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Liked a comment on the item Ridgeback 27.5 Prototype 7/16/2019 3:50 PM

First Foes ive seen since the old Mono that I immediately wanted to know more about.

Attractive & practical with what seems like current geo. I like it! Would love to buy a made in the USA AL frame for a future bike. I have no qualms with globalization, but it always made me feel good to see the "Made in...more

Liked a comment on the item Ridgeback 27.5 Prototype 7/16/2019 3:50 PM

Bike of the Day June 22, 2018!

Liked a comment on the item Ridgeback 27.5 Prototype 7/16/2019 3:50 PM

Hot damn a foes with a steep seattube angle and progressive linkage? 10/10 would ride

Liked a comment on the item PIT BITS - Les Gets World Cup DH 7/10/2019 10:54 PM

96 pages!?!? Well done crew! Luvs teh tech eh

Liked a comment on the item Mondraker Launches the New Super Foxy Carbon 29 7/10/2019 2:20 PM

Nice to see shimano builds are back.

Liked a comment on the item Santa Cruz Hightower 2 aka flippertower 7/10/2019 2:17 PM

well spotted ... Radiohead, Joy Division, The Cure, The Smiths and some Primal Scream for good measure on there. Stiff enough for me - 179cm/80kgs or so then add camera bag weight! I went from LT to this too - definitely enjoying new geo. Get yourself to a demo and try one out .. if you are used to the Nomad try a...more

Liked a comment on the item Santa Cruz Hightower 2 aka flippertower 7/10/2019 2:17 PM

So sick Gary! I didn't think anyone still listened to The Division Bell!

Liked a comment on the item Battle of the BODs 5/21/2019 2:43 PM

My BOD from August 17, 2015 is clearly the winner

Liked a comment on the item Battle of the BODs 5/21/2019 2:43 PM

That fork just confuses my eyes...in a great way.

Liked a comment on the item Battle of the BODs 5/21/2019 2:43 PM

My YT Jeffsy AXS/ZIPP/TLD Special. Thanks.

Liked a comment on the item Battle of the BODs 5/21/2019 2:43 PM

This Ancilloti is a freaking unicorn, the Pivot as good as it is can't compete.
Just take a look at those brakes! And good luck to buy it for your bike...

Liked a comment on the item Return to Earth | A Mountain Bike Movie by Anthill Films 5/17/2019 10:18 AM

oh shit there is a screening near me!!!

Liked a comment on the item ANCILLOTTI SCARAB EVO 29 by Flowrider Racing 5/16/2019 9:28 AM

GIGGITY

Liked a comment on the item So Here Is Sam Hill's 29er Enduro Race Bike... 5/9/2019 11:01 AM

Oh, the things I miss when at the beach. Thanks champ!

Liked a comment on the item So Here Is Sam Hill's 29er Enduro Race Bike... 5/9/2019 11:01 AM

That Blackbox shift lever...I hope it makes it to market some day!

Added a comment about press release Trust Performance Announces Updated Pricing on Message Suspension 5/4/2019 3:23 PM
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I've been reading a lot of articles and reviews of the Message from riders on MTBR and whatever else I can find and I am gathering that the largest hurdles are set up and expectations. People who just base the fork on looks alone have no idea what they are talking about outside of personal aesthetics and armchair engineering (and neither hold any water).

Both of these actual “issues” are just two sides of the same coin as I see it. Everyone is coming at the Message from a telescopic fork and therefore bringing telescopic knowledge to their set up and expectations. whether or not it is an "expert" or not using the Message, everyone is coming at it with the expectation it will ride like their telescopic fork. I saw somewhere DW saying you need to take every bit of knowledge you have about suspension forks and remove it completely from memory when working with a Message. That will be hard for some as the muscle memory of most is deep-rooted in telescopic products. 

Along with that, every review I read mentioned that they all followed the Trust setup guides exactly and all felt the spring was to firm and thus made the damper feel as it was underperforming while riding. Now again, this could be simply perception and muscle memory getting in the way and the rider going back to what they know about a telescopic fork: lower air pressure and open the damper up as they are listening to their body, not their bike. 

I am sure the collected intelligence at Trust Performance (and that knowledge base is DEEP) can all come together to think of some copy to write and maybe some videos that help simplify the Trust Effect and dumb it down just a little. Not that the MTB community is dumb, I totally get it (what the Trust Effect is); you learn to trust the bike and your input to the bike as it becomes a true extension of your own body as you ride. Traction issues go away, speed comes more naturally as does control. But this all comes at a price as you need to fully open your mind to the different and learn to relax your body into the bike and trust that it has all of your best interest and will reward you. 

I hope that all makes sense. I have been a bit obsessed with Trust since I first heard Hap, Jason and DW were working on a "suspension thing" together back in 2016 (or 2015, I can't remember when it was now) at Ft. William. Once I saw the fork I immediately saw the Lauf and AMP and Girvin and Lawwill and it just made sense to me what Trust was doing: making bikes better by adding traction to it, which is what suspension is supposed to do.

The suspension is less about comfort and more about traction and this is also a very large public misconception. Most shop employees and long-time riders know but this is another one of those concepts that don't always translate well off paper as it is considered a subjective feeling, even though it can be quantifiably measured.

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Liked a comment on the item WORLD CUP DH BIKES - Maribor 4/25/2019 10:41 PM

Cause a mullet is short up front, long in the rear. Duh.
Maybe they should call it a devil lock since the long part is in the front.
Or a Misfits or a Danzig or a Robert Smith or a Flock of Seagulls....

Liked a comment on the item The New Eminent Onset 29er - Does the Bite Match the Bark? 4/3/2019 10:33 AM

new industry standard. 29x2.99