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Added a comment about feature 11 of the Best Heavy-Duty Kneepads | Vital MTB Roundup 4/5/2018 8:35 AM

Can you recommend a couple brands/models to try for people that have tree trunk leg syndrome? I've tried fox, demon dirt, poc, 661,and none of them come close to fitting. My thigh is 25" diameter about 2" up from top of knee cap, my calf is 20" diameter about an inch from bottom of knee cap.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels 11/11/2017 11:19 PM

Jeff, You say that these are the best carbon rims for their intended use-trail/durotard. Would these rims then be your first choice for the new nomad? or would you skip carbon altogether for a bike that is mostly being shuttled up the mountain? personally I'm a heavy rider and I wouldn't mind the set up being a bit stiffer even on a 29" wheel.

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Added a comment about product review Long Term Tested: 2018 Santa Cruz Hightower LT 10/26/2017 3:30 PM

That's kinda how i feel too. So really off topic here but I'm curious how the Nomad 4 compares to the Capra, although the Capra is due for an overhaul which I imagine we'll see in the earliest parts of 2018. I assume the Capra is going to get a bit longer lower and slacker, metric shock, and boost axles, and who knows what else? but one of those bikes will end up in my garage at some point.

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Liked a comment on the item Long Term Tested: 2018 Santa Cruz Hightower LT 10/26/2017 3:21 PM

Hey Sheamus. Not a ton of time on the Jeffsy but some. It was a sportier ride, borderline "harsh" at times. I think its a good fit for a coil shock (speculating here). It really is "poppy" (playful, easy to load) and fun however. The HTLT felt a whole lot more...more

Added a comment about product review Long Term Tested: 2018 Santa Cruz Hightower LT 10/26/2017 1:40 PM

Any chance you could draw a comparison between the LT and the Jeffsy 29?

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Added a comment about product review Long Term Tested: 2018 Santa Cruz Hightower LT 10/26/2017 12:39 PM

I've left the tires stock and have Cushcores installed, I don't race or anything but the Cushcores make me feel better about dropping the PSI, which really helps with little bumps and has eliminated tire burpage, even for a rider that weighs 16 metric tons.

I think you're right about the versatility of the bike, because it is. It shrugs off my shit pedaling form, and coming down it may not be the smoothest ride, but I feel like I'm always in control of the bike - most likely due to the significant change in geometry from my old bike. And with the rebound about a click or two from being fully open, the bike yearns to get airborne and pop over trail obsticles. All in all its a damn fun bike to ride.

And actually I edited my first post because I realized I do have a 170 dropper, just didn't realize it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Liked a comment on the item Long Term Tested: 2018 Santa Cruz Hightower LT 10/26/2017 12:12 PM

Yo man!


Like yourself, I found the bike to be a bit lacking with respect to small bump performance. Put another way, it kind of felt as though the shock was overdamped off the top, a bit dead. This has more to do with the SC leverage ratio curve than any...more

Added a comment about product review Long Term Tested: 2018 Santa Cruz Hightower LT 10/26/2017 10:59 AM

Jeff - thanks for the update on the bike. Got to agree that the stock build kit on the XX1 is spec'd really well. Did you get a chance to try any other air shocks with the bike like an X2, Super Deluxe, or Topaz? Personally I'm not that happy with the small bump compliance. The rear travel does better than average with square edge impacts but the softer stuff seems to have little impact on the rear suspension. On a more positive note, for a larger rider (260), it really ramps up in the end stroke, even at 30% sag.

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