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Added a comment to dstucki's bike check 4/6/2020 7:13 AM

I've used a number of different fully tailored frame protection kits, and they're not for me. The vinyl is too thin to actually protect the frame in places that you need, and you spend a ton of extra hours installing it to make sure everything lines up perfectly. I prefer to use the Hijinx 2.0 kit from Upland Stoke because the vinyl is actually thick enough to protect the frame in the places you need protection, there are plenty of extension pieces to fit an XXL frame, and it's relatively quick to install. More time on the trails and less to worry about.

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Added a comment about video Mike Giese at Coast Gravity Bike Park - #iRideENVE 4/6/2020 6:42 AM

Fukkin sick with it...

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Added a comment about product review We Ride the All-New RockShox SID Ultimate 3/17/2020 6:38 PM

5 Stars implies perfection. If you read through the review, I was able to get the rebound dialed in to an acceptable point, but I'm still trying to find more control deeper in the stroke. I also was able to dial in the air spring to a point, however I still think there's more to be desired in the relationship with initial suppleness and mid-stroke support.

I think for the right riders, especially lighter weight riders, this fork could be a really great choice. The rebound circuit would become much more useable, and with the fork being super light, it would help with the maneuverability of the front end.

There is a reason why it's 120mm only, and I think for some of the more capable short travel trail bikes out there, there are better options. As I mentioned in the bottom line, I think this fork is going to fill a very small niche in terms of finding the right bike for the platform. Although it's probably the right choice for top-level XC riders, I still don't think that crowd is ready to make a slight weight sacrifice for a better performing fork. No doubt we'll see World Cup XC riders on this fork this season, but I think it's going to be a slow transition. In 2-3 seasons, I'd be willing to bet the SID Ultimate and other similar forks like the Fox Step Cast 34 will phase out the 32mm stanchion forks.

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Added a comment about product review Downcountry Dominator? 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy Review 1/31/2020 4:00 PM

I'm on the XXL now with the chainstays in the longer position. I will eventually switch to the shorter position and see how it changes the ride quality, but to be honest, I think the long position could be even longer...

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Added a comment about product review Downcountry Dominator? 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy Review 1/31/2020 3:57 PM

ATTN TALL GUYS!

I actually now have an XXL Tallboy and I plan to update this review with some notes about the size difference. Without writing a book in the comments, it's awesome, and I must say it's really sweet to ride a bike that fits. Stay tuned for some updates.

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Added a comment about product review Downcountry Dominator? 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy Review 8/28/2019 8:40 AM

The bike tested in this test was an XL. I am also about 1.96m or (6'5") and we originally decided to test the XL because it was the most relevant to the bike that I'm currently on, which is an XL Trek Slash. That would give me the best perspective of someone going from a current XL to a bike with this amount of reach increase in the XL size.

All that said, I really really really want to start testing some XXL bikes. We're going to start seeing a lot more bikes in this size range, and I am finding that there are actually a ton of people in XXL size range that want to know about how a bike with 515+ reach rides. I've been receiving a lot of questions from tall guys everywhere who want to know about the XXL.

Anyway, maybe we'll make it happen.

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Added a comment about product review Not Your Dad’s Hightower: We Ride the New 2020 Santa Cruz 8/8/2019 8:57 AM

I think the important thing to look at here is going to be overall fit of the bike and whether you ultimately want 27.5" or 29" wheels. The reach is vastly different between the two bikes, along with a few other small geo differences. Aside from that, I would say the two bikes are similarly capable on descents.

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Added a comment about product review Not Your Dad’s Hightower: We Ride the New 2020 Santa Cruz 8/8/2019 8:49 AM

I remembered another one. Most of the POV is from Treasure Trail.

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Added a comment about product review Not Your Dad’s Hightower: We Ride the New 2020 Santa Cruz 7/3/2019 8:05 AM

I would not summarize the update of this bike as concentrating on monster-trucking the downhills. If you dig into it, you'll see that the updates are comprehensive for a better all around ride, i.e. the steeper seat tube angle. I do think that all types of riders would benefit in some way from these updates, whether it gives them more confidence on the steeps, improved VPP performance, or simply a nice seated climbing position.

That said, the old Hightower is still a really rad bike, and I'm sure lots of people still have an excellent time in the woods on it. That is what's really important.

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Added a comment about press release Introducing The RUNT by Diaz Suspension Design 2/4/2019 2:02 PM

I've got the RUNT plugged in to my 2019 Fox 36 with the Grip 2 damper. I opted to just plug it in and not tune the damper at all in an effort to change one variable at a time. At the time, I was also considering throwing the Push ACS3 coil kit into the fork in order to better match the supple feel of my PUSH 11.6 rear shock. After installing the RUNT, I was amazed in the increase in small bump compliance, and I feel like the external adjustability of the Grip 2 allowed me to get really close. Being able to adjust both ends of the spectrum also allowed me to fine-tune the amount of progression depending on differing race tracks and scenarios. This is something I struggled with a ton running the 11.6 on the Evil Wreckoning. I went up 2 spring weights and the guys at PUSH did some customizing on the high speed compression circuit to try and get a more progressive feel.

Needless to say, I think the RUNT ended up being the better option between the ACS3 Coil Conversion. More adjustability, and you don't compromise future air spring use.

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Added a comment about video Cornering Carnage: The Sound of Speed with Bryn Atkinson 12/6/2018 8:25 AM

Throttled out of that corner...

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Added a comment about video Cornering Carnage: The Sound of Speed with Bryn Atkinson 12/6/2018 8:24 AM

Raw video of the year... No doubt... gahh velcro tires...

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Added a comment about press release Introducing 'The Message' – Trailing Multi-Link Front Suspension from Trust Performance 10/25/2018 11:28 AM

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Added a comment about video 14 Real-World Experiments with FOX Live Valve 9/4/2018 7:20 AM

Yes, I agree.

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