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Added a comment about feature Meet Orbea's All-New 2022 Rallon 10/15/2021 5:30 AM
BHowell

We would have to let someone from the community chime in on that one. Vital has not had a chance to get the new Capra MX under a tester just yet.

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Added a comment about member blog Practice hits with Kyle Strait, 2021 Red Bull Rampage 10/15/2021 5:25 AM
BHowell

Thanks for making it!

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Added reply in a thread Shimano... Magura... Shigura Brake Setup 10/14/2021 7:10 AM

Wentz just shared this tidbit regarding the SRAM rotors as well: "I had only old rotors that were 180 sized, so since I downsized rotors it was all I had for the rear of the bike. I got a 200 front to match so it didn’t look weird with a centerline and ... more »

Added a comment about product review Tested - 2022 Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Alloy Elite 10/13/2021 6:40 AM
BHowell

There are a variety of reasons a PM may go with the red S over the blue S, reasons that are beyond exploring in this landscape. The most practical reason, and 100% speculative here, would be the more limited availability of Deore. I may be very much wrong, but you asked, and that is my best *guess*

I am a massive fan of Deore and would love to see it on many more bikes. The price is excellent and the performance is stellar. A Deore/Maz alloy EVO would be the cat's meow from a consumer perspective.

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Liked a comment on the item Tested - 2022 Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Alloy Elite 10/13/2021 6:36 AM

Hell yeah Don Burl!!!

Added a product review for Specialized Tactic Open Face Helmet 10/12/2021 7:33 AM
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Liked a comment on the item Santa Cruz, Cannondale, Schwinn, Mongoose, GT, Cervélo and More Will All Be Owned by Pon Holdings 10/11/2021 12:20 PM

may be the best response we've seen on these boards. hahahaha

Liked a comment on the item Santa Cruz, Cannondale, Schwinn, Mongoose, GT, Cervélo and More Will All Be Owned by Pon Holdings 10/11/2021 12:20 PM

A hipster? Really? I'm truly offended now

Added a new video Brook MacDonald, Eddie Masters, and Matt Walker Get Their E-Bike On 10/6/2021 8:48 AM

Eddie Masters and fellow New Zealand gravity pros Brook MacDonald and Matt Walker unlock a new level of fun with their Shimano EP8-equipped e-MTBs, and now they’re hooked.

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Liked a comment on the item Santa Cruz, Cannondale, Schwinn, Mongoose, GT, Cervélo and More Will All Be Owned by Pon Holdings 10/11/2021 7:48 AM

Huh? I don't follow the road side but every Santa Cruz I've thrown a leg over the last 3-4 years has been pretty damn good. Some of the best I've ever ridden.

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Liked a comment on the item Will Brandon Semenuk Run a Single-Crown at Rampage? One of Two Very Sick Builds 10/7/2021 12:26 PM

Did anyone else find this video oddly romantic?

Trek's All-New 2022 Top Fuel
Trek's All-New 2022 Top Fuel
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Added a new video Will Brandon Semenuk Run a Single-Crown at Rampage? One of Two Very Sick Builds 10/7/2021 7:19 AM

Brandon Semenuk's 2021 Red Bull Rampage build is the bike you'd expect a five-time Joyride and three-time Rampage champion to ride. With big travel and big trick potential, his custom 27.5 / 26 mulleted Trek Session is set up with a one-of-a-kind BlackBox AXS drivetrain, and a 190mm single crown RockShox Zeb Ultimate. Master mechanic, Sean Murphy, of Fluid Function in Squamish, B.C. assembled one of his two builds that he'll be traveling to Red Bull Rampage with, as he seeks an unprecedented fourth title. Frame: custom-built Trek Session 27.5" / 26" Mullet Derailleur: BlackBox XX1 Eagle AXS short cage Controller: SRAM AXS Cassette: SRAM X01 DH Chain: SRAM Eagle Crankset: SRAM X01 DH DUB | 165mm, with custom crank damper Fork: RockShox Zeb Ultimate | 190mm, 44m offset, 3 Tokens, 63.5 PSI, HSC open, LSC 9 clicks to closed Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate DH with MegNeg air can | 270 PSI, 4.5 tokens in Positive, 2 Bands in Negative, Rebound 5 clicks to closed, LSC 9 clicks to closed. Front Brake: SRAM Code RSC | Routed through Zeb steerer tube. Rear Brake: SRAM Code RSC | Extra-long brake hose for 3 full rotations of handlebars. Rotors: SRAM HS2 200mm (front & rear) Wheels: Industry Nine 27.5" / 26" Handlebar: Chromag OSX LTD Stem: Chromag Ranger V2 Seatpost: Truvativ Noir T40 Tire Front: Maxxis Assegai 27.5 x 2.5" EXO+ Maxx Grip Tire Rear: Maxxis Minion DHR2 26 x 2.4" DH Casing Maxx Grip Saddle: Chromag Overture LTD Grips: Chromag Clutch Pedals: Chromag Synth

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Added a comment about feature Meet Orbea's All-New 2022 Rallon 10/6/2021 9:33 AM
BHowell

Great question! Both bikes are very much capable of holding that title, it just depends on where you're riding the most. Our long-term test of the Bronson is forthcoming.

The Bronson is more snappy on the climbs and feels like it carries its speed better on the flatter, rolly terrain. In the bike park flow trails, it's a rocketship. Putting into the black-diamond rock gardens, it holds its own but is still only a 150mm bike at the back.

The Rallon is much more capable in the rough stuff. It takes quite a lot to make the Rallon come unsettled. It's a very happy climber and as we said in Test Sessions, would have no qualms about taking it out all day. Unless the rough stuff is a routine element on your rides, there's not a ton of sense in having the additional 20m of travel, but really, that is your call to make.

The key differences you should note in our test bikes are - Bronson has a SuperDeluxe air shock, Rallon has DHX2 Coil. Bronson has Reserve 30 carbon wheels, Rallon has RaceFace Turbine R alloy wheels. Just want you to be aware we aren't talking total apples-to-apples.

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Added a comment about press release Make it Your Own - 2022 Santa Cruz Chameleon Line 10/6/2021 5:17 AM
BHowell

We may have missed that element in the press release. The frame-only option is available for $949. I'll update the release accordingly.

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Liked a comment on the item RockShox Introduces Automatic Suspension System - Flight Attendant Review 10/5/2021 12:07 PM

I'd settle for some Reese's peanut butter cups. Those improve my pedaling performance dramatically (at least for a little while).

Added a new video From Injury to Rampage - Tyler McCaul in Settle Your Soul 10/5/2021 8:37 AM

Soon after fulfilling a life-long dream to relocate to southern Utah, Tyler McCaul found himself riddled with injuries and unable to get out and enjoy the vast desert landscape he spent his entire career working towards calling home.

In Shimano's new film, "Settle Your Soul", Tyler McCaul shares his experience through this process, from the highest peaks to the lowest valley. Things often looked grim when the lows dragged on for weeks, months, and well over a year as the recovery process seemed never-ending.

As he began to regain strength and mobility but still unable to venture out under his own strength, Tyler found solace in exploring his new backyard with a little assistance from his GT Force AMP e-bike.

After climbing out of the valley of recovery, Tyler realized that the e-bike became much more than a tool for overcoming injury; it became a cornerstone for everyday exploration and expanding what is possible by bike.

Read the full story at mtb.shimano.com

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Make it Your Own - 2022 Santa Cruz Chameleon Line
Make it Your Own - 2022 Santa Cruz Chameleon Line
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10/5/2021 12:01 AM

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/4/2021 11:29 AM
BHowell

Sharp-looking ride! I wonder if there's just that much more material in the frame with Pivot's size-specific layup? Thanks for chiming in and sharing.

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