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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 3:04 PM

In a DH or DS race, sure. I do think this is one of the best comparative bike reviews I've seen to date, although on race day I'm going for a red bike because everyone knows red is the fastest color.

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 2:40 PM

"Which is the fastest bike?" Easy, the one with the fastest rider smile

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 2:37 PM

I'd like to throw the Slayer in this mix smile

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 2:34 PM
Matt Dogg

Thanks Dave. How does your Slash climb? Curious as this is one of my two hesitancies to swapping to a longer travel 29er (1. climbing, 2. making descending too easy / boring in non-tech terrain).

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 2:28 PM
Matt Dogg

I like your list. Would be very interesting as the Scott and SC are better all rounders and Intense/YT better dh mobsters. Is there really much dif between the 150 and 160 29er crew?

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 2:26 PM
Matt Dogg

Yo Brian - we could crowd fund it. Dead serious put me down for $10. If we get 1,000 supporters we can buy Vital......... oh wait, 1 or 2 bikes. Nevermind. Fail.

Also - sorry but disagree that the Intense qualifies as "boutique".

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 2:20 PM

Also test runs with flat and clipless pedals. I'd also like to see runs with tight fitting clothing and looser clothing to see if that actually affects times. If you end up doing varying body types could you be sure they have significantly different shoe sizes? I'd be curious if the extra...more

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Matt Dogg

Agree. The base level Enduros are priced very well. If only I needed that much travel...... maybe I'll demo one this year (currently on an up-forked Stumpy29 (160-130 dual position fork)

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 2:18 PM

...and no one has said it yet, but the best "Value" here is the Specialized bike. Who woulda thunk it?

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 2:18 PM

Man, this was the best bike review/round up I've ever seen. My only critique for next time is to have more test riders with varying body types, like a tall rider, a 'racer' vs someone with more of a 'freerider', etc

Added a comment to Zuestman's bike check 3/2/2018 7:54 AM
Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol

Looks amazing in black. Dope wheelset. Considering a Smash for my next rig.

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Liked a comment on the item Transition Sentinel, Fully Custom Spec. 2/27/2018 12:26 PM

thanks for clarifying I though SBG stood for Super Big Gonads. or Send Big Gaps

Liked a comment on the item Tested: DVO Topaz T3 Air Shock 2/25/2018 10:28 AM

Very good shock, as I ran one last year without any real complaints. The only issue is not directly with this shock, but how the industry as a whole still uses bushings at the mounting points. For three bikes in a row now, I have swapped out to needle bearings, and they allowed...more

Added a comment about product review Tested: DVO Topaz T3 Air Shock 2/25/2018 10:11 AM
Matt Dogg

I’ve been running the Topaz on my Stumpjumper 29 since October. Awesome shock, the tunability is great especially dialing in a more supportive and progressive rear end. The climb setting isn’t as firm as I’d like for northern Utah climbs, most of which are non technical. Looking forward to the Topaz 2.0 already spotted on team Giant’s bikes. Looks like a DPX-2.

I’m about 215 pounds and run 200 psi in the bladder and ~290 in the main air chamber with 3 volume spacers in the positive. This air pressure is consistent with a Monarch Plus Debonair (the closest competitor by design) I’ve tried on the Stumpy also where I had to almost max it out at close to 300 psi to get the feel I was looking for.

Great shock I even had DVO tune the stack to firm it up a little in mid and firm mode. Gonna keep tweaking and see what a spacer in the neg side will do. Overall I’m very happy with the shock especially when jumping and pumping. Very likely I’ll check out the Topaz 2.0 when it’s released. And DVO was kind enough to design Stumpy and Enduro compatible mounts so u don’t have to run a bike yoke.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Kore Durox Wheelset 9/19/2014 9:10 AM
Matt Dogg

First off, my 50mm KORE stem is affordable, sexy, and bulletproof, so generally speaking I'm a fan of the brand. But I'm not quite sure who this wheelset is targeted at. Does it have any advantage over a stock Stan's ZTR Flow EX set from their site, which weighs a few grams less, includes DT Swiss hubs, and retails for (only) $595? My bike came with a Flow wheelset and if I upgraded, rather than keeping a "mid range" $500+ set, I'd probably drop $1000 and go with American Classic, Industry Nine, or Mavic. This looks priced higher than the budget-oriented rider, but not as high as the upper-mid to premium price range so not quite sure who the target market is......

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Added a comment about photo 2015 NS Snabb E1 8/28/2014 10:55 AM
2015 NS Snabb E1

Tried and true design everyone is using these days, but does it offer anything new? I can still dig it, though. Sweet colors, sweet brand.

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Added a comment about photo 2015 Orange Alpine 160 8/28/2014 10:51 AM
2015 Orange Alpine 160

I kind of want the Orange just so I can be the anti-hero on the trails. No fancy shmancy nancy VPP, DW, ABP, Maestro, multi-linkage, overpivoted, underpivoted, pivotless, flexing stays, four bar, faux bar, etc...... Just clean, simple, and badass. Props to Orange for keeping it real for so long. Might have to check out recent reviews on their bikes.

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Added a comment about video Snowbird's Big Mountain Trail: 2,900 Vertical Feet Over 7.5 Scenic Miles is One Tram Ride Away 8/22/2014 10:59 AM

I've ridden it from the bottom twice. It's NOT a DH mountain bike trail. It's an alpine mountain bike trail, and a sweet one. Anyone looking for a DH-specific trail needs to look elsewhere. I see other trails being built on the mountain, so one day Snowbird may be a place for DH bikes, but it's not there yet. The climb up this trail is one of the best in the Wasatch, though. The DH is fun, just not "flowey" or "sick" with lots of nice berms and jumps. XC, Trail, and AM riders I think will really like this trail, but DH & FRers for now are better served elsewhere. However, it'll be super sick to link this up with the LCDH for a mega long run to the bottom of the canyon. MD out......

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Added a comment about product review Tested: OneUp Components 42T Cassette Add-On 4/9/2014 7:50 AM
Matt Dogg

About 10 rides on my new setup: SRAM PG 1030 11-36 cassette - 17t + OneUp 42t, SRAM X9 Type 2 mid cage rear, Race Face NW 30t up front. Quick review: slight loss in shifting performance but 100% worth it for me due to the simplicity of my new drivetrain (and some weight savings too) and 90% of the range of my old 2x9, plus my bike just looks "right" now. If you're interested in simplifying your setup right now, then do it. If you're anal about your shifting, buy a proper 1x11 or wide range 10 speed cassette, coming soon from Shimano and already available online from some lesser known manufacturers. 1-2 years from now there will be multiple options of complete "wide range" 10 speed groupos, so feel free to hold out a while if your current setup is fine and you want to wait for an affordable "fully dialed" 1x10 solution.

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