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Liked a comment on the item No Easy Win - Enduro World Series Finale Race Action 10/3/2017 6:02 AM

Thanks VitalMTB, i hope the off season be as entertaining as this EWS racing season,

Liked a comment on the item No Easy Win - Enduro World Series Finale Race Action 10/3/2017 6:02 AM

Thanks Vital! What a great year of racing across the board.

Liked a comment on the item No Easy Win - Enduro World Series Finale Race Action 10/3/2017 6:02 AM

The EWS keeps getting cooler each year. Finale delivered once again!

Liked a comment on the item RESULTS: Oton and Ravanel Win in Italy, Sam Hill Crowned 2017 EWS Champion 10/1/2017 6:04 PM

Why do you want us to talk about Aaron and Greg in an article about Sam Hill winning the EWS? Saying that Sam Hill was and is a great champion takes nothing away from any other rider who has also accomplished great things - before OR after Sam.

Liked a comment on the item CRAZIEST WORLD CUP DAY EVER? Val di Sole Qualifying 8/30/2017 8:11 AM

thanx for the picture Sven and thank you photographers and film makers for you amazing job. I don,t forget the racers, thank you for the show! Cheers, Fabrizio

Added a comment about video Fairclough, Vink, Jameson and Volokhov Ride Fast and Pull Up 8/18/2017 5:10 PM

Ha! Love it at the end where they all wear the Vink shirt - looks like a blast!

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Liked a comment on the item Breaking the Rules | An Interview with Max Commencal 7/14/2017 11:56 AM

Go back a few years and you'll find reliability stories about pretty much every brand out there. Big Brand X had a snapped chainstay epidemic, Big Brand Y cracks in the seat tube junction, Big Brand Z had to pretty much recall their DH bikes...and the list goes on. Brands learn, improve,...more

Liked a comment on the item Breaking the Rules | An Interview with Max Commencal 7/14/2017 11:54 AM

I do not get this whole braking the rules stuff...
1st there are other brands who decided to not go along with carbon and nobody is talking about it (Banshee, Nicolay, Orange etc.)
2nd if you can sell cheeper because of no distributions, why shouldn't you let your carbon frames produce...more

Liked a comment on the item Breaking the Rules | An Interview with Max Commencal 7/14/2017 11:53 AM

Mr. Commencal seems very switched on, first person I agree with on both E-Bikes and the 29er DH movement. Yes the 29er has merit's in DH, but it's far from an absolute superior wheelsize (Gwin and Brosnan proving that), so keep both and let us have the choice! That proto looks sweet...more

Liked a comment on the item Breaking the Rules | An Interview with Max Commencal 7/14/2017 11:53 AM

Yeah, "never" was the wrong choice of words there, short-lived as those models were, they did exist. My bad, basically. Good looking out!

Liked a comment on the item Claudio's Course Preview from Leogang with Marcelo Gutierrez 6/8/2017 12:43 PM

Last year the riders complained about the man-made rock gardens, saying they were too easy in the dry, and pretty much a gamble in the wet. Well, it looks like the organisers listened to them and removed the rock gardens.
Careful what you wish for...
Either way...more

Added reply in a thread Should There Be a 29er DH Class and 27.5 DH Class at World Cups? 6/7/2017 2:00 PM

no

Liked a comment on the item All New Team Santa Cruz Hightowers 5/26/2017 11:17 AM

If it Loosedog's new bike, why does it say M.Scott inside the chainstays?
also hasn't Iago been on a LT Hightower for a while now?

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 10, Elayna Caldwell, Brand Director of MTB at SRAM 5/11/2017 6:28 AM

Would be interesting to hear if she thought there were brands who do benefit from the "lifestyle" marketing in EWS about riders "just having fun". Totally agree that it can be annoying, even from a fan standpoint, i just always figured that was a...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 10:11 AM

I'm not sure ews has actually taken much of a bite out of it? By comparison I can really see ews is participant driven (for the rider), but its not even close to dh in terms of glitz/glamour/ personalities/ attractiveness/ coverage etc etc etc. If you want to run a test look at ews...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 10:06 AM

Again, we'll always disagree here but my 20 years of adventure sports experience says otherwise. My education in economics and dayjob in finance also says otherwise. You are arguing against how innovation works and how markets work.

Bigger companies can throw their weight around and...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 10:04 AM

Relatively speaking, the cycling industry is not big. Sales are somewhere around $6.1B per year. To put that in perspective, United Technologies (UTX) posted sales of $13.8B last quarter. Santa Cruz isn't a small company in the bike world, but it was sold for millions, not billions. In...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 9:59 AM

I agree, I didn't think I would hear that from Niko. Didn't he essentially go out on his own and create the V-process because he wasn't happy with other frames. He had radical geometry and technology that was ahead of everyone else and won a ton of races. Seems like a pot/kettle...more

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 9:59 AM

All fair points! You will see more 29" DH bikes soon btw (Fort Bill according to the rumors - 2 more teams)! So the field will be (more) level if in fact it is the advantage some are suggesting. Again, I dig the conversation. Cheers!

Liked a comment on the item Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel Discuss 29ers in DH 5/5/2017 9:56 AM

@Oz - go on as to why this doesn't feel right? Curious - have you ridden a long travel 29" trail bike? Is there something you are hung up on that doesn't feel right - like somehow the big wheels aren't somehow as cool? Like they probably suck in the air and you can't get sideways and...more