Added a comment about press release Turner Launches the New Flux 120mm Trail Bike 8/26/2016 4:07 AM
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I was going to write the same thing.

Honestly, it has to suck to be a smaller manufacturer, but the sooner everyone adapts to boost (which yes, does offer advantages with no drawbacks to 142) and metric shock sizes the better off we'll be.

I hate new standards as much as anyone, but both of these are based in performance first, giving the engineers the spacing they need to build what we want.

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Liked a comment on the item Turner Launches the New Flux 120mm Trail Bike 8/26/2016 4:04 AM

"The 142 mm standard is a fantastic complement to this chassis which is optimized to work perfectly with 27.5 inch wheels and DW-link kinematics" Wow. Bullshit meter through the roof!

Added reply in a thread Older model shock/volume spacers 8/23/2016 6:49 PM

Not familiar with that shock but the answer is "likely". Back in the day we used to pull valve cores and add oil - but this can weep causing you to lose progressiveness over time. Still, I'd do the oil trick. Won't hurt anything. Start with 5ccs and ... more »

Added a comment about photo Art-Off World Champs Winner 8/22/2016 2:27 PM
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Might be one of the best "in the air" shots I've ever seen...

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Added a comment about feature First Look: 2017 Intense Recluse 8/17/2016 4:26 AM
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In the smaller sizes I'm sure its a weapon but 16.5" stays with a 19.2" reach would be one of the weirdest handling bikes I can think of riding

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Liked a comment on the item ONE LAP: Nate Hills and KrunkShox Ride SolVista 8/11/2016 8:24 AM

i like the midair bike shakies

Liked a comment on the item ONE LAP: Nate Hills and KrunkShox Ride SolVista 8/11/2016 8:24 AM

Nate, what gimbal have you been using? It seems to keep up with sharper turns better than other gimbals. Shredding was on par too!

Added reply in a thread Backyard Pumptrack Building: Help me Design... 8/9/2016 10:54 AM

Not a bad Idea. I could just run the perimeter of the property. Nobody will say shit. My neighbor was out shooting his compound bow in the cold-a-sac at various targets.

Added reply in a thread Backyard Pumptrack Building: Help me Design... 8/9/2016 10:53 AM

Who be this?! And soowwwy...

Started new thread Backyard Pumptrack Building: Help me Design... 8/8/2016 10:57 AM

Truth is, I've never built a backyard pumptrack. As opposed to me hacking up my relatively nice backyard for something less-than-fun, I'm turning to the collective for help. Attached are a few stills of the property. I'll be focusing efforts on the circled

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Liked a comment on the item Ratboy Helmet Cam from Mont Sainte Anne! 8/4/2016 9:26 PM

Sweet.

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 8/3/2016 6:14 AM

That last bit is what I'm getting at. 16.x" stays on a small probably feels great! 17.9" on an XL probably feels pretty semi-truck ish and, well, shit. I'm not saying we need the longest stays on every bike to go fast, but I am saying when looking at ... more »

Added a comment about product review First Look, First Ride: 2016 Yeti SB5.5c 29er 8/1/2016 8:39 PM
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Hey David-f

Honestly, the bike has been out of my hands for awhile. I have a notebook I keep all that in though so should be able to find it (nerd alert!).

The shock I believe I was around 215 psi with the big volume spacer, maxed rebound.

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Added a comment about product review First Look, First Ride: 2016 Yeti SB5.5c 29er 8/1/2016 8:38 PM
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http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Yeti/SB5-5c-X01,17297#product-reviews/2455/expand boosh

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Liked a comment on the item Transition Smuggler 7/26/2016 10:50 AM

Have you tried KMC chains? I've had great luck with them over SRAM/Shimano. Although, I admit I don't check it as often as I probably should...

Liked a comment on the item First Look: 2017 Transition Scout Carbon 7/26/2016 9:47 AM



That fresh Patrol with a Metric Super Deluxe is looking mighty fine! Hoping the new shock tech makes its way into the rest of the line.

Added a comment about feature First Look: 2017 Transition Scout Carbon 7/26/2016 9:44 AM
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As much as I hated boost when it was introduced, I'd sure like to see Transition move that direction. Their alloy bikes can struggle a bit with clearance issues and with how many companies (basically all of them) have gone toward boost, it'd just make things easier when it comes to ordering/swapping wheels and whatnot.

Patrol with Super Deluxe is looking great though was hoping to see the Metric stuff rolled out through their entire line. Soon enough I'm sure...

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Updated bike check Transition Smuggler 7/21/2016 12:34 PM
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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2016 Yeti SB5.5c X01 7/21/2016 11:23 AM
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Yeah, and its one reason I can feel a bit of uncertainty toward my own review. I don't want to steer somebody wrong despite my personal feelings toward a ride. Obviously, I liked this bike. But I can't say its a 4.5 star bike for EVERYONE. For the right rider, its a 5 star performing product, no doubt. For the wrong rider, its not.

Bikes are starting to go the way of skis, surfboards etc whereby there are so many excellent options its more about getting what fits, as they are all "as good" (or close) from a function/durability/performance perspective.

My job as a reviewer is just as much to describe *why* I liked it and *what* I look for in a bike (eg: who I am) as it is to describe the performance of the bike. Ultimately, removing my own preferences from the equation allows me to arrive at a more objective review, despite the obvious hurdles such an ideal may pose.

Hopefully I've done a good job explaining to the masses that this bike may be the best tool for a number of riders, and that perhaps some should look elsewhere. For the right rider however (someone like me) its certainly a badass ride!

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: 2016 Yeti SB5.5c X01 7/21/2016 11:16 AM

These kinds of debates are what 300 post comments are made from, there just isn't "right" answer? Haha. Who you ride with, where you live, what terrain like to ride, etc... At least there isn't as much trolling on this site vs the other one.

Anyway, I use the same argument with the lifted...more