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Added reply in a thread X01 eagle vs. GX eagle 4/9/2021 3:25 PM

I've abused a bunch of GX and XO1 Eagle bits. I'm pretty hard on gear, smash a lot of rocks. Derailleur: The X01 is more durable than GX. That said, there's a hack! The biggest problem with the current GX der is the B-bolt. It's metal-on-metal with the ... more »

Added a comment about feature The Complete Guide to Specialized Mountain Bike Tires 4/6/2021 1:35 PM
JVP

How does T7 compare to Maxxis MaxxTerra? Equivalent wet grip, or faster rolling?

I'd LOVE an Aggressor in MaxxTerra for better wet rock & root traction, looks like the Eliminator might be it.

Raging River double lollipop with more confidence on People's Elbow, Invictus and "other stuff"! So rad the huge local rides we can do after work in the Seattle area these days.

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Liked a comment on the item REVIEW: Cascade Components Linkage Upgrade for Transition Sentinel and Kona Process 1/29/2021 4:04 PM

I wonder the same thing. The only explanation I can come up with is that companies are building bikes for the slower 80% of riders, not the faster 20%. Fast riders need more progression because they're hitting things faster and harder, but slow riders don't...more

Liked a comment on the item REVIEW: Cascade Components Linkage Upgrade for Transition Sentinel and Kona Process 1/29/2021 3:25 PM

Steve's videos on rebound are great. My understanding is the rebound speed is related to the position of the spring. The deeper the spring is in the travel, the more spring force and thus faster the spring will want to rebound. Interestingly, adding volume...more

Added a comment about feature REVIEW: Cascade Components Linkage Upgrade for Transition Sentinel and Kona Process 1/29/2021 3:23 PM
JVP

I suspect you're right about designing for the middle of the bell curve. Back in the day there was sometimes complaining about not using all your travel. But many of these brands have installed OEM bottom-out tokens which the Jerrys will never take out, so what's the point of your crappy leverage curve at that point?

And I'm "just a guy" saying this. Not going to find me on a podium or in some sick edit .

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Liked a comment on the item Head to Head: Transition Spur vs. Yeti SB115 Bike Review 1/23/2021 9:26 PM

I stoped watching at the spec check when it was clear that the tires arent identical. In my opinion it doesnt make any sense to compare bikes when the tires differ as that is the main contact point with the trail.

Liked a comment on the item Crankbrothers Shoe Range Unveiled, New Protection and Winter Wear - Vital Gear Show 12/14/2020 9:48 PM

Why complicate a simple thing?

Added reply in a thread Favorite Winter Tire Combo? 11/29/2020 3:05 PM

Front: Maxxis MaxxGrip, Schwalbe Ultra Soft, Conti Black Chili or E.Thirteen MoPo rubber. Pick your preferred casing weight and see what treads are available. I’m personally a fan of the Magic Mary. Rubber compound comes first, all other factors come ... more »

Liked a comment on the item FOX vs FOX vs FOX - DHX2 Coil, Float X2 and Float DPX2 Shock Comparison 11/14/2020 10:29 AM

This review really needs a bigger tester to go along with 5'10"/153. Someone at that size is going to experience these shocks very differently than someone who's 6'2"/210.

Liked a comment on the item The Downduro Project: Dual-Crown and a Dropper Post, Öhlins DH38 m.1 Review 9/8/2020 10:02 PM

Downduro is just cultural appropriation of mid 2000's freeride

Liked a comment on the item We Ride the Not-So-Secret 2021 Trek Slash (and love it) 9/3/2020 7:01 PM

Sorry, but a 30t chainring coupled with a 52t largest cog cassette isn't "useless", at least where I live. I would be more than happy to spin up on that setup on some steep and loose fireroad climb.

Liked a comment on the item Pro Bike Check - Greg Callaghan's Devinci Spartan 8/15/2020 10:48 PM

For me coil shocks have better midstroke support, but he is the Pro, what do I know

Liked a comment on the item The Ultimate Park Bike? Vital's Yeti SB165 Project 8/12/2020 10:26 PM

25 psi for a front tire with a dh casing and a 170 lb rider is soft?

Added a comment about press release Five New Constructions, a Revised Nobby Nic, and the Big Betty Returns - Schwalbe's Updated Line 8/6/2020 2:18 PM
Added a comment about feature MTB Tire Test: Michelin Wild Enduro vs. e*thirteen LG1r EN MoPo 5/20/2020 9:44 AM
JVP

I kind of agree at the moment, but it'll change. Michelin was the stuff back in the early Whistler days. Schwalbe is falling behind, their snakeskin casings suck, and SuperGravity too heavy for big xc rides. Love 'em for the heavier wheelset.

The new e.thirteen Mopo rubber is really impressive, and their trail sidewalls are fantastic. They just need to get their knob patterns sorted. Too squared off (still!, you think they'd learn) unless you're on narrower rims, and the center knobs are too short to be a good PNW all-rounder. Great tire for Squamish, and N Shore where there's less wet duff. If e.thirteen makes an Assegai/Mary competitor in Mopo and trail sidewall, I'm all in.

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Liked a comment on the item Introducing Ochain - A Clever Chainring Spider Designed to Reduce Pedal-Kickback 3/31/2020 4:58 PM

I like the bike simple, so I think that low POE hub would serve this purpose the same way.

Added a comment about product review We Ride the All-New Transition Scout 2/14/2020 12:13 PM
JVP

They killed it on the parts spec. The GX doesn’t have a single throwaway component on it. Bravo for putting code RSC on this kit. I’d actually prefer the GX over the XO1 build for more durable/reliable parts.

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