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Liked a comment about feature WINNING BIKE - Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Altitude 8/15/2017 7:46 AM
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I weigh 75 kg in full gear, and I have to run 28 psi in the rear to not smash my rim to tiny carbon pieces (30 mm internal), even at that pressure I smack the rim quite often, and this is on reinforced tires, not some weight weenie floppy things like Ardents. If you can run low pressures like that on a thin casing, then you either have no rocks, or you don't ride especially hard.

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Liked a comment about product review Tested: Sixth Element 27.5” Carbon Wheelset 8/15/2017 7:01 AM
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Why would someone spent 1,3k USD on Generic Chinese rim laced on classic Hope Hub with pretty normal spokes and nyples.. why.. why ..why? When you can buy separately cheap-ish carbon rime like Light-bike / Nextie / Derby and lace it yourself on CX Ray / Hope, Syntace / DT350 for lot less.. you get pretty much simillar or better performance and reliable rim...

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Liked a comment about feature WINNING BIKE - Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Altitude 8/14/2017 12:13 PM
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So that explains the 20psi tyre pressure

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Liked a comment about feature WINNING BIKE - Jesse Melamed's Rocky Mountain Altitude 8/14/2017 11:23 AM
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We recorded a bike check with him in Aspen that didn't run yet (a bit redundant now), but he's 5'7, 150, riding a medium frame with a 32mm stem if I remember correctly.

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Liked a comment about news blog 2018 Enduro World Series Schedule and Race Locations 8/9/2017 2:36 PM
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it came down to available dates next year. Everyone wanted to avoid a clash with CWX slopestyle and DH weekend. Im sure Aspen will be back at some point. It was sweet this year. Often giving some venues a break means even better racing on more new trails the next visit.

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Liked a comment about video Greatest Run of All Time? Aaron Gwin's Miraculous Win at MSA 2017 8/7/2017 7:52 AM
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Definitely one of the best runs in the history of the sport! While Danny's run was smooth and playful Gwin simply attacked like it was dry. So hard to compare them. His rear tire less run was sick too! Nico had some sick runs/10 + second victories in the 90's too. Whether it was the best run of all time doesn't really matter, it was insane and just adds to Gwin's legend!

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Liked a comment about video Greatest Run of All Time? Aaron Gwin's Miraculous Win at MSA 2017 8/7/2017 7:52 AM
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I cannot call this the greatest run of all time, however the tight line choice and commitment was amazing at such high speeds in varying conditions. From personal experience, St Anne is a blast to ride in wet conditions, the track allows for control and confidence. Gwin does such a phenomenal job of making it look easy, if you watch the YT team video Neko explains how crafty he is with line choice. Visibly Gwin was on another level, but not much different than Hart, whereas Hill in 2008 was absolutely in another galaxy before falling at World Champs in Val Di Sole. Hill and Hart both made their Champery winning runs look as if they were doing it in the dry compared to the sheer catastrophic effects it took on the rest of the field. Other rides that stand out, PEATY winning 2009 World Champs, just such a flawless run, Greg and Stevie Smith in 2013...and then Gwin tossing a chain in 2015, too many amazing performances, can't possibly quantify a greatest run of all time. This is why this sport is so amazing!

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that panning shot of Greg jumping off the shark fin is absolutely stunning. Amazing work—deserves to be a poster!

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Liked a comment about feature Off the Cuff - Greg Minnaar 8/3/2017 4:36 PM
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they're on all world cup racer's bikes. i think they're back-up timing devices. the main timing is decided by beam at finish.

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Liked a comment about press release 2017 Red Bull Rampage Dates Announced 7/26/2017 2:25 PM
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new ridgeline!

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Liked a comment about product review THE SMASH! Riding Guerrilla Gravity's New Rock Crusher 7/25/2017 8:51 AM
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Good question. For those looking for info on the new Sentinel, click here.

Often when I jump on a bike a size larger than I typically ride I experience an odd sort of seesaw sensation through the roughest bits of trail. That isn't the case with both The Smash and Sentinel. Both companies have figured out a way to make a larger bike work for a given rider height. There are some real benefits to the approach.

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Wild time spreads in all categories, shows how tough of a track that was.
And how about the Top Two Jr Women having 4th place times in Pro Women, Nesteroff would have been 6th in Pro Men too.
Notable: Demitri bringing the heat in Pro Men for 5th!

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Nestoroff and Harrison putting it down for Intense Cycles. Well done fellas. Way to represent SoCal, Gwin included of course

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Liked a comment about press release Convert Your FOX 36 Fork to a Coil Spring with the PUSH Industries ACS-3 Kit 7/20/2017 7:25 AM
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@jeff.brines my experience and tuning are the same, your synopsis is pretty spot on. Also I find if you run less tokens and get the balance just right, you can reduce the LSC and increase HSC to achieve a even smoother and supported ride. Faster rebound too, which goes against normal damping theory. I'd take the coil for breakaway force, reliability, consistency and its linear rebound characteristics

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Liked a comment about press release Convert Your FOX 36 Fork to a Coil Spring with the PUSH Industries ACS-3 Kit 7/19/2017 3:27 PM
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Touché

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Interesting thesis.

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Liked a comment about press release Convert Your FOX 36 Fork to a Coil Spring with the PUSH Industries ACS-3 Kit 7/19/2017 1:05 PM
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I agree with most of your analysis, but I will add some thoughts. I think control and comfort are somewhat mutually exclusive on today's forks unless they are custom valved to your weight. Riders like plush off the top for comfort because over a course of a ride that will wear your hands less as fast and progressive on big hits because that helps with control.

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Liked a comment about press release Convert Your FOX 36 Fork to a Coil Spring with the PUSH Industries ACS-3 Kit 7/19/2017 10:21 AM
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Perform basic air spring maintenance clean and lube, remove volume reducers. Plush, linear feel. Boom. Saved $400.

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Liked a comment about product review Super Size Me: The 2018 Santa Cruz Hightower LT 7/17/2017 12:21 PM
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FYI, the TALLBOY is + compatible as well.
"Santa Cruz will continue to make the Hightower as it fills a slightly different niche, and remains as Santa Cruz's only 27.5+ compatible bike."

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