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Added a comment about video Totally Twisty Technical Trail Bike Treasure - ONE LAP Near Salt Lake 1/17/2018 8:13 AM


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Added a comment about video Pre-season Testing Ohlins Suspension on an Enduro 29 with Curtis Keene 2/11/2017 5:38 PM

I thought you had logged off the interwebs for good TeamRobooty! You should write a blog about your hate for coils.

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Added a comment about feature WIN A ROCKSHOX BOXXER & STEVIE SMITH JERSEY - Vital OTB, Mont Sainte Anne World Cup 8/5/2016 12:05 PM

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Added a comment about feature WIN A ROCKSHOX BOXXER & STEVIE SMITH JERSEY - Vital OTB, Lenzerheide World Cup 7/8/2016 9:48 PM

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Added a comment about photo Gwin's Tires 6/2/2016 3:14 PM
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Honestly I would not be surprised it is basically this:

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Added a comment about feature WIN A ROCKSHOX BOXXER - Vital OTB, Cairns World Cup 4/21/2016 8:48 PM

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Added a comment about feature WIN A ROCKSHOX BOXXER - Vital OTB, Lourdes World Cup 4/6/2016 8:11 PM

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Added a comment about feature An E-Bike in Moab - Riding the Specialized Turbo Levo 4/5/2016 12:32 AM

I can't even take the rest of this article seriously after your Moab introduction. So lets look into my crystal ball... You decided to pedal the whole Porcupine loop instead of paying for a shuttle = amateur. Based on your dehydration, I can assume you brought maybe a couple water bottles on a 30 mile desert loop = double dangerous amateur move. Ironically your lady was doing better in the hydration department so I bet she a actually brought 3 liters in a Camelbak and despite her insistence you told her you'd "be fine" with less, and then tried to save face when you were facing severe dehydration and heat stroke. Yah, totally Moab's fault.

Here I'll start a review of a DH bike in a similar spirit: "I had to go back to Whistler, a place Id sworn never to return - the first time I went the experience was terrible! We took our XC bikes up A-Line and almost got landed on multiple times! When we descended, it was awful - my Fox 32 and 300g rims snapped in half after airing phat to flat, and my new lycra kit got torn up. I nearly broke my jaw wearing an aero helmet and my knees were all cut up. Not sure why everyone raves about Whistler, after limping to my car and realizing I sliced a sidewall on my 300g XC racing tires, I packed up and left Canada never to return. Anyhow, now Im back to do a review on Diggler mountain scooters!!"

Although this comment will likely go unread, let this be a lesson for anyone new to Moab:

1. "Desert miles count double" - this is a general rule when we go, and it seriously holds true. A 20-mile ride on your local familiar trails is not the same as 20 miles in the desert (even if you lose 3000' vert and its 'mostly downhill'). Prepare to get destroyed riding ledges.

2. Dont be the dumbass that tries to pedal up Sands Flats Road - buy a damn shuttle. The 90's is over and there is nothing to prove by doing the whole loop, everyone who passes you in the shuttle is not impressed. You could also pedal your bike up Whistler instead of buying a lift haul ticket, but why??!? This rule doesnt apply to if youre german and pedal up Burro Pass and then ride Sands Flats back to town.

3. Slickrock is the worst ride in the entire Moab area. Seriously, any other trail is better.

4. Bring a minimum 3 liters water, half ice, plus a bottle or two of Gatorade, plus 2 more energy bars than you think youll eat. People are skeptical but typically we go through all the water and food and after one ride they understand. Better to finish with an extra liter than have a story like the one above.

5. Only Specialized (the Walmart of the bike industry) would be dumb enough to 'test' e-Bikes here - Im sure skipping all the epic trails like Porcupine singletrack and Ahab to compete with rock crawlers on blown out 4x4 trails was great.

Nothing personal to AJ, I just see people do dumb things in Moab every trip and it drives me crazy. You should have me write a Moab prep article, lulz.

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Added a comment about video Tim Johnson’s Historic Fat Bike Winter Ascent 2/24/2016 10:30 PM

Thank god he wore that aero lycra, definitely wouldn't have made it in baggier clothing. Also glad the team mechanic showed up with that pressure gauge to adjust tire pressure for him - that tool on his own would have weighed him down too much. Can't believe the Sherpa team didn't make him wear oxygen. I don't think that record will ever be attempted again, just too dangerous.

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Added a comment about video 12-inches of Travel with 24-inch Wheels in Moab - Canfield and Krispy, 2001 1/26/2016 7:30 PM

Love it. Old school footage when the video cams sucked is the best. You gotta check this clip from '93, OLD school Moab. Its like a Greg Stump ski flick. Throwback masterpiece, reminds me of childhood.

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Added a comment about video Rampage Riders Battle Over Limited Land for Lines 10/11/2015 8:54 PM

Agreed with @sspomer - there is limited space to build, and I've judged similar competition formats once upon a time in the big mountain freeskiing realm... My thoughts:
If you built it, you should know every inch of it better than someone 'poaching' it, thus you have no excuse not to ride it better and score better.
If a few people ride the same exact line, the one who rode it better should score better, this is a judged competition. Of course there are politics involved, but this is the basis of a judged event. If you can't handle it, go race where the clock doesn't politic, discriminate, or lie.
Overall, with limited space this is a ridiculous pissing contest. If I was one of these guys getting yelled at for 'poaching', I'd want to ride it out of spite and say "ok here's the deal, I'm going to ride it with your permission or not, so I can either bring my crew to help dig, or I'll sit back and watch you dig, save my efforts, and still ride it."

You know what a real champion would do?? Be a cool calm professional & gentleman; happily let anyone ride it / help if they can, and then go out and throw down the best run without bitching about 'poaching.' Arrive on the top step of the podium with all the riders happy for you, no questions about politics or lines, just knowing you won the day.

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Added a comment about news blog Trek To Start Selling Bicycles Online 8/4/2015 10:21 AM

"their already low margins squeezed" = LOL. You mean keystone margins? Like the $10 part you are selling for $20? Most car dealers make lower margins off a $30k vehicle than a shop makes on a $6k bike, but they understand business and move inventory. It is pretty common knowledge in the car industry that anything on the lot over 30 days is basically losing money. But at bike shops its laughable, there are year-old models that are discounted $500. You should have moved that bike a year ago for $1,000 margin, now you're sitting on it because you tried to make the $2,000 margin. Time to adapt or die - ask Kodak about that. This is the internet age, there is no longer a benefit to having most non-time-sensitive parts on the floor at MSRP. The long tail is captured by Amazon, they've seen to that. Time to provide top-notch service at reasonable prices, move inventory at lower margins, and figure out what items are actually worth having in-stock and racking up inventory costs.

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Added a comment about feature [Updated] New Ohlins STX22 Air Shock Featured on 2016 Specialized Enduro 7/27/2015 5:29 PM

Ok my words were a little harsh, I'll give you that, let me try and explain more eloquently from an engineering standpoint...
Progressive-ity is simply the the differences between shock rates on the given bicycle. However, from a true usage standpoint, this fails the rider. A big-hit bike (and the Enduro is certainly billed/should-be-used as such) should be engineered to have a leverage curve that doesn't put all the ending-stroke force on the shock. Hence, why the ElevenSix shock is listed as 'under 190lbs' for an Enduro 650b. Therefore I can deduce that the entire bottom-out resistance is supposed to be provided by the shock damping / pressure itself. This is further confirmed by ridiculous failure rates of the Cane Creek Inline. First off, that is a parts-spec oversight on this type of bike. Secondly and more importantly, it could be blamed by 'tolerances' at first but there still remains a large proportion of shocks outside of this manufacture window that are/were failing, riders hating the shock, and internally at Spec they know the Inline is a disaster. Beyond the shock rates, there are still mumblings that the proprietary mount (supposedly there to give better bushing wear rates) puts too much odd-angled-pressure and causes seal/damping failure of the shock. Informed speculation leads me to believe they had this discussion:
Cane Creek: "Well unfortunately that shock, with your linkage, and intended use, is a bad combination. You need to fix that shock rate, leverage ratio, and/or proprietary linkage to stop this premature wear and failures."
Specialized: "We don't want to change our stuff because we're so committed. If you don't want to do it, we'll find a manufacturer inexperienced enough with mountain bikes to do what we want."
In steps Ohlins. Sorry, but I'm not convinced this is some new tech that is a panacea for riders. It is simply a band-aid for engineering failures. And there is absolutely NO reasonable, logical answer as to why the shock stroke has to be special, and/or why the linkage has to be special. Especially when it is directly attributable to premature shock wear/failure.
Further Specialized fails on this bike:
Proprietary mount / stroke & eye-to-eye: Think you'll get a new shock down the road? LOL. You can buy the same outdated shock we originally spec'd for full retail!
Enduro platform: Alloy rear end, external routed cables, at a $4k frame price-point?!? Any excuses as to why they can't match cheaper, comparable frames with full carbon rear and internal routing? I'm sure there are plenty - they are all BS and marketing gobbledygook. The re-design is coming, it doesn't take a sacrificed fresh virgin with the oracle to deduce that.
Bottom line: this 'new' Ohlins tech is a bandaid for bad engineering with the intended usage. There so many good manufacturers of suspension out there the benefits will be marginal if they are available aftermarket / OE on other bikes.
Anyone who pays that price for an out-of-date frame design is a fool.

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Added a comment about feature [Updated] New Ohlins STX22 Air Shock Featured on 2016 Specialized Enduro 7/23/2015 11:00 PM

This isnt that hard... The Enduros will probably get SWAT doors when the engineering team has enough resources (aka quits gherkin it on proprietary road bike parts that will likely be recalled early 2016).
Second, this shock is specifically designed to deal with outdated bad suspension design. Proprietary mounts, proprietary length/stroke... Exciting! PUSH wont do a shock for the Enduro 650b over 190lb rider weight because the ratio is garbage.
This shock is a bandaid for bad frame shock rates, not new tech that will have any trickle-down to applly to any other brand bike. I feel sorry Ohlins was talked into working with these clowns.
Any idiot should deduce that this bike/shock is a complete waste of money until redesigned in 2016. And it will still a be a waste until proprietary mounts and stroke/lengths are gone.
Way to go Specialized and Ohlins (slow clap......)

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