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Liked a comment to murlsquirl's bike check 12/2/2019 11:23 AM

Wide variety of trails over the last couple months at this point and I haven't had any issues with coil. In the few times I have bottomed it out, it wasn't harsh at all.

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Liked a comment to murlsquirl's bike check 12/2/2019 11:23 AM

The standard SLS spring works for the type of riding I do most: loamy singletrack and technical european hikingtrails. I do have a MRP Progressive spring for the very few times I ride bikepark and flowtrails tho. Just to make it a bit more poppy.

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Liked a comment about press release Nukeproof Introduces the Reactor 9/12/2019 2:43 PM

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Liked a comment about press release YT Industries Launches Its First E-MTB: The DECOY 3/28/2019 12:49 PM

Surprised at the pricing. You can get the specialized Kenevo for the same price at a shop.

E bikes = one of the horsemen of the apocalypse for mountain biking

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Liked a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper EVO vs. Stumpjumper - See How They Compare 3/13/2019 1:21 PM

Great review Jeff. I echo a lot of what you said in the video. Great spec for the price, tires don't really hook up as well as they look, and rear suspension feels like it ends short. Like it's good, it's good, then the end. As I'm sure you know the stock shock is a 210 x 50 mm. I had a 210 x 55 Rock Shox Super Deluxe sitting around and I tossed it on. It was tight getting it in there, but everything clears just fine. Wow, what a difference. Now it doesn't feel like the suspension ends early. I've heard of guys even going to a 57 mm stroke, but I get the feeling clearance starts getting pretty low at that point. If you still have the bike around, it's something to try.

It feels like Specialized spec'd the 140 for marketing? Maybe so there's less overlap with the Enduro? Either way, with the slightly longer stroke shock, the bike feels awesome. Highly recommended.

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Liked a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper EVO vs. Stumpjumper - See How They Compare 2/25/2019 1:41 PM

The Moab stuff was Amasaback, and thanks! As I alluded to below I actually did try a different shock on the bike, though this was omitted from the review. It was an improvement, but certainly not enough for me to say "the DPX2 is the reason the bike's rear end felt harsh". Maybe a coil would fix it? I don't know! Anyway, thx for the comment!

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Liked a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper EVO vs. Stumpjumper - See How They Compare 2/25/2019 1:41 PM

Excellent review Jeff. Dpx2 is not a plush shock, would have loved to see a coil specd on the EVO, but looks killer otherwise. Was that T.W.E / Moab? 2nd part looks killer with berms and jumps!

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Liked a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper EVO vs. Stumpjumper - See How They Compare 2/25/2019 1:41 PM

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Liked a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper EVO vs. Stumpjumper - See How They Compare 2/22/2019 1:35 PM

Sounds like you'll be happier with the Sentinel. My gut feel.

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Liked a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper EVO vs. Stumpjumper - See How They Compare 2/22/2019 1:35 PM

Nx sentinel is a killer deal. I would recommend saving up a few bucks and finding an xd driver or wheelset (atleast rear wheel) with an xd driver and getting a gx cassette for it. That nx cassette is a boat anchor

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Liked a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper EVO vs. Stumpjumper - See How They Compare 2/22/2019 1:33 PM

Yup - my 27.5" S3 with a 170 fork and effective high position has a BB height of 335mm, 11mm higher than stock of 324(!) which is just too low.

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Liked a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper EVO vs. Stumpjumper - See How They Compare 2/22/2019 1:33 PM

I agree 100% on integrated HS. We lose so much geometry flexibility with integrated, it sucks. I think a longer travel fork with the rear in the High position would make a big difference in BB height. Could probably gain close to 10 mm. Can't wait for the carbon version in the next month or so, hopefully they raised the BB on that setup.

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Liked a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper EVO vs. Stumpjumper - See How They Compare 2/22/2019 1:27 PM

First off great review. I have both of the bikes tested plus an HTLT as well and would echo your experiences in climbing. The Evo is very underrated in this area and it absolutely crushes the climbs. I find that the steep seat tube means that I don't have to fight to keep the front wheel on the ground which takes a surprising amount of energy and core strength. I constantly laugh at people that say slack bikes can't climb well. It is all about the SA, not the HA.

Regarding descending, my experience does not mirror that of Brines. My typical descents are steep, rocky and fast to the point that a certain multi time world cup overall winner was riding them with his DH bike recently (obviously much faster than me!) . The Evo is absolutely the fastest bike I have ever ridden on these types of trails (I have never owned or even ridden a true DH bike). It could be a riding style difference or tire setup, but it is by far my favorite for these (and most other) trails. As a side note, I like my bikes very plush because we have so much loose chunk and chunder around here. We are constantly clawing for traction. I had the compression damping on my HTLT X2 significantly reduced along with installing an ACS3 coil kit in the front so it is not that I am used to bikes being stiff. One final piece is that I run CushCore front and rear with fairly low pressures to make my bikes even more supple which could contribute to my different experience as well.

Overall this is one of the best comparison tests I have seen and I am stoked to see actual criticism of the bikes instead of the "everything is great" that most reviews give. Every bike and design choice is a compromise so what works for some people won't work for other. Keep putting out the great content!

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