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Added reply in a thread Help with axle sizes 12/19/2014 12:50 PM

It states the rear spacing in the listing: MTB hub spacing (O.L.D 135 x 10mm) So Hope makes a SS hub which is this here. I believe that would set you up. http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/us/en/hope-pro-2-evo-rear-hub-single-speed-trials/rp-prod113664 ... more »

Added reply in a thread Middle of the road, All around tubeless rim? 11/25/2014 1:23 PM

I've ridden both rims and can't say I feel a difference, Woody. It's nice the way the wider rims make the tires feel. Maybe you can find a good deal on the i25. They're lesser known than the Stan's. I stray away from Stan's now due to my destroying one ... more »

Added reply in a thread Middle of the road, All around tubeless rim? 11/25/2014 12:38 PM

Frequency i25's. Stronger than Stan's offerings and possibly cheaper. Might be a little bit more heavy but I have smashed mine around and barely a scratch. I have dented my Blunt rims much more easily.

Added a comment about video Most Intense Downhill Run Ever? Dan Atherton on Hardline 11/25/2014 11:34 AM

I want to see all the WC competitors run this one!
No Rachel??

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Added reply in a thread Filmers: FAA to Require a Pilot's License to Fly Drones? 11/24/2014 3:22 PM

I wish they would stop calling them drones in the first place. Second, I think this is a good thing. I've wrecked mine(luckily, in the woods) and it's not hard. People should have some semblance of responsibility when flying. Still...it's gonna make ... more »

Added a comment about feature WIN BIG! IXS MTB Pads Up For Grabs - Presented by Art's Cyclery 11/21/2014 8:57 AM

Damn. It's times like this I wish I had FB.

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Added a product review for Fox Racing Dirtpaw Gloves 11/20/2014 12:14 PM

Like slipping paws over your mitts


The Good: Fit, feel, value, bar feel, protection

The Bad: Trying to think of something....nope.


I previously had some super light Dakine gloves that detonated within a month. I will say I expect all Dakine products to detonate immediately after purchase. Sometimes you're in a bind and need something on the spot. I had tried these gloves on at the bike shop a couple times. We courted each other for a while. I was a little hesitant due to the cost but then I started comparing against others such as TLD. Once the Dakine's shat the bed after stitching them back together I decided to ask the Fox out on a date. She graciously accepted and a cheap $25 date later we had consummated something special. No frat pick up lines needed here.

Slipping them on it's like having some Italian shoes on your feet: sublime. They feel very soft on the inside in contrast to their rugged exterior. They are a little in your face with the branding and such. Nothing a Sharpie couldn't fix on some of the plastic bits. The fingers articulate very well and you can feel the bars pretty well through their relatively thick palms. You can feel the bars and your brake levers with a good bit of response. That's a sensation that's missing in some of the more padded/carbonized gloves out there.There's protection galore below and above. I would put these more to the Rubenesque side of gloves rather than waif. What's surprising is that for their thickness they seem to wick sweaty palms quite well. If one were to wreck(I NEVER do that...) they will protect your hands handsomely. You can continue on with your hand modeling job after the ride. There's plastic bits on the knuckles and top of the hand and the padding on the bottom is just right.

The velcro strap is usually a tricky affair. It seems to never hold well enough, holds well but catches on any bike clothing when undone or the strap is in the wrong place overall. Well, I'm happy to inform you that with these gloves the catch is on the underside and the velcro they used seems to have the magical power of staying stuck yet not catching on your clothing when undone. Not certain what brand they use for the fastener but more companies should take note.

The grip bits on the index and middle fingers also work great on touchscreen devices. No issues there. They also grip the brake levers. As for the gloves temperature I'm not able to speak out on super warm Phoenix days but in the NorthWet summers they were just fine. They never had my hands overheating or soaked through with sweat. It also doesn't get cold enough here to say how far down in temperature they would go but so far I've been wet in moderate temps with them and it wasn't noticeable at all. And that speaks volumes for a glove. I'd say it's a glove that I put on but that I don't notice. I can't think of much more to ask from such a consummation.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: GT Sanction Pro Frame 11/19/2014 10:34 AM

I agree, Jeff. It's always tough to take your perspective on a product and not consider who this might be aimed at as far as the marketing. Dyno tests and marketing blather can go on and on for days but unless you get it on the trail it's all talk.
It was interesting to see a review with a discussion about shock tune. Not many attack that one. It's such a finicky thing though. It's kind of like a saddle.
I have no interest in the frame, personally happy with my Range, but I like reading Vital's reviews to see what in depth information might come out of it. Who knows? You might learn something!

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Added a comment about product review Tested: GT Sanction Pro Frame 11/21/2014 12:00 AM

Wow. That was the most cohesive frame review I've ever come across! Kudos. Plus, I like that the writer took an approach more to the layman than what a pro would be seeking in a bike.

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Added reply in a thread Best aggressive all mountain frame 11/11/2014 11:42 AM

There's lots of good ones right now. Good time for this category. The Bronson is nice as is the Enduro. I own a Range and with a piggyback shock and a Pike it's capable of anything. There's also the Kona Process 153. YT and others if you live abroad.... ... more »

Added a product review for Fox Racing Sergeant Shorts 2011 11/10/2014 10:50 AM

Well cut but cotton??


The Good: Great fit, good cut, just baggy enough, length is nice, good liner

The Bad: Cotton fabric, crotch catches on seat, pockets are a bit deep


When I bought these I thought they were soft and supple and felt very nice. I mean, really, who doesn't like soft and supple, right? When I tried them on with the liner it seemed like they just fit right. These were gonna be summer shorts for when I wasn't wearing pads. The shorts are definitely on the long side. Think: modern day basketball shorts. They fit well on the waist though and were very comfortable. As a matter of fact, they were very comfortable on the first two hour ride with them including the liner. The crotch hung up on the seat a few times but I've learned to just deal with that over time with just about any short. The liner is very well made and doesn't use the strange tabs every other company uses that makes it all strange when you have to drop drawers. The chamois is well made and offers no chafing on the seams.

The short itself has a great cut and though the pockets are a bit long they aren't in the way unless full. Even when you have things in them they puff out instead of in and down. These are shorts you wouldn't feel out of place wearing in the bar. Relatively understated for Fox and seem like normal cargo shorts as they don't swish when you walk. Unfortunately, they're not the best for riding in the Northwest. I must have had a brain fart when I noted that they were primarily cotton. This is really a no-no. I rode these in the summer and they were sweat soaked and didn't dry out quickly. These wouldn't be the shorts to take on a road trip. You likely wouldn't be wearing them the next day. If they were made with some sort of soft polyester these would be great longer shorts.

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Liked a comment on the item Mangled Mongo - 2 Years Later, Sven Martin Fixes his Broken Arm 11/6/2014 11:26 AM

Yeah we all wanted to be like Cab. No one wanted to be McGill.
Xyian those were the NTS air walks (not the same) asymmetrical like the shimano DX shoes now. Ever slick. Lol probably the year is early '93

Added a comment about feature Mangled Mongo - 2 Years Later, Sven Martin Fixes his Broken Arm 11/5/2014 11:31 AM

AGGGGHHHHH! Airwalk Velocity shoes in the 90's photo! I HATED those damn shoes! I bet that's an everslick board as well...

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Added a comment about feature Mangled Mongo - 2 Years Later, Sven Martin Fixes his Broken Arm 11/5/2014 11:28 AM

Hope both of you are feeling better. Robert is right about two things: ICE and getting off the hydrocodone. I started using arnica montana and Symphytum officinale from Whole Foods. I then started to feel less like pain was being masked and more like things were healing. Then I was just using Tylenol to deal with some of the pain. That and eating well has made the bone heal very well. The muscle is taking a lot longer.

Good luck and find things to do! I certainly know that I went stir crazy laying around for two months. It's never fun.

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Liked a bike check Norco Sight Carbon Custom build 11/4/2014 9:02 AM
Liked a comment on the item We Rode the FOX Pros' Bikes, Prototypes and All - Enduro Edition 10/18/2014 9:48 AM

So cool to hear the fast guys talk about their setups, at the end of the day they are just like the rest of us, find a setup they like and feel fast on then leave it, except their idea of fast and ours are a world apart

Added reply in a thread Should the World Cup Downhill season have more races? 10/15/2014 1:58 PM

Interesting. I would have thought it was too costly and too much of a headache to drag a team all over the world all year. Seems like it's the bureaucracy(surprise, surprise) who is causing the majority of the bottleneck in the situation. It has to be ... more »

Added a comment about video Winning with Team Robot 10/8/2014 10:13 AM

Hmm. I recognize some of this as the Sandy Clam. I wonder where some of the other trails lie.

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Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 10/7/2014 9:26 AM

Good for Danny! At this point the man should get PAID.

Liked a comment on the item 2014 Red Bull Rampage Results, Andreu Lacondeguy Victorious 9/30/2014 5:45 AM

I go to mountain bike news sites and then get mad when I see mountain bike news there.