2/26/2015 6:27 AM

"the ideal rear suspension feel was never achieved"

I think that's why it wasn't rated that highly. Pretty important for a full suspension bike.

The welds and chain slap were just a tiny part of the review. The suspension was the main part. On a full suspension bike, if the rear suspension isn't able to work really well, on a variety of terrain, on a $6000 bike, then it is not good. Seems pretty simple to me.

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Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Orange Alpine 160 RS 2/25/2015 9:29 AM

Kind of ironic coming from a guy who criticized another poster in the 2013 Test Sessions Knolly Chilcotin review by saying "let's not get butt hurt because the review isn't exactly the same as how you feel about the bike."


Added a comment about photo Dual Slalom 2/24/2015 7:55 AM

Yet again people are taking the mountain biking out of slalom. I hope it is not all smooth as glass. Rotorua has incredible dirt and grass. Missing out on a few of those corners would be a travesty.

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Added a comment about video Vital RAW - Lars Sternberg and His Dog Roxy 2/19/2015 10:10 PM

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Added a comment to Alpine Gravity's bike check 2/12/2015 8:40 AM

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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 2/9/2015 8:06 AM
Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 2/9/2015 7:45 AM

Mo(n)arch's assumption of Vital's inability to pick a size is quite strong. One thing that happens is that Vital talks with the companies, and THEY help choose the sizing for the test riders. The reach number arguments below are also easy to read too much into on this bike, as it is supposed to have skewed measurements because of the forward geometry. The sizing is just fine for some other bikes, as there were no size gripes on the medium tested two years ago, under riders who usually ride medium bikes. So this review, of this size, showing a problem seems perfectly in line to me.

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Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 2/9/2015 8:49 AM

It said one tester was 6'5". You think he should have been on a large?

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Cannondale Jekyll Carbon Team 1/30/2015 9:55 AM

Honestly, we found the rear shock of the Jekyll challenging (mentioned in the review), and a number of times we had issues with the rear suspension, despite following the more involved setup procedure precisely. At one point the issue presented itself after adjusting the...more

Added a comment about video So, Matti Lehikoinen Had the Sickest Moto Whip this Week 1/25/2015 8:20 PM

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Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Trek Slash 9.8 Carbon 27.5 1/25/2015 9:56 AM

"notable sources have set the M6 as the benchmark in the enduro / trail category." consider your sources. have you seen those guys ride? have they ever raced an enduro event? where did they test the bike?

imo enduro & trail are not the same thing. one is a race and the other is just...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Trek Slash 9.8 Carbon 27.5 1/25/2015 9:55 AM

Sooo... you're upset that the Pivot March 6 -- a brand you are passionately loyal to -- got a 3.5 star review while the Trek Slash got a 4 star review? You do realize that's only a half a star difference, right? And it's not like either got a "OMG, perfect 10/10 will-buy-again" score...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Trek Slash 9.8 Carbon 27.5 1/25/2015 9:55 AM

Cheers for the critique, SDMTB'er.

I assure you that there are no biases toward the big boys vs the little guys. Vital has featured many very positive reviews of boutique brands, advertiser or not, including a handful of bikes made by Pivot.

There are a few distinctions that you should...more

Added a comment about video The Road to Recovery with Söderström 1/14/2015 10:29 AM

Rad to see Martin back.

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Liked a comment on the item 2015 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 1/6/2015 1:57 PM

Sweet! Been looking forward to the Test Sessions!

Added a comment about feature 2015 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 1/6/2015 1:56 PM

There are lots of comments about the prices of bikes being too high. I'd like to point out a few things to be considered. For one, bike prices are what they are. High or low is only a relative gauge. That being said, Vital tried to get prices lower this year. It won't happen overnight, but there is some trickle down, and in any industry, the cool new things will always cost the most.

It is sometimes good to think about what the purpose of Vital or other online sites is. I think their purpose is to show what is working well and what new products or information is out there. There is almost no point to reviewing old tech or products that have been out on the market for a long time. That information is already out there. One can always look up what many people think of bikes and what is being ridden on forums, talk to friends, or ask your local shop that you trust. Some of that information is not so good, some of it is really good. It'll take some time and energy to figure out what is best for you, like many things in life.

If I were to buy a bike with a $2500 budget, I'd get a used bike for $1500 with angles I like, buy good tires and spend $1000 on great suspension. I'd sell the old suspension parts and spend the money from that on a dropper post. That's what matters to me. I can deal with the rest of the stuff. That information that is out there on blogs, on Facebook posts, and on so many forums. That information doesn't necessarily belong in a headline in any magazine, online or in print. It is OK to dream, to do some window shopping, and to see the coolest stuff, even if I can't afford it. That's why I think it is alright to see the bling here.

So when you do get to dive into some of the print, it might help to think of some of the information on how the testers ride, what is really important to you, and then think about the small details in the reviews about how the bikes rode in certain situations. All of the testers had different preferences, likes, dislikes, and those findings almost never matched up with more expensive or less. It was all over the board. My personal favorite was on the less expensive half of the curve, with an aluminum frame and nothing fancy. Another we rode led us to believe that the less expensive model option of the bike would be the way to go. Another still left us wishing for fewer bells and whistles. All those opinions might not help you to buy this bike or that bike, but to really help you narrow down what you want on YOUR bike.

Of course, there are going to be lots of criticisms of the reviews this year, just as there are in any year. That is a good thing, as the comments help shape decisions on what to review and how to do it. I believe that Vital wants to provide the most thorough input around. To further help that cause, it would be good to put effort into specific criticisms and praise of reviews so that they can be better, instead of complaints about costs before a review is even read.

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Added reply in a thread To heck with snow bikes 1/1/2015 9:48 AM

Kidwoo, you have more of a chance of getting me on one of those snow kits than you do a snowmobile. Looks rad. You make a line to the top for me with your sled.

Liked a comment on the item 2014 Thanks-for-Making-it-Impossible-to-Film-Another-Worthy-Whistler-Edit - Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 12/20/2014 1:30 PM

Next year you should just let Remy choose the Whistler vid that comes the closest to his quality.