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Added a comment about photo The Rat's Out of the Bag! New 27.5 Santa Cruz V10 Carbon Unveiled 7/30/2014 2:47 PM
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I liked the fat bike version more.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: Radical New 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo Carbon 7/29/2014 12:10 PM
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The 12X135 axle is a new/old ploy for a new/old standard to force all of us to up/downgrade our current bikes and then be dicks to the sucker 12X150 hold outs. #12X150ISDEAD #GETWITHTHETIMES

Next we'll see them go back to 26" wheels to save weight.

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Added a comment about photo Marzocchi-Equipped GT Fury 7/4/2014 4:11 PM
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That fork looks great!

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Added a comment about product review The Nomad new but not quite there. 6/30/2014 3:19 PM
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Yeah it's interesting because when I was in line i thought the XL was the L. I'm 6'0" on the dot so usually larges fit the bill. I think of the reach was a bit longer the bike wouldn't feel so tall either. I hate to say it but I wouldn't mind trying it with a 50mm stem. I think then it'd be closer to my Rune's reach.

Mostly though I chalk the bad ride characteristics of the bike to the fork and shock. I want to try it again but with a different set up.

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Added a product review for 2015 Santa Cruz X01 AM 27.5" Nomad Carbon Bike 6/29/2014 5:26 PM
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The Nomad new but not quite there.

Rating:

The Good: Doesn't wander around going up

The Bad: Short TT // Feels tall // Deflects // Not so great turning

Overall:

I was pretty pumped to ride the new Nomad today. Did I like it?

I took a Large demo with a 160mm 34 CTD, Monarch Plus, Shimano 1X10 and XT Trail. Blue & Magenta. The dude set the suspension up for weight and I was off.

The fit was interesting. It felt very short for a large, similar to the Bronson, and taller than expected.

The climb up the road was good. The bike is light and pedaled real well. The front end didn't wander around which was nice given the fork was at 160mm and the frame has a 65HTa.

The descent into Upper Hide & Seek was interesting. The first turn felt gyroscopic and reminded me of a 29'er. The short feel of the frame made me feel like I was way over the front end. When it got rough the bike started to deflect and was very skittish. I checked the tire pressure it was high so I dropped the weight down. The bike now gripped better but still felt terrible when it was rough. This made me start braking earlier into turns and other obstacles which made me feel like I went through slower than usual. Rolling on smooth, fast, straight sections felt great. The bike carried speed well and slowed quickly when braking.

At Lower Hide & Seek I switched with my buddy Dennis and tried the Tallboy LT 29'er with a 140 32 (i think) Enve hoops, narrow Easton flat bar and Shimano group.

The bike felt instantly more plush and was great on flowy trail and was very lively on the fast bermed turns. Tight berms felt great for a big wheeler too. The bike was moderately snappy. Jumping it felt pretty good, with the exception of the fork topping out. I would set the component spec on the Tallboy up differently but I overall it was good.

Back on the Nomad for the last bit of trail I double checked the shock and fork pressure given how much the bike was deflecting. The pressure was more than I would normally run so I let some air out and went down the trail to the lot. The bike still jumped around a lot and felt like I was turning a cardboard box but wasn't as bad as before.

I think SC had good intentions with the Nomad but the just missed the mark on a few things. Lengthening the front triangle would feel better and dropping the BB a bit wouldn't hurt. It might make the bike feel less tall and compact.

Fix those and put a vivid air and a better fork and we would likely fix some of my gripes. I still need to get a handle on 650b wheels. I've been on 3 bikes sporting the wheel size and I haven't really felt the advantages beyond some advantage climbing. On Descents I've felt a bit more stability at speed and over rough obstacles but not much. Turning this wheel size feels way more like a wagon wheel than anything else. The verdict is still out but so far 26 is may more fun for me. I think I need to try 650b on my bike for a final say.

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Added a comment about feature Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB Leogang, Austria World Cup 6/14/2014 9:57 AM
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Sorry Loic. Don't mind that i spelled your first and last name wrong. I chalk it up to my fat thumbs.

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Added a comment about feature Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB Leogang, Austria World Cup 6/14/2014 9:54 AM
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Louc Bruno: 3:19.67
Manon Carpenter: 3:42.39

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Added a comment about feature Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB 2014 Fort William World Cup 6/7/2014 6:21 PM
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Josh Bryceland 4:38.21
Rachel Atherton 5:05.56

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Added a comment about photo Fort William PIT BITS - Devinci Wilson 27.5 for Steve Smith and Nick Beer 6/6/2014 8:37 PM
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Added a comment about photo Fort William PIT BITS - Devinci Wilson 27.5 for Steve Smith and Nick Beer 6/6/2014 3:54 PM
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Added a comment about video Rémy Métailler's Winning Run at the Mexican DH Champs 6/2/2014 3:00 PM
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Aww off-camber tech. That track looks world cup worthy.

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Added reply in a thread Online vs. Bike Shops - Inevitable Change? 5/29/2014 7:21 AM

Shops make squat on bikes. Service is the primary source of revenue with accessories, clothing etc pulling up the rear. I think shops have a very unique opportunity to become highly specialized with their service with a super wide range of parts in stock ... more »

Added reply in a thread So this exists... 5/27/2014 8:26 PM

Needz tank treadz

Updated bike check Banshee Darkside 5/22/2014 7:14 AM
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Updated bike check Banshee Darkside 5/22/2014 7:14 AM
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Added reply in a thread "Small differences, looming large" and the perceived increasing cost of MTB 5/21/2014 12:31 PM

i feel like the high end prices are justified (even if I don't like them). MTB products are one of the few things you buy knowing it'll be abused and probably neglected but we still expect it to perform flawlessly. I mean look at our bikes.. they're ... more »

Liked a comment on the item Thomas Vanderham and Andreu Lacondeguy in Orbit at Aggy's Reunion 5/16/2014 8:48 PM

good lord that gets big quick.

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Added a comment about feature Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB 2014 Cairns World Cup 4/24/2014 8:30 PM
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Aaron Gwin: 4:14.56
Rachel Atherton: 5:09.98

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