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Added a comment about slideshow The 2014 Enduro World Series Kicks Off in Chile 4/18/2014 3:54 PM
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that looks amazing, so jealous!

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Added a comment about slideshow Game Changer: Introducing the YT Capra 3/2/2014 2:18 PM
C138_capraanew

after getting my new process 153 i was really unpset to see how good this bike looks for the price! now Ive seen that the reach is so much shorter Im not so bothered !
Kona have nailed the geometry

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Added a comment about slideshow Game Changer: Introducing the YT Capra 3/2/2014 2:17 PM
C138_capraanew

the top line spec is 400 euro the cheaper version with a killer spec pikes etc- more reliable than bos is 1000 euros less!

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Liked a comment on the item Game Changer: Introducing the YT Capra 3/2/2014 2:16 PM

The quoted prices are including 19% German VAT, so 3360/$4650 without VAT for the top model

Liked a comment on the item Forget the Pack - The Story Behind Specialized SWAT Apparel 2/20/2014 7:57 AM

So a spare tube, chain popper, and mini tool set inside a small seat pouch and on your back snacks and a water bottle. Sounds cool. Only problem is:

1 water bottle isn't enough for me. Especially on longer hotter rides. The other problem is crashing and landing on your back....more

Liked a comment on the item Forget the Pack - The Story Behind Specialized SWAT Apparel 2/20/2014 7:57 AM

Tools / Water / Air / Tubes would have been a more interesting acronym.

This is nothing more than trying to create a solution to a problem that hardly exists. Bottles on bikes and packs on backs have been real and valid options, and in the pack's case, a very...more

Liked a comment on the item Forget the Pack - The Story Behind Specialized SWAT Apparel 2/20/2014 7:56 AM

Specialized inventing things that already exists

Look at that hidratation pack:
http://www.wiggle.es/rinonera-salomon-xt-twin-oi12/

And about the shorts, I think it have to be uncomfortable. It could be a better solution a short with pockets, if you need

Liked a comment on the item Forget the Pack - The Story Behind Specialized SWAT Apparel 2/20/2014 7:56 AM

So 2 jerseys is not hotter than one jersey and a pack?

Liked a comment on the item Forget the Pack - The Story Behind Specialized SWAT Apparel 2/20/2014 7:56 AM

Specialized now goes for patent on "jersey with pockets" then goes after every road company that has been making jerseys with 3 pockets on the back since the dawn of time...? Nice work.

Added a product review for 2014 Kona Process 153 Bike 2/6/2014 7:44 AM
C138_process_153

where have you been all my life!

Rating:

The Good: Geometry, Handling, Nice wide bars, Pikes, dropper post as standard,

The Bad: Bit wide at the rear, Cranks could be stiffer, monarch RT sealing not as good as fox, KS seatpost not great in mud

Overall:

Had the bike for 3 months now and every time I ride it just seems to get better!

My medium was 14.5kg with pedals and came with i25 rather than i23 rims as listed

The Bars are nice and wide clutch mech, brakes (with big discs) have worked impressively, grips are nice too, saddle is very comfy, the cranks are ok but they are flexy compared to the frame (can tell when I push on them by hand dont really notice when riding).

Wheels seem great if not the lightest, came already taped for tubeless so just had to add some fluid and valves, HR2 tyres are very grippy and tough, but a bit heavy and draggy on the climbs! They come up big but mud clearance is still reasonable.

The KS dropzone works very nicely, however the lever actuator under the seat has clogged up a few times on very gritty and muddy rides.

The Monarch RT isnt bad the lockout is more of a propedal and it helps on climbs, however after only a hundred km it had to go back for a service and SRAM said it was full of dirty water- never been jet washed but had ridden in a lot of very wet weather, hopefully just a failed seal or something.

The Pikes have been brilliant, needed both tokens to get them progressive enough but very stiff and sit in their travel very well, plush over the small stuff but handle big hits very well and dont dive under braking, the lockout works well but only need it on smooth climbs. (Fox will need to come up with something very good to beat these)

Bike rides really well, its not the fastest climber but not bad, less draggy tyres help a lot, the suspension helps you on technical climbs. Theres hardly any pedal feedback, the suspension feels firm until you need it and on descents it eats up everything. The geometry just works so well, giving loads of confidence hitting big stuff,drops and jumping and the bike feels massively stiff, you really notice it on corners, -it rails them so well. Its a fast bike. Ive done 50k xc epics and days at the bike park. The long top tube, tiny stem, wide bars look odd at first but the short stiff rear is so confidence inspiring just cant help but act like a hooligan every time you ride.

Since getting it Ive added a RF 30t narrow wide ring, hope m4 evo brakes and swapped the tyres out for something less draggy till I hit the alps in the summer! The wide chainstays need some taping up or they will scuff as well. Might look to some lighter wheels and replace the stock cassette with something lighter when it wears out, but even as standard its an excellent package.

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