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Liked a comment on the item The Ultimate Park Bike? Vital's Yeti SB165 Project 8/13/2020 1:58 PM

Disagree on all points. 38's still creak, and nothing compares to the stiffness of a dual crown fork for big holes, steep terrain, and heavy braking. If you're in a bike park there's no need for 12 speeds, and the longer chain and derailleur cage are much more likely to make...more

Added a comment about feature The Ultimate Park Bike? Vital's Yeti SB165 Project 8/13/2020 9:09 AM
boaz

This is awesome. I’ve considered doing this with a nomad, looks like an ideal park / shuttle bike

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Liked a comment on the item The Ultimate Park Bike? Vital's Yeti SB165 Project 8/12/2020 12:26 PM

Chaz spittin' factz

Added a comment about press release Yamaha's New, Interesting, e-MTB is Here 7/30/2020 8:24 PM
boaz

Completely agree

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Liked a comment on the item Yamaha's New, Interesting, e-MTB is Here 7/30/2020 8:24 PM

Sweet. KTM, Honda, and Suzuki can't be far behind. I hope they force the traditional MTB brands back into focusing on actual bicycles.

Added a comment about feature E-Bikes and Why We're Testing Them - The Inside Line Podcast 7/29/2020 6:18 PM
boaz

E bikes are not mountain bikes. They are weak motor bikes. But fun to ride and generate lots of new money for the industry so here we are

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: ENVE AM30 Wheelset 7/28/2020 11:00 AM

I would read the shit out of What Broke In The Shop Today.

Added a comment about video Vital RAW - Braydon Bringhurst 7/22/2020 9:46 AM

That was awesome.

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Liked a comment on the item YT IZZO vs. XC Race Bike | Long Term Review 7/9/2020 11:30 AM

@Johan: really like your approach to test products. Thumbs up!

Added a comment about press release Niner's Newest, Biggest Bikes Have a Motor - Meet the e9 E-Bikes 7/9/2020 12:02 AM
boaz

Fitting name and you missed the point. E bikes are not mountain bikes. They have motors and should be ridden where motorized vehicles are allowed. Maybe go to an MX track and see what motorized bikes really can do

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Added a comment about press release Niner's Newest, Biggest Bikes Have a Motor - Meet the e9 E-Bikes 7/7/2020 11:29 PM
boaz

These look like they’d be fun to ride. I’ve enjoyed the handful of rides I’ve done on e bikes, but it’s strange to me people think of them the same as mountain bikes. They have a motor and that changes everything. E bike manufacturers are quick to point out that e bikes do ‘change everything’. I think e bikes should be ridden where motorized vehicles are allowed to be ridden. Maybe not a popular opinion, but that is my take. The soul of mountain biking is not motorized. Shuttling / lifts are different, you are still riding a bike with no motor. Should e bikes be allowed at resorts? That’s for the resort to decide. Should they be allowed on shuttle trails? If motos can, then yes, otherwise no.

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Liked a comment on the item Niner's Newest, Biggest Bikes Have a Motor - Meet the e9 E-Bikes 7/7/2020 11:21 PM

they have a motor. yes. Therefore acceptable use. Granted, motos may laugh at them....which is why they want to ride them on MTB trails.

Liked a comment on the item Commencal Launches the New 2021 Meta AM 29 6/22/2020 4:33 PM

Sooooooo some personal experience. My new Meta AM (previous gen to this one) with marzocchi coil front and back comes in at 39lbs before water bottle. The first few rides were a bit of a slog, but my fitness caught up quickly and I don't really notice it all that much now. Plus the...more

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boaz

Wow. Really good looking bike. Also very long, slack, lots of travel, and heavy. A question I’ve had for a while is if you have a 29lb enduro bike (big travel, slack, carbon, etc; probably in the 10k range) and a bike like this that has sick parts and geo but is heavy — looks to be 35-36lb, after you have done a couple big stages, how much does that 5-6 pound difference matter when you are tired? I’d think a lot but I’ve never had the opportunity to test this in a conclusive way. I don’t think it matters in the first 2 hours of riding. But after 3-4 hours it seems like this could be a big deal. Even MX manufacturers try to shave weight for this reason

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Liked a comment on the item 2021 FOX Suspension Lineup Unveiled 4/8/2020 8:53 AM

I was triggered by your initial question. The entire reason recent Fox CSU's creak is because in 2015 when they released the new 36 they made the crown 10mm lower at the steerer tube to minimize ATC height for the new taller 27.5 and 29" forks. The old 26" 36 forks had a super-tall bombproof crown, and...more

Liked a comment on the item Tomomi Nishikubo Just Blew Us Away With His Riding 3/27/2020 12:28 PM

That drop down to a concrete handrail was insane.