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First, NOT going to complain about word count. Nice to read some thought out, articulate expression instead of a 250 word caption. Thank you.
As for wants - better bikes for less money?
How about maybe just the same bikes for less money? Bikes are pretty fancy nowadays, and besides wheel size and carbon, not changing a whole lot. I don't want more, I just want normal at a reasonable price. More trails would be nice, but there's many caveats in there... More races? No. Enduro and Urban DH has about sewn that up. RedBull is taking care of the rest. More WC level DH races in a season might be cool though.
More content... really? I can hardly keep up with all the websites anymore, let alone instafacetwitterbookgram... We have enough of a LOT of things (but I can't seem to get enough of Vital! haha)
Maybe we need to learn to appreciate more? Savor what we have.
As for Rampage, it was mishandled - should at least have had qualified commentators, that could have tried to include the uninitiated and define some things, level of difficulty, rider bios... The visuals were great though, however giving it to NBC was a mistake. Even the Wide World of Sports days suffered from un or mis-informed commentary. Network TV is going down, and thinking or planning on future big 3 broadcasts is waste. Neflix it, or HBO, or invent a new outlet. RedBull is big enough to develop something like that, if they're interested. But expecting a network broadcast of Rampage to bolster the sport is naive.
(I don't for one second believe that more outside sponsorship or attention will bring bike or component prices down. I don't believe anything will. Companies charge more and more every year.)
"Mainstream" and it's importance is going to evolve in the next decade, perhaps dramatically. Cycling in general has got it goin' on right now, on a strength. Room for improvement - yes. Room for appreciation - definitely.
Totally agree with the last paragraph, right on. Great read.
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nose manual between the little doubles... sick riding, that place can be a little rough...
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Nice review. I'd just like to say that the same size issue may exist in the men's version of these pads. My 661 Kyle Strait pads, and other 661 pads were always size large. However, the size large RaceFace pads were are just a bit ... snug. I can still wear them as they articulate so well once I have them on. But I IF I ever buy them again (which is likely, I love these pads), I will go for the XL size.
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Valid points, no doubt. The "Problem" is not with Vital's idea; the voters skewed the test in the wrong direction. Had Vital just chose the more reasonable components for the lowest $$$ amount, I'm sure the price wold be much more reasonable. A product manager wouldn't spec a budget bike like this either (The Kona, and Airborne Toxin are great examples).
Not Vital's "fault" - the trendy Voters jacked the price up....
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A great deal, however; Domain fork, Code brakes, MTX wheels (not bad...) Kage shock, bash instead of a guide, and (probably single ply) Minons. Great deal, but not really comparable to what's being built here.
I have them on two different bikes. Lost my first pin a few days ago, and I ride in some rocky terrain. The nylon is no more slick than aluminum when wet. Mine are scuffed up pretty good, but holding together and still solid. Plus, you can replacement pedal bodies from Deity for cheap.
If they put ANY imagination in to marketing it, 26 would sell just fine. So funny (and ironic) how they push all that technical crap about wheel size (any wheel size)... yet despite all the benefits, a 26er still comes out on top (well, at least this time, haha).
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Lookit that cable!
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Cool they gave a nod to the original DX pedal... nice stuff.
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More like this. Excellent perspectives and something fresh. Dig it.
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Thanks Scott! Fun, and sometimes a little frustrating, haha. But worth it when you finally nail it.
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Canadian kick out? Should be called "ground whip"...
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Really digging my new Pike
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Loving my Pike
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That's a kickass Reign, nicely done!
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My favorite "hit" from Rampage this time around. Really though his line was impressive... man that's huge.
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I dunno if I'd ride it. If it's just flat trail w/o much tech or fun lines, probably not. I can deal with exposure, but wouldn't ride a trail solely for that.
What does EWS, BME, or the other successful Enduro races gain by UCI involvement? They all seemed to go off pretty well last season, they all got great press, lots of photos and created quite the buzz, all while the UCI ignored it.
Pro points standings is a good point, but what if there is no UCI Enduro standings, because there are no UCI enduro races? Will EWS standings be the new "standard"? Could that be a good thing? Enduro seems to have a solid driving force behind it, with the chance of defining its path from within, could that be a good thing too?
How do the other Enduro promoters feel about it - that would be a good feature here.
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