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"I don evuh wanuh ghe oww uh bref on uh mount in boik a ghin"

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Liked a comment about video 17 Questions - Rob Warner 4/13/2017 6:41 AM
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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 anecdotes from the wild west of the 90s. Don't kid yourself. No non-mountain biker is going out of their way to deliberately tune into a red bull internet broadcast and buying a 6k bike because of it. It's better when it's for the intended audience.

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

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Liked a comment about product review Review - 2017 Ellsworth Rogue 60 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/26/2017 6:41 PM
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Now that review makes far more sense (looking at the numbers) than the garbage review from Pinkbike.

One thing I would say is you guys need to get a midget tester who can ride the medium because I couldn't ride that thing with its 130mm head tube. Well maybe with a flat bar and the stem slammed but I have no idea why it's 30mm longer than many mediums.

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You forgot to mention that those Target shoes looked sick, you were just ashamed of the fact that they had 4 stripes and not 3.

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Liked a comment about product review Review - 2017 Commencal Meta AM V4.2 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/15/2017 10:01 PM
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I'm an atheist in the school of chainstay length. The chainstay is part of a system, different parts of the bike come together to make the whole. I have no doubt that there are great stubby stay bikes as well as lengthy bastard stay bikes. You caught me here. I was trying to point out that because of the geometry/purpose/damping of this bike its rear wheels may look like they've been run over by a Mack truck in no time. It is worth reading Dylan's response in the comments section on the Firebird, spot on.

Riding this bike epitomizes the loose but firm rider style. In order to ride it semi smoothly you need to move all over the bike and remain loose to soak up the trail coming through the bike. At the same time it takes a firm hand to bend this I-beam of a bike round corners and to press your weight into or pull out of compressions. That is what I meant by aggressive versus the more playful Firebird where you can be more lackadaisical and still make the corner.

Thanks for the comments, they made me think and I enjoy doing that. I hope I came within a few miles of satiation.

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Liked a comment about product review Review - 2017 Commencal Meta AM V4.2 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/15/2017 9:58 PM
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Consululted Miss Cleo about my hamstrings did you. Well you're...right. I've never touched my toes in my life. Interesting tid-bit there. You'd have to have hamstrings tighter than mine to be deterred by the wide seatstays and that is going some. Sign me up for yoga. Thanks

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Liked a comment about product review Review - 2017 Giant Trance Advanced from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/2/2017 9:34 AM
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When other rims survive much longer than one day of riding in the same terrain at the same speeds, that certainly reflects on the quality of Giant's rims.

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Liked a comment about product review Review - 2017 Giant Trance Advanced from Vital MTB Test Sessions 2/28/2017 8:26 PM
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That's a great question









Personally I feel many companies oversell their products' capabilities as may have been the case here. That said, I wouldn't be caught on a downhill bike on Tucson's trails. A trail/enduro bike is a far better match given the varied terrain.

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Hill put down a 57.81 on the 1:04. Santa isn't real and there is no Easter Bunny. Enjoy the dirt Wentz.

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Looks like a session.

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Dig the new large format! Photos really shine this way.

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Liked a comment about product review Long Term Tested: SRAM X01 Eagle 1x12 Drivetrain 1/27/2017 1:09 PM
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i drive a dodge stratus but i dont go to a tesla review to complain about there prices

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The final sentence calls out the pricing. Yes, it's expensive. So are the hours of CNC time it takes to make that incredible cassette so it doesn't weigh five pounds, the team of engineers it took to come up the improvements, and on and on. The price will no doubt improve as SRAM is able to trickle down the technology, just as it did with their 11-speed line of products. In many cases, making affordable versions of rad stuff is actually more difficult to do from a production standpoint. Those mid to lower-end versions also won't have the same level of performance.

For me, Eagle is a performance product. It's exclusive and costly at the moment, but the cost isn't outlandish (like Shimano XTR Di2, which we called out). If acquired as part of a complete bike it gets pretty reasonable, especially from some of the direct to consumer brands. The durability is also greatly improved and brings the cost per mile down.

Would I go out and buy it? If money was no object or if it came on a complete bike, yes. If I had to run a micro-sized chainring on a 1x11 system to get the climbing capabilities I needed, probably so. As standalone components? Not likely until the prices come down a bit, which they are bound to do. For now, 1x11 is affordable and (mostly) reliable. Your perspective on what's awesome will change when you ride Eagle for the first time, though. It's damn good, which is why it received a five star rating.

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That was easily the most redneck thing I have ever witnessed.

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Oh, I don't know. I'd want him representing my company. Douche.

https://mobile.twitter.com/BrianLopes/status/66642238112935937

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Im sorry, did you say $95 for an Onza tire? Does it come with a HR2 that you can actually use?

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This. More of this.

I don't even ride flat pedals but I can still appreciate a well researched, well written article that does its best to quantify results instead of going purely off of feel. Props to Johan and the rest of the Vital team for taking the time to think about the task and develop solid inhouse metrics (PTA and TwP) that create real insight.

PS: and props to Vital for going out a a limb and doing product testing in a shoot out format. Not the easiest decision for a company that makes its dollars from product adverts. Seen some flack in the comments directed at Vital about some paid adverts masquerading as product tests but if that means you guys can do this sort of thing, have at it i say.

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