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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

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

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

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

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

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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Added a comment about press release You Asked, We Delivered...$2100 M Series 6/25/2019 2:15 PM

Well now, I'll take 2 sets then!

Joke... but my rear hub is a Project321 w/ silent pawls so another option for the list plus anodized options like Onyx.

My carbon wheelset (china-direct $200 rims) w/ P321(r) and Hope(f) hubs has been uber reliable for over a year and a half now. Not 'cheap' by any means as the wheelset was still over $1100 to build up (nice rear hubs don't come cheap!) but you can build so much for so much less than this.

I like Enves rim strip solution though and respect their recent warranty improvements. I hope others copy their rim strip!

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Added a comment to GhostPatrol's bike check 6/21/2019 2:44 PM

right you are for the X2. For anyone who doesn't already have an awesome shock on their smug you can get a 210 x 52.5 DPX-2 (for Fuel EX) from a couple online retailers but they're pricey, over $500. Or the Topaz comes in 52.5 too. From other threads it sounds like seatstay bridge / seat tube clearance at full compression is already tight with the stock 50mm shock so even the minimal increase to 52.5 could be a no go. I'd like to hear if anyone's made it work.

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Added a comment to GhostPatrol's bike check 6/21/2019 9:38 AM

Amazeballs! Curious whether you can run a 52.5 mm stroke shock to bump rear up to 126. Looks like that would go nicely w/ the 150 up front. Rad bike.

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Added a comment about press release YT Industries Launches Its First E-MTB: The DECOY 3/28/2019 12:56 PM

But tbf it does look pretty sick. But i bet the mismatched wheels size was a last minute change meant to stay en vogue with the newest trend.

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Added a comment about press release YT Industries Launches Its First E-MTB: The DECOY 3/28/2019 12:54 PM

WTF?! Is that how they teach their kids self reliance and the satisfaction of work in Hollywood? Fkn lazy ass Dad raising a lazy ass kid.

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Added a comment about press release YT Industries Launches Its First E-MTB: The DECOY 3/28/2019 12:51 PM

could you imagine having to ship back that fat bastard ebike when your motor starts acting up? I agree warranty is always a heavy consideration when buying direct. to be fair it looks like they're using the same (proven) motor that others are.

Hopefully the battery won't catch the carbon frame on fire like the occasional Tesla!

"I can't ride tomorrow guys, my ebike melted."

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Added a comment about press release YT Industries Launches Its First E-MTB: The DECOY 3/28/2019 12:48 PM

Holy sheet, the margins in ebikes must be yuuuuuuuuuuge!!! I know the front triangle is carbon on the base model and I have no issue with the drivetrain and brakes, but if a non-e equivalent YT is $3,500 then you're paying $1,500 for a motor and battery (and "low" end suspension). Fk.

Also, the Decoy is not a surprise by any stretch. Follow the money. Always.

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Added a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper EVO vs. Stumpjumper - See How They Compare 3/13/2019 1:29 PM

I just realized the Topaz comes in 210 x 52.5 (for me no need to go all the way to 55mm) which in my experience is a better shock than the dpx2. I'd wager that would add some sensitivity to the rear end while still allowing for a ton of adjustability with the pos/neg spacers and air spring curve (secondary air chamber). It would also bump travel up to ~147mm so not superenduro like some of you hardcores are doing by long shocking w/ coils, just endurolite. That combined with a 160 air shaft in the 36 and the high setting and this thing sounds about perfect. Maybe I'll do that when my bike sells (waiting for the snow to melt here in Utah).

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Added a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper EVO vs. Stumpjumper - See How They Compare 2/22/2019 1:39 PM

That's the plan, Roots. The wheelset I have built and ready already has an xd driver so I'll throw a gx cassette on there because why pay for a $120 project321 standard driver just to be able to run a boat anchor cassette, would rather drop $200 on a gx cassette right out of the gate. And yes, I'm stoked that Tranny is offering a carbon Sentinel at a reasonable cost.... i rode the Sentinel in both alu and carbon and the alu is offensively heavy. The NX Ripmo is $4200 but I've ridden both and like the Sentinel better.

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Added a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper EVO vs. Stumpjumper - See How They Compare 2/22/2019 10:19 AM

Jeff - I ride the mountains of northern Utah mostly, with some southern Utah desert riding thrown in a couple times a year for good measure. Lotsa pedaling, lotsa searching for fun dh lines. I demoed plenty of bikes last year and the 140r/160f(ish) 29ers are my sweet spot. I'll do the occasional race for fun but on the dh am just racing myself and my crew, no stress. I currently ride an XL 2017 stumpy 29 with Topaz rear and dual position Lyrik (160-130) up front and am digging the steeper STAs and slacker HTAs on the newer bikes. I have no brand allegiance.

The evo is a few bucks less but I like the BBH more on the Sentinel, like you said. If I went evo I'd throw in a 160 air shaft and run it in the high position, mostly to keep from destroying crank arms and pedal spindles (which i did last year). Maybe an evo with a Topaz would help that rear end? I wouldn't go coil or long shock it though like some evo owners are doing. I might try to raise the bb a little more with an offset bushing. Just thinking out loud. I already have a carbon wheelset and fresh set of e13 rubber (semi slick rear) to compliment either bike.

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Added a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper EVO vs. Stumpjumper - See How They Compare 2/22/2019 8:53 AM

Thanks for the review and your helpful comments, Jeff. Right now I'm split between the EVO and the NX carbon Sentinel ($400 more) for my next bike. Is there anything else major you're like to call out between the two? I've ridden the Sentinel several times and really like it.

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Added a comment about press release Nicolai Introduces Geometron-Inspired G1 12/17/2018 8:24 PM

boaz I’m also 6’1” and did a bunch of XL demos this year, each around 500mm reach like the Sentinel, sb130, Process 153 29 and some others. They were the longest bikes I’ve ever ridden but with modern climbing positions and short stems they felt pretty damn good. Still long bikes especially the Sentinel as it’s all raked out but I was surprised how comfortable and normal they felt. Highly recommend finding an XL Sentinel demo or otherwise. Also, FWIW I loved the Sentinel and sb130, the Process not as much. Good on Nicolai, others are starting to follow their lead and Pole’s.

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Added a comment about product review Versatile Destroyer: 2019 Scott Ransom Reviewed 11/11/2018 12:33 PM

Jukulae - any other Stumpy EVO thoughts? Too dh oriented for a trail bike? EVO pricing is good and I’m considering it. I’ve ridden the Sentinel and really like it and due to the similarities am looking at the EVO also. The alu Sentinel is too heavy and looks like the EVO S3 29 comes in about a pound heavier than the carbon Sentinel which is still 1.5 lbs lighter than an alu Sent. The new Genius looks good too with the updated rear shock.

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