Added a comment about product review First Look: Ohlins RXF 34 Fork 1/17/2017 3:45 PM

Good question. Unfortunately it's one I can't provide a clear answer to. The Smuggler was previously equipped with a 130mm travel Pike, and in moving to a 140mm RXF 34 quite a lot changes - the wheelbase, head angle, trail measurement, bottom bracket height, seat angle, etc. Due to the number of changes it isn't a good comparison.

That said, there have been a few good articles and experiments done in this realm to help you make sense of it. Check these out:

As for how the bike feels now? Let's just say that the RXF is staying in place for a while longer. I prefer it with the taller fork for the added bottom bracket clearance in some of the chunky terrain I ride. Plus, that bike can rally!

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Added a comment about product review First Look: Ohlins RXF 34 Fork 1/17/2017 12:25 PM

What a perfect username.

Yes, the placebo effect is a real thing, especially when you're discussing minor changes to the same product. To say that 99 out of 100 riders wouldn't know they had an entirely different fork on the front of their bike is a ridiculous claim, however, and I'll take that bet.

This is my job. I take it very seriously, and I'm constantly learning from the engineers, designers, and even pro riders that help make new products a reality. That's also supplemented by discussions with those outside of our industry for better perspective. "Sounding cool on forums" is never a thought that crosses my mind.

If I've learned anything during my several years as a professional tester, it's to adopt an "all else constant" methodology to really single out what I'm feeling on the trail. Same day, back-to-back runs on the same section of trail. Same dirt. Same line. Just one change.

While I will agree that there is a lot of misinformation being claimed out there, it's important as a reader to identify the journalists you can trust. Read between the lines. Read the details. Ask questions. See if they can explain why things acted the way they did.

Just like a derailleur that is clearly out of tune for one rider and can be "fine" for another, given enough time on enough products important nuances come to light.

As for the customer you lied to, I hope he's wise enough to realize his error in bringing you his ride.

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You, sir, are a true racing fan! I love it. Cheers back at you. Back on the Öhlins topic... I believe you'll continue to see more and more Specialized bikes equipped with Öhlins suspension in 2017 and beyond. It's not uncommon for team sponsorships to ... more »

Added reply in a thread Lower shock/fork/post air pressures for storage? 1/17/2017 12:16 AM

Interesting question. Let me ping a few legitimate bike engineer types to see if they have any input. My gut is that your suspension is just fine. I do think extending your dropper post is a good idea. There has a be a lot of pressure inside when compressed. ... more »

Added reply in a thread Allsport Dynamics Wrist Braces 1/17/2017 12:13 AM

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Added reply in a thread Fox Shock CTD adjuster issue. 1/17/2017 12:07 AM

We were all noobs once! Welcome. I believe that shock requires the lockout lever to stay in the various CTD modes. It does so by holding cable tension on the adjuster at different angles of rotation.

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You'll find out on Monday!

Added reply in a thread 2017 Racing Rumors 1/13/2017 12:45 PM

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Like a boss.

Some very interesting remarks from 2:35 to 3:35. Makes one wonder what it takes to be the star of wildly progressive films for living.

"You've just got to go for it, and if you don't, then you just feel like an absolute pussy."

From the riding to the filming, it's incredible to see how much of a vision Akrigg has for each of his videos.

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For real? Wow. Pumptrack at the White House. That'll be the day!

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Hands down, my favourite videos to watch!

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Added reply in a thread Tuesday Tunes with Vorsprung Suspension 1/10/2017 4:22 PM

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What could it mean? @bojoeman dropping hints of things to come with the Syndicate.

Added reply in a thread 2017 Racing Rumors 1/9/2017 3:50 PM

A few words from SRAM about Luca Shaw moving on:

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2017 Trek Slash 9.9 29 Race Shop Limited 1/9/2017 8:59 AM

This is indeed a Metric equipped bike, though it's a bit confusing as Trek chose a slightly modified stroke length. They simply chose to limit the stroke 2.5mm using a travel reducer spacer, which is a modification most suspension service centers worth their salt could perform. RockShox offers it for frame makers. When you add in the spacers, Metric shocks can hit 2.5mm increments: 230 x 65, 230 x 62.5, 230 x 60, 230 x 57.5, 210 x 55, 210 x 52.5, etc.

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