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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 10:18 AM
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When Trek introduced Knock Block, the claims they made surrounded improved frame stiffness and less weight: http://www.vitalmtb.com/features/First-Look-2017-Trek-Remedy-27-5-and-Fuel-EX-29,1406

"As we pushed these bikes further and further while trying to keep the weight down and keeping the bikes stiff... there was an area of the bike that kept coming back as a challenge for our engineering group, and that was the front end of the bike where you kind of have that gooseneck effect of allowing the fork to be able to clear the downtube of the bike."

"The best way to design a bike is a straight line between two points," Riley continued, "and by doing that you get the stiffest and lightest structure possible."

"If we kink that line, you've got to add a lot more material," added Dylan Howes, Trek's Director of MTB Frame Technology, "and that's true whether it's aluminum or carbon."

The new downtube design results in the Fuel EX 29 and Remedy 27.5 measuring stiffer at the headtube and bottom bracket than the existing 2016 Slash and Remedy 27.5, with very notable improvements in the bottom bracket area.


This video has more details: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gR0ClsDgck

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Added a comment about feature Ghost's Affordable Slack, Long and Low KatoX 29er Hardtails 9/6/2017 2:58 PM
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These are 2018 models, so it's possible the site hasn't been updated yet.

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Added a comment about feature Transition Patrol vs. Patrol - See How the 2018 Compares 8/25/2017 5:25 PM
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I have yet to ride the new Nomad, but have put in a ton of miles on the new Spartan. Those rides included several laps on the same trails shown in this feature. Given the choice I'd opt for the new Patrol. Confidence in the front wheel is all-time, and chassis balance feels better on the Patrol.

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Added a comment about feature Transition Patrol vs. Patrol - See How the 2018 Compares 8/25/2017 5:22 PM
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The new bike saw plenty of climbing. Occasionally it can feel as though the front wheel is a ways out there, but after a short adjustment period your timing adjusts naturally. Seated, the bikes are almost identical when it comes to bar position. On gently winding singletrack the two bikes also often felt very similar.

Pointed uphill, tight switchbacks often present a challenge for many riders. SBG's smooth arcs once again came into play here, never once flopping. Depending on the turn, if it does start to dive in it seems to gently guide you in the direction you wanted to go. I found it easier to maintain balance even at slow speeds while pedaling uphill.

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Added a comment about feature What's New on the 2018 Specialized Enduro? 8/25/2017 11:41 AM
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Yes, it's 34.9mm only. For now.

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Added a comment about press release Complete 2018 Transition Patrol, Scout, Smuggler & Sentinel Specs Released 8/24/2017 9:14 PM
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Any bike that relies on the shock for support under torsional loads has bigger issues to address than the shock style. You're likely safe with this one.

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Added a comment about video Transition Teases Four New 2018 Mountain Bikes in Hilarious Video 8/24/2017 11:18 AM
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Here you go! Full details: http://www.vitalmtb.com/news/press-release/Complete-2018-Transition-Patrol-Scout-Smuggler-Sentinel-Specs-Released,1745

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Added a comment about feature What's New on the 2018 Specialized Enduro? 8/23/2017 11:22 PM
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Specialized made the claim that it's "effectively" 150mm of travel when you consider the saddle tilt. I'm used to a 150mm dropper and would agree that my ability to move around the bike was similar to a post with that amount of actual travel, though the center of the saddle may be just a bit higher overall. Not having oh sh*t moments by snagging my shorts could be worth the tradeoff in actual travel for many riders. Superficially, it makes your bike photo better with the seat slammed.

Short riders who typically need every millimeter of room on a Reverb just to ride the bike seated with the post up will struggle with this one, however. In a long term scenario, the added number of moving parts in the tilt mechanism could also introduce new opportunities for wear. The life of a dropper isn't an easy one. We'll have to see how these posts get along!

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Added a comment about video Transition Teases Four New 2018 Mountain Bikes in Hilarious Video 8/22/2017 1:53 PM
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The carbon Scout was launched in July 2016.

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Added a comment about product review Introducing the All-New 2018 Devinci Spartan Carbon 8/21/2017 9:05 AM
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Cheers for the feedback, stiingya!

Just trying to keep the video interesting. Me climbing is far less engaging and honestly wouldn't show much. As jbv said, the review will go into far more depth.

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Added a comment about feature Coming to the USA - Canyon Bikes 8/20/2017 10:56 PM
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Likely because Crankworx was a convenient time for international media to be in one place.

Other than that they are always evaluating new markets, they did not say anything specifically about Canadian sales.

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Added a comment about feature Coming to the USA - Canyon Bikes 8/19/2017 11:19 PM
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Probably should've chosen the DH bike

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Added a comment about video Jill Kintner - This Is Home 8/12/2017 2:42 PM
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Yeah Jill! We'll be rooting for you at Crankworx.

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Added a comment about product review Introducing the All-New 2018 Devinci Spartan Carbon 8/12/2017 10:09 AM
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In addition to several other big rides, this rig was taken on a 46-mile high country day on the Colorado Trail with about 6'000 feet of climbing. Would've never done that on the previous bike, so it's safe to say she's a much better climber than the previous design! I'll go into more depth in the upcoming ride review.

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Added a comment about product review Introducing the All-New 2018 Devinci Spartan Carbon 8/11/2017 8:06 AM
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It took a few weeks, but it grew on me. The paint changes color when looked at from various directions.

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Added a comment about video Poor, Poor Bikes - Vital RAW from Mont-Sainte-Anne 8/4/2017 9:06 AM
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Watch this slideshow from some insight: http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/Smashy-Smashy-Mont-Sainte-Anne-DH-Action,11213/Slideshow,0/sspomer,2

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Added a comment about video Poor, Poor Bikes - Vital RAW from Mont-Sainte-Anne 8/3/2017 5:59 PM
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Might have to bust out the steering damper for this one. So sick!

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon – A Ripping Next-Gen Trail Bike 8/3/2017 11:03 AM
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You can read our in-depth review of The Calling here: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Evil/Calling-Eagle-X0,18117#product-reviews/2636

Here's a comparison of the specs for the two bikes we tested: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/compare/18117-18661

Despite the difference in travel, I think The Calling is every bit as prepared for the rough stuff as the Mach 5.5. Major differences are weight (Pivot is a good deal lighter) and spec (Shimano vs SRAM).

The Calling
Climbing: 3 stars - Good
Descending: 4.5 stars - Outstanding
Fun Factor: 5 stars - Spectacular
Value: 4 stars - Excellent
Overall Impression: 4 stars - Excellent

Mach 5.5
Climbing: 4.5 stars - Outstanding
Descending: 4.5 stars - Outstanding
Fun Factor: 5 stars - Spectacular
Value: 4 stars - Excellent
Overall Impression: 4.5 stars - Outstanding

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Added a comment about video Excerpt: Ripping the 2018 Pivot Mach 5.5 Trail Bike on Captain Ahab in Moab 8/1/2017 12:11 PM
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Cheers buddy. It's a fun one!

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Added a comment about video Bringing it Back! Monster Stair Gaps, Drops to Flat, & Lake Hucks in Vienna 7/31/2017 8:05 PM
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How so, Kramz? Are you getting an error?

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