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Reply to 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 11/25/2014 6:52 AM

A few more words from Jill on her blog: "It’s a bit of a different kind of year for us with more of a domestic approach, but Bryn and I are looking forward to projects with sponsors, picking and choosing our events, and having some time to be creative.

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Reply to Prototype, unique and random mountain bikes 11/24/2014 9:00 AM

That's not an SB8c, despite Bike Rumor's claims. From Jared: "Woah woah woah, easy there internets... It's an SB6c with 40's. That really escalated quickly. Sorry if this comes as a disappointment, but I can assure you all it isn't a disappointment to

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Reply to The Patent Thread - New and Wild MTB Inventions 11/24/2014 8:00 AM

Here's another expanding drivetrain prototype, though this one doesn't look very refined nor like it'd play well with suspension designs.

Reply to Videos : Lonestar Granite Enduro Stages 11/20/2014 8:47 AM

Nice man! Looks like a good time. Digging the trail/stage names. Good heckling too!

Reply to 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 11/20/2014 8:46 AM

Big announcement from Norco coming soon: http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/Norco-Teases-2015-Factory-Racing-Team,27461/bturman,109 Pretty sure we saw a gloveless rider in there...

Reply to Riding Giant's 2015 Reign 2 (By Go-Ride) 11/19/2014 1:58 PM

Good stuff, boys! Always rad to hear about how the performance of the super fancy carbon version translates to the most affordable model, especially with material and suspension changes. If anyone is looking for full specs/geo on the Reign 2, you can catch them in the Vital Product Guide.

Reply to Neck Brace Survey 11/18/2014 5:02 PM

Done as well. Interested to see what you come up with. Keep us posted!

Reply to Can you handle 60 Miles? 11/16/2014 1:55 PM

60 miles is a solid day, especially if it's on singletrack. Good luck Alex!

Reply to BMX discovers the shore. 11/16/2014 1:53 PM

So good! Texas Toast looks like an awesome event.

Reply to Aluminum Versus Carbon MTB Wheels 11/15/2014 2:51 PM

We actually just had our first chance to ride the Ibis/Derby wheels on Friday. They're interesting. It rained the day before so traction was pretty awesome to begin with, save a few slippery corners. There aren't many rocks where we rode, but lots of ... more »

Reply to The Patent Thread - New and Wild MTB Inventions 11/12/2014 4:55 PM

While we're on the theme, here's a pump that's integrated into a seatpost. Years ago I thought about integrating a retractable lock into a seatpost. Should've made it happen. Patent # US20140308144 by Dahon Technologies:

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Reply to The Patent Thread - New and Wild MTB Inventions 11/12/2014 4:44 PM

Here's a funny one. A tripod for your seat! Patent # US20140312663 by Kent Von Letkemann.

Abstract: A seating device using a bicycle seat post as one leg of a tripod seat base, employs a clamp member attaching to the seat post and receiving ... more »

Reply to Night Riding, testing 1500 vs 3000 lumens, with video!!! 11/12/2014 10:00 AM

Curious, was your camera set to the same exposure settings in both videos? Or was it on an auto mode? The first would be best for a true comparison. You make an interesting argument, but it left me wondering why don't you ride with a crummy flashlight ... more »

Reply to New Mountain Biker looking for some tips 11/12/2014 7:13 AM

Welcome. What types of suggestions are you looking for? Regarding racing, this may be largely determined by the type of riding you like to do and your bike. What type of riding do you enjoy most? Pounding out the miles, bombing down hills, etc? Is it ... more »

Reply to Suspension Thoughts 11/12/2014 7:10 AM

Suntour's forks have been improving quite a bitt over the past years. Did you know that they make other brand's forks as well? Which of these XCR models is it, exactly? Hopefully it's one with a 15mm thru axle. http://www.srsuntour-cycling.com/home/bike/forks/?Model=%22XCR%22 ... more »

Reply to Suspension 11/12/2014 7:05 AM

I found the same issue with the RC. It simply can't keep up in the real chunder compared to the RC2 or new Team model, and it has a lot to do with its lack of bottom out control. Rockshox does offer their latest air spring as an upgrade kit, though I'm ... more »

Reply to Helmet vs bar mount headlights? 11/8/2014 8:50 AM

If you use a dim mode while climbing, you'll save some battery for the descents.

Reply to 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 11/6/2014 11:49 AM

Regarding the new Scott rider:

Reply to The Patent Thread - New and Wild MTB Inventions 11/6/2014 10:36 AM

It seems as though Shimano is considering linking a version of their electronic shifting system to your suspension as well. The concept uses hydraulics to move the derailleurs and change the shock's mode. Patent # US20140318306A1.

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Reply to In the market 11/5/2014 9:27 AM

Here's a side by side comparison of the two. Both are offered in 5 sizes so you can really dial in the fit. The Giant has 20mm more travel front and back, as well as a slacker head angle. This will make it a more capable bike on descents. It uses a standard rear shock which is convenient ... more »