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Updated bike check S-Works Enduro 29 2014 6/6/2014 9:18 PM
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Updated bike check S-Works Enduro 29 2014 5/31/2014 2:07 PM
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Added a comment to csteen's profile 5/31/2014 2:03 PM
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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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Added bike check S-Works Enduro 29 2014 2/28/2014 12:58 PM
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Added a comment about slideshow Game Changer: Introducing the YT Capra 2/28/2014 12:46 PM
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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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Liked a comment on the item 2014 Breezer Repack 8/29/2013 9:35 AM

Interesting rear pivot placement.

Added a comment about photo 2014 Breezer Repack 8/29/2013 9:23 AM
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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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Liked a comment on the item Richie Schley Riding the New ROTWILD R.X1 FS 27.5 8/23/2013 4:14 PM

i seriously feel like someone rewound the tape and i just watched an old segment from 'ride guide' in 1999, awful...

Added a comment about video Richie Schley Riding the New ROTWILD R.X1 FS 27.5 8/23/2013 4:12 PM
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Within the last 6 years we have been able to create suspension designs/layups that make this frame obsolete before it has even been released. 150 mm AM bike that likely doesn't climb or descend any better than many of the 160-180mm LT bikes already in existence.

In the past decade there has been a rush of new bike companies to market. The whole "It looks like a Session" joke may be a tired comment, but it is a symptom of the underlying disease: the market is saturated with bike companies that are selfishly vying for a spot at the table; not to better the market or because they are inherently capable of actually improving anything, but simply to exist.

Why would anyone in their right mind purchase this completely-vanilla FSR design, when there are already too many high-end, higher volume (less expensive), better engineered, better performing options on the market? Let's be honest with ourselves for once...mountain biking style does allow for some kinematic/design preferences....but if you were able to plunk a choosey rider onto a number of already exist high-end manufacturers (and magically make it a truly "blind" test to do away with preconceived notions and marketing bias) - I think you would be surprised to find that MAYBE 4-5 companies/suspension designs would account for 99.9% of rider's true preference.

If you are going to play in the market - you should be innovating. Truly innovating.

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Added a comment about feature SPY SHOT! Prototype Specialized DH Bike 8/9/2013 2:12 PM
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Lets be honest - as nostalgic as everyone is for 26" wheels, there is a good chance the 650b offers some considerable advantages for DH and Enduro applications, while 29" clearly makes sense for outright speed on the trail/XC side. With the increasing inertia generated by a gyroscopic effects of larger wheels, it would prove beneficial to create a shorter wheelbase to minimize the leverage these effects would have over a longer wheelbase. Unless Benedict is purposely testing a bike 2 sizes to small, this appears to be an attempt to lower the center mass of the bike (look at how the rear axle is purposely suspended above the very low chain/seat stays) and shorten the wheelbase (his ass is hanging over the rear axle!). Increased rollover/contact patch, slack angles for stability and short wheelbase? Could be a fantastic and fun park/freeride machine!

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Added a comment about photo First Look: All-New Trek Remedy 9 29 5/29/2013 2:48 PM
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Stone.Luke, this bike is really a hybrid and is likely going to be split the difference between a Specialized EVO 29 and the Enduro 29. It has some of the same geometry as the Enduro. I would be surprised if the wheelbase was shorter than the Enduro (remember wheelbase is a product of frame size as well as geo..so compare Large to Large, etc.) as the Enduro has a similar head angle and shorter chainstays. Seat tube length is irrelevant to center of gravity, provided that you are planning on standing up while going down hill (this is how you ride a mountain bike) and adjusting your seat height to compliment the length of your legs. Center of gravity will have more to do with bottom bracket height during suspension sag (usually 25-30% of stroke). Lower bottom bracket - lower center of gravity. Additionally, the Enduro has 155mm of suspension travel, where the Remedy has 140mm. The Remedy is by no means a bad bike, in fact Trek makes great bikes if you like their suspension characteristics. I personally prefer a FSR and have found that Specialized makes stiffer frames. It all depends on how aggressive you are going to be riding. If you are a truly aggressive rider who is looking to maximize downhill ability then the Enduro (more travel, shorter chainstays) is going to be great. If you are moderately aggressive and wouldn't mind trading 9.7% of your travel for slightly more small bump compliance, then I would look at the Remedy. Last, don't forget about the Stumpjumper EVO 29. That is arguably one of the best reviewed and most loved bikes on the market today and it shares similar features/travel as the Remedy.

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Added a comment about photo First Look: All-New Trek Remedy 9 29 5/21/2013 2:16 PM
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Again, my only point here is that this looks more like a slightly long legged, 29er Trail bike. That's my point. It's a rough equivalent to if Spesh had released the Stumpy EVO 29 and called it an Enduro. We would all be scratching our heads. The only real way for Spesh to make an all mountain bike, that hosts the advantages of a 29" platform, while minimizing the drawbacks (long wheel base, lack of being able to manual, not maneuverable, etc.) is to keep the chainstays short (which I would argue is actually a more modern approach given what the consumers are moving toward in nearly every category..low, slack, fast). The specialized Enduro 29 is unrivaled. It offers more travel than many 26" bikes fighting for a place in the All Mountain category. It also maintains aggressive angles, and keeps the bike tight and short. With advances in today's suspension technology (HSC, LSC, Rebound, etc) there is no reason to signficantly adjust spring rate bias for 1-2cm weighting issues. Additionally, I haven't heard anything other than glowing reviews for the bike. Going back to my initial post, I wondered out loud why anyone in the All-Mountain/Enduro family would choose this bike over and Enduro 29, if your intended purpose is truly Enduro style riding. I stand by that point and I haven't heard anything so far to disagree. 155mm of travel in a flickable 29er?!?! At 6'2", I've found my next steed.

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Added a comment about photo First Look: All-New Trek Remedy 9 29 5/21/2013 12:09 PM
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Also, spring rate stops being set on even ground as the steepness increases. No one sets an entry level spring rate in DH on flat ground. As you get faster you want a stiffer spring anyway.

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Added a comment about photo First Look: All-New Trek Remedy 9 29 5/21/2013 12:06 PM
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I'm not really sure why you are disagreeing with me here. It sounds like you are more of an XC/Trail kind of guy ( or at least arguing that perspective), which is great. My original point is that this is not an "all mountain/Enduro" bike. If trails are steeper, and you come from a DH background where an aggressive attack position is your preferred place on a bike and learning the nuance of front end braking is how you think of corners, then having the longer front end, slacker head angle and shorter chain stay is exactly what you want. I would argue that Spesh airs on this side of the formula in ALL categories, including with their Stumpy. The fact is, the Enduro is arguably the best bike in the industry for its intended purpose: Enduro/All mountain. This remedy looks and feels more like a long-legged trail bike, than a true all mountain steed. When I think all mountain, I don't think of a steep, even footed, 140mm bike. This remedy seems like a slightly LESS aggressive Stumpy EVO 29, than a competitor for an Enduro (as the Remedy line has been slated by Trek). Flat corners aren't as much of a concern as I like to attack steeps and rocky trails. Hence my choice of an Enduro instead of a Stumpy (both of which I have owned).

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Added a comment about photo First Look: All-New Trek Remedy 9 29 5/21/2013 7:22 AM
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That's the point. The Enduro 29 IS an apologist for the 26" rider who wants the benefits of a 29" rollover. As for "who wants such short chainstays with such a long front center?"....anyone who rides downhill? The very reason that the Enduro 29 is so fantastic for the world of Enduro is that it has that long raked feeling of a true 6.5 inch bike...but with a chainstay that makes manuals and other maneuvering easy, with a range of travel that leaves no compromises for descending, better rollover for small bumps and rocks, increased contact patches and a long-legged stability often found on more DH style rides. That's my gripe with calling this bike a "Remedy". The remedy is supposed to be an offering that confers these same benefits....the aggressive Enduro rider's bike. My point is that once again, Trek comes in compromising and airing on the side of a XC style ride/geo.

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