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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 6/24/2018 2:10 PM
gbcoke

Obviously a bike like this should go down super fast and secure,but what i dont get is how a 36lbs bike with a simple suspension design (no crazy antisquat numbers) and what looks to be a slack(ish) st angle climbs anywhere near as well as reported here.Sorry but something doesn't adds up...

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Liked a comment about feature Go Big or Go Home | Commencal Meta AM 29 6/24/2018 2:08 PM
kwapik

No, I missed that. Thanks.

Edit: Just read it. Good comparisons and a great format. Just need to add the Firebird 29, the Meta AM 29, the Ripmo, the Capra 29, and any others for an updated version.

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Liked a comment about feature Go Big or Go Home | Commencal Meta AM 29 6/24/2018 2:07 PM
kwapik

I've been clamoring for a shootout with all these new long travel 29ers on the market. And I think Vital is the only one brave enough to make this happen.

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As someone who is sometimes lucky enough to get to go and shoot racing, there are few things I look forward to more than seeing Blenki appear in the viewfinder. If anybody can make shit look good, it's Blenki!

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Liked a comment about product review Review - 2018 Orbea Rallon from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/17/2018 10:51 AM
LTrumpore

To the point of a bigger bottom out bumper, I have a rather linear sb5.5 fitted with an elevensix that has exactly that. I won't claim it's an equal substitute for a bit more progressive spring curve, but it's amazing how a seemingly low-tech solution goes a long way to changing the ride characteristics (though Darren from PUSH tells me it's actually not as low tech as it might appear). Do I max out the travel a bit more? Yeah I'm sure I do, but I can't feel it so I don't notice. Didn't Rockshox have a two-part tunable bump stop on the orivinal Vivid coil for the same purpose? I've always found the Fox bumpers in particular to be fairly firm, like they are there primarily to prevent damage more than anything else. Would love to see more coil shocks with larger, open-cell type bumpers that offer a bit more progressive cushion. Anyway, loving this new in depth video review format, might work great for a multiple air/coil rear shock comparision now that there are about a dozen options out there.

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/7/2018 3:40 PM
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ryan_daugherty

Agreed but disregard wheel size. Bikes fit in the same category regardless of wheel size. I'm not exclusive to wheel size when I shop for a bike. In my opinion the wheel size isn't that big of a factor when classifying the bike.

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