Added reply in a thread 2017 World Champs Bikes 9/6/2017 9:12 PM

Why's white paint on mountain bike frames so rare to see? I've heard that it's notorious for being fragile. Is that really the case? It looks great on these bikes, especially with a touch of dark blue to contrast.

Added a comment about feature Ghost's Affordable Slack, Long and Low KatoX 29er Hardtails 9/4/2017 4:57 PM
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Holy cow, they aren't exaggerating with the long and slack. Look at how far the front wheel is from the cranks...

Shame that the complete package is a bit flawed. Always looking to find a good candidate to recommend to newcomers, that won't make them feel scared on the trail, yet is simple and reliable enough to own without needing in-depth mechanical know-how.

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Added a comment about feature Transition Patrol vs. Patrol - See How the 2018 Compares 8/28/2017 3:57 PM
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Think of steeper STA as merely offsetting excessive rearward weight bias, which is worsened by extending the length of the front, while keeping the rear length the same.

I have two posts that go more into this here and here.

I believe taller guys need longer chainstays, personally. Need to keep things in proportion, not just increase the seat tube length, front triangle, and head tube an inch or two for every 5" inches in rider height.

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Added a comment about feature Transition Patrol vs. Patrol - See How the 2018 Compares 8/27/2017 7:10 PM
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Back in the heyday of 26" wheels, the Fox 36 had 37mm offset/rake vs 39mm on the 32 and 45mm on the 40. Manitou Nixon 41.28mm. RS Lyrik 40mm. Marz 66 RC3 44mm.

Perhaps some people who rode all of these may offer an opinion on how such a slight geometry difference made an impact on their riding.

As far as I know, the less offset, and the bigger the wheel, the more of an auto-centering effect there is as the wheel rolls forward. Equates to more stability. There's more wheel flop though, if you turn the bars too far.

I think the bigger difference is a longer front center, and longer reach. Just think about the reach, you have 455mm, or about 18" from where you're standing on the BB to the front of the bike. That's a foot and a half from the grips, if you stood up! If your feet weren't at 3 and 9, you'd basically be holding yourself in the "invisible" chair position. You get a lot more relief rotating the body forward from that position. The longer front center makes the bike not pitch up as much from uneven terrain.

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Added a comment about feature Transition Patrol vs. Patrol - See How the 2018 Compares 8/27/2017 6:45 PM
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Transition should be mailing you guys checks for doing such good marketing work for them. This is how you sell bikes. I love comparisons to see exactly why someone should choose one over another, especially when you have a myriad of choices. Doesn't help that people repeatedly say that you can't go wrong with any, when you're sure there's a choice that can better suit someone for no more cost than another.

I had to look for the ads to see how you are keeping this kind of quality free. There's only 3 ads on the page: top banner (TLD... someone give these guys pointers on how to make an effective ad), right side (RockShox reverb remote), and a banner way at the bottom (Fox Head movie).

Again, great work. The photos and video edit especially. Replacing a chunk of text with them is how it should be done! Love how the text is limited to providing context to photos, to draw attention to points of interest. Organizing the data in a table is much preferred over making an essay out of it and creating silly myths by oversimplifying things such as saying the 75° seat angle does this or that. Leave that nonsense to the comment section, and just deliver your best "non-biased" observations to support your impression.

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Dropper Seatposts 7/22/2017 8:19 PM
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These "shoot-offs" are exactly what I love to see. Making it easy to spend my money...

I already got the Cush Core for 29, and now sold on 'em. Zero arm pump riding blown out bike park trails for 2 days, at under 15 psi (150 lb rider, 2.3 tire), and no problems.

Now have the BikeYoke Revive on my wishlist. Glad that Jenson carries it. Might be replacing my RF Turbine, which has an air pressure leaking issue.

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Added reply in a thread 2016 World Champs Bikes 9/7/2016 8:30 AM

I've been trying to figure out the name of this sport... I recall it being named something-flingen. European people of all sorts of levels ride down ski jumps in a niche style of competition, and they're not dying. Was clued onto it when I was checking ... more »

Added a comment about photo Prototype Onza Aaron Gwin Signature Series Tires 9/1/2016 11:36 AM
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Gwin and Graves must think alike, considering their tire redesigns look so similar.

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Added reply in a thread Rachel Atherton on a Prototype Trek Session at Whistler 8/17/2016 5:00 PM

Looks like the lower eyelet is high above the downtube and very close to the seat tube, generally in the same spot as Full Floater. Could be either fixed or floating, but can't tell from the pic because it's hidden from sight. My impression is that they're ... more »

Added reply in a thread Rachel Atherton on a Prototype Trek Session at Whistler 8/17/2016 5:00 AM

Looks like subtle changes to tube shaping and positioning. Looks like they moved the entire seat tube back, altered the downtube to swoop less, increase tube diameters towards the front of the tubes and bottom of the seat tube, and longer seatstays. ... more »

Added a comment about feature First Look: 2017 Formula Selva Fork 8/13/2016 4:49 PM
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A2C can vary due to their use of coil springs for the negative spring.

Pump in air for a very light rider and you get a shorter A2C; pump in air for a very heavy rider and you get a longer A2C. It's more honest and accurate to say +/- 5mm, to ensure there's no dramatic social media/forum firestorm about lying about A2C, when it's actually measured/compared by consumers.

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Added a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS: Mont Sainte Anne World Cup Downhill 8/6/2016 4:38 PM
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Didn't expect to see Loic back on the podium so soon after his shoulder injury.

Pretty unreal looking pan shot from Duncan too.

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Added a comment about photo Cody Kelley's Yeti SB5.5c 7/29/2016 8:49 PM
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Anything new in the Spec pits, related to this? https://www.facebook.com/jaredgravesmtb/photos/a.139658266054723.20280.131821530171730/1163998980287308/?type=3&theater

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Added a comment about photo RockShox Super Deluxe with Remote Lock-Out for Cecile Ravanel? 7/29/2016 3:55 AM
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Piggyback shocks have lockouts?

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Added reply in a thread the best cheap enduro bike 7/28/2016 6:27 PM

Well, AU throws a wrench in anything I know. I'd be checking out the Giant Reign. Can probably talk them down to $3000 for the base model. How much do the Canyon Strive and Whyte G160 run?

Added reply in a thread Canfield Brothers Unveils CBF™ Suspension Patent 7/28/2016 5:54 PM

^ SC and Yeti maybe realizes that no one's trying to pedal *while* taking a huge hit that uses up 60+% of their travel. Isn't recommended sag *also* dependent on shock rate curves? - Santa Cruz's leverage is highest at their recommended sag, for max ... more »

Added reply in a thread Canfield Brothers Unveils CBF™ Suspension Patent 7/28/2016 5:32 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but did CB just patent something that makes their dual link mimic a single pivot in terms of pedaling efficiency? That relation between chainline and center of curvature looks exactly like having a single pivot located at the ... more »

Added reply in a thread Which bike do you regret buying? 7/22/2016 11:52 PM

Yeti SB95 and Evil Following for 2 different reasons. The Yeti SB95 was the purchase that broke my 1-bike quiver days. It made me wonder which bike suit me best, and I started becoming a bike whore from then on. It was a very good bike. Just too good, ... more »

Added reply in a thread What Tool Couldn't You Live Without? 7/22/2016 10:42 PM

Some form of internet, for everything from manuals, to music.

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 7/22/2016 5:53 AM

Some of you guys probably would enjoy playing around with an EBB.