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Added a comment about product review 2021 Devinci Troy Long-Term Review 2/20/2021 3:25 PM
Vuco

Nice review with two things to praise
- thank god someone put lighter tires on a 140mm bike and admitted it made it better!
- great to see how the bearings coped with the abuse!

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Liked a comment on the item 2021 Devinci Troy Long-Term Review 2/20/2021 3:19 PM

"Devinci targets this bike at a somewhat overlooked category - all-mountain. A bit more hearty than a trail bike but not a full-on enduro machine. It may all be semantics, but the term all-mountain needs a revival."

Amen.

Liked a comment on the item REVIEW - 2021 Torque:ON 9 e-Mountain Bike 2/2/2021 12:51 PM

Hey look, an eBike designed by people that obviously don't ride eBikes!!

Seriously, stupid steep technical climbs are one of the greatest things about eBikes. How could a company as large as Canyon miss this by making a slack SA and short CS setup? Finally, a 504 wHr battery?...more

Liked a comment on the item FOX vs FOX vs FOX - DHX2 Coil, Float X2 and Float DPX2 Shock Comparison 11/16/2020 1:44 AM

I am over 200lbs and what you described with the fork is exactly what I have been experiencing with FOX every time I test rode a bike with it or had it installed on a new bike. I have to say that I just demoed for a month the 2021 FOX 36 Rhythm with basic Grip damper and...more

Added a comment about feature FOX vs FOX vs FOX - DHX2 Coil, Float X2 and Float DPX2 Shock Comparison 11/16/2020 1:43 AM
Vuco

On previous years, I've heard comments of people saying that cheaper Fox forks (i.e. the one you mention) works better than the top shelf Fox with GRIP2 or similar.

The biggest difference in bump absorption feeling on my 21' Factory GRIP2 36 has the high speed rebound (HSR). If I turn it fully open - the fork runs smooth as possible, but dives like hell.

Regarding the last "issue" from your comment - for now my fork runs smooth after 4-5 months of riding. Same as my previous RS Pike did...so no problems there!

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Added a comment about feature FOX vs FOX vs FOX - DHX2 Coil, Float X2 and Float DPX2 Shock Comparison 11/13/2020 1:06 PM
Vuco

For 2021, it's better to skip the 36 and DPX2 and rather take something else. Having them on a a new bike, they are ok, but expected them to be the highlight of the bike. To be honest, it is the biggest let down of all the equipment.
The 36 when set soft - dives a lot, when set as Fox recommends - is hard on the arms. A lot easier to get the fork work bad for 95% of terrain then to set it good...
DPX2 is, as the review said, lively and sporty feeling. But on medium to bigger hits not so compliant. Pedalling is excellent...

Pike RC from 2015 + regular monarch RT felt like riding on clouds comparing to Fox 36 grip2 and DPX2 (both Factory). I'm 50% heavier than Brandon, maybe that's the case?

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Liked a comment on the item Italian Suspension for Your Enduro Bike: EXT Storia Lok v3 Reviewed 10/23/2020 12:01 PM

The EXT storia V3 has easily made the most notable positive improvement to the bike I currently ride, and I would go as far to say of any upgrade I can remember making. The bike (Rallon R5) has it issues with rear suspension/blowing through its travel. The storia manages to be...more

Liked a comment on the item Propain Tyee CF 29" 2020 8/22/2020 12:36 PM

Thank you very much!

Added a product review for 2020 Orbea Occam M10 8/15/2020 2:37 PM
2020 Orbea Occam M10
Liked a comment on the item The $99 Dropper Seatpost is Here 8/9/2020 3:14 AM

About time! I have a Reberb B on my YT and while it gets the job done, it doesn't perform well in super cold weather. And I realized how sticky it is when I put a Wolf Tooth remote on my wife's bike with a KS dropper - smooth as butter and easy release compare to the reverb.

Nice job!

Liked a comment on the item The $99 Dropper Seatpost is Here 8/9/2020 3:14 AM

I just bought one off Amazon for my wife and it's really nice. Incredible value for the money.

Liked a comment on the item The $99 Dropper Seatpost is Here 8/9/2020 3:14 AM

I have two Tranz-X seatposts and another made by them for Procraft.
All work perfectly,zero problems.

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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