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Added a comment about feature What Do Riders Think? Eight Stems Reviewed by Vital MTB Members 4/23/2019 3:05 PM

Correct. But if you're stuck to a 31.8mm bar diameter, the shortest you can get the Atlas stem is 50mm (which is on the longer side of the spectrum for modern AM and enduro bikes.)

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Added a comment to eastonllewelyn's bike check 4/6/2019 9:57 AM

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Added a comment about news blog ENVE and Industry Nine Team Up to Offer Lower Price and Better Engagement 2/14/2019 9:41 AM

Way to go Enve. Now just lower it by another $1,000 and you'll offer competitive pricing.

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Added a comment to dirtworks911's bike check 2/10/2019 1:42 PM

They will for sure keep your hands fresh and I wouldn't be surprised if you were faster too. Let me know what you think!

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Added a comment to Wafflesnatcher's bike check 2/10/2019 1:38 PM

Wow, just wow!

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Added a comment to dirtworks911's bike check 2/6/2019 3:28 AM

Here are my thoughts:

Pro: The elastomers are noticably active in damping the smallest of chatter. Although forks have gotten much better throughout the years, they still have quite a bit amount of static friction. That's why linkage forks are so appealing but as you can tell, are very difficult to get right and even harder to convert the minds of the masses. The new Trust fork is beginning to do that but at $2700, it's definitely not priced for the masses. The Flexx bar certainly doesn't convert your fork into a linkage fork but it does smooth out chatter impressively well. If you cook here's a pretty good analogy: think of the Trust linkage fork as pure vanilla extract and your standard telescopic fork w/ the Flexx bar as imitation vanilla flavoring. Nothing beats using pure vanilla extract in flavor but imitation vanilla gets you close enough and costs less than half the price.

Pro: The Flexx bars are tuneable with different weight of elastomers. In order to adjust the flex on a regular bar you'll need to swap it.

Pro: Arm pump and hand fatigue is reduced quite a bit. Before an hour or two ride on an aggressive trail got my hands feeling it. Now I'll do an hour long aggressive ride and my hands feel as if I never left the trail head parking lot. This is a huge pro if you're still on the mend from any upper body injuries.

Con: The Flexx bar weights twice as much as a standard bar. For those who focus their entire build around weight, this bar isn't for them. But, for those who are okay sacrificing weight for performance and handling this isn't a con at all. Personally, what the Flexx bar offers is well worth 220 extra grams.

Con: The Flexx bars are twice the price the highest end carbon bar. For most, that's a deal breaker and that's rightfully so. Fasst co does offer a 30 day 'buy back' guarantee where if you're not stoked on the bar, you'll get all your money back. So, if you can drop several hundred to try them out, you should. A shop I'm close with demos them as well so you can see if you can find a set to try out that way too.

I haven't been able to do any major drops (10+ feet) on these bars yet but have used them on some pretty gnarly trails and good sized jumps. With time my scepticism of their strength and durability has gone away and all that's left is wondering how they will handle repeated head banging Virgin UT style hucks.

They are pretty sick bars!

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Added a comment about product review Long-Term Tested: Marzocchi's Bomber Z1 Fork 10/15/2018 2:47 PM

I borrowed this DHX2 to ride on the Sentinel for about a month. The small bump was very good compared to the DPX2 which was to be expected. Ridden as an AM bike, I felt the coil was a viable option for the Sentinel as it really improved the 'trail' ride quality. When traversing towards Enduro and light freeride, I was never able to get the bottom out support I wanted, even with that marshmallow bumper you were mentioning (which came on the shock so I don't know where it came from). Ultimately, a coil could work on the Sentinel depending on riding style. Bad news is it didn't for me and I returned to the stock DPX2 with the largest volume spacer installed.

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Added a comment about product review Long-Term Tested: Marzocchi's Bomber Z1 Fork 10/15/2018 10:52 AM

The Sweep lever adjustment is a combined LSC/HSC compression adjustment that ranges from open to lockout. From what I understand it's identical to the regular GRIP damper found on Fox 36 performance forks. I'll get that updated, thanks!

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Added a comment about product review Long-Term Tested: Marzocchi's Bomber Z1 Fork 10/15/2018 9:57 AM

Called Push and the ACS coil for the 36 is only compatible with standard 36 CSUs (not the Rhythm found on the Z1 or 36 E-bike version). Called FOX to ask what the specific inner diameter of the Rhythm CSU was and they weren't able to give me any specific measurements. All they said is that the regular 36, rhythm, and E-bike CSUs all have different inner diameters. Although it's a vague response, it answers if the Z1 is compatible with many aftermarket products.

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Added a comment about video New Bikes, Tools and Riding Gear - Interbike Day 3 - The Crazy & The Cool 9/20/2018 8:16 AM

My heart almost stopped beating at 7:20 when I thought Park Tool was introducing a new table-top parts washer! Just a toolbox...a really sweet toolbox.

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Added a comment about press release Vital is Hiring: Data Entry Clerks 7/24/2018 11:36 AM


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Added a comment about feature Norbs Has a New Ride! Meet the 2019 Evil Wreckoning LB 7/20/2018 2:13 PM

Serious question, have you ridden a modern Transition for more than a day? Just like wheelsizes, getting them lined up in a tight corner takes a little different approach but once you adjust your riding, they are fine...and then you get the benefits of carrying some serious speed in the straights and floating over everything chunky.

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Added a comment about feature Why That Bike? | Pivot Mach 5.5 5/5/2018 9:59 AM

You should use this energy to go out for a rip Kyle.

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Added a comment about photo Pivot Phoenix DH Bike and Tire Blowout 4/20/2018 4:34 PM

What a digger!

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Added a comment about feature Vital Rides the All-New 2018 Specialized Stumpjumper 4/17/2018 2:16 PM

Boy am I glad to see the threaded bottom bracket coming back on carbon frames. Having PF is one of the major beefs I have with my current set-up.

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Added a comment about feature Rob Warner's YT Capra 29, Size XXL 4/5/2018 11:35 PM

Welcome to the Ball Brushing Club Rob! It takes a few scrubs with the posterity and then you quickly adjust your riding style.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Leatt 3DF 6.0 Knee Protectors 3/27/2018 3:25 PM

Because these lack an adjustable strap at the bottom, I can't say confidently that they would be a perfect match for your legs. I'd probably say the L/XL based upon your quads. The bottom band measures 11 inches circumstance off the leg in the L/XL. I know Backcountry has them in stock if you want to try them out at the retail store.

Next time you come down south let me know and you can try the L/XL out on the trails.

Cheers dude!

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