Added a comment to jankan23's bike check 6/13/2019 8:18 AM

If I tell you, will you buy me a beer? Haha. I've used the nipples on some wheelset's before. They are really nice and add some subtle color which is unique for a brass nipple.
https://www.tlcbikes.com/

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Liked a comment on the item The WORLD CHAMP Interviews the G.O.A.T. - Loic Bruni and Greg Minnaar Get Personal 5/31/2019 9:08 AM

Loic is a genuine dude. Props to Specialized for letting him be who he is and say what he wants. Too many fake, brand-protecting personalities in this sport. Mountain biking needs more people like Loic.

Liked a comment on the item The WORLD CHAMP Interviews the G.O.A.T. - Loic Bruni and Greg Minnaar Get Personal 5/31/2019 9:08 AM

Brilliant. So authentic, this is what I love about DH and Vital.

Liked a comment on the item The WORLD CHAMP Interviews the G.O.A.T. - Loic Bruni and Greg Minnaar Get Personal 5/31/2019 9:08 AM

Loic is dating a World Cup XC rider, if I recall correctly, hence the ribbing from The Goat.

Added a comment to Martin_Vinje's bike check 5/8/2019 1:14 PM

How are you liking the Onyx SC? Coming off of another DVO fork, or is this your first one?

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Liked a comment on the item FINALLY! Atherton's New Downhill Bike Fully Revealed 3/7/2019 7:15 AM

With Gee's comments on rebound and Bruni's interview, are we seeing riders moving towards softer suspension settings (maybe more progression) and faster rebound? I think an early inside line podcast talked about this a bit (can't remember who). I tried this myself and...more

Liked a comment on the item FINALLY! Atherton's New Downhill Bike Fully Revealed 3/7/2019 7:15 AM

Ooohhh boy, I want this bike!!! I really want to see Gee and Rach back on podium this year.

Added a comment about feature Vital Rides the All-New YT Jeffsy 29 1/15/2019 9:10 AM

Nuts! :-)
Thanks for the reply regardless!

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Liked a comment on the item Vital Rides the All-New YT Jeffsy 29 1/15/2019 9:09 AM

I have personally not ridden the Smuggler, so I can't help you there.

Added a comment about feature Vital Rides the All-New YT Jeffsy 29 1/15/2019 8:12 AM

Any comparisons you could make between the Carbon Smuggler and this? They seem pretty comparable despite 20mm difference in rear travel. Smuggler pedal/climb better and make better use of pumping the terrain? Jeffsy should have a good bit more in reserve for rapid chunk while descending, but does it give it up a bit on the climbs and mellower trail terrain?

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Liked a comment on the item Slow Motion Action of The Message Front Linkage Suspension System 1/11/2019 11:00 AM

Yep, all Dave's know their science

Liked a comment on the item Tested: Spank Spike 350 Vibrocore Wheels 11/15/2018 10:55 AM

goes something like this 'bongggggg'.

Liked a comment on the item Chris Akrigg: Big Wheels Keep on Turning 11/7/2018 1:19 PM

I love at 2:12 where he's literally just climbing a super steep hill. It shows you don't need big jumps or super gnar terrain to challenge yourself and come up with creative lines while riding.

Liked a comment on the item SPOTTED: Electronically-Actuated RockShox Reverb Dropper Post 10/31/2018 6:10 AM

That bike is pretty bad ass.

Added a comment about feature How to Make Everyone Happy with Rampage 10/30/2018 10:57 AM

I honestly don't think the riders would be griping about their lines scores so much, especially when they are all scored next to each-other. There just wouldn't be much to argue against if it was a consensus among their peers. Also remember that not all the riders are looking to kill themselves for the big W, and will make a line they are both comfortable riding and proud of. But now they will know what they are up against from the onset. I think it would be more inspiring than anything else.
As far as making changes real-time is concerned, I think it could be very achievable. When the venue is announced, and in the initial rider meeting before the riders commit to their lines, the venue is already broken down into "zones". The panel informs the riders and diggers of the judging criteria, as well as some rough estimate point value ranges for lines/feature in each of the different zones due to some obvious features. This would be enough for the guys to have a direction they are comfortable with to begin digging, based on what they want out of the comp. They are already doing this to a very large degree but there is zero transparency currently.
Then they plan their lines, the judges get a look at it, and further refine the line score range a bit more. As the build progresses and they see the size of the landings, the narrowness of the trail itself etc, and how many diggers are involved, it gets refined again and again. Plenty of opportunity throughout the process for the riders to build a run with winning potential, as well as encouraging and rewarding unique and ambitious builds. Imagine one of those big sends to a sniper landing, vs the runway strips they are now. It might not even need to be nearly as tall to be rewarded similarly. If the rewards are there and understood, it will all be a lot less guesswork and encourage much more creative digging.
Brendogs line was as wide as a freshcut singletrack, exposure and consequence galore, loose and narrow transitions, a f'ing huge canyon gap off a kicker that was as wide as a north shore skinny after coming out of a barely defined boulder filled singletrack, which then led directly into an off the wall chute to drop.

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Added a comment about feature How to Make Everyone Happy with Rampage 10/30/2018 7:44 AM

I agree announcing a winner is kind of immaterial for the core fans, and I myself am really just most excited to watch the guys ride their creations and be stoked on their runs. The winning runs are also not always the ones that go down in history. If I think back, I can't picture in my mind a full winning run, but I remember the uniques lines and standout tricks between many of the riders. Those images and those crazy moments are what you take away from the event each year.
But I also feel like we have to come to terms with the fact that the whole event is made possible purely because it is a competition. Otherwise it would turn into an annual film project with far fewer athletes and less ambitious builds and riding. The incentive to the riders would be really diminished as the event would no longer have the career-catapult recognition ability that it does now. Careers are made from this event, not just prize winnings. Without the competition aspect, there would also be no set structure for televising it live. It has to be time-boxed for live streaming. The marketability of a competition is also what makes this a profitable endeavor for Redbull. You lose the sponsor, you lose the event. You'd still have freeriding, but you would no longer have rampage. The event is completely unique in the world as far as I am aware, and it would be better to find a format as similar to the current one as possible, that focuses on and enhances the things that make it great and attracts both the riders and the viewers.

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Liked a comment on the item How to Make Everyone Happy with Rampage 10/30/2018 7:13 AM

Establishing the "Line Score" prior to the riding is the best idea I've heard (Don't they do this with diving?)

This does two things:
1) You could have a "Best Dig" award for the highest line score with prize money that goes to the Rider's dig crew, who clearly put in so much work to make Rampage...more

Liked a comment on the item How to Make Everyone Happy with Rampage 10/29/2018 1:31 PM

Having viewers at home judge would be a bad idea. Its impossible to get a real feel for the size and scale and difficulty of each feature/line without being there. the judges walk the mountain and inspect these lines first hand so they know exactly what the riders are doing out there. People at home...more

Liked a comment on the item How to Make Everyone Happy with Rampage 10/29/2018 1:31 PM

I just can't agree. I watch the event every year live and while I certainly appreciate and have a decent idea how big this stuff is overall, I (like everyone else who isn't actually out there on the hill) have no clue of the nuances of each line. Everyone loved Fairclough's line at home but maybe it...more

Liked a comment on the item How to Make Everyone Happy with Rampage 10/29/2018 1:04 PM

If there are three (or four) main elements to the competition, make them all co-equal, and have a "tech" winner, a "drops" winner, and a tricks winner, with Brendan, Lacondeguy, and Rheeder winning each of these in 2018, for instance, then have the overall winner, Rheeder, who combines all three....more