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Added a comment about product review Tested - 2022 Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Alloy Elite 10/14/2021 7:36 AM

An X2 rear shock solves the suspension issue. The previous DPX2 and current FloatX hold the bike back from achieving its full potential

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Liked a comment on the item Wheel To Wheel Comparison - Reserve's 30|SL VS Roval's Control Carbon 9/25/2021 4:45 PM

I'm on my second set of Rovals. First being 27.5 Traverse carbon SL's in an outdated hub width. Now I'm on 29er Roval Traverse carbon SL's. Both have proven to be excellent. They use DTSwiss hubs and can't complain about the compliability (flex?) of the rims. I broke a spoke before I flatted a tire. That's pretty awesome....more

Added a comment about feature Wheel To Wheel Comparison - Reserve's 30|SL VS Roval's Control Carbon 9/24/2021 8:56 AM

I ran a set of Reserve 30's for several years with zero issues as well. They are still going strong on the bike I sold them with. Wheels were absolutely bomb proof and I would be riding a new set instead of the WA1 Unions if they were actually available anywhere globally.

Have a set of the Control's now on my SJ and they are awesome wheels. Personally I can feel the difference of 1/3 lb in the wheels and think it makes a significant difference in climbing. I have ridden a lot of rocky fast trails on them and been great so far. In addition the level of detail they include is next level. Tension by spoke, runout to .0x mm, spare spokes, literally every detail of the build. We don't have a lot of the big compressions that Jason was talking about here so haven't noticed any deflection at all with them. Schroeder used to be local here and he rides harder than 99.9% of us, so unless you fit that description I doubt you would notice the deflection as well.

Highly recommend this setup, especially when you consider the price vs weight considering they are $500 less than the Reserves. Hard to beat for a trail bike setup.

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Liked a comment on the item Wheel To Wheel Comparison - Reserve's 30|SL VS Roval's Control Carbon 9/24/2021 8:49 AM

Total side point here, I did the review of the OG Reserve 30s. I still have them and they are still working awesome. I've re-laced the rear wheel once, and just popped 2 spokes yesterday inferring I may need to do it again. Never in my life have I seen such great rim durability, to the point where you need to continually...more

Added a comment about product review Spending Time on Specialized’s New Tires: Butcher/Eliminator Review 9/22/2021 12:17 PM

I ran the Butcher/Eliminator combo on my Evo when they came stock. Was surprised at how good they are, but had some significant issues with the side knobs peeling off the casing. 90% of them were showing cords underneath after about 100 miles. This was within a week of the new tires being released so probably just an early production issue. Might try them out again since it sounds like the issue might be resolved.

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Added reply in a thread MTB Tech Rumors and Innovation 9/1/2021 9:09 AM

It is some sort of weatherproof electrical connection. A lot of stuff going on with this shock besides just the plug.

Added a comment about press release Win This Custom Specialized Stumpjumper and Help Restore Trails in Colorado 9/1/2021 9:07 AM

Most likely built up the bike for the pictures and couldn't get AXS in time. They will switch it once the AXS becomes available.

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS - World Champs Men's Short-Track XC 8/26/2021 12:54 PM

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Added reply in a thread Re: Spoomer ca 2017. Anyone gone from 29er back to 27.5? 8/9/2021 8:37 AM

I tried going back to 275 a few times and sold each of those bikes within a few weeks. They hung up way too much in the rocks which I did not enjoy at all. This is probably terrain dependent, but we have a lot of chunder where I ride so I am not really ... more »

Added a comment about video Vital RAW + Bike Check with Neko Mulally 8/6/2021 7:50 AM

The reaction of the videographer to some of his moves sounds about right.

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Added a comment about feature $6,999 Pivot Phoenix Review - Vital's Summer of Downhill 7/19/2021 9:40 AM

Excellent review, but I find a few things disappointing. First off there should be some sort of allowance to setup the cockpit to the rider preference. Nobody is going to keep the stock bar/stem if they are not happy with them. Second, not dialing in the rear shock spacers is a miss. This can change the way the suspension reacts in a big, big way.

One last note, might want to try faster LSC and slower LSR to find grip and stability in the chatter. The slower LSR keeps the wheel from kicking back too quickly and on the ground providing traction.

Overall fantastic review and keep them coming!

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Added reply in a thread Les Gets Road Gap Carnage : ( 7/6/2021 8:09 AM

A rain delay of a full day would be difficult to implement. There are a ton of logistics if races are on back to back weekends, viewership would be impacted, etc. I think it would make more sense to reverse the start order (fastest first) if there is ... more »

Liked a comment on the item Specialized Stumpjumper S-Works Vs Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 6/28/2021 1:07 PM

Brilliant! The TTX would definitely balance out the bike... I would LOVE to ride your setup. I can only imagine how nice it is.

Added a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper S-Works Vs Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 6/26/2021 8:48 PM

I am definitely fortunate in that I can have several bikes setup almost identically. For background I have a current Enduro, just sold my SJ Evo (I owned two of the previous gen as well, AL and carbon) and now have the standard SJ. I also owned the previous gen SWorks SJ as well.

So I guess I have done your test of Enduro/Evo/SJ. The Enduro and Evo were built identically with AXS, the same carbon wheels, Saint brakes, etc. My SJ is built very similar with two important changes, XTR four piston brakes instead of Saints and Roval Control Carbon wheels at 1450 grams vs my standard WA1/Hydra setup on the other bikes. For the stock SJ rear shock I have it setup stock volume spacers and 207 psi with 8 clicks of LSR (can't remember the compression settings right now) for an ~192 lb rider weight RTR. I did just mount up an Ohlins TTX 1 Air and that shock stock absolutely ruined the ride IMO. I think this mainly came from the much faster rebound tune of the TTX. In general it lost that "I want to smash the flats and climbs" feel and was also less controlled in the chatter that we have here in San Diego.

With this setup the bike is an absolute weapon and insanely capable. My friends and I are definitely on the DH end of the spectrum in what we like to ride. With the SJ I have been able to post times that are as fast or faster than my Enduro on all but the most extreme trails (I have not run those yet on the SJ). I have posted several PR's/top 10's on the SJ on trails that were used for local Enduro races. I am absolutely blown away by the SJ which I think says a considering I have been on the Enduro and Evo forever.

I do think it would be really interesting to move the SWorks suspension over to the Comp and see what a difference it makes in the attitude of that bike. My gut is that the custom tune on the rear shock would give it a much more aggressive demeanor on the flats and climbs while also delivering much better descending. We just mounted my stock Factory DPS on my friends SJ Expert and he claims it is a completely different feel from the stock Performance Elite shock that came with his frame.

Overall great writeup and we definitely appreciate the level of effort and detail put into this article!

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Liked a comment on the item Specialized Stumpjumper S-Works Vs Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 6/26/2021 8:04 PM

Thank you so much!! It means a lot.

Yeah, the fork is something that I mulled over for a very long time. Before I discuss my thought process, I want to make it clear that I don't necessarily disagree with throwing on a 36. I just found that the rear end was having a hard enough...more

Liked a comment on the item Specialized Stumpjumper S-Works Vs Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 6/26/2021 8:03 PM

Wow, I'm not sure I've ever read an MTB review that seemed to understand and respect the mindset of a typical consumer quite that well. Sure, there are some people who would have loved a few paragraphs talking about the differences in chainstay lengths and leverage curves and stuff...more

Added a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper S-Works Vs Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 6/25/2021 11:46 AM

You knock it out of the park with the reviews, we just need more of them!

Regarding this specific comparison, as an SWorks SJ (built up from the frame) owner the only thing I disagree with is the 34 vs 36/150 statement. The bike is SO capable that is deserves the 36 upgrade. I own an Enduro as well and the SJ is as quick or quicker almost everyplace. The Enduro gives a bigger margin for error and better performance at the extreme end of the riding spectrum.

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Added reply in a thread EWS Prize Purse is Woefully Inadequate 6/22/2021 12:53 PM

This is a failure of the EWS marketing team and the riders themselves. The riders because they are willing to accept it and the EWS team because they are unable to raise more money from sponsors. The one downside to sponsors is that they will want more ... more »