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Added a comment about feature So Here Is Sam Hill's 29er Enduro Race Bike... 5/8/2019 11:22 PM

Don’t care just wanna seem him beat Maes.

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Added a comment about press release OneUp Releases New Carbon Bars, EDC-Ready Stem and Lock-On Grips 4/12/2019 10:51 AM

Is literally everyone having their grips made in the same factory? What’s minimum order? Want some pro Iqbals that have are the same as everyone else’s but just have a single longitudinal line one em so I feel symmetry. Iqbal Sym grip. I’d buy em. Big up one up though.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: TRP 4-Piston G-Spec Trail SL Disc Brakes 4/6/2019 2:28 AM

OG Transition Patrol with intact chainstays?

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Added a comment about press release Forbidden Bike Company Launches the Druid 4/4/2019 8:53 AM

I reaaaally like the idea behind this bike. I had a supreme and I thought the ride quality to be quite something. The rear end feels like butter when in fact it is sharp, pointy rocks. The chainstay growth I found to be a little difficult to get to grips with after years learning on a hardtail then mostly 32t chainring pivots, it tricks you inta thinking a manuals on but as the front end comes up and the shock squishes the back wheel pisses off somewhere behind you and you look lame(r than usual). I Found this made it a bit sluggish and not very manouvreable for a short rider (but man it was nice to ride) so I feel the properly sized chainstays are ever more important on high pivots.
I also think there are a lot of things to like about shorter travel trail bikes but suspension quality usually isn’t the high light. The high pivot ought to help it feel like a much more capable bike.
I want it pls.

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Added a comment about press release The Science Behind CushCore - Downtime Podcast 3/15/2019 1:42 PM

I actually run DH casings on the front purely for the damped feel. For me it’s a bit like a slacker head angle, I find it confidence inspiring being able to point the front wheel at nasty lines and know it won’t bounce off. It was a a huge thing for me the first time I rode super damped tyres and I’ll never go back. But still haven’t tried cushcore...tbh the added hassle and cost don’t seem worth it but I guess until I try I can’t talk smack.

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Added a comment about press release The Pro's Closet Launches Certified Pre-Owned Bikes 3/11/2019 6:51 AM

Absolutely, if you don’t mind and would rather hand over cash and trust somebody else more than yourself to check a bike over then have at it. I do mind, that’s all I was saying. I agree it’s a decent business idea but that’s a long ways from me thinking it’s a good service for myself and the people they aim to serve.
I buy an sell bikes often purely because spending money isn’t part of the sport for me. There isn’t a lot of money in it and nor should there be. Which means these guys must be buying low and selling high (very high looking at the website) by slapping a ‘warranty’ on it. Create your own warranty people (after all it is in the hands of the buyer in the second hand market) and learn to simply buy with care is my advice and keep businesses out of the second hand market.
Of course if you disagree, I’m perfectly baboon.

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Added a comment about press release The Pro's Closet Launches Certified Pre-Owned Bikes 3/11/2019 12:56 AM

Just sounds like a car dealer ship with slightly better marketing. I’m perfectly capable of selling my own cars and bikes thank you. And I’ll do better out of it both financially and from a service point of view. If I want to get shafted I’d at least by an actual new bike.

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Added a comment about press release Introducing Revel Bikes 2/28/2019 12:18 AM

I like the linkage design. I’ve often messed about with quick and dirty sketches along the same lines. Something about the aesthetic implementation looks a little industrial but the charts look good and I bet it rides nice. I also like a low bottle mount but maybe that’s a discussion for elsewhere...

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Added a comment about product review Tons of Fun on a Budget - Norco Fluid FS 1 29er Review 2/20/2019 12:44 PM

I’m actually really excited about this bike. It looks like the perfect affordable back woods trail bike with a short wheelbase for the tight and often janky trails we have here. Something to throw about and actually ride without worry of licking a £2k carbon frame.
But will the frame hold up to that sort of abuse? It’s the constant problem I face. I want little bike geo but big bike durability. Maybe at this price it doesn’t matter!

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Added a comment about video 50:01's Loose Dog Lewis! Vital RAW 2/16/2019 10:26 AM

Kind of epitomises Uk back woods riding. All these lads do. I get the Santa Cruz connection and they’re cool bikes no doubt but I’d love to see these guy aboard something more rootsy and affordable for younger riders who’re riding this kinda stuff on the reg. Although at this point I’m not quite sure what that would be. Expensive game.
Anyways, as always Mr Lewis, a big thumbs up from me.

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Added a comment about press release YT Launches the TUES 29 Downhill Bike 2/12/2019 5:47 AM

What about the Tues 26 Park?

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Added a comment about feature Nickname, Debris Trail - Kirt Voreis on The Inside Line, Part 1 of 2 11/21/2018 2:14 PM

Damn. I’ll have to settle for half enlightened for now I guess. Excellent. Can’t wait for it.

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Added a comment about feature Nickname, Debris Trail - Kirt Voreis on The Inside Line, Part 1 of 2 11/21/2018 12:40 PM

...went out to fetch more firewood and beer for this. May have had too much beer already cus the first time I tried this comment went under sick bikes XD

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Added a comment to Raine's bike check 10/8/2018 7:40 AM

Thanks for that dude! I’m still awaiting a response from Commencal R&D guy....very helpful to get a number from another rider, appreciate it man

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Added a comment to Raine's bike check 10/6/2018 2:26 AM

I’m quite certain it was bad luck, cold morning etc. But they have the single bolt listed as a spare part, I’m also quite sure they know it’s a weak spot. And looking at it, it’s clear to see the Allen tool recess goes too far which is exactly where it sheared. 10-15nm on that is gonna fail at some point. Unless they’ve started using an updated design.

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Added a comment to Raine's bike check 10/5/2018 11:37 PM

Quick head up for you guys, the U-Link bolt sheared itself off (it was properly torqued) while hoping about in my yard setting spring rate. They want me to file a full warranty claim...so I’m gonna buy one rather than wait but that’s €33 shipped to UK. So be careful with that 5mm Allen head axle bolt on the left hand chainstay

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Added a comment to Raine's bike check 10/4/2018 10:52 PM

@ Raine I should have clarified, I first noticed it riding not when I got the angle finder out - it feels like a dh bike which ain’t really what I wanted from the bike. If I’d known it was 63° I wouldn’t have bought it, plain and simple. I’d have bought a dh bike or a trail bike. I was even considering a dual crown on this one at some stage but that will take it to around 62° which is far too slack where I ride, 63 is already tank-like. The Lyrik at 180 is surprisingly stiff though, feels stiffer than the 170 36 I have.
I’ve considered the angle set route but right now I wanna get to the bottom of whether it’s an issue with my frame (in which case it’s being shipped back to Commencal) or if they got it wrong with all of them (in which case I may be stuck with adjuster headsets unless they’ll swap it for a Clash).
There’s also the option of an offset bush at the top of the shock...I’m just a bit pissed I paid so much cash for something that apparently ain’t what it says it is.
Ps why can’t I reply to the comment I want on here? Driving me crazy XD
Edit: ah the comments is an issue with the mobile site. The full site is fine

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Added a comment to Raine's bike check 10/4/2018 12:36 PM

@daway Yeah for sure I imagine most people would be happy to learn it’s slacker than stated but the fact it isn’t crazy slack on the chart was a major factor in my decision. I’m riding in UK bike parks and they tend to consist of tight corners and steep lips, slackness isn’t the best way to go.
I’m speaking with Commencal who’re being very receptive but would love to hear some measurements from you guys if you get bored enough ;-)
I’m also gonna get some solid numbers all round and crunch em to see if I can figure out what’s up.
My best guess is that the geo chart should simply state the head angle at 63° rather than 65°...seems unlikely I have a frame welded 2° out but then the Supreme DH is 63°
I dunno. Just wish I’d got a Gambler if I’m to be stuck with the slackness.

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Added a comment to Raine's bike check 10/3/2018 8:08 AM

Hey dude, I finally finished my build and have a query for ya if you don’t mind. I’ve measured and remeasured my head angle at 63° rather than the stated 65° and the wheelbase is a corresponding 10mm longer than the geo chart....the BB is right where it should be from the chart at 10mm drop.
Although I built it from the ground up it’s the same spec as an off the peg bike. Lyrik 180, 230x65 shock, tyres both the same DHR2.
Seems to me Commy got their numbers wrong. Or something wrong with my frame. Seems a simply case of the wrong head angle on the chart?
Is this something to do with why they discontinued them?

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