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Liked a comment on the item What a Difference 5 Years Makes in MTB 5/5/2015 2:19 AM

i remember when i was hoping to buy a trek 8000. didn't have enough money at the time, but looking at it now makes me nostalgic for high-posting steep singletrack on my aluminum 26" hardtail... good times.

after three years with a dropper post, i sometimes wonder what would happen if i tried to go...more

Liked a comment on the item What a Difference 5 Years Makes in MTB 5/5/2015 2:19 AM

i don't have anti-29 bias. i love the enduro 29. had a blast on it at whistler two summers ago. could barely tell i was on a big wheel and enjoyed how the braking bumps didn't feel quite as gross on the bigger wheels. anti fat bike bias? i just hope i can get on the stache without a step stool haha

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Fezzari Timp Peak X01 4/30/2015 9:40 AM

the high bb thing almost makes one wonder if the bike was originally designed to be a 130/140mm bike, then marketing got involved and said "we must have a long travel carbon enduro bike! i know, let's just put a longer shock in there."

then all the engineers secretly shook their heads...more

Liked a comment on the item Tested: T.H.E. Maxi Guards 4/30/2015 9:19 AM

Thanks, Veach.

You'll be interested in these links, which discuss the performance of SAS-TEC in a lab setting:

- http://www.teizms.com/blog/2011/12/08/why-sas-tec-is-the-best-amor-for-motorcycle-gear/
- ...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Cannondale Jekyll Carbon Team 4/30/2015 9:13 AM

Honestly, we found the rear shock of the Jekyll challenging (mentioned in the review), and a number of times we had issues with the rear suspension, despite following the more involved setup procedure precisely. At one point the issue presented itself after adjusting the...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Canyon Strive CF 9.0 Race 4/30/2015 9:08 AM

Volume reducers typically only impact the final bit of the spring curve, so it's unlikely that the addition of a few volume spacers would change your pressure at sag much. The Debonair can maxes out at 350psi, so it should still work for you just fine. You may find yourself...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Canyon Strive CF 9.0 Race 4/30/2015 9:07 AM

We have a Strive CF here at our Colorado offices, agree, amazingly fun bike!

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Canyon Strive CF 9.0 Race 4/30/2015 9:06 AM

While Vital's viewership is strongest in the US, a sizable portion of our readers are in other parts of the world. Also, Canyon may come to the US in the future.

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 4/30/2015 8:36 AM

dead rear brake on a super fast chunky descent = priceless.

- CG

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 4/30/2015 8:35 AM

No, the frame is dented. Too. So I have a dented frame and a new brake hose.

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 4/30/2015 8:35 AM

A big rock flew off my front tire and saw bladed my brake hose clean in half. New brake hose = $50. I'd say it's a valid complaint.

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 4/30/2015 8:34 AM

ive never been in a car crash so i dont need a seat belt

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 4/30/2015 8:34 AM

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 4/30/2015 8:33 AM

I agree with Kellen1230... What is the problem?

You want a source that shows the RC is the same as the RCT3? Go take them both apart...

Damping: They both have the exact same low speed compression adjustment (Different knobs), except the RCT3 has 3 position compression...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 4/30/2015 8:32 AM

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...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon X01 4/30/2015 8:05 AM

Bturman is correct. I did have a Nomad that I bought, and rode for months. I sold it because I preferred something else. The ability to give high praise for a bike that wasn't exactly what I wanted should reinforce the idea of unbiased reviews. Star rating aside, there are...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon X01 4/30/2015 8:03 AM

Cheers for voicing your concern. Part of the reason why we have multiple testers ride each bike is so that a system of checks and balances is in place, preventing scenarios like the one you mention. In this case I personally verified the statements written above by Steve, the...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Pivot Mach 6 Carbon X01 4/30/2015 7:40 AM

The head angle change does have to do with the wheelbase, but more specifically, the front center measurement. Even for larger riders, if this measurement pushes too far out, the bike will have more of a tendency to push or flop so depending on the bike model and the amount that...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 4/30/2015 6:45 AM

For reference, here's the previous review TRex mentions: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Mondraker/Foxy-XR,11747

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 4/30/2015 6:11 AM

Changing standards and trends are a non-issue if you follow the formula I outlined; you are current with every standard because you have a new bike every year. I'm not saying upgrade your components every year, I am saying upgrade your entire bike every year.