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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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Added a comment about video At Home with Harrison Smith 9/14/2016 10:01 PM

Two violations of the law in the first 30 seconds--I love it! "Those pesky kids!"

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: Magura Vyron eLECT Dropper Seatpost 6/21/2016 10:03 AM

Agreed. Depends on how you ride, but the way I ride I need that saddle up to my butt 3 seconds ago, not 3 seconds later. Maybe if you're 60 and going on a Sunday stroll on your local beginner trail with four rocks and one jump. But if you're slaying, for example, The Whole Enchilada in Moab, you're constantly going from bottom to top to middle to top to middle and so on, and you're constantly waiting--in microseconds--for that saddle to come back up to your butt so you can get ready for that g-out coming up in 0.3 seconds or that

Again, this is great for the techno nerd who spends 50 minutes at the trailhead talking about the latest overly-hoppy IPA with a stupid name who wants to show off his latest toy rather than actually riding, but for serious dirt devils who need instant response, No Sale.

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Added a comment about press release An Affordable 7-speed DH Drivetrain - SRAM Launches GX DH 6/4/2016 1:07 PM

Well, if they really wanted to make these things more prevalent, they would price it cheaper than this and add the same features as the XX1. Bike companies are all out to make a killing. We just want to ride bikes. I see bikes that costs $10,000. If they really wanted us to ride more bikes and save the planet, why can't they offer that same bike for, let's say, $1,500? I mean, how much does it cost to lay down some carbon, throw some paint on it, and make a derailleur or crank? It's just metal and plastic. I thought bike companies were run by idealistic individuals who are into socialism and egalitarianism, which means they should sell their products for what it cost to make them, and not a cent more. Why are they in it for profits?

Okay, I'm done with my comedic rant. That was a satirical post based on a mishmash of various posts I've read over the years whenever something costs N+$100 (where N is the amount of money someone makes in a year). If *they* can't afford it, they argue, then it should be priced low enough until *they* can afford it, and anyone who has the means to pay for it is an industry shill or Ayn Rand f****er.

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Added reply in a thread What Are YOU Most Picky About Regarding Setup? 2/27/2016 8:15 AM

I'm very picky about the rise speed of my seatpost. I have exactly 23psi in my Command Post. Any more or any less and it drives me (my) nuts. Too fast and your balls get smacked off; too slow and that extra microsecond you're waiting for the post to ... more »

Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Jamis Defcon 1 2/24/2016 9:26 AM

Yea, those seat stays look totally flimsy. The new Stumpjumpers have totally overbuilt stays, which is why they get away without using a bridge, and can accept super-large tires. And with the Horst link now in the public domain, don't know why bike makers are choosing NOT to defeat brake jack by not adopting it. It's FREE, no payment to the Big S needed.

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Added a comment about feature MTB Bucket List - 6 Places Nate Riffle Says You Should Ride Once in Your Life 2/23/2016 9:10 AM

What's "Mount Ewell" and "Graeeagle"? I've heard of Mount Elwell and Graeagle, but never these other places he mentions. Sounds like they're intentionally misspelled to thwart any lookey-loos.

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Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 EX 2/21/2016 3:27 PM

I like how when only Specialized had access to Horst link, everyone hated it, claimed it sucked, etc. Now that their patents have expired, suddenly it's the best. Funny how that works. Although I do prefer it over VPP and DW-Link designs. To me, being active under braking is much more of an advantage than not bobbing (as much) while pedaling. You can counter pedal bob with a good shock, but you can't really get around brake jack without the Horst link. ABP almost gets there, but, hey, it's no Horst link!

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Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 650B 1/31/2016 9:44 AM

"Under heavy braking or acceleration we experienced no spoke windup or excessive flexing..."

How do you isolate the feeling of spoke windup amidst all the other things going on? How do you know objectively that it's not tire sidewall flex; or flexy stays; or soft dirt; or any of the other 23 things it could be?

Do you confirm this with lab tests or do we just have to take your word for it?

I can say anything to sound cool at the trailhead, and, as lawyers know, you can't prove a negative.

"I went over that rock and I felt the knobby on the front tire flex; although the drive side spokes flexed a big, I am sure it was the bleed port on the fork that kicked in a few seconds too late. But I also think the heat dissipation on the brake pads caused premature brake dive."

Sounds cool, and no one can prove me wrong. Where do I sign up for a bike tester job?

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Added a comment about press release Enduro World Series Reveals New Entry System for 2016 Races 11/30/2015 7:23 PM

Oh man, California Enduro organizers better be reading this and taking note.

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Added a comment about photo WTB Pad Loc Grip and Bar System 9/4/2015 4:07 PM
WTB Pad Loc Grip and Bar System

"Ever had a grip slip?"

I answered No and the website wouldn't let me continue reading the story. WTF!

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Added a comment about video What To Do When All The Dishes Are Done 6/27/2015 10:43 AM

I'm a cynic. I feel building a bike rack onto a motorcycle is just to get attention. There's no pragmatic reason to do doing so, only egocentricity. It's the same reason people get Jones Bikes. Completely useless, simply eye candy so that you spend more time bragging at the trailhead instead of riding. Might as well throw on a clown suit and hang out in front of a elementary school; that'll get you attention, too.

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Added a comment about feature Trek Invents Automatic Dropper Seatpost Concept - No More Sitting Down Required! 6/12/2015 8:54 AM

"We essentially wanted to create a panic button for those oh-shit moments..."

Code for "We are making this for beginner riders; once you're good, get a real dropper post."

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2015 Ghost Riot 7 LC 5/13/2015 7:21 PM

That looks just like my 2008 Stumpjumper!

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Added a comment about press release Pacenti's PDent Technology Makes Sub-30mm MTB Stems a Reality 4/22/2015 1:27 PM

Pretty sure this Pacenti guy has tons of solutions in his garage, then he makes it his life mission to seek out problems. His name is familiar with some recent wheel size movement, can't recall what it is.

By the way, I've a friend who's really into something with this 31.42" wheel size he's been tinkering guys should check it out. Really, it's pretty cool. It's much better than the 29er crap and way better than the 27.5" stuff. It just rolls over stuff so much better than those other inferior wheel sizes. Trust me on this. I am telling you it's way awesome. You should just give it a try, don't knock it before you try it. It's 2.42 inches BETTER than 29. I mean, you can't argue with math.

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