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Liked a comment on the item Sneak Peek: 2015 Trek Slash 27.5 Carbon 7/22/2014 3:23 PM

interesting rendering in the second pic, someone went a bit overboard with the drivetrain ;-)

Liked a comment on the item Sneak Peek: 2015 Trek Slash 27.5 Carbon 7/22/2014 2:44 PM

I had a 12 and have a 14 now. I've tried the PUSH reducer but still didn't get the big hit performance. Noticed the slash specific Monarch had become available on QBP and ordered it a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, Trek doesn't have the upper hardware available yet so I'm stuck piecing it...more

Added a comment about feature Sneak Peek: 2015 Trek Slash 27.5 Carbon 7/22/2014 2:30 PM
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Actually, the only person I knew who owned a slash had switched it out for a Monarch. But since the deeper stroke part of the re:activ is essentially just a normal fox shock, I'd still say it's an interesting development.

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Liked a comment on the item Sneak Peek: 2015 Trek Slash 27.5 Carbon 7/22/2014 12:27 PM

At least it's an annoying and uncommon size!

Liked a comment on the item Sneak Peek: 2015 Trek Slash 27.5 Carbon 7/22/2014 12:06 PM

Why the hell would they offer the 9.9 only with fox and XTR?

Added reply in a thread Specialized Enduro 650B vs. Devinci Spartan 7/18/2014 3:06 PM

BB drop is the measurement of where the BB is vertically in relationship to the axles. Take a piece of string, and attach it to the front & rear axles of a bike(bike straight & level, of course.) the center of BB will either be above that string(BB ... more »

Added reply in a thread Specialized Enduro 650B vs. Devinci Spartan 7/18/2014 12:25 PM

Specialized certainly does do a good spec on bikes. That said, I really have to reiterate: I've ridden a few 650b bikes at this point, and the amount of BB drop has made more difference than HT angle as to whether I liked them or not, believe it or not. ... more »

Added reply in a thread Specialized Enduro 650B vs. Devinci Spartan 7/17/2014 1:00 PM

The complete lack of BB drop(only 2mm) on the Specialized, due to the fact that they aren't using a new front triangle on it, added to the fact that it's new & you can't talk to many who have actually ridden it, and those that have are mostly paid ... more »

Liked a comment on the item Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/16/2014 6:38 PM

You would prefer the boxxer RC over 888 RC3 EVO v2 ? thats near bottom of the line boxer compared to one of top of line Marz. Wish you could ride both back to back. Ive got a Dorado Pro, Boxxer World cup, and 888 rc3 eve v2. 888 still takes the cake

Liked a comment on the item Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/16/2014 1:07 PM

Valid points, no doubt. The "Problem" is not with Vital's idea; the voters skewed the test in the wrong direction. Had Vital just chose the more reasonable components for the lowest $$$ amount, I'm sure the price wold be much more reasonable. A product manager wouldn't spec a...more

Added a comment about feature Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/16/2014 10:55 AM
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PinkBike, ChainReaction & Cambria all show the MSRP as $230. Perhaps 250 is the MSRP for the M640, whereas the current ZEE brakes are the M640B?

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Liked a comment on the item Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/16/2014 10:50 AM

Pretty Dissapointed in the RC choice. Goes to show people can't get over the name. The 888 RC3 V2 is a phenomenal fork and people won't even give it a chance. Seeing that Spec'd on the bike would be a much much better option.

Added a comment about feature Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/16/2014 8:03 AM
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That's true, but also brings into question whether this is really a budget build. Not sure I know anybody who's looking to build a DH bike on a budget, yet can drop $4400, but wouldn't buy one of the many complete DH bikes available for that number or less. Even if you can spend that amount of money, you'll still be better off buying a complete bike & replacing the components that don't satisfy you. Heck, if you buy that Precept, sell the fork, you'd be able to essentially have your pick of any DH fork on the market and still spend less than $4400.

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Added a comment about feature Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/15/2014 10:16 PM
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I'm not even sure where you're seeing MSRP on the ZEE being $250 though, everyplace I've looked quotes $230.

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Added a comment about feature Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/15/2014 10:12 PM
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I'll give you guys some credit in one case specifically: people don't know how good those deore brakes are. I guarantee they're stronger than the juicy brakes I bought back in '04, and raced DH with for a few years after. Personally, I'd probably opt for something a little more robust for a DH build, but on next 5" or less bike I build, I'll find it hard to justify spending any more than $120 on a pair of brakes.

edit: I had forgotten that new deore even supports IceTech pads. even harder to justify spending more on brakes.

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Liked a comment on the item Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/15/2014 10:03 PM

Kona just unveiled the Precept 200 value DH bike for 2015... 2999

http://m.pinkbike.com/news/preview-konas-2015-lineup.html

Liked a comment on the item Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/15/2014 3:30 PM

I have them on two different bikes. Lost my first pin a few days ago, and I ride in some rocky terrain. The nylon is no more slick than aluminum when wet. Mine are scuffed up pretty good, but holding together and still solid. Plus, you can replacement pedal bodies from Deity...more

Added a comment about feature Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/15/2014 2:21 PM
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Yes, but it's also less than half the price of this build. My point was that if they can do that bike for $1750, a complete pathogen wouldn't cost anywhere near $4400, if they offered it(I'd estimate about $2200.) Combine that with the fact that unless you're racing, a 7" bike is probably enough bike for almost any downhiller these days, & I think it's at least tangentially relevant, at least as much as bringing up the $3300 status, which isn't a race bike either.

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Liked a comment on the item Value DH Project Component Winners Announced: Building the Best DH Bike for Your $$$ 7/15/2014 1:48 PM

I would have stuck with the Hope brakes.