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Added a comment about video Brutal Bootleg Canyon - Reaper Madness DH Track with Steve Wentz 3/27/2017 2:42 PM
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Nice shots!

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Pivot Firebird Carbon from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/27/2017 1:17 PM
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Just to comment here, being I was the guy that honed in on chainstay length as such a big factor of fit...

I don't think for a second if the CSs are too long or short, within reason, it makes the bike unrideable. To be honest, this is the sort of thing you often need something more quantitative to test. Banging out multiple laps on similar bikes over the course of a few weeks for instance.

Personally, I probably wouldn't love this bike, longer reach, short rear end.

But everyone rides differently, has different proportions, looks for different things out of a bike.

Put another way, a short rear end isn't an absolute "no way" for a tall rider. It may be for me, but that's because I know very well what I'm trying to do with the bike, and what kind of reach numbers I like.

No absolutes in bike fit...

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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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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 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 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 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 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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Added a comment about feature What's In and What's Out in Mountain Biking, 2017 1/1/2017 6:44 AM
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"Super short chainstays. Sure, they’re fun and playful, but we’ll take stability any day."

[Insert that heart eyeball smiley emoji here]

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Added a comment about video ONE LAP - Jeff Brines Races His Dog Tucker in Targhee, Wyoming 11/16/2016 8:11 AM
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Alternative Titles:

A Jeff rides a flat kinda weak trail but his dog shreds
B Tucker - The only reason we care about Jeff?
C Pimpin' your dog for 15 minutes on the internet. Pathetic or a mental sickness?

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Added a comment about video Vital RAW - #TBT Gold Hill, Colorado, 2001 10/27/2016 8:27 AM
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This is so rad

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Just take my money already!! (ps, could have gone bigger...)

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Added a comment about video Aaron Gwin Talks 2016 Season, YT Mob, Downhill and Being a Badass! 9/20/2016 10:14 AM
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Added a comment about video Aaron Gwin Talks 2016 Season, YT Mob, Downhill and Being a Badass! 9/20/2016 10:11 AM
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How have I never seen that?

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