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Liked a comment on the item Shimano XT 12-Speed Long-Term Review 8/1/2020 3:24 PM

If you want a review of what we have seen in the shop regarding this drivetrain, I have it.

Pretty much everything he described is accurate, but the rear derailleur has one critical flaw:
The sealing on the guide pulley pivot/ clutch mechanism is sub par. At least 1/4 of the many xt 12s drivetrains we...more

Liked a comment on the item Transition's Lightest Bike Ever - Meet the All-New Spur 6/30/2020 5:46 AM

Been waiting years to see Transition’s proper take on an XC bike. Not disappointed. wouldn’t want it as my only bike for the trails I ride, but I’d love to have this in the garage!

Liked a comment on the item The XCer's Trail Bike? Orbea Occam Review 5/13/2020 12:13 PM

Terrible review. My wife owns H30 with z2 140mm fork and loves it (altough she is not very aggressive rider). I havent' ridden it but rode jeffsy 29 2020 which has almost identical geometry in xl size and it rode pretty well on steep, technical alpine terrain with closed turns. Not sure...more

Added a comment about product review The XCer's Trail Bike? Orbea Occam Review 5/13/2020 12:13 PM
Vuco

Except the part where frame measures can be off (a lot of examples in the past; frames have tolerances an they can be off by a half of degree or even more - MBR has a few pointed out), most of the comment is spot on.
Just look at the release video from Vital (indeed, with different reviewer) on the Occam and almost everything is opposite. Someone did a bad job, and comparing to other reviews, this article is my pick. Or everything that could go wrong (frame tolerances, shock, fork etc) - went wrong in this case...

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Liked a comment on the item The XCer's Trail Bike? Orbea Occam Review 5/13/2020 1:00 AM

Weird test. Why should there be a dedicated size specific shock tune?

Liked a comment on the item The XCer's Trail Bike? Orbea Occam Review 5/13/2020 1:00 AM

Pretty surprised with this review, I have one and ride it hard, it's a little shredder, climb like crazy and pretty fast on the technical trails (I live in Austria, no easy trails made for bike, mostly rough natural hicking trails).
Coming from a Bronson 2, I found it better climber and...more

Added a comment about product review The XCer's Trail Bike? Orbea Occam Review 5/12/2020 12:44 PM
Vuco

From your initial ride review when Orbea released this bike, to this long term review, a lot has changed in your scoring/rating, I must say. Not sure, but the overall rating puts this bike to the pile of worst bikes ever tested on Vital. Climbing and value for money scores are like, way off to other bikes reviewed on your site...

Well, at least you measure the true weight and the angles of the bike. Would like this to continue for all the bikes, since one site also measures it and a lot of bikes are off from geometry tables...

Didn't think I'd get this "upset" from a review of a bike since you gave the Spec Stumpjumper 5 stars few years ago :D

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Liked a comment on the item Giant Reign 29 2020 3/9/2020 10:57 AM

Looks like it comes from the frame. XT 29 wheelset is listed on the Shimano website at around 1930g which is reasonable. The steep seat tube angle on the 29 is a real game changer on the climbs compared to the the 27.5 generation.

Added a comment to matt2000's bike check 12/13/2019 5:14 AM
Giant Reign 29 2020

Where does the weight come from, what do you think (because from the spec, not sure if it's the wheels or the frame) ? I'm currently (as you were) on a 2015 model, which with lower spec is probably 1kg lighter from your 29er version (with water bottle and spare tire and what not).
I've learned that the geometry is everything, except when you have 2000-3000ft ascent in front of you. Then you feel everything that is heavy on the bike smile

Would like to hear your opinion on 2015/2016 vs 2020 29er comparison. Position on bike, climbing and descending...

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB's $2,000 Mountain Bike Comparison 11/16/2019 5:14 AM

Spomer, been waiting for a review like this from you guys for a while. Also enjoyed the fact that you guys made it easier for noobs to understand too.

When are you guys going to do a detailed review of the rift zone 3?

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB's $2,000 Mountain Bike Comparison 11/16/2019 5:14 AM

More of this kind of thing!

Liked a comment on the item Downcountry Dominator? 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy Review 8/20/2019 1:14 AM

This

Liked a comment on the item The Denim Destroyer's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Qualifying Day (and he still got 9th) 8/3/2019 2:30 AM

Probably the best story of this WC season so far for me. Will be cheering for him tomorrow (today actually)!!

Liked a comment on the item The Denim Destroyer's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Qualifying Day (and he still got 9th) 8/3/2019 2:30 AM

Nothing gets this boy down, never seen such determination !!!! Got to be a space somewhere in a team for Johannes...

Liked a comment on the item Vital Rides the All-New Canyon Strive 29 7/13/2019 12:00 AM

Shapeshifter adds weight and complexity for what seems like minimal benefit. Nobody who cares about uphill efficiency is buying a 31 pound bike in the first place. The lower spec models are probably going to be pushing 35 pounds with pedals. No bike in this weight class is ever going to be a quiver...more

Liked a comment on the item Race Only Springs Launches Progressive Coil Shock Springs 7/9/2019 11:44 PM

Ah fair enough. I have similar issues with declaring all the world cups I've won

Liked a comment on the item Can Data Acquisition Make You a Better Rider? We Work with Stendec's Dave Garland to Find Out 6/27/2019 10:55 PM

Best tech piece on Vital...ever?

Liked a comment on the item VITAL RAW - Scrubs, Skids and Speed in Leogang 6/8/2019 4:16 AM

Dear Vital RAW, don't ever change.

Liked a comment on the item Another Direct-to-Consumer Contender: Introducing the Fezzari La Sal Peak 3/23/2019 2:33 PM

Hey Stiingya - While we are only able to publish a few modification on the website, we are able to customize the bike with about anything you are looking for. The best way to do this is shoot us an email with what you are looking for or give us a call. Let's get you the exact bike...more