Liked a comment on the item TECH TALK: Air Shocks Versus Coil Shocks, What's Better? 10/14/2017 9:29 AM

I don't understand. If the adiabatic process occurs at high shaft speeds, why would that affect a low shaft speed moment like pushing into a jump face? By poppy I assume we're talking about jumping. Similarly, small bump impacts are high shaft speed moments, so by this same process...more

Added a comment about feature TECH TALK: Air Shocks Versus Coil Shocks, What's Better? 10/14/2017 9:28 AM
C50

I’m wondering the same. based on what they said it seems like air will always suffer on really fast rough sections; shaft speed is way higher there than on a jump face. i recently got a dpx2 on my 160mm rig and it feels amazing in high speed rough - like nearly on par with the coil on my dh bike so maybe i’m (we’re) misunderstanding their explanation

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Tire Insert Systems 6/15/2017 12:53 PM
C50

The main problem with ProCore is that when you are leaned over in a corner the tire can slide up the side of the insert and still pinch on the bead

could you explain a little more about this? i know of some seriously fast dh racers (they corner hard) that run procore and i haven't heard of this happening. i'd like to understand this though

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Tire Insert Systems 6/14/2017 8:29 PM
C50

i've been using procore for the last couple months and so far it's been great. i don't notice a difference in the ride except i can run significantly lower pressures and never burp or have rim-rock impacts. i cut a sidewall on a rock dropping into a steep chute on a local trail. this would have been a scary moment just tubeless but with the procore i rode it out just fine. tire stayed on and procore didn't let my wheel get messed on the way down

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Liked a comment on the item First Look: Öhlins RXF 36 27.5 Fork - Sweden's Big Hit Contender 6/13/2017 10:47 AM

I would wait for a month review, I own a coil 36 for 2 months now (Specialized 29 coil) and the black coat in both stanchions is gone. A friend of mine (specialized mechanic) has the air 36, and he broke it every month at least once. I spoke with a "official" rider and he told me he...more

Added a comment about product review First Look: Öhlins RXF 36 27.5 Fork - Sweden's Big Hit Contender 6/13/2017 10:47 AM
C50

thanks for sharing this. do you also have one of the rear shocks? i've been eyeing them but if the reliability isn't there i'm definitely not interested

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Added a comment about video The New Santa Cruz Nomad - Rat, Loose and Max 6/3/2017 7:52 PM
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rats tire slide was rad

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Added a comment about video Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/2/2017 12:30 PM
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whether you agree with loic or not, this is a prime example of where you can see the breakdown of professionalism in dh. if this were a big sport loic would have been coached on his responses. unfortunately he dug himself in a bit of a hole he could have avoided if he hadn't been as genuine. i'd also love to see much wilder tracks in the wc circuit. loic is an incredible rider and i hope he's around for a long time to come

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Yeti SB5 Carbon from Vital MTB Test Sessions 5/11/2017 8:01 AM

"Despite not containing any volume spacers, the shock provides a nice smooth ramp towards the end of the stroke - presumably through the use of a smaller positive air spring in the custom shock. We used full travel often but the bottom was never very noticeable."

Neither Steve or I...more

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They are quite different, so be sure to have a read of the Evil Calling review: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Evil/Calling-Eagle-X0,18117#product-reviews/2636

As spec'd in these reviews, think of the Evil as a miniature DH bike with the snappy handling of a short...more

Added a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS: 2017 Lourdes World Cup Downhill 5/1/2017 11:35 AM
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the dude qualified for a WC dh event -- that alone means he is seriously fast and absolutely has my respect. don't kid yourself though, he wouldn't have been top ten without the weather situation.

honest question -- why would everyone go bankrupt over moving the race time? it seems like the cost is already high and then to have a disappointing race seems worse. sometimes the 'simple' answer isn't the best

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Added a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS: 2017 Lourdes World Cup Downhill 4/30/2017 1:29 PM
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it sucks when weather decides the race. i find it hard to believe given the huge cost to the teams and sponsors of putting on this event it's better to run the main or allow it to finish in insane weather. run it earlier if weather is looking crazy or push it back a few hours. it's not like the stream is live anyway. with seven races there aren't any to waste.

i love watching dh. i think racing is rad. i even own a carbon dh bike. i seriously hate this outcome and how everyone is like 'well it's racing'. it's the world cup!! there need to be contingencies for weather interfering in the race. everybody races dry or everyone races wet, it can't be split. it invalidates the result and weakens the sport

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Liked a comment on the item RESULTS: Qualifying, 2017 Lourdes World Cup DH 4/29/2017 7:34 PM

YEAH Luca! and Gwin. TLD Top 5!

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Specialized Enduro 650b from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/23/2017 6:29 PM

I was told by my bike shop that's it's $200 to swap to the charger damper on the yari.

I rode the last generation 29 for nearly 3 years and really liked that bike. That's the longest I've ever had a bike. I test rode the elite 2017 e29 at bootleg canyon and it felt great. It...more

Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Specialized Enduro 650b from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/23/2017 6:28 PM
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$200 is a very good price from your shop. i've never even seen the kits for less than $200. i got a good deal on the charger kit for my boxxer and it was $275 (my lbs wanted $370 without install)

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Specialized Enduro 650b from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/23/2017 12:52 PM
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sick bike!

comment about the suspension. the yari looks like a great fork except for the motion control. i've had a couple forks with motion control and i hate it. such a crap damping system. i've either sold them or swapped for the charger. it'd be great if rockshox replaced it with a different low cost (relative to the charger) alternative

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Added a comment about press release Commencal Introduces the Furious DH 3/21/2017 8:28 AM
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4k for the fox build is awesome

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Liked a comment on the item Does It Really Prevent Pinch Flats? Vital Tests the Flat Tire Defender 3/19/2017 3:05 PM

This article was good but not great, because without a parallel test of wheels without the FTD we don't really know if it made a difference. Ideally you would have run into all the same curbs and rocks with and w/o FTD, and the broken...more

Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Intense Recluse from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/19/2017 3:05 PM

This is the bike I was wondering how you were going to comment on the pedal feedback. I previously saw anti-squat and pedal kickback figures from another site and then when I watched Bike Mag's review of the bike, they said there was low pedal feedback. Interesting how your...more