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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon X01 2/27/2015 12:21 AM
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Cheers for voicing your concern. Part of the reason why we have multiple testers ride each bike is so that a system of checks and balances is in place, preventing scenarios like the one you mention. In this case I personally verified the statements written above by Steve, the bike owner, in addition to writing many of them myself. Steve's extensive time on the bike only strengthens his positive and negative ride impressions, in my opinion.

We also don't discuss our ride impressions with one another prior to jotting down our ride notes, just to prevent preconceived notions.

The Nomad rules, and after riding it at Test Sessions I'd willingly buy one with my own dollars too.

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Added a comment about photo 2015 Santa Cruz Nomad X01 2/26/2015 6:40 PM
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Read the Nomad review: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Santa-Cruz/Carbon-Nomad-27-5,15577#product-reviews/2028

See several photos of it in action and up close: http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/2015-Test-Sessions-Santa-Cruz-Nomad-Carbon-X01,8637/2015-Santa-Cruz-Nomad-Carbon-X01,87142/bturman,109

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Added a comment about video Vital RAW - Eddie Masters // Reece Potter // Skyline MTB Park Madness 2/26/2015 1:54 PM
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Holy shit balls indeed.

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Added a comment about photo 2015 Orange Alpine 160 RS 2/25/2015 8:21 AM
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Read the Alpine 160 RS review: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Orange/Alpine-160-RS,15576#product-reviews/2024

See it in action and up close: http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/2015-Test-Sessions-Orange-Alpine-160-RS,8635/2015-Orange-Alpine-160-RS,87123/bturman,109

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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 2/12/2015 4:08 PM
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Bingo. We dig them. For something more concave and that super secure feel, check out the ME05T or AE05.

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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 2/12/2015 3:17 PM
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They're made by HT Components. Check them out here: http://www.ht-components.com/ht_portal/product/list?cname=pedal

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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 2/9/2015 10:37 AM
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For reference, here's the previous review TRex mentions: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Mondraker/Foxy-XR,11747

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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 2/9/2015 10:32 AM
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Mondraker has some bikes with 10mm stems, and others with 30mm stems. This was designed around the 30mm option. The bars that replaced the originals had a comparable rise.

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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 2/9/2015 10:30 AM
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To put Mondraker's geo in perspective, know that a Medium Foxy is the same length as most XL bikes from other brands.

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Added a comment about photo 2015 Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 2/8/2015 9:34 PM
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Read the review: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Mondraker/Foxy-Carbon-RR,14525#product-reviews/2010

Check out 22 photos of the Foxy: http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/2015-Test-Sessions-Mondraker-Foxy-Carbon-RR,8574/2015-Mondraker-Foxy-Carbon-RR,86557/bturman,109

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Added a comment about photo Overcast Shredding 2/8/2015 2:42 PM
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Rad shot

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Added a comment about photo 2015 Canfield Balance 2/5/2015 4:56 PM
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Read the Balance review: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Frames,7/Canfield-Brothers/Balance,13425#product-reviews/2009

See 23 photos of it up close and in action: http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/2015-Test-Sessions-Canfield-Balance,8568/2015-Canfield-Balance,86495/bturman,109

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Added a comment about photo 2015 Specialized Rumor Expert EVO 2/3/2015 6:43 PM
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Read the Rumor EVO review: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Specialized/Womens-Rumor-Expert-EVO-29,15584#product-reviews/2007

Check out 22 photos of it up close and in action: http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/2015-Test-Sessions-2015-Specialized-Rumor-Expert-EVO-29,8551/2015-Test-Sessions-2015-Specialized-Rumor-Expert-EVO-29,86333/sspomer,2

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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Cannondale Jekyll Carbon Team 1/31/2015 1:43 AM
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We've written many honest reviews. Just take a look here: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/main?discontinued=true&page=9&scope=by_vital_rating

We're considering a feature where each of the test riders picks their favorite bike for various types of terrain/races/etc.

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Added a comment about photo 2015 Cannondale Jekyll Carbon Team 1/29/2015 4:15 AM
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Read the review: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Cannondale/Jekyll-27-5-Carbon-Team,14519#product-reviews/2004

Check out 20 photos of it up close and in action: http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/2015-Test-Sessions-2015-Cannondale-Jekyll-Carbon-Team,8550/2015-Test-Sessions-2015-Cannondale-Jekyll-Carbon-Team,86320/sspomer,2

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Added a comment about photo 2015 Transition Patrol 1 1/27/2015 10:31 AM
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Read the review: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Transition/Patrol-1,15293#product-reviews/1997

Check out 19 photos of it up close and in action: http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/2015-Test-Sessions-2015-Transition-Patrol-1,8547/2015-Test-Sessions-2015-Transition-Patrol-1,86262/sspomer,2

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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Trek Slash 9.8 Carbon 27.5 1/24/2015 9:47 AM
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Cheers for the critique, SDMTB'er.

I assure you that there are no biases toward the big boys vs the little guys. Vital has featured many very positive reviews of boutique brands, advertiser or not, including a handful of bikes made by Pivot.

There are a few distinctions that you should be aware of between the reviews. For starters, the Trek was reviewed by our 6'2" and 6'5" tall riders (as is clearly stated). The Pivot by our 5'8" and 5'10" testers. We do our best to tell you about each of the test riders in detail, something you won't find many other places. We list their height, weight, riding styles, and more. All so that you can better determine whether their experiences might mimic your own.

To clarify, regardless of the stem you put on a bike, the Reach measurement does not change. It's the horizontal distance between the center of the BB and the center of the top of the headtube. The size Large Pivot is very short - it's actually shorter than all 15 other men's bikes in our Test Sessions roundup, several of which are Mediums. The Trek has a much longer front center, somewhere near the top when comparing it to similarly sized bikes in the 160mm travel range.

Our testers will swap cockpit components as needed to improve the fit/feel of the bike, but also comment on the stock setup as well. Some bikes ride terribly with the stock stuff and are greatly improved with a wider/shorter combo. Others work well. For the tall guys, Trek's 750mm bar is far from ideal, and the 70mm stem doesn't quite align with the bike's capabilities. For the average height guys, Pivot's 755mm bar worked just fine, as did the slightly shorter 60mm stem. This is stated in both reviews. The M6 is a great bike in many respects, and we clearly describe where it excels.

Our ratings consider many factors, including value, price, build spec, geometry, weight, construction, how it climbs, how it descends, how it sprints, how it pumps, how it jumps, how the suspension performs, where it excels, where it doesn't, the little details, etc... The list is pretty exhaustive actually.

While it's easy to say that a bike review should just focus on the frame, there is so much more to how a bike rides than that. The suspension, tires, wheels, etc all come into play in a big way. Some companies do a great job with their builds, others overlook minor details that can end up having a big impact on the ride quality. If you're spending your money on it, don't you wan't to know how those things perform? In an ideal world we'd test all bikes with the exact same components and tire pressures, but that's just not how they're sold. They're each a sum of their parts, for better or worse.

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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Trek Slash 9.8 Carbon 27.5 1/23/2015 7:58 PM
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"Every" review on Vital? Sure about that? The Slash truly does shine as an all around ripper in its class, and it climbs far better than the head angle would lead most to believe. That's why those specific statements are included in this particular review.

I encourage you to read it again. There are several comparisons to the pre-2014 Slash and 2014 aluminum Slash. You're not going to find a direct comparison to other bikes (this isn't a shootout), however, but clear qualitative statements about how the bike handles many types of situations are in the review.

We'll consider comparisons to other popular bikes in future reviews.

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