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Added a comment about feature Red Bull Announces Several Changes to Rampage for 2016 6/25/2016 8:36 AM
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No doubt it will still be heated. Though I hope they don't, rider friendships/grudges may come into play. At least the judges will all have intimate knowledge of the terrain, building, and riding skills required for each run.

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Added a comment about product review Redemption of the Reverb 6/22/2016 3:08 PM
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You're aware that the new Reverb returns quicker, right? More details here: http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/First-Look-2017-RockShox-Reverb-B1-Same-Look-All-New-Guts-and-More-Travel,9905/Slideshow,0/bturman,109

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Added a comment about feature WIN A ROCKSHOX BOXXER - Vital OTB, Leogang World Cup 6/17/2016 11:20 AM
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Congrats to Marcenduro, the winner of the Leogang World Cup OTB contest and the RockShox BoXXer World Cup fork!

Of 426 entries, 260 of you correctly guessed that both Aaron Gwin and Rachel Atherton would win. Marcenduro’s predictions were off by a combined time of just 0.728 seconds. Nice work!

We'll have several more OTB contests throughout the season, so check back often.

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Added a comment about feature WIN A ROCKSHOX BOXXER - Vital OTB, Leogang World Cup 6/17/2016 11:18 AM
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Nice try, aubin26. Did you really think we wouldn't notice that you cheated? Not cool. Per the contest rules, expect Nathan Rennie and Chris Kovarik to pay you a visit soon...

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Added a comment about video Gettin' Sloppy at Crankworx Les Gets 6/17/2016 11:11 AM
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Double table what?! And dang, that mega drift was rad.

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Added a comment about press release Öhlins Introduces New RXF 36 Fork and Universal TTX 22 M Shock 6/17/2016 9:52 AM
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I want to know when this bad boy will be available. Nothing like some rough DH laps to truly test suspension performance.



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Added a comment about press release Öhlins Introduces New RXF 36 Fork and Universal TTX 22 M Shock 6/15/2016 7:44 AM
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Sure that wasn't a 46mm offset on the Reign?

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Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 650B 6/14/2016 9:06 AM
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The easiest way to determine stroke length is to push the o-ring indicator up, deflate the shock completely, bottom out the bike, re-inflate, and measure the distance between the shock wiper/seal to the o-ring. Multiply that number by 0.3, then set your sag so you hit that value.

How you set sag is up to you. Some do it seated, some standing. We typically set up trail bikes seated. The important part is that you find an air spring setting that provides good traction without suffering from harsh bottom outs. On this bike we found 25-30% while seated worked well. Harder chargers will likely want a larger volume spacer in the shock.

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Added a comment about video MUST WATCH: Brandon Semenuk is the Master of Two Wheels 6/14/2016 8:47 AM
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Added a comment about video MUST WATCH: Brandon Semenuk is the Master of Two Wheels 6/13/2016 9:43 AM
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If you haven't watched Revel in the Chaos yet, I highly recommend it. When it comes to this type of riding, no one is as dialed as Semenuk right now. Perfect movements and seemingly effortless style. Could watch it on repeat all day.

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Added a comment about feature WIN A SRAM GX DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB, Fort William World Cup 6/10/2016 2:39 PM
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Congrats to mboughton1, the winner of the Fort William World Cup OTB contest and the SRAM GX DH drivetrain!

Of 225 entries, just 12 of you correctly guessed that both Greg Minnaar and Rachel Atherton would win. Mboughton1’s predictions were off by a combined time of just 3.030 seconds. Nice work!

We'll have several more OTB contests throughout the season, so check back often.

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Added a comment about video Vital RAW - Mitch Ropelato Bonking and Brapping 6/9/2016 11:26 AM
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Manual combos on point, Mitch!

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Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 650B 6/8/2016 11:15 AM
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The idea behind Autosag is simple: you pump the shock wayyy over what you need, sit on the bike and depress the autosag valve until the air stops coming out. In theory this will get you to the right sag point which is very convenient, but we've found it inaccurate in recent tests. Our suggestion is to use the traditional seated sag method until you reach the suggested 30% sag value.

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Added a comment about product review First Look, First Ride: 2017 Pivot Switchblade 29/27.5+ 6/8/2016 11:05 AM
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Jukulae, here's a side-by-side comparison of the specs on the Following and Switchblade we've tested: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/compare/17492-16785

And here's a review of The Following.

While the Evil has less travel, it punches way above its weight class thanks to a very progressive suspension design. We'd rate it close to equivalent to the Switchblade in the rowdy sector, especially if equipped with a longer 140mm fork. Geometry is similar, though the Pivot takes the cake when it comes to head angle, seat angle, and tire clearance. The Pivot seems to climb better as well. Both are great options.

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Added a comment about product review First Look, First Ride: 2017 Pivot Switchblade 29/27.5+ 6/8/2016 10:56 AM
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Cheers, Mark! I rode a size medium frame as I typically prefer bikes with a 430-440mm reach measurement.

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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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