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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions - Ibis Exie 7/20/2022 10:00 AM
Fox

Test rode a '22 Trek Top Fuel recently. 120/130. Similar to what I am reading here, I was pretty surprised by this bike. Fast, and the suspension worked very well. I actually wonder if I'd be faster on the Top Fuel on many of my local trails than on my SB150. These shorter travel bikes are pretty fun to ride.

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Liked a comment on the item RICHIE RUDE - Vital RAW 6/1/2022 11:27 AM

should be an epic first EWS round, gotta imagine RR has a fire in his belly after the DQ last time in the Tweed Valley

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Obliterated.

Added a comment about video RICHIE RUDE - Vital RAW 6/1/2022 11:27 AM

Very excited for the Moir Rude showdown this season!

Dick Rude is such a powerhouse. That 6" tree didn't stand a chance. Awesome to watch such power applied to pure mtb speed.

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Liked a comment on the item RICHIE RUDE - Vital RAW 6/1/2022 11:24 AM

Pretty talented cyclist there

Liked a comment on the item Specialized Pitch Pro EVO 5/25/2022 8:11 AM

I love these things. They were actually super long reach for the time, about as long as the "forward geometry" mondrakers that came out like 4 years after these. One of the few bikes I'd happily ride from back then.

Liked a comment on the item Specialized Pitch Pro EVO 5/25/2022 8:10 AM

Super cool budget bike with some smart mods. Love it.

Added a comment to paulinhorula's bike check 5/25/2022 8:10 AM
Specialized Pitch Pro EVO

Cool bike!!!

I rented a pitch many years ago while in Colorado on a family vaca. The bike was great! I'd never heard of the model at the time and I was realky surprised how fun it was. Nice retro build.

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Liked a comment on the item RockShox Introduces Automatic Suspension System - Flight Attendant Review 10/6/2021 3:38 AM

So it’s just a lockout switch?

Liked a comment on the item RockShox Introduces Automatic Suspension System - Flight Attendant Review 10/6/2021 3:38 AM

More like paying two very small men to sit on your fork and shock, constantly turning your lockout switches for you.

Added a comment about press release Shimano Brings ICE TECHNOLOGIES FREEZA to 6-Bolt Mounted Rotors 8/30/2021 12:29 PM
Fox

How about these with freeza rotors with Code brakes?

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Liked a comment on the item GT Launches All-New 2022 Force Carbon Enduro Machine 8/10/2021 8:45 AM

the $6,000 gt and the $6,099 pivot are extremely comparable w/ spec. pivot doesn't offer a Yari/SX-level model and GT doesn't offer an AXS/live valve model. just comparing "high end" or "low end" doesn't mean much w/o context.

Added a comment about product review Vital Long-Term Review - Orbea Rise E-Bike 7/8/2021 5:25 AM
Fox

I don't know how the power was set up but we did do a long ride. My battery, with the range extender on the SL, went dead as we were finishing up the ride. My pals on their heavyweight Levo's still had power left. I was running turbo mode on the climbs and workin hard to keep with them while they were in trail or eco mode.

Either way, this Orbea looks pretty cool. I do think there is a future in the pursuit of lightness in the ebike world. I am a Colin Chapman (Lotus) "Add Lightness" believer in the car, moto, and bicycle world. The whole ebike thing in general is a lot of fun. So far I've ridden a Cube ebike that was 50+ pounds, that had been modded a little. It was half way between a bike and a moto. Big, heavy, and very fast uphill. It was like a different sport riding that bike. The Trek Rail was similar, but not quite as fast uphill. The Levo SL felt closest to my SB150 (built light), but it still felt like a porker and a tank when it came to the descents. Hard to believe our DH bikes were 40+ pounds for decades and you can now ride a bike with a motor that is lighter than that!

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Added a comment about product review Vital Long-Term Review - Orbea Rise E-Bike 7/7/2021 1:42 PM
Fox

When your friends are riding full power bikes, will you be able to hang?

I recently demo'd a Levo SL. The rest of my crew was on Levo Turbos. They were having to hold back on the climbs to not leave me in the dust. I liked the lightness of the SL but if all my pals were in the bigger Levo, I'd buy one of those I think. Did you guys experience anything like this when riding with people on full power emtb's?

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Liked a comment on the item Stories: The Chicken Line 6/20/2021 4:50 AM

That's an awesome story. The first time I crashed going really fast I was 14 and I was convinced I had just died.

Liked a comment on the item Stories: The Chicken Line 6/20/2021 4:50 AM

That was the first piece of literature to ever appear on Vital. Many have tried, a few have come close, you are the first. Thank You.

Liked a comment on the item Why Are Bike Prices Going Up? And Up? 6/20/2021 12:15 AM

Try being a small custom home builder right now. I sometimes work with clients for 8-12 months before actually starting construction on their house. I have a house I'm about to start that is over 65k more today than when I wrote the client's contract 8 months ago. And it's not just lumber, I've had 5...more