Added reply in a thread The Best Component Upgrade for a Mountain Bike? 3/30/2020 12:11 PM

Skull valve caps. Can't afford? Dice or bullet ones are also good.

Added reply in a thread New high-end MTB brand: undomestic 3/27/2020 8:56 AM

A savvy internet sleuth might point out that you have a new Fox fork model in your bike rendering, giving us the clearest look yet at what that looks like. Luckily I'm not that savvy and haven't taken note.

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EWS Rd 1 and 2 postponed too. " Colombia and Chile will take place later this year The Enduro World Series (EWS) has announced that the first two rounds of the 2020 season in Colombia and Chile have been postponed in an effort to help contain the global ... more »

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You make zero sense.

Liked a comment on the item Prototype MRP Jackson Air Shock 3/7/2020 9:09 PM

I like the creative thinking. Large oil volume, neg air adjust, the circuits at the base of the shock... Looking forward to hearing about this.

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/28/2020 9:41 AM

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...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/28/2020 9:39 AM

Jeff, slow people don't need heavy tires, strong wheels, or real brakes. This, in turn, makes their bikes much lighter.

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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 reason, we all still think trail bikes should be ~28lbs, it's been that number for as long as I can remember. It was that number when I worked at shops - before we had dropper posts and tire choices beyond: folding, wire bead, or DH. When forks had 30 or 32mm stanchions. When we had had two or three chainrings, but we had 11-34 cassettes. We think that just advances in materials and manufacturing can make up for all the parts we've added to our bikes, their substantially greater capability, and the required overbuilding manufacturers have to do for parts and frames because everyone is taking everything to bike parks these days and generally subjecting them to more abuse (I'm guilty).

When you weigh your bike, regardless of what the scale says, when you're suffering up a climb you'll inevitably think "it's because my bike is heavy." It's not because you've been spending too much time on the internet, are generally out of shape, or you're just having an off day, it's your bike's fault. The placebo and, more applicably, "nocebo" effect are real, and they will definitely influence your enjoyment more than a pound or two on your bike.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/25/2020 10:31 AM

Having ridden this type of bike, its not just weight, its the feel the bike gives the rider. Put another way, one could argue having a 500 horse power trophy truck is just the same as having a 500 horsepower sports car in that they are both fast.

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Added reply in a thread First World Cup DH Win? 2/24/2020 2:59 PM

Minnaar? He got his first WC win at 19 (2001). But back them juniors raced with Elites, so he had already been racing elite for a few years. Under today's rules, would he have been in Junior until that season?

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/24/2020 2:48 PM

fwiw, before it went to test sesh, i had the marin rift zone carbon with SC reserve wheels (27mm), 2.3 exo tires, XT cassette and carbon deity bars in the 29-pound zone. apples to coconuts, but hey, why not.

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/24/2020 1:53 PM

It's in large part due to Maxxis EXO+ and DD tires. The Assegai 2.5WT EXO+ is 1,125 g and the Aggressor 2.3 DD is 1,115 g. That's a whopping 2,240 for the pair. Take about a pound off the bike weights for a slightly different tire spec in an EXO version (DHR or DHF front). Even more if you go with faster - but still voluminous -rear tire like a Ardent or Rekon 2.4.

And yeah, they all have pretty tank-ish wheels (except the Phantom). But light, inexpensive OE wheels are basically disposable.

But, yes, weight is not that important anyway.

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Added reply in a thread First World Cup DH Win? 2/24/2020 8:24 AM

Shark Attack Jack. Mick Hannah will get his second (Vigo 2006). He'll also win World Champs.

Added reply in a thread Where to go for a two week summer MTB vacation? 2/14/2020 9:18 AM

Definitely planning to take my bike there next time! I went in 2018 when I was injured; my wife's family has had a cabin near Cabano for 30 something years. She raced and won the Gaspé 100 that year. We're hoping to do the Quebec Singletrack Experience ... more »

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Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 2/10/2020 3:01 PM

Powertower™?

Added a comment to Bouba's bike check 2/7/2020 8:51 AM

200% hot hot fire. But would be improved with an orange MRP Hazzard shock.

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Added reply in a thread 2020 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 2/6/2020 8:36 AM

Since the inception of the EWS, there's been only 15 male winners. 6 of those have only won a single race. 6 of the 15 are retired (or at least not racing most of the calendar). So you only have 9 active winners, 6 active repeat winners. To suggest that ... more »