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Liked a comment about feature Vital's Favorite Mountain Bikes Headed into 2022 11/25/2021 1:28 PM
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Liked a comment about product review Vital Test Sessions - Transition Spire 10/4/2021 8:46 AM
BHowell

By and large, yes, all the other bikes fared better in this one arena. It's a really challenging trade-off because the other side of this coin is such a fun ride. At the other extreme was the Spartan HP which paves trails but isn't so much a lively bike.

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Liked a comment about news blog Results: Jack Moir Wins EWS Pro Stage, Richie Rude Disqualified for Course Cutting 10/2/2021 6:49 PM
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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/2/2021 5:20 AM
jeff.brines

I've tried a number of different shock configurations on a number of different bikes. The idea that the Super Deluxe is somehow a bad air shock is a bit of a misnomer. What the Super Deluxe does lack is the tunability of a Float X2, but in outright performance, I'd say its right up there with the best of them.

...but don't listen to me. A number of RockShox athletes have won a whole bunch of WC/EWS races on the (air) shock (eg: Hill, Pierron, Moir)

Obviously on the coil front, you've got Loris, Reece, Brosnon etc - Dcamp can chime in but I'm pretty sure the damper is the same between the coil & air shocks with the spring being the (obvious) difference. My big point here is it has world class winning pedigree engineered into the shock.

From my many of hours of testing, I feel strongly that RockShox has the coolest air spring technology. Offering a huge range of adjustment, to both the positive and negative (via megneg) spring.

As to why the bike was harsh, I'd guess maybe they've overdone it with volume spacers (the bike is far more progressive than Sentinel V1.0 days). This is a double edged sword, of course. It'll help the bike feel more poppy and responsive (which they note it is) at the expense of square edged hits.

If I owned a Spire and felt this was a problem I'd do two things before spurring (no pun intended) for a different shock.

1) Pull all volume spacers out of the Super Deluxe. Set sag at 28-30% (slightly higher - giving more avail travel) and go smash.

2) Do a chainless run. Maybe pedal kickback is part of the problem. If this feels a lot better, add O-Chain - go ride happy.

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/2/2021 5:14 AM
ryan_daugherty

Can we all appreciate how nice the Titan looks here?

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/2/2021 5:12 AM
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Thanks for releasing this in one go instead of trying to maximize clicks for the same content. Refreshing change in the like and subscribe times we live in.

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Liked a comment about video Vital RAW - World Champs Day 1 8/26/2021 3:43 PM

Thanks John and Vital. Great footage. Never seen a track make the best riders in the World look so awkward in a few places. Excited for Sunday!

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Liked a comment about slideshow 2021 Maribor World Cup Downhill Race Slideshow 8/16/2021 2:26 PM
2021 Maribor World Cup Downhill Race Slideshow

Purple was a thing this weekend eh? I remember a time when I put Eliot in a purple kit at the sea otter, and he wore slippers haha

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Liked a comment about product review Is Bigger Better? All-New Öhlins RXF 38 m.2 Reviewed 7/22/2021 9:24 AM
Simmo

Everything is a Strava competition

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Liked a comment about news blog Red Bull Hardline Final Rider List Announced 7/20/2021 8:39 AM
PisgahGnar

Yeah Brage! Can't wait to see him in this race.

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Liked a comment about video Ghost Machine - Demetri's Dual-Crown Wreckoning 7/17/2021 8:49 PM

Extra cheese please, hold the pickles though! It's okay we know most you newcomers are used to every bike looking like a Trek Session but there is more out there. Baby steps...

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