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Liked a comment about feature TECH TALK: Air Shocks Versus Coil Shocks, What's Better? 10/16/2017 7:38 AM
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We're not talking about damping circuits and oil here, we're talking about the relative reactive-ness of the different spring materials. What Mandell said was that steel reacts equally at all shaft speeds, air does not.

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Liked a comment about feature Concentric BB Pivot and Unique Suspension Design on Rotec's Nine and Twentynine DH Bikes 9/25/2017 10:35 AM
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Pink paint is very expensive.

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Liked a comment about product review Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/25/2017 8:21 AM
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Jeff, you really couldn't make it up. Frame arrived today. Unboxed it to find a pool of suspension fluid in the bottom of the box. Seems the thru shaft heard us talking about it and got angry and exploded in the box... Guess I best start searching for a super deluxe in stock.

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Liked a comment about product review Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/25/2017 8:21 AM
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Good review Jeff. I have the 2017 9.8 & now running a 44 offset Float 36 , this alone has helped a good bike handle better, especially in the low geo setting

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Liked a comment about feature Lighter Weight Prototype Onyx Racing Hubs 9/20/2017 2:13 PM
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For anyone else wondering how this hub actually works, learn all about it in less than a minute.

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Liked a comment about product review Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/20/2017 11:10 AM
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@noldog. You seem sad. Do you need a hug?

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Liked a comment about product review Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/19/2017 7:13 AM
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Nice review. I really believe that the knock bolck comes from an engineers mistake. It looks like they discovered that after having lot of frames finished they discovered that the ultrastif DH inspired frame doesnt allow the fork to spin...

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Liked a comment about feature The Inside Line Podcast - Sven Martin, Photographer, Storyteller, MTB Superfan 9/15/2017 8:42 AM
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follow up question from a photo nerd, what is your camera rig of choice when you really need to go compact and simple yet still need more that camera phone? is it still the m43 if so what lens do you use? thanks, i hope sven reads this, as i'm in the process of rebuilding my arsenal. thanks

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Liked a comment about product review Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/15/2017 7:10 AM
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The bike is great and the review also. Great job. Regarding the bike, what I hate is the specific parts like the shock. I would love to try one with the custom shock and one with the standard Super Deluxe just to compare the performance.

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Liked a comment about product review Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/15/2017 7:09 AM
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I think you do an excellent job across the board with your reviews, Jeff. I keep wanting to want one of the new Remedy's or Slash's but Trek keeps doing these hokey or proprietary "innovations" that, as you've expressed, don't do much. Add in the low end damper on the fork and at best I might consider a frame only. Which is what end up doing anyway. Keep up the great work!

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Liked a comment about feature Three New 2018 Bikes: Introducing Kona's Second Generation Process Lineup 9/12/2017 1:02 PM
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I think it's a good thing... Transition is also making their new bikes stronger/heavier. People are riding trail bikes harder because the geometry and suspension is allowing it.

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Liked a comment about feature Transition Patrol vs. Patrol - See How the 2018 Compares 8/28/2017 4:09 PM
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Think of steeper STA as merely offsetting excessive rearward weight bias, which is worsened by extending the length of the front, while keeping the rear length the same.

I have two posts that go more into this here and here.

I believe taller guys need longer chainstays, personally. Need to keep things in proportion, not just increase the seat tube length, front triangle, and head tube an inch or two for every 5" inches in rider height.

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Liked a comment about photo Renthal Cockpit 8/28/2017 4:02 PM
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That doesn't appear to be the "standard" RAD damper we see on all of the other pros forks... Moar future?

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Liked a comment about feature Transition Patrol vs. Patrol - See How the 2018 Compares 8/28/2017 7:07 AM
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Transition should be mailing you guys checks for doing such good marketing work for them. This is how you sell bikes. I love comparisons to see exactly why someone should choose one over another, especially when you have a myriad of choices. Doesn't help that people repeatedly say that you can't go wrong with any, when you're sure there's a choice that can better suit someone for no more cost than another.

I had to look for the ads to see how you are keeping this kind of quality free. There's only 3 ads on the page: top banner (TLD... someone give these guys pointers on how to make an effective ad), right side (RockShox reverb remote), and a banner way at the bottom (Fox Head movie).

Again, great work. The photos and video edit especially. Replacing a chunk of text with them is how it should be done! Love how the text is limited to providing context to photos, to draw attention to points of interest. Organizing the data in a table is much preferred over making an essay out of it and creating silly myths by oversimplifying things such as saying the 75° seat angle does this or that. Leave that nonsense to the comment section, and just deliver your best "non-biased" observations to support your impression.

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Liked a comment about feature Transition Patrol vs. Patrol - See How the 2018 Compares 8/25/2017 3:38 PM
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"they'll hook you up for a really fair price." 50% off normally. I agree im sure TR would (being nice guys) be pretty fair if there was a manufacturing issue but would it hurt them so much to increase their warranty to 5 for peace of mind? I love my alu Scout but wouldn't buy a carbon frame at the moment off them.

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Liked a comment about video ROWDY, ROUGH & RUTHLESS - Vital RAW Val di Sole Day 2 8/25/2017 9:55 AM
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Based on the speeds they're going- or not going- it must really, really, really slippery and rough. Looks hard.

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Liked a comment about news blog RESULTS: Aaron Gwin and Tracey Hannah Qualify Fastest in Val di Sole 8/25/2017 9:53 AM
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cecile a lot further back than i would have expected. tomorrow is going to be nuts! weather could be sketchy too : (

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so stoked!

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Liked a comment about news blog RESULTS: Aaron Gwin and Tracey Hannah Qualify Fastest in Val di Sole 8/25/2017 9:09 AM
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Correct, they are now separated by 23 points (Minnaar leads). If AG wins tomorrow, he takes the title no matter what. If AG finishes 2nd, 3rd, or 4th, he needs to finish at least 2 places above Greg to still take the title.

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Liked a comment about feature Coming to the USA - Canyon Bikes 8/21/2017 9:09 AM
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Probably should've chosen the DH bike

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