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Liked a comment on the item Direct-to-Consumer Tires: Versus Mountain Bike Tires Long-Term Tested 4/16/2020 9:34 AM

$65-ish is the base price for a single tire. If you were to buy 6 tires at once (for yourself or a group of friends, or if you buy a set at an event, it'll be pretty close to $50 per tire.

Unfortunately, tires cost a lot to make, making good tires costs more & shipping adds to that...more

Liked a comment on the item Direct-to-Consumer Tires: Versus Mountain Bike Tires Long-Term Tested 4/16/2020 9:32 AM

$65-ish is the base price for a single tire.
Buy mutliples (2/4/6) for discount.
Buy at events for discount.
Frequent buyer/referral program
Plus more stuff/perks to be announced when we actually launch in a couple weeks.

YT sells for 35% discount over other brands by shaving margin from...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/28/2020 6:29 AM

True, have you ever seen Steve Wentz, on a 2.2 Ikon? It would shred itself if he even looked at it...

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Mike Buell

Also, if we can get 250 people to pre-order and pay in full. I'm sure we could build a Phantom V3 frame that weighs in at only 2.5lbs including shock and axle. Same geo and everything. Only caveat is this frame will only come with a 7 day warranty, and High School NICA rules will be enforced. Both wheel's must stay on the ground at all times. If you so much as pop a wheelie you will be disqualified, and your warranty void.

On the plus side though, you could run over the frame with your enduro bike, and just like a soda can, it will get stuck between your tire and fork and make Moto noises, which is cool. So all won't be totally wasted.

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/26/2020 4:03 PM
Mike Buell

Very well said Noah, and fully agree. I believe it was Graves who was once quoted at an enduro race saying something along the lines of. You get to choose the parts you put on your bike, parts you trust, you don't get to choose the wight of the bike using those parts.

I can't speak for all the bikes in this test, but since I was personally responsible for picking the spec. on the Banshee Phantom, I feel relatively qualified to offer a little insight on that one. Is it all based on cost vs. weight? Not exactly. Especially if weight isn't priority #1, which for us, it definitely isn't. For example on this particular build, we could have simply changed 2 parts and shaved ~361g (.796 lbs) for the exact same price (based on published weights). Would have got the Phantom down to ~31.1 lbs for no extra money. How? Using the RideFast Livewire Wheelset, which we stock as an option, as well as using the MRP Ribbon SL instead of the RF Hotline and Ribbon Air which we chose to use.

So if all we had to do was use the lighter sibling parts, at the same cost, why did we make the choice to go with the stouter build?

Well, to Vital's credit they do a great job of making sure these tests are a very level playing field. We didn't know who the testers were going to be, we didn't know where they were testing or how they would be riding the bikes. So I chose the spec I would would want for my personal bike at the $5K price target, as simple as that. I bounced this spec off Keith, our engineer to make sure it was his choice as well, and that is what we shipped. We were less concerned with having a lower weigh in, and more concerned with providing the stoutest, and best performing package we could offer at this price. We also had a feeling the Vital testers might just push the boundaries of what a short travel 29 can comfortably do. After seeing the riding video, I’m glad we sent what we did! Steve, Brandon and Courtney all Shred, and Phoenix is rough!

Now since there are the other options, you could personally choose the lighter spec. Or go aftermarket and go crazy. Nothing wrong with that. Though if this was my personal bike, and this was my max budget, I wouldn't change a single thing. Also if I had a little extra money to spend, I still wouldn't change the parts mentioned above as they don’t get any better than that, for me. Don’t touch my satisfying high powered brakes and 180mm rotors (they’d probably be 200mm rotors on my personal ride).

I personally want those stout wheels and fork. I'm 190 lbs, and a washed up ex Pro DH racer that isn't always as smooth as I might pretend to be. Honestly the only parts I would consider changing if I had some money burning a hole in my pocket would be the Cassette and Cranks, as these are the only places I see any weight savings possible without sacrificing in areas I feel are more important. Though as Noah mentioned, would this even be noticeable? Would it make the bike any more fun?

All 5 of these bikes could be sub 30 lbs pretty easily. Lighter tires, wheel’s, drivetrain upgrades, probably in that sub 28 lbs if you really went for it, even without spending any more money if you just shopped lighter duty parts, but why? I’m sure the testers had a lot more fun confidentially riding 5 bikes for a week without catastrophic failure. Smashing gnarly rocks, hitting the fun lines etc. I want to ride my bike hard all the time, not just for a week, and I don't want failure when I'm on a riding holiday if that can be avoided. Ever. Would rather eat some taco's and drink some beers after the rad day of riding, rather than go shopping for a new rear wheel because I chose a super light XC race option, that now looks like said taco...

So if this confuses you, and you personally feel like you would pick a lighter package, and those lighter parts. There is noting wrong with that, your bike, your choices. I’m just going to go out on a limb and make the assumption, that even though we are both riding bikes, we’re kinda playing different sports. No one is has to be right or wrong. We just ride for different reasons and have different equipment needs.

End of the day, biggest smile while riding wins. Everyone should choose the bike that does that for them.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/26/2020 8:45 AM

My advice to people: do not weigh your bikes - unless you're trying to build up a hill-climb specific bike. There have been a lot of tests and studies about bike weight, and the consensus is, it doesn't matter nearly as much as people think it does. For some...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/26/2020 8:45 AM

I think the issue is that we want our short travel bikes to be able to endure the same kind of trail abuse as our Enduro bikes for the most part. Manufacturers have recognized this, and while they are using smaller forks and slightly narrowrr wheels on these...more

Added a comment about press release Banshee Releases Three More Brand New Mountain Bikes 11/15/2019 6:55 AM
Mike Buell

Thanks for the comment and I have to agree! I'm likely a bit biased, and full disclaimer, I'm employed by Banshee.

Been riding Banshee since 2010. All the models from the V1 Spitfire, V2 Rune, Prime, Spitfire, Phantom. Now been testing the V3 Spitfire and Prime for the last two seasons. As much as I've loved all the previous bikes, the KS2 and new geo is so good!

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: Kenda Regolith Pro and Nevegal 2 Pro Tires 10/10/2019 4:06 PM

Mr. Fisher killed this review. Nice work.

Liked a comment on the item New Bikes from Banshee! Introducing the All-New Titan 29 and Rune V3 9/16/2019 11:39 AM

What isn't very clear in any of these images I realize is that there is a huge space in front of the bottom bracket for any mud or water to fall out... much like on the Legend. I've been riding versions for nearly three years in Scotland... Trust me, mud is not...more

Liked a comment on the item New Bikes from Banshee! Introducing the All-New Titan 29 and Rune V3 9/16/2019 7:07 AM

Actually the deeper insertion means that the saddle can drop about 5mm lower on the V3 than the V2 small for same dropper length.

Liked a comment on the item New Bikes from Banshee! Introducing the All-New Titan 29 and Rune V3 9/16/2019 7:06 AM

may be really old ones had issues, nothing after 2014 has consistent reliability issues IMO.

Added a comment about press release New Bikes from Banshee! Introducing the All-New Titan 29 and Rune V3 9/16/2019 6:21 AM
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Haha, had feeling you might pick up on that Jeff! Proper CS length FTW!

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best 27.5 Downhill Bikes Raced and Reviewed 1/9/2019 10:58 AM

do the same but with 29ers... v10, supreme, trek, yt, gt.

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best 27.5 Downhill Bikes Raced and Reviewed 1/9/2019 10:58 AM

Cheers for the suggestion, Pedro! Those big wheels would be a treat at Angel Fire.

Liked a comment on the item WINNING BIKE - Amaury Pierron's Commencal Supreme DH 29 6/4/2018 8:43 AM

Aluminium bike and a Rock Shox Deluxe air shock,#gamechanger tongue