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The Yeti bikes use the new metric shock sizing, which is longer eye-to-eye relative to shock stroke than the traditional sizing. FOX adapted their shocks to the new sizes by simply increasing the length of their damper body/shock shafts, hence the appearance that it isn't using full travel. It is though.

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Added reply in a thread Manitou swinger 4-way rear shock specs? 2/20/2017 11:12 PM

Mountain bike shocks have two main measurements called "eye-to-eye" and "stroke" that are typically written like 9.5x3.0-inches, respectively. The stroke is the distance the shock can compress. Is this the number you're after? If so, this chart lists

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Liked a comment on the item The Collective - Full Movie 2/20/2017 9:51 PM

good stuff.. Crabapple hits at 19:15, that's what A-line looks like now. the progression of the sport, bikes and trails is amazing.

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You're right, there are a lot of other good bikes out there. No doubt about it! I think we snuck in a few smaller brands this year with bikes from Evil, Guerrilla Gravity, and Ellsworth. Cheers for the feedback. We'll consider it for the future.

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Liked a comment on the item ​2017 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 2/20/2017 8:41 PM

I'm stoked on this. Whatever the bikes, whatever the price, I just like reading about how they ride and don't forget (don't forget) the pretty pictures!

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He is a cool dude. I met him on Backbone trail in the boo about a year ago. We were at the Latigo parking lot and he was asking for directions. He was on his TI FS Moots at the time. Big bike for a big guy. Anyway, he has some serious cardio, he was talking about his ride and he puts in some...more

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"Keep in mind that this is not a shootout, and bikes were ridden and reviewed individually with their relative merits in mind. With a wide range of bikes to read about, we felt our sampling should give you plenty to study as you decide which features, builds and geometries will work best for your budget, riding style and local terrain."

We certainly do take price into account, and you'll see that reflected in the reviews and ratings. That $3,500 Specialized held its own quite well.

I hear you though, a Face Off style feature would be rad. You never know!

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Cheers, mp. It sure does compliment Lear's awesome photos well. More to come!

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Liked a comment on the item ​2017 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 2/20/2017 12:29 PM

Dig the new large format! Photos really shine this way.

Added reply in a thread That Time We Nearly Lost A Motocross Star 2/20/2017 10:35 AM

He's just enlightening those pups.

Added reply in a thread YT USA Support & Info 2/20/2017 10:33 AM

I'm 5'10" and really enjoyed the medium. If I were any taller I'd be on that large though! YT also has this on the Tues product page:

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Love your list of bikes this year guys!

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Pretty sure Dylan doesn't want to recount the number of dropped chains he had while riding one bike in particular, but you'll surely read about it in the review.

I think all the rings survived without issue. There's no rolling many of the rock bits in Tucson, at least at speed, which likely helped. A chain or two may have gotten a bit dinged up though.

Five of the bikes came with guides this year and only one bike was missing ISCG tabs. Sounds like progress!

Clarified. Six hammered 'alloy' rims. Thanks amigo.

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"7 carbon rim cracks" - It's how you read it. Could be two rims with multiple cracks, could be seven rims with one crack. You'll have to read those reviews to find out.

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Hey DeafDaddy, welcome to Vital.

The Enduro is the 650B version. You can check out the specs and sizing details here: http://www.vitalmtb.com/features/2017-Test-Sessions-See-the-Bikes,1523

Hope you're able to get your riding fix this winter in MN!

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Howdy Brandon...

Stoked for the 2017 test session reviews since I'm looking at purchasing a new MTB soon. Great selection of bikes, though I'm curious if the '17 Specialized Enduro in the test session is utilizing a 29er frame?

Quick cursory glances and comparisons of 650b and 29er frames on Specialized's site and other bike mag sites photos had me wondering if the Enduro 650b in the test session is on a 29er frame with 650b specs (suspension, tires, wheels), or if the XL size made the frame silhouette appear as a 29er?

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We hear ya! The new updates do look rad. They're on the list of rides to test in the future.

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This pleases me!!

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We did back in 2015 but are definitely due to ride another one of those beauties. You'll be pleased to hear that we've got a Canfield Riot under our Squamish, BC tester right now.

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