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Added a comment about feature Flowrider Racing Revel Rascal LT with All-New Intend Fork 9/9/2020 9:08 AM
JulioValiente

It's hideous. I love it! Would rock that 10/10

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Liked a comment on the item Custom SCOTT Gambler Raw Carbon 4/24/2020 6:21 AM

It’s not cheating, it’s just dumb. Why would you run xc casings on a Dh bike. I had rimpacts with exo+ and still managed to destroy the tyre. So whoever built this bike either has no idea how DH riding works or built it for someone who rides Dh bikes on xc loops.

Added a comment to qblambda's bike check 4/24/2020 2:51 AM
Custom SCOTT Gambler Raw Carbon

Kind of cheating with those tires though...

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Liked a comment on the item BIG ROCKS & BACKFLIPS! Vital RAW, Snowshoe World Cup Downhill 9/6/2019 9:22 AM

To my untrained emotional eye he looks fast as shit.

Liked a comment on the item Help Wanted: Marketing and Content Manager for Vital MTB 7/26/2019 12:33 AM

No....I meant peaking...as in "oh baby, that's it."
Ummm.....

Liked a comment on the item Help Wanted: Marketing and Content Manager for Vital MTB 7/26/2019 12:33 AM

Man...thought for sure you'd just get out a post it note & write me an offer, flip it face down...and slide it across the table. I'd pick it up at the edge to peak at the number, realize it's a post it note, try to get it off my finger...and wind up letting everyone over my...more

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Oil Slick Yeti SB150

That paint job is hideous, I love it!

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Added reply in a thread 2019 Racing Rumors 10/13/2018 7:11 AM

I don't know how long it's been this way but the Specialzed Demo product page is blank. https://www.specialized.com/us/en/shop/bikes/mountain-bikes/downhill-mountain-bikes/demo/c/downhilldemo

Started new thread Is there something special about the Mondraker Summum? 6/9/2018 4:26 AM

A lot of riders say that just about all top of the line DH bikes out there are great (and the pros aren't allowed to mention favorites) but we all know some bikes just have that fire that makes you go all out. The only bike that we definitely know was ... more »

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Added a comment about video LUDICROUS LEOGANG - Vital RAW, World Cup DH Day 1 6/9/2018 4:01 AM

Phil's inside line on the first corner was smooooth. Fearon's tire sponsor needs to cash in on his drifting!

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Liked a comment on the item First Look, First Ride: The All-New 2018 Santa Cruz Nomad 3/21/2018 9:59 AM

The notion this bike can't be an everyday ride came down to the following...

1) I didn't get to pedal it enough nor did I ride it very much on mellow terrain to the point where I can fully comment on its everday-ability. I'm speculating, but the time I was on smoother...more

Added a comment about product review How Much Fun Can the New Santa Cruz Blur XC Bike Be? Vital's First Ride 3/21/2018 9:18 AM
JulioValiente

I can completely relate to that feeling from the other side of the spectrum. It's real reason I found the best DH bike I have had (an M9) just not that fun and sometimes down right dangerous to ride. You'd feel so in-control that you'd have to push that much harder to get that exciting rush. It also means that, unless you have insanely good downhill trails in your back ground, all your rides are quite unexciting.

It's also why one of my favorite bikes of all time was a Yeti 575. Fun and exciting but trail bikes back then just couldn't be abused like DH bikes. It flexed a lot and made those cringe worthy noises on bottom out. I sold it out of fear of having to scrap a broken frame.

I would really like to have a bike like that again!

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Liked a comment on the item First Look: Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels 3/21/2018 8:45 AM

For what its worth - I wasn't paid by SC. Yes, SC is an advertiser on the site but Vital goes to pretty crazy lengths to keep their reviews (and reviewers) objective. Separation of Church and State if you will.

I"m a "consultant" for the company. I have a job outside of...more

Added a comment about product review Tested: Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels 3/21/2018 8:38 AM
JulioValiente

Jeff, your last comment was right. sort of. I'm glad Enve has taken a step in that direction but I am hoping for some manufacturers to push further.

I'd just like to add a little to this discussion being on the heavy side (200lbs) and a downhiller who is hard on wheels.

What I'm really liking about this whole prospect of really nice rims with inserts is that, for the first time, we might have a system where a rim can be a "permanent" component on a bike. It may be hard to really quantify an aluminum vs carbon rim since the only real standard we have are widths and weights. But the fact of the matter is, for riders like me, aluminum rims are consumable items. We accept that tires and brake pads should last 6-9 months but in my experience that's how long aluminum rims tend to stay undented or without flat spots (disclaimer: i run pressures at 30F 30R for smooth tracks and 35F 35+R for rocky tracks - yes it rides like rubbish but I want to finish the race). I can't run tubeless because a heavily dented rim won't hold air, even if it's still runs straight and true. Then products like cushcore came along. I've never seen any on this side of the world but it seems to be the light at the end of the tunnel.

If rims stop becoming a consumable it might actually be justifiable to drop coin on a really nice wheelset. Before cushcore, it would be absolutely out of the question to buy a wheelset with nice rims. A normal bad dent would have resulted in a shattered rim. I'm glad that now we actually might have the option to get our rims that last years, ride well, and not spend a third of the day fixing flats. Now if they could only knock 100g off cushcore...


P.S.: I haven't ridden non-dual-ply tires in about decade but it's getting impossible to ignore how awesome short travel bikes have become. Is a ripped sidewall something that happens regularly? It's disappointing how EXO and Silkworm marketing speak is specifically saying how the features are targeted and making sidewalls tear resistant when it sounds like the real improvement is in DD which is 200g heavier per tire and is literally just dual-ply-lite. In the weight ranges were talking about here (260g for cushcore so 130g per tire?), that is a significant amount of weight.

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Added a comment about product review How Much Fun Can the New Santa Cruz Blur XC Bike Be? Vital's First Ride 3/21/2018 7:30 AM
JulioValiente

OT: I wish I could get a review from you based on that decision! That's exactly what I want to do, downsize travel for more fun. The Scout looks like a perfect XC bike for downhillers.

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Liked a comment on the item How Much Fun Can the New Santa Cruz Blur XC Bike Be? Vital's First Ride 3/21/2018 7:24 AM

Could not agree more about finding the limits of a bike and how much fun that is, that’s why I recently swapped from a Patrol to a Scout and am very happy I did. Great review BT

Liked a comment on the item Retro Future Transition Scout: STOLEN 3/5/2018 3:03 AM

tape, greased lightning, sandpaper, a lot of elbow grease, polishing compound on polishing wheels.

Added reply in a thread 2018 Racing Rumors 2/23/2018 11:32 PM

That new Norco DH bike has been public for a year now! Sell it to us, Norco!