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Added a comment about product review First Look, First Ride: 2017 Pivot Switchblade 29/27.5+ 5/28/2016 5:11 PM
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The last shot in the article is of an XL. Here's another angle:

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2015 YT TUES CF Pro 5/22/2016 10:31 PM
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Hey w4s, I no longer have the Tues in the garage, so I can't verify the pressures for you. We've seen shock pumps with poor calibration off as much as 15psi in the past, so that may have some influence here. The pressure reading is a little meaningless, however. The important part is that you end up at 30% sag. Use that as your baseline and go up/down as needed. Happy tuning!

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Added a comment about feature Modern Mountain Bike Geometry Defined - Transition Explains Effective Top Tube Versus Reach 5/20/2016 10:25 AM
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In general most Medium bikes are settling into the 420-435mm reach range, while Larges are 440-460mm. Bikes that haven't seen a redesign in the past 2-3 years are typically shorter than that.

At 5'10" tall with longish arms, my preferred reach is in the 430-440mm range paired with a 50mm stem.

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Added a comment about feature Modern Mountain Bike Geometry Defined - Transition Explains Effective Top Tube Versus Reach 5/19/2016 1:49 PM
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Not that I'm aware of. Are you trying to determine what reach value would be good for you, or simply to compare several bikes?

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Specialized SWAT Pro Bib Shorts 5/19/2016 12:56 PM
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In addition to a single bottle on my frame, for long rides I also use a flexible bottle or two in my SWAT vest/bibs. These ones are pretty rad: http://hydrapak.com/shop/softflasks/softflask-500ml

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Added a comment about feature First Ride: FOX's Updated 2017 FIT4 Damping Tune 5/18/2016 2:56 PM
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Many older models can be updated to the latest tune by contacting FOX directly. Start here: http://www.ridefox.com/upgrades.php?m=bike&ref=service

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Added a comment about feature First Ride: FOX's Updated 2017 FIT4 Damping Tune 5/18/2016 11:15 AM
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We reached out to FOX to get your question answered:

"No. The FIT4 and RC2 use different damper designs with different adjustment options so they don’t use the same shim stack. But with the RC2’s large range of high- and low-speed compression tuning options, a rider should be able to closely match the tune of the FIT4."

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Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Pivot Mach 429 Trail XT/XTR Pro 1x 5/18/2016 9:48 AM
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With higher descending, fun, and value ratings, the Evil was deserving of a higher overall rating. There's no denying that we prefer a bike that descends great (as do the majority of Vital readers), but also recognize those that climb amazingly well. Both are rad rides in their own ways.

Evil Following
Climbing: 3 stars - Good
Descending: 4.5 stars - Outstanding
Fun Factor: 4.5 stars - Outstanding
Value: 4 stars - Excellent
Overall Impression: 4.5 stars - Outstanding

Pivot Mach 429 Trail
Climbing: 5 stars - Spectacular
Descending: 3.5 stars - Very Good
Fun Factor: 4 stars - Excellent
Value: 3.5 stars - Very Good
Overall Impression: 4 stars - Excellent

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Added a comment about feature First Look: 2016 Specialized Demo Pro Apparel 5/17/2016 9:20 AM
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The vast majority of DH gear began as moto gear, and over time various features (like leather inner thighs) were stripped in an effort to make them lighter and more directly applicable to DH. We still see those moto roots today in many of the designs.

Personally, I can't see going back after wearing the Demo Pro pants. The freedom of movement and ventilation they allow is excellent, though there is of course a tradeoff. Knee pads serve as a more robust/reliable form of protection under the pants, while the pants themselves have a fabric that's durable enough to withstand crashes without being overly thick and restrictive. Just like a lot of outdoor apparel has advanced over the years to produce lighter and more flexible fabrics that still hold up, I think Specialized has found a better solution for mountain bikers.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: e*thirteen TRS Tires 5/15/2016 1:34 PM
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Yes, Mattcubed, we've done several long adventures aboard these tires. Following the review I switched back to a Specialized Slaughter rear in search of a bit more rolling speed, but I'm keeping the e*thirteen up front for super mega hella grip in the turns and while braking. Out of curiosity I weighed both the 29-inch Slaughter and e*thirteen, and the Slaughter came in a bit heavier.

910kg - 29x2.35" e13 TRS+
870g - 29x2.3" Specialized Butcher GRID
1,040g - 29x2.3" Specialized Slaughter GRID

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Added a comment about video Celebrate the life of Stevie Smith, a photo tribute from Sven Martin 5/13/2016 7:33 AM
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Keep riding that wheelie, Stevie!

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Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Devinci Troy Carbon RR 5/10/2016 1:36 PM
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Still current. Thanks for being patient!

http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Pivot/MACH-429-Trail-XT-XTR-Pro-1x,16843#product-reviews/2413/expand

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Added a comment about feature 2016 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 5/10/2016 1:15 PM
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Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Pivot/MACH-429-Trail-XT-XTR-Pro-1x,16843#product-reviews/2413/expand

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Added a comment about photo 2016 Pivot Mach 429 Trail Carbon XTR/XT Pro 1X 5/10/2016 12:17 PM
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Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Devinci Troy Carbon RR 5/6/2016 11:38 AM
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We reviewed the Spectral CF on the same trails. Read up here if you haven't already, and compare the Vital ratings for climbing, descending, fun factor, etc for each. That'll give you a quick snapshot of our thoughts, with more detail in the words: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Canyon/Spectral-CF-9-0-EX,16783#product-reviews/2345

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Added a comment about feature Solving Problems: e*thirteen's Approach to Better MTB Components 5/5/2016 1:41 PM
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Gwin runs several e*thirteen components that certainly are required (wheels, chainguide, cranks, chainring, and cassette), and has already had a hand in the development of some of those components. Here's a recent bike check: http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/WINNING-BIKE-Aaron-Gwins-YT-TUES-at-Lourdes,10003/WINNING-BIKE-Aaron-Gwins-YT-TUES-at-Lourdes,103700/sspomer,2

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Added a comment about feature Solving Problems: e*thirteen's Approach to Better MTB Components 5/5/2016 11:56 AM
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Due to the position and large size of the chainstay on the Evil Insurgent, it has some unique clearance issues and requires a custom integrated guide. It can be outfitted with an optional e*thirteen bashguard if you'd like. Take a closer look here.

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Added a comment about feature Solving Problems: e*thirteen's Approach to Better MTB Components 5/5/2016 11:38 AM
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If you haven't already done so, I'd suggest getting in touch with their customer service team. As mentioned in the article, they recently put a good deal of time into the development of a new seal to address this issue.

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Added a comment about feature Solving Problems: e*thirteen's Approach to Better MTB Components 5/5/2016 11:36 AM
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Clarified. Both riders you note have won major races on e*thirteen guides, and at one point or another have helped with the development and testing of e*thirteen products.

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Added a comment about feature 2016 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 4/28/2016 4:47 PM
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Ka-pow! http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Devinci/Troy-Carbon-RR,16789#product-reviews/2406

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