Added a comment about news blog 2018 Enduro World Series Schedule and Race Locations 8/10/2017 8:39 AM
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You're right on the basics Sven, but "blame" is the wrong idea... There is a lack of community in enduro, and in all of mtb racing in general (that's why it is in the state it's in in North America)... in enduro's case we can use the excuse that it is new... It takes time to build a community , but it is happening... There is also a lot of "inside ball" and moving parts when it comes to who gets what races and what is able to be executed or not at the uci and ews levels... It is not as simple as who wants it worse than the others... There are other organizations to do a USA ews, but it's not just a case of raising your hand, and it's not for lack of passion on anyone's part... The rapid rise of enduro in profile hides a lot of gaps in overall organization in the sport... It's not as big as it looks, it's not as sophisticated as it looks, and there is not yet the robust community behind it that you may think. It's supported by relatively few people actually planning and executing things, so some stuff just can't get done like you would think... Anyone who is bummed on no USA stop should not look to the bike industry, they should volunteer in their local racing scene... The problem is lack of community, and lack of humans to execute.

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Tire Insert Systems 6/14/2017 2:22 PM
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Been running Cushcore for a few months now and the test results are pretty much what i have experienced... would not ride without it just because of the comfort and the extra traction provided by the damping... more than half the benefit is how it works as a suspension element to take care of high frequency low amplitude vibrations...

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Added a comment about photo Greg Minnaar's Santa Cruz V10 29er at Full Squish 6/3/2017 4:14 PM
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It's cool to see how much the stanchions are flexing... Even on the 40mm stanchions... Goes to show how hard these guys are going...

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Added a comment about slideshow The Haves and the Have-Nots - Fort William World Cup DH Pre-Race Show 6/2/2017 1:23 PM
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dont forget Allsops and flex-stems... and those sick Girvin hubs...

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Added a comment about product review Tested: TRP Quadiem G-Spec Brakes 5/17/2017 9:13 PM
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did you run the afm metallic pads? holy moly those things are OP.... these brakes are the real deal...

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Added a comment about slideshow Madness in Madeira - Enduro World Series Race Action 5/16/2017 7:39 AM
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As of last year no ews had been won on carbon rims I was told... Didn't check myself... But it sounded good. I would not run carbon if I were at that level...

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Added a comment about slideshow Madness in Madeira - Enduro World Series Race Action 5/15/2017 9:27 PM
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RG with the double coverage!

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Liked a comment on the item What's the World Champ Think? Danny Hart on 29ers in DH Racing 5/7/2017 8:26 PM

Except tall guys won races just fine on 26". So any wheelsize above that should be looked at for who it excludes from competitiveness, not who it makes faster. If 29" makes Payet faster, but makes it harder for guys under 5'8" to compete, it shouldn't be...more

Liked a comment on the item What's the World Champ Think? Danny Hart on 29ers in DH Racing 5/7/2017 8:23 PM

Did they just interview the Godfather?

Added a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 5:19 PM
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oh boy... you guys are just about to go down the rabbit hole... the things i could tell you... i can say however that there is no nefarious "planned obsolescence"... the so-called additional sales revenue comes from people who just cant stop themselves from buying stuff... true story... the rest, you'll have to catch me for a beer and i can explain to you how the bike business works for real...

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Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 12:31 PM

I think two good points were made by Loic and Brendan in the dirt walk around. If everyone gets 29ers, it's the same race, just on bigger wheels. The only people that lose are the amateurs who now have to buy, new frame, new fork, new wheels, new tyres. It's not really progression, it's a...more

Added a comment about feature Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/2/2017 8:21 AM
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I think you really have made the right point here... a great example is the UCI decisions to limit the development of aerodynamic bikes in the 2000's and the decisions that all race bikes need approval and have to be available for sale to the public... before these rules, bikes were getting so expensive and specialized that athletes from poorer nations were not able to compete at the same level only because they lacked equipment... this was especially prevalent on the track where the bike makes such a difference that its impossible to win without the latest tech... thats a bad thing for the sport because its no longer a contest between athletes... you would have some nation like Ukraine getting smashed in the face in team pursuit by Italy or Australia because they were on steel round tube bikes... no chance to win just because of equipment... I dont know if DH is there... i think the equipment parity right now is good between privateers and full factory riders... the difference is in management of resources i would think... not in equipment... but if DH ever looked like track cycling in 2002 it would be terrible...

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Marin Wolf Ridge Pro and Naild R3ACT Suspension 4/28/2017 12:46 PM
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i am laughing right now because i know how he is...

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Marin Wolf Ridge Pro and Naild R3ACT Suspension 4/28/2017 12:08 PM
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i think in general there has been a lot of problem with really explaining what is going on here... after having ridden the Polygon version of R3ACT i can say that every review so far has only sort of brushed the surface of whats going on and the benefits... its hard to see that this is something really different- but IT IS SOMETHING REALLY DIFFERENT...

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Added a comment about slideshow The Tasmanian Devil's in the Details - Enduro World Series Race Show 4/9/2017 4:03 PM
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not one word from Marco Osborne!!!.... did a great result here.. good job!

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Intense Recluse from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/25/2017 9:58 PM

Didn't they hire the ex Crank Brothers CEO to run Intense a couple years ago? Seems like that move has resulted in a lot of similar problems that plagued CB. I mean, Intense was never known as a quality driven brand and their older models had their problems, but now it seems that...more

Added a comment about product review Does It Really Prevent Pinch Flats? Vital Tests the Flat Tire Defender 3/19/2017 3:13 PM
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word. this needs a series of lab test. thats even better. every product does the same test. then youd have numbers. Vital should hire an engineer to do product testing... some products really need this kind of approach.

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Added a comment about product review Does It Really Prevent Pinch Flats? Vital Tests the Flat Tire Defender 3/18/2017 3:54 PM
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make sure you have CushCore in the test...

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Added reply in a thread [Video] Rebound Speed vs Suspension Performance 2/1/2017 5:56 PM

Hey Andre- what about MTB suspension across all design puts the natural frequency at such a tight and specific number? are all bikes and wheel sizes and riders more similar than we are trained to think? thanks-

Added a comment about feature Bike vs. Bike - Rachel Throop's GT Sanction & GT Helion 2/1/2017 7:51 AM
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Absolutely... she is at the races and having fun, 100% good vibes... friendly and approachable, please and thank you... always time to chat... and she does actually out-jump 90% of the people there male or female... and people notice that... she is a crowd favorite and people like to see her ride, both men and women... thats valuable... especially when a lot of the riders in the top 5 can be quite focused on their race and come off as aloof or rude... it takes all types of athletes on the team to accomplish the goals a brand sets out... its not all about who is at the top of the leaderboard when it comes to "results"...

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