Liked a comment on the item A DH Racer’s Perspective: Unveiling the 2020 Specialized Demo 29 12/9/2019 9:58 PM

Is this the first Buell article? I don't remember reading his bio in the past, so for that alone, I'm happy to be here.

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$2500, kinda a minor detail I suppose.

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Liked a comment on the item Op-Ed - DON’T SPOIL THE RESULTS IN THE TITLE 9/20/2019 7:07 AM

but lately, we've been posting junior times as the thumb instead of elite men or women. i still hear ya on that one though.

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So good!

Not gonna lie here, occasionally I pull a Peter and peruse the home page attempting to not see the results before viewing the replay. Sometimes my discipline and will power is just not enough for the power of a review on the new MegaBoostSuperPlus solar-powered dropper post!

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Added a comment about video Kirt Voreis Owns Whistler Mountain Bike Park 8/12/2019 10:16 AM

Why Kirt's edits are the best in the biz:

1. The way he see's the world while on a bike is so unique, every piece of content he ever unleashes upon the world reflects his originality and can never be duplicated.
2. Watching his edits make me want to try and duplicate everything he does because it looks obtainable and so much fun.
3. How smooth and effortless he makes things look, only to attempt them myself and get served a huge piece of humble pie.
4. He's always having more fun than anyone else, his attitude and outlook on the trail opens up so many possibilities. Not too many folks can make a simple blue flow trail ride how he does.
5. His edits are timeless and appeal to a massive mtb demographic

Thanks Kirt!

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Added a comment about product review A DH Racer’s Perspective: Unveiling the 2020 Specialized Demo 29 7/10/2019 9:16 AM

There is “room” pun intended, for improvement for someone taller than 6 foot 1. The S3 felt comfortable for my 6 foot 7/8th-inch frame. The S4 felt slightly oversized in the parking lot, but once on the trail it was apparent it was the appropriate size for what I wanted to get out of it. If I were to guess, this issue will be addressed quickly, especially since they are manufacturing with metal.

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Added a comment about product review A DH Racer’s Perspective: Unveiling the 2020 Specialized Demo 29 7/10/2019 9:12 AM

They do not have 29er tread available yet that can compare to the Maxxis setup that I was on.

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Added a comment about product review A DH Racer’s Perspective: Unveiling the 2020 Specialized Demo 29 7/10/2019 9:10 AM

There are few places that can replicate a World Cup track around most parts, and you could say many bikes racing at the World Cup would struggle on domestic tracks. The 29 doesn’t feel like it’s too big, but it isn’t created for the local flow track.

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Added a comment about product review A DH Racer’s Perspective: Unveiling the 2020 Specialized Demo 29 7/10/2019 9:03 AM

That would absolutely make sense, however the overall rating is provided based upon overall impression. Since the Demo 8 scored 4 stars, the improvements that have been made allowed for the higher overall rating than the previous even if a few attributes got “worse”. What I was really paying attention to was the story behind the bike and what it’s intended use is, racing.

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Added a comment about photo Transition / Muc-Off @ the 2018 Losinj World Cup 4/18/2018 8:22 PM

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Added reply in a thread The Racer Inside All of Us..... 4/7/2018 7:15 PM

Think about getting back into racing all the time after tasting the pointy end a time or two at the highest level. Injury stopped me cold a few years back and since recovering I've dabbled in a few local races, one being the Aspen EWS posting competitive ... more »

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/9/2018 9:41 PM

I'll proudly don the vest again in the name of Vital, just let me know if any internship positions become available for this Division II Natty Chump, I'll bust my ass for your bottom line! In all seriousness though, stoked for you and Vital, looking forward to the next one, cheers!

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Austin has a pretty good case of neck beard going. Grow that out for Tennessee, you'll fit right in.

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/7/2018 8:21 PM

Vital MTB, I've always enjoyed The Test Sessions as they are honest, and are chalked full of interesting information. That being said, as much as I've tried to be a bike nerd, I'm wired differently, therefor I loved watching you guys huck your meat while racing against the clock and finding each bikes limitations. BT, you are like the ageless wonder, so fun to watch ride a bike and hear your giggles throughout. SW, I've missed your snark, honesty and monster truck mentality. I'm not sure where I fall in the overall demographic of riders, however in terms of capturing my attention for an entire 30+ minute video, you knocked it out of the park and I was left wanting more. I've always secretly been interested in analytics, and raw data, so utilizing the LITPro device made this whole experience even more interesting. Was stoked to see this category being tested, as I know from experience against the clock that ultimately long travel 29ers are the fastest and most capable steeds, maybe not always the most fun to ride on every trail however.

Some ideas for future tests:
- USA vs Canada manufacturers
- I would love to see something E BIkes as I believe that will be the future
- Boutique Brand 27.5 Bike Battle
+ Guerilla Gravity MegaTrail
+ Banshee Rune
+ Canfield Brothers Balance
+ Evil The Insurgent
+ The DC Special hehe
+ Intense Tracer
+ Knolly Warden
+ Nicolai Ion-G16-GPI Qlfline
+ Orange Alpine 6
Just to name a few as it would be rad to see some lesser known bikes and brands highlighted...gonna need to find a angel investor to donate to this cause as test bikes don't magically grow on trees.

I would like to know whether or not your race test section was Trinidad or not, as there seems to be a bit of a joke going on around Vital HQ. Other locations I would like to see highlighted:

- Windrock, Tenn + due to the raw nature of the area
- Moab, UT + Because its such a classic venue and it would be fun to ride the same trails where the tests take place, mostly so I can smoke you guys
- The PN'dub(Oregon to BC Coastline) + Loam, roots, loam, g outs, loam...most fun trails I've ever experienced

Thank you all again at VitalMTB for making my life more fulfilled and full of stoke. Maybe someday I can be apart of this test process, but in the meantime the video really brought to life what it takes to create this type of content. I know how much work you all put into this, as well as the podcasts, and other features your provide and solute you for your efforts. I look forward to the next one!

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Added reply in a thread Have You Gone from 27.5 to 29er But Then Back to 27.5? 12/14/2017 6:14 AM

Multiple times. 29er's were great on the majority of trail I rode, however I missed a longer travel 27.5 when riding technical/tight trail, so I ultimately landed back on my 160mm Banshee Rune which for me provided the best all around ride for me and ... more »