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Didn't go too overboard on the dynamic range. Nice.

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Added a comment about photo Santa Cruz V10 Bottom Out 3/14/2014 9:26 PM
Santa Cruz V10 Bottom Out

Duncan Philpott has Midas's Touch with a camera.

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Added a comment about video Mountain Bike Math: Switchback Analysis 2/4/2014 10:52 AM

Saw this in Enduro magazine first. Good stuff.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Source Paragon 25L Hydration Pack 1/31/2014 12:37 PM
Varaxis

Slick, a Deuter-like pack that actually has color and style that's bearable. Being lightweight is a big plus. I thought my Osprey Raptor, which replaced my ugly Deuter was kind of heavy. Sadly, I think that the magnetic hose stowage was what sold me. When I was in FL and NY, I loved the tapered shape of the Deuter, and how it can duck under tree branches and not snag, but that doesn't really help me anymore now that I'm in the middle of a desert, unless I head far off to the mountains.

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Added a comment about slideshow RACE REPORT: DH Action from Round 1 of the 2014 Australian National Series 1/20/2014 3:27 PM
RACE REPORT: DH Action from Round 1 of the 2014 Australian National Series

#19, looks like he's magically cornering without his tires on the ground. Great pic!

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Added a comment about product review 2014 Test Sessions: Intense Carbine 29 1/20/2014 3:17 PM
Varaxis

The bonus gallery's slideshow was still too fast on the slow setting. I see from the photos that you scratched and beat up that bike, yet it still looked sharp. For some reason, in the action photos, all I saw was the bike and the terrain. It took me at least 3 looks to notice those goofy blue outfits you guys had on. wink

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Liked a comment on the item Eliot Jackson and Micayla Gatto Join Bernard Kerr on Pivot Cycles Factory Race Team 1/18/2014 8:24 PM

Hey guys! Figured I would jump in on this one!

I will DEFINITELY be racing all of the World Cups, I wouldn't have come back if I couldn't! I think I will be able to bring a lot to the table even if I am not focusing 100% of my efforts on winning...more

Added a comment about photo 2014 Intense Carbine 29 1/18/2014 11:33 AM
2014 Intense Carbine 29

Did you test on the lower travel setting?

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Added a comment about video Sandy Ridge RAW 1/12/2014 12:22 PM

Really nice looking trail. What's with the inconsistent build quality? In some parts, it looks very professionally made and well thought out for low maintenance considering how wet it can get, but in a few bits in the vid it looks amateur.

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Added a comment about video Sandy Ridge RAW 1/11/2014 1:24 PM

Is this what Winter looks like there?

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Added a comment about video Elevated Trail Design-Briar Chapel mtb trail 1/10/2014 4:11 PM

Wonder what it was about my post that was found negative. Do VitalMTB members really like those 6.5k carbon bikes? I was implying that if people spent as much money on trails as they did on bikes, there could be a lot of these around.

Congrats on the new trail. Hope you guys get more work. The world needs more legal fun-to-ride trails. A man demands variety and trails designed with bikes in mind ride much better than the standard public multi-use ones.

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Added a comment about video Elevated Trail Design-Briar Chapel mtb trail 1/8/2014 5:08 PM

Looks like they came in with the philosophy: why spend 6.5k on a fancy carbon FS bike made to tame the chaos when you can spend 1.5k on a very nice bike and 5k on a trail without any real chaos, but looks pretty fun (at least for a short while)...

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Added a comment about feature Best of Vital 2013 - 5 Banger Bike Checks 1/5/2014 1:31 PM
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Is it a coincidence that all of them still have chainguides?

This makes it seem that it's the latest trend to have a piggyback shock and flat pedals too. :D

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Added reply in a thread Best and worst purchases 12/29/2013 3:39 PM

Best: 1-Deity Compound platform pedals 2-RaceFace NarrowWide Chainring 3-Giro DJ Gloves 4-DeFeet Aireator mid-calf socks 5-Shimano XT 786 RD shadow+ (would be higher, but it's eaten 2 cables so far) Worst: 1-Stan's Rubber tubeless conversion strip (didn't ... more »

Added a comment to Krispy's bike check 12/27/2013 5:49 PM
Krispy's Trance Advanced 27.5

Where's the cable for the dropper post? Looks like you're just using it as a "fixed" seat post.

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Added a comment about video 2013 Bike of the Year, Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 12/27/2013 4:36 PM

Delivered in a well-executed unexcited monotone manner. Perhaps coincidentally, that happens to describe my reaction to this award.

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Liked a comment on the item Judge Rules Trek's ABP Design Does Not Infringe on DW's Split Pivot Patent 12/17/2013 10:04 AM

One of the greatest MARKETING minds maybe. Pretending he's some genius engineer is ridiculous.

Added a comment about news blog Judge Rules Trek's ABP Design Does Not Infringe on DW's Split Pivot Patent 12/16/2013 9:55 PM
Varaxis

I just googled the patents to try and make sense of it too. The way I understand it:

The Horst Link itself isn't patented, and the concentric pivot itself isn't patented. It's the suspension system, which include those elements, that are patented. I believe Spec needed about 3 different FSR patents to basically monopolize that linkage design, some of which may have expired. DW has 2 and Trek has 1 in this case.

Trek has a patent for a single pivot design in which the chainstay has a concentric pivot/axle on one end while the other end creates a floating shock setup, with the other end of the shock connected to a rocker arm. The patent specifies that the rear wheel's contact patch can alter by 0-7 degrees through full travel.

DW has a patent for a design that has concentric pivot that aims for a detailed instant force center pattern. One pattern described the instant force center being forward of and under the shock, which moves lower to the ground and rearward on compression. He also has a patent that includes a floating shock design, but with a specific leverage ratio curve that has a positive slope in the first 33% of stroke, which then transitions to a negative slope in the last 33%.

The judge looked at the accusation, looked at all the models that Trek had and what Trek's patent granted them, and had to go into rather specific and in-depth detail to come to a ruling. DW seems to have detailed a high pivot design, while Trek seems to have detailed a low pivot design. All Trek's ABP designs seem to have leverage ratio curves with negative slopes throughout the travel, even the newer Superfly. The older '11 one would've infringed though--perhaps the old Rumblefish and Superfly that were brought straight over from GF are the ones DW could win something against, based on leverage ratio curve, but the instant center is behind the shock on those.

When you're successful, and can't think of anything better that could get you on top of the game and beat the competition, this (file lawsuits) is what you do, I guess. I wonder if an increase in the number of haters is to be expected. Business and law these days.... whatever happened to integrity, morals, sportsmanship, remorse, etc. This just seems to lead to more nerdy arguments and perhaps stricter laws. F the day when this gets to the point where people are stuck spending more time researching laws, to ensure they're not violating any, and arguing personal perspectives over them, if what they're planning might be a violation, than time spent actually doing or creating something.

P.S. Orbea said that they carefully looked at patents and said they're not in violation. Orbea uses a low single pivot that doesn't have a floating shock nor an instant force center that is forward of the shock. Their new Rallon doesn't have a Split Pivot-like leverage curve, but their Occam does.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2014 Niner WFO 9 - Cake Gnomin Good 11/21/2013 12:26 PM
Varaxis

The Lenz Punkass edition Lunchbox would contend better with the BMC TF01 29 and Spec Enduro 29.

I want to hear how the Cannondale Trigger 29 compares to the WFO9. I'd put my wager on the Trigger 29.

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Added a comment to See-R's bike check 11/18/2013 7:24 PM
GT STS Thermoplastic

If the "plastic" cracks, I guess he could probably repair it with a lighter or heatgun. :D

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