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Added a comment about slideshow The Jerome Clementz Interview 1/30/2015 10:12 PM
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You can't be a fan of MTB racing and not be a fan of Jerome. Such a rad guy, always with a great attitude. Even when he was injured this past summer he still came out the EWS rounds and was genuinely pumped to be there.... though he did disappear occasionally for some secret training rides before afternoon beer time. Enduro racing definitely benefits from guys like him and Graves being the face of the sport right now.

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Liked a comment on the item Modern Mountain Bike Geometry Defined - Transition Explains Effective Top Tube Versus Reach 1/16/2015 8:08 AM

I'm so with you General. Being 6'7", I've been making my own fames to fit me for years and the first number that I'll design a whole frame around is the down tube length. Exactly as you said, it the quickest and easiest way to know how a bike will feel...more

Added a comment about feature Modern Mountain Bike Geometry Defined - Transition Explains Effective Top Tube Versus Reach 1/16/2015 8:02 AM
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The point is not to compare the # across all bikes. I would never size an xc bike based off the geometry of a dh bike anyway, but i will compare several comparable bikes of the same class (dh to dh, 160mm trail bike to 160mm trail bike etc), and if i'm replacing just my frame gives an indication on how a new frame will fit relative to the old one with the same parts. I love the reach # as much as the next guy, and it's finally catching on, but have you ever tried to measure it yourself on an actual bike? Fastest way to compare 2 frames with similar geometry built for the same purpose is a quick measure of the DT, again the only measurement related to fit that can be taken on the bike as opposed to determining the intersection of 2 invisible lines in space. I would disagree that it is left off to avoid confusion, but rather because bikes are still sized and sold based on how they fit while seated or how long their seat tube is. Good on Transition for trying to change that conversation a bit.

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Added a comment about feature Modern Mountain Bike Geometry Defined - Transition Explains Effective Top Tube Versus Reach 1/16/2015 2:39 AM
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Yes, anyone who passed grade school math can do that. But I shouldn't have to rely on Pythagoras when the manufacturers can just provide the measurement. And many still don't post reach/stack or use conflicting axel/crown measures. Downtube length doesn't rely on any other variable. It's not the sole basis for comparison but it's a constant that anyone can find on their own bike in seconds. It's also the only tube (along w/ head tube height and angle) that determines the fit when standing. Would love to hear a reason why it's not useful to know?

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Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 1/15/2015 9:22 PM

Unfortunately the identity(s) of teamrumours is not entirely a secret within the racing community, shame that it seems word has spread a bit higher up the chain. Of course it's always possible that Vital is just spreading rumors of their own

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Added a comment about feature Modern Mountain Bike Geometry Defined - Transition Explains Effective Top Tube Versus Reach 1/15/2015 9:03 PM
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I've been harping on this for years to my friends in the bike biz to no avail, but I really wish manufacturers would publish their downtube measurements. I know, I know its not perfect but it will give you at least a ballpark figure of how a bike will fit while standing (though it will be effected by head angle, headtube height,and fork height as well). Reach is a great # but it's not actually something that can be easily measured in person, whereas I can go up to any 2 bikes with say a 160mm travel fork and measure the downtube with a tape measure to get at least some idea how they will fit (or measure center bb to top, middle, or bottom of head tube if you really want to nerd out).
Somehow geo charts manage to have every conceivable degree and measurement except downtube length. The front of the bike is a triangle but we only get the figures for the 2 sides that effect fit while sitting. Why, in 2015 are we still sizing non-xc/road bikes based on that criteria?

Connect the origins of the 2 invisible reach and stack lines where they meet the frame and you draw a line from center BB to top/center head tube. Call it 'effective reach' or some other buzz word if you like, but just do it already!

If the manufactures won't do it, maybe the mags will?

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Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 1/8/2015 6:49 PM

Great to see some brands other than redull/monster buying up riders' helmet space.

Liked a comment on the item What's Out and What's In - Mountain Biking in 2015 1/3/2015 12:38 AM

Vital pays photographers quite well, actually.

Liked a comment on the item 2014 MTB PRODUCT OF THE YEAR - Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 12/22/2014 1:49 AM

haha the 7 crusty guys in that forum still on 26 would still complain because your price is to high

Added a comment about feature 10 Instagrammers You Should Follow but Probably Don't - Vital Gram Central 12/13/2014 6:31 AM
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@enduromag

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Added a comment about press release Altamont Capital Partners Leads Majority Recapitalization of Fox Head, Inc. 12/11/2014 8:33 AM
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hmmmmm, me thinks you're imagining things. Giant rides Rockshox, wears Fox; Devinci rides Rockshox, wears Fox; Commencal rides BOS, wears Fox; FMD rides Marzochi, wears fox... and so on.

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Added a comment about news blog No More Beer in the Booth - Rob Warner on Becoming a Commentator 12/2/2014 7:17 PM
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Added a comment about video NS Bikes in the Lab of Destruction 10/18/2014 8:31 AM
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That machine can break anything, don't be fooled.

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Added a comment about slideshow WINNING BIKE: Fabien Barel's Canyon Strive CF 10/5/2014 11:01 PM
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Added a comment about photo Nicolas Vouilloz's Lapierre Spicy Team 10/4/2014 1:39 AM
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Custom link?

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Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 9/10/2014 4:48 AM

Seems Pinkbike is overflowing into Vital today...