Added a comment about product review Offset Crowns in an Adjustable Package 12/21/2018 1:54 PM

Sounds about right, 26" forks are around 37 i believe and I've heard a lot of good feedback about that offset for 27.5. Thanks for the update.

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Added a comment about product review Offset Crowns in an Adjustable Package 12/20/2018 1:12 PM

Do you know the offset of your 27.5 Boxxer? Do you know where it is now?

Did you try to alter the head angle and then try different offsets? I'm a little surprised you didn't try more setups since there are so many choices, maybe your setup could get even better!

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Added a comment to Bouba's bike check 10/17/2018 5:09 PM

The clevis is really short on this bike.
There are also other coil shocks with larger shafts like DVO and Rock Shox that would probably work. Of all the shocks out there the Cane Creek pictured is probably my last choice as far as the shaft and seal head bushing goes. The Double Barrel does have great damping and a cushy bottom out bumper though.

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Added a comment to Bouba's bike check 10/17/2018 5:04 PM

Here is what Pivot has to say about it,

Although the Firebird 29 features a rising rate design that functions with coil-over shocks, the clevis design adds additional leverage to the shock shaft and internal piston bushing that can result in premature wear of the shock or in the case of some shock brands, a total failure of the shock shaft so we do not recommend running a coil-over. For maximum performance and durability, we recommend staying with the Pivot spec’d FOX Float X2 shock (or DPX2 on our race builds). The FOX Float X2 air shock, Rock Shox Super Delux or Vivid Air and most any other DH based air shock design features a tunable spring curve for better overall performance with the Firebird 29’s linkage design. The Pivot Factory Racing DH World Cup team has the option of running either the FOX X2 air or coil and each member of the Pivot Factory Racing team has found the air shock to offer better performance and control and ultimately faster times on the race course. If you absolutely insist on running a coil-over shock on your Firebird 29, then either run the FOX X2 and be prepared to service the shock at short intervals to prevent failure and potential damage to the frame or the PUSH industries ElevenSIX shock which features an oversize shock shaft and bushing, as well as a captured spring at both ends of the shock. If you choose to run this shock, it is the user’s responsibility to follow the tune guidelines that PUSH provides and also service the shock at much shorter intervals. Any frame damage occurring due to shock failure from using any shock other than the Pivot supplied FOX Float X2 or DPX2 will not be covered under warranty.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW - FRENCH NATIONAL DOWNHILL CHAMPIONSHIPS 7/30/2018 3:50 PM

Oh if Loris could've held that drift....would've been all time

Liked a comment on the item The Inside Line Podcast - Leigh Donovan 5/10/2018 8:29 AM

So, i've spent nearly every moment with this woman since 1993...thought I knew every ounce of detail and story-but even I learned a couple bits! Was nervous to listen haha, but she did great, nice job babe!

Added a comment about feature The Inside Line Podcast - Leigh Donovan 5/10/2018 8:28 AM

Holy shit that was incredible. I will always think of you as a goddess. I just now realize that I most assuredly made you extremely uncomfortable back in 1999, and I apologize!! I had no idea you disliked the attention so much! You were a hero of mine back then and a source of inspiration!!!

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: Revin Cycling E27 Pro Wheelset 3/16/2018 8:57 AM

PSI is pounds per square inch, if a mtn tire has twice the volume it has twice the square inches which puts twice the pressure on the rim. That's equivalent to 120 psi or more since mtb tires have so much volume these days.

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Added a comment about video The Art of Adventure // Chapter 1: An Obsessed Upbringing 1/10/2018 2:36 PM

Sweet Lenz!
I love the original 46 lb 303 rail bike too!
Inspiring vid.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2018 Kona Process 153 CR/DL 27.5 1/6/2018 9:34 AM
Added reply in a thread This May Be One of the Greatest MTB Articles Ever Written by a Big News Company 12/5/2017 6:01 PM

The bike I rode in 94 was 10 lbs lighter than the bike I ride today.

Added a comment about product review Tested: Maxxis Forekaster Tire 11/17/2017 8:50 AM

Interesting to hear that 2.6" wide tires performed well in muddy conditions.

That 120 TPI casing is quite supple and rolls well, but doesn't tolerate sharp rocks. Good to hear you didn't have any flats or damage.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Bontrager's High-Value Line Pro 30 Carbon Wheelset 11/14/2017 5:52 AM

What's the warranty? Good to hear it's hassle free, details please.

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Liked a comment on the item We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 10/17/2017 1:51 PM

Totally, damping is a bandaid solution for bad spring rates, but if your shock feels dead, damping is still an available bandaid solution.

This one of many reasons why I love air suspension- it's so hard to dial in spring rate with coils, and you can't do anything about spring curve progression-...more

Added a comment about feature We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 10/17/2017 1:48 PM

Great article, Vital rocks.
While I agree with what is stated in this article I've had different outcomes when testing coil vs air.

First off, what hasn't been mentioned here or in the Rockshox story is how the negative chamber works on an air shock. The negative air makes the shock softer at sag and can make the shock feel less poppy. The coil spring on the other hand is firmer at sag which gives the support so many people feel. I've found this to make the bike feel more poppy and faster.

Due to larger negative Evol and Debonair air cans this has become less noticeable. I'm just stating this because a lot of us have contradictory responses to what's stated in this article and it may be because we've all had older air shocks that feel different from today's fantastic air shocks.

Lastly, air shocks don't have bottom out bumpers that can cause a harsh bottom out. Riders that experience this resort to adding bands/tokens to get more progression. This causes ramp up throughout the stroke which isn't always desired. I think the reason they don't have bumpers is the O ring fun meter won't ever reach full travel which makes people think there's something wrong with their setup or have the wrong stroke shock. Coil shocks don't have travel measuring o rings so no one knows they're missing a few mm's of travel. Air shocks (and coils for that matter) should have 5 mm's more travel and bottom out bumpers to get the true stroke at bottom out!!!!!

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Added a comment about feature We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 10/17/2017 1:34 PM

There were progressive springs for a while on MTB's. I think the reason we don't see them now is that they fatigue. Springs on bicycles are as short as they can be to save weight and, aside from new Metric shocks, there isn't room for a longer spring. With progressive wound springs a few coils work harder than the rest which causes them to sack out, get softer and break. Foes had 2 stage springs and we at Go-Ride made 2 stage springs for Fox 40's for a while before the dampers were up to snuff. Our springs would sack out rather quickly since the softer of the 2 springs did most of the work. The Foes springs were awesome, there was a limiter to keep the softer spring from being overly compressed. Foes discontinued theirs, the shocks were significantly longer which made them heavy, and hard to sell.

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Added reply in a thread Do Clipless Pedals Need a New Name? 10/16/2017 7:27 AM

Clips.

Liked a comment on the item TECH TALK: Air Shocks Versus Coil Shocks, What's Better? 10/14/2017 8:52 PM

I don't understand. If the adiabatic process occurs at high shaft speeds, why would that affect a low shaft speed moment like pushing into a jump face? By poppy I assume we're talking about jumping. Similarly, small bump impacts are high shaft speed moments, so by this same process...more