Added a comment about feature What Do Riders Think? Eight Stems Reviewed by Vital MTB Members 4/23/2019 11:41 AM

Seriously though, most bike components vary enough to have subjective opinion, worthy of discussion and conjecture - but a stem, really?

It's an inanimate lump of metal that holds a handle bar to the bike, chosen by its appearance, dimensions, price and at a push, its weight - there aren't any other "features" that are worthy of 100+ words

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Liked a comment on the item What Do Riders Think? Eight Stems Reviewed by Vital MTB Members 4/23/2019 11:19 AM

Good luck with that. Your next bike will have a different bar diameter for some reason and will need a shorter or longer length.

Added a comment about feature What Do Riders Think? Eight Stems Reviewed by Vital MTB Members 4/22/2019 11:59 PM

No one cares what you think about a stem

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Added reply in a thread 2019 Fox Float x2 hydraulic bottom out 4/9/2019 5:58 AM

Aha you are correct old bean. Don't know where I've got hydraulic from then. Still, no details about it either. I guess it just means a cone shaped rubber bung?

Added reply in a thread 2019 Fox Float x2 hydraulic bottom out 4/8/2019 11:19 AM

...guess there just aren't any further details!

Started new thread 2019 Fox Float x2 hydraulic bottom out 4/8/2019 12:13 AM

One of the updates listed by Fox to the 2019 Float X2 shock is a hydraulic bottom out. I've done a fairly extensive Google search and can't find any details about this. I know what the theory is, I'd just like to know a bit more detail

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Liked a comment on the item Sundayracer's Commencal 4/1/2019 5:06 AM

Indeed. I've got two sets of 'Shigura' brakes as well. Very powerful, very consistent, very ergonomic. And fairly cheap.
Avoid XT M8000 levers, though.

Added a comment to Sundayracer's bike check 3/30/2019 2:35 PM

What's going on with the brakes?
Magura calipers and Shimano levers?

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Liked a comment on the item E-Bike Allows Cam & Tyler McCaul's Dad to Ride With Them 3/16/2019 5:00 AM

Pedal assist is the future!

Added a comment about feature What's Inside Vital Gear Club Box #8? 3/2/2019 10:47 AM

Being as this is a $55/month subscription, do you get the change sent back when that month's goodies amount to $10 worth of next-to-till bargain bin tat?

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Added a comment about product review Pyga Hyrax Review - A Verified Trail Smasher 2/26/2019 10:24 AM

Why is that ironic?

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Liked a comment on the item Prize Purse Strings: Drawn Too Tight? 2/25/2019 1:38 AM

Some good points there.

Are you sure about the World Tour Cyclist wage? 15million CHF is 11.5 million.
The current pro men's minimum salary is around 33k. That's quite a difference.

I just Googled and Chris Froome's salary is around 3million.

Added a comment about feature Prize Purse Strings: Drawn Too Tight? 2/25/2019 1:35 AM

Yeah point taken, but I never said average wage.
Plus I'm sure Froome will be close to £11m by the time you include other endorsements - it's ball park anyway and I doubt Froome is the highest paid cyclist either (Sagan? I dunno)

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Added a comment about feature Prize Purse Strings: Drawn Too Tight? 2/24/2019 2:32 PM

Some uncomfortable counter arguments:
*Firstly, the UCI only care about road&track because it accounts for >95% of its revenue.
Mtb is a pain in the ass for the UCI - relative to R&T, Mtb is the same effort for a tiny amount of reward.
You said yourself that the UCI made 15 million Swiss Francs in '17. Man, that is fucq all for the size of that organisation. You think they're gonna spend some of that on prize money for a Mtb event? Wake up - no chance!
That's barely the wage of a decent World Tour Cyclist.
*There simply isn't more money available in gravity cycling sports. No one involved is creaming a ton of cash from it - not the brands, the events or the UCI. There just aren't that many people participating in it.
The only reason brands have DH riders/teams is either to market their brand name in general, not to sell DH bikes; or because the owners are riders.
*Gravity cycling struggles to get ANY sponsorship from outside of cycling, only Redbull is the obvious one (plus Merc threw a few coppers in to park a car under the occasional jump). How many teams are sponsored by banks, insurance companies, beer brands, car companies etc - pretty much none. There's no Carling Premiership or Team Sky in Mtb. Even GoPro can only be bothered to make a token effort with Mtb.
*Mtb is a bubble - one that feels massive when you're in it, but to the general public, it's about as important as rollor blading.
*There are more BC licence holders that identify as a BMXer than a Gravity rider in the UK and I suspect that's fairly typical. It's probably also relevant to point out that the BC is officially registered as a charity, not a corporation.
* And finally, I very much doubt that Mtb is "growing" as described in this article. Individual events may be increasing, but general participation I suspect is plateauing or declining. There's too much supply and not enough demand.

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Added a comment about press release What's Inside the FOX GRIP2 Damper? FOX Explains 2/23/2019 11:47 PM

So it's a back to basics IFP damper.
I'm not saying that it isn't good, just that it isn't new.
As far as I can tell, an IFP with blow off valve was new to mountain biking about 20 years ago

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Liked a comment on the item What's Inside the FOX GRIP2 Damper? FOX Explains 2/23/2019 11:44 PM

Except RS and Fox can't fix creaky CSU's...