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Added a comment about feature Shimano XT 12-Speed Long-Term Review 1/11/2021 12:14 PM
Matt Dogg

late to the game but curious about potential XTR mech issues. I wouldn't mind going from long cage + 10-51 to mid cage + 10-45 and XTR is the only mid cage in the lineup. Currently on SLX 12.

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Added a comment about product review 2021 Canyon Spectral 29 CF8 Long-Term Review 12/4/2020 12:36 PM
Matt Dogg

Man, your comments are valid Berg. But there are viable workarounds.

It sucks swapping posts on a new bike but OneUp droppers have a super low stack height, which was a hack I used on an old stumpjumper to get more drop. Also Canyon offers a dual skinny bottle carrying solution (check their site) which looks pretty simple and gets you up to 800ml i think.

My buddy is on a Jeffsy29 and this looks almost like a carbon copy (tee hee) but with a slacker hta. The geo looks on point and reviews are saying it's near top of class in climbing ability. The non tapered head tube and subsequent rotating spacer thingie looks wonky though.

To me it looks like a great update. I'm on an XL ripmo AF now with a 185 dropper which is enough for me though to be fair most of my friends are seeking 200mm droppers.

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Added a comment to Sethius's bike check 11/29/2020 5:04 PM
Last glen mx **** carbon.

Nice build except for the obvious. Hey Sethius, because I don’t want you to die I can probably find a half used front tire in the garage that still has 2x the traction as that Ardent. I’d be happy to drop it in the mail gratis. And I ride an alu beauty too!

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Added a comment about feature Marginal Gains: There’s Nothing *Stock* About Stock Suspension 10/23/2020 9:37 AM
Matt Dogg

We've got shops here (Salt Lake) that offer them. A friend rented a couple for a week and unfortunately it didn't really help his setup a noticeable amount. I think it could work for some though like the less experienced crowd, but then again the shop should be able to help them easily get the shocks to 95% dialed. A tuning shop (locally we have Suspension Syndicate) is where the harder chargers would be best served I think. And ours has been so busy this year it's been super hard to even get an appointment.

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Added a comment about feature Thank you, Brandon Turman 9/23/2020 9:04 AM
Matt Dogg

Wow. This feels heavy for some reason. Best of luck to BT, I'm sure we'd all love to hear what he's up to next. There's nobody else from the mtb media outlets that I'm more excited to hear break down a new bike. Brandon's reviews are literally the best in the business. See you on the trail...

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Added a comment to bill22's bike check 7/25/2020 8:48 PM
Tallboy 4 - "The Covid Custom"

Awesome bike and build. I’m considering swapping my 150mm alu frame for this next season and seeing how far I can push the Tallboy with a 140 fork.

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Added a comment about video Pure and Simple Shredding to the Sounds of the Forrest 6/25/2020 2:53 PM

wow. all those sounds make me happy. well, except maybe for the hubs (sorry i9!). digging my Project321 w/ silent pawls. run em a little low on oil and you still get a nice audible and soothing high engagement sound. swarms of angry bees need not apply. nice edit!

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Added a comment to ninguno's bike check 5/22/2020 2:04 PM
Fezzari La Sal Peak “EnDHuro“ Edition

Sick whip Z! 150r/170f I presume?

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Added a comment about feature MTB Tire Test: Michelin Wild Enduro vs. e*thirteen LG1r EN MoPo 5/18/2020 8:23 AM
Matt Dogg

Jim did you have the older version of the tires? The old TRS that was on YTs had smaller center knobs and absolutely massive cornering knobs. They were kind of a random tire but worked 'just ok' for me as a front. Now I'm seeing minions on the Jeffsy.

I'm on the A/T trail (f) and S/S enduro (r) and am liking the front tire better than the prior version. The combo works well with the obvious caveat that if you're riding super loose terrain things can get very interesting very quickly with the semislick.

Next year I'm keen to try the Kenda Helldiver semislick rear w/ Gwin's new tire on the front or the Hellkat.

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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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Added a comment about product review Guerrilla Gravity's BIGGEST Bike: Gnarvana 29er First Ride Review 4/13/2020 7:56 AM
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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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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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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/24/2020 10:24 AM
Matt Dogg

amazing work everyone! keep it up! I liked how BT gave his 'add to quiver' bike and his 'one bike quiver' bike. and a massive shout out to Banshee for performing against the plastic, pretty, and pricey bikes.

awesome format and the geo nerdage is sweet too.

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Added a comment to murlsquirl's bike check 12/2/2019 11:25 AM
The Sentinel

Good to know. And how about the approximate sag... upper 20s?

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Added a comment to murlsquirl's bike check 12/2/2019 7:27 AM
The Sentinel

How does she do with the coil? Don’t you need something like an MRP progressive coil to help with bottom out resistance?

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Added a comment about press release Nukeproof Introduces the Reactor 9/12/2019 2:46 PM
Matt Dogg

Clean and sexy and priced very well! That $3800 29er model looks great with full carbon frame and full SLX (incl. 4 pots), not to mention piggyback rear shock and 36 fork. Will definitely consider for my next bike and would drop a 150 air shaft from the get go. STA could be steeper (76-77 is my personal preference) but it's not horribly slack.

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Added a comment about product review Make it Reign: Introducing the 2020 Giant Reign 29 8/19/2019 8:47 AM
Matt Dogg

Just a thought Jeff. At the $5k pricepoint, which is alot of money but also a build that I think will be very popular, the full carbon frame + general spec is on par with other bikes like the carbon Sentinel & Ripmo (gx builds) with the exception of the suspension which is bump up in performance vs it's peers. Nice to see the X2 & Grip 2 on this bike.

I haven't ridden this vs the Capra 29 but this platform looks waaaaay better in terms of do-it-all-ability vs the YT. Though a forked up / long-shocked Jeffsy29 (150r/150 or 160f) might be a better comparison. Anyway a shootout vs the Ripmo seems in order and also a $3k of the ones you mentioned. Finally, the alu Sentinel is a bit of a porker on the climbs (and at about 34.5 lbs size large GX build on the shop floor, so even heavier in NX trim) so I wonder what the Giant in alu weighs in at.

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