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

hammer and a 2x4

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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 »

Added a comment about feature The Inside Line Podcast - Matt Thompson, Partner at Momemtum Trail Concepts 11/8/2017 7:36 PM

Thank you for this, it brought back some good memories, made me realize I was one of those 5 o clock Arbor leeches, and made me laugh out loud many times. Mad respect to you MT and thank you for everything you did as it has had a big impact one way or another in my life! I have a few questions: what position did you play? How did you get involved with Sol Vista(FYI loved the 3 amigos and the elevated Mountain Cross start, bummer that the crusher didn't)?

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Added reply in a thread Show Off Your Backyard Pumptrack (Or One You Dream About) 8/7/2017 8:37 AM

It sucks to work with and takes 10x longer than it should, but after a year a recent pumptrack build in New Castle has proven that those chunks eventually do break down and create a solid surface, its not ideal, I'd work with it if it was the only option,

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Added a comment about video Greatest Run of All Time? Aaron Gwin's Miraculous Win at MSA 2017 8/6/2017 9:49 PM

I cannot call this the greatest run of all time, however the tight line choice and commitment was amazing at such high speeds in varying conditions. From personal experience, St Anne is a blast to ride in wet conditions, the track allows for control and confidence. Gwin does such a phenomenal job of making it look easy, if you watch the YT team video Neko explains how crafty he is with line choice. Visibly Gwin was on another level, but not much different than Hart, whereas Hill in 2008 was absolutely in another galaxy before falling at World Champs in Val Di Sole. Hill and Hart both made their Champery winning runs look as if they were doing it in the dry compared to the sheer catastrophic effects it took on the rest of the field. Other rides that stand out, PEATY winning 2009 World Champs, just such a flawless run, Greg and Stevie Smith in 2013...and then Gwin tossing a chain in 2015, too many amazing performances, can't possibly quantify a greatest run of all time. This is why this sport is so amazing!

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Added a comment about video Greatest Run of All Time? Aaron Gwin's Miraculous Win at MSA 2017 8/6/2017 9:16 PM

I caught that on the reply and had to watch it again to comprehend what he had just done!

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Added a comment about video Aaron Gwin Talks 2016 Season, YT Mob, Downhill and Being a Badass! 9/19/2016 7:41 PM

"that is retarded and retardidly awesome" Love me some Gwin interviews, but this dude seemed a little unprepared and uneducated adding to the poor MCing.

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