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Added reply in a thread List off the mountain bikes you've had 7/1/2014 8:58 AM

Hmm Iet's see..... 1995 Univega Rover 1996 Cannondale F600 Comp 1999 Cannondale F2000SX 2001 Rocky Mountain Pipeline 2001 Rocky Mountain RM7 2005 Trek Session 77 2006 Iron Horse Azure Comp 2006 Iron Horse Sunday Team 2007 Transition Vagrant 2010 Transition ... more »

Updated bike check 2013 TransAM 29er 6/15/2014 4:48 PM
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Updated bike check 2012 Banshee Spitfire 6/15/2014 4:44 PM
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Updated bike check 2012 Banshee Spitfire 6/15/2014 4:44 PM
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Liked a comment on the item First Look: Shimano XTR Di2 Electronic Shifting for MTB 6/1/2014 5:32 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...more

Added a comment about feature First Look: Shimano XTR Di2 Electronic Shifting for MTB 5/30/2014 9:47 AM
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Yeah this looks cool on a bike shop floor but its not going to be cool when you drop $2k on a drivetrain and the battery dies when a 2 hour ride turns in 3.

The MSRP isn't out but we all know the price will be insanely high. This is the new standard of $1500 drivetrains, $3k frames and $1000 forks? When will manufacturers starts making innovative products for real world users?

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Added a product review for Banshee Bikes Spitfire Frame 5/24/2014 6:54 AM
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A fun bike for any day of week

Rating:

The Good: Light, low and slack geometry, very stiff and responsive, climbs and pedals very efficiently, clean cable routing, descends like a freight train.

The Bad: The bushing system requirements more maintenance than usual, but the bushings are only about $1 each and swap out quickly with out any special tools. Other than that, maybe a thru axle rear end?

Overall:

I picked up this frame at a deep discount and built it with mainly with spare parts sitting around my garage. The fit and finish of the bike is top notch - no creaks, squeaks or clunks and the whole bike came together easily.  On the trail its extremely fun.  It goes uphill quietly with minimal pedal bob and has very good traction.  Going down or fast through twisty, technical trails is really where this thing shines.  It's nimble, quick and can be tossed through turns very easy.  It's low bottom bracket rails turns and keeps the bike feeling stable over fast, chunky descents.  The Spitfire is just as happy hitting jumps and drops as it is on single track.  It's a very versatile bike, depending on how you set it up.

The bushing system isn't nightmare to keep up.  New bushings can be bought in bulk for cheap and all you need to swap out the bushings is about 30-35 min, allen wrenches, grease, a mallet and a clamp.  It's quick and easy and needs to be done once every few months if you're riding regularly.

Overall, the original Spitfire is still a blast even in the world of bigger wheels and fancy carbon.

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Updated bike check 2011 Yeti 303R DH 5/24/2014 6:34 AM
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Updated bike check 2011 Santa Cruz Butcher 5/24/2014 6:33 AM
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Updated bike check 2012 Banshee Spitfire 5/24/2014 6:32 AM
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Updated bike check 2013 TransAM 29er 5/24/2014 6:30 AM
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Added a comment about feature On-One Codeine 130mm-travel 29er 4/4/2014 9:47 AM
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Wow a long travel big wheel bike that's not over $7k fully built.

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Updated bike check 2013 TransAM 29er 3/6/2014 5:50 PM
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Added bike check 2012 Banshee Spitfire 3/6/2014 5:48 PM
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Added a product review for 2010 Yeti 303-R DH Bike 7/9/2013 6:42 AM
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A Well Built and Solid DH Bike

Rating:

The Good: Attention to detail - extruded head tube, metal cable tie downs, wonderfully machined parts, internal cable routing, everything on this bike is well designed and thought out, adjustable geometry, single pivot simplicity, stable, lateral rigidity, fast, surprisingly nimble despite the weight, well suited for any type of DH riding

The Bad: Hmmmmm, could be a bit lighter

Overall:

I ride a variety of downhill trails here in New England. Everything from flowy berms and jumps to rocky, steep technical trails.  The 303 RDH is able to handle anything with ease.  It has a short wheelbase and a nice slack feel which makes it ideal for railing turns and pinning it through technical sections.   The rail system makes for a simple, consistent suspension action that is predictable every time.  I also appreciate how well this bike is built.  I see a lot of high-dollar bikes made with cheap materials, but not this one.  Its nice to see some craftsmanship and attention to detail on this Yeti.  

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Added a comment about slideshow Wade's Rides: Rad Bikes from Wade Simmons' Career 7/5/2013 6:23 AM
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When I was 17 I bought Pipeline with lawn mowing money. That was back in 1999, I rode the snot out of the bike for 5 years.

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Updated bike check 2011 Santa Cruz Butcher 6/7/2013 10:24 AM
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Updated bike check 2013 TransAM 29er 6/7/2013 10:22 AM
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Updated bike check 2011 Yeti 303R DH 6/7/2013 10:20 AM
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