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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
C50_avatarbike

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
C50_avatarbike

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
C50_avatarbike

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
C50_avatarbike

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
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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
C138x104

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
C50_avatarbike

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
C50_avatarbike

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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Added a comment about photo Prototype Onza Aaron Gwin Signature Series Tires 9/1/2016 11:36 AM
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Gwin and Graves must think alike, considering their tire redesigns look so similar.

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Added a comment about feature First Look: 2017 Formula Selva Fork 8/13/2016 4:49 PM
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A2C can vary due to their use of coil springs for the negative spring.

Pump in air for a very light rider and you get a shorter A2C; pump in air for a very heavy rider and you get a longer A2C. It's more honest and accurate to say +/- 5mm, to ensure there's no dramatic social media/forum firestorm about lying about A2C, when it's actually measured/compared by consumers.

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Added a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS: Mont Sainte Anne World Cup Downhill 8/6/2016 4:38 PM
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Didn't expect to see Loic back on the podium so soon after his shoulder injury.

Pretty unreal looking pan shot from Duncan too.

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Added a comment about photo Cody Kelley's Yeti SB5.5c 7/29/2016 8:49 PM
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Anything new in the Spec pits, related to this? https://www.facebook.com/jaredgravesmtb/photos/a.139658266054723.20280.131821530171730/1163998980287308/?type=3&theater

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Added a comment about photo RockShox Super Deluxe with Remote Lock-Out for Cecile Ravanel? 7/29/2016 3:55 AM
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Piggyback shocks have lockouts?

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Added a comment about video Game On! Hot Lap with Brines and Whiteford 7/12/2016 6:43 PM
C138x104

Gimbal makes the PoV style much more watchable. I'm tempted to try one out myself, but it seems like one would need to learn how to fix them, to save them after all the damage they take. :D

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Added a comment about photo Disc Brake Anti-Vibration 5/16/2016 8:36 PM
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Looks like it could be a basic Tuned Mass Damper.

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Added a comment about photo Richie Rude's Bike 5/15/2016 7:00 PM
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6c. The SB 29ers only have 1 internal port on the right side (no FD), and generally a shorter head tube.

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Added a comment about photo Jared Graves' BlackBox Rear Shock 5/15/2016 6:55 PM
C138_ews_wicklow_2016_82a6715

What dial? You mean that giant knurled black ring at the top that's as big as the air can's diameter itself?

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