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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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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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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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Added a comment about product review Tested: Spank Spike Race 33 Wheelset 1/20/2017 1:48 PM
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I was very impressed with the dent resistance in these wheels. Compared to DT rims that I've used in the past, I'd say these are better, but you pay for it with a little extra heft.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Öhlins RXF 34 Fork 1/19/2017 11:22 PM
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I see the front wheel never touched the ground while being ridden, and it was always crooked. Curious for a fork review....

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Added a comment about video ALL 2017 TEAM RUMORS SUMMED UP IN 2 MINUTES 1/15/2017 7:35 AM
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You going to share those Funyuns or what?

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Added a comment about feature What's In and What's Out in Mountain Biking, 2017 1/2/2017 2:16 PM
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T-10, T-25, and T-35 are all bikes need.

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Added a comment about press release New National Enduro Series Schedule Announced | IMBA Sponsors Six-Race Domestic Series for 2017 12/30/2016 12:46 PM
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I think this could be a good marketing thing for IMBA Trail Solutions. Once the enduro racers come to a really crappy 'sustainable' corner, and cut it, it'll have to be rebuilt, correct?

Will IMBA be on hand to 'fix' courses that have some bumps in them after the racing stops?

Will I be able to use my cross bike on the sidewalks? It might be faster...

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Added a comment about video A Day in the Life of Loic Bruni 11/29/2016 10:33 AM
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Like a boss.

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Added a comment about feature #TBT Vital RAW, Hafjell World Cup 2013 11/10/2016 9:07 PM
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Bikes look smaller in general, not just wheel size.

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