Added a comment about feature First Look: Commencal Launches New Meta TR V4.2 9/20/2016 1:23 PM
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I really like the geometry on this bike. The bb height and reach are pretty much right what I want. I do prefer a burlier bike, so I really wish the 4.2 had these same numbers ... I would order one immediately.

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Added a comment about photo Nicolai's Extemely Long Low and Slack Bikes 9/5/2016 7:43 PM
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2017 Konas are using a very similar geometry - even a touch longer. I think 2017 will be a very good year for Kona, and a full bike is roughly the same cost as a Niolai Frame.

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Added a comment about news blog The Stage Is Set - 2016 UCI DH World Cup Teams Revealed 2/16/2016 1:34 PM
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It would be really cool if you guys could do a bit on the new Iranian team. Its awesome to see the sport grow internationally like that!

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Added reply in a thread [DIY] FREE Suspension Data Acquisition (Video) 2/8/2016 2:42 PM

Wow! This is really impressive. I'm going to try this out on my bike once the snow melts a bit. Thank you Andrextr, this is one of my alltime best forum posts I've seen!

Added reply in a thread 2016 Racing Rumours 1/27/2016 10:35 AM

I believe its a conspiracy to ensure that anyone who says they ride "Enduro" is perpertually dressed like a dork. Although I actually really like that Troy Lee Lid ... damnit, does this mean I have to ride Enduro with half shell and goggles now???

Added a comment about news blog Starting at $2999, Commencal Offers Four Versions of the 2016 Supreme DH V4 Bike 1/24/2016 10:08 AM
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This is a very cool bike, but terribly undersized. The Reach on the XL is over 2 inches shorter than a number of competing brands ... get your sizing together and you will have a wicked bike!

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Added reply in a thread 2016 Racing Rumours 12/27/2015 6:31 PM

New Ream Tumours Posting: https://www.instagram.com/p/_iUsHiGa9E/?taken-by=ream_tumours Looks like: "Matt ***** on Cube / Bliss protection"

Added reply in a thread Will + bikes take over the MTB world? 12/7/2015 1:06 PM

Every review I've read by skilled riders on a 27.5 + bike pretty much says the same thing: "Damn, I can't believe how much fun I had." This makes me think plus size bikes are here to stay.

Added reply in a thread slack, long-travel, pedal-able 29ers? 11/22/2015 5:44 PM

I've got an Enduro 29er, and I swapped out the yoke (the Y shaped piece) that connects to the rear shock. If you run the one from the 650b Enduro, it slacks out the bike ~ 1.5 degrees, and lowers the BB about 0.5 inches. So good. It cost me $30, and ... more »

Added reply in a thread 40mm better than 35mm for AM? Chinese carbon MTB 10/14/2015 9:39 AM

I'd go with the 40 mm. I had a set of Blunt35s, they had an internal of 31 mm (vs 33m for the 40 mm you have here). I was caught offguard at how much an improvement they were over my standard 22 mm internal rims. I think you'll be very pleased.

Added a comment about news blog Trek To Start Selling Bicycles Online 8/4/2015 10:40 PM
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Read my experience below in dealing with Bdop Cyclings Taiwan support. Service was the best I've ever received.

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Added a comment about news blog Trek To Start Selling Bicycles Online 8/4/2015 11:30 AM
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I really think bike shops are about to get squeezed out really hard by online retailers, particularly at the high end. I see two reasons for this:

1) Pricing: companies that offer consumer direct sales can offer more aggressive pricing, as they can cut out several layers of middlemen (distribution and shop).
2) Stocking: with the huge number of standards nowadays, it is very hard for shops to keep stock. With all the different hub standards, bb standards, headset standards, etc. shops are put in a bind. If they stock an item, there is a fair chance that they won't sell it and if so they pay for that cost. If they don't stock an item, their lead time should a Customer request it is quite long. Larger online retailers that move much higher volumes can adapt more easily to these standards as they are better able to predict year to year how much product they will move.

I purchased two items recently, one from a shop, one online.
-I purchased an air can for my shock at my LBS. It takes me 20 minutes to drive there. I had to visit the shop to order, and to pick it up. It took 30 days for it to arrive, and I called them twice to remind them and check on status.

-I ordered a dropper post online. It arrived at my house two days later.

I'm buying more and more online these days as it is way more convenient. If I order something through a shop, it is considerably more effort at this point.

***Edited to add this experience as well:

-I purchased a rear hub online from Bdop Cyling online this year, a Novatec. Price was great, it arrived ontime, etc. All was good, unfortunately about 2 weeks later the hub died. It absolutely exploded. I was really bummed. That was Tuesday. That night I sent Bdop Cyling an email, asking about warranty process.

Before I went to bed, I checked my email, they asked a few questions, requested some basic pictures. I sent those. The next morning I checked email again, they asked a few more questions to clarify a few things, and a couple of more pictures as some of the earlier ones weren't very clear. All in all super friendly to deal with.

Thursday morning I received my brand new replacement hub from Bdop Cycling. They priority overnighted it from Taiwan.

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Added a comment about video Top 10 Mountain Bike Riders Of All Time – Who Is The Greatest Mountain Biker Ever? 6/25/2015 7:17 AM
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Nicholas Vouilloz and Anne Caroline Chausson, hands down. Nico won DH World Champs 9 years in a row. The 10th year he flatted. He came back the 11th year and won again.

Chausson has won World Champs 19 times, and has an Olympic Gold Medal to her name.

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Added a comment about press release YT Industries Releases the Capra AL1 in Extra Large 6/12/2015 10:54 AM
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Size L Giant Reign - Reach: 458 mm
Size L Kona Process 153 - Reach: 460 mm
Size L Trek Slash - Reach: 456 mm
Size L Cannondale Jekyll Carbon - Reach: 458 mm
Size L Canyon Strive Race - Reach: 468 mm

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Added a comment about press release YT Industries Releases the Capra AL1 in Extra Large 6/11/2015 9:56 PM
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The REACH is very size L. I really, really want this bike. Being a dude who's 6'4" though, I'm not comfortable with this fit. My current bike has a reach that is 5 mm longer, and I feel cramped on my current bike. I want to upgrade, but I'm gonna go with something longer. Please YT, make a proper size XL bike!

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Added reply in a thread YT USA Support & Info 5/27/2015 10:46 AM

Are you able to share the geometry for the XL and Capra's and Tuesdays? I'm a tall guy, and am pretty picky on geometry. Are you able to offer preferred pricing if I order two bikes at the same time? Next year is new bike year for me for AM and DH.

Added reply in a thread The Battle Of Axle Standards! 4/5/2015 9:48 AM

Agreed, 142 mm and 20 mm.

Added a comment about news blog Jared Graves Wins the RockShox Enduro Challenge at Mt. Buller 2/1/2015 11:58 AM
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Wow, Graves smoked everyone!

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Added a comment about feature YT Industries Opens North America, Oceania Markets and Launches 2015 Range 1/30/2015 5:25 PM
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I really, really like their bikes. I hope they make some larger sizes for both the Capra and DH. I figure since they signed McGarry they must be working on it.

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Added a comment about feature YT Industries Opens North America, Oceania Markets and Launches 2015 Range 1/30/2015 11:22 AM
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Please make a proper XL and maybe even XXL for the Capra. As a tall dude (6'4'') I need a larger bike.

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