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Added reply in a thread Former Trek Executive's Open Letter to Bike Industry About E-Bikes 2/9/2020 9:02 AM

Great article and reasoned debate. A motor is a motor is a motor. Legs are legs are legs. If I can't climb the hill, I'll: a) go to another trail or b) train harder. $.02

Added a comment to benlinderman's bike check 12/19/2019 10:53 AM
2019 Specialized Stumpjumper 29 | East Coast Edition

I'm with the GX choice. R ders break a lot compared to, well, pretty much everything else. Does a $200 derailleur shift better than a $65? Perhaps, but if I have to buy 3....

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Added a comment about feature What Do Riders Think? Five Flat Pedal Shoes Reviewed by Vital MTB Members 11/20/2019 6:05 PM

Five Ten Freerider Pro are excellent shoes. They are worth twice (nearly) the price of the regular 5-10 FRs, notably lighter and less stitching means more durability. Hard to find on sale, so you know they're good.

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Added reply in a thread Current Enduro Bikes, One bike to rule them all, or all hype? 1/29/2018 9:53 AM

Jared Graves and Sam Hill at World Champs re-defined for me what is the "best bike." It's the one you're most comfortable on. After that I began riding my Yeti 29er everywhere, and focused on developing my skills rather than trying to "buy" better riding ... more »

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Heavy-Duty Disc Brakes 12/21/2017 10:28 AM

Great article, very thorough. I'd like to point out a distinction that doesn't show up in any professional reviews, but which has affected thousands of SRAM customers. SRAM, and perhaps other brands, often use different specifications for OEM brakes compared to the aftermarket sets sold separately. In the Guide line, these cheaper parts in the lever actuators failed MASSIVELY, leaving thousands of customers at the mercy of their respective shops' warranty processes. Some riders reported that their LBS swapped the levers immediately, allowing the customer to keep riding while the shop dealt with the SRAM warranty department. In my case, I dealt with the original bike seller, Jenson, who required their customers to remove and ship the entire brake assembly to Riverside CA. Then Jenson reported that SRAM was backed up and out of the replacement parts for months. Eventually, my levers were re-conditioned with replacement parts and returned to me. I had to deal with re-installing and bleeding the rear. I am partly to blame for using mail-order rather than LBS. However, SRAM was little more than indifferent in admitting these brakes are not the same as the aftermarket versions. My point in this long post is to warn fellow riders that OEM parts are not always the same as what the professional reviewers are provided to test, and the value of an LBS over mail order. Thanks.

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Added reply in a thread Does the New UCI President Really Care About MTB? 9/21/2017 1:55 PM

Thanks for covering this Iceman. EWS and Chris Ball's team show it can be done, but the level of resources are nowhere near UCI. I don't see any UCI executives stringing border tape or pre-riding the courses for events they administer. The major team ... more »

Added a comment about slideshow Pro Toolbox Check - John Hall, Aaron Gwin's Mechanic 10/20/2016 10:25 AM
Pro Toolbox Check - John Hall, Aaron Gwin's Mechanic

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Added reply in a thread MTB Ban Implemented Based on Strava Speeds 5/5/2016 2:42 PM

Not a single trail user rose to speak at the meeting. For this to be approved it had to appear on at least one prior council meeting agenda, where public comment is solicited. You do not have to live in the municipality to participate in public comment. ... more »

Added a comment about product review First Look, First Ride: 2016 Yeti SB5.5c 29er 4/12/2016 11:24 AM

I have a SB 75 and SB 4.5, definitely a Tribe guy. I was disappointed in Yeti's choice to go with the Boost 148/110 spec on their newest models, but after riding it I'm not so sure. I feel a tangible improvement with the Boost hub spacing on the 4.5. Placebo effect, or real? What's your opinion?

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Added a comment about news blog Troy Brosnan and Tracey Hannah Win 2016 Australian National Championships 3/20/2016 11:58 AM

Tracy's 8th championship. Worth mentioning.

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Added a comment about video ONE LAP - Vital MTB Test Sessions Bike Abuse on Geronimo Trail 1/27/2016 10:44 AM

Awesome riding fellas. Particularly like the slo-mo replay of off camber washout. A proper riding lesson. Thanks!

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Added a comment about video Are Walmart Bikes Safe to Ride? 1/13/2016 7:53 PM

Sick ridin dude.

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Added a comment about feature ​After the Crash: Red Bull Steps Up, Basagoitia on the Mend, Positive Changes for Rampage and the Bike Industry Ahead 11/2/2015 7:31 AM

Great news about Bas'. Props to all who pitched in.

If sponsors and mfrs' policies need to change regarding rider safety, how about this, and other magazines' editorial policies? Look at the number of articles that celebrate very risky riding styles to see what I mean.

If you want to make sponsors and mfrs responsible for rider safety, expect mandatory safety equipment rules and typical corporate CYA policies to be imposed at all events. How many Rampage riders were wearing horse collars and spine braces? Few.

I'm still amazed at the disproportionate response to Bas' injury compared to Will Olsen's death in August. I suppose the presence of a corporate villain makes all the difference.

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Added a comment about feature Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/20/2015 7:41 AM

Will Olsen was killed in early August at the Crested Butte EWS. There was much sadness and compassion expressed throughout the MTB community, but not the outrage that is following Bas' injury. What's the difference? More money? Hardly. Lower risk? Hardly. The absence of a hi-def video of the incident? Perhaps.

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Added reply in a thread RESULTS: 2015 Masters World Champs DH from Andorra 8/27/2015 7:23 PM

30 yrs old is a "master" age? Wow, do they really need entry fees that badly?