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Liked a comment on the item Kona Shonky Complete Build for Complete Fun 11/25/2020 5:24 AM

It is irresponsible for Vital to promote these bikes to its readership. I bought a hardtail in my late 30s. Now I ride only at the dirt jumps, surrounded by 15-year-olds, wearing jeans that look like they could be my wife’s. It is no way to live.

Added reply in a thread UCI DH Rule Unclear - DSQ for Riding Over a Course-Marking Pole? 10/30/2020 4:49 PM
Liked a comment on the item Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 4:07 PM

Well said. A few years ago I got 5th at US Nationals and qualified for my first World Cup. I now work my ass off as a traveling nurse- often on call and overtime and get usually get up at 5 am, train, and then go work a 10 hr shift. Not at a desk. In surgery. Lifting more heavy...more

Liked a comment on the item Italian Suspension for Your Enduro Bike: EXT Storia Lok v3 Reviewed 10/26/2020 1:07 PM

This shock is insane! You name it, I've run it. Fox, RS, X-Fusion, Cane Creek, Ohlins, DVO, Marz, even back to the Stratos days. This is truly the pinnacle of coil performance.
Makes the blown out, over used, brake bump filled COVID trails feel like a sidewalk.
$1000 isn't even...more

Added a comment about product review Italian Suspension for Your Enduro Bike: EXT Storia Lok v3 Reviewed 10/23/2020 11:10 AM
Nic Cotton

The EXT storia V3 has easily made the most notable positive improvement to the bike I currently ride, and I would go as far to say of any upgrade I can remember making. The bike (Rallon R5) has it issues with rear suspension/blowing through its travel. The storia manages to be both plusher than the DHX2 it replaced whilst also giving much more mid and end stroke support. The control it has over varying terrain is brilliant. Its lighter too, if thats your thing. Admittedly it may not make such an obvious improvement on other bikes, and I can't comment on how it would compare to a custom tuned DHX2, but I would be loathed to go back now. In the UK at least, they are distributed via Chris at MOJO. I was sent a V2 to trial some different tunes and spring rates before the V3 was ordered. Probably the closest to feeling like pro-level treatment that I'll ever get laughing

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Liked a comment on the item Think Frame Protection Kits are Overpriced? Ride Wrap Throws Down the Challenge 10/19/2020 2:26 PM

Haha... I also don't care if I upset anyone with honesty, and the thing is, you are also acting with a type of entitled mentality, complaining about a company trying to innovate and clearly fill a space that people where looking for. Invisiframe from the UK were the first ones doing it and no one...more

Liked a comment on the item SILENT, INSTANT - New BOX Stealth Hubs 9/4/2020 10:08 AM

Spomer, can you get together with the photogs (Sven you lookin'?) to do an extensive article on all tips and tricks the pros use to quiet bikes down? I know all of us have ideas, but I think we could all benefit from a big How To with pics from around thr circuit. Different stuff has to work on...more

Liked a comment on the item MTB Tire Insert Comparison Test - CushCore Pro vs Nukeproof ARD vs MegaNorris 8/23/2020 2:41 AM

Go start your company and make a bunch of money if it’s so easy. Sounds like you will take the market by storm. Overhead will be low since you can work out of your garage and with costs at only $1 and a price of $20-30 and 5 mins to make you should be clearing...more

Added reply in a thread Michelin Wild enduro vs Maxxis assegai/dhr2 7/24/2020 10:24 AM

I've not had the best experience with Michelins. I found the side walls pretty crap and I got a fair few tears. The wall/bead interface is also quite weak and prone to tearing and leaks if running tubeless. Of the 6 michelin tyres (3 different riders) ... more »

Liked a comment on the item Yeti Cycles Abandons Use of Tribe in Marketing 7/14/2020 12:15 PM

How is dropping the term going to hurt you? Its use hurts others, and it's not up to you to declare that it doesn't. Clearly, you just wish your viewpoint to be privileged over those of marginalized people. And yes, they are marginalized; the continued skepticism towards the wishes...more

Liked a comment on the item MTB Tire Test: Michelin Wild Enduro vs. e*thirteen LG1r EN MoPo 5/18/2020 9:03 AM

I wanted to like the Wild Enduro, I really liked the compound and the tread pattern was working great for the spring conditions. I however tore the sidewall on the rear on a seemingly phantom rock on the 5th ride with them. The front tire hooks up great, but my local trails are...more

Added a comment about feature MTB Tire Test: Michelin Wild Enduro vs. e*thirteen LG1r EN MoPo 5/18/2020 9:03 AM
Nic Cotton

Agreed. I have run both the magi-X and gum-x compounds. The wear rate is worse than the equivalent maxxis/schwalbe and although the grip is on par, its not a whole load better. Add in the fact that the side wall/bead interface is weak and prone to punctures that are difficult to fix (and in general a thinner side wall that punctures more frequently than other tyres I have run) and you get a tyre doesn't match it's competitors in the long run.

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Added reply in a thread Brake bleed isn’t working 4/20/2020 9:50 AM

Did you replace the olive and barb for the new hose before reattaching to the lever? (see photo)

If you did replace both olive and barb then can you describe exactly where the leak is coming from? Photos would help, as would more info on the ... more »
Liked a comment on the item Tested: Öhlins TTX Air Rear Shock 4/15/2020 2:40 AM

I wouldn't call them tangible performance gains. I have significant time on both Super Deluxe and X2, and while they all feel a bit different the Öhlins is in the same league now. The X2 offers more external adjustments, whether or not you need such granular control is a question for...more

Added a comment about product review Tested: Öhlins TTX Air Rear Shock 4/15/2020 2:40 AM
Nic Cotton

Seems to be about $100 cheaper than the new X2 factory level shock too.

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Liked a comment on the item Find Out What Goes Into Setting Up Finn Iles' Suspension 3/24/2020 2:33 AM

i still find nothing goes into his setting. little chat mostly pov videos. more like click bait.

Liked a comment on the item Op-Ed - DON’T SPOIL THE RESULTS IN THE TITLE 9/18/2019 10:42 AM

does anyone expect the results of the superbowl to be withheld by espn, nbc, pbs, hbo, nytimes, drudge report, pennysaver and the appalachian gazette until everyone watches the game? fwiw, we don't spoil WC race results in titles or even the subtitles (text that social media picks up and could spoil)....more

Liked a comment on the item Op-Ed - DON’T SPOIL THE RESULTS IN THE TITLE 9/18/2019 10:40 AM

I'm super confused because everybody in this post has a valid viewpoint. The "See Bruni's winning run" was the worst though. I should think Vital, etc would NOT put the winners name in thr title because it would force the reader to have to CLICK the article... and take the BAIT to find out who won? So...more

Liked a comment on the item Op-Ed - DON’T SPOIL THE RESULTS IN THE TITLE 9/18/2019 10:38 AM

Okay, this can't be even more click-bait-y, but I'll bite...

First of all, to get one thing out of the way - Peter is an ass. End of story. No discussion needed.

Now onto the real issue:
This has nothing to do with entitlement and everything to do with spoilers.
Yes, that simple. You might be a News...more

Liked a comment on the item Op-Ed - DON’T SPOIL THE RESULTS IN THE TITLE 9/18/2019 10:36 AM

Interesting,Pinkbike actually did the same thing and now they don't post who won on their front page.If I haven't seen the race I definitely don't go to Vital because of this very reason.Never got to where I thought my opinion mattered so much I thought they should change what they do for just...more