bturman's Forum Activity

Reply to Boost wheelset for trail bike 2/12/2016 2:02 PM

The Spline wheels are pretty dang nice for the price, and we like how easy it is to upgrade the ratchet system for better engagement if you feel you need it. Their Centerlock rotor interface came loose on us repeatedly on two different test bikes (even ... more »

Reply to Clipless shoes - Shimano AM9, Fiveten Kestrel or Giro Chamber 2/12/2016 1:56 PM

Here are a few reviews worth reading: Five Ten Kestrel -,61/Five-Ten/Kestrel,15689#product-reviews/2029 Five Ten Impact Vxi -,61/Five-Ten/Impact-VXi,14698#product-reviews/1808 ... more »

Reply to [Video] YT TUES vs Specialized DEMO Sworks (kinematic analysis) 2/12/2016 1:49 PM

Good stuff, Andrextr!

Reply to MTB Advice I'd Give Myself Five or Ten Years Ago 2/12/2016 1:44 PM

That's solid advice as well. Haha! I miss Arbor. Good times.

Reply to What's Your Race Weekend Routine? 2/12/2016 1:41 PM

I've always found it hugely beneficial to watch other riders during practice. Simply observing a tricky section for 5-10 minutes often shows me what the fastest line is or how to exit with the most speed. Sometimes I'll do this off the bike if it's early ... more »

Reply to Boost wheelset for trail bike 2/11/2016 1:59 PM

We tested the Fuel EX 29 at Vital's Test Sessions(review coming soon), and I think you're making a good decision to swap out the wheels. We left the trails puzzled as to why they'd spec such a narrow and flimsy wheelset when wheel stiffness is listed as a key benefit ... more »

Reply to 2016 Racing Rumours 2/11/2016 10:19 AM

Dirt Magazine asked SRAM what was up with Gwin's drivetrain. They responded: “Our goal is to the tell the complete drivetrain story in which performance and reliability is optimized by using all SRAM components. Since we haven’t tested Aaron’s current ... more »

Reply to Need more scrubs + dogs in here 2/10/2016 1:49 PM

Heck yes! I'll play along... A video posted by Tyler Custer (@tylercuster424) on Oct 16, 2014 at 6:50pm PDT @remsauce244 got a little dangled on her scrub attempt, Mr. Steve cased hard. #revlimiter #overthebars #dogscrub #superdog A video posted by Jake Allen (@jakallen244) on Feb 14, 2015 at 10:08am PST This one is also rad, especially at 1:47:,24501/iceman2058,94 ... more »

Reply to The Patent Thread - New and Wild MTB Inventions 2/9/2016 1:19 PM

According to a BRAIN article, "a federal appeals court has upheld a tubeless rim patent held by Stan's NoTubes, which has been the subject of a long legal dispute with Specialized. The Federal Circuit decision upholds a previous ruling by the Patent

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Reply to 2016 Racing Rumours 2/9/2016 10:05 AM

Morewood is back in action thanks to Richard Carter and Victor Momsen. It'll be interesting to see if they bring anyone to the World Cup scene. New suspension platform promised for later this year.

Reply to The Patent Thread - New and Wild MTB Inventions 2/8/2016 12:43 PM

SRAM is pushing lawsuits against Race Face, Praxis Works, and Wolf Tooth regarding their narrow/wide rings: ... more »

Reply to [DIY] FREE Suspension Data Acquisition (Video) 2/8/2016 12:13 PM

Another excellent episode, Andrextr!

Reply to USA roadtrip - rental cars and mountain bikes 2/8/2016 11:43 AM

Out of sight, out of mind. Be sure to cover your bike with a blanket or sheet if possible, and bring a lock for inside the car just in case. When I road tripped through NZ last year, we stopped at a local thrift store to pick up a cheap used blanket ... more »

Reply to [Video] How to CORRECTLY setup rebound damping 2/8/2016 11:35 AM

Andrextr, excellent overview of the curb method and a great contribution to the Vital forum! We appreciate your efforts to educate other riders. For those tinkering with their rides, here's an additional resource from FOX that might be helpful. They ... more »

Reply to [Video] How to CORRECTLY setup rebound damping 2/8/2016 11:28 AM

Hey Jakers, No, we didn't use ShockWiz during Test Sessions. It's something we're curious about, however, and hope to investigate in the future.

Reply to Trail Closures San Diego County 2/5/2016 11:58 PM

Pedaled up Anderson for a night ride. Bummer.

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Reply to Newbie 2/5/2016 1:32 PM

Welcome, goos3! Be sure to check out Vital's collection of 2015 race coverage from the World Cup DH Series and the Enduro World Series. The 2016 season kicks off in March/April.

Reply to Which Component Do You Drop First? 2/5/2016 1:29 PM

Singlespeed as well. Man legs!

Reply to The Patent Thread - New and Wild MTB Inventions 2/3/2016 3:17 PM

Two rather funny ones in this week... so hot.

USPTO Application #20160025164 by Shimano Inc. - Rotor cover, rotor cooling apparatus, and temperature-level indicator "A rotor cover comprises a cover portion and a mounting portion. The cover ... more »
Reply to All About Footwear 2/3/2016 2:23 PM

After goofing up my ankle several years ago, I typically look for something with good ankle support. The high top Five Ten Impacts were a favorite for a while, for example. I also like a hard toe as smashing them into rocks can really hurt, but have ... more »