Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 4/27/2017 1:38 PM

If I had to bet, I'd say 27.5" bikes stay the norm for most downhill applications. At least for those under 6' and especially for those who "just ride park". Racing isn't the only reason to ride a DH bike and outright speed not the only thing that counts ... more »

Added a comment about feature Pro Bike Check: Laurie Greenland's Mondraker Summum 4/27/2017 12:47 PM
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I've seen a number of top level Shimano brake riders forgo the fins. It is interesting!

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: SRAM's New Code RSC Brakes 4/27/2017 10:58 AM
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I really just wanted to comment that the bar drag shot is SICK.

@forreiqu Turman is one of the best product testers in the entire outdoor industry (bike, ski, powersports etc). He has this unique synthesis of an extremely high IQ (he has a degree in robotics engineering from on of the best schools in the country) and pro-level riding (and breaking shiz) ability. He also knows the bike market and mountain biking "space" better than anyone. Finally, he isn't scared to say "this isn't very good".

As you infer, the challenge with first look pieces (as I've done a few) is to give the audience some idea of whats what, as many people may want to buy the product before we have a ton of time to *really* test it, while still acknowledging "we need more time". I think B has done a great job of that here/

As far as Guide performance, I have to disagree with you regarding reliability. I've seen every single brake you listed break (pun intended!?). Nothing is perfect. However, I've had great results with the Guide line. I say this as a result of personal experience, race experience (other racers) and as a result of having two close friends who own bike shops also suggest them over most other brakes on the market (shop owners hate spending time bleeding new bike brakes...). Not saying there aren't problems at times, but they are far less frequent than maybe you think.

Time will tell, but I would *very* willingly (and will likely) put them on my bike. I'm 200lbs, prone to bad decision making and hard on brakes. I do believe SRAM has been progressing their brake line nicely over the last few years. Just my opinion.

Sorry for the rant - just had to throw my $0.02 in the ring.

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Liked a comment on the item First Ride: SRAM's New Code RSC Brakes 4/27/2017 10:38 AM

Cheers for your feedback, forrequi. I too have experienced a seized Guide RSC lever, though performance up until that point was stellar.

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Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 4/27/2017 10:10 AM

I say keep it the wild west. I truthfully believe racing is where ideas are developed. You need to let companies and riders push the technology of the sport. We all benefit, and sanctions/rules/classes retard this to a degree. Because I'm a skier, another ... more »

Added a comment about photo BCD's Carbon 29er DH Bike from 2007 4/26/2017 3:22 PM
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...and those looks would be deceiving. I've never put a beat down on a bike like I did that one (err, the 26" version of that bike). I was 18 and full of dreams but short on skill. Spomer actually has a photo somewhere of me riding that thing.

Anyway, I never broke it. And as far as I know, the bike continues to work to this day!

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Liked a comment on the item Greg Minnaar Speaks About his Santa Cruz Syndicate V10 29er 4/26/2017 2:43 PM

"Can't hold back the Silverback"

Liked a comment on the item Greg Minnaar Speaks About his Santa Cruz Syndicate V10 29er 4/26/2017 2:43 PM

Gotta say they made that thing look good!

Liked a comment on the item Greg Minnaar Speaks About his Santa Cruz Syndicate V10 29er 4/26/2017 2:43 PM

it's hard to see the "29erness" of luca's

Added a comment about video 17 Questions - Brook MacDonald 4/26/2017 10:09 AM
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Golf course interview. Such a good idea!

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Added a comment about feature Lourdes World Cup: 2017 Track Preview 4/26/2017 7:29 AM
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SO sick is right.

Thought about it more, I am starting to believe the wheel size thing is less of a big deal than we think in terms of "changing the sport".

Worth noting, Brycleland had his big season mostly aboard 26" wheels (right?) when nearly every other team was on 27.5" wheels.

My point is, overall, I think the wheels will be more of a wash in terms of outright advantage than most think. What I do think will happen is a reshuffling of whos near the top as there may be certain riders who find themselves more comfortable on the bigger wheels than they ever did on the smaller wheels. Some of these riders may be dark horses in a way, and this will be super exciting.

Bring on the racing!

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Liked a comment on the item Lourdes World Cup: 2017 Track Preview 4/26/2017 7:13 AM

SO. SICK. can't wait to see the action and to see if the splits reveal any info on 29ers in sections.

Added a comment about video Six Sick Sea Otter Slalom Slowmos 4/24/2017 8:36 AM
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Added a comment about photo NitroShox 4/24/2017 6:55 AM
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100% agree. Sag helps the bike track the ground as well. I think it'd feel all sorts of weird, but hey, I'm also sounding like I just shooed some kids off the front lawn with the hose...

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 8, Jose Gonzalez, Director of Suspension Development, Trek Bicycles 4/21/2017 7:39 PM
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Ehhh. I'll give you (backcountry) skiing is cheaper but there is less going on mechanically by a long shot.

Bikes are items that need to be kept up to work right and have a lot more likely to wear out. Skis not so much. God forbid I start comparing it to sledding...

End of the day, $1500/yr to ride bikes isn't terrible. Look how much most people spend on beer alone in a year after all...

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Liked a comment on the item First Ride: 2018 Marin Wolf Ridge Pro and Naild R3ACT Suspension 4/21/2017 1:49 PM

Brines, my thought exactly. Roughly 1/3 of all US enduro stages are on flat, bullshit terrain (flow trails) that require significant rider input. This bike might pedal uphill in a seated position like a shorter travel bike, not reacting to weight shift and chain forces, but that's a...more

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That was good.

Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Marin Wolf Ridge Pro and Naild R3ACT Suspension 4/20/2017 3:34 PM
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Dogboy is right, they worked with KS on an offset dropper. 150mm in all sizes except S.

I want to know about rear end stiffness too.

David, as a suspension engineer - am I wrong in thinking damping does a lot more than just isolate unwanted pedaling forces? I don't understand how kinematics can be used as a substitute for this type of bike/rider interaction.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Marin Wolf Ridge Pro and Naild R3ACT Suspension 4/20/2017 1:01 PM
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How did the bike respond to body english and "rider movement"? EG - pumping this or doubling that? I feel the lack of compression damping would really create a situation where the faster its pushed the less energy goes down the trail, even if its tracking well and feels good.

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 8, Jose Gonzalez, Director of Suspension Development, Trek Bicycles 4/20/2017 6:57 AM
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I thought about this too . I don't think its that expensive all things considered. Your bike will still have a decent salvage value at the 3 year point and when you look at cost/yr to own the bike considering the use you got (at least for a guy like me) its pretty reasonable.

This of course assumes you go for the "sweet spot" of price vs performance ($3.5-6K)

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