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Liked a comment on the item First Look: Radical New 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 7/31/2014 7:19 AM

Y'all lost me at "so I haven't actually ridden this bike yet..."

Liked a comment on the item The Rat's Out of the Bag! New 27.5 Santa Cruz V10 Carbon Unveiled 7/30/2014 3:21 PM

I liked the fat bike version more.

Added a comment about feature First Look: 2015 Niner RIP 9 RDO 7/30/2014 12:23 PM
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I feel like they should have found a way to route those rear cables more cleanly, they look kinda jarring compared with the front of the bike, lots of housing floating between the exit port & where they attach to the seat stays.

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Liked a comment on the item First Look: Radical New 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 7/30/2014 10:37 AM

To dismissively say you're not impressed with the new design is just arrogant.

Some thoughts about your assertion of flexy based on my *assumptions*:
- quote "lighter while maintaining the stiffness" would suggest that rigidity was a priority in the design. I know first hand...more

Liked a comment on the item First Look: Radical New 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 7/30/2014 7:14 AM

Count on hearing more in a few weeks.

Liked a comment on the item First Look: Radical New 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 7/29/2014 2:14 PM

Troy has more talent than should be allowed for one person , you could put him on a v-10 or a kona operator and he would slay like normal.

Added a comment about feature First Look: Radical New 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 7/29/2014 1:41 PM
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Specifically because the racers wanted it, too, there's lots of quotes where they praise the skinnier rear end.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: Radical New 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 7/29/2014 1:40 PM
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Until recently, I had an '05 demo, which was far harder. as in, remove the whole top linkage, which uses loose washers that you have to try to keep together with the bearing while putting the middle of pivot back between them. had to resort to "gluing" them in with grease, & still trying about 20 times before I got it.

edit: I also forgot that it didn't use a standard DU bushing at the rear shock eyelet: instead, two conical shaped washers with the same retention problem, plus because they're conical, they would move so far off the bolt axis that you couldn't get the bolt through, or wiggle them into place. page 15: http://service.specialized.com/collateral/ownersguide/new/assets/pdf/FSR---2005-Demo-FSR-Manual.pdf

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Added a comment about photo Lars Sternberg's Prototype Transition Enduro Race Bike 7/25/2014 9:27 AM
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Actually liked my old transition, except for how it reacted like every other single pivot under braking, But I've never ridden an Ellsworth I liked. Hopefully I'll get a chance to demo this guy at the dirt demo.

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Added a comment about photo Lars Sternberg's Prototype Transition Enduro Race Bike 7/25/2014 9:13 AM
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Is this horst link though? the chainstay looks like it goes straight back from the pivot, conversely horst link usually goes upward. The difference being, since the after-pivot chainstay piece on a horst link moves through the travel, it gets more in line with the front half, creating chainstay growth, and moving the rear wheel back(through the first part of the travel, anyway.)

Since this doesn't start at an angle, won't the chainstay shorten as the pivot moves? it reminds me more of the Breezer suspension design.

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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