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Added a comment about feature Luke Strobel's Evil Wreckoning 5/22/2017 2:12 PM
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We have a set in for review here at Vital. After mounting them for the first time I spun the back wheel up to speed with the bike in a stand. Then I watched in awe as the wheel spun for over a minute before very gradually slowing to a stop. There's less drag on Onyx hubs than just about anything else we've seen, which correlates to some free speed gains on trail. Plus they're practically silent which is rad... Nothing but tires ripping through dirt.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon – A Ripping Next-Gen Trail Bike 5/22/2017 10:02 AM
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Jump trails? Absolutely.

You may find the 2.6 tires to be a little mushy in fast berms, however. I didn't have an opportunity to hit any while in Moab. (They don't exist!)

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon – A Ripping Next-Gen Trail Bike 5/19/2017 12:18 PM
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The Scout is a very fun machine, though it's a bit limited when things gets hairy. I can't see myself rallying it through the rough like the Mach 5.5. You can read more in our review.

Pivot bikes are typically pretty progressive which helps with that poppy feel, especially when paired with a smaller air shock. There's plenty to push into with the Float Factory DPS EVOL, and you can see that at various points in the video above as my wheels leave the ground often both bunny hopping and popping off random rock lips. The Float X2 made it slightly more of a ground-hugger and I needed to add a fair bit of low-speed compression to get the pumping support I was after. Regardless of the shock, pulling up into a manual or making quick line changes was easy to do. Pivot bikes are well known for their pedaling performance and the Mach 5.5 continues along those lines.

Like you said, this bike has a bit more travel on offer. The Pivot is likely the better choice if chunk is on the menu often and you want a bike that's fully up to date with the latest standards. The Scout may take the edge if your trails are a bit smoother.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon – A Ripping Next-Gen Trail Bike 5/19/2017 11:45 AM
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I didn't have issues with the front end coming up while climbing, even on some very steep slickrock sections. Fore/aft saddle position can get you into effectively the same spot as a bike with a steeper seat tube angle if you feel it's needed.



Pivot uses their own grips that pair with Pivot bars using WTB's PadLoc design. They currently use a much softer end compound than WTB, which will be great for many trails and riders. I tried out a slightly harder compound and preferred it, however, noting more control (I weight the ends of my bars a lot) and a bit less hand fatigue during rough descents. Pivot is considering a change to something in-between their current compound and WTB's, and Cocalis plans on testing them out in the near future.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon – A Ripping Next-Gen Trail Bike 5/19/2017 11:32 AM
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It's certainly something to consider. The average leverage ratio is 2.75, which is a tad higher than the norm. That said, Pivot does offer the Float X2 for those wanting the best performance on long descents and added damping control. I didn't notice a need for excessive rear shock pressures.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon – A Ripping Next-Gen Trail Bike 5/18/2017 2:22 PM
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Thanks, Raoul! When I really click with a bike like I did with the Mach 5.5, rad things happen.

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Added a comment about video Fourtified 5/12/2017 8:53 AM
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Top notch work, lady and gents!

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Yeti SB5 Carbon from Vital MTB Test Sessions 5/10/2017 9:38 PM
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They are quite different, so be sure to have a read of the Evil Calling review: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Evil/Calling-Eagle-X0,18117#product-reviews/2636

As spec'd in these reviews, think of the Evil as a miniature DH bike with the snappy handling of a short travel ride. Think of the SB5 as an efficient trail bike with some cojones.

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Yeti SB5 Carbon from Vital MTB Test Sessions 5/10/2017 9:34 PM
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"Despite not containing any volume spacers, the shock provides a nice smooth ramp towards the end of the stroke - presumably through the use of a smaller positive air spring in the custom shock. We used full travel often but the bottom was never very noticeable."

Neither Steve or I felt a huge need for more bottom-out support, which is where the majority of the ramp associated with a volume spacer would come into play. It might be interesting to run a small spacer and a little more sag, however, just to see how the bike's character changes. You'll likely lose a little efficiency doing so but gain a slightly more forgiving ride in the rough bits.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Marin Wolf Ridge Pro and Naild R3ACT Suspension 4/28/2017 12:52 PM
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"Our short ride confirmed Marin's wild-looking Wolf Ridge and the Naild R3ACT suspension design it is based around makes good on many of its claims, though they're not made entirely clear. As our giggles and laughs attest, this is one fast and fun steed. It pedals with the same efficiency of a bike with 40mm less travel yet is able to smash rough descents like a long travel 29er should, carrying speed with the best of them – only the shock tune needs work at this point. Were we blown away? Is this the next big thing? It certainly feels like a marked improvement in many regards."

I'll need some back-to-back ride time with competing designs to give you a more detailed answer.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Marin Wolf Ridge Pro and Naild R3ACT Suspension 4/28/2017 12:24 PM
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Several of us tried getting straight answers out of Darrell Voss as to how it works and why. Unfortunately it seemed difficult for both he and Marin to distill the design and their theories into something everyone can understand. What you can read above in the "Naild R3ACT Suspension" section of this feature is my best attempt at sorting it all out. I took about an hour of audio recordings and condensed it into what I felt made the most sense, rearranging quotes as needed.

Really different indeed.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Marin Wolf Ridge Pro and Naild R3ACT Suspension 4/28/2017 9:57 AM
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Haha! I thought exactly the same thing. Marin has some work to do educating buyers on how to set it up.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: SRAM's New Code RSC Brakes 4/27/2017 10:11 AM
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Cheers for your feedback, forrequi. I too have experienced a seized Guide RSC lever, though performance up until that point was stellar.

As noted in the title, this is a First Ride feature. It includes our initial impressions over the first 80 miles of riding. Rest easy, as we'll look to update everyone with long term impressions in the future.

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Added a comment about photo CJ Selig 4/26/2017 4:23 PM
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Updated!

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Added a comment about photo OneUp Pedals 4/26/2017 12:18 PM
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It's coming soon, bud! Along with something else from RM...

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Added a comment about feature First Look: Truvativ Descendant CoLab TLD Bars with RockShox Stickers 4/24/2017 8:20 AM
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Super cereal.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: Truvativ Descendant CoLab TLD Bars with RockShox Stickers 4/24/2017 8:19 AM
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Nope, they are current.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Marin Wolf Ridge Pro and Naild R3ACT Suspension 4/23/2017 9:09 PM
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That giant rear fender does an excellent job of keeping the pocket on the front triangle clear of debris. During our ride we hit a lot of mud with no issues.

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Added a comment about product review f'ed deeply 4/14/2017 3:20 PM
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Yikes! I hope 9point8 is able to sort you out soon.

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Transition Scout Carbon from Vital MTB Test Sessions 4/14/2017 3:03 PM
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Easy there, Lace! We often add tokens or bands when experiencing bottom-out issues. Nearly every Vital Test Sessions review discusses the addition or removal of air volume spacers, compression, and the like to dial in a setting that works best for our testers and the terrain (and hopefully readers like yourself). The tester in question was routinely using all of the rear travel and wanted a bit more support from the air spring. This isn't an overly progressive bike to begin with.

There's plenty of analysis from the average rider's perspective in this review, and only a few mentions of a very common compression issue light/short/young riders face.

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