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Liked a comment about video Vital RAW - Eddie Masters // Reece Potter // Skyline MTB Park Madness 2/27/2015 10:11 AM

This is what all those free-ride-flickers think (wish) they look like ripping corners

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Liked a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Orange Alpine 160 RS 2/26/2015 8:46 AM

"the ideal rear suspension feel was never achieved"

I think that's why it wasn't rated that highly. Pretty important for a full suspension bike.

The welds and chain slap were just a tiny part of the review. The suspension was the main part. On a full suspension bike, if the rear suspension isn't able to work really well, on a variety of terrain, on a $6000 bike, then it is not good. Seems pretty simple to me.

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Liked a comment about slideshow THE TROY BROSNAN INTERVIEW 2/18/2015 2:38 PM

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Liked a comment about slideshow DOWNHILL VS ENDURO - Race Report from the RockShox Enduro Challenge 2/2/2015 9:39 PM

Due to the nature of photographing Enduro, you can really only chase the top men. If you hang around to wait for the women, then you would probably only get two goes at each and miss the finish. I would have loved to get more women's stuff. The very little I did get gets taken up with other photo commitments. It ate at me so much that I couldn't cover it, but the images just weren't there.

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Liked a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Trek Slash 9.8 Carbon 27.5 1/25/2015 9:34 AM

Sooo... you're upset that the Pivot March 6 -- a brand you are passionately loyal to -- got a 3.5 star review while the Trek Slash got a 4 star review? You do realize that's only a half a star difference, right? And it's not like either got a "OMG, perfect 10/10 will-buy-again" score that would naturally invite skepticism. Talk about being critical.

Point is: if you are so happy with your Mach 6, why do you even care how the Slash or even Mach 6 scored? You already found the secret sauce that you love the taste of, why even care what the other cooks are stirring up?

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Liked a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Trek Slash 9.8 Carbon 27.5 1/25/2015 9:32 AM

Cheers for the critique, SDMTB'er.

I assure you that there are no biases toward the big boys vs the little guys. Vital has featured many very positive reviews of boutique brands, advertiser or not, including a handful of bikes made by Pivot.

There are a few distinctions that you should be aware of between the reviews. For starters, the Trek was reviewed by our 6'2" and 6'5" tall riders (as is clearly stated). The Pivot by our 5'8" and 5'10" testers. We do our best to tell you about each of the test riders in detail, something you won't find many other places. We list their height, weight, riding styles, and more. All so that you can better determine whether their experiences might mimic your own.

To clarify, regardless of the stem you put on a bike, the Reach measurement does not change. It's the horizontal distance between the center of the BB and the center of the top of the headtube. The size Large Pivot is very short - it's actually shorter than all 15 other men's bikes in our Test Sessions roundup, several of which are Mediums. The Trek has a much longer front center, somewhere near the top when comparing it to similarly sized bikes in the 160mm travel range.

Our testers will swap cockpit components as needed to improve the fit/feel of the bike, but also comment on the stock setup as well. Some bikes ride terribly with the stock stuff and are greatly improved with a wider/shorter combo. Others work well. For the tall guys, Trek's 750mm bar is far from ideal, and the 70mm stem doesn't quite align with the bike's capabilities. For the average height guys, Pivot's 755mm bar worked just fine, as did the slightly shorter 60mm stem. This is stated in both reviews. The M6 is a great bike in many respects, and we clearly describe where it excels.

Our ratings consider many factors, including value, price, build spec, geometry, weight, construction, how it climbs, how it descends, how it sprints, how it pumps, how it jumps, how the suspension performs, where it excels, where it doesn't, the little details, etc... The list is pretty exhaustive actually.

While it's easy to say that a bike review should just focus on the frame, there is so much more to how a bike rides than that. The suspension, tires, wheels, etc all come into play in a big way. Some companies do a great job with their builds, others overlook minor details that can end up having a big impact on the ride quality. If you're spending your money on it, don't you wan't to know how those things perform? In an ideal world we'd test all bikes with the exact same components and tire pressures, but that's just not how they're sold. They're each a sum of their parts, for better or worse.

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Liked a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Trek Slash 9.8 Carbon 27.5 1/25/2015 9:30 AM

"Every" review on Vital? Sure about that? The Slash truly does shine as an all around ripper in its class, and it climbs far better than the head angle would lead most to believe. That's why those specific statements are included in this particular review.

I encourage you to read it again. There are several comparisons to the pre-2014 Slash and 2014 aluminum Slash. You're not going to find a direct comparison to other bikes (this isn't a shootout), however, but clear qualitative statements about how the bike handles many types of situations are in the review.

We'll consider comparisons to other popular bikes in future reviews.

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Liked a comment about video How To Print Your Own Mountain Bike 1/22/2015 3:09 PM

So all the high tech FEA analysis, aerospace autoclaves and the rest of it is all bullshit? Just print a mold and lay it up with prepreg . Fiber orientation be damned?
I'm gonna build me one right now. Yeti has been ripping me off.

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Liked a comment about feature First Look: 2015 Kali Maya Helmet 1/20/2015 8:30 AM

Oh, so you've seen it in person?

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Liked a comment about feature How To: Connect Your Dropper Post to a Shimano or SRAM Front Shifter 1/15/2015 3:55 PM

I'm partial to the Siri version.

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Liked a comment about photo 2015 Specialized Rumor Expert EVO 1/7/2015 12:14 PM

Two options: the solo stick-prop with a little post-processing stick removal, or the hold-release-click-catch technique with a friend. Probably the latter for these.

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