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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

Liked a comment on the item Why Are Bike Prices Going Up? And Up? 6/20/2021 12:14 AM

THAT PHOTO!!!! Good memories Sr. Spome

Added a comment about feature First Ride - 2022 Santa Cruz Bronson MX 6/8/2021 9:14 AM
Fox

Good points about stack height. Same thing applies with stem length. 5-10mm tweak can make a big difference.

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Added a comment about news blog Class 1 E-Bikes Officially Designated on 35 Miles of Dirt Trails in Truckee 4/8/2021 2:42 PM
Fox

Ironic that Cali is where the ebikes seem to be gaining legality the soonest. There is SO MUCH open space there, and so much of it is closed to anything other than hiking and running and horses.

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Added a comment about feature Tested - SRAM's Newest Wireless Drivetrain, GX Eagle AXS 3/29/2021 10:14 AM
Fox

2 seasons of merciless abuse on my XO1 eagle shifter and derailleur. One new chain. It started shifting a little off. Put on new Shimano SP 41 cable and housing. Shifts perfectly again. If you don't want to drop the cash on a new setup, remember your cables, which is often the source of the problem.

Not sayin this wireless next gen stuff ain't sweet. It is, and its only gonna get better.

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Liked a comment on the item FINAL RESULTS - #USDH Tennessee Nationals, Windrock 3/13/2021 7:14 PM

Semi-Pro still has the same sound as it did when I raced it before it went away.40+ Cat 1 today felt more like Semi-Pro category. Lot of aging pros still ripping hard.

Liked a comment on the item FINAL RESULTS - #USDH Tennessee Nationals, Windrock 3/13/2021 7:14 PM

Charlie Harrison has been really impressive over the last few seasons. Hope to see him on the top step of a World Cup podium this year! Glad Luca is alright, looks like he was up at the first split. Also impressed with Nic, Dakota and Grice. The future of US dh racing is looking bright (and...more

Liked a comment on the item FINAL RESULTS - #USDH Tennessee Nationals, Windrock 3/13/2021 7:13 PM

Got to talk to Gwin for the first time today. No crowd hovering & no stress. Married life suits the guy.
Luca's crash was gnarly. I yanked my phone down in shock trying to film it so can't show anybody. Dude is tough as nails.

Also, Walker Shaw is the Ironman. He did the last run of...more

Liked a comment on the item MTB ADVICE!! with Team Robot - ANSWERS #2 2/12/2021 9:24 AM

Another suggestion for getting weight on the front wheel: a longer stem. I'm not advocating people go crazy and throw and 90mm behemoth on the front of their bike, but switching from a 35/40mm stem to a 50, you'll likely find it much easier to weight the front wheel with the same stack height.

Liked a comment on the item MTB ADVICE!! with Team Robot - ANSWERS #2 2/12/2021 9:23 AM

Team Big Crank....blast from the past w MT

Liked a comment on the item Santa Cruz CEO on the State of the Bike Industry - The Inside Line Podcast 2/11/2021 5:30 AM

Sounds like the bike I have will be it until around 2023. That’ll make finances a little easier lol

Liked a comment on the item Three Mountain Bike Brands Doing it Right in 2021 1/6/2021 10:05 AM

Thanks Folk of Vita, Much appreciated, Troll you again soon smile

Added a comment to Automaatje's bike check 12/28/2020 7:55 AM
Koga Miyata RidgeRunner Alloy 1990

Way cool and rare frame. I don't recall ever seeing one of these in the wild and I was fiending for the latest tech in 1990. Hot bikes of the era: Bridgestone MB0 and MB1, Stumpjumper, Dean Titanium, anything Klein, many more as well...

Keep the retro builds coming on BOTD!

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