Added a comment to jeff.brines's bike check 10/14/2017 10:25 PM
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Hey Jeff, I enjoyed your analysis on YouTube. I've been looking at the Patrol lately, but am intrigued by a Smuggler setup similar to yours. Does the basic Monarch get overwhelmed? Would the Smuggler benefit from a M+ or a Float X, while still retaining the characteristics you spoke so highly of?

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Added a comment about video Sam Hill: A Legend's Journey 10/10/2017 8:25 PM
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Looks similar to this guy:
https://www.backcountry.com/osprey-packs-talon-6-daypack-366cu-in?skid=OSP008B-BK-ONESIZ&ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6b3NwcmV5IGhpcGJlbHQ6MTozMDpvc3ByZXkgaGlwYmVsdA==

Side note, I have it and love it!

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Added a comment about product review Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/15/2017 7:30 AM
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Just to play devil's advocate when it comes to active suspension, it could come down to what you want out of the bike. A remote would be nice for sprinting through flatter or smoother sections, even on a regular ride and of course for the pedal back to the hill, but an active design makes for an incredibly fun, playful ride coming down. It does add one more lever and item to think about though.

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Added a comment about product review Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/14/2017 9:06 PM
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I think you do an excellent job across the board with your reviews, Jeff. I keep wanting to want one of the new Remedy's or Slash's but Trek keeps doing these hokey or proprietary "innovations" that, as you've expressed, don't do much. Add in the low end damper on the fork and at best I might consider a frame only. Which is what end up doing anyway. Keep up the great work!

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Added a comment to ozzer's bike check 8/27/2017 7:27 AM
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What's the clearance like with the TRS out back?

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Added a comment about video Broken Bikes and Busted Bodies - Val di Sole Qualifying Day Action 8/25/2017 6:51 PM
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Nope, it's carbon!

Oh wait...

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Added a comment about feature So British | Riding the Hope HB.160 8/22/2017 7:17 AM
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I don't know, it isn't being marketed as a new "standard," moreso a piece to the compete package. I'll never say never, but I'd be surprised if other manufactures jumped on board with it.

Besides, us Hope fanboys are just fine with not having other hub options.

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Liked a comment on the item Why That Bike? Intense Tracer 8/19/2017 9:36 PM

If that is really what you take away from these features, we might as well not bother doing them anymore. Why That Bike is all about our members, we cruise the bike check section looking for sweet rides that people have put some effort into customizing, and then we showcase those bikes in the feature to share...more

Liked a comment on the item Tested: Sixth Element 27.5” Carbon Wheelset 8/15/2017 11:04 AM

Maybe a bit of both?

Added a comment about product review Tested: Sixth Element 27.5” Carbon Wheelset 8/15/2017 8:25 AM
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Any pictures of the damage?

I also appreciate seeing the same bike being used throughout so many tests! I take it as an effort to reduce another variable. Either that or lots of love for the Capra!

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: Sixth Element 27.5” Carbon Wheelset 8/15/2017 8:24 AM

Way to tell it like it is vital. Your honesty makes the 5-star reviews that much more meaningful.

I love the snappiness of carbon rims but until i am making 150k a year, I cannot possibly justify it.

Liked a comment on the item Giant Reign Advanced "platinum" 8/12/2017 11:38 PM

Correct Fred,I used a wolftooth goat link.

Added a comment to Swapmeetlouie's bike check 8/11/2017 6:13 AM
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Did you have to do any trickery to make the Zee der play nicely with the cassette?

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Liked a comment on the item Aaron Gwin signature ODI grips 8/3/2017 7:54 AM

They look about 0.005" thicker than what's currently available...

Added a comment about video ROCKS, ROOTS & ROOST - Vital RAW - Lenzerheide Day 2 7/7/2017 9:01 AM
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At race pace race day is going to be brutal.

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Liked a comment on the item Speed Balanced Geometry: Transition's Approach To Creating Better Mountain Bikes 6/30/2017 6:26 AM

I assure you that the gents testing this concept (Transition, FOX, RockShox, Chris Porter, etc) know exactly what's up. I'd like to think I do as well, having been at this testing game for several years. The back-to-back process typically reveals all.

Added a comment about feature TECH TALK: Giant Factory Off-Road's Dave Garland on Data Acquisition and Bike Set Up 6/23/2017 3:51 PM
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On a follow up article, how about some simple If/Then tips? Ex If you keep getting bucked on the same jump, then try increasing rebound compression on the shock/decreasing compression on the fork?

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Liked a comment on the item Santa Cruz Nomad CC 650b 2017 6/15/2017 12:17 PM

Totally agree about the tire choice. But the new nomad has to be ridden to be appreciated for what it is. Definitely function over fashion for the new one.

Added a comment to johnny.aldrian's bike check 6/15/2017 6:46 AM
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The only part in question is the Ardent as a front tire. After seeing this though absolutely no desire for the new Nomad. Rad work!

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Liked a bike check Santa Cruz Nomad CC 650b 2017 6/15/2017 6:45 AM
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