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Added a comment about product review Crankbrothers Merges Stiff & Compliant with Synthesis Carbon Wheels 10/3/2018 3:56 PM
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I don't understand the narrower rear logic. What I see is more psi to support the tire sidewall from folding over.
Perhaps it makes sense if you run a 2.5 front and 2.35 rear, but again, to what advantage is a smaller rear tire? or perhaps if you run a tougher dual ply tire in the rear? But then you sacrificing compliance for support (and reliability, which is important for some)
Help me out.

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Liked a comment on the item FOX Live Valve Suspension: Robots, MTB and the Rise of the Machines 8/29/2018 10:23 AM

I raced this bike at the Big Mountain Enduro in Crested Butte. Had a top 5 stage finish on it. To be perfectly honest, the Scott Genius is not my first choice for an enduro race bike. I was struggling with the geometry, and it rides like a 120mm XC bike, not a 150mm enduro...more

Added a comment about feature FOX Live Valve Suspension: Robots, MTB and the Rise of the Machines 8/28/2018 7:00 PM
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A Fox engineer was testing this in Downieville last year on a Trail/Enduro bike, they have been testing it on some rough and fast terrain with plenty of pedaling. Just wanted to throw that out there.

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: Timed Training, La Bresse World Cup DH 8/23/2018 9:14 PM
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Great write up!
I have to wonder if timed training is a mental game for both the rider and the competition. Get in the head.

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Added a comment about feature 2019 Mountain Bike Tire Offerings from WTB 7/9/2018 4:25 PM
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Keep in mind that Eurobike is a business to business event and they are communicating direct with people from bike brands, distributors and shops... and that is a photo of just a part of their booth. So yes, messy, but it might be what their business customers want to see (think dual compound for OEM and triple compound for aftermarket)

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Liked a comment on the item Hayes Brake Bounces Back with the Dominion A4 7/9/2018 7:26 AM

Honestly, this brake sounds freaking sweet. Hayes have brought some innovation here and if it delivers how they promise then it could be a serious contender.

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Added a comment about feature Vital Rides the All-New 2019 Santa Cruz Bronson and 5010 7/3/2018 11:46 AM
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The 5010 will be next level with the 2.6 tires. I a have 130mm Mojo with 2.5 tires and 34mm rims that allows an 18 psi Minion in the front and 22 psi Minion in the back. The grip in turns is off the charts, and the tires take up the chop before the shock and fork engagement threshold for a supple feel but the firmer travel keeps it responsive. The tires suck up 30mm of bump which makes the bike feel like it has much more travel than it does. It's an amazing combo. Coming off enduro bikes I miss nothing. I'm loving how capable shorter travel bikes are now.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW - ENDURO WORLD SERIES, FRANCE 5/14/2018 7:44 AM

The level of commitment needed these days to have a top100 at EWS is unreal.

Added a comment about photo Into Insanity - Losinj World Cup Track Walk 4/18/2018 10:53 AM
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The course marshals are going to run out of orange spray paint.

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Added a comment about video Cannondale Trigger or Jekyll? Bike vs. Bike 3/23/2018 8:17 AM
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You had me at the tooth sparkle.

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Added a comment about product review How Much Fun Can the New Santa Cruz Blur XC Bike Be? Vital's First Ride 3/21/2018 7:49 AM
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Yas! I did the same. All trails become fun with a short travel aggro bike.
It's like rally car vs baja truck.

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Liked a comment on the item How Much Fun Can the New Santa Cruz Blur XC Bike Be? Vital's First Ride 3/21/2018 7:46 AM

Could not agree more about finding the limits of a bike and how much fun that is, that’s why I recently swapped from a Patrol to a Scout and am very happy I did. Great review BT

Added a comment about photo Yep, That's a 29er! Thomas Lindup's Santa Cruz Hightower LT, XXL 2/7/2018 4:14 PM
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Are those 26 inch wheels?

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Added reply in a thread Body armor 1/31/2018 8:09 AM

I wear light pads on almost every ride I do. I've been doing it for years, and visiting the ER for years... I've found that pads are really good for protecting skin from cuts and abrasions, and perhaps a busted kneecap or elbow. But pads and armor don't ... more »

Added reply in a thread Current Enduro Bikes, One bike to rule them all, or all hype? 1/29/2018 6:31 PM

Enduro bikes are perfect for riding balls out, downhill, in rough terrain. And, for me, an absolute bore on less steep, less technical and less outing of the balls. Enduro bikes are designed to race on near DH level terrain. Just as enduro bikes have ... more »