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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Intense Recluse from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/20/2017 6:33 PM

Pedal kickback is mostly felt when the suspension compresses during pedaling on bigger cogs on the rear, and at slow speeds (rocky climbs are a good example). On small rear cogs and fast speeds the kickback is hard to feel. At higher speeds the pedals not always rotate backward,...more

Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Intense Recluse from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/20/2017 11:01 AM
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Definitely smoother than what's in that video, but there are some sections that are similar. It's best you just come and see for yourself bud...

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Intense Recluse from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/20/2017 11:00 AM

Genuinely appreciate your opinion, Cliffy! It may be a matter of where you ride and your chosen gearing combo. Can you describe the trails a bit? Tucson is a full-on, unrelenting square edge chunk fest in sections.

Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Intense Recluse from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/20/2017 11:00 AM

You're on the money, which is why our conclusion points to a similar type of rider to what you describe.

Without testing to the extreme end of things it's impossible to know where a bike excels and struggles. The variety of terrain in Tucson allowed us to find where the Recluse does...more

Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Intense Recluse from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/19/2017 10:32 PM
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Great review as usual guys. I've had this machine for a couple weeks now and I'm really impressed with it so far. I'm coming off a DeVinci Spartan and I feel I've upgraded. I was actually hoping to get into the new Troy XO, but build kits weren't going to be available until June. I'm happy I ended up on this...

I have to admit I'm confused about the pedal kickback and shock rate data. Any faults in its design are not apparent to me on the descents. I haven't ridden as many bikes as you guys obviously, but I'm stoked on how this bike feels playful, stable, and very efficient. I've straight-lined all the technical stuff I can find around here.I think it soaks up things better than the 165mm bike I came off of...

I gotta say though, I might not be doing that much anymore after seeing what happened to the wheels.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 11/17/2016 8:55 AM

It's great to hear support for brands and pedals that weren't included in this test. We'll work to include them in future revisions of this feature. We plan to update it (and all future Face Offs) on at least a yearly basis.

While we wish we could physically test all of the pedals out there, it's...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 11/17/2016 8:53 AM

I am with you on Twenty6!! My favorite too. Tyler is an amazing guy and I love the grip on them. The bonus is getting them custom engraved for the win!

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 11/17/2016 8:53 AM

Great review, but what about Twenty6 Predators? Super expensive but top dogs in my book and great customer service.

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 11/17/2016 8:53 AM

I call bullshit, you include Crank Brothers flats and yet don't include Twenty6? So you don't care for American manufacturing then? They are milled and made in Montana. Tyler's Predators are hands down the very finest, grippiest flats on the planet.

Added a comment to kameraguy's bike check 8/11/2016 6:29 AM
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Incredible build. Well done!

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Liked a comment on the item Steve Smith Passes Away at Age 26 5/10/2016 9:43 PM

Rest in peace Sender. You were taken way too soon. We will miss you : (

Liked a comment on the item Remembering Kelly McGarry 2/1/2016 1:39 PM

This morning has been a whirlwind of emotions. Trying to fight back tears and sadness, while simultaneously laughing at some of the adventures and stories. Kelly was an amazing person and I'm fortunate enough to have known him for a number of years.

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: Maxxis Aggressor 1/21/2016 7:36 PM

Stay tuned! Aggressor will be available for 26" and 29" later in the year.

Liked a comment on the item Tested: Maxxis Aggressor 1/21/2016 7:35 PM

Indeed, the Minion DHF is the best all-conditions mountain bike tire of all time. Maybe you were riding the 2.3" 650b tire in a hard compound, or some other weird iteration? Because I agree, that tire sucks.

Liked a comment on the item Tested: Maxxis Aggressor 1/21/2016 7:35 PM

Well I'm sure you have your own reasons, and good ones also, but the DHF is the single best mountain bike tire produced to date. Some may come close, but it's still the king. And I'd go as far as to say your statement is about as misleading as there is about the DHF: the DHF is really...more

Liked a comment on the item What's Out and What's In - Mountain Biking in 2016 1/3/2016 2:16 PM

Out: posting politics on a bike riding website.

Added a comment about product review Tested: Race Face Tailgate Pad 10/28/2015 12:39 PM
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I've put a length of foam pipe insulation across the top of my tailgate for every pad I've run. Easiest way to get some extra padding.

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: Race Face Tailgate Pad 10/24/2015 10:34 AM

Yeah, I tried that configuration as well, but didn't like how you lost the ability to strap the frames down. As you can see from the other comments it's probably best to always use the straps to prevent any stray rubbing. I never experienced any wear on the frames, but again,...more