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Added a comment about video Vital RAW EVOLUTION - World Cup DH Through the Years 12/4/2020 9:32 AM

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Added a comment to Johnny Chiang Dirtybikes's bike check 11/20/2020 10:12 AM
Yeti SB165 過期男孩

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Added a comment about video VITAL RAW - Lousa World Cup DH Riding Clinic 10/31/2020 2:45 PM

Honestly digging the double header format more and more. Everyone is looking super confident and fast

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Added a comment about feature Marginal Gains: There’s Nothing *Stock* About Stock Suspension 10/21/2020 9:16 AM
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Whether a company has a “stock” fox tune, or a custom tune (yeti, ibis, Norco) doesn’t really matter if it’s the same across the size range. Bolting the same shock on an xs all the way up to an xl, still leaves the ends of the spectrum at a disadvantage. Ibis did the roxy tune for a long time on the smaller bikes which definitely benefited lighter riders. We’ve seen proof of these issues by using a motion instruments device under lighter and heavier riders.
Brand A was running a rather firm tune across all the sizes, which feels great for most people on the md and up. The smaller sizes were heavily over damped and benefited from switching to a lighter compression tune. The main problem, for shock and fork is generally the rebound though. The lighter riders don’t have a firm enough spring rate to allow the rebound to function properly and reach desired shaft speeds.
Brand B has been on a similar concept as Norco here, in lighter tunes across the board in the name of comfort and traction. This does actually work pretty well for a broad spectrum of riders as Ryan discussed. But, those larger riders still generally benefit from a firmer tune, even once the trail turns rough. We actually left the lighter rebound tune in the case of B, as it worked well according to data analysis.
What we’ve seen, is many forks and shocks are over damped primarily on rebound. Myself being 150lbs and running a 36 with a luftkappe at 80psi, still found myself at the open end of the stock rebound both HSR and LSR. Pulling a shim allowed me to go back towards the middle of the adjustment range and created better tracking over small highspeed chatter, as the fork is now more active (similar to what we saw with Diaz and Brandon). For most riders here who are 130 and less. Faster rebound tunes almost seem mandatory.

I still do not believe in the one tune can fit all theory. What we’ve found is most tunes are conservative and favor mellower or more novice riders, who are in the central weight range. Recommended stock settings seem to be chosen on a balance of safety and comfort, over performance. Aggressive/advanced riders or people on either end of the weight spectrum, will almost always benefit from some form of tuning.

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Added a comment about member blog Think Frame Protection Kits are Overpriced? Ride Wrap Throws Down the Challenge 10/19/2020 10:42 AM
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This. Top tube to keep your buddy's levers from destroying it when you shuttle. Chainstay and seatstay for all the heel rubbers out there. Top of the seatstay bridge and or "loam shelf" as well as back of the seat tube to prevent flying rocks from doing damage. Most frames have some sort of shuttle guard now. If they don't, I'd suggest something thicker, like the clear lizard skins protector. 3M auto clear bra holds up for a while, but will eventually wear through.
I feel like these are all easy to protect, commonly damaged areas. Much else, like the inside of the stays, is purely wear and tear from riding a bike imo.

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Added a comment about video World Champs Downhill Bikes - Leogang 2020 10/7/2020 12:17 PM

Can they find more info on this thing while they wander around? Haha

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Added a comment to sam_sladek's bike check 9/21/2020 2:30 PM
2018 Norco Aurum

Mounted backwards, haha

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Added a comment about feature Ultra-Long, 210mm Travel Enduro Machine - Is This the Ultimate MTB? 9/14/2020 4:31 PM
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https://www.pinkbike.com/news/pinkbikes-editors-chose-their-ideal-geometry-numbers-vote-for-your-favorite.html

Also lists his ideal Geo from a year and a half ago, haha. He only really went up in travel, and switched to a mullet.

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Added a comment about feature Ultra-Long, 210mm Travel Enduro Machine - Is This the Ultimate MTB? 9/14/2020 4:28 PM
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Considering his comment on the need for a stiffer stronger rear wheel, that didn't make sense to me either. Maybe needed a slightly stiffer wheel to make up for the compliance of the fork.

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Added a comment about feature SILENT, INSTANT - New BOX Stealth Hubs 9/4/2020 1:27 PM
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Main reason I'll stick to my Onyx. Plus everyone working there are super nice people, I'd much rather support them, especially with current situations.
I like the idea of not having that rubbery feel, but not enough to buy the box hub instead. I feel like it probably helps with pedal feedback also, I've never felt any super harsh yanks on the pedals with any of my onyx hubs.

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Added a comment about video WELCOME TO GROW CYCLING FOUNDATION 8/17/2020 8:25 PM

To keep things shortish, as there’s way too many levels of this, to have in a conversation this way. My concern becomes brands, or other people in general, seeing this as an opportunity for solicitation and profit when it’s not wanted. I’d never doubt Eliot’s intent here, and I support a larger diversity in MTB. More culture, means more styles, and leads to more progression. Zeb Powell’s take on snowboarding for instance. We’ve not had a mtb version of Bubba Stewart yet either, so we haven’t seen that same level of attentiveness or interest. I hope that one day MTB gets to find someone, or many, who can inspire others like Bubba did. And I hope they come from Eliot and his program. The end of the day I want the people benefitting from this to be the correct ones, and not a company selling more $10k bikes because some white guy with a bmw feels good buying it. Unless it’s a $10k Grow Foundation bike and all profit goes back into the foundation.

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Added a comment about video WELCOME TO GROW CYCLING FOUNDATION 8/15/2020 6:43 AM

Exactly. Culture and location are huge aspects. Check out @RRDblock on insta. He has over 360k followers on ig, significantly more than most pro mtb riders. His #harlam style of riding is hugely more popular among youth POC than MTB is. Skate and BMX always have been as well, which makes sense in a financial and location aspect. I wish I could find the kid from the Bronx that went viral all on IG a couple years ago, but he was shredding wheelies and cutties though traffic all over New York. And there is a legacy brand that has done a fantastic job of supporting this, who no offense, will get thousands more POC onto bikes than Yeti ever will. That brand is SE Bikes. I fully support what Eliot is doing here, and would love to see this sport grow to reach other people. But at what point are we pushing a sport that might just be more popular in white culture, onto black culture, and people who may not actually be that interested in it?

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Added a comment about photo Transition Sentinel 8/2/2020 7:16 PM
Transition Sentinel

Dude needs to slide his cleats back or switch to flats. Photo makes my ankles hurt.

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Added a comment about feature Shimano XT 12-Speed Long-Term Review 7/31/2020 9:46 AM
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I’ve noticed it happen twice in two seasons on my xtr’s. Each time it was a bleed issue. When bleeding XT and XTR brakes, back the bite point adjust screw out, tap the lever, then screw it back in. The screw does a good job of trapping air that gets knocked loose while you ride. If you’re only lever bleeding, getting a solid 100% bleed takes some patience, lots of flicking the line and using the cup plug as a plunger to pull out bubbles from the lever.

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Added a comment about product review RockShox ZEB Fork TECH TALK & Ride Report 7/7/2020 9:10 AM
Added a comment about video VITAL RAW - SCHLADMING #NotARace - iXS Test Session Day 2 7/4/2020 10:42 AM

We need to know the results of such thorough testing. Who’s “setup” performed the fastest?

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Added a comment about press release Commencal Launches the 2021 Clash 6/29/2020 12:22 PM
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I remember the Ropelato pic and one or two others. Figured someone may have slipped up with the specs, haha

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Added a comment about press release Commencal Launches the 2021 Clash 6/29/2020 10:55 AM
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Clicked hoping for a spoiled RockShox release photo 😏 they got the blurry pics on the commencal website. Totem or revised lyric?

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