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Added a comment about feature First Look: 2015 FSA Mountain Bike Wheelsets 12/19/2014 1:12 PM
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Lucky for me the HR2 is my favorite tire so it works out. Preferably I'd like 25 rear 27front insides but I can't afford enve's and aluminum rims don't last for me and I really like having a 400g rim. Ive had good luck with the carbon ones I'm on. I've replaced a few rears but not as many as I would have if they were aluminum.

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Liked a comment on the item First Look: 2015 FSA Mountain Bike Wheelsets 12/19/2014 12:59 PM

I had similar impressions of the Minion 2.3 up front when mounted to the Ibis wheels, even in hero dirt conditions. More in the "Initial Impressions" section of this feature: http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/First-Look-All-New-2015-Ibis-Mojo-HD3,8344/Slideshow,0/bturman,109

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Added a comment about feature First Look: 2015 FSA Mountain Bike Wheelsets 12/19/2014 12:20 PM
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Funny comment from the Ibis guy on bike rumor..

Ibis’ own Scot Nicol recommends anything with a rounded profile using the example of a Maxxis Minion working well, but the High Roller not so much. He also mentioned Specialized tires since they are building in more tread wrap as well as the Bontrager X4, Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.25, Maxxis Ardent 2.25, and WTB Vigilante 2.3 and Trailboss 2.25.

I seriously don't understand how someone could ride that 2.3 minion and recommend it...

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Liked a comment on the item First Look: 2015 FSA Mountain Bike Wheelsets 12/19/2014 8:14 AM

Just to clarify you thought the Minion DHF 2.3 was no good on the Ibis 35mm rim up front? Ive been wondering about this same thing as it would seem that the Minion's side knobs would no longer be on the side and more on the top of the tire with those huge rims and would give you that...more

Added a comment about feature First Look: 2015 FSA Mountain Bike Wheelsets 12/19/2014 8:12 AM
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Yea minion 2.3 on a 30mm inside (not ibis they are the same rim as the specialized fatty) was completely unrideable for me in the front..That's why I know it wont work on a rim that's 5mm wider...it works well enough in the rear though but I usually run fast rolling rears without a lot tread though so I dont require allot of traction out back..kinda makes me wonder how people are raving about those ibis rims with minions mounted on them...I haven't raced for years but I would consider myself a fast expert/slow pro..if they still had semi pro that's what I'd race haha...Really anyone testing wheel/tire combos should be able to push them hard enough to notice something like that...thanks for the info on the butchers..I've never ran specialized tires, nor wanted to but I might have to try it sometime..

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Added a comment about feature First Look: 2015 FSA Mountain Bike Wheelsets 12/19/2014 6:29 AM
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While we are on the subject of wide rims...

I would really like to see you guys do a front tire test with a 30mm internal rim..something like the specialized traverse fatty sl...I had/have been running an HR2 2.4 up front and it works great. After reading a review of the ibis rims with Minion DHF 2.3's I picked up a pair. After mounting them I was a little wary being that the casing was literally wider than the tread but I figured the unnamed reviewer on the unnamed website knew what they were doing. Long story short it was pretty much unrideable as a front tire. It was great until you actually leaned your bike over....I washed the front end out 3 times in one descent on my favorite trail..one that I ride for months on end without a mistake. I've ended up running those minions in the rear (good thing I go through 13-14 rear tires a year) where they worked fine, but I've been hesitant to stray from the HR2's in 2.4 as a front now..Would be interested in seeing what else works well with a wide rim by someone who can actually corner hard. I see people running a Specialized butcher on the 30mm rims but I'm not sure if it's the 2.3 or the bigger sizes in DH casings??

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Added a comment about feature First Look: 2015 FSA Mountain Bike Wheelsets 12/19/2014 6:14 AM
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I would say that the market is moving towards a wider standard though. I don't even believe "super wide" to be best. I think a 27mm inside is about perfect. I do think a 21mm inside "enduro" set is going to be dismissed by allot of potential buyers on that merit alone. I think a 27mm inside front and a 25mm inside rear would be optimal.

Ill be going back to my 30mm inside next week will be interested to see if it was as good as I remembered..

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Added a comment about feature First Look: 2015 FSA Mountain Bike Wheelsets 12/18/2014 3:27 PM
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Really makes no sense to release a rim in 2014 thats 21mm inside..I had to run a 21 in the rear after running a 30 and it is definitely noticeable..it's managable in the rear but would not want to run such a narrow rim up front..

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: Bell Super 2R Helmet 12/17/2014 10:25 AM

Hi Wydopen. I will post some side shots this weekend on my Instagram: @monicosh.

Added a comment about product review Tested: Bell Super 2R Helmet 12/17/2014 10:03 AM
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Was really hoping for some side shots of someone wearing the helmet without goggles. I love my original Super and was going to replace it with one of these so I could at least have the option to run the chinbar but Bell's side view shots make it look hideous..I know that shouldnt be my main concern but if you are going to go fast you should look fast..I'd like to see some more pics..it looks good from some angles and awful from others..

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Added a comment about video World Cup Downhill and Dual from Durango, CO 2001, Alpha Project 12/13/2014 7:20 PM
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Fabien was/is so badass..

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Liked a comment on the item World Cup Downhill and Dual from Durango, CO 2001, Alpha Project 12/13/2014 7:20 PM

honestly this was way more entertaining than most videos now! So much fun to watch!

Added a comment about video Transcontinental Headliners 2 - Kaprun 1999 World Cup 12/11/2014 6:15 AM
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Definitely the glory days.....Im sure the pro's bank accounts would agree as well

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Liked a comment on the item Transcontinental Headliners 2 - Kaprun 1999 World Cup 12/11/2014 6:14 AM

Back then the sport was at it's best.

Liked a comment on the item Myles Rockwell and His 2000 Giant ATX oneDH from The Pro's Closet 12/11/2014 6:04 AM

haa music to my ears."greatest thing about this bike is it has a short rear end". Myles is no dwarf either

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Added a comment about press release 2015 Pro GRT Receives UCI Status, Will Be Broadcast 11/26/2014 12:35 PM
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Seriously...early 2000's and the roster for the pro class at a norba national could be interchangeable with any world cup...my expert class was 60 guys deep..semi pro and jrx was stacked as well...It's really a shame that it's fallen so far from that..

A good national series would be:
Mammoth
Schwitzer Mnt, Id
Deer Valley, Utah
Snowmass, Co
Snowshoe, WV

Big pro purses, have a vet pro class and have a dual slalom

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Liked a comment on the item 2015 Pro GRT Receives UCI Status, Will Be Broadcast 11/26/2014 12:33 PM

The NORBA series used to be as important as the World Cups. It's about time it came back to where it needs to be. With that said, neither the UCI and our current national cycling federation have really proven themselves of late. I hope all goes well for everybody, especially the...more

Liked a comment on the item High Heels and No Handlebars! Watch the Ballerina on the Golden Bicycle 11/17/2014 2:43 PM

Rad! Bicycle Boogie origins

Added a comment about video Mega Wad MTB Crash Action From 1993 11/12/2014 3:45 PM
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I dusted off a '95 rockhopper equipped with a rockshox fork, canit brakes, 110mm stem and 540mm bars with barends and I can tell you it was scary...I dont know if it was the 20year old panracer smokes or the fact that you might as well have been lying down on your stomach while riding but I can tell you that it doesn't resemble anything you would consider a mnt bike...I almost wadded myself riding through a field with a slight slope..I started riding in 2000 so by then things were pretty well sorted but the early to mid 90's bikes were sketchy

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