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Liked a comment on the item A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/29/2018 10:55 AM

King hubs: heavier, more expensive, & louder than everything else on the market, w/ a history of self-loosening preload. What's not to like?

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedal Shoes 7/28/2018 12:02 PM

$150 for shoes that last around or less than a year of periodic weekly use is unacceptable.

I ride flats exclusively and have had about every version that 5.10 or even Intense made and they last less and less these days. My freeride pros have been the best fit and function but as other have...more

Liked a comment on the item A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/27/2018 10:46 AM

The DT Swiss ratchet system is by far the best system on the market when it comes to reliability.

We sell loads of Enves to our road customers, and the DT Swiss equipped pairs are maintenance free, where as the King's pairs it sometimes is a nightmare!

Added a comment about feature A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/27/2018 12:39 AM
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It has some similarities with King yes, but to say it stolen is a bit of an overreaction.
Its actually far closer to the DT Swiss star ratchet... who worked with shimano on the freehub.

Owning and working on both the DT Swiss and King hubs, I'd much rather run the Swiss system than King's. Apart for the ratchet upgrade my DT Swiss hubs have been maintenance free for almost a year now, whereas my King hubs are sitting on the shelf and I still have to give them TLC

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Liked a comment on the item Gone Too Far? Enduro World Series, La Thuile 7/22/2018 8:22 AM

Please do not dumb down northstar or the CES even more. Getting crazy or pushing the limits is exactly how you progress the sport and people's ability. That's why we have enduro now. Our bikes are so good and better than the DH bikes of 10 years ago that a lot of...more

Added a comment about slideshow Gone Too Far? Enduro World Series, La Thuile 7/22/2018 8:05 AM
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"Chris Ball and his team" are not just one man... no mistaken assumption on my part.
This one man and 'his' team have far more experience than you give them credit. And you can have no doubt that when they need to they are able to seek advice from some equally talented and experienced people.

Its tough for UK riders to make the step up to world class level too, but we've been blessed by being close to mainland Europe so our riders can gain a lot of superb ride and race experience. But it would be naive of us to think think that we could gain all that experience within our own shores... hell if that were true none of us would last longer than 2 minutes downhill.

Ask yourself this:
How many UK/NZ/AUS/SA racers spend massive amounts of their off season training/riding abroad?
And how many US/CAN racers do the same?
I hope I'm wrong here but I can't think of many US racers that have done/do that?

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Added a comment about slideshow Gone Too Far? Enduro World Series, La Thuile 7/22/2018 4:14 AM
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Ah opinions...
I was riding at La Thuile last tuesday and saw a good amount of the new stuff... Holy shit it looked gnarly but not unrideable. I think its great that there are events like this as it really shows what the truly talented racers can do. I've loved watching the vids and looking at the pics and seeing how some racers (Barelli for example) have been so creative on sections.

For sure there is a danger that venues will try to one up each other, but I do trust that Chris Ball and his team are well on top of this. He's definitely far more experienced at race an event organisation than everyone here.

A racer is not going to like every stage/event, but how they crack on with the job at hand speaks volumes of their character.

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Added a comment about video Ratboy's Trip on the New Santa Cruz Bronson 7/3/2018 12:19 PM
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I'm not really bothered about the bike, but that video was bloody awesome!

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Added a comment about video CORNER CARNAGE - Enduro World Series Austria / Slovenia, Petzen / Jamnica 6/29/2018 1:04 AM
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Awesome

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Added a comment about video RJ Ripper - The Incredible Story About the Fastest Man in Nepal 6/29/2018 12:59 AM
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Wow. Thats a great story.

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Liked a comment on the item The Inside Line Podcast - Martin Whiteley 6/17/2018 11:31 AM

I'd add that this was not really a pre-arranged interview and the questions weren't discussed or planned ahead of time. These were his genuine thoughts in real time, which speaks volumes of his depth of knowledge and passion for mtb racing. I would have loved to talk longer but he was already...more

Liked a comment on the item Good-Bye Boring, Hello Bitchin'. Leogang Steps It Up 6/8/2018 8:24 AM

When you're doing it right, there's not much to say!

Liked a comment on the item Good-Bye Boring, Hello Bitchin'. Leogang Steps It Up 6/8/2018 8:24 AM

OH, so this is how we get you guys to comment...just tweak the format hahaha. Rest assured, I'm hearing the comments and taking them all to heart. The way we did the fort william race show (one podcast audio player along w/ the slideshow player for pics and captions) seemed...more

Liked a comment on the item Good-Bye Boring, Hello Bitchin'. Leogang Steps It Up 6/8/2018 1:59 AM

Hey guys, always love the coverage on Vital, but I gotta say, I'm missing the slideshow - it's what made you better than the others. With this page I don't know which photos to look at to relate to the audio - and scrolling through photos is the reason I don't bother with...more

Liked a comment on the item Good-Bye Boring, Hello Bitchin'. Leogang Steps It Up 6/8/2018 1:59 AM

#bringbacktheslideshow!!

Added a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS: Fort William World Cup DH 6/3/2018 11:27 PM
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They haven't managed it in F1 so I'm not holding out any hope

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Liked a comment on the item Shimano Goes BIG - New 12-Speed 1X XTR Drivetrains, Brakes and More 5/25/2018 11:18 PM

Maths are better than memories. Literally 1% more range on the Ethirteen, but with a 9t that barely fits a standard chain. 10t has better chain engagement. 9t only works well with half link chains on bmx bikes. I’d put money on the XTR shifting miles better also.