Added reply in a thread What Are YOU Most Picky About Regarding Setup? 2/27/2016 8:15 AM

I'm very picky about the rise speed of my seatpost. I have exactly 23psi in my Command Post. Any more or any less and it drives me (my) nuts. Too fast and your balls get smacked off; too slow and that extra microsecond you're waiting for the post to ... more ยป

Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Jamis Defcon 1 2/24/2016 9:26 AM
C50_bike_basszilla

Yea, those seat stays look totally flimsy. The new Stumpjumpers have totally overbuilt stays, which is why they get away without using a bridge, and can accept super-large tires. And with the Horst link now in the public domain, don't know why bike makers are choosing NOT to defeat brake jack by not adopting it. It's FREE, no payment to the Big S needed.

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Added a comment about feature MTB Bucket List - 6 Places Nate Riffle Says You Should Ride Once in Your Life 2/23/2016 9:10 AM
C50_bike_basszilla

What's "Mount Ewell" and "Graeeagle"? I've heard of Mount Elwell and Graeagle, but never these other places he mentions. Sounds like they're intentionally misspelled to thwart any lookey-loos.

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Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 EX 2/21/2016 3:27 PM
C50_bike_basszilla

I like how when only Specialized had access to Horst link, everyone hated it, claimed it sucked, etc. Now that their patents have expired, suddenly it's the best. Funny how that works. Although I do prefer it over VPP and DW-Link designs. To me, being active under braking is much more of an advantage than not bobbing (as much) while pedaling. You can counter pedal bob with a good shock, but you can't really get around brake jack without the Horst link. ABP almost gets there, but, hey, it's no Horst link!

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Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 650B 1/31/2016 9:44 AM
C50_bike_basszilla

"Under heavy braking or acceleration we experienced no spoke windup or excessive flexing..."

How do you isolate the feeling of spoke windup amidst all the other things going on? How do you know objectively that it's not tire sidewall flex; or flexy stays; or soft dirt; or any of the other 23 things it could be?

Do you confirm this with lab tests or do we just have to take your word for it?

I can say anything to sound cool at the trailhead, and, as lawyers know, you can't prove a negative.

"I went over that rock and I felt the knobby on the front tire flex; although the drive side spokes flexed a big, I am sure it was the bleed port on the fork that kicked in a few seconds too late. But I also think the heat dissipation on the brake pads caused premature brake dive."

Sounds cool, and no one can prove me wrong. Where do I sign up for a bike tester job?

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Added a comment about press release Enduro World Series Reveals New Entry System for 2016 Races 11/30/2015 7:23 PM
C50_bike_basszilla

Oh man, California Enduro organizers better be reading this and taking note.

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Added a comment about photo WTB Pad Loc Grip and Bar System 9/4/2015 4:07 PM
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"Ever had a grip slip?"

I answered No and the website wouldn't let me continue reading the story. WTF!

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Added a comment about video What To Do When All The Dishes Are Done 6/27/2015 10:43 AM
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I'm a cynic. I feel building a bike rack onto a motorcycle is just to get attention. There's no pragmatic reason to do doing so, only egocentricity. It's the same reason people get Jones Bikes. Completely useless, simply eye candy so that you spend more time bragging at the trailhead instead of riding. Might as well throw on a clown suit and hang out in front of a elementary school; that'll get you attention, too.

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Added a comment about feature Trek Invents Automatic Dropper Seatpost Concept - No More Sitting Down Required! 6/12/2015 8:54 AM
C50_bike_basszilla

"We essentially wanted to create a panic button for those oh-shit moments..."

Code for "We are making this for beginner riders; once you're good, get a real dropper post."

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Added a comment about slideshow First Look: 2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 650B & 29 5/15/2015 10:32 AM
C138__stumpyspota

they don't even match, right??

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2015 Ghost Riot 7 LC 5/13/2015 7:21 PM
C50_bike_basszilla

That looks just like my 2008 Stumpjumper!

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Added a comment about press release Pacenti's PDent Technology Makes Sub-30mm MTB Stems a Reality 4/22/2015 1:27 PM
C50_bike_basszilla

Pretty sure this Pacenti guy has tons of solutions in his garage, then he makes it his life mission to seek out problems. His name is familiar with some recent wheel size movement, can't recall what it is.

By the way, I've a friend who's really into something with this 31.42" wheel size he's been tinkering with...you guys should check it out. Really, it's pretty cool. It's much better than the 29er crap and way better than the 27.5" stuff. It just rolls over stuff so much better than those other inferior wheel sizes. Trust me on this. I am telling you it's way awesome. You should just give it a try, don't knock it before you try it. It's 2.42 inches BETTER than 29. I mean, you can't argue with math.

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Added a comment about photo New SRAM Guide Brakes? 3/28/2015 9:12 AM
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Good to see the pros saving weight by not using the brake line clip on a Specialized FSR seat stay. Let the hose swing freely!

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Added a comment about video Fly on the Wall - Aaron Gwin & Troy Brosnan, Specialized Racing 3/17/2015 11:15 AM
C138x104

Awesome video, but technically speaking I am really getting sick of the zoom-in-then-fade-down-to-dirt filming technique prevalent in mountain bike videos. It's akin to the Swipe in every home movie ever made with iMovie.

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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 3/12/2015 1:01 PM
C50_bike_basszilla

That's like saying a house cat and a mountain lion are the same, except for tail length.

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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 3/11/2015 2:09 PM
C50_bike_basszilla

Reviewers need to tread carefully when they're broaching subjective topics. Knocking off a star because a mass-produced bike doesn't fit their Neanderthal physique isn't the manufacturer's fault. If these reviewers, who get bikes for free, were to get their bike at a reputable shop, they'd come out with a properly-fitting bike after a parts swap, which the dealer would for for free. Maybe all reviews should be done by a secret shopper at a real bike shop? On the flip side, it's a shame Specialized (and all other bike makers) can't ship bikes with 10 different bar widths in the box, along with multiple crank length, at least four different pedal styles, and six sets of tires (because, hey, the Butcher/Purgatory setup my Enduro came with sucks for North Carolina riding, and that's totally Specialized's fault. No stars for you.

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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 3/10/2015 9:32 AM
C50_bike_basszilla

"The Enduro also retains its cable routing under the downtube, which is cause for concern and could result in a pinched cable or cut hydraulic line."

How prevalent is this "problem"?

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Added a comment about video Mitch Ropelato Gets Fat - Specialized Fatboy Riding Near Tahoe 1/27/2015 8:41 AM
C138x104

This is the equivalent of GM making a "Getting Wicked at Laguna Seca In A Dope-ass Oldsmobile Delta 88!" video.

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Added a comment about product review one bad ass machine 1/20/2015 12:51 PM
C50_bike_basszilla

I would comment on this bike, but I see that you are only able to give it 5 stars. I would need more.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Specialized Dissident Full Face Helmet 1/20/2015 12:47 PM
C50_bike_basszilla

Even mass producing something doesn't mean they're all exactly alike?

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