ianjenn's Likes

Liked a comment about feature [Updated] New Ohlins STX22 Air Shock Featured on 2016 Specialized Enduro 7/23/2015 4:32 PM
C50_msa_3_1447444468

What's the wager? I'm in

+5 5 0

Members who like this comment

  • Vital MTB member ianjenn
    267 ianjenn http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/267/avatar/c50_92191030_1249256375.jpg?1290150423 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/all 08/02/09 2 158 3 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/setup 10 24 136
  • Vital MTB member bturman
    109 bturman http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/109/avatar/c50_twitter3_1382472127.jpg?1382471385 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/bturman,109/all 08/01/09 1141 92 5455 1044 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/bturman,109/setup 235 1013 1999 110 40
  • Vital MTB member mrpowerjd
    21660 mrpowerjd http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/21660/avatar/c50_fb_picture_1574198553.jpg?1360382891 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/mrpowerjd,21660/all 02/08/13 2 22 341 1
  • Vital MTB member odin
    7251 odin /images/default/avatar/c50.png http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/odin,7251/all 03/16/11 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/odin,7251/setup 1 22 1
  • Vital MTB member Matthew_Watkins
    37014 Matthew_Watkins /images/default/avatar/c50.png http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/Matthew-Watkins,37014/all 08/18/15

This feature has 18 comments.

Liked a bike check Zerode G2 2015 4/25/2015 3:13 AM
C138_img_2333
Liked a bike check Brooklyn Machine Works SR6 STEVECB78 4/25/2015 3:08 AM
C138_fullsizerender_6sml
Liked a comment about video Vital RAW - CruzFest Day 3 4/24/2015 7:55 PM
C138x104

Ian got the perfect shot for the next Dirt mag cover.....

...oh wait!

+4 4 0

Members who like this comment

  • Vital MTB member ianjenn
    267 ianjenn http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/267/avatar/c50_92191030_1249256375.jpg?1290150423 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/all 08/02/09 2 158 3 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/setup 10 24 136
  • Vital MTB member judgerider68
    8186 judgerider68 /images/default/avatar/c50.png http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/judgerider68,8186/all 05/18/11 1 11 129 2
  • Vital MTB member Ian Collins
    140 Ian Collins http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/140/avatar/c50_92535430_1249143201.jpg?1290150211 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/Ian-Collins,140/all 08/01/09 6 154 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/Ian-Collins,140/setup 2 5 147 14 2
  • Vital MTB member Ian Collins
    140 Ian Collins http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/140/avatar/c50_92535430_1249143201.jpg?1290150211 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/Ian-Collins,140/all 08/01/09 6 154 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/Ian-Collins,140/setup 2 5 147 14 2

This video has 10 comments.

Liked a bike check Zerode - Custom Graphics 4/1/2015 5:58 PM
C138_zerode16
Liked a comment about product review Tested: Santa Cruz V10CC 3/23/2015 10:45 AM
C50_fastesttoilet_1403751711

Here's a large.

Try it now.

+2 2 0

Members who like this comment

  • Vital MTB member ianjenn
    267 ianjenn http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/267/avatar/c50_92191030_1249256375.jpg?1290150423 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/all 08/02/09 2 158 3 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/setup 10 24 136
  • Vital MTB member TEAMROBOT
    734 TEAMROBOT http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/734/avatar/c50_88521480_1251936778.jpg?1290151520 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/TEAMROBOT,734/all 09/02/09 1 37 223 3

This product_review has 7 comments.

Liked a bike check Niner WFO 9 3/4/2015 2:11 PM
C138_wfo_2
Liked a comment about slideshow First Look: Push Industries Elevensix Coil Shock - Exclusive Behind the Scenes Feature 2/20/2015 9:43 PM
C138_first_look_psd_edit

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.

+2 2 0

Members who like this comment

  • Vital MTB member ianjenn
    267 ianjenn http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/267/avatar/c50_92191030_1249256375.jpg?1290150423 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/all 08/02/09 2 158 3 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/setup 10 24 136
  • Vital MTB member Big Bird
    6576 Big Bird http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/6576/avatar/c50_SmileySmall.jpg?1320728633 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/Big-Bird,6576/all 02/01/11 6 44 997 2510 13

This slideshow has 17 comments.

Liked a comment about news blog Vital MTB Seeks Content Manager for Our Growing Team 2/19/2015 5:27 AM
C50_87887780_1251748872

This job was made for me

+1 1 0

Members who like this comment

  • Vital MTB member ianjenn
    267 ianjenn http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/267/avatar/c50_92191030_1249256375.jpg?1290150423 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/all 08/02/09 2 158 3 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/setup 10 24 136

This news blog has 15 comments.

Liked a comment about video 2014 MTB PRODUCT OF THE YEAR - Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 12/21/2014 1:12 PM
C138x104

haha the 7 crusty guys in that forum still on 26 would still complain because your price is to high

+7 9 2

Members who like this comment

  • Vital MTB member sspomer
    2 sspomer http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/2/avatar/c50_Screen_Shot_2015_03_09_at_2.10.12_PM_1425936051.jpg?1425935424 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/sspomer,2/all 06/26/09 1311 140 13665 1663 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/sspomer,2/setup 175 890 10 2132 13 27
  • Vital MTB member Dogboy
    7669 Dogboy http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/7669/avatar/c50_Eds1.jpg?1302633046 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/Dogboy,7669/all 04/12/11 1 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/Dogboy,7669/setup 6 38
  • Vital MTB member ianjenn
    267 ianjenn http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/267/avatar/c50_92191030_1249256375.jpg?1290150423 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/all 08/02/09 2 158 3 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/setup 10 24 136
  • Vital MTB member davidsagat
    12518 davidsagat http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/12518/avatar/c50_fb_picture_22600685.jpg?1325560661 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/davidsagat,12518/all 01/02/12 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/davidsagat,12518/setup 2
  • Vital MTB member cofattire
    10866 cofattire http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/10866/avatar/c50_IMG_2342.jpg?1316791237 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/cofattire,10866/all 09/23/11 9 25 116 1 4
  • Vital MTB member general lee
    957 general lee http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/957/avatar/c50_TaipeiMTB_43_1385556690.jpg?1385556553 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/general-lee,957/all 09/27/09 223 14 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/general-lee,957/setup 58 226 20
  • Vital MTB member Dirk77
    25564 Dirk77 http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/25564/avatar/c50_DSC_0867_1371242165.jpg?1371241195 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/Dirk77,25564/all 06/14/13 1 13
  • Vital MTB member wydopen
    23902 wydopen http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/23902/avatar/c50_fontana_1422645402.jpg?1422644854 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/wydopen,23902/all 04/25/13 1 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/wydopen,23902/setup 3 14 88 3
  • Vital MTB member tstep
    9560 tstep http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/9560/avatar/c50_idaho_springs_scrub_1417305231.jpg?1417304644 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/tstep,9560/all 07/09/11 1 2 3 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/tstep,9560/setup 1 15 1 48
  • Vital MTB member tstep
    9560 tstep http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/9560/avatar/c50_idaho_springs_scrub_1417305231.jpg?1417304644 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/tstep,9560/all 07/09/11 1 2 3 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/tstep,9560/setup 1 15 1 48
  • Vital MTB member toddtoth
    8 toddtoth http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/8/avatar/c50_Whiting_Rookie_pass_1452277502.jpg?1452276629 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/toddtoth,8/all 07/23/09 26 54

This video has 6 comments.

Liked a comment about feature WINNING BIKE: Kieran Bennett's Zerode G2 11/2/2014 2:47 PM
C50_hip_jump_1411979669

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

+2 2 0

Members who like this comment

  • Vital MTB member ianjenn
    267 ianjenn http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/267/avatar/c50_92191030_1249256375.jpg?1290150423 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/all 08/02/09 2 158 3 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/setup 10 24 136
  • Vital MTB member Big Bird
    6576 Big Bird http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/6576/avatar/c50_SmileySmall.jpg?1320728633 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/Big-Bird,6576/all 02/01/11 6 44 997 2510 13

This feature has 6 comments.

Liked a comment about photo Flashback - Superco Silencer Prototype DH Bike 10/24/2014 6:44 AM
C138_superco_silencer_downhill_bike_nd2

wish we could have a poll as to who would buy one

+1 1 0

Members who like this comment

  • Vital MTB member ianjenn
    267 ianjenn http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/267/avatar/c50_92191030_1249256375.jpg?1290150423 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/all 08/02/09 2 158 3 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/setup 10 24 136

This photo has 12 comments.

Liked a bike check Cavalerie Anakin 10/7/2014 5:59 AM
C138_img_0053
Liked a comment to F1234K's bike check 10/7/2014 5:58 AM
C138_img_0053

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.

+4 4 0

Members who like this comment

  • Vital MTB member YoYo
    13033 YoYo http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/13033/avatar/c50_image_2.php.jpg?1327978249 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/YoYo,13033/all 01/30/12 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/YoYo,13033/setup 42 1
  • Vital MTB member david.roumeas
    24891 david.roumeas http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/24891/avatar/c50_fb_picture_708231611_1370281450.jpg?1370281161 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/david-roumeas,24891/all 06/03/13 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/david-roumeas,24891/setup 1
  • Vital MTB member thinkdrastic
    452 thinkdrastic /images/default/avatar/c50.png http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/thinkdrastic,452/all 08/08/09 2 15
  • Vital MTB member ianjenn
    267 ianjenn http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/267/avatar/c50_92191030_1249256375.jpg?1290150423 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/all 08/02/09 2 158 3 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/setup 10 24 136

This setup has 10 comments.

Liked a comment about video Absolutely Insane Super Burly Whistler Trail with EWS Riders 8/7/2014 5:50 PM
C138x104

Now watch Jinya rally the same trail on a hardtail. - http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/Jinya-on-Trespasser,26627/bturman,109

+1 1 0

Members who like this comment

  • Vital MTB member ianjenn
    267 ianjenn http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/267/avatar/c50_92191030_1249256375.jpg?1290150423 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/all 08/02/09 2 158 3 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/setup 10 24 136

This video has 14 comments.

Liked a bike check Zerode g1 6/30/2014 9:42 AM
C138_image
Liked a comment about photo Stay Hydrated in Cairns 4/23/2014 8:55 PM
C138_cairns14_v8a4912

He's going for a special foggy shot to try and show how humid it is.

+2 2 0

Members who like this comment

  • Vital MTB member ianjenn
    267 ianjenn http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/267/avatar/c50_92191030_1249256375.jpg?1290150423 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/all 08/02/09 2 158 3 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/setup 10 24 136
  • Vital MTB member thinkdrastic
    452 thinkdrastic /images/default/avatar/c50.png http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/thinkdrastic,452/all 08/08/09 2 15

This photo has 3 comments.

Liked a comment about slideshow Zerode's Prototype Full Carbon 27.5 Gearbox Trail Bike 2/19/2014 6:26 AM
C138_zerodea

because it's an awesome bike : )

+3 3 0

Members who like this comment

  • Vital MTB member thinkdrastic
    452 thinkdrastic /images/default/avatar/c50.png http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/thinkdrastic,452/all 08/08/09 2 15
  • Vital MTB member ianjenn
    267 ianjenn http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/267/avatar/c50_92191030_1249256375.jpg?1290150423 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/all 08/02/09 2 158 3 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/setup 10 24 136
  • Vital MTB member F1234K
    15601 F1234K http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/15601/avatar/c50_Hip_Jump_1411979669.jpg?1411979014 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/F1234K,15601/all 05/24/12 1 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/F1234K,15601/setup 6 55

This slideshow has 41 comments.

Liked a comment about slideshow Zerode's Prototype Full Carbon 27.5 Gearbox Trail Bike 2/17/2014 8:31 PM
C138_zerodea

Holy shite...if that's what the guy can make in his garage, where do I sign up to invest?

+4 4 0

Members who like this comment

  • Vital MTB member F1234K
    15601 F1234K http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/15601/avatar/c50_Hip_Jump_1411979669.jpg?1411979014 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/F1234K,15601/all 05/24/12 1 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/F1234K,15601/setup 6 55
  • Vital MTB member bturman
    109 bturman http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/109/avatar/c50_twitter3_1382472127.jpg?1382471385 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/bturman,109/all 08/01/09 1141 92 5455 1044 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/bturman,109/setup 235 1013 1999 110 40
  • Vital MTB member ianjenn
    267 ianjenn http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/267/avatar/c50_92191030_1249256375.jpg?1290150423 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/all 08/02/09 2 158 3 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/setup 10 24 136
  • Vital MTB member thinkdrastic
    452 thinkdrastic /images/default/avatar/c50.png http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/thinkdrastic,452/all 08/08/09 2 15

This slideshow has 41 comments.

Liked a comment about slideshow Zerode's Prototype Full Carbon 27.5 Gearbox Trail Bike 2/17/2014 8:02 PM
C138_zerodea

I've heard this before, and don't get me wrong: 1x10, 1x11 are a million times better than the gear systems of 5 years ago, but once you have used a gearbox system you will never, ever want to go back to a derailleur system. Trust me. It's so much more than not dropping chains. It's so much more than not snagging your drive chain on rocks. You can change gears without pedaling - which means at the last second just before a techy rock climb or mid bombing to prepare for the uphil you can already see coming but there are too many rocks to navigate to get a pedal stroke in. You can optimized the suspension. You can centralized the weight, better balance. You can grab a handful of gears in one swift motion.

This is by the way a great benefit of grip shifters. I've only ever used a gripshift on a gearbox bike and it was fantastic. Quickly change 3-4 gears at a time, which you do surprisingly lot. Pay attention next time you ride and you go from a downhill to uphill section how many gears you actually change and how many body actions that requires.

Plus the wear on 1x10 and 1x11 systems is pretty bad. The chains and gears have all gotten thinner to cram it all into the same space and its exposed to all the mud, water and sand. Changing it all when it wears out is expensive... very expensive. Compare that to a gearbox that is sealed and needs just the occasional love to keep it running smooth and it is well worth the initial outlay to get the gearbox instead.

I've also heard some people say that a gearbox means needing a custom frame built for it, but that is true of 650b and 29ers as well.

You will also see comments from other frame manufacturers saying exactly the same thing when asked why they are not building gearbox bikes: "current derailleur systems are fine". But the honest fact is that those manufacturers have patented suspension designs that work around the derailleur shortcomings. None of those designs are really needed if you use a gearbox. That means a lot less money for them and they can no longer say "buy my bike because it has VPP or DW or DELTA" which is there current marketing strategy. I would take their opinions with the skepticism.

Really there aren't any good reason NOT to go with a gearbox.

Reasons to get a gearbox:
* Less expensive in the long run (broken derailleurs, wear on chains and gears)
* Less maintenance (isolated from elements)
* Smoother shifting
* Shifting at any time for critical moves (no pedaling required for shifting)
* Massive range that doesn't overlap
* Centralized mass
* Improved suspension designs
* It's quite
* Perfect chain line, all the time
* No dropped chains

Reasons to get a 1x11 setup:
* It removes the need for a 2x setup thus dropping weight
* Removes gear overlap from 2x system (but loses overall range)
* It's quieter than a 2x setup
* No dropped chains

+4 4 0

Members who like this comment

  • Vital MTB member brydonboutin
    19084 brydonboutin http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/19084/avatar/c50_fb_picture_1566642898.jpg?1350668085 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/brydonboutin,19084/all 10/19/12 4 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/brydonboutin,19084/setup 7
  • Vital MTB member ianjenn
    267 ianjenn http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/267/avatar/c50_92191030_1249256375.jpg?1290150423 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/all 08/02/09 2 158 3 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/ianjenn,267/setup 10 24 136
  • Vital MTB member thinkdrastic
    452 thinkdrastic /images/default/avatar/c50.png http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/thinkdrastic,452/all 08/08/09 2 15
  • Vital MTB member bikeboardorblade
    19015 bikeboardorblade http://p.vitalmtb.com/photos/users/19015/avatar/c50_SNV30790.jpg?1350443086 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/bikeboardorblade,19015/all 10/16/12 http://www.vitalmtb.com/community/bikeboardorblade,19015/setup 12 152

This slideshow has 41 comments.