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

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Liked a comment about video 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.

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Liked a comment about video 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 the traction is awesome in the rough but you do miss a little on smoother tracks for pumping/playfullness

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Liked a comment about feature 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.

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Liked a comment about feature SPOTTED: Electronically-Actuated RockShox Reverb Dropper Post 10/31/2018 6:10 AM

That bike is pretty bad ass.

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Liked a comment about feature 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 happen. Additionally with the broadcast, you can highlight the dig team and that process more (plus this gives them content for down time during the live feed).

2) This brings the start to much needed detail to the scoring; 25 points for Line, 25 for tricks, fluidity, and speed. To spommer's point, the judges definitely know their stuff and love the sport so some more detail would allow us and them to explain their thoughts more.

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Liked a comment about feature 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 didn't score well because it really wasn't as cool as we thought. Canyon gaps and that big rock play well visually on social media, but were they really that difficult relative to what the other riders were doing? I wouldn't know, but the judges do. Also, fans are just not objective. Everyone has favorites and people they would like to see win. Having fans vote count would turn the whole event into a hype driven shitshow.

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Liked a comment about feature 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. Maybe a fourth category for speed or smoothness. It wouldn't change the current format that much, but it would elevate the components that contribute to their own unique status and offer riders that really epitomize one component (again, Fairclough), some official "win". Kind of like the sprinters and hill-climbers each get their own jersey in the Tour de France.

Personally, I like the idea of the current, two-run format because it gives the riders the choice to opt-out after a crash or harrowing experience. Wind and weather always play a part, and I think it's a good idea to give the riders the option of going--or not going, if the wind isn't right. Discretion is the greater part of valor.

As for trimming the herd, again, this should come from the riders: DJ Brandt may not have finished his run, but boy-oh-boy, that top chute and other features were worth seeing!

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Liked a comment about video Brendan Fairclough's Rampage Line POV 10/29/2018 9:01 AM

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Liked a comment about video Sarcasm or Reality? How to Buy a Mountain Bike 10/17/2018 9:22 AM

Alternative to cutting lawns: get a job at a bike shop so you can get discounts on bikes

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Liked a comment about feature A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 10:11 AM

I love that we have options. I also love swanky rad stuff. Cool to see Shimano doing something new!

That said, the (bigger) story to me right now is just how much performance you can garner for very little money. Its rad. 10 years ago there was such a big gap between the top end stuff and the bottom/mid end stuff. These days, I can buy a whole bike (that rips) for slightly more than the price of the XTR group and never once think about "poor shifting performance".

Its the Pareto Principal, except it seems to be on steroids in the bike industry.

I know, I'm totally derailing this post (see what I did there? )

Drivetrains have become more and more invisible, eg, I just don't think about them. Most bikes I ride weigh right around 30-32 pounds. That too just seems to work. Is there room for more performance? Lighter bikes? Sure, I'm just not sure I'd notice in a "i just got faster" kind of way. (talking descending)

Just like there are markets for guys who drive Porches and Lambos, the top end group sets will always have a market, cool to see Shimano really thinking this one through, I love that they are offering 11 speed for instance.

I'm just psyched to be able to walk into a bike shop, throw down a chunk of cash that is a fraction of what the XTR stuff costs and never think negatively of the performance of those components.

Good times we are living in.

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