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Entertaining list boys except for the EBIKE mention. No, no, and no. They belong on Vitalmx.com because they are motorized...I like my trails accessible and open for the forseeable future thank you.

Plus I don't feel like seeing some jabroni with a "dad-bod" (because he rides his E-bike once a week instead of working for proper fitness) out stealing KOMs from hard-working cyclists.

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Added reply in a thread Sea Otter is having an e-MTB race 11/7/2015 8:44 AM

There are many useful and fun applications for ebikes. Of all of the possibilities, mountain bike racing them is the absolute highest tier of asininity. In fact, I can't even come up with a more absurd metaphor. Truly highest tier. Go Ebike race road ... more ยป

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Added a comment about photo The Intense Uzzi Has Been Reissued 9/17/2015 6:55 PM
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Can I get this with an air shock with a climb switch please? Frame weight around 7lbs and I will buy tomorrow. The geometry looks absolutely perfect.

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Thanks for once again spoiling the results with your headlines before I get to watch the World Champs.

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Added a comment about feature WINNER TAKES ALL - Vital OTB Val di Sole, Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain 8/21/2015 7:53 PM
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Added a comment about slideshow It's Electric! The 27.5+ Specialized Turbo Levo 7/7/2015 9:57 PM
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It only sounds dumb if you fail to properly comprehend what is being stated. Bikes with motors absolutely will threaten trail access. Period. It does not matter whether they are going up or down. Everyone here fully understands how they work so there is no need to explain.

When people shuttle, they are not driving motorized vehicles up a bike trail so trail access in that manner is not threatened. Do I think shuttling is lame? Yup. But between the places I have lived out west and in New England, the shuttle-optional trails have yet to affect the trail access one way or the other.

This is about motorized bikes versus non-motorized. They are far and away different from one another. Cycling is purely human powered. Simple.

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NO.

It is, by definition, a different "sport" when there is any sort of alternate power source. So please start a new site called VitalEbike and post these turds there.

This is a potentially damaging trend for trail access.

Earn your turns, find buddies to shuttle with, or pay for a lift ticket. Do NOT ruin my trail access with a motored vehicle.

These things should all be painted "Scarlet Yellow" so we can spot the dopes buying these to go poach non-motorized trails with a motor.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: Easton Heist 30 Wheelset 5/1/2015 8:08 PM
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Ryde (formerly Rigida) is offering similar rims to the Easton ARC but also for 26 inch. The widest offering is 29mm inner width and there are a couple slimmer options.

I hope they make it to the US since they are out of the Netherlands and soon.

They were at Sea Otter and only Dirt Rag gave them press.

No I do not work for them or dirtrag, I just want companies that continue to support 26" to flourish.

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For the record, throwing gas on the fire is entertaining in some twisted way.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: The Biggest Dinner Plate Yet - OneUp Introduces 45 Tooth Sprocket for Shimano Cassettes 4/28/2015 10:36 AM
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You are optimizing the hilarity of my point. You just proposed $1k+ worth of parts to save maybe a half pound and a have a smaller gear spread and less reliability due to a bunch of alloy rings that wear far faster. If you are going for more simplicity, go get a rigid single speed but don't try to say that your fancy-pants 1X made your bike simpler. You just ditched a front derailleur and shifter which were probably the two most reliable and trouble-free parts that existed on your bike. Good work! Now your bike is simple.

You missed the enitre point. The XTR or XX1 parts you refer to are astronomically expensive so they are automatically out of the realm of concern for people with normal incomes. XT or X9 stuff is the realistic high water mark for most people replacing parts.

Yes 9-speed is hard to find now. But the humor is in the weights, prices and sizes of the cassettes going up and the durability of the materials going down especially for someone who remembers reading about how awesome Hyperdrive-C was. So if you do not remember, feel free to google it.

In 1995 I put and Englund oil cartridge in my Manitou 4 which I had also modified by cutting the top-out elastomers by 1/4" and adding and extra 1/4" to the elastomer stack thank you very much. I still had bushing overlap and 2-1/4" of elastomer travel. I was also first to own a Santa Cruz Heckler in the Northeastern US in 1996 and race XC with it back then with many people wondering what I was doing. I was running 35mm wide Blunt 35 rims two years ago, etc...

The point? I have always bought into new tech that makes a tangible improvement. But now things are changing for the sake of change, profit, boredom...who knows. It isn't making faster riders but it is making poorer ones.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: The Biggest Dinner Plate Yet - OneUp Introduces 45 Tooth Sprocket for Shimano Cassettes 4/28/2015 10:08 AM
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See weight breakdown below...the weights do add up to barely any savings for a smaller range of gears.

The free-market, you-don't-have-to-buy-it push-back against bitching has to stop. Because you will have to buy it just like the 26" rim and tire selection is already dwindling...the new wide Easton rims do not come in 26", Vittoria doesn't make any 26" Trail Casing tires anymore, Spank Subrosa rims in 26" have disappeared, etc. That is just off the top of my head.

These standards are moving too fast and support for the "old" standards is dropping just as fast as these fads came flying in.

When my rims finally break a bead or my fork bushings finally slop around too much I will not buy a whole new bike. But if I can't find a fork or rim that fits my "old" standard I won't have a choice. I refuse to buy a new bike every two or even three years and you shouldn't either. But you won't have a choice at this rate so you WILL have to buy it.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: The Biggest Dinner Plate Yet - OneUp Introduces 45 Tooth Sprocket for Shimano Cassettes 4/28/2015 9:54 AM
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XX1 and XTR are always light because they are $250+ for only a cassette...that doesn't account for anything applicable to the everyman that hasn't won the lottery. Drivetrains last far longer in CA than the UK, or New England, PNW etc. so your mileage will vary greatly compared to everyone outside of the arid portions of the US.

30T will never pedal to 30, let alone 40 without Roadrunner cartoon legs. At that point you are fighting the interia of your legs more than actually moving yourself forward. 30mph maybe with a 10t small cog but most of us still have an 11t small cog and it won't get any smaller without big bucks spent. Not worth it.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: The Biggest Dinner Plate Yet - OneUp Introduces 45 Tooth Sprocket for Shimano Cassettes 4/28/2015 9:36 AM
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I did not support 1x9 ever. I am no pedaling beast. 1x9 would ruin all my fun. My point is quite the opposite. Too many people buy into these beastly gearing options because it looks cool (my guess) but they aren't fit enough for it and have less fun and spend more money doing it.

The premise of all this new shit is what annoys me. All the geeking out over these expensive do-dads and nobody gets faster. In the case with some friends that tried 1X, they had less fun due to having to push steeps that were climbable and tossing chains during races or repeatedly broken MRP chainguides like I saw this year. And now I am seeing replacement 26" wheels and tires slowly disappearing as well as drivetrains getting heavier and more expensive for a given weight than my local riding allows. Many of us ride in mud or at least regularly moist conditions and alloy rings do not hold up when used as a primary. Alot of us want to actually ride, not push up hills that are steep enough the front tire is hard to keep down. And most of us would rather ride than have to work extra to pay for ridiculously expensive drivetrains (or new bikes compatible with brand new standards.)

To the comment regarding weight: XX1 and XTR are completely the exception and not the rule. Outside of doctors, lawyers and sponsored riders, nobody in their right mind would cough up $250+ just for a cassette. In all of all my riding and racing since 1994 I have personally known very, very few that actually ran XTR because it is too damn expensive for the every-man. Not to mention XD -driver hub expense...

Here are the weights of mortal-cost parts that people can actually afford to grind through the mud:
Shimano M770 9-speed cassette: 256g
Shimano M771 10-speed (widely used for 1x with addition of Wolf Tooth ring) 342g
Average front derailleur is 150-170g
Typical upper-only style chainguide is around 70g
XT front shifter 135g

You do the math, yes 2x will be very slightly heavier but the added range more than makes up for it.

Regarding frame stiffness...please. frames have been plenty stiff and durable for over a decade even before through-axle rear came full swing. My fatbike is rigid with 190mm rear wheel spacing and a massively-wide BB shell to clear 5" tires and has more side flex than any of my other bikes hardtail or full-suss. Frame design, material selection, thickness, and the multitude of front derailleur mounting options makes for miniscule limitations. As in: front derailleurs are barely in the way except for possibly tire clearance. Every single component between your pedals and the ground account for perceived stiffness and you are worried that a front derailleur is a main culprit? No sir.

Regarding 30+mph with a 30T up front. Seriously?. Try that on my 26" bike with an 11T smallest cog and instruct me on how I need to improve my pedaling to attain such speeds. I am seeing a comical flurry of wasted energy. Plus I occasionally want to go faster than 30 with minimal gravity assistance. What then?

Yes biking is fun. The real answer to speed and fun is to ride more and make zero excuses. No amount of bike parts will make you faster but plenty will make you have less fun and drain your $$.

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