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Added a comment about video QUIZZED: Lea Davison and Kate Courtney 4/27/2016 8:45 AM
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-273. hahaha.

That was amazing. Well done Vital. This stuff is great.

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Added a comment about video YT - Tales of the Mob - #4, Cairns Race Recap 4/25/2016 9:35 AM
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Unreal. Angel crashes. Doesn't remember the crash and they start looking at his hand?! Obviously no idea how much more diagnostic stuff they did but sure looks like there wasn't much attention to something far bigger...

Seriously, someone needs to raise the concussion question as these events. Culturally, it has to get a bit more attention and understanding from everyone involved.

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Added a comment about slideshow Qualifying Action from the Cairns World Cup Downhill 4/22/2016 11:31 AM
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Is Graeme Mudd on flat pedal shoes on mallets?!

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Added a comment about slideshow World Cup DH Action from Cairns, Australia 4/22/2016 7:57 AM
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Your logic is a bit off here. Putting on a world cup is already incredibly expensive. The checks the athletes walk away with his hardly a reflection of the total cost to run such an event.

Two things

1) Though a neurologist would be ideal, any medical professional trained in post concussive management would work in this situation. The testing protocol Jonty was suggesting is widely used in a number of sports (including HIGH SCHOOL - where the checks are non existent) and far from expensive to implement. Once you have an objective baseline you don't need a specialist to say "yeah, you need to go to the hospital, your tests are way off".

2) The costs of whatever program is decided, spread over all athletes and teams wouldn't be material.

Again, I'm not sure you understand the importance of this problem. I, unfortunately, live it more days than I care to admit.

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: Qualifying from the Cairns World Cup Downhill 4/22/2016 7:51 AM
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I'm with Oz_Taylor. Not saying either will win but Mik and Troy can both lay power down when they need to. Troy seems to always be fit. Mik waivers with the years but has the potential to be one of the most fit athletes in the sport.

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Added a comment about slideshow World Cup DH Action from Cairns, Australia 4/21/2016 10:43 AM
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Jonty Neethling nailing it. There are way too many un-diagnosed concussions out there. Its the rest of your life you are playing with. UCI wants to ban disc brakes from road racing but won't bring a neurologist to the races? Sounds about par for the course for the most ass backwards organization in sports.

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Added a comment about product review First Look, First Ride: 2016 Yeti SB5.5c 29er 4/14/2016 2:47 PM
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Follow up: Indeed you are right - it was a 125mm dropper. I do agree a 150mm would be more fitting. Look for this feedback (and more) when I do my longer term review.

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Added a comment about video ONE LAP: Riding the 2016 Yeti SB5.5c 29er in Moab 4/13/2016 10:37 AM
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I would happily post my gimbal setup but honestly I can't recommend it. I've broken so many!

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Added a comment about product review First Look, First Ride: 2016 Yeti SB5.5c 29er 4/13/2016 9:04 AM
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Great question. I'll know shortly! I felt as though it was a 150mm but I could be mistaken. If it is a 125mm, I do fully agree this should be 150 (or greater) in the XL size.

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Added a comment about video The Syndicate at Lourdes World Cup 4/13/2016 8:50 AM
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Great stuff.

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Added a comment about product review First Look, First Ride: 2016 Yeti SB5.5c 29er 4/13/2016 8:11 AM
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Thanks man.

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Added a comment about product review First Look, First Ride: 2016 Yeti SB5.5c 29er 4/13/2016 8:11 AM
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To add to Sspomer's post, one needs to open their mind up a little bit. There will never be "one bike" (or wheel size) that is "better". Better for me? Maybe. Better for where I live? Sure. Better for the type of riding I do? Absolutely.

Take a nod from other "tool oriented" sports such as surfing or skiing. There is no "best" set of skis or surfboard.

Though it may be overly hard to decide which bike is best for you, I give Yeti kudos for making so many different bikes aimed toward real riders on real trails.

Put another way, watch the EWS coming up - I'll bet you see their team on every bike they make through the season proving there is no "best bike". Just most fitting. Its up to you to decide which one will compliment your riding style

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Added a comment about video ONE LAP: Riding the 2016 Yeti SB5.5c 29er in Moab 4/12/2016 4:29 PM
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To piss Team Robot off...

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Added a comment about product review First Look, First Ride: 2016 Yeti SB5.5c 29er 4/12/2016 3:26 PM
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You do bring up a valid point which I will be taking into consideration when I do my longer term test shortly. However, Yeti is very clearly not interested in making "budget oriented" bike the same way Porsche isn't really doing their part to offer an affordable car to the masses. I talked at length with Yeti about how often they've retooled over the last 10 years for new designs. (its a lot) This sort of progression comes at a price, but I can say, thus far their suspension design is very unique and very special. Is it worth the money? I don't know. But I don't hear many Ferrari drivers make a horsepower to dollar comparison. You are getting something special, and that comes at a price.

That said, the GX build doesn't suck and is sub $6K..

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Added a comment about video ONE LAP: Riding the 2016 Yeti SB5.5c 29er in Moab 4/12/2016 2:17 PM
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Ha! Don't worry. I temporarily broke my gimbal smashing it into the seat on said "bottom out testing" the following day. There are some excellent old school ankle testing drops all over Porcupine. And I did my best to find them all.

This is what I told Fisher when he handed me the bike. https://youtu.be/4T2GmGSNvaM?t=118 He was less than pleased. Ha.

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Added a comment about product review First Look, First Ride: 2016 Yeti SB5.5c 29er 4/12/2016 11:30 AM
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Great question. I do believe there is a *slight* benefit to boost but its not worth writing home about. Chainline was good and rear end stiffness of the class-leading variety, though this is likely a result of the rear end engineering/materials used, not boost. End of the day, I wouldn't get hung up on Boost vs non boost but the other attributes of this bike which thus far have proven very well thought out.

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Added a comment about product review First Look, First Ride: 2016 Yeti SB5.5c 29er 4/12/2016 9:47 AM
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Thanks guys. Throw any questions you may have here and I'll do my best to answer.

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Added a comment about video Team GT In Full Force At Crankworx Rotorua 3/24/2016 1:11 PM
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Fun looking team!

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Loaded Precision X-40 Carbon Wheels 3/21/2016 11:16 AM
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...And I'm saying the area changes. (it gets bigger at the same PSI...sidewall get shorter, contact patch gets wider. All in, its bigger)

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Loaded Precision X-40 Carbon Wheels 3/21/2016 11:08 AM
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I hear you but I disagree. Depending on rider weight, terrain and style, 35ish PSI can be normal on conventional rims running lighter casing tires. Now, its absolutely firm for the new wider stuff but in my experience I still end up in the high twenties even with my 30mm internal carbon rims. But I'm fat, slow and hackish...

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