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Added a comment about press release SRAM Goes Steel With New X-SYNC 1x Chainrings 8/25/2015 2:35 PM

Steel is about 2.5X heavier than aluminum.
This ring is pretty minimal, I would bet about 80-90g for the steel 32t.

Alloy 32t is about 40g.

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Added a comment about slideshow First Look, First Ride: 2016 Rocky Mountain Maiden Carbon Downhill Bike 8/6/2015 11:06 AM

"Pressfit BB 107", bummer.....

There is a reason why other mfgs kept threaded BB's (Santa Cruz), or are going back to threaded BB's (Ibis, another "S" company).
Pressfit BB in carbon shells on long travel bikes is a bummer.
Keep that crap on your super weight weenie XC rig!

Hope RM is making like 3X the amount of front triangles for warranty fun when the creaking starts!

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: Timed Training from Mont Sainte Anne World Cup DH 7/30/2015 3:08 PM

What about Gwinners mechanical?
What broke?

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Added a comment about photo PIT BITS - Trek World Racing 7/2/2015 12:39 PM

You need to meet a Pro mechanic. They have boxes and boxes of "old" parts.

Most of it is sold to supplement meager salary after the season is over....

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Praxis 11-40 Wide Range 10-Speed Cassette 6/22/2015 6:27 PM

Yes, I have used this cassette with a medium cage 10 spd SRAM deray.
Works great!

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Added a comment about video 2015 CES Round 2: Wild Wood Adventure Enduro 6/19/2015 5:36 PM

Where are the results of the bottle rockets and whiskey on the beach stage?
Pretty sure I dominated that one!

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Added a comment about feature SRAM Introduces New X0 DH Hubs 6/11/2015 3:54 PM

Good god SRAM, enough with the stupid names for things that have existed for years.

"Every part of the ball bearing is built together..."
No shit, I'd like to see one that was not.

"Let's copy the flange shapes of DT Swiss and every other road hub since 1900"
"We'll call it something really stupid so we can charge more!"

I thought Specialized was bad with things like FSR (Future Shock Rear), and SWAT (or is it TWAT).
But SRAM has taken it to a whole new level....

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Added a comment to Hillside Cycling's bike check 5/5/2015 10:46 AM

Size large with 350# spring? What is rider weight?

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Added a comment about feature Marzocchi To Close Shop Again? 4/24/2015 9:36 AM

Just a little "journalism" (the quotes denote lack there of) fail from Vital.
Maybe their clicks were not trending....

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Added a comment about feature FIRST LOOK: Commencal Supreme V4 4/9/2015 4:08 PM

It feels awkward to say the least when you are railing a corner and the harder you push, the longer the bikes gets (a la zerode).
I am sure it eats steep, rocky stuff for breakfast though....

Hopefully it pedals better than Zerode....

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Added a comment about photo Kore Narrow/wide 3/20/2015 10:56 AM

Just ask SRAM, they hold the patent on that design and have been making them for 3-4 years now

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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon X01 2/27/2015 11:07 AM

I have had this bike since August, it is a beast for sure.

The Vivid Air, on the other hand, has been a bit of a disappointing turd. Every Nomad I have felt with one has a noticeable top out "clunk" (due to counter measure?). I sent mine back to SRAM a few months in after it started making air in oil sounds, and it came back exactly the same. In order to eliminate the clunk, you have to run 35+% sag on a bike with a very low BB already. Pedals strikes anywhere and everywhere w/ 170's!

What really opens this bike up is a coil. I recently swapped to a DVO coil and it is worlds better. No clunk, super sensitive in the chatter, and improved tech climbing. Feels like a moto when you open it up in the rough. No noise, no chain slap, just tracking the ground perfectly. Even wheelies better!

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Added a comment about video Bryn Atkinson Completely Pinned in NorCal 2/24/2015 4:18 PM

Sick, that's my commute!

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Added a comment about feature First Look: Q36R Quick Release System for FOX 36 Forks 2/9/2015 11:53 AM

Not feeling it.
This is what Fox had a few generations back. More stuff to hit rocks on, levers always get crap in the cam and make horrible noises when you close them. Tend to seize shut and you end up needing a tool just to open the damn QR.

I am more than happy with the 36 as it sits now.
KISS- Keep It Simple, Stoopid!

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Added a comment about video ONE LAP - Vital MTB Test Sessions on Hazard Peak and Manzanita in SLO 1/22/2015 2:49 PM

I appreciate Vital not posting video (or names) of the "good" trails in SLO.
As you now know there are some sick ones that need to stay on a need to know basis.

And this trail is not in San Luis Obispo, but half hour away in Montana de Oro State Park. And it's fully legit.

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