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Added a comment about photo Sam Hill with his new Nukeproof DH Bike and Five Ten Shoes 3/25/2015 8:02 PM
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Added a comment about photo Kore's New Take on the Narrow/wide Ring 3/20/2015 9:30 AM
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To be pulled off the outermost links have to be able to slide inward. The small nubs machined into the sides of the teeth (see next pic) act as hooks and catch the links as they try to slide in and off the teeth. The harder you pull the tighter they grip.

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Added a comment about photo No-name 10 and 11-speed Cassettes 3/20/2015 2:37 AM
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At under $150 that's still a lot cheaper than anything in the current XX line

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Added a comment about photo Fire-eye Burning 3/19/2015 9:02 AM
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In terms of actual display bikes, yes the all-mtn bikes were everywhere (probably due to the intro of 650b and 'enduro', fat bikes, and e-bikes). That said, yes there were far and away more carbon hardtail frames hanging on walls through the exhibition center, but they weren't being used as 'show bikes' at nearly the number as years past. The Taipei show is very much a venue for manufacturers to show off their capabilities to potential clients, and the carbon hardtail doesn't wow the way it once did.

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Added a comment about photo MacMahone Albion 3/19/2015 8:48 AM
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Correct, but you only get 1 pt for ruining the fun too quickly. Interestingly enough, a different link can also be fitted to run a conventional shock as well.

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Added a comment about photo SR Suntour Durolux 170 3/19/2015 7:59 AM
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Added a comment about slideshow The New Zealand Enduro - Day 2 & 3, Nydia Bay and Wakamarina 3/17/2015 6:05 PM
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Classic Mongo https://instagram.com/p/0PolzAm8Cc/?taken-by=spokemagazine

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Added a comment about feature First Look: 2016 FOX Factory 34 Float 27.5+ 3/12/2015 9:16 PM
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Rockshox beat them to the fatbike fork so we get this in response? Has the industry become so nervous about missing the next 'big' thing that they're just chasing niche trends now? Interesting that it's pitched as a fork for semi-fat bikes rather than 'a fork with the same hub spacing as a standard dh fork... etc'

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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon X01 2/27/2015 2:29 AM
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That Verdone guy excluded, finding a bad review or test ride experience of a Nomad is like trying to find a photo of Gwin bottoming out his fork and shock at the same time. I mean it's possible, but technically so are unicorns.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: 2015 ENVE Mountain Stem 2/26/2015 10:27 PM
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Added a comment about video Vital RAW - Eddie Masters // Reece Potter // Skyline MTB Park Madness 2/26/2015 5:57 PM
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This is what all those free-ride-flickers think (wish) they look like ripping corners

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Added a comment about product review Tested: SR Suntour Aion RC Fork 2/18/2015 7:04 AM
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Try here maybe?: http://emarket.srsuntourna.com/collections/auron-service-parts

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Added a comment about slideshow 2015 Andes-Pacifico, The Adventure in Chile Begins 2/12/2015 1:25 AM
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Yeah Fred!!!

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Added a comment about news blog Jared Graves Wins the RockShox Enduro Challenge at Mt. Buller 2/1/2015 9:44 PM
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Going to assume it's some sort of Mavic deal specifically for the enduro races? Unless Mavic has a new DH tire/rim system in development. He was running his usual Royal/Schwalbe combo at the most recent DH race

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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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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 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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