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Added a comment about video SVEN MARTIN VS. MADEIRA - Enduro World Series Stage Mash-up Comedy 5/12/2017 12:36 AM
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Blame the editor. Plenty of choice words were left on the cutting room floor. Not for PC reasons as much as trying to keep the overall length reasonable and Sven's other comments are more entertaining than a string of f-bombs. The recce rides have always been full of banter among the group (which unfortunately doesn't get picked up on the gopro) and less about cursing our way down the hill.

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Added a comment about video What's the World Champ Think? Danny Hart on 29ers in DH Racing 5/6/2017 12:32 AM
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I read this all the time too and have to scratch my head a bit. I've really seen no evidence of this at all other than than the odd section like what was done to 100m of MSA last year (and if anyone can remember back to the old MSA start straight from 2007'ish they've actually added about a dozen corners over the years to just that section alone). MSA has always been the freeway of the circuit going back decades. Ft. William remains relatively unchanged since its a permanent track, though rumors of a new lower section this year. Leogang added new tech bits and tightened corners, Lenzerheide added corners, Andorra has countless corners and very few pure straightaways. My guess is that camera placements often chosen for maximum recording time are limited to the straighter sections of each track, combined with the fact that riders now tend to take the most direct line over and through rather than around rocks, stumps, holes, etc gives the impression that tracks are getting straighter. I've seen chicanes put in that riders still figure out how to straighten in ways the track designers never anticipated. So to some degree it's the bikes and the riders themselves who are also straightening out some parts of the tracks, though running the same tracks year after year on the same racing line doesn't do much to help. That said, I fully support a return to more Schladming-like designs. #MoarRoooooost

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: SRAM's New Code RSC Brakes 4/27/2017 9:08 AM
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I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone who's ridden Guide brakes hard for longer and also tested different brakes from as many other manufacturers as Brandon has. He also has a habit of not sugar coating his experiences.

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Added a comment about feature Iago Garay's Santa Cruz Hightower 3/23/2017 2:47 PM
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Look closer, there's something else.....

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Added a comment about feature Finn Iles' Specialized S-Works Demo 8 3/21/2017 5:51 AM
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Might be their 'Guide RE' caliper. Which as far as i can tell is a code caliper mated to a guide lever and branded for e-bikes. For testing purposes they might have just put together whatever they had on hand?

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Added a comment about feature Aaron Gwin's YT Capra vs YT Jeffsy - Bike vs. Bike 1/21/2017 5:44 AM
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When it's really more endorsement than collaboration, or what he thought he wanted turned not to feel like he anticipated it would.

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 11/18/2016 8:32 AM
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Pedals sure have come a long way since the days of Crupi Bear Traps and Vans

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Added a comment about video Vital RAW - #TBT Gold Hill, Colorado, 2001 10/27/2016 11:05 AM
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Is that a 26x24" wheel setup on the Lenz?

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Added a comment about video #SQUIDVID - Enduro World Series, Valberg 9/16/2016 10:54 PM
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Both pair soaking wet bro.

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Added a comment about photo Mitch Ropelato's Santa Cruz 5010 7/29/2016 12:19 AM
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You guys are way overthinking it. This is just the bike he used at US nationals, he's racing a Bronson here in Aspen.

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Added a comment about photo Fabian Barel's Canyon Strive 7/16/2016 2:27 PM
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See here: http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/High-tech-Anti-Vibration-System-on-Commencal-DH-Bikes,10285/High-tech-Axxios-AXS-Anti-Vibration-System-on-Commencal-DH-Bikes,108105/sspomer,2

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Added a comment about feature Solving Problems: e*thirteen's Approach to Better MTB Components 5/5/2016 1:49 AM
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'A new freehub seal also solves durability issues for those riding in the grossest of conditions.'

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Added a comment about slideshow Qualifying Action from the Cairns World Cup Downhill 4/22/2016 8:54 PM
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I could listen to Martin Whiteley talk shop all day long, the man is an encyclopedia of all things World cup racing.

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Added a comment about video Case-O-Rama from Sea Otter 2016 4/16/2016 7:44 AM
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Better call Saul

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Added a comment about feature ​The Ultimate Guide to 'Metric' Shock Sizing and the RockShox Super Deluxe 4/9/2016 6:41 AM
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Added a comment about photo Matt Walker and his Cube TWO15 HPA 4/9/2016 5:32 AM
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Roost Off World Champ co-conspirator runner up. Pretty sure that sealed the deal with Cube

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Added a comment about feature ​The Ultimate Guide to 'Metric' Shock Sizing and the RockShox Super Deluxe 4/8/2016 9:16 AM
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It's a lot to digest for sure, let me try to summarize: 18 hardware options instead of 80; intentionally designed eye-to-eye and stoke length rather than a collection of lengths determined by happenstance; consistent internal pressures and performance across an entire range regardless of length/stroke; decreased friction throughout; increased internal space for modern shock technology; designing bikes around shocks and no longer vice-versa; a consistent platform from which to develop kinematics.

Taken alone none of these is necessarily a major problem, but addressing them all at once is a big collective step toward improving performance. Other than cramming more and more inside of them, the only real change to rear shocks in more than a decade has been a few mm increase in the diameter of mountain hardware.

Everyone loves to use new 'standards' as a punching bag (often because they seem to do the opposite of creating a standard), but rear shocks have never been truly standardized. This seems a logical approach to actual standardization while also delivering real performance improvement. Pinch me.

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Added a comment about slideshow The 2016 World Cup Downhill Season Begins - Lourdes Track Walk Slideshow 4/7/2016 10:55 PM
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Interesting comments from Peaty. Much of the impetus for the UCI point rules came from current WC teams and athletes pushing to make the WC's more exclusive to top-tier riders only. Seems those feelings change a bit when confronted with the reality of how difficult it is to gain points when you don't already have them (especially early in the season).

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Added a comment about feature New 'Metric' Shock Sizes Demystified - What Does It Mean? 4/1/2016 8:07 AM
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This was over on bikerumor: “Some manufacturers expect to see durability improvements. For us, it increases the available space for the IFP’s gas volume and damping piston designs,” says Manitou’s chief suspension engineer, Ed Kwaterski. “Others could have increased overlap between the shaft and air can’s bushings and rings – the further apart they are, the more laterally stiff the shock can be. While it the shock shouldn’t be carrying side loads, it could help in some cases. So, some of the sizing being discussed involves lengthening the eye-to-eye for a given stroke length. And it’ll reduce SKUs for all of the suspension brands because, for us anyway, we’re currently stocking more than 100 SKUs, which is ridiculous. This change will standardize the sizes offered and reduce the number of items required to be stocked.”

“It definitely allows for the designers to do more stuff with the shocks internally,” adds John Pelino, DVO’s general manager. “For a size like a 200×57, there’s zero room left over when that shock is at full compression, so you’re very limited as to what you can do with the damping. So switching to something like a 230×60 or 210×55 gives the engineers more room to develop the damping in the shock...

Trunion shocks will likely get more popular, which are shock canisters that put the air can’s mounting bolts on the side of the shock rather than adding length for an eyelet.”

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Added a comment about slideshow RECON - Enduro World Series, Cerro Catedral 4/1/2016 2:43 AM
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Wouldn't be surprised to see Nico take this one

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