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Added a comment about video E-Bike Allows Cam & Tyler McCaul's Dad to Ride With Them 3/16/2019 7:54 AM

I agree that there something inherently selfish about e-bikes. What's more important - the greater good or the individual's right to access the same mountain top? I'm not sure where I stand on this issue - I find myself cheering for Captain Coyote one minute, then saying who cares the next. The up and down voting seems split too.

How about Vital does a live stream battle on this topic with industry-respected people on both sides of the issue? Would be informative and entertaining.

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Added a comment about feature What's In and What's Out in Mountain Biking, 2019 1/2/2019 8:54 PM

Definitely not advocating 74 degree STA. But for the majority of us who are shorter than 6', a 78 degree STA puts you too far forward IMO. Feels worse when I ride flats for whatever reason.

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Added a comment about feature What's In and What's Out in Mountain Biking, 2019 1/1/2019 9:24 AM

Am I the only one who is NOT into the super steep seat tube angles? 76 is about as steep as I can handle before i feel cramped and my knees start hurting... I find myself slamming the saddle all the way back on bikes with >76 degree angles or wishing for an offset seatpost.

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Added a comment to gabs's bike check 10/23/2018 8:21 PM

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Added a comment about video Racing Winter - Shawn Neer's Quest to Disconnect and Ride 5/24/2018 7:13 AM

The reflection of himself riding in his glasses as he enjoyed his morning coffee was so awesome

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Evil The Wreckoning X01 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/14/2018 10:00 PM

I also have ridden a lot of these bikes and have a different opinion. I think it comes down to personal feel - the coil takes some getting used to but is nearly as efficient as air, and is unbelievable when it comes to traction and the rough stuff. I think the Slash is a better all around bike (without the stock shock), but for what matters (going down the hill) I would choose the wreckoning over the other 4 everyday. It climbs better than the enduro and sentinel, and feels much better than the orbea pretty much everywhere (except smooth climbs). Slash comes the closest but doesn’t have the same planted, confident feel. I definitely don’t feel the nervousness mentioned in the review. It can still pump well but the timing is slower, more like a DH bike, but somehow remains super poppy. Things I agree with in the review - not enough room for big tires and can be boring on easy trails unless you’re really pushing it. Probably not a one quiver bike for most people unless you’re pretty fit.
But love the format for sure. Keep it coming!

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Added a comment about feature We Ride Coil and Air Shocks Back-to-Back 10/17/2017 1:26 PM

Excellent article. I know you didn't do timed runs, but any idea which was actually faster? I "feel" faster on my air shock but can't tell if it's because the coil is just so much quieter and controlled that it feels slower. Would love to be able to compare times to see... thanks!

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Added a comment about news blog Introducing Race Only Springs 8/14/2017 9:10 AM

Only way it could be dual rate is if the lighter spring length totally compresses prior to the heavier spring section. You get Keq for the first part of the travel, then K1 for the remaining travel after the light spring K2 fully closes.

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Added a comment about video CHRIS AKRIGG - AS IT LIES 12/27/2016 7:39 AM

Someone get this guy a chain lube sponsor

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Added a comment about slideshow It's Electric! The 27.5+ Specialized Turbo Levo 7/6/2015 9:03 PM

The number of people that are reacting positively to this article is disturbing. Where do you draw the line? This will threaten trail access in the US if it catches on and e-bikes are indistinguishable from normal bikes to the lay person. If I knew there would be no backlash I would have no issues with this - my wife could keep up and group rides might not take all day. But we have worked too hard over the last 20 years for access to risk it. And you know there will be a hack to set the bike to roost mode...

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Added a comment about photo Push It 8/30/2014 7:44 PM

Yeah Tyson!!!

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Weekly Photo Comp, Presented by Gamut USA 1/15/2013 6:52 PM

It's a Solstice - out of Colorado Springs, CO. Check out ridesolstice.com for info. I think Mountainflyer did a review a while back as well...

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Added a comment about feature Win a RockShox BoXXer - Vital OTB, 2012 Val di Sole, Italy World Cup 6/2/2012 12:39 PM

Gwin - 3:14.53
Ragot - 3:53.14

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Added a comment about feature Win Custom Painted Allsport OH2 Carbon Wrist Braces 5/25/2012 8:18 AM

Dude, where's my parachute?

A base-jumper buddy of mine and I are on a group ride in Moab. We're on the LPS section that rides along the side of a 500' cliff over castle valley. He goes over the bars on a steep roll in and lands face first in the dirt. We all see the crash, but it didn't seem bad at all so the group doesn't even stop. Me an another guy wait while laughing as he spits some dirt out of his mouth and re-adjusts his helmet. After a few secs we're riding again with him taking up the rear. I can hear him back there riding for a while, but after a few miles I've dropped him but think nothing of it. I meet the rest of the group at the overlook and pull out a snack as we wait for my buddy... and wait. After like 5-10 minutes I realize that he must have had a mech so I'll tell the group that I'm gonna ride back up and help him.
I ride like a mile back up LPS asking everyone I pass and a group says they saw a dude back up the trail and he seemed fine but he was off his bike to the side of the trail just standing there. I'm puzzled but when I get there I can see what they meant; he is off his bike and like 5 feet off the trail - looking out over the cliff to the valley below and doing nothing else. The bike looks fine, no flats.
"What's up, you ok dude?"
"What happened" he replies looking at me funny
"I don't know man - you tell me - you're bike ok?"
"Where's my parachute"
"What?!"
"Where the f%$* is my chute?!" evidently he thinks he came all this way to jump but forgot his chute.
As I get closer I can see that he is rattled - his eyes look hazy, he keeps shaking his head back and forth and it's obvious that he has no idea who I am or what day it is.
"We're riding bikes man - we're NOT jumping!!"

While I walked him out to the road he must have asked me 15 times where his parachute was, if he crashed, where he was.... It was like his mind reset every 5 minutes and he was starting over. I was just glad we were walking away from the cliff. It took him a few weeks to recover and get his memory back but now all is good!

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Added a comment about feature Win a RockShox BoXXer - Vital OTB, 2012 Pietermaritzburg South Africa World Cup 3/14/2012 7:59 PM

Gwin - 4:05.30
Hannah - 4:48.30

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Added a comment about feature Win a RockShox BoXXer World Cup - Vital OTB, Fort William 6/1/2011 11:53 AM

Gwin - 4:32.30
Atherton - 5:11.30

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