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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 9:22 AM

Great question. I believe he's referring to the higher amount of trail feedback the bike provides. You've got to be ready to hang on in some instances! But boy is it good when you do.

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 9:22 AM

I do have a question though, At 21:20, What did Steve mean by saying that the Spez Enduro was the hardest to ride well?

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 9:20 AM

Good question. Both the Transition and Orbea displayed similar handling traits with excellent calm cornering manners, but only in the slackest setting on the Orbea. Interestingly, the Orbea was launched with a larger offset and then they switched to the shorter one later on.

Be aware that...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 9:19 AM

I love the suggestion someone made of doing the comparison you all did, which is great, and then trying to standardize throw away components (e.g. tires). I hate magazine reviews of bikes that say how awesome some bike is because it came with XYZ tires. Everyone will eventually burn through a...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 9:19 AM

How all reviews should be done. This is the new bar. Awesome.

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 9:18 AM

Just curious. Which two bikes would you say were the most opposite of eachother? Trek and the evil?

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 9:18 AM

I know both Brandon and Steve can rip on just about any bike, but I'd be curious to to see a 'base line' time put down on their own personal bikes (even if they don't necessarily fit the spec of the bikes on test). The actual brand/spec could remain anonymous, just give the wheel size/travel...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 9:14 AM

This is one of the best reviews I have read online or in-print. Well done Vital! Thanks for continuing to bring original content. Look forward to more.

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 9:11 AM

@bturman With all the talk on keeping the tires consistent to improve the testing, if you were to go that route which tires would you set as the standard?

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 9:10 AM

Man, this was the best bike review/round up I've ever seen. My only critique for next time is to have more test riders with varying body types, like a tall rider, a 'racer' vs someone with more of a 'freerider', etc

Liked a comment on the item Tested: 2018 Devinci Spartan Carbon X01 Eagle 2/13/2018 8:07 AM

That paint job!
Slight grumble - why the adjustable bb height?
Surely everyone just runs low.
Adjustable chainstay length would be much more usable

Liked a comment on the item We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 2/11/2018 6:17 AM

It was enjoyably informative, love stuff like this. I would have liked a side by side visual of the shocks as he rode down the trail.

Liked a comment on the item We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 2/11/2018 6:08 AM

Someone smarter than me wrote that the spring controls the mass while the damping controls the spring.

Liked a comment on the item We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 2/11/2018 5:44 AM

An ignorant question, but i wonder why we don't see progressive coil springs on mountain bikes. I used them almost exclusively in automotive applications (although I certainly wasn't as in tune to my suspension then as I am with my mtb), and it appears they exist in the moto world.

Liked a comment on the item We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 2/11/2018 5:43 AM

Do you also get angry at people that use the word "count" because it is very close to another offensive word? What about deck?

Do you refuse to utter the name of the country Niger?

Liked a comment on the item We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 2/11/2018 5:42 AM

The words niggle and niggard are from a completely different origin than the "N word" and have nothing to do with it at all. ripnshread is just an idiot tripping over himself trying to get offended.

Liked a comment on the item We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 2/11/2018 5:39 AM

No real feel for which one might have been faster, that trail is short and any difference would be hard to attribute to the shock, with so many opportunities to screw up the riding along the way. smile I think that if your runs include any kind of pedaling and/or twisty awkward turns that are hard to...more

Liked a comment on the item We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 2/11/2018 5:38 AM

Excellent article. I know you didn't do timed runs, but any idea which was actually faster? I "feel" faster on my air shock but can't tell if it's because the coil is just so much quieter and controlled that it feels slower. Would love to be able to compare times to see... thanks!

Liked a comment on the item We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 2/11/2018 4:59 AM

By choosing a coil spring that gives the same bottom out force as the air spring, you are in fact choosing to run much less sag, thus also affecting your ride height and the bike's handling characteristics (to a degree). This may be good or bad, depending on your preferences and riding style.

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Liked a comment on the item We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 2/11/2018 4:56 AM

Nice article.

However I may have some question/criticism, mostly related to the spring rate you chose. On the video you are bottoming out with the coil on what seems to be a pretty small feature. Now this match the graph you are showing, but I believe the (coil )spring rate should be higher....more