Added reply in a thread The Best Component Upgrade for a Mountain Bike? 3/30/2020 9:54 AM

Some of these were said before, so I'll be quick. 1- Dropper post. There are lots of experienced riders on here that might take this for granted, but for your friend getting into the sport, significant other, nothing will matter more than eliminating ... more ยป

Liked a comment on the item Teravail Launches the All-New Kessel Tire 3/26/2020 4:00 PM

Is a Minion DHF...literally.

Added a comment about press release Teravail Launches the All-New Kessel Tire 3/26/2020 3:52 PM

True, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I mean, that's a great tire to copy, and this tire probably works just fine. Better than a press release that says: "Inspired by (literally any Kenda, ever)."

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Liked a comment on the item Two-Minute MTB Fork Service with Lee Trumpore 3/12/2020 11:13 PM

The worst thing I dropped between the slats was a pawl spring from a set of Mavic Crossmax wheels. Pulled part of the deck apart trying to find that guy. Stupid human.

Liked a comment on the item Two-Minute MTB Fork Service with Lee Trumpore 3/12/2020 11:12 PM

I just once want someone to show how to change out fork oil in the dark on a cold winter evening on the front porch(that the missus is still pissed about all the chain lube drips being on) with the wrong tools and stuff falling between the slats into the leaves underneath and...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital Long-Term Test - 2020 Norco Sight 3/11/2020 10:34 AM

Forgive me if I am misreading you here, but do you think that is a step in the process we somehow missed? At the risk of being redundant, the clip in the video is for demonstration purposes, not a literal display of what we did once over the course of a four-month test.

Added a comment about press release Parts Unlimited and INTENSE form Exclusive Distribution Partnership for Tazer MX E-MTB 3/7/2020 9:16 AM

A big problem I see with the exclusive distribution through powersports outlets is that a new customer will possibly miss out on some bike trail knowledge that a true bike shop might have. What is a powersports shop to say when a customer asks "Can I take this on any MTB trail?" Of course they are going to say yes, any answer of 'no' will dissuade a sale. A true MTB shop might give what I believe to be the right answer, which is 'Most of the time, some areas have different restrictions, and there are some normal climbing/descending etiquette norms to follow.'

Most bike shops have so much good knowledge we MTBers take for granted, it would be a shame to lose out on that for people getting outside. For example, I took my dad out on his E-MTB, and he asked if it was alright to ride on this specific trail, and I said "Yes, but you give right of way to people climbing, and give riders space that are climbing ahead of you. It is alright to pass if you've got plenty of space." I was able to ride with my dad for the first time in 15 years because of e-bikes, so I'm down with it, but I do think it has to be done the right way. I just hope the education is there alongside the sale.

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Added a comment about photo Heather Munive 3/7/2020 9:03 AM

Heather is great and all, but check out the G-Out project going on in the upper right.

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Added a comment about video HELMET CAM - U.S. National Downhill Series - Windrock, Tennessee 3/6/2020 2:53 PM

I'm Rooting for them.

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Liked a comment on the item 20 Years of Winning: Mondraker's History of Building Incredible Mountain Bikes 3/4/2020 1:43 PM



This legend was the first to come to mind... Emmeline Ragot and Duncan Philpott... I was in great admiration of both.

Added a comment about press release The All-New Antidote Carbonjack Enduro Bike is Here 3/2/2020 2:49 PM

Maybe the comment is on the 55mm stroke for a ripping enduro bike? I see blowouts in the future.... Or just a lot of heat. But whatever, it is optimized.

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Liked a comment on the item The All-New Antidote Carbonjack Enduro Bike is Here 3/2/2020 10:08 AM

No company can claim to have optimised weight balance without adjusting the chainstay length between sizes...

Added a comment about member blog Rooted MTB: Season 3 Prelude, A Rocky Start at Bootleg 2/29/2020 7:00 PM

Best team videos by far. I also vote for Harrison to get a new mechanic.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/25/2020 11:07 AM

My advice to people: do not weigh your bikes - unless you're trying to build up a hill-climb specific bike. There have been a lot of tests and studies about bike weight, and the consensus is, it doesn't matter nearly as much as people think it does. For some...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/25/2020 11:06 AM

I have this conversation with a lot of customers. In the PNW, these are 2nd/3rd/etc bikes. If you want one rig for everything, most of these brands offer a 140mm 29er, which seems to be the sweet spot. Unfortunately, the 140mm completes typically come with a spec...more

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/25/2020 7:52 AM

We thought about this, and it is a good concern to bring up. In a perfect world, VitalMTB would test different suspension systems on the exact same reach measurements. Or different reach measurements on the same suspension platform. Since that perfect test will probably never happen, the reality is that we're going to have a range of sizing in these tests. Especially now, with shorter seatposts and longer dropper post options, there are lots of people that 'size up' and try more stable/longer bikes. That bigger option might be perfect for riders, or it might not, and the Ibis sizing reflects that real world choice that some riders gravitate towards.

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Added a comment about video Bootleg Canyon DH POV with Wentz and AHK 2/19/2020 10:15 PM

Steve had a Butcher DH 2.3 rear with 27 PSI with a CushCore insert. Front was a Butcher BLCKDMND 2.6 also with a CushCore insert at 25 PSI. Austin had 26/30PSI Minions with CushCore.

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