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Added a comment about product review Aaron Gwin's New Kenda Pinner Tire - More Predictable Than Your Comments 5/11/2020 8:16 AM
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How many miles you have on your Hellkat? I had an amazing first 300 miles on mine, able to ride trails without touching the brakes, taking corners all hotter than usual, but the grip fell off suddenly. I took it to a bike park and the knobs got trashed. Disappointing compared to the longevity and consistency of Maxxis.

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Added a comment about photo Foes Mono 5/11/2020 7:05 AM
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A floating brake. Those were before my time. Why'd they become a relic of the past?

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Added a comment about video 12-inches of Travel with 24-inch Wheels in Moab - Canfield and Krispy, 2001 4/17/2020 3:31 AM

At 0:45, Tydon's fork seems to disappear, creating an illusion of having some crazy leading link fork.

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Added a comment about feature Are Mountain Bikes Too Expensive? The Inside Line Listener Response 2/27/2020 2:32 PM
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I like the used market... I like high quality stuff, like heirloom-level stuff, rather than disposable designs. I don't have any compelling personal need to be on the cutting edge. I just have curiosity, and used fits my budget. As much as I'd like to ride a Enduro 2020 on trails I'm familiar with, I don't think I need to become an owner by paying $6000 or whatever, to enjoy that experience, especially if there were a way to rent/demo.

I wonder where all these bike products go. Especially all the shitty placeholder and stepping stone level parts.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Five Ten Impact Pro 2/16/2018 7:31 PM
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Added a comment about video Ride the Waterslide! 2/5/2018 4:47 PM

Waiting for the follow-up video from that water park's administration. If I were them, I'd be like, you like to make videos? How about you come back in the summer and try it with the water on? Or else...

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Added a comment about feature What's In / What's Out - Mountain Biking, 2018 1/17/2018 8:29 AM
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Things tend to not go away unless conveniently replaced by something better, that is easier to handle and more accessible.

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Added a comment about feature Why Are E-Bikes Such a Touchy Subject in the U.S.? 11/19/2017 3:12 PM
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If ebikes were really a way to kick riders of all types off the trail, that'd be a perfect tool for hostile hikers and equestrians. Hiking/horse club buys e-bike and loans it out to do everything you can imagine that would F things up for mtbers...

There's some clear consensus here that suggests that the guys who visit a site like VitalMTB, and other MTB sites and are interested in e-mtbs, are seeking to kick themselves and others off the trail, and make their expensive new ride useless...

MTBers unite to show off how strong our logic is. Motor = gay on trails

*PS, this is satire*

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Added a comment about feature Why Are E-Bikes Such a Touchy Subject in the U.S.? 11/13/2017 5:29 AM
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That's an interesting bike in the pic. 29 front, 27.5x3 rear. Custom cover for motor. Unique IS rear brake mount. Looks like an alloy mainframe that had the HT and top tube crafted as 1 piece; welds so smooth that an untrained eye can't tell it's not carbon. I don't doubt that it has unrefined geo and ride quality though.

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Added a comment about feature Why Are E-Bikes Such a Touchy Subject in the U.S.? 11/12/2017 11:02 AM
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Sad issue is that mtbers are being hateful and angry on bicycling sites. It's about as futile as someone venting about a rude encounter (ex. hiker yelling where's your bell) or evidence of misbehavior (ex. littered tubes, food waste) on the trail... the people they're wanting to give a piece of their mind to, likely isn't going to read their judgemental rant. Is this the appropriate place for you to initiate your mental support group session?

In short, the people who are likely to be problematic on e-bikes aren't going to read what you say. All the hate and open judgement is doing more bad, making the community look bad, than doing good (ex. for advocacy), even if you're only speaking for yourself.

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Added a comment about feature Your Bike is Too Light 10/5/2017 9:34 PM
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What do you think about this topic today?

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Added a comment about video Can Danny MacAskill Break the New Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels? 10/2/2017 10:05 AM

I'm curious if Santa Cruz does lab tests with "oblique" hits, such as a impact that only hits one bead hook, at various angles. All the tests I've seen are fairly square hits.

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Added a comment about video Can Danny MacAskill Break the New Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels? 10/2/2017 7:03 AM

Doesn't prove anything. It simply illustrates one case scenario. Science is needed for proving. A good experiment raises more questions than it answers, but gives enough info to form a hypothesis. The hypothesis that Danny came to is, how much more it'd take with a properly inflated tire.

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Added a comment about feature Ghost's Affordable Slack, Long and Low KatoX 29er Hardtails 9/4/2017 4:57 PM
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Holy cow, they aren't exaggerating with the long and slack. Look at how far the front wheel is from the cranks...

Shame that the complete package is a bit flawed. Always looking to find a good candidate to recommend to newcomers, that won't make them feel scared on the trail, yet is simple and reliable enough to own without needing in-depth mechanical know-how.

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Added a comment about feature Transition Patrol vs. Patrol - See How the 2018 Compares 8/28/2017 3:57 PM
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Think of steeper STA as merely offsetting excessive rearward weight bias, which is worsened by extending the length of the front, while keeping the rear length the same.

I have two posts that go more into this here and here.

I believe taller guys need longer chainstays, personally. Need to keep things in proportion, not just increase the seat tube length, front triangle, and head tube an inch or two for every 5" inches in rider height.

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Added a comment about feature Transition Patrol vs. Patrol - See How the 2018 Compares 8/27/2017 7:10 PM
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Back in the heyday of 26" wheels, the Fox 36 had 37mm offset/rake vs 39mm on the 32 and 45mm on the 40. Manitou Nixon 41.28mm. RS Lyrik 40mm. Marz 66 RC3 44mm.

Perhaps some people who rode all of these may offer an opinion on how such a slight geometry difference made an impact on their riding.

As far as I know, the less offset, and the bigger the wheel, the more of an auto-centering effect there is as the wheel rolls forward. Equates to more stability. There's more wheel flop though, if you turn the bars too far.

I think the bigger difference is a longer front center, and longer reach. Just think about the reach, you have 455mm, or about 18" from where you're standing on the BB to the front of the bike. That's a foot and a half from the grips, if you stood up! If your feet weren't at 3 and 9, you'd basically be holding yourself in the "invisible" chair position. You get a lot more relief rotating the body forward from that position. The longer front center makes the bike not pitch up as much from uneven terrain.

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Added a comment about feature Transition Patrol vs. Patrol - See How the 2018 Compares 8/27/2017 6:45 PM
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Transition should be mailing you guys checks for doing such good marketing work for them. This is how you sell bikes. I love comparisons to see exactly why someone should choose one over another, especially when you have a myriad of choices. Doesn't help that people repeatedly say that you can't go wrong with any, when you're sure there's a choice that can better suit someone for no more cost than another.

I had to look for the ads to see how you are keeping this kind of quality free. There's only 3 ads on the page: top banner (TLD... someone give these guys pointers on how to make an effective ad), right side (RockShox reverb remote), and a banner way at the bottom (Fox Head movie).

Again, great work. The photos and video edit especially. Replacing a chunk of text with them is how it should be done! Love how the text is limited to providing context to photos, to draw attention to points of interest. Organizing the data in a table is much preferred over making an essay out of it and creating silly myths by oversimplifying things such as saying the 75° seat angle does this or that. Leave that nonsense to the comment section, and just deliver your best "non-biased" observations to support your impression.

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Dropper Seatposts 7/22/2017 8:19 PM
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These "shoot-offs" are exactly what I love to see. Making it easy to spend my money...

I already got the Cush Core for 29, and now sold on 'em. Zero arm pump riding blown out bike park trails for 2 days, at under 15 psi (150 lb rider, 2.3 tire), and no problems.

Now have the BikeYoke Revive on my wishlist. Glad that Jenson carries it. Might be replacing my RF Turbine, which has an air pressure leaking issue.

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