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Liked a comment on the item NEW TRANSITION SENTINEL 4/28/2020 4:02 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO2ZyPonPaE&feature=youtu.be - got bored so I made a video on my thoughts so I don't have to type so damn much.

Liked a comment on the item NEW TRANSITION SENTINEL 4/28/2020 4:02 PM

Looks like improvements in all the right spots

Liked a comment on the item Direct-to-Consumer Tires: Versus Mountain Bike Tires Long-Term Tested 4/15/2020 8:00 PM

$65 with no middle man strikes me as kinda expensive. MAP (minimum advertised price) for most Maxxis models is less than $70. A direct to consumer cost of $45-$50 would put them on par with the wholesale pricing of the the most expensive mtb tires available.

Liked a comment on the item Direct-to-Consumer Tires: Versus Mountain Bike Tires Long-Term Tested 4/15/2020 8:00 PM

The initial look is similar, for sure, but there are differences. It rolls faster, for one. The cornering knobs have the innovative siping too. There are many other subtle differences too: Knob surface area, shape and position etc.

Liked a comment on the item Direct-to-Consumer Tires: Versus Mountain Bike Tires Long-Term Tested 4/15/2020 8:00 PM

Not very earth-shattering at $65 dollars. If they were $40-50 that would be more newsworthy. When you have a boutique carbon FS bike, top of the line suspension and carbon hoops you usually don't lose any sleep if you spend 10-15 dollars more per tire. Not diminishing the performance of the...more

Liked a comment on the item Tested: Öhlins TTX Air Rear Shock 4/14/2020 10:51 PM

I wouldn't call them tangible performance gains. I have significant time on both Super Deluxe and X2, and while they all feel a bit different the Öhlins is in the same league now. The X2 offers more external adjustments, whether or not you need such granular control is a question for...more

Liked a comment on the item Tested: Öhlins TTX Air Rear Shock 4/14/2020 10:51 PM

Never buy the Mk1.
It's as true now as ever. This one actually looks alright

Liked a comment on the item Tested: Öhlins TTX Air Rear Shock 4/14/2020 10:51 PM

But if nobody buys the MK1, there will never be an MK2 and where would that leave us?

Added a comment about product review Tested: Öhlins TTX Air Rear Shock 4/14/2020 12:40 PM
Matt Dogg

thanks for the review Johan.... and the obvious follow-up question is if there are tangible performance gains over the super deluxe, x2, topaz, and there's an updated dpx-2 this year also. i like the HSC and sounds like the climb switch works a treat.

I'm on a Jade-X coil shock this year and depending on how it goes will consider going back to an air spring next year if the coil is too planted and i want to get a little life back in the rear suspension.

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Liked a comment on the item Is MTB Design As Good As It Gets? The Inside Line Listener Response 3/16/2020 12:39 PM

I forgot one thing...gearboxes. I'm really hoping that that's the advance that we see. A gearbox that doesn't have too much drag and gives us a 6x gear range with good steps in between. That would be a great advancement.

Liked a comment on the item Is MTB Design As Good As It Gets? The Inside Line Listener Response 3/16/2020 12:39 PM

At 6'7" I agree wholeheartedly with you, though I think there might be a couple more than that by now. And that's why, before reaches started growing, I just started building my own steel frames. But not everyone can do that. That's why advances like the ease of...more

Liked a comment on the item Is MTB Design As Good As It Gets? The Inside Line Listener Response 3/16/2020 12:38 PM

If you're over 6'3" there are now two (two!) companies who make a production bike that will fit you. Progress.

Liked a comment on the item Is MTB Design As Good As It Gets? The Inside Line Listener Response 3/16/2020 12:38 PM

Back in 2000 I was telling people that eventually we'd have bikes with six inches of travel front and rear that pedaled well and weighed 30 lbs. That's what we now have...and I'm perfectly happy with that. Bikes have changed a lot in the last 20 years, but they're...more

Added a comment about feature Are Mountain Bikes Too Expensive? The Inside Line Listener Response 3/4/2020 10:18 AM
Matt Dogg

agree Wolfpack almost no high end alu builds. But on the bright side there are awesome alu frames out there from Banshee, Knolly, Ibis and many more from $1800 - $2200 as a starting point to a high end build. With nice components those will still be pricey bikes tho.

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Liked a comment on the item Are Mountain Bikes Too Expensive? The Inside Line Listener Response 3/4/2020 10:15 AM

I only have a really nice bike because I work at a shop and get a discount, otherwise, it would be really hard for me to spend the kind of money most bikes and components cost. My biggest complaint is that all manufacturers only offer better builds with Carbon frames. If...more

Added a comment about feature Are Mountain Bikes Too Expensive? The Inside Line Listener Response 3/1/2020 6:43 PM
Matt Dogg

Good point Nismo. And hopefully we get more d2c brands. The numbers that I’ve seen are 40% markup for some big brands and as low as 25% for some of the ‘gucci’ brands. D2C could go cheaper especially with their higher margins. They’re making more per bike selling direct than to shops. Anyway prices are high it’s just a matter of us voting with our wallets. My new Ripmo AF is on the way. Affordable? Who knows. First mtb was $500 in the mid 90s and I saved up for it and it served me well.

Of course how often do we need a new bike anyway. That’s a whole other conversation and this industry is fed by consumerism like most.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/25/2020 3:20 PM

Very nice group review, would love more in this format!

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/25/2020 3:20 PM

I think there is a big difference between a classic 120F-120R Trailbike and a modern one with 140F-120R. It's not just the fork, when you have All-Mountain geometry, All-mountain tires, and All-Mountain weight you have an All-Mountain Bike with a bit less travel...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/25/2020 3:19 PM

My advice to people: do not weigh your bikes - unless you're trying to build up a hill-climb specific bike. There have been a lot of tests and studies about bike weight, and the consensus is, it doesn't matter nearly as much as people think it does. For some...more