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Added a comment about press release Pivot Launches the Phoenix Dock Tool System 5/18/2020 10:29 AM
diatribe69

"However, many hidden tools take longer to access then [sic; should be than] actually completing the repair."

Obvious knock on Specialized SWAT stuff. For the one or two times I need to acccess my tube or pump, I love that everything is tucked away in my Stumpjumper's down tube.

I, for one, don't want my tools exposed and out in the open. They're tools. I don't keep my jumper cables in the front seat of my car; they're hidden in the trunk. If you access your tools so much that you need them in a handy location, it sounds like you have other issues that you should be addressing.

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Added a comment about feature What Do 10,000 Mountain Bikers Think? Vital MTB Audience Survey Results and Market Trends 11/5/2019 12:41 PM
diatribe69

Well, it’s not a good representation of the bicycle buying public at large. For example, were you shocked that a large majority of Vital readers race Enduro?!

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Added a comment about press release Full Details Released: Specialized's Brand New Enduro 8/13/2019 3:25 PM
diatribe69

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
diatribe69

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
diatribe69

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
diatribe69

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
Special Stumpjumper EVO Pro 29 - 2019

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
diatribe69

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
diatribe69

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
diatribe69

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
diatribe69

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
diatribe69

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. silly

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Added a comment about feature Inside WD-40 Company 12/27/2017 9:49 AM
diatribe69

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
diatribe69

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
diatribe69

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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