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Liked a comment about product review Tested: KS LEV C Adjustable Seatpost 10/28/2014 7:36 AM


I appreciate the skepticism given the general nature of Vital focusing on more "aggressive" riding disciplines. I've used those Oury grips for what seems like forever, even when I lived in Oregon and it rained all the time. I really like the diameter it gives my grip and the dampening effect of the rubber (80 miles into a 100mile race every little bit helps). Yes, they kind of suck in the rain, but here in SoCal it never rains so it isn't a concern. I have a couple sets of foam grips in the garage that just sit around b/c I love me some Oury.

Do I really have six cables? Damn, you are right:
1. Front brake
2. Rear brake
3. Front derailleur
4. Rear deraileur
5. Fox Front Shock - CTD (climb, trail, descend) remote
6. LEV C KGSL Carbon Remote

Seat pack contains: 29er tube, patch kit, a dollar bill (patch tire) tire patch kit (I run tubeless, if I can patch the tire, I will), Mini-tool.

There is a Garmin 500 on the stem + heart rate monitor strap = data. I'm a computer nerd, what can I say.

Yes, two water bottles. Riding out of LA I go through about a bottle an hour. I typically ride at least 2 hours, but usually closer to 3 or 4, on a training ride. There is a refill spot up on the top of Mulholland near the Nike tower where I refill. I'd be happy to show you sometime.

I run tubeless. I also race 50 and 100 mile mtn bike races. If I get a puncture that the Stan's doesn't fill, I have to patch the tire. If the patch fails, I put a dollar bill between the tube (from the seat pack) put in the tube, and bam! back riding. I'm assuming you don't ride endurance distances, so trust me when I say an extra 29er tube is pretty useful when out in the middle of nowhere.

My jersey holds the mini-pump, keys, wallet, phone, and food. Lots of food if out for 4 -6 hours. Those three pockets fill up fast.

The big air canister - I carry a mini pump in my jersey, but it sucks pumping up a flat 29er tire with a mini-pump. Also, in the saddle bag is another CO2 cartridge. CO2 is your friend when pumping up 29" tires.

Regarding XT cranks. The whole build is XT. On purpose! Why? Going XTR adds significant cost, reduced long-term reliability, and only saves 1/4lb. Additionally, I went XT because I knew I would be riding 200+ miles a week, having to replace parts, and it is more cost effective to work with the XT product line. Additionally, in my experience, it is much less likely for XT products to spontaneously fail than XTR, and I'd hate to be in the middle of a 50 mile US Cup race and have something break.

I live in LA. You are more than welcome to ride the bike with the post and check it out. Seriously. It is an 18" frame. My bike shop is Bike Effect in Santa Monica or Pedaler's Fork in Calabasas. Tell 'em to give me a ring and we can meet out on the trail and swap bikes, or meet at the shop or something. Pedaler's Fork does a rad "Ride n' Pint" if you are ever in the area...

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Liked a comment about feature Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/8/2014 6:12 AM

Be quiet! Somebody's gonna get a sack ripped open when that seat breaks and it's gonna be hilarious!

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Liked a comment about feature Specialized's 33.2 Pound S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Downhill Bike 10/8/2014 6:10 AM
Liked a comment about press release First Athlete Names Released for Inaugural Pinnacle 10-Racer Head-To-Head DH Championships 8/17/2014 7:46 AM

except that many of the best/top DH racers are way better than you and have expressed opinions before that an event like this would be incredibly awesome. Have some faith in the world's best DH racers, they have a lot more control than you could ever imagine. This is an awesome idea for an event and if you have the slightest inclination of how gnarly motoX is or how reckless the WC DH race runs are, you'll know this will be nothing outrageous. It's like no one has ever heard of the Megavalanche event either... that's way more sketch in many regards to this idea and no, 40ft. drops doesn't mean they'll actually be dropping 40ft vert. Instead of basing negative opinions solely on press releases, how about waiting until the actual event or footage of the trail? Of course the official press releases look/sound stupid.

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Liked a comment about photo Jared Graves' Prototype Long-Travel Yeti SB6C with Switch Infinity 7/24/2014 4:37 PM

I love it!! Last week all the buzz was over there new 127mm travel bike. I commented on how that wasn't enough travel compared to all the other bike competition out there, at which point I received about -30. Several people commented that I didn't know what I was talking about cause Graves was killing it on a shorter travel bike...... Now a few days later he's riding 157mm of travel. Case closed.

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Liked a comment about feature First Look: Shimano XTR Di2 Electronic Shifting for MTB 5/31/2014 7:19 AM

It's not the price. I don't care how much it costs because I'll still buy what I can afford. There are two big reasons why I am a "hater": it retains the front derailleur and it is a solution for something that is not broken.

I despise front derailleurs and see their existence as the main obstacle preventing stronger and lighter frames with better geometry. As long as frame manufacturers have to design around the front derailleur, frames will always have compromises in strength, weight, and/or dimensions. The bearing that receives the highest load is the drive-side main pivot bearing, which has to be moved inward to accommodate the FD, which means that area has to be reinforced to accommodate the less than ideal bearing position. Additionally, chain stays have to be made longer to ensure the tire clears the FD.

Secondly, modern cable shifters work very well and are pretty dang reliable. They work without a secondary energy source, in horrible conditions, and are serviceable trail-side with commonly found parts that cost less than a pack of gum (e.g. shifter cables). The rear derailleur is much more of an Achilles' heel than cable shifters, but this system tries to reinvent the robust part (shifter) and does nothing to improve the vulnerable part (rear derailleur). Significant money and R&D time spent for what? So they can release a "new" technology and gain back some credibility for being a drivetrain technology leader because their biggest competitor keeps taking their market share in that category year after year?

It's cool, no doubt, but so are a lot of ideas that don't really fix anything. That's why I'm a "hater."

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Liked a comment about video This Is Peaty - Season 3 Trailer! 5/4/2014 9:42 AM

"you not gonna sing bro?"
hahahahahaha this guy is a legend

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Liked a comment about video This Is Peaty - Season 3 Trailer! 5/4/2014 9:42 AM

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Liked a comment about feature First Look: Specialized's Fast Rolling Slaughter Tire 4/6/2014 7:57 PM

Be right back........gotta go drop 5 grand on a new bike with different whlz before I can use your 60 dollar tire.

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