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Liked a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 Marin Wolf Ridge Pro and Naild R3ACT Suspension 4/21/2017 1:49 PM
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Brines, my thought exactly. Roughly 1/3 of all US enduro stages are on flat, bullshit terrain (flow trails) that require significant rider input. This bike might pedal uphill in a seated position like a shorter travel bike, not reacting to weight shift and chain forces, but that's a completely different task than being being firm and compliant under heavy pumping and rider inputs on flat, bullshit terrain. It seems like the 20% sag thing is a compromise (that gives up descending performance) to make the bike handle rider inputs on flatter terrain better without traditional damping.

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Liked a comment about video When Slopestyle Meets Big Mountain | C3 Project - Tom van Steenbergen 4/21/2017 9:13 AM
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That was good.

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 8, Jose Gonzalez, Director of Suspension Development, Trek Bicycles 4/20/2017 6:53 AM
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This was the most interesting one to me thus far. Can someone call Tomac and just have him tell stories!?

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 8, Jose Gonzalez, Director of Suspension Development, Trek Bicycles 4/20/2017 6:53 AM
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i have listened to a couple of those and they get me stoked. the dan mann one specifically. i'm stoked about the interviews lined up at sea otter this week. some quality industry people and athletes coming up!

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Liked a comment about feature Hustle and Flow: 2017 Cannondale Jekyll and Trigger 4/12/2017 8:26 AM
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When you say "should have", that implies that there is a "right" solution, when in reality, it's a lot less black and white than that. Cannondale explicitly wanted to err on the downhill side of the equation with these new bikes, and then use a couple of other tricks to transform the bike for flatter or more pedally trails and for climbing. That was a design decision, not a mistake. A lot of people enjoy having less chain growth on a bike when pointed down the hill in rough terrain. In the case of the Jekyll and Trigger, they have other redeeming features that make them better climbers, such as low overall weight and steep seat tubes. We never felt like either of these bikes were particularly sluggish on the way up, despite a faitly significant amount of observable pedal bob in fully open mode. Just to conclude, what's right for you could easily be wrong for somebody else, and vice versa - it all depends on your style of riding as well as where you ride.

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Liked a comment to jeff.brines's bike check 3/29/2017 7:14 AM
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Bike of the Day March 29, 2017!

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

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Liked a comment about video ONE LAP - Jeff Brines Races His Dog Tucker in Targhee, Wyoming 11/16/2016 10:59 AM
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that brines guy is kinda lame, but tucker shreds

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Liked a comment about video Massive Red Bull Hardline Step-Up Preview and Rider List 9/14/2016 9:51 AM
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Guys from The Fest are laughing.

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Liked a comment about video Massive Red Bull Hardline Step-Up Preview and Rider List 9/14/2016 9:50 AM
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Massive Jeep Commercial!! Wow.

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Liked a comment about slideshow BUCK WILD! World Champs Timed Runs 9/10/2016 7:54 PM
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What a funny thing to say. Yes clips, especially on this track. It's three and a half minutes of running into curbs.

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Liked a comment about news blog RESULTS - Qualifying at the Andorra World Cup DH 9/2/2016 1:02 PM
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I petitioned to race but the rules say I'm too young! I'll be at worlds though to represent the good old USA!

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Liked a comment about news blog RESULTS - Qualifying at the Andorra World Cup DH 9/2/2016 1:02 PM
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way to go samantha and good luck at world champs! we hope to see you shred the world cups in the future...glad you're out there to represent women's DH racing.

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yep, gwin has to DNS or DNF race day and danny has to win the race for gwin's overall to be lost. pretty exciting!

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Liked a comment about feature Beware, It's Getting Weird Out There 8/30/2016 12:54 PM
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Like Jeff is saying - there is enough money to be made off of fixed investments that the 'legacy' stuff will keep being made for as long as they can sell it above costs. In the case of 26" stuff, that's going to be a while because good slopestyle and Youth bikes aren't going away - some of the newer tread patterns won't make it as it'll take too long to hit the break-even, but as long as MinionDHF's, Deore type hubs, and some rim options stick around then that bike will be supportable for the next decade and still be a cheap to operate item.

Mostly, a lot of the new standards aren't themselves better, but enable development other other areas which cumulatively make the bike better - so even if some small parts are answer to questions nobody asked for individually, the honest answer is that all the R&D money companies put in will keep turning into incremental gains.
Hopefully some of the intermediate-cost brands will realize that instead of playing the 'bathe new bikes in bling' game in hopes of keeping up with big companies and losing, they could be into making updated geometry 26" bikes with good tire clearance, good value parts spec, and make the valid argument that those bikes are just more fun to actually ride than something which is overkill for most trails.

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Liked a comment about press release Turner Launches the New Flux 120mm Trail Bike 8/26/2016 4:04 AM
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"The 142 mm standard is a fantastic complement to this chassis which is optimized to work perfectly with 27.5 inch wheels and DW-link kinematics" Wow. Bullshit meter through the roof!

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Liked a comment about video ONE LAP: Nate Hills and KrunkShox Ride SolVista 8/11/2016 8:24 AM
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Nate, what gimbal have you been using? It seems to keep up with sharper turns better than other gimbals. Shredding was on par too!

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Liked a comment about video ONE LAP: Nate Hills and KrunkShox Ride SolVista 8/11/2016 8:24 AM
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i like the midair bike shakies

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Liked a comment about video Ratboy Helmet Cam from Mont Sainte Anne! 8/4/2016 9:26 PM
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Sweet.

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Liked a comment to jeff.brines's bike check 7/26/2016 10:50 AM
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Have you tried KMC chains? I've had great luck with them over SRAM/Shimano. Although, I admit I don't check it as often as I probably should...

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