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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 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 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 a comment about video Game On! Hot Lap with Brines and Whiteford 7/12/2016 6:43 PM
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Gimbal makes the PoV style much more watchable. I'm tempted to try one out myself, but it seems like one would need to learn how to fix them, to save them after all the damage they take. :D

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Added a comment about photo Disc Brake Anti-Vibration 5/16/2016 8:36 PM
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Looks like it could be a basic Tuned Mass Damper.

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Added a comment about photo Richie Rude's Bike 5/15/2016 7:00 PM
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6c. The SB 29ers only have 1 internal port on the right side (no FD), and generally a shorter head tube.

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Added a comment about photo Jared Graves' BlackBox Rear Shock 5/15/2016 6:55 PM
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What dial? You mean that giant knurled black ring at the top that's as big as the air can's diameter itself?

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Added a comment about feature First Look: 2017 Santa Cruz Tallboy 29/27.5+ 4/26/2016 2:14 AM
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It's got a vein popping out of its seat tube.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: BOX Components BTTR Bottle 4/13/2016 10:23 PM
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Why not just use the downtube bottle mount with a Pro Storage bottle.

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Added a comment about feature WIN A ROCKSHOX BOXXER - Vital OTB, Lourdes World Cup 4/9/2016 4:27 PM
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Loic Bruni 3:07.78
Rachel Atherton 3:55.45

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Added a comment about photo Curtis Keene's Prototype Specialized Tire 3/27/2016 10:21 PM
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Looks 27.5 to me, due to the lack of BB drop.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BDRIVcokZPJ/?taken-by=curtiskeene

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Added a comment about video EWS Chile All Stages Onboard Preview - Polygon UR 3/27/2016 6:01 PM
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Good stuff. The Blenki clip and you almost going through that creek crossing made me laugh. Great looking trails over there.

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Added a comment about photo Curtis Keene Racing Flat Pedals 3/27/2016 10:09 AM
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(assuming the pedals are just an excuse to give a sneak peak of the proto stuff that you aren't allowed to show)

Wild Rock'r2 with Minion shoulder knobs? Had to check and see if my E29's downtube looked that boxy and if the link was that long, to see if I wasn't looking at a proto Enduro, cause that doesn't look familiar to me.

Edit: Looks like it's just the long link that's throwing me off. Keene's instagram shows him with a normal looking 650b Enduro with a longer than normal link.

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