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Added a comment about product review THE SMASH! Riding Guerrilla Gravity's New Rock Crusher 7/26/2017 10:12 AM
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No worries. While the trails I rode in Plush with the air shock weren't full on chunk, there were plenty of rough bits:

"Due to added compliance at the rear wheel, traction was far better, the bike felt more composed through the rough, and alternate line possibilities opened up left, right, and center as we motored and doubled our way down the trail. Confidence? In spades... As the heavens opened up conditions got greasy, but even over off-camber roots the bike tracked like a champ... Brake bumps and rocky fire roads were of little concern and did little to disrupt our speed or flow."

The bike performs best in really chunky sections with the coil. It's no slouch with the air shock, however, it's just not quite as awesome.

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Added a comment about product review THE SMASH! Riding Guerrilla Gravity's New Rock Crusher 7/26/2017 8:59 AM
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Smash mode? Do you mean Crush or Plush?

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Added a comment about product review THE SMASH! Riding Guerrilla Gravity's New Rock Crusher 7/25/2017 8:26 PM
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Not at this time, but perhaps if we include the bike in Test Sessions 2018. Stay tuned!

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Added a comment about press release Norco Bicycles RadFest is Back! Rider Appreciation Day at Silver Star Bike Park - July 29, 2017 7/25/2017 7:52 PM
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Get Bryn to show everyone how to cuttie!

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Added a comment to Rogelio_Mendoza's bike check 7/24/2017 12:12 AM
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Tall guy problems? Wish more people made a proper high rise bar.

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Added a comment about video Never Enough Vital RAW - U.S. National Champs DH Bonus 7/24/2017 12:11 AM
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That slippery chute was sick!

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Added a comment about video Vital RAW - Dual Slalom Finals & Slippery, Sloppy DH Practice from U.S. National Champs 7/24/2017 12:05 AM
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"You can slow down now because it's muddy."

#worldcuppersareonanotherlevel

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Added a comment about product review THE SMASH! Riding Guerrilla Gravity's New Rock Crusher 7/19/2017 2:33 PM
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Good question. For those looking for info on the new Sentinel, click here.

Often when I jump on a bike a size larger than I typically ride I experience an odd sort of seesaw sensation through the roughest bits of trail. That isn't the case with both The Smash and Sentinel. Both companies have figured out a way to make a larger bike work for a given rider height. There are some real benefits to the approach.

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Added a comment about product review THE SMASH! Riding Guerrilla Gravity's New Rock Crusher 7/19/2017 9:50 AM
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Agreed. Incredible trails and variety.

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Added a comment about product review THE SMASH! Riding Guerrilla Gravity's New Rock Crusher 7/18/2017 9:06 PM
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Unknown. The Enginerd, can you chime in here?

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Added a comment about product review THE SMASH! Riding Guerrilla Gravity's New Rock Crusher 7/18/2017 9:05 PM
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Yeah buddy!

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Added a comment about product review THE SMASH! Riding Guerrilla Gravity's New Rock Crusher 7/18/2017 9:05 PM
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Potentially, though there's more to the equation than just the fork. Not every bike is helped by it. This was not equipped with a shorter offset than normal.

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Added a comment about product review THE SMASH! Riding Guerrilla Gravity's New Rock Crusher 7/18/2017 9:03 PM
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True!

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Added a comment about product review The only MTB shoe I will buy from now on! 7/17/2017 11:37 PM
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But have you seen these bad boys?! Worth checking out when your Freeriders wear out.

http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Flat-Pedal-Shoes,60/Five-Ten/Freerider-Pro,18113

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Orbea Rallon - A Wildly Fun Carbon Enduro Machine 7/16/2017 11:19 PM
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Fred tested a size Large with a reach of 455mm. He's also 6'1".

One of Orbea's point men also had this to say regarding sizing:

"I'm 6' with rangy arms and legs and have been going back and forth between the L with a 50mm stem and XL with a 35mm stem.

The new XL with the longer wheelbase and big wheels feels a bit like I grabbed onto a missile and am simply along for the ride. It's awesome when the trails are scary, but I struggle a bit to find the balance point for flat turns and moderate terrain. I jokingly call it the Power of Attorney Bike - I trust it to make decisions in my best interest, but I don't necessarily have to be there.

The LG probably 'fits me better' and is quite fun to ride everywhere else. It requires a bit more input in rough terrain but it's easier for me to change direction and hence, more fun. I don't have to pull up 5 minutes early to bunnyhop something."

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Added a comment about product review I wanted to like this grip, I really did! 7/10/2017 1:58 PM
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Ahhh, I see! I thought the larger grip was wider/longer, not larger around.

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Added a comment about video ROCK-SMASHING DH! Vital RAW - Lenzerheide World Cup 7/6/2017 9:39 PM
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Added a comment about product review IS it worth the cost of an upgrade?? 7/6/2017 3:25 PM
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Great recap of your experience. We've also been put off by proprietary bits when they don't add a substantial gain.
The new Jekyll is pretty mean though!

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Added a comment about product review Great Grips, Bad Hands 7/6/2017 3:19 PM
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Rad to hear that you enjoy these. When I'm headed to the bike park and know my hands will need a break, I put on a pair of ODI Longneck or Sensus Swayze lock-ons. They're a bit thinner than these (which I prefer) but every bit as comfy, possibly even more so.

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Added a comment about product review I wanted to like this grip, I really did! 7/6/2017 3:07 PM
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Think the suggested wider grip would have given your hands more room to move?

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