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Added a comment about press release Evil Bikes Releases New Following 3/13/2020 11:41 AM

Effectively slack XL seat tube angle = not worth even reading about it. Evil continues to be a short person bike.

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Added a comment about product review Vital Long-Term Test - 2020 Norco Sight 3/10/2020 9:45 AM

This is generally true of "progressive geo", the sight promises to be more balanced. I'm very curious to ride one. I'm on a XXL transition sentinel with similar reach and head tube angle, but I think the longer rear center and steeper seat tube will make the sight out climb the sentinel and feel even more stable descending (if that's even possible!?). The first ride on the sentinel felt weird, it wanted me to be forward. Second ride a little less weird. Third ride I was on sighting lines I would have needed to roll up to three or four times on my previous bike. It doesn't take long to get used to better geo, but I do occasionally get too far back on the sentinel on steeps and then forget to move forward again on the flatter corners. In general I've learned to move around more on the bike. It is an adjustment and I don't think we're done yet. Most manufacturers have room to grow in the reach and seat tube steepness. Norco is one of the closest to nailing it, I think. just give my 10-15mm more reach on the XL. I'm only 6'3" for the record.

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Added a comment about press release Canyon Launches 2020 Lineup 2/3/2020 3:07 PM

you beat me to it and said it better.

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Added a comment about press release KC Dean Explores the Trails of Fairbanks, Alaska 1/28/2020 1:37 PM

Definitely just you're opinion. Not to be the guy that's been riding mountain bikes for 30 years or anything. Not sure I see the problem with highlighting the location with some just generally pretty good riding, but I see now you hold some predetermined distaste for the rider.

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Added a comment about press release KC Dean Explores the Trails of Fairbanks, Alaska 1/28/2020 1:08 PM

@boaz You're right this professional athlete sucks at riding. When is your edit going live so we can see what good riding is?

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Added a comment about press release KC Dean Explores the Trails of Fairbanks, Alaska 1/28/2020 10:43 AM

I live North of 60 and I can appreciate that he is absolutely flying on these trails. My home trails are similar super fast and flowy and most riders don't see the opportunities for extra air because you have to be absolutely wide open. His bike choice is perfect. To scrub some of those bumps like he does you have to be absolutely railing it. It's impressive riding, but I can see how to the untrained eye used to seeing big feature and gnar it is not obvious.

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Added a comment to suravida's bike check 12/5/2019 9:34 AM

Someone explain. are the stays meant to flex in place of pivot? Are they solid, hollow? Crazy.

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Added a comment about press release Cotic Launches 2020 FlareMAX 29er Trail Bike 12/3/2019 4:59 PM

The actual does look steep compared to many brands with a more aggressive kink in the seat tube, but that is usually a result of the lower seat tube ending in front of the bottom bracket. Here the lower tube extends directly from the BB with just a slight kink. I would love to see no kink or at least shrinking kinks on the larger sizes (size specific seat tubes for the win). The massive effective top tube numbers combined with "on trend" reach numbers tell you that the seat tube actually is pretty slack. Compare it to a transition smuggler (I use transition because they were early to the party) which has 475mm reach in a large and a top tube length 625mm. The large FlareMAX is 481.5 mm reach and a top tube length of 651mm, that puts the seat on a large about 19.5 mm further back from BB center and that is only at top tube height!!! (651-(481.5-475)-625). Before you say it I recognize the head tubes are 10mm different, but the effect on the calculation is negligible). This why you need to very critically review geometry charts (especially when you live in the far north and always ride the largest size on offer and can never test ride anything). The Cotic puts the rider way over the back wheel. I can't imagine this would climb very well for tall folks. Sure when you stand up things change, but I need to get up the hill first. The reach numbers are on point with the current crop of bikes, but it's certainly not pushing any boundaries.

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Added a comment about press release Cotic Launches 2020 FlareMAX 29er Trail Bike 12/3/2019 11:23 AM

Slack seat tube and short reach.... they say the competition hasn't caught up, but it seems they are being left behind.

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Added a comment about press release Pivot's New Trail 429 Enduro Build Gets a Bump in Travel and an Aggressive Attitude 11/19/2019 9:07 AM

Pivot unveils new bike with geometry finally caught up to 2017.

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Added a comment to ardor's bike check 10/16/2019 10:32 AM

Ultimate Shredsignalling.

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Added a comment about video Straight up Staffordshire Shreddin' with Ratboy and Sam Cofano 4/24/2019 3:23 PM

While I recognize that part of how these guys get so good is constantly finding new lines and riding the crap out of them I can't help but wonder.... they always appear to be riding these short gully tracks and literally riding where there was no trail before and ripping up dirt and disturbing the soil. From an environmental perspective, this is as bad or worse than what motorized vehicles do. It opens up new erosion pathways tears up the fragile organic matter. I'm not saying that is what they are doing, but that is what it looks like and I wonder... This is the kind of video you don't want non-mountain bikers to see.

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Added a comment to NOBL Wheels's bike check 5/23/2018 11:10 AM

It's the pipeline colour, but it's set up as in instinct. Nice build.

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