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

Added a comment about feature New BOS Forks and Shocks from Eurobike 8/31/2017 8:10 AM

56 mm offset is mentioned as typical, that seems like more than any fork out there. Is 56 ideal for 29" wheels and a long slack setup? I've yet to hear the numbers for a Fox 49 or a 29" boxxer. 51 is the current norm for long travel 29er forks and 27.5 Fox 40. Can you confirm?

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Added a comment about feature Pro Toolbox Check - John Hall's Treasure Chest 7/14/2017 3:00 PM

E13 cassette that requires 2 whips to unlock?

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Added reply in a thread Yoann Barelli's Brake Lever Position 2/26/2016 8:11 PM

My wrists can't even bend like that any more! On a moto I wrap my left finger all the way around the lever since on is a clutch after all. The other side has a throttle, its easier to reach the lever when it's high. The lever s also need to fit behind ... more »

Added a comment about video Linkage Analysis - Santa Cruz V10c vs. Pivot Phoenix Carbon 2/19/2016 2:41 PM

These are my two favorite DH bikes and I sell both!

It should be said that under braking the V 10 looks similar to the Phoenix but that is at sag. deeper in the travel the suspension becomes more active. This allows the bike to squat some and remain stable, but then still track well when deeper in the travel. Aside from the V 10, the Devinci Wilson does this in a similar way with the inverted Split Pivot design.

I usually like progressive bikes, the new generation shocks that employ an Ohlins style damper aren't progressive so the bike should be. But-- they have such incredible speed sensitive damping that the shocks make up for the lack of progressiveness. Curious to see the progressiveness of DH bikes evolves as the shocks evolve too. Notice how the fastest World Cup riders have custom links to make them more progressive.

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Liked a comment on the item 12-inches of Travel with 24-inch Wheels in Moab - Canfield and Krispy, 2001 1/27/2016 5:52 AM

sick, thanks for the bike update...and the hucking 14 years ago haha. i fixed the description. i still get freaked out thinking about what you guys rode down and off out there. #concrete

Added a comment about video 12-inches of Travel with 24-inch Wheels in Moab - Canfield and Krispy, 2001 1/26/2016 7:30 PM

Holy shit! The good old days of free riding the rock!

I was on an Armageddon, single shock, 11" travel BTW. Still got seat buzz even with 24's so I never switched to the Apocalypse.

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Added a comment about photo WORLD CUP PIT BITS - Greg Minnaar's Santa Cruz V10cc Limo 7/2/2015 6:55 AM

So is the linkage longer or what? That would change up a whole mess of things!

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Added a comment about photo Logan Peat's Prototype Santa Cruz Slopestyle Bike 4/18/2015 6:39 AM

Look at that lower link- that's nothing like SC has done before. That's a lot of work for a one off bike! Quite different wheelpath and shock rate just for a slope bike. Cool stuff.

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