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Added a comment about product review At $2,699, Is the Airborne Plague Really *Sick*? 12/14/2019 12:11 PM

Yeah I would completely agree.
I don't know how the vital team can consider this a decent value, when the YT base has a better component spec, option for 29 inch wheels, let alone the geometry. Sure you can call it "classic" but is that really doing justice to the reader?

While I have loved the content that the VitalMTB team has been putting out for years, I am definitely feel like I am seeing a higher trend to have favorable reviews of major sponsors products, and higher number of "product releases" from those sponsors as well. As a result I find myself checking Vital less often in favor of other competing websites. Anyone else in this noticing this?

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB's $2,000 Mountain Bike Comparison 11/15/2019 12:56 PM

Spomer, been waiting for a review like this from you guys for a while. Also enjoyed the fact that you guys made it easier for noobs to understand too.

When are you guys going to do a detailed review of the rift zone 3?

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Added a comment about feature What Do 10,000 Mountain Bikers Think? Vital MTB Audience Survey Results and Market Trends 11/5/2019 10:07 AM

Spomer, ya'll need to add crinkle or fold to the questions next year!

In all seriousness though, this is super cool to see and review current and past trends.

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Added a comment about video Vali Holl Tests the YT TUES 29 Prototype 11/13/2018 5:07 PM

Interesting that the "test bike" is made out of carbon, which means they've already cut some sort of tooling for the 29er.

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Added a comment about product review The Canyon Torque Saved Us $1500 So We Went On a Road Trip 8/17/2018 4:33 PM

Hey Jeff,
Great review and video!
do you have any pics of your adhoc bottle cage?

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Added a comment about video Steve Peat - GAMBLE Segment 8/7/2018 1:22 PM

"grandpa whips it... whoa whats the back wheel doing over there!"

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Added a comment about video DH COURSE POV - 2018 U.S. Open of Mountain Biking 8/2/2018 9:37 PM

This course looks sick

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Added a comment about feature Introducing the Refined 2019 Devinci Troy - Now Available in Both 27.5 and 29 6/28/2018 11:08 AM

Why wouldn't they offer the shorter offset forks on all their bikes?

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Added a comment about product review Sentinel - Short Test Ride 3/14/2018 3:39 PM

I haven't ridden the Smash, but I have ridden the MegaTrail a few years back.

For what it's worth the MegaTrail was a whole different animal, good pedal efficiency, but you could tell that the bike was a bit on the heavy side. Going down the added weight of the frame helped smash through rougher sections of trail, but also made the bike a little harder to jump. Sentinel pedals similarly, maybe a bit better, but overall feels like a lighter poppier bike.

Personally, I am not sure if the Sentinel will be too much bike for the vast majority of the riding I do, however I decided to purchase the Sentinel as I wanted the Code RSC as they were the stand-out component on the build, and the Fox 36. Later on I may move to a Smuggler frame and transfer over the build kit from the Sentinel, if I deem it to be too much bike.

Hope this helps!

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Added a comment about product review Sentinel - Short Test Ride 3/14/2018 11:10 AM

Just as a background, I ended up ordering a carbon Sentinel based on my impressions set-out in this review.

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Added a comment about product review Sentinel - Short Test Ride 2/15/2018 9:42 AM

Unfortunately I have not ridden the patrol, however I did pedal around the new smuggler while there. Bike felt very similar on the geometry, and a little snappier/quicker acceleration when compared to the sentinel.

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Added a comment about product review Sentinel - Short Test Ride 11/20/2017 4:08 PM

I have not ridden the new Enduro 29, really interested in trying it out, but no demo options around this area. Sorry I cant help out more.

If anyone wants to give me the opportunity to ride one, I would love to write a review and compare the two bikes more!

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Added a comment about photo Glitter is Gold 9/17/2016 8:23 AM

The thought process is to help plug larger punctures with the mixture of glitter and sealant

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Added a comment to uphillsg's bike check 12/19/2015 3:45 PM

This is sick! Any photos of the build process for the frame?

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Added a comment about press release Telemetry For Everybody - Introducing SussMyBike 10/30/2015 12:13 PM

Right, theres always more than one way to skin a cat, I would be curious to see back to back comparisons between both products, see which is more accurate, and which is more easily used with their corresponding app.

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Added a comment about press release Telemetry For Everybody - Introducing SussMyBike 10/30/2015 5:44 AM

I wonder how this compares to that other kickstarter that used shock pressure to monitor suspension usage, (ShockWiz)

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Added a comment about feature 26 Ain't Dead - Build A Killer Ride For Less Than You Think 1/26/2015 5:57 PM

i would agree:

http://www.norco.com/bikes/mountain/all-mountain/sight-alu/sight-a-71/

http://konaworld.com/process_134.cfm

Two great bikes with modern geo, and new wheel size, both at $2800

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Added a comment about product review Trek Fuel EX 9 Review ... Swing and a miss 1/26/2015 2:06 PM

I have also rode the remedy as well, and I would agree that I like that bike more, but if trek were to come out with a version of this bike with a slightly slacker head angle I would prefer that over the remedy, as I felt the Remedy was a bit sluggish while climbing. At this point (over a year since i reviewed this bike) there are tons of bikes that fill that category (shorter travel 29ers with agressive angles), from transition, banshee, evil and even specialized with their EVO camber. Which is a bike that Trek is still lacking, and should have in their arsenal.

Additionally, with a 51mm offset fork, and a potentially an alternative fork that has more mid-stroke support, like a pike or RS-1, this bike may ride way better, but, that is not the stock build, and therefore I did not review it.

But I would disagree pretty strongly against your statement that anything less that 69.5 degree head angle would make the bike feel like a chopper. All of the bikes mentioned earlier are in the same travel range, and have much slacker angles (Evil Following has a claimed HA of 67.2 degrees), and most, if not all of those bikes have gotten stellar reviews. My personal experience is from riding a Banshee Prime, 130mm travel trail bike. I normally run that bike in the slack head angle which puts the HA at 67.5 (claimed), with a 46mm offset fork, and I think it corners awesome. I wouldnt say that I have ever noticed it behaving like a chopper, and I believe that there are tons of people that would agree with that statement.

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Added a comment about video 2014 MOUNTAIN BIKE OF THE YEAR - Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 12/23/2014 1:48 PM

I've ridden one of the first Alloy ones earlier this year, and my local shop has a carbon demo ready to be built up. The alloy version was a bit on the heavy side, and a bit sluggish on the climbs. Climbing was fine, and had tons of traction but acceleration was a bit slow. On the downhills the bike felt like a mini downhill bike, almost scary fast. I think the alloy version would be awesome for a gradual climb, like up a fire road (like what youd see all over the PNW), and then a long descend. Around my local trails it was a bit of a pig, since they are short uphills and short downhills. I'm hoping that the shedded weight of the carbon version will alloy it to perform a little better.

I just noticed the bike is finally on the review page, and ill do the full write up tonight, with pics and such.

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