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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2016 FOX Float 36 RC2 Fork 1/29/2016 8:14 AM
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Nice review! My thoughts are very similar, though after 10-15 hours of use I would argue it is slightly more stiction laden than the Pike (jury out on the vaporware Lyrik).

Chassis is notably stiffer, damping more prevalent, air spring not quiet as "fluttery" (though good) and again, the fork needs a lowers fluid refresh more than the Pike does.

If you weigh more, charge hard and are discouraged by the Pike's chassis, look here. If you weigh less, want the most stiction-free interface (at a reasonable price) go Pike.

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Added a comment about press release 2016 Griz Institute of MTB Announced 1/20/2016 12:47 PM
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Rad

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2015 YT TUES CF Pro 1/19/2016 12:58 PM
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Nice work man. And if B says its 5 star it is. He's one of the most savagely knit-picky person (when it comes to bikes) I know. And I mean that with love.

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Added a comment about video Are Walmart Bikes Safe to Ride? 1/12/2016 1:39 PM
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Can someone get this guy a real pair of shoes?!?

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Added a comment about video Van Life with Team Robot 12/30/2015 1:55 PM
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Like.

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Added a comment about feature Inside the Industry - Fly Racing 12/28/2015 2:03 PM
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Great times and great people! Thanks for the tour Fly!

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Added a comment about product review First Look: Ohlins RXF 34 Fork 12/23/2015 8:52 AM
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The RXF also has three air chambers; two positive and one negative. This allows the shape of the spring force to be adjusted by the rider, such as increasing sensitivity without bottoming out.

Interesting...

Now I want to hear how they are addressing upper/lower interface (normal bushings I assume) and how on point the tolerances are...

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2016 SR Suntour Durolux R2C2 Fork 12/1/2015 1:26 PM
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The lowers being semi-"serviceable" without dropping them is a huge improvement to me. Hope others take note of this one...

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 6D ATB-1 Full Face Helmet 11/12/2015 9:36 AM
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Good ideas!

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 6D ATB-1 Full Face Helmet 11/12/2015 8:14 AM
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Ha. You certainly may have your point...but again, unless you can have the exact same crash over and over again in a number of helmets any sort of "hey it really did its job better than XYZ" is completely subjective/useless.

I do agree that better lab results would be awesome though!

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 6D ATB-1 Full Face Helmet 11/12/2015 8:11 AM
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"This statement is a little dangerous. Most helmets use an EPS liner, this only rebounds after the most minimal impacts, otherwise it undergoes permanent deformation - even if it can't be seen. That's the reason you should replace the helmet after a significant impact."

This is *absolutely* correct. I didn't mean to imply the helmet is still safe for use after a hit (even when no cracks/deformation are visible) I will amend my comment to reflect this.

I am taking the marketing as fact as it the testing was done by an independent lab (not 6D) though I realize this this can be skewed by picking/choosing what test results they reveal and what they simply don't post. If you read between the lines this is exactly why I was suggesting a better/new/more progressive testing standard.

I like the idea of Vital doing our own objective "lab style" tests with certain items. However, helmets are not one I'm comfortable with unless we can get a team of Neuroscientists to help conduct the tests (EG: Its not happening!). 3 guys rigging our own proprietary testing standards in a garage may work for something like brake pads but "homemade testing" and "brain safety" don't go together.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 6D ATB-1 Full Face Helmet 11/11/2015 1:15 PM
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Great question. I wouldn't say its "too stiff" especially with the speeds we are often carrying these days on the DH bike. However, I am saying its probably not going to work as well as the 6D with respect to lower speed impacts much like Aaron Gwin's fork is going to suck for mere mortals noodling around some singletrack.

Bad analogies aside, remember, most modern (conventional) helmets were designed to fail. If the helmet is dented, deformed, cracked etc in a crash it did its job (energy went to breaking/compressing the helmet not your head). If the helmet looks okay the only way it absorbed energy was through its padding and perhaps a bit of "temporary material deforming" (compresses other materials for a moment before they return to their original shape). This isn't to say the helmet does nothing in these situations, but again, according to 6D's independent lab testing, its not going to do as much as the 6D is able to do.

EDIT: I don't want to imply the 6D can take repeated impacts better or that if the helmet isn't visibly scarred its still "good to go". End of the day, if you take any crash on your head its time to look at a new helmet!!! Please be aware of this!!

EDIT X2: I didn't read the commenters question as though I should have. I was answering "6D ATB-1 vs Any DOT moto helmet" not "6D ATB-1 vs 6D moto helmet" The former is what I've answered. The latter remains something I'm not confident in answering but an excellent question.

This is a debate (DH vs moto helmet) that has gone on since I've started riding bikes.

Maybe a neurologist can chime in...

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Added a comment to Sugar_Glider's bike check 10/8/2015 2:27 PM
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bad joke fail. Hands. Big Hands. Chicks. Sigh. nevermind

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Added a comment to Sugar_Glider's bike check 10/8/2015 1:58 PM
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That's what she said.

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Added a comment about video Vital RAW - World Champs Andorra 2 9/4/2015 3:10 PM
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random side note Hey, for 2016, we're thinking about going so RAW that we just mail Joe and Mono's cameras and cards to one lucky viewer each day after practice to get the RAWest experience possible. It kind of limits the audience to about 1 person per video, but what do you think? #justtryingtotrickredbullintocopyingadumbidea

I laughed.

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Added a comment about news blog 2015 Industry World Champs - September 2 at 6pm, Vallnord 9/1/2015 2:17 PM
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I gotta say it - I expect much better beer chugging abilities this year. Beer spilling down your face does not count. #collegerules (ha)

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Added a comment about photo 2016 Intense M16 Carbon 8/27/2015 9:07 AM
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Not really. Maybe for a park/play bike, but certainly not for a dedicated race bike. To my point, Minnaar is running nearly 18" CSs on his V10. I think 17.5" offers a great mix of "locked in" turns while still being able to get them around tighter corners. Shorter, you lose leverage and the bike start to be a bit skittish. Which is cool if you are playing, not so cool if you are racing.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: Yeti Cycles SB4.5c 8/26/2015 1:19 PM
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Bottle cage and chainguide. It needs to be able to have both and it appears it will accommodate neither.

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Added a comment about photo 2016 Intense M16 Carbon 8/26/2015 10:57 AM
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I thought the exact same thing

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Added a comment about photo 2016 Crankbrothers Mallet E and Candy Clipless Pedals 8/25/2015 5:06 PM
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Man I hope these last...Love the performance but with lower and lower bikes I'd be more than willing to take an extra 100 grams in the sake of durability.

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