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Liked a comment about product review Tested: Maxima Assembly Lube 11/1/2015 5:54 AM

Yes, Assembly lube works as a bath oil additive. The commonly used grease you're soaking the foam rings with can be replaced with Assembly Lube. The lube will mix with 20wt gold and aid in keeping the lower bushings lubricated. I've been using it in my Fox 40 with zero issues. My technique is to place the assembly lube below the foam ring so it sets up on the lower bushings then add bath oil as normal. I'll let you form your own opinion with performance gains.

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Liked a comment about feature Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/19/2015 7:31 AM

I attended Rampage this year. From every aspect you could tell that Red Bull was putting their own interests first. As a worker, a spectator, and from talking to the riders and team support, there were complaints from every end. Aside from the utter chaos of the disorganization, the priorities seemed backwards. Riders should always be first, then workers, then spectators. Red Bull seemed to only care about media coverage.

I was working a security position up on the ridge. Within the first 10 minutes I began to witness some serious negligence. A few photographers hiked up the ridge past my position. A digger about 50 ft past called out that a rider was coming down the line. I repeated this to the photographers. As the rider was coming closer we all repeated "rider up" again. The photographers stood below a drop completely unaware. One thing led to another and the rider came over the drop, into the photographer, over the bars and down the side of the ridge. The rider was injured and furious.He was unable to attend qualifying. Photographers were okay and moved on. I called over the radio to asses the situation. I was instructed to "do nothing because the photographer had every right to be there."

So why should a rider, his first year at rampage, receive no compensation for his injuries and inability to finish the event because of an ignorant photographer who got off scot free? Because Red Bull puts media first, thats why. and that needs to change.

Just one of the many examples I saw at Rampage...

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Liked a comment about feature Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/19/2015 7:29 AM

First I hope all the injured riders are okay, particularly Paul with regard to his very serious back injury. With regards to your piece Brandon; you have clearly written it in a state of heightened emotion and though understandable your views are biased. All around the world there is imbalance, primarily between the corporations and media, and us mere mortals. People risk their lives every day seeking the ultimate thrill of feeling alive. Some are paid. A lot. Some are not. Some are supported, others go off away from cameras and spectators and do their own thing. I cite a couple of examples. Guy Martin is a well know motorcycle racer. One of the very best. And he works with his Dad mending hgv's. He has survived massive accidents. And he continues. He often says when he doesn't feel that thrill of being on the edge of life he will give up. He mostly races in the road series, and the infamous Isle of Man TT. Poorly rewarded financially, something pushes him on. Only he knows what this is.
Base jumpers risk their lives every time they jump. They cannot make a mistake. If they do they die. And they continue.
Big mountain skiers make money. Maybe 10 or 20% do. The rest, no cameras, no commentators, no spectators, just them, their friends, and the mountains.
And there are many more examples. And we could rage against the machine. Or we can rationalise why these people do these things. Take away Red Bull and their infrastructure, their cameras and live feeds. What are you left with. A sports community free to ride where, when and what they want. Sounds fantastic.
As a spectator, should I stop watching these guys that I admire so much. I can only imagine, dream what it must feel like to be so at one with your kit, whether bike, ski's, wingsuit or rope and harness that you feel anything is possible. And you do not, cannot allow yourself to consider the what if's. This is what sets them apart.
Yes there is clearly a massive disparity between the risks and the monetary reward in many events such as these. And the giant corporations will continue to make extraordinary profits. I am told "that's life".
People will continue to push the boundaries and limits of what is possible in all sports. Whether they are paid for it or not. Whether the cameras are rolling or not. This is their life and they tread a path us mere mortals cannot comprehend. And that is their reward.

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Liked a comment about slideshow RAMPAGE QUESTION OF THE DAY - Do you agree with the results? 10/19/2015 6:59 AM

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Liked a comment about photo HOW BIG? We measure drops and gaps at Rampage 2015 10/15/2015 3:41 PM

Or you could use google, you lazy rest-of-the-world pricks. Venue is in US, US sizing. MERICA!!! And what sspomer said. At the end of the day be thankful someone like Vitalmtb went out there and physically measured the features. This is awesome and thank you for taking the time to do this. I've always been curious.

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Liked a comment about photo e*thirteen TRS Race Tires 10/6/2015 10:54 PM

seriously, first proflex stops using elastamers and now this

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Liked a comment about photo 2016 Alchemy Arktos 9/23/2015 8:21 AM

3750$ ?? Meh. Call me when someone pulls out a full 5 grand frame,then I'm interested.

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Liked a comment about photo 2017 Tantrum Meltdown 9/23/2015 8:15 AM

Can I buy just the headtube?

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Liked a comment about video Big Jumps, Bigger Cases - The Learning Curve at Red Bull Hardline 9/12/2015 7:22 AM

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Liked a comment about video Big Jumps, Bigger Cases - The Learning Curve at Red Bull Hardline 9/12/2015 7:22 AM

This is the case of getting enough speed, not the size of the gap. And if some of the fastest racers in the world have issues getting speed, you think it would be otherwise for Fest people? The run ins at Fest are all smooth and clean. Not the case here. All the top 80 racers could clear any gap at Fest any time. Not sure if the guys from Fest would make the cut in the finals at a World Cup. Though, I have full respect and apreciation for both of them. The gaps aren't babies, and it's not about teaching. It's apples and oranges. Cheers

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