Added a comment about press release Full Details Released: Specialized's Brand New Enduro 8/13/2019 3:25 PM

oh boy, the derivative bike slam is getting old. i think we're 10 years past the point of bike design where everything is pretty much going to look like everything else.

saw another post where the dude must've bike checked like 15 brands. ok dude, so you have awesome observational powers and memorized the entire Wikipedia page on Kinematics, wow.

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Added a comment about feature WINNING BIKE - Loic Bruni's Prototype Specialized Demo 6/12/2019 4:49 PM

Either prototype DH Specialized Butchers or the BLCK DMND Butchers, which you can get now.

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Added a comment about feature WINNING BIKE - Loic Bruni's Prototype Specialized Demo 6/11/2019 10:52 AM

Remember the Big S Rule for Internet Forums: If an athlete loses on a Specialized bike, it was the bike's fault; if they win, you write, "It's always the rider, not the bike."

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Roval's No-Nonsense Traverse SL Wheelset 6/4/2019 8:55 AM

Mountain bikers: "If it's not free, it's a bit pricey."

Also: "The wheel bearings roll extremely smoothly and notably faster than most wheelsets..."

How are you able to zero in on the bearings and feel this phenomena, and compare it objectively to other wheels? Do you have measuring equipment on the bike or just chalk it up to "feel"? How can you decouple it from other variables on the trail, such as traction, friction, wind, tires, etc.?

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Added a comment about video The Soundtrack of Jaxson Riddle Riding Tannus Tire Inserts 4/10/2019 11:41 AM

With that name, all he needs are face tattoos and a crappy song on Soundcloud and he can be a superstar! Seatpost Malone?

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Added a comment to Grammyx's bike check 4/2/2019 10:51 AM

That bike should be on a poster for paraphilia.

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Added a comment about video Neko Mulally Follows Dakotah Norton - Downhill Southeast at Windrock 4/2/2019 10:48 AM

Why hasn't a camera company embedded an inclinometer that displays real-time slope information? Even the Tour de France hasn't done this yet; how can I tell how steep a climb/DH is when there's no reference? The only way to tell is by comparing the perpendicularity of the trees relative to the trail.

A little graphic in the corner showing a location dot and the preceding slope would be cool.

That being said, it's a good thing the trail in this video is awesome, because that hellscape scenery is straight out of a Fallout video game.

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedal Shoes 7/28/2018 1:09 PM

I've used a lot of these and the 2FO 2.0s worked the best for my foot. The BG stuff is spot-on. They're also very comfortable on the bike; I don't use the "walking around comfortably off the bike" metric very much; I put these shoes on to ride, not to hang out at brewpubs to taste the latest over-hopped beer with stupid names (looking right at ya, Just The Tip Spruce Tip Ale from Sick N Twisted Brewing Company).

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Added a comment about product review 2017 Evil Wreckoning Ride Review & Impressions Video 3/15/2018 7:58 PM

that blows. i'll bet it had more to do with wrong molds at the factory than a conscious marketing decision.

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Evil The Wreckoning X01 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/14/2018 5:57 PM

i'm confused. bike shown in photos have water bottle mounts, bike in one video doesn't, and another video shows two bikes with one and one without!!!!!!!!!!!!! mine doesn't, btw. when/why did they change config?

on another note, this bike makes me ride like i'm 10 times better than i really am. i can pop wheelies like Evel himself, and plow through stuff that made my Enduro weep.

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Added a comment about product review 2017 Evil Wreckoning Ride Review & Impressions Video 3/14/2018 5:55 PM

i'm confused. bike shown in photos have water bottle mounts, bike in video doesn't. mine doesn't, btw. when/why did they change config?

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Added a comment about feature The Inside Line Podcast - Curtis Keene, Pro Enduro Racer 1/10/2018 9:28 AM

Curtis, wondering if you could help me install a 3-way light switch at my house. With your electrician background, maybe you can lend a brotha a hand; I can take you on some sweet trails afterwards, show you how to ride. Haha.

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Added a comment about feature Inside WD-40 Company 12/27/2017 9:49 AM

I am buying WD-40 now if only because Senior Drill Instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman is promoting it.

SHOW ME YOUR WAR FACE! AHHHHHHHHH, NOW THAT'S A WAR FACE!!

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Dropper Seatposts 11/7/2017 9:09 AM

I recently rode the new Specialized Command Post WU and must say that it's the next post I am going to get. Like everyone on here, I too was skeptical and thought it a gimmick--until I rode it. None of these posts does what it does, and if you find yourself often in sketchy, steep-ass trails, you'll appreciate that it gets out of your way when it's dropped. Definitely a game-changer.

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Specialized Enduro 650b from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/27/2017 3:00 PM

I'm an armchair engineer and those suspension curves/graphs do not look good. I rode the bike and it feels awesome, but those graphs and charts and lines and math tell me that the bike is not awesome.

I am going to spend the next 3-19 hours online comparing lines and graphs and charts and lines, and am going to get a bike that has better looking graphs and charts. How can I ride a bike that feels awesome when its charts and graphs and anti-squat numbers aren't better than my buddys' lines and graphs and squats?

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Evil The Calling from Vital MTB Test Sessions 2/26/2017 7:48 PM

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Added a comment about product review First Look: Ohlins RXF 34 Fork 1/17/2017 9:19 AM

I bet you that 99 out of 100 riders could not pass a blind test between this fork and the top offerings from RockShox or Fox. You hear braaahs bragging about "Bro, the mid-stroke needs some more sensitivity, although the initial stroke compression damping is good. But it needs better topout performance and a little bit more rebound adjust on chattery terrain."

Bro, give me a break--you're just making stuff to impress your bros around the campfire.

I've seen a couple of actual studies done on the motorcycle world.

"Hey Dan, I changed your rebound settings, so it should handle better on turn 11."

Dan goes out for a ride, comes back, and says, "Bro, that totally worked. It doesn't dive as much."

Nothing was changed; Dan was only told it was changed, so everything else was psychosomatic/placebo.

Same thing in the bike world. We did this in a bike shop, where the ONLY thing we did was clean the shock with Simple Green. "Yea bro, we changed the shim stack and dialed in your sag and rebound, just a slight change to the compression damping." Bro totally came back in and commented on how the shock was way more behaved on that big rocky section on Parachute Trail.

Yea, right bro, we did nothing except clean the shock.

Not that many people are able to turn into words what they feel, but they like to think they do so they sound cool on forums.

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Added a comment about news blog Danny MacAskill's Wee Day Out 10/12/2016 10:47 AM

This video is sad, really sad. It makes me never want to ride my bike again. It makes me stop and think every time how frail and weak I am compared to this guy whenever I've had to hop over the 6" curb between my house and the 7-11. Trust me, it takes me a long time to prepare for this gigantic curb. I can see it from about 100 meters away, I mentally prepare to go over it, positioning my feet properly on my pedals, weighing myself evenly over my bike, my mind thinks about how I am going to "kill" this "monster" curb today, knowing that once I get over it I can call it a day, drink an overly-hoppy, hot-alcohol IPA with a dumb witty name, knowing full well that the only thing in the video that I can do is sit down and talk to that old dude at the train station.

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