Liked a comment on the item TECH TALK: Giant Factory Off-Road's Dave Garland on Data Acquisition and Bike Set Up 6/23/2017 4:40 PM

On a follow up article, how about some simple If/Then tips? Ex If you keep getting bucked on the same jump, then try increasing rebound compression on the shock/decreasing compression on the fork?

Liked a comment on the item Trestle Bike Park 2017 - Banana Peel Slopestyle Trail! 6/23/2017 7:19 AM

Somebody needs to put a cookie dangling from a stick in front of that guy so he goes faster.

Added a comment about video Trestle Bike Park 2017 - Banana Peel Slopestyle Trail! 6/22/2017 6:29 PM
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I over cleared the first straight drop a tiny bit, and did the next step up slowly because of it. After the 180 left and went off the boner log just fine, but I thought I needed to pedal harder than what I did, so I over cleared the next step up right hip, and landed on the wall to the left. I pumped the next small hip hard due to that mistake and being lined up on the left instead of the right, and still cased it a little. The next setup jump was fine before the satellite step up, which I barely over cleared and then cased the landing slightly. Regardless of casing that or not, I was going to pedal for the next straight sender. If you land that anywhere near the top, that last big ramp double is pretty fun.

My TR500 was awesome on Trestle DH, but was not ideal for this trail, I think my Patrol or most capable 6/7 inch bikes would be perfect. My 2.5 DH tires were at 29/30 PSI. More pressure or non-stick rubber would be my choice for going back and cruising with a bit more rolling speed, giving me more of a chance to play around on the jumps.

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Added a comment about press release Vital is Hiring: Data Entry Clerks 6/15/2017 6:01 PM
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Or put that foot into bturman's chest, injuries leave possible jobs open...

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Added a comment about video SRAM Presents: Brandon Semenuk - Simplicity 6/14/2017 6:55 AM
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I wish 'style' played a little bigger part in some of the slopestyle that goes on. Despite the banger tricks, this just looks awesome.

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Liked a comment on the item Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/2/2017 5:26 AM

One of the best things about MTB racing (XC and DH) is the lack of regulations on the bikes from the UCI. The lack of regulations is what makes MTB racing what it is, and has allowed this sport to evolve with different types of bikes, suspension used...more

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The F1 comparisons are nice to hear, and make the F1 paddock sound like the ultimate thing, but they have regulations galore. Specifically in wheels/tires. Years back they even had dimension rules, back when there were multiple tire suppliers. Michelin was able to engineer a tire that would 'stretch' during the course of a race, and it would pass checks before the race, then be discarded after. F1 finally caught on to the larger surface area, and limited the diameter before and after, squashing this temporary advantage.

In my mind, the purpose of a racing governing body, like the UCI, is to promote racing. An equipment advantage isn't fun to see. NASCAR has restrictor plates, and a bunch of other rules to promote tight racing. Motocross makes rules governing some things like stock engine cases and frames, so the richest of the teams don't run away with everything more than they already do. F1 took away full tread tires, and the cars have fractions of the grip they could. The purpose of a governing body isn't to make the fastest race. That's what land speed records are for. Sometimes a governing body is for driver/rider safety. Many times it is to promote close racing. In either instance, I'm with Loic, in that sketchy looking (but possibly slower absolute speed) is a good thing. Tight times and similar equipment are good for racing, and to the people that want 29ers for other things, even DH, have at it. But at the elite level, a rider should always shine brightest.

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Added a comment about feature East Coast Rocks and Ruts - U.S. Open DH Practice 5/27/2017 11:15 AM
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Thanks for the awesome coverage.

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I'd void the warranty and risk complete fork failure to not have anything look like it is attached to my bike. This is an awesome innovation. How much to buy one? What is used to thread the steerer?

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Rocky Mountain Slayer from Vital MTB Test Sessions 5/5/2017 12:57 AM
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David, we think your experience is similar to what we have experienced. Your note about suspension feel is very accurate, as in the Nomad is more vague in the middle of the stroke. The Slayer feels easier to move around because of a more even leverage curve, but it feels more linear than the graphs would indicate. As the review stated, the tunes are different for medium/small/large, which seems rather arbitrary to us. Just because someone is small doesn't mean they need less ramp or compression, and just because they are big does not mean they want a more progressive ride. Given those assumptions, you were on a more progressive shock and we were on a less progressive one, which would accurately explain our differences in feeling.

From our perspective, it sounds like your Slayer might have been on the slightly stiffer end of the setup spectrum(maybe just a coupe percent?), but of course, personal preference can really be the most important factor here. The Slayer is more nimble than the Nomad V3 with small movements, given that the Nomad has a less responsive mid-stroke. On the flip side, the Nomad keeps awesome traction anywhere around the sag point. Trade offs all around, but your decision should go back to what you want. Do you want a more nimble ride that you have to move around and weight properly? Go Slayer. Do you stay relatively centered and not want to worry about moving too much? Then we would take the Nomad.

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Rocky Mountain Slayer from Vital MTB Test Sessions 5/5/2017 12:48 AM
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Between those two, the Tracer or the Slayer, I'd go slayer for sure. The tracer is more efficient, and the Slayer can be ridden more like the DH/freeride background you're familiar with.

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Liked a comment on the item WINNING BIKE: Alexandre Fayolle's Polygon DH9 4/30/2017 5:45 PM

To be fair he hammered down like a boss

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That's racing, deal with it.

Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Transition Scout Carbon from Vital MTB Test Sessions 4/16/2017 12:57 AM
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A rider's weight generally has no bearing on whether they use bands or tokens. Those things tend to change the linear/progressive feel of a bike, so they can help with personal preferences. Light riders (or heavy riders) sometimes change damping because of stock ranges, so it is a good thing to mention that it can be done if a rider wants, and that goes for almost any bike.

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Liked a comment on the item 17 Questions - Rob Warner 4/13/2017 6:42 AM

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Liked a comment on the item 17 Questions - Rob Warner 4/13/2017 6:41 AM

I wholeheartedly disagree: drunkwarner and freecaster made racing great again.

We're seeing the result of having 'a future'. Not showing anywhere near the entire field coming down the course, wasting 20 minutes explaining what a bike is instead of showing racing, and a severe lack of Warner's...more

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I think the Pike rides just a tad bit higher in the travel compared to a similar travel Lyrik, so I would think your issue would be token related. Tokens, or main spring pressure are what might help you with a higher front end. I've usually been a fan of adding a 10mm spacer under the bar when I feel a little bit down in the front end during heavy braking.

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Liked a comment on the item Road to the Podium - Miranda Miller, Specialized Racing 4/4/2017 9:32 AM

It's so great when someone with no sense of entitlement gets a great opportunity! Unassuming, pleasant, well spoken, NICE, wicked bike skills,, there are lots of reason there are lots of people cheering for you.

Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Ellsworth Rogue 60 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/26/2017 6:41 PM

Now that review makes far more sense (looking at the numbers) than the garbage review from Pinkbike.

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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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