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Added a comment about news blog RIP Dirt Magazine (Print) 3/31/2015 11:34 AM
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For sure. And realize my jadedness is situated far less on the bike side of the "adventure sports" equation than a few other sports. I think the bike world does an excellent job on the media side. Almost too much so! That alone may be the reason a quality rag like Dirt can't cut it. Anyway - carry on. Leave Jeff-the-grouch in his trashcan!

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Added a comment about news blog RIP Dirt Magazine (Print) 3/31/2015 11:12 AM
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So wait, you are commenting on something you didn't even read?

To add, you are right, I am comparing two entirely different things. That is precisely my point. However what *is* the same is the amount of marketing dollars in the sport. That pie doesn't magically get bigger as new advertising avenues and platforms are born.

And when a fair amount of those dollars are going to something other than quality photos, articles and stories etc often found in a rag like Dirt and instead go to something like Instagram, an attempt at a viral video or (in other ad sports) picking up the hottest/newest "athlete model", the resource strain cannot support it all and something has to go. In this case, it was Dirt - other times - its a quality athlete. But the result is the same - Jeff gets bummed and I ponder what the youth will get inspired by. Moer filters on an instapost? But I digress...

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Added a comment about news blog RIP Dirt Magazine (Print) 3/31/2015 10:42 AM
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Completely missing my point.

Its about quality over quantity. About a *story* over a *stunt*. I know majority of Vital readers love the story and drama behind the sport. I do. And Vital does an excellent job bringing it to fruition. But the fact is there is a large amount of marketing dollars chasing "flash". Chasing style over substance. Who see more value in a sponsored instagram post or "viral" video than they do supporting a magazine that encourages in depth real journalism.

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Added a comment about news blog RIP Dirt Magazine (Print) 3/31/2015 9:54 AM
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"Shed a tear because the day has finally come where marketing-filled Instagram posts and viral crash videos out-value in-depth, soulful, printed material you have to pay a couple bucks to read. " -- Spomer --- Its this that has me feeling not-so-hot about adventure sports media and advertising. Hopefully the pendulum swings back the other way.

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Added a comment about video Rotorua EWS Stage 7 with Josh Carlson 3/30/2015 9:00 AM
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What I really learned from this is Sam is in *really* good shape. Sure, it was DHey but there was a hell of a pedal in that stage too. For him to put 30 seconds on some really good (in shape) riders on a 6-7 minute race says a lot. #seasonofSam is coming...

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Added a comment about video Fat Bike Freeriding on a Blizzard 12/29/2014 9:32 AM
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Snowmobile > Fatbike
Dynafit Ski Setup > Fatbike

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Added a comment about product review Tested: GT Sanction Pro Frame 11/21/2014 9:51 AM
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BB came in at 13.5" - when under sag it was on the lower side (165mm of travel). Not shockingly low but on the lower side.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: GT Sanction Pro Frame 11/21/2014 9:51 AM
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You are right - I could have spent 3,000 words discussing the "numbers" behind the suspension as there is a lot going on. To attribute everything to one value is a bit silly - but I did my best picking the one that I felt impacted suspension/pedaling performance the most and quantifying it toward performance. Sort of an objective data point to explain a subjective feeling.

As far as multiple consecutive hits go - I do believe you can feel the same with these other designs though with a stronger compression tune it'd be a lot less evident. We're really splitting hairs over a few degrees of "angle of attack" so it's going to be subtle - but for me, apparent.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: GT Sanction Pro Frame 11/19/2014 1:06 PM
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1) I can't compare directly to either of those bikes as ride time on the Nomad has been (very) limited and I've never even seen a YT in the flesh.

2) The shock "issue" is very remediable. Either by a specific tune or a shock swap. A Vivid Air would be a very good fit for this bike though the lack of a "lock out" would lead me to go to something more like a Monarch Plus. To add, as much as I hate the way a bar mounted shock lockout looks - it does function well in a race situation on this bike. A Vivid Air with a "firm" pedaling setting? Now we're talking!

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Added a comment about product review Tested: GT Sanction Pro Frame 11/19/2014 1:06 PM
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Hey Drew,

This isn't information I'm privy to. I know the initial run was limited so maybe thats it? There isn't much like it so hold tight if it sounds like the bike for you!

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Added a comment about product review Tested: GT Sanction Pro Frame 11/19/2014 1:06 PM
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Rtb,

You bring up a good point. That said, this bike is a "higher than most" pivot placement (for its intended use especially). The pivot is a good bit higher than the axle and even higher than my 34 tooth chainring (again, by a good bit). While its true the latter part of the travel is not rearward the first bit certainly is. I'll try and graph it later. Finally, I should have been more clear - I'm really splitting hairs when I'm commenting on the axle path as it is quite good.

A small tweak would make the bike a bit easier to manipulate and perhaps hold speed a tish better through certain types of trail chatter. Then again, maybe not!

As to explaining why a rearward axle path may not be ideal in successive bumps a drawing would be best. Maybe we can coax resident suspension engineer DCamp to come articulate this one. (Paging David Camp!!!)

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Added a comment about product review Tested: GT Sanction Pro Frame 11/19/2014 1:06 PM
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Thanks dude!

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Added a comment about product review Tested: GT Sanction Pro Frame 11/19/2014 10:15 AM
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Thanks man! If you need an clarification don't hesitate to ask. Reviewing product and developing product are two different things with a blurred line. The point here was to articulate to a would-be-buyer who this is for and if its something they should consider. I try to marry some objective reasoning data (such as anti squat numbers) with more anecdotal subjective opinion (how I liked something...) Its a tricky line to walk!

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Added a comment about product review Tested: GT Sanction Pro Frame 11/19/2014 9:33 AM
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Honestly - I wouldn't plan on ever seeing too much "official" on these when it comes to reviews. The company has their little niche but by no means is trying to be a "brand". The closest you'll see is a review on the Ibis wheelset - which is fairly similar.

But yeah - in my humble opinion, go for them!

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Added a comment about product review Tested: GT Sanction Pro Frame 11/19/2014 8:08 AM
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Here - I'll give you my short review: I've ridden them all season long and have had absolutely zero problems. They are light, stiff, priced right and durable (yes, I said it...). The only downside is you need to be careful with tire selection as the width can overly square off the profile. Besides this - they are awesome.

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Added a comment to utopiaarch's bike check 11/16/2014 6:45 PM
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hard to tell it from a sanction (minus the 40!)

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Added a comment about photo HT X1 and X2 Clipless Pedals 9/3/2014 4:52 PM
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These look great.

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Added a comment about slideshow 2014 Canadian Open Photo and Video Action 8/20/2014 10:31 AM
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How are there zero comments? Slide 10 alone is reason enough to write *something*. Man, I'm losing faith in the trinity of humanity, the internet and dudes who ride bikes everywhere... #angelface

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