Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 3/11/2015 3:21 PM
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As we discussed below, what exactly is this "problem"? The RC is the same damper as the RCT3, but without the complicated internals that offer the open/pedal/lock positioning. Why would the RC be any less sensitive than the RCT3 - if anything I would predict that the RC would be slightly more sensitive due to the simplicity of the damping circuits.

Can anyone elaborate?

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Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 3/11/2015 12:15 PM

$50 rear brake line... VS Dented alloy frame...
Perspective I guess

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I've owned 2 Enduros spanning a total of 7 riding seasons - never had a rock strike that damaged cable or brake housing beyond a minor cosmetic scuff. Of course it is possible. Of course there will be people who've had it happen to them. Personally I'd rather destroy some cable housing than crack or dent my frame.

Still, might be cool for Specialized to make a downtube/cable protector.

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Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 3/11/2015 12:13 PM

It is the most consistently pointed out "negative" point in Enduro reviews in bike media. However, in years of riding Enduros, I can say it is a non-issue. The cable might have a few marks from thrown rock strikes, but that is about it. I rode 2 Enduros for 8 years. Same...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 3/11/2015 12:13 PM

I consider the cable housing to be affordable armor for the downtube.

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I have a question regarding the Pike RC:
Isn't it the same damper as in the RCT3 whitout the fast compression adjustment?

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I have a question regarding the Pike RC:
Isn't it the same damper as in the RCT3 whitout the fast compression adjustment?

Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 3/11/2015 12:09 PM
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I have to wonder why they make such a stink about the RC vs. the RCT3 as well. These both use the Charger Damper and should operate identically in the "Open" setting - retaining identical external rebound/compression adjustment. The only advantage to the RCT3 is that you get a flip-of-a-switch "pedal" and "lock" setting - neither of which should have any effect on descending performance. Strange that they mention it twice - I've been running the RC and see no reason to get the RCT3.

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Hey, are you able to tell me who does the remix of "Youth" that is in the Kamloops video you posted a bit ago? Thanks!

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Added a comment about product review 2014 Test Sessions: GT Sensor Carbon Pro 3/8/2014 9:19 AM
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Who is it that sat around a table and decided that this bike spec was a worthwhile idea? $7k for a bike that has a mediocre late 90's drivetrain, with a clutch derailleur (during a time when there has never been more emphasis on drivetrains), under-gunned suspension (without Kashima), and a strange mix of so-so brands for the details. I think GT needs to just start over with this one. For $7k you can purchase and custom-build a great spec on just about any frame on the market.

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Lets be clear - we are talking about 4,000 Euro - That amounts to $5520.00 + tax (lets call it $5900.00 out the door). Don't get me wrong - its a good price. It will be higher than that once they pay import fees to the US as well. Again - decent price assuming the bike performs well, but there are a number of players who are in that ballpark for the same part spec. I just bought a custom build Specialized S-Works Enduro for a little less than this (yes, I am GOOOOOD friends with my shop) and even with some of the heavy parts I spec'd my build came in at 29 lbs. with DX pedals.

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Added a comment about photo 25 Mountain Bikes Tested - Vital MTB Test Sessions 2014 1/17/2014 6:55 PM
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It's official, the mountain bike market is completely saturated. In a fervent attempt to differentiate themselves, a lot of these bike companies are making hideous frames. I'm looking at you Evil, Diamondback, Cannondale and Marin.

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Interesting rear pivot placement.

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That is interesting. Probably keeps the wheel path from having as much of a wide arch on that SP suspension design. If it works it could be a clever way to keep the bike long under compression and combat chain growth.

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Added a comment about photo Troy Brosnan's World Champs Specialized Demo 8 8/26/2013 1:18 PM
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I can do without the million dollar salaries if I had 1 S-Works Enduro gifted to me at 3 year intervals! Grab my dog and a tent and never leave the trails!

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Added a comment about photo Troy Brosnan's World Champs Specialized Demo 8 8/26/2013 1:07 PM
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In all seriousness, how many frames are WC riders given every year? Gwin has had no less than 8-9 different S Works frames that I have seen pictures of...not counting the multiple different Stumpy's and Enduros I'm sure he has access too...

I'm not mad, I'm just jealous that I can hardly afford a Comp bike every 3-4 years!

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Added a comment about video Richie Schley Riding the New ROTWILD R.X1 FS 27.5 8/23/2013 5:19 PM
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I have no issues with a Horst link or FSR - in fact it is all that I ride.

I recently saw a panel talk by some of today's most influential tech-entrepreneurs. They all had the same opinion: don't start a company unless you can do something better than those that exist in the market. Mountain biking is a sport of innovation, and frankly there are a lot of companies that would not even claim that they are honestly contributing to any aggregate improvement to the sport, engineering or market.

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