Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Rocky Mountain Slayer from Vital MTB Test Sessions 5/3/2017 6:06 PM
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So would you consider the Pivot Firechicken to to be more versatile than the Slayer in the trails ridden?

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Intense Recluse from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/19/2017 11:14 AM
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This is the bike I was wondering how you were going to comment on the pedal feedback. I previously saw anti-squat and pedal kickback figures from another site and then when I watched Bike Mag's review of the bike, they said there was low pedal feedback. Interesting how your observations matched the numbers on paper. I may sound techy nerdy, but test riding any bike on your own is nearly impossible so it's good to have quality bike reviews, especially if you are dropping 8k on a bike.

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Added a comment about photo Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol - 2017 Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/2/2017 2:25 PM
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Are these the lines in the anodizing located where the stay is welded to the dropout?

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Giant Trance Advanced from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/2/2017 8:57 AM
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I agree the rims should have handled the terrain, especially considering this is an $8,000 bike. AZ is tough on bikes, which is why I respect Vital for doing back to back reviews in AZ.

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Giant Trance Advanced from Vital MTB Test Sessions 2/28/2017 12:08 PM
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Agreed. That's what they stated. My question is when do trails exceed "enduro" and "trail-riding" and become downhill, which would then be above the intended usage of the wheels.

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Giant Trance Advanced from Vital MTB Test Sessions 2/28/2017 8:51 AM
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So do you think the trails ridden exceeded Giant's intended use for the carbon rims? Do you expect the rims to hold up to this style of riding?

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Devinci Django from Vital MTB Test Sessions 2/24/2017 8:28 AM
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That's good the riding was done prior to knowing the results. There is one bike in the review that I am interested in reading about the riders impressions of the pedal kick-back and anti-squat. There is a website that utilized bike checker with results showing 126% to 213% anti-squat and high pedal kick-back; however, another magazine's review of the bike stated there was low pedal kick-back.

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Devinci Django from Vital MTB Test Sessions 2/24/2017 7:55 AM
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For some it may seem too technical, but I appreciate the suspension kinematics at the beginning of the review. It gives knowledgeable readers important information, well at least on paper. Also it sets Vital apart from the other magazines by providing a more detailed scientific review rather than a bunch of guys drinking beers and discussing what they thought based more on subjective opinions.

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Added a comment about feature See The Bikes - 2017 Vital MTB Test Sessions 2/22/2017 7:04 PM
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Why am I not surprised in the video the Giant's Nobby Nic is off the rim. lol.

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Added a comment about feature ​2017 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 2/20/2017 2:42 PM
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The Norco dropped chains.

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Added a comment about feature ​2017 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 2/20/2017 9:05 AM
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7 cracked carbon rims out of how many bikes with carbon rims?

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Race Face Chester Flat Pedals 6/17/2016 10:11 AM
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I agree the flat profile of the pedal causes you feet to float around. I road these pedals for a couple of months with Five Ten Freerider shoes (full tread sold version) and when I placed the ball of my foot over the axle or even just slightly forward, my feet would move around. When I moved my feet more forward, then there was a lot of grip, but it was too forward for my taste. Part of the problem, in addition to the flat profile, is there are no pins near the line of the axle. As for durability, they held up to some rock strikes in AZ, including the same trails that were used in the recent VItal bike reviews--Geronimo, National, etc..

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