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Liked a comment on the item THE NEW SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE V10 Downhill Race Bikes 4/29/2020 6:18 AM

1. Interesting they're all on 50mm stems and coil shocks. 2. I'm shocked they're still riding 203mm rotors. 3. I can't/don't believe they're not running inserts.

Added a comment about video Noisy Bikes, Small Bikes - Vital RAW - 2010 World Cup DH 4/27/2020 8:27 AM

That was amazing!

I feel the long bikes didn’t work back then because the small wheels would “push” too much. Not enough weight on the front wheel with its small contact patch.

Interesting watching the riders hitting their knees on their grips a few times.

Seems like the bikes were setup softer too, trying to get grip, the modern bikes are so much more hooked up they can be set up firmer. I like modern bikes set up soft for max control though!! Call me old school!

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Added a comment about photo Luca Shaw's V10 3/6/2020 1:35 PM
Luca Shaw's V10

Such a tease not showing both wheels of Shaw's bike!

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Liked a comment on the item Unlike Anything Else - Trust Shout Linkage Fork Reviewed 2/6/2020 12:42 PM

There's more useful information in a handful of these opinions than in a 1,000 miles of the "bad road" known as Pinkbike comments.
Thanks Vital!

Liked a comment on the item Unlike Anything Else - Trust Shout Linkage Fork Reviewed 2/1/2020 7:47 AM

Nice feedback!

Added a comment about product review Unlike Anything Else - Trust Shout Linkage Fork Reviewed 1/31/2020 5:17 PM
Krispy

Have you been on a Shout or a Message?

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Added a comment about product review Unlike Anything Else - Trust Shout Linkage Fork Reviewed 1/31/2020 5:15 PM
Krispy

Inverted and right side up forks will have the same behavior as they move through their stroke regarding the offset.

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Added a comment about product review Unlike Anything Else - Trust Shout Linkage Fork Reviewed 1/31/2020 4:58 PM
Krispy

I'd like to chime in with my experience. I got one on loan to demo on my own bike since I'm local to them in Utah. No doubt it takes a few rides to get used to the fork! I had to adjust to riding more forward on the bike which is a part of what makes the fork work well. It wasn't until a very long day of muddy wet and cold rock riding that I had the breakthrough moment that I hadn't dabbed in hours of riding while buddies were slipping around.

After I removed the fork and went back to my Lyric 170 that I noticed how soft and un supportive my old fork was. I had spent a year of dialing in my compression and tokens and now it just wasn't the same. Of course, I tried firmer settings but then I lost the tracking I needed.

I eventually had to have one on my bike. -I did get a hookup- I'll admit that.

I'm a tiny human at 125lbs and wondered if this fork would be even better for bigger riders that struggle with fork flex. I usually like pretty light damping too. I've been diligent about leaving the damping at the recommended settings.

I took it to Virgin during Rampage and rode all the scary lines I've always ridden and just loved the action on Flying Monkey, and the steep drop filled lines of Old Rampage.

I'm an old school rider that jumps wheel high too often and hangs off the back too much. I've had to focus on landing nose heavy more often to avoid the harshness of slapping the front wheel down. It's been good for my technique! It's so awesome to just point the front wheel right into trail garbage and centerpunch landings.

I understand that there are drawbacks but I feel the upsides are greater and I'm surprised that more people aren't saying how mind blowing it is through the rough hacked up trails. I hear people praising it for this but to me it's a real standout quality. The cornering is indeed amazing. The dynamic offset keeps the front wheel slightly further ahead of you during deep compressions which keeps the steering slowed down a bit and helps stability. I think that bikes don't need to be so slack with a Trust fork. We've gone crazy slack to keep the front wheel way out there but we just have had no choice. If the head angle was a little bit steeper the harsh slap down effect would be reduced. The fork stays up in it's travel so well that the front wheel almost seems too far out- too slack.

The price, well it's $256 more than a Fox 40 factory. Seems fair for a full carbon chassis, bearings, recirculating thru shaft damper, etc.

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Liked a comment on the item Nicolai Geometron (Mk3) 9/3/2019 1:17 PM

we need more details of that MORC 36!

Added reply in a thread Is the 29 / 27.5 combo (97.5) bike here to stay? 3/23/2019 6:19 AM

That's interesting. The thing is though, the front wheel turns on an arc as the bars turn and the rear doesn't follow the same path. Also the rear steps out and tends to drift more than the front. Perhaps the fact that the rear wheel is spinning faster ... more »

Added reply in a thread Is the 29 / 27.5 combo (97.5) bike here to stay? 3/22/2019 9:07 PM

I'm loving my firebird 29 in the high setting with a 27.5 rear wheel, it's just a tad lower and slacker. I certainly like the rear clearance and the ability to pump manual over holes on rough tracks and off ledges. A bit less traction though and a little ... more »

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

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
Krispy

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
Pivot Firebird 29"

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
Pivot Firebird 29"

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!