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Added a comment about video Cam McCaul Wins the Internet Today. UCI Will Probably Steal Race Format 10/4/2019 11:07 PM

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Added a comment about feature Op-Ed - DON’T SPOIL THE RESULTS IN THE TITLE 9/20/2019 7:03 AM

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

hammer and a 2x4

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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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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 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 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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Added a comment about video Are Walmart Bikes Safe to Ride? 1/12/2016 12:52 PM

Throwing 3's on a walmart bike, yes! Good watch to kill some time, that drop was rough, glad he's ok.

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Added a comment about video Semenuk, Strait, Zink, Andreu - Lemonade and Ducktape Stuffs is Now Available 12/16/2015 7:10 AM

Good stuff, very colorful, party footage, fireworks, as it should be!

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Added a comment about feature Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/28/2015 10:30 AM

A day late and a dollar short as usual while this quick moving world rolls on. I've digested a lot of information since the event(I attended) and have privately discussed this matter with some individuals, even had dreams about it. As an athlete that has competed/managed at the highest level and has tasted some level of success, I feel like I have a moral duty to comment on this issue from my perspective.

What's my worth?

I always aspired to be the fastest person down the mountain. I wanted to win! The lifestyle surrounding the sport kept me involved and interested. In the beginning I worked throughout the winter, and found a flexible summer job so I could compete. Over the years I got better, started to understand how to be a professional and eventually managed a national level team. I understood what a partnership was and how to provide a service in return for support and product. That was the main concern, just receiving enough product and support to be remotely successful. It took me a long time before I realized that I was selling myself short as an individual and didn't understand my true value as an athlete. I was uninformed and uneducated as an athlete, and was part of the problem as I risked my life, for a free ride and some minor financial support. This mindset created the current status quo. Why should sponsors include a salary, insurance and other benefits, when the majority of top level athletes don't ask for them!

This process took over eight years of competing at the pro level for peanuts, sure I enjoyed it and I was having fun, but, I had this realization of self worth as an individual seeking support for the 2015 season.

To create a salary baseline I wanted to see for myself what others in my profession at the same or higher level were being compensated, so I bluntly asked many of my peers and the results were revealing, and all across the board. Athletes being represented, or that knew how to communicate well with their partners were creating a living for themselves, but this was the minority. Many of the sports elite were just happy to receive product, travel and support. They didn't realize, like myself, that we were devaluing not just ourselves, but the sport as a whole. I advocated to all of them that it was important to realize their worth, and to not settle the next negotiation cycle. Better yet, seek out someone with knowledge, and have them represent you as an athlete. Create a budget, show your potential employer how it stacks up, as many partners don't understand the financials.

I don't want to get long winded, so I'll wrap it up and keep it simple. Athletes across the MTB spectrum have to value themselves, plain and simple. If they do not, the risk will always outweigh the reward at the pointy end of the stick.

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