Added reply in a thread Will 29ers Impact 2018 World Cup DH Results? 11/22/2017 5:32 AM

Only if they actually help someone win who would otherwise not have won but for his big heavy wheels. If everyone is on big heavy wheels then they will have had no impact whatsoever. As an aside, i have just arrived in 2018 with a brand new boost equipped, ... more »

Added a product review for 2018 Specialized Enduro 27.5 Comp Bike 11/14/2017 4:57 AM
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Liked a comment on the item Why Are E-Bikes Such a Touchy Subject in the U.S.? 11/13/2017 12:53 AM

You've got to appreciate the irony of the situation. Putting aside the trail access issues and other actual, real issues. E-bikes are getting so much shit in a country where people drive huge gas-guzzling trucks to the trail heads, where off-road moto and quads are widely accepted and sold....more

Added a comment about product review Super Size Me: The 2018 Santa Cruz Hightower LT 10/30/2017 3:11 AM
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This is a very good and informative review - surpassing the usual high standard even. I feel like I have ridden the bike. Would I buy one? Maybe...

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Liked a comment on the item Transition Patrol vs. Patrol - See How the 2018 Compares 8/28/2017 5:31 AM

Transition should be mailing you guys checks for doing such good marketing work for them. This is how you sell bikes. I love comparisons to see exactly why someone should choose one over another, especially when you have a myriad of choices. Doesn't help that people repeatedly say that...more

Added a comment about slideshow BRUTAL BATTLE - Enduro World Series Millau, France 7/3/2017 4:26 AM
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Great pics, especially those close up cornering and crashing shots!

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Added a comment about feature Deathgrip Movie - A Review 5/31/2017 2:40 AM
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So its pretty rad and awesome then?

I have watched it but not in HD due to crappy internet and I would agree its a good bike flick but I'll reserve final judgment on it til I've seen it in 1080 on a big screen...

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Dropper Seatposts 5/10/2017 3:52 AM
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The Giant is underrated methinks. $300 seems expensive - I paid far less for mine. A year of use and aside from some stanchion wear, no issues. It works like clockwork.

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Rocky Mountain Slayer from Vital MTB Test Sessions 5/8/2017 2:00 AM

It's interesting to see how different people can experience the same bike. My time on the Slayer was limited to a single test run in Squamish, but I found it was a bike I could just jump on and go. The demo bike was set in its slackest setting and I was concerned that...more

Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 5/2/2017 3:51 AM

So far Eric Carters opinion has not been backed up by the real world experience of the first race of the season. All things being equal, would the Syndicate have won the race and if so, was it because their bikes were faster or their riders more skilled. ... more »

Added a comment about feature Lourdes World Cup: 2017 Track Preview 4/26/2017 11:13 AM
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I agree with Jeff. I don't think it will actually make a shred of difference. There are so many variables in a mtb dh race. People act as if a bigger wheel is a game changer like ground effect aerodynamics were in F1. They are not. The pic of Greg on the bike is the first time I have ever seen a bike look a bit too big for him :-)

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Transition Scout Carbon from Vital MTB Test Sessions 4/18/2017 4:31 AM

Easy there, Lace! We often add tokens or bands when experiencing bottom-out issues. Nearly every Vital Test Sessions review discusses the addition or removal of air volume spacers, compression, and the like to dial in a setting that works best for our testers and the terrain...more

Added reply in a thread How many riders in the 2017 Lourdes World Cup DH Top 10 will be on 29ers? 4/13/2017 1:52 AM

More chance of a 26er being in the top 10 :-)

Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Trek Remedy 27.5 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 4/12/2017 1:26 AM
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A detailed review as always. I would however have marked the bike down for the price. Thats extreme and it doesn't even come with a Reverb or Fox dropper post.

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Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 4/5/2017 5:54 AM

I am 1.88m and ride an XL 160mm travel frame with reach of 477mm. The CS length is 412mm - its a 26er of course. I can't say that my set up with 785mm bars and a 50mm stem ever feels unbalanced eg weight distribution wrong. The first thing I noticed ... more »

Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Specialized Enduro 650b from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/24/2017 3:31 AM
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I still ride a 2011 Enduro and love it. The XL has longer reach than this bike at 477 and with the carbon front its also quite a bit lighter than this beast. i run a 160 Pike on it but wish i had more options to change out the rear shock for something that matches the Pike better.

This thing looks like a good deal for the money however, except for that colour of course...

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Commencal Meta AM V4.2 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/16/2017 3:09 AM
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Really enjoying the Vital reviews this year. I take something away from each one and find I can use them to interpret my own bikes behaviour. Plus the dry, rocky trails are more like home than the loam we often see in bike reviews

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Pivot Firebird Carbon from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/14/2017 5:07 AM
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Beast of a bike. Overkill for most but so much fun I bet!

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Added a comment about product review Review - YT Jeffsy CF 29 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/13/2017 3:43 AM
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Cant beat the price or the performance it seems. Pity the prices we get in the RSA are so high though.

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Giant Trance Advanced from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/2/2017 1:46 AM

When other rims survive much longer than one day of riding in the same terrain at the same speeds, that certainly reflects on the quality of Giant's rims.