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Added a comment about product review Tested: Maxxis Forekaster Tire 11/17/2017 8:05 PM
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As another data point - 29" 2.35 Forekaster. I got one on a bike that was new to me, and fully expected to remove it, but it's done remarkably well. I ride almost exclusively loose over hardpack and hardpack desert conditions, and ride aggressively through rocks on carbon rims, and I have yet to be disappointed in the performance of the tire. I will finally swap it out this season for a beefier casing Minion, but I've mostly decided to retire it from tread wear. I'm really curious about running a 2.6x29" tire for my XC-Trail hardtail setup - just wish there was a 2.6 DHR2 in 29" diameter to run out front.

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Dropper Seatposts 5/9/2017 10:05 PM
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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Dropper Seatposts 5/9/2017 10:04 PM
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Awesome stuff.
I concur that the BikeYoke is brilliantly engineered; but it's hard to compete on price, support, and overall feel of the Fox Transfer with a WolfTooth lever. Love mine.

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: Qualifying, 2017 Lourdes World Cup DH 5/1/2017 9:44 PM
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Lol, just kidding. A brilliant fourth place.

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: Qualifying, 2017 Lourdes World Cup DH 4/29/2017 9:55 PM
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What happened to Florent Payet? I'd be gutted if he couldn't run in the final, after putting it on the podium in Val di Sol

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Added a comment about feature Aaron Gwin's Signature Onza Tire Is More Than Just a Look-alike 2/15/2017 6:17 PM
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I want the 29x2.4 myself... But yes. Need all of the wheel diameters, CST should be able to hook it up

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Added a comment about feature Aaron Gwin's Signature Onza Tire Is More Than Just a Look-alike 2/15/2017 6:15 PM
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The biggest knock I've seen is that it looks like a DH F/R minion with Butcher side knobs... Which promises most of the cornering traction of a DHF/Butcher, most of the braking traction of a DHR2, and the rolling resistance average of those three, depending on center tread durometer... If expectations are still for a dry weather tire in 900g weight class that rolls acceptably and keeps up when the going gets gnarly, then I'm not at all skeptical.

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Added a comment about feature Aaron Gwin's Signature Onza Tire Is More Than Just a Look-alike 2/15/2017 6:10 PM
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The Niki Lauda comparison immediately came to my mind as well - with an amazing arse dyno, it's easier to stay at the top of a really competitive game that heavily involves equipment development.

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Added a comment about feature Aaron Gwin's Signature Onza Tire Is More Than Just a Look-alike 2/15/2017 6:05 PM
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We've been refining this whole concept of a two-wheeled vehicle powered by pedals for some time now... Innovation/refinement are the same thing, depending on perception of the scope.

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Added a comment about video 2016 MTB PRODUCT OF THE YEAR - Shreddy Awards 1/4/2017 12:51 PM

I have a feeling all those conspiracy theorists will blend into the crickets as these shocks start appearing in the wild.
For right now, there's no real way to evaluate the shock independently of the frames built around them (admittedly will be confounded anyway), but not being able to get one without a frameset means there's no real way of comparing that shock heads-up against something else... and considering how many great frames are already out there which can be ran with legacy sized Float-X2 and Vivid-Air setups, but Metric sized anything currently require purchasing the complete frameset, my issue remains that it's outside of the SRAM-Transition intro days where they had both flavors of rocker/control link handy to run, there's no way to compare the performance side by side from those.

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Added a comment about video 2016 MTB PRODUCT OF THE YEAR - Shreddy Awards 12/30/2016 11:35 AM

Yeah, no doubt that'll be a near future item, but the OEM priority on those because of the revised I2I figures means that it's not really an available item... and aftermarket will probably be filled with OEM take-offs sooner rather than later.

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Added a comment about video 2016 MTB PRODUCT OF THE YEAR - Shreddy Awards 12/30/2016 11:31 AM

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Added a comment about video 2016 MTB PRODUCT OF THE YEAR - Shreddy Awards 12/28/2016 10:08 PM

Only complaint: the 2016 product of the year is a product not actually available in 2016 (except as part of a frame set)...
I'm excited for the trunnion Super Deluxe as a long shock possibility, but right now the only reason I'm not running it is: you guessed it - not available.

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Added a comment about product review First Look: 2017 Mongoose Teocali Pro Enduro Bike 10/25/2016 8:20 AM
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I'm sure I'm not the only one who is extremely excited to see a 160mm bike with 15x100//12x142mm axles - this is actually an extremely nice looking bike.

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Added a comment about photo Norco's 2017 Bikes 9/25/2016 7:44 PM
Norco's 2017 Bikes

Any hints at a 29er version?

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Added a comment about photo PUSH ElevenSix Micro-XD Coil Shock 9/22/2016 12:12 PM
PUSH ElevenSix Micro-XD Coil Shock

I agree on the color matching, but if Micro-XD is what I think it is (microtextured small media peened surface with a semi-lubricious DLC surface treatment) then it's basically unbeatable for sticktion and durability for that application, because that arrangement is baller.
I'm pretty sure it retains the dual-valving options, the change is that the transition to higher oil volume flow can run a bit faster, meaning they can tune in a more lively LSC/MSC setup that makes the bike poppy without giving up traction for climbing/braking.cornering.

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Added a comment about feature Legitimizing the Shop | Ghost Bikes and REI 9/19/2016 11:51 AM
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I really like Ghost's entire AMR line - in a product line engineering sense it's a master stroke of common platform design (and has allowed them to seamlessly incorporate the newer metric sized shocks, as well as fine tune geometry by application).
The SL-AMR-X 29er looks like an absolute hit, especially in Fox36 Elite/CCDB Coil guise. Leverage curve suits a coil shock brilliantly, it's a top end fork - I just wish they would really leverage the common AMR platform and do a 'choose frame color' from the entire line of colors (the colors on the LC10 and LC6 are my favorite, not that I would mind the yellow).

The issue of that bike not being plausible to test drive would be the biggest thing holding me back, because in every other regard that's a carbon dream bike, and that's before the possibilities of running a 216x63mm Ohlins TTX in it.

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Added a comment about feature Legitimizing the Shop | Ghost Bikes and REI 9/19/2016 11:46 AM
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To a degree, online ordering can alleviate a lot of that (let it mirror what Trek has been doing, where they basically drop ship a bike from warehouse, then rely on the local store to support it) - which would be arguably better in some cases.
They would then NEED the demo tour, however the combination of those two things would be seriously awesome. Keep a couple of the high end ones around in the shop as pure eye candy, and REI wins as does Ghost.

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Added a comment about video Cam McCaul and the 29+ Challenge 9/16/2016 7:58 AM

This is exactly how Trek should have been marketing the Stache from release. Awesome video.

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Added a comment about feature Beware, It's Getting Weird Out There 8/30/2016 12:45 PM
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Like Jeff is saying - there is enough money to be made off of fixed investments that the 'legacy' stuff will keep being made for as long as they can sell it above costs. In the case of 26" stuff, that's going to be a while because good slopestyle and Youth bikes aren't going away - some of the newer tread patterns won't make it as it'll take too long to hit the break-even, but as long as MinionDHF's, Deore type hubs, and some rim options stick around then that bike will be supportable for the next decade and still be a cheap to operate item.

Mostly, a lot of the new standards aren't themselves better, but enable development other other areas which cumulatively make the bike better - so even if some small parts are answer to questions nobody asked for individually, the honest answer is that all the R&D money companies put in will keep turning into incremental gains.
Hopefully some of the intermediate-cost brands will realize that instead of playing the 'bathe new bikes in bling' game in hopes of keeping up with big companies and losing, they could be into making updated geometry 26" bikes with good tire clearance, good value parts spec, and make the valid argument that those bikes are just more fun to actually ride than something which is overkill for most trails.

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