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

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 First being 27.5 Traverse carbon SL's in an outdated hub width.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. Especially when you're in the back country of Utah and didn't bring spares. smile

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Liked a comment about feature Wheel To Wheel Comparison - Reserve's 30|SL VS Roval's Control Carbon 9/24/2021 8:49 AM
jeff.brines

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 relace the wheel before you end up breaking the rim. For those wondering, I used to run cushcore, now I usually just run DH casing. Rim strikes do happen.

Point I'm making, I know nothing about the Roval and am sure they are great, but Santa Cruz's wheels are the most impressive I've ever been around.

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Liked a bike check 2021 Forbidden Dreadnought 7/22/2021 9:46 AM
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Liked a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper S-Works Vs Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 6/28/2021 1:07 PM
Stick_in_the_leg_Greg

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

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Liked a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper S-Works Vs Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 6/26/2021 8:04 PM
Stick_in_the_leg_Greg

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 time keeping up with the front already. Also, the brakes were not particularly powerful. Did you throw on more powerful brakes? how did you set up your rear shock?
The thing is insanely capable. I wouldn't be surprised if we start seeing more builds with some serious money thrown at them with custom reservoir shocks, stiffer forks and more powerful brakes and built up light otherwise. But, again, the vast majority of people would be best served with the EVO in that case.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWrLjrM4-NA
I could also see riders using the platform to build up an even lighter bike for massive backcountry rides or a race like Downieville. Building up a custom bike for one's intentions is so fun...
personally, I loved the balance and weight of the bike as tested. But, for myself to come to that conclusion, I accepted that the bike was a 50/50 climber and descending platform. There were definitely sacrifices both up and down, but still kept well rounded. Pushing the platform to something like 55-60/45 biased to descending like you had done on your own bike and compared it back to back with the EVO would be interesting...

Thanks again for the response! sounds like you have a dream stable of bikes!!

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Liked a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper S-Works Vs Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 6/26/2021 8:03 PM
Jakeepooh

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 like that. There's room for that sort of review as well, right? I mean, I love nerding out as much as the next guy... Heck, I don't mean to criticize other reviews by praising this one. I just mean I enjoyed the review, and I feel like lots of people would learn what they needed to learn about these bikes after reading it. Good job.

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Liked a comment about press release Scott Introduces the All-New SPARK RC and SPARK 900 6/10/2021 9:40 AM
slimshady

TBH when I learned Scott had bought Bold I thought they would be replacing the Genius with it. Bold already had a long travel trail bike in their roster after all.

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Liked a bike check 2021 S-WORKS STUMPJUMPER EVO 2/18/2021 10:56 AM
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Liked a comment about feature Three Mountain Bike Brands Doing it Right in 2021 1/7/2021 7:17 AM
Mikethespike

Would add Specialized to this. Class-leading bikes in all categories - Epic Evo, Stumpjumper, Stumpy Evo, Enduro and Demo. That's a pretty incredible lineup, and that's before we get into the E-bikes...

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Liked a comment about feature MTB Product of the Year - Long-Term Review of Shimano's 12-Speed Deore Group 12/23/2020 8:46 AM
Liked a comment about feature E-Bikes and Why We're Testing Them - The Inside Line Podcast 7/31/2020 1:45 PM
26griz

No doubt the growth of e-MTB will continue to be divisive for some time while simultaneously increasing in popularity. With this in mind, I see a long term battle coming to define where e-MTBs belong. OHV trails are currently the only "no brainer" option for e-MTB in the US.

Additionally, we MTBers are the least organized when it comes to land access and there is a large disconnect between the collective "industry" (which is heavily marketing/pushing the "emerging market" of e-MTB ) and advocacy groups (which lobby for our access and trail development on public/FS/NP lands).

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Liked a comment about feature E-Bikes and Why We're Testing Them - The Inside Line Podcast 7/31/2020 1:44 PM
michaeldorian

Spot in Salespunk. Your experience mirrors mine exactly. And most of the riders I’m riding with have pretty much made the switch after years regular rides. It’s just makes everything more fun. Even the boring trails. No longer are you avoiding trails that don’t have quite the downhill as a reward. It’s really just the regular bike experience but more fun. All the infighting seems to come from within our own community.

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Liked a bike check Specialized Enduro 6/18/2020 8:15 AM
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Liked a bike check Bold Unplugged Volume 1 custom build 2/23/2019 1:38 PM
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Liked a comment about feature Specialized Stumpjumper EVO vs. Stumpjumper - See How They Compare 2/22/2019 8:40 AM
jeff.brines

FWIW, this is something I really did want to do to the bike but for obvious reasons I wasn't allowed to do. Like I said, I had to omit the whole BlackBox shock from the review, so long shocking with a coil *absolutely* would have been out. (though I have a suspicion this is what Jared and Curtis are doing)

Specialized doesn't want people long shocking the thing as it obviously voids the warranty. That said, for the price, I'd absolutely buy the bike, push the fork's travel to 160mm and then pickup a coil in the dimensions you suggested for the hell of it. Doesn't need to be some swanky coil, any coil that is valved right with the right spring will do.

With a simple tire swap and shock swap you could go from "efficient trail bike" to (possible) "enduro weapon". Pretty cool.

The geo is so good I could see this working well, and you'd be all in around $4K...with a bike shop involved

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