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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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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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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 a comment about video Time Machine Britney White 11/13/2014 2:13 PM

Looks so cool, can't wait to get back to Galbraith.

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Added a comment about video Casey Brown Beyond the Bike 11/4/2014 4:45 AM

Yes, good perspective on life and a great video. I grew up watching Sam ride and remember his sections in the older videos. Wow was biking different then. Canada was just coming into play for most people.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: KS LEV C Adjustable Seatpost 10/27/2014 8:41 PM

Alright, that all sounds legit. Also, I do ride endurance, but only when I'm tricked by my friends who tell me the ride is easy and fun, and it is 3 or 4 hours or something. I was just giving you shit initially, but seriously watch out for Kidwoo. He's a seriously sketchy character.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: KS LEV C Adjustable Seatpost 10/27/2014 5:18 PM

I don't know if I can really trust this review. A self proclaimed weight weenie using Oury grips? That just doesn't fit, he should go foam all the way. Those foam grips will kill you in the wet for sure, but hey, it is worth it for the weight savings. And, there are more cables on that bike than any bike I've ever owned. Six is a lot, especially for a hardtail. And what is in that seat pack? There's a Garmin or something on the stem, two water bottles in the frame, a big air canister on the seatpost, the pack could only hold a tube and small multi tool. A weight conscious rider would surely run tubeless, so it would be tough to flat, and thus, you wouldn't need a tube. So we're left with the mini-tool. An awfully big seat pack for a mini-tool. Rider's jersey must not have pockets. Most importantly, nobody runs a super dope ti frame with the matching titanium stem/bar combo ($$$$), carbon rims, and ONLY XT cranks. XTR or carbon should be the only options. The review was perfect. Maybe too perfect considering that bike I don't trust....

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Kore Jive Flat Pedal 10/21/2014 9:20 PM

I've like the Point 1 pedals I've run, they might be Gamut now, but they are thin, more durable, and better platform/grip. They cost a bit more, but I think it is worth it. E13's are great for DH, but almost too big. I have not run them for an extended period of time, but they might really scrape on a lot of stuff. The tires are Michelin's advanced tires. They are some of the best I've run.

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Added a comment about photo 2015 Ellsworth Dare Carbon 9/12/2014 12:41 PM

You obviously don't know Ellsworth. Of course it is bad. They said it themselves: "This is the first bike to be built, so testing and further refinement are expected to happen before production." Way to go. Make carbon molds and a bike before you even know wtf it is going to ride like. Maybe that is too harsh. I'm sure they'll redo all the forms and not just tweak the upper link in an effort to make it 'good enough'.

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Added a comment about photo Kenda Honey Badger DH Tire 9/1/2014 9:50 AM

A sub 1000 gram DH tire in the even bigger size of 27.5? I can't wait to see how sturdy the casing is on that, looks like it rolls really well too.

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Added a comment about press release First Athlete Names Released for Inaugural Pinnacle 10-Racer Head-To-Head DH Championships 8/17/2014 7:48 AM

So you won't watch it? No, you will watch it. This might bring mountain biking to more people than many other things have, so what's the harm in trying? Riders have a choice to do it or not, it isn't like they have to do this for world cup points.

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Added a comment about slideshow Enduro World Series Whistler BC Recon Slideshow 8/10/2014 8:57 AM

Go to the photo of Matt Slaven and see why people suck. So many of those riders murder the local trails and spread out lines for their own benefit. Sucks that he couldn't care that the actual trail is a couple feet to his right. Of all the enduros, Whistler seems awesome. Lots of pedalling, as it should be between sections. Lots of cool descending, but don't make your own tracks everywhere and spread out trails to make highways.

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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Sam Hill's Nukeproof Pulse 27.5 8/4/2014 8:30 AM

I don't know why it is so crazy that Sam won on flat pedals. Gee won on flat pedals this year. Nobody seemed to make much of a fuss about that. If there was anyone who is a clipped in rider, it is Gee. Smith has run flats, Brook still is for the most part, Peaty and Minnaar were on them for Champery before, Blenki and Bryceland were on flats just a bit ago. Way more of an argument for flats that a rider like Gee, on a pedally track like Cairns, won. Pretty much solidifies my opinion that you're a fool if you think you shouldn't have to ride flat pedals well. Flat pedals make you good, clips might make you faster.

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Added a comment about photo 27.5 Santa Cruz V10 Carbon 7/30/2014 9:55 PM

Syndicate using a mid-shock mount chip? Looks like halfway between the 8.5 and 10 modes. Of course the frame could be different as far as the linkage, but there is a lot of space on either side of that bolt.

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Added a comment about photo Jared Graves' Prototype Long-Travel Yeti SB6C with Switch Infinity 7/24/2014 4:28 PM

I'd consider even less travel and maybe drop bars for Winter Park.

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