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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: Qualifying from Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup DH 2017 8/5/2017 7:56 AM
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Yeah Dakotah Norton. Standout qualifyer for that dude.

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Added a comment about press release 2017 Red Bull Rampage Dates Announced 7/27/2017 6:45 AM
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The fact that Zink is not prequalified should be a crime.

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  • Vital MTB member Gemmaflybeta
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Added a comment about slideshow ROLL OF THE DICE - Lenzerheide Qualifying Action 7/8/2017 5:02 AM
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Incredibly good coverage. Thank you.

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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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Added a comment about video Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/1/2017 7:04 PM
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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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Added a comment about photo OneUp Components Tool Storage 5/26/2017 2:43 PM
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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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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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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Trek Remedy 27.5 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 4/11/2017 10:49 PM
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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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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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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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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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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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