Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Specialized Enduro 650b from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/23/2017 1:05 PM
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Wow, I missed the price till the end. Unreal. Never a better time to get into the sport.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 6 - Aaron Gwin 3/23/2017 7:18 AM

I think you're point is totally valid. It's obviously AG's perogative but it definitely gave me pause.

That said, I really appreciate that Spomer and AG stated it clearly upfront. Would definitely be more lame and shady if it wasn't made clear.

Loving these podcasts!!

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 6 - Aaron Gwin 3/22/2017 1:14 PM
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Good point. I actually love his image more than most, and I like how he treats the sport like its something to be respected, worked hard at, and taken seriously.

So yeah, sometimes I just want to complain I guess

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 6 - Aaron Gwin 3/22/2017 7:15 AM
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Great dude, amazing athlete, 100% pro. That being said, I don't know how I feel about him asking for the questions ahead of time. I get where he's coming from, and he is smart in that he really cares about the image he's putting to the public.

Ironically though, its this overcalculation that makes him, at times, a bit boring compared to other guys who come across equally as pro like Greg or Peaty, but bring forth (for lack of a better word) a bit more color.

He's AG, he's still the man.

Here is to hoping he crushes 17!

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Added a comment about video QUIZZED - USA vs. AUSTRALIA - Intense Factory Racing 3/21/2017 1:10 PM
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This is amazing.

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Added a comment about video Onboard with Aaron Gwin | Fontana Race Run with Telemetry 3/20/2017 1:37 PM
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Or like being in the start gate and being like "Great, the fastest man in the world is behind me on a 30 second interval..."

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Intense Recluse from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/20/2017 9:13 AM
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My short time on the Recluse echos these thoughts to a tee. Good bike, not a great bike. Depending on where you live, it may be a good fit for you. However, there are more well rounded steeds out there for less money.

That said, she is one of the best lookers I've ever laid my eyes on...

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Added a comment about video Pre-season Testing Ohlins Suspension on an Enduro 29 with Curtis Keene 2/13/2017 7:26 AM
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Few things...

1) If coil forks were *really* hands down better performing, you'd see all your WC DH pros on them. Its a taste thing more than anything.

2) The number of patents that revolve around the air springs that both RS and Fox use is perhaps partially to blame for this. There is some "patent sharing" going on between the two brands (from what I know). I'd be willing to bet Ohlins does not have access to the same technologies when it comes to an air spring. Hence the decision is "not as refined air spring" or "coil", to which I would agree with Keene. That said, it does sound like he ran a coil Lyrik (right?). He's an outliar when it comes to his size and the amount he is riding legit 10 minute plus 3K+ DHs. For those of us that don't ride balls to the wall all the time for double digit amounts of time, I don't think we'll notice the heat factor or the barometric pressure inconsistencies he does. Again, I go back to WC DH...

3) I agree with TR. Air is so easy to tune, and gives the rider a lot of options as far as tuning the curve. Who likes swapping coils? Nobody. Its expensive, and a number of riders end up making some pretty big compromises anyway (if you can't get the rate you need).

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Added reply in a thread 2017 Racing Rumors 2/1/2017 1:26 PM

Ehhhh. If it really is faster, and everyone switches, there will still be nothing holding you back from riding your "old" 27.5 stuff. My $0.02 is it'll be faster for some, but not for all.

Added a comment about feature Bike vs. Bike - Rachel Throop's GT Sanction & GT Helion 1/31/2017 12:57 PM
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EDITED. All other comments were deleted and I don't feel like retyping.

Good luck in 17 Rachel.

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Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 1/26/2017 2:31 PM

Very cool dude!

Added a comment about feature Pro Bike Check: Greg Callaghan's Cube Stereo 140 C:62 29 1/26/2017 9:58 AM
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"DT Spline 1501 wheelset with 30mm-wide front rimand 25mm-wide rear rim" -- Why?

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Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 1/26/2017 9:29 AM

There were a number of bikes with adjustable chainstays back in the day. Another thing to consider is chainstay length directly impacts amount of wheel travel and leverage ratios of said wheel travel. Hence, any change, at minimum, requires a change ... more »

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 2, Brian Lopes 1/26/2017 8:59 AM
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psst...add DCamp to that list...

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Added reply in a thread DISCUSS - 29ers in WC downhill? 1/17/2017 8:14 AM

I think Josh has a point, but your analogy to ski racing sort of misses a bigger point. Ski racing *is* interesting if you follow it, the same way mtn bike racing is interesting if you follow it. You need to pay attention to the "story of the sport" ... more »

Added reply in a thread DISCUSS - 29ers in WC downhill? 1/17/2017 8:10 AM

I'd agree to disagree with respect to big wheels for small guys... The advantages/disadvantages may be the same on paper but how you are able to mitigate the disadvantages and take advantage of the benefits are going to largely depend on how big you ... more »

Added reply in a thread DISCUSS - 29ers in WC downhill? 1/16/2017 8:26 AM

Don't forget, someone who is 6'2" on 29" wheels is akin to someone 5'7" on 27.5" wheels. Proportionally anyway...and I don't see the short guys saying "I need my 26" wheels back". I think the larger wheel, when built appropriately around the right geo, ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2017 Racing Rumors 1/13/2017 1:41 PM

Fun fact. She's in Japan skiing right now. Such a legend.

Added a comment about video The Syndicate Just Won All of 2017 Before the First Race - Official Launch Video with Loris and Luca 1/10/2017 1:08 PM
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Wow. I wish I had more fingers so I could give this 3 thumbs up.

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Added a comment about press release Ellsworth Bicycles Welcomes Brian Lopes 1/9/2017 10:23 AM
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Eh, he's getting paid. How many of us want-to-be-pros could ever say that. Jokes on who?!

The bikes may or may not suck (I haven't ridden one in a decade). He's just doing what anyone in his shoes would do, keep the gravy train rolling while he can. Not a lot of rad jobs for 40something year old ex pro mountain bike racers... In any other "mainstream" sport, Lopes would have long retired. Fringe sports require a bit more teat suckling.

One other point - you think Ibis, Intense or any other company would feel bad if they had to cut him due to financial problems? No way. Its a two way street. Its how markets work...

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