Liked a comment on the item Beno's Zerode G27.5 2/17/2017 10:16 AM

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Added a comment about video JEFFSY 27 - Size Doesn't Matter 2/15/2017 8:21 AM
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Interesting take on the long-travel trail bike. The more nimble angles will be a boon for those of us who ride rugged terrain and a lot of tech climbs but don't approach speeds much over 30mph on our local rides' descents. Good to see a toned down edit with fun riding - the initial drop in on that slab looks sketchyyyyy.

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Added a comment about press release Out of the Box with Connor Fearon and the Kona Hei Hei Trail 2/15/2017 8:13 AM
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Funny story: When I saw the Jeffsy 27.5 release, I thought it would be like this...which it is not.
Kona gets it. The move to expand the "super aggro enduro race beast for the consumer" has been a little misguided in my opinion, as most people would be perfectly well-off with a general issue 140-150mm, 67 +/- HA bike with proper reach and stack. Looking through the geo chart on this bike, I can't help but smile to myself, because this is actually what they've done. Rad.
Also, this was 100% the video I needed to see today; Dark mood averted.

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Added a comment about feature Aaron Gwin's Signature Onza Tire Is More Than Just a Look-alike 2/14/2017 8:01 PM
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...that tire looks like it'd be pretty damn awesome.

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Added a comment about feature Aaron Gwin's Signature Onza Tire Is More Than Just a Look-alike 2/14/2017 8:01 PM
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It's like in Alpine ski racing when a skier can feel the difference in 1 or .5 degree change in their edge camber.
Minnaar is legendarily fastidious with his setups, from tire psi to suspension, just ask Jordi Cortez. Brandon Semenuk too, with bike geo - there's a story about how he said something was 'off' with a brand new build, SRAM tech measured it, and the fork was 5mm too low.
Tire pressure is no different as Spomer points out, as it will be the same on a relative scale when testing under consistent conditions. Niki Lauda, the great F1 driver was just as meticulous with his cars. When people are the top competitors in their sport, it's because they can not only perform better, but also because they are in tune with themselves and their equipment in ways a lot of us can't/won't understand.

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Added a comment about video Sam Pilgrim: Trials 2/14/2017 7:41 PM
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The commentary was solidly on point!

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Added reply in a thread 2017 Racing Rumors 2/14/2017 4:47 PM

What's GT got up its sleeve for 2017?
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Team RuuuUUUUMMMMOOOOOOo OOoOo MY GOD WHAT THE F_____________________!!!!! So, Australia continues to amazing with its levels of "NFG" critters that will ruin your day.
Added a comment about feature Aaron Gwin's Signature Onza Tire Is More Than Just a Look-alike 2/14/2017 3:02 PM
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That's pretty wild that Gwin is knowledgeable enough about tires to basically mock this up on a napkin and have it come to life in nearly the original form. I've always thought tire design was a really overlooked aspect of the industry, and the more I learn, the more I marvel at it!

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Added reply in a thread 2017 Racing Rumors 2/11/2017 9:56 PM

Many things to comment on, but I want to dredge it back up: how ridiculous is that new Norco going to be? Those lads are going to be charrrrrging on that thing. It's a Zerode G2 without a gearbox. I think the shake ups of riders is going to lead to some ... more ยป

Added a comment about feature Bike of the Month: Sideshow's Zerode Taniwha 2/11/2017 9:41 PM
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Update: 36lbs or 16.86kgs
Bear in mind I weight between 215-218lbs or ~98kgs, so to me, this doesn't matter.
Inertia is your friend when riding, and I've got alllll of it! hahaha

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Added a comment about video Pre-season Testing Ohlins Suspension on an Enduro 29 with Curtis Keene 2/11/2017 11:53 AM
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Whoever says, "Yeah, but air is lighter..." doesn't get it. Coil just works better (more consistently as Curtis said) and is more reliable. This is wicked. How about a 27.5 non-plus guys?

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Added a comment about video DarkFEST - Week 3: Shaping Up 2/9/2017 7:03 AM
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It's interesting to see/hear the difference in riding styles at these events. Aggy's, Sorge's, Vink's, and Makken's were all unpresidently huge, but then they come out to Dark Fest which is like a super-sized DJ set (versus the more "traditional" freeride monster gaps which look more like backcountry ski/snowboard booters) and they are totally blown away with it. I think it's so cool that there is even such strong variance among this group of riders.

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Added a comment about video Return To The Glory Days 2/8/2017 11:18 AM
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This did not disappoint!

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Added a comment to Thadeus's bike check 2/8/2017 10:22 AM
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If Mad Max had a DH bike - rad!

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Liked a comment on the item Bike of the Month: Sideshow's Zerode Taniwha 2/7/2017 6:18 PM

Truth
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Added a comment about video 10 Year Old Erice Shredding Her MTB 2/7/2017 12:06 PM
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This is so impressive on so many levels.

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Added a comment to Folken's bike check 2/6/2017 6:43 PM
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Spot on. I'll have to look for that. If it comes to mind and you have the time, it'd be really cool/helpful to see a close up photo of the set up. I'm going to do the same thing, I'm just trying to figure out how it all goes together.

*Edit: found the article with the photos. Helps a bit!

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Liked a comment on the item Bike of the Month: Sideshow's Zerode Taniwha 2/6/2017 9:08 AM

For me, right after its built I choose to 'forget' the cost as well.

Every build is different, there are so many variables that the total cost of this is not important. As you rightly said, a ballpark figure can be easily worked out for someone eager to replicate or build something similar for...more

Added a comment about feature Bike of the Month: Sideshow's Zerode Taniwha 2/6/2017 9:07 AM
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Encouraging to hear that! I was hoping this was the case. Being snowed in here in the North East hasn't been conducive for actually getting to experience this bike properly. I was only writing about initial impressions, and I am thrill to hear from someone with time on the bike that what I describe was of little to no concern out on the trail. Hope you're shredding a few extra corners for us still surrounded by snow!

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