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Liked a comment about press release e*thirteen Dives into the Traction Department with New TRS Tires 4/1/2016 5:28 PM
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Does Michelin manufacture these for e*thirteen? This looks like a tweaked version of the Wild Rock'r 2...

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Liked a comment about news blog Jared Graves Injured in Argentina, Will Miss EWS Round 2 3/31/2016 8:17 PM
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LOL @ Wayne Nagata's comment: "Is it too late to go back to the Yeti?"

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Liked a comment about slideshow Carbon Enduro Gearbox Bike - The Zerode Taniwha 3/8/2016 7:29 PM
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It lives!

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Liked a comment about feature [Updated] New Ohlins STX22 Air Shock Featured on 2016 Specialized Enduro 7/23/2015 4:32 PM
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What's the wager? I'm in

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Liked a bike check Zerode G2 2015 4/25/2015 3:13 AM
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Ian got the perfect shot for the next Dirt mag cover.....

...oh wait!

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Liked a bike check Zerode - Custom Graphics 4/1/2015 5:58 PM
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Liked a comment about product review Tested: Santa Cruz V10CC 3/23/2015 10:45 AM
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Here's a large.

Try it now.

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Liked a bike check Niner WFO 9 3/4/2015 2:11 PM
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Liked a comment about slideshow First Look: Push Industries Elevensix Coil Shock - Exclusive Behind the Scenes Feature 2/20/2015 9:43 PM
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Cool design, and thank you for keeping an IFP. This shock should last for years without a rebuild.
Sure, it is expensive, but if you are a competitive enduro racer, you get what you pay for here, the best performing shock available (I can only assume at this point) for that use. Cool product for it's intended use. I'd take one in a Guerilla Gravity Megatrail.

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Liked a comment about news blog Vital MTB Seeks Content Manager for Our Growing Team 2/19/2015 5:27 AM
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This job was made for me

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Liked a comment about video 2014 MTB PRODUCT OF THE YEAR - Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 12/21/2014 1:12 PM
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haha the 7 crusty guys in that forum still on 26 would still complain because your price is to high

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Liked a comment about feature WINNING BIKE: Kieran Bennett's Zerode G2 11/2/2014 2:47 PM
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Cool to see the Zerode G2 in my face first thing in the morning checking out Vital
Love mine.

Based on the interview questions it seems people sometimes forget the Zerode is much more than just a gearbox bike. The gearbox was a clever way to solve the problem of massive chain growth for such a high pivot bike (read that as the most insane bump eating machine ever!). It has the added benefit of being maintenance and hassle free and, as Kieran said, centres the weight to make it handle fantastic. Less weight on the wheel is also great for small bumps.

Funny video as well, those guys had to bail pretty quick

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Liked a comment about photo Flashback - Superco Silencer Prototype DH Bike 10/24/2014 6:44 AM
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wish we could have a poll as to who would buy one

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Liked a bike check Cavalerie Anakin 10/7/2014 5:59 AM
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Well, I've only been out twice since I finished building it up so the ride experience included a bit of fiddling with getting my setup just right. I am still tweaking suspension settings since I have never owned a Pike or Kirk before.

So far though:
It's a size medium, but feels on the larger side, pretty much perfect for me. It pedals really well, and from looking at suspension profiling which suggested it would be squatty I am pleasantly surprised at how well it pedals. It really execrates when you get on the cranks.

Being concentric pivot you get no pedal feedback when hitting the rough stuff so it inspires you to let go of the brakes more and more. This is why I love my Zerode G2 as well. These sort of bikes just make you want to test your limits all the time.

It's shorter travel than the G2 which I rode on similar trails and obviously isn't as forgiving on the bumps but the G2 is a monster truck DH bike. When the fun bits are over and you need to get back to the top or to the next trail the Anakin makes easy work of the uphill bits.

This is also my first 27.5 wheeled bike. I am not used to it yet I can tell you that much. It feels taller... I've got to consciously make myself get deeper into the bike when things get rowdy but I am sure as time goes by I will feel more comfortable on the bigger wheels.

The gear changes are dead quite and you need very little action to change gears. The gaps are pretty big between gears too so at the start I changed 2-3 gears at a time and soon realised this was a mistake. 1 gear at a time is usually enough, sometimes you need 2-3 if there is a drastic change in terrain. Of course I can change while coasting as well which is mainly when I do my gear changes in preparation for the upcoming bits on the trail.

Quite is almost not even a strong enough word. It is dead silent with the exception of some free hub noises (similar to most hubs out there). The free hub is in the gearbox so the rear hub is a fixxy hub and the belt turns when you coast. This is not noticed at all while riding, but when pushing the bike up you can get slapped on the shin with the pedals if you are not careful since they spin around as you push the bike.

Corning is fantastic and as I said before it likes to carry speed and accelerate when you get on the pedals out of the turns.

The gear range is spot on and I managed to climb up one of the silliest hills we have in easy gear without too much huffing going on. I've not needed 9th gear yet. I'm not sure what speed the gears will top out, but it's probably 50km/h or close to that.

The Kirk is pretty damn good so far. Really sensitive on the small bumps and feels plush on the flat drops we have sprinkled along our trails. Still tuning it though so we will see. I'm used to CCDBAir shocks.

Overall it is exactly what I was after. A trail bike that behaves in some part like my Zerode but more suited to long pedally trails.

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Liked a comment about video Absolutely Insane Super Burly Whistler Trail with EWS Riders 8/7/2014 5:50 PM
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Now watch Jinya rally the same trail on a hardtail. - http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/Jinya-on-Trespasser,26627/bturman,109

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Liked a comment about photo Stay Hydrated in Cairns 4/23/2014 8:55 PM
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He's going for a special foggy shot to try and show how humid it is.

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