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diatribe69

Mountain bikers: "If it's not free, it's a bit pricey."

Also: "The wheel bearings roll extremely smoothly and notably faster than most wheelsets..."

How are you able to zero in on the bearings and feel this phenomena, and compare it objectively to other wheels? Do you have measuring equipment on the bike or just chalk it up to "feel"? How can you decouple it from other variables on the trail, such as traction, friction, wind, tires, etc.?

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Liked a comment about video Vital RAW - ENDURO WORLD SERIES RACE DAY - Finale Ligure 10/1/2018 12:15 AM

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Liked a comment to Fresh Bike Service, Inc.'s bike check 9/18/2018 12:53 AM
Fresh SB130

OK, I admit I was being a d!ck, but it was funny...

AND, that's a "mid range" Stock build that looks like it's right off the sales floor getting "bike of the day". People spend weeks and months building their bikes to try and get a BOTD. Even if they are new from the shop they are usually unique in some way. So calling that out is a fair critique IMO.

Course it is a pretty decent build, so other than it not being unique it is somewhat deserving of a BOTD. But getting that kind of a build in a "mid range" stock bike means it's expensive! And even though I may have been a bit of a smart ass about it. It's not "trolling" to call that out either. (and I'm hardly the first person to do so)

Also, I don't get how your bragging that new bikes you sold have hit dirt? Are you used to your customers buying mountain bikes and NOT riding them on the dirt?

You are right though, I am saving my pennies for my next ride!! sad

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Liked a comment about feature Go Big or Go Home | Commencal Meta AM 29 8/30/2018 5:49 AM
iceman2058

A few comments:

-"no crazy antisquat numbers" : anti-squat of 100% basically means that whatever suspension movement is introduced by the force on the pedals is counter-acted by the tension on the chain, leaving the bike essentially free of bobbing (seated climbing, all other things being equal). Above 100% means the chain tension is greater than the force causing the suspension to compress, which actually means the chain tension will extend the suspension under pedaling as opposed to let it compress. This bike has 115% of antisquat at 30% sag, so although it is not "crazy", it is still a considerable amount. In real life it translates to a very efficient feeling at the pedals.

-"what looks to be a slack(ish) st angle" : yes, the actual seat angle is slack, but as I indicated in the article, the seat tube is also offset towards the front of the bike, so you end up with an effective seat angle that is actually steeper than the 27.5" version of the bike (measured horizontally at the top of the steer tube). Of course, if you have really long legs the actual seat angle will at some point start to become a problem, but I do have proportionally long legs for my height and it was perfectly good for me - and I'm allergic to slack seat tubes.

-36 lbs: I find that weight is really not such a big influence on climbing performance. I'd happily trade 5 lbs for good anti-squat and a steep seat tube. I have a few local loops that I can ride with or without a hydration pack, and I don't find it much easier getting up the climbs without the 10 lbs pack (just stoked to then not have it on the way down, where I enjoy feeling lighter and more nimble...)

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Liked a comment about feature Go Big or Go Home | Commencal Meta AM 29 8/30/2018 5:47 AM
Ottenburg

If you would’ve ridden an xl frame the bike would’ve feel more long and stable so ass more modern enduro geometry’s, right?

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Liked a comment about product review Yeti's Biggest 29er Yet: Meet the All-New SB150 8/29/2018 11:00 PM
tigen

What makes a such a long reach (way longer even what the next larger size was before) suddenly more comfortable? I am pretty skeptical of this one. Martin Maes and Sam Hill aren't riding abnormally long bikes and do ok. I've ridden large size bikes, is there something different about this or we're just saying "you should like this now"?

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Liked a comment about product review Yeti's Biggest 29er Yet: Meet the All-New SB150 8/29/2018 11:00 PM
bturman

In my experience the SB150 pedals every bit as well as the SB5.5. Unless they're really rocky, the shear travel numbers may be overkill for flatter trails though. Kind of depends on the terrain. It definitely has big bike capabilities. Gotta wonder if Yeti has anything shorter travel in the works...

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Liked a comment about product review Yeti's Biggest 29er Yet: Meet the All-New SB150 8/29/2018 10:59 PM
bturman

For the first run and a half I had difficulty turning really well. Once I made a conscious effort to lean forward things really started clicking. After a few more rides it was second nature.

CS length works just fine for me and keeps the front end easier to pull up, which I appreciate. Taller riders on bigger sizes may wish it had something longer. Unknown.

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Liked a comment about feature The Return of the Goat – We Ride the All-New 2018 YT Capra 2/8/2018 7:52 AM
Verbl Kint

Kudos for having the most thorough article of the Capra online atm. Great job, Vital!!

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Liked a comment about feature The Return of the Goat – We Ride the All-New 2018 YT Capra 2/8/2018 7:52 AM
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Agreed, by far the best article and pics on the Capra that appeared online today. Well done! Nothing game changing but another solid and well priced bike from YT. A shoot out with the Enduro, Nomad and Wreckoning would be fun.

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Liked a comment about feature The Return of the Goat – We Ride the All-New 2018 YT Capra 2/8/2018 7:52 AM
onenerdykid*

First time I have heard about a Code Ultimate... is that going to be an actual brake for sale, or just an OEM thing?

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Liked a comment about product review Tested: Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels 11/14/2017 11:16 PM
jeff.brines

Good questions

At risk of sounding redundant, the reason I'm a fan of the SC wheels (read, the whole wheel) is it rides in a very unique way when paired with a modern carbon enduro frame. Its something you have to try to understand. I also am not suggesting that there aren't other ways to accomplish a similar feel. Maybe a softer aluminum rim with a similar profile and a thicker gauge spoke might yield a similar feel? I don't know, but I'm not sure 'damp' or 'not damp' is really the best way to define this. More like "offers more traction" and "doesn't offer as much traction" (though that too is lacking)

As far as inserts go, let me put it this way. In a race situation, where cornering speed is everything and keeping air in your tires paramount, I'll take a 1900 gram wheelset that is far from perfect with CushCore (adding another 260 grams) WAY before I take the hottest wheelset on the market without Cushcore. I know, I sound like a walking talking advertisment for the company, but taking some pressure out of your tires and not having them squirm was a pretty awesome thing when it came to actually keeping me upright on the bike (when I otherwise wouldn't be) or finishing a run with good pace after loosing a massive amount of air (which happened).

Going to a lighter casing is possible for sure, but again, I'm coming into this as a racer, and am confident no insert is going to keep me from slicing a tire.

So why didn't I run them all the time? Well, most of my riding involves a lot of uphill and solo riding. This means I'm not riding the ragged edge like I am on a race course when I'm going downhill and am often climbing fast, trying to get to work on time or race the sunset. This made the inserts not as "worth it", in which case the superb feel of the SC wheel was more noticeable, as was their light weight.

Many in the comments have pointed out they aren't THAT light, and they are right. But I would like to point out they are measuring with valves and rim tape, something I am positive much of the competition isn't doing. To add, the 350 hubs aren't light, though this isn't felt all that much being its at the center of the rotating mass.

Now, to finally answer your question I need to ask a question...

What frame? How much do you weigh? Where do you ride (okay, that was three questions...)

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