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Liked a comment about press release All Carbon Everything...Specialized's $1,000 Kids Bike 12/4/2020 7:35 AM

Because kids that ride those bikes have no comprehension of nice things, and that’s really cool. I guarantee any kid that gets one would be just as stoked on a kicker bike that costs $100. On top of that most kids just thrash their bikes. It’s for midlife crisis/status symbol dads to buy there toddlers so they can feel good about ignoring them.

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Liked a comment about feature Has Specialized Cracked the Code? New 2FO Roost Shoe Delivers on All Counts 11/18/2020 10:43 PM

I'm still running a pair of impact hightops from 6 odd years ago. Have glued the soles back on a few times, but the uppers are just about buggered now.

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Liked a bike check MARINO Mezcla 10/19/2020 10:25 AM
Liked a comment about feature Single Crown vs Dual Crown Fork: Which One is the Best for Enduro? 10/1/2020 9:02 AM

It’s a question of momentum. Big travel is great for carrying speed, ie if you’re going down a steep hill covered in roots, rocks, and holes that would otherwise slow you down. In contrast, short travel helps you build speed on flat trails, uphills, pump bumps, or any situation where you need to pump the bike or pedal to create speed. This is why downhill bikes feel like such a pig on smooth flow trails and why short travel bikes are slower on gnarly descents. Seems to me that EWS races feature a mix of both types of terrain in special stages, warranting a bike that’s somewhere south of a full DH bike in travel.

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Liked a comment about press release Reverse Components 2020 "Bike Hacks" Product Launch 5/16/2020 9:36 AM

If your headset is getting loose, that is your stem bolts. It's called a "preload" for a reason.
Final load & tension on the headset is handled by the stem.

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Liked a comment about press release Privateer's New $3,075 Complete Bike 5/2/2020 4:46 AM

What dropper/saddle are you using? I have a one up with a ergon saddle and can get 40mm in front or behind the clamps. Similar with a reverb and a giant contact dropper. some saddle combos might reduce that fractionally but that is still a lot of adjustment? I have a p3 size privateer, with the saddle back 25mm on the rails I have the same saddle to bars as on my large strive which had the saddle pushed forward 25mm. The position does feel a bit different as you are more central over the BB.

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Liked a comment about press release Privateer's New $3,075 Complete Bike 5/1/2020 9:48 PM

I was faster on 29 until I went back to being a pilot rather than a passenger. At 5'8" I can be way faster downhill on an XL 29er until I have to turn. Those things are like toboggans! Hold on and ride it down. Now I like to be in total control and smaller wheels gives me that control. I find i have way more traction on flat corners with the smaller wheels. I think people mistake the passenger feeling that the ton of BB drop on 29ers gives for traction. Yeah yeah, everyone races 29ers. I think that's going to start to change one of these days.

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Liked a comment about feature Maxxis Dissector Tire Reviewed by Top Member Reviewer and Jenson USA Award Winner 4/12/2020 5:26 AM

DHR2 rolls faster than Aggressor? You're so wrong, despite your impressive experience and qualifications.

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Liked a comment to Felix Weber's bike check 4/5/2020 12:34 AM
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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 3/3/2020 6:46 AM

Having ridden this type of bike, its not just weight, its the feel the bike gives the rider. Put another way, one could argue having a 500 horse power trophy truck is just the same as having a 500 horsepower sports car in that they are both fast.

...but one will handle very different from the other.

In this case, I'd suggest a 6" travel enduro bike is kind of like a rally car whereas these are more like sports cars. You get more feedback, and a different experience on trail with less travel.

I love it for a lot of trail riding, but as I've commented elsewhere I do wish these bikes came in at a weight that was 2-3lbs less than what these read.

...that said I haven't had a 6" travel bike that weighed under 34 in a long time!

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 3/3/2020 6:42 AM

Saying the Ibis is completely linear is misleading- for the first half of its travel its rather sharply rising, then it falls (like most DW link bikes). Right in the middle of your travel its at the lowest leverage ratio, so it will keep you pretty high on most hits (this also goes along with my experience on DW bikes). Its only the larger hits where it will allow you to use full travel, something pretty important on a shorter travel bike.

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 3/3/2020 6:41 AM

Does anybody complain about the Ibis? On the longer travel models, yes, but not on this short travel. It rides great.

I'm not saying that "DW link requires a rising to falling rate", I'm saying thats whats very common with shorter travel DW link bikes, probably because no one is going to run a coil or large volume piggyback shock like the X2 on it, and is a very popular suspension tune for light trail bikes.

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Liked a comment about product review We Ride the All-New Transition Scout 2/17/2020 2:57 PM

Changing stroke length doesn't change leverage ratio. It lowers ride height at sag and increases the travel on the bottom-out side of the travel, but the average leverage ratio stays virtually the same. Changing rear center length does change the leverage ratio and wheel travel. Also, lower leverage ratios require MORE damping in the shock, as current dampers are speed-sensitive. That is suspensions with progressive leverage ratios are called "rising rate". They drive the shock (and the damper oil) at a faster rate as the leverage ratio drops during compression towards bottom-out. You are correct about lower leverage requiring less spring force. There is no magic leverage ratio for every rider. It really just comes down to design philosophy and tuning the leverage curve to get the bike to exhibit a certain characteristic. Transition have opted for less sensitivity, slightly better spring tuneability for larger riders, a good solid ramp-up throughout the travel, and a medium to high damper tune for support. Specialized, Norco, Santa Cruz and others have recently opted to move their designs toward a higher leverage range for their own reasons. It's interesting to see very different philosophies evolving right now in suspension.

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