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Liked a comment about product review Review - 2017 Intense Recluse from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/20/2017 6:33 PM
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Pedal kickback is mostly felt when the suspension compresses during pedaling on bigger cogs on the rear, and at slow speeds (rocky climbs are a good example). On small rear cogs and fast speeds the kickback is hard to feel. At higher speeds the pedals not always rotate backward, instead, the wheel rotates forward. Sometimes this is felt on smooth drops where the bike seems to suddently accelarates forward after the landing. Bye

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Liked a comment about product review Review - 2017 Intense Recluse from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/20/2017 11:00 AM
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Genuinely appreciate your opinion, Cliffy! It may be a matter of where you ride and your chosen gearing combo. Can you describe the trails a bit? Tucson is a full-on, unrelenting square edge chunk fest in sections.

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Liked a comment about product review Review - 2017 Intense Recluse from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/20/2017 11:00 AM
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You're on the money, which is why our conclusion points to a similar type of rider to what you describe.

Without testing to the extreme end of things it's impossible to know where a bike excels and struggles. The variety of terrain in Tucson allowed us to find where the Recluse does best.

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 11/17/2016 8:55 AM
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It's great to hear support for brands and pedals that weren't included in this test. We'll work to include them in future revisions of this feature. We plan to update it (and all future Face Offs) on at least a yearly basis.

While we wish we could physically test all of the pedals out there, it's simply not possible. Some are excused from the testing lineup for a variety of reasons, including not meeting certain feature requirements in a good pedal, not being on our radar (which is broad), not being available for purchase by the public, etc. Cost is also a factor we consider, and the $195-$270 that the Twenty6 pedals will set you back is a hard one for most readers to justify.

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 11/17/2016 8:53 AM
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I am with you on Twenty6!! My favorite too. Tyler is an amazing guy and I love the grip on them. The bonus is getting them custom engraved for the win!

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Great review, but what about Twenty6 Predators? Super expensive but top dogs in my book and great customer service.

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 11/17/2016 8:53 AM
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I call bullshit, you include Crank Brothers flats and yet don't include Twenty6? So you don't care for American manufacturing then? They are milled and made in Montana. Tyler's Predators are hands down the very finest, grippiest flats on the planet.

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Liked a comment about press release Steve Smith Passes Away at Age 26 5/10/2016 9:43 PM
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Rest in peace Sender. You were taken way too soon. We will miss you : (

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Liked a comment about feature Remembering Kelly McGarry 2/1/2016 1:39 PM
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This morning has been a whirlwind of emotions. Trying to fight back tears and sadness, while simultaneously laughing at some of the adventures and stories. Kelly was an amazing person and I'm fortunate enough to have known him for a number of years.

One of the Kelly memories that came up this morning was from 2011 at the US open. To make a story short, we were done for the day and heading back to the hotel. The area Raleigh rep's wife, was hanging out with us and told Kelly she had a big growler waiting for Kelly back at the hotel. The look of shock and confusion on the big guys face will never be forgotten. It took a few more minutes before we found out that the only definition of a growler that Kelly knew was a euphemism for lady parts!

Kelly, you were one of a kind and won't ever understand how many people you've inspired through your life. Cheers Bruh, I hope you're in a better place and the memories never be forgotten.

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Liked a comment about product review Tested: Maxxis Aggressor 1/21/2016 7:36 PM
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Stay tuned! Aggressor will be available for 26" and 29" later in the year.

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Liked a comment about product review Tested: Maxxis Aggressor 1/21/2016 7:35 PM
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Indeed, the Minion DHF is the best all-conditions mountain bike tire of all time. Maybe you were riding the 2.3" 650b tire in a hard compound, or some other weird iteration? Because I agree, that tire sucks.

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Liked a comment about product review Tested: Maxxis Aggressor 1/21/2016 7:35 PM
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Well I'm sure you have your own reasons, and good ones also, but the DHF is the single best mountain bike tire produced to date. Some may come close, but it's still the king. And I'd go as far as to say your statement is about as misleading as there is about the DHF: the DHF is really good in about every surfaces, except really hardpacked trails and a full on gong show of mud.

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Liked a comment about feature What's Out and What's In - Mountain Biking in 2016 1/3/2016 2:16 PM
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Out: posting politics on a bike riding website.

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Liked a comment about product review Tested: Race Face Tailgate Pad 10/24/2015 10:34 AM
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Yeah, I tried that configuration as well, but didn't like how you lost the ability to strap the frames down. As you can see from the other comments it's probably best to always use the straps to prevent any stray rubbing. I never experienced any wear on the frames, but again, mine we're strapped down every time.

It seems like where the frame makes contact it might be an improvement to have the same micro fiber that's used on the back of the pad.

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Liked a comment about feature Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/19/2015 1:48 PM
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I attended Rampage this year. From every aspect you could tell that Red Bull was putting their own interests first. As a worker, a spectator, and from talking to the riders and team support, there were complaints from every end. Aside from the utter chaos of the disorganization, the priorities seemed backwards. Riders should always be first, then workers, then spectators. Red Bull seemed to only care about media coverage.

I was working a security position up on the ridge. Within the first 10 minutes I began to witness some serious negligence. A few photographers hiked up the ridge past my position. A digger about 50 ft past called out that a rider was coming down the line. I repeated this to the photographers. As the rider was coming closer we all repeated "rider up" again. The photographers stood below a drop completely unaware. One thing led to another and the rider came over the drop, into the photographer, over the bars and down the side of the ridge. The rider was injured and furious.He was unable to attend qualifying. Photographers were okay and moved on. I called over the radio to asses the situation. I was instructed to "do nothing because the photographer had every right to be there."

So why should a rider, his first year at rampage, receive no compensation for his injuries and inability to finish the event because of an ignorant photographer who got off scot free? Because Red Bull puts media first, thats why. and that needs to change.

Just one of the many examples I saw at Rampage...

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Liked a comment about feature Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/18/2015 10:44 PM
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Excellent words Brandon and I'm glad someone from the main stream media had the balls to say something about this. Your words and thoughts are spot on, Redbull is not truly at fault here but the issue I have is the amount of money that is made from the Redbull media machine and the riders barely see any financial reward for risking their lives. So is Redbull leveraging the willingness for these riders to risk it all in the hopes that they will be "granted" the honor to wear the coveted Redbull helmet or more? Many of these riders are friends of mine, I've sponsored most of them in their careers including Paul B, and I hate seeing anyone get hurt. You have my support!

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Liked a comment about photo e*thirteen TRS Race Tires 10/5/2015 5:24 PM
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seriously, first proflex stops using elastamers and now this

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Liked a comment about photo e*thirteen TRS Race Tires 10/5/2015 5:23 PM
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get rid of that textured sidewall and you've got a decent looking tire

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Liked a comment about video Getting Serious With Team Robot // Gravity Components 9/24/2015 6:16 PM
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Fixed 106/64 spider?
200 grams heavier than RF SixC??
Almost $700 with BB and tool???

How dumb do those robots think we are?
I guess they gotta pay Chuckles sombrero expenses some how....

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Liked a comment about feature The Ultimate Noob's Guide to Outdoor Demo at Interbike 9/11/2015 8:42 AM
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I was at OD the year Strava debuted. No one really understood how to use it at that point, so the shuttle truck got a lot of KOM's

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