Added a comment about feature Budget Bike Comparison - Four $3,000 Direct-to-Consumer Enduro Bikes 12/9/2017 10:06 PM
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For what it's worth, I own an older Tracer 275 and haven't had the greatest luck with their CS as well. I emailed Commencal a random question a few weeks ago, and got a call back within like 2 hours. I was floored. Buddies have had good luck with Transition as well. No experience either way with YT, but because of Transition's reputation and my own experience with Commencal, I'll be buying either a Patrol or a Meta V 4.2.

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Liked a comment on the item Budget Bike Comparison - Four $3,000 Direct-to-Consumer Enduro Bikes 12/9/2017 9:59 PM

No doubt! We've got something good in the pipeline... Remember that we have no qualms about picking the best goodies following back-to-back tests.

This piece is more of an "on paper" analysis and side-by-side spec comparison than anything else. We realized that many people compare bikes in Excel...more

Added a comment about product review Tested: Kenda Hellkat and Helldiver Tires 12/6/2017 7:35 AM
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Not too interested in the tires, but the quality of Vital's reviews continue to impress. Great detail, relevant comparisons, reasonable suggestions for improvement, keep up the great work!

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Liked a comment on the item The Inside Line Podcast - Jeff Steber, Founder of Intense Cycles 12/5/2017 9:05 PM

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Added a comment about feature How Your Favorite Thanksgiving Food Determines What Kind of Mountain Biker You Are 11/23/2017 9:47 AM
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Toss up between the 'taters and the rolls. Either way I'm covered!

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Liked a comment on the item After Hours 11/21/2017 2:53 PM

sick vid! i think we need the ultimate utah style battle royale - giese vs cody kelley - every spectator's a winner on that

Added a comment about video Is This the 2018 Losinj, Croatia World Cup Track? 11/15/2017 5:08 AM
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We're still a few months out, let's see what they can put together.

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Liked a comment on the item Frames of Mind | Matt Jones Pushes the Envelope 11/14/2017 8:44 AM

Holy fk. I have a hard time supporting drinking the trash juice that Red Bull pushes on kids but damn, they're doing great things in our sport. Incredible riding!!!

Liked a comment on the item Tested: Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels 11/9/2017 8:47 PM

Hey dirtworks, great question. Pinned on time so I can't go into too much depth but here is my short answer...

Here is what I have direct experience with...

Ibis 935, Ibis 928, Ibis 941
Specialized Roval Control 29 Carbon
A smattering of Enve wheels
LightBicycle
Bontrager Carbon...more

Liked a comment on the item How Sam Hill Won the 2017 Enduro World Series By Just .9% 10/31/2017 7:49 AM

Never seen an interesting article like that on any other bike website. Great job!

Added a comment about photo Cam Zink 10/25/2017 7:07 AM
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Zink for the KOM?

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Added a comment to jeff.brines's bike check 10/14/2017 10:25 PM
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Hey Jeff, I enjoyed your analysis on YouTube. I've been looking at the Patrol lately, but am intrigued by a Smuggler setup similar to yours. Does the basic Monarch get overwhelmed? Would the Smuggler benefit from a M+ or a Float X, while still retaining the characteristics you spoke so highly of?

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Added a comment about video Sam Hill: A Legend's Journey 10/10/2017 8:25 PM
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Looks similar to this guy:
https://www.backcountry.com/osprey-packs-talon-6-daypack-366cu-in?skid=OSP008B-BK-ONESIZ&ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6b3NwcmV5IGhpcGJlbHQ6MTozMDpvc3ByZXkgaGlwYmVsdA==

Side note, I have it and love it!

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Added a comment about product review Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/15/2017 7:30 AM
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Just to play devil's advocate when it comes to active suspension, it could come down to what you want out of the bike. A remote would be nice for sprinting through flatter or smoother sections, even on a regular ride and of course for the pedal back to the hill, but an active design makes for an incredibly fun, playful ride coming down. It does add one more lever and item to think about though.

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Added a comment about product review Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/14/2017 9:06 PM
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I think you do an excellent job across the board with your reviews, Jeff. I keep wanting to want one of the new Remedy's or Slash's but Trek keeps doing these hokey or proprietary "innovations" that, as you've expressed, don't do much. Add in the low end damper on the fork and at best I might consider a frame only. Which is what end up doing anyway. Keep up the great work!

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Added a comment to ozzer's bike check 8/27/2017 7:27 AM
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What's the clearance like with the TRS out back?

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Added a comment about video Broken Bikes and Busted Bodies - Val di Sole Qualifying Day Action 8/25/2017 6:51 PM
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Nope, it's carbon!

Oh wait...

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Added a comment about feature So British | Riding the Hope HB.160 8/22/2017 7:17 AM
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I don't know, it isn't being marketed as a new "standard," moreso a piece to the compete package. I'll never say never, but I'd be surprised if other manufactures jumped on board with it.

Besides, us Hope fanboys are just fine with not having other hub options.

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Liked a comment on the item Why That Bike? Intense Tracer 8/19/2017 9:36 PM

If that is really what you take away from these features, we might as well not bother doing them anymore. Why That Bike is all about our members, we cruise the bike check section looking for sweet rides that people have put some effort into customizing, and then we showcase those bikes in the feature to share...more

Liked a comment on the item Tested: Sixth Element 27.5” Carbon Wheelset 8/15/2017 11:04 AM

Maybe a bit of both?