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Liked a comment about video Custom-Tuned Versus Stock Mountain Bike Suspension - Vital MTB Advanced Class 3/21/2020 8:33 AM

Good video. I think having dialed suspension and a bike that fits properly are the 2 biggest things in a bike riding well. For some reason a lot of people aren’t into the custom tuned suspension thing, never really understood that when people drop 4-10k on a bike but then won’t spend an extra $300-400 to get the suspension perfect. They will buy a product that they can put into their fork or shock, like the Runt, but won’t go for a full tune. The fit thing is a different conversation, drives me nuts when I see people running super wide bars with narrow shoulders. It’s ergonomics not rocket science.

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/27/2020 7:35 PM

Noah is right, the tires in this test were legit (as they needed to be for the desert gnar). I still dream of something that is the weight of my Top Fuel but just a hair more capable. Basically, any of these bike's performance at 25-27lbs. Though, to be honest, the Top Fuel blows my mind most of the time.

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/27/2020 7:33 PM

My advice to people: do not weigh your bikes - unless you're trying to build up a hill-climb specific bike. There have been a lot of tests and studies about bike weight, and the consensus is, it doesn't matter nearly as much as people think it does. For some reason, we all still think trail bikes should be ~28lbs, it's been that number for as long as I can remember. It was that number when I worked at shops - before we had dropper posts and tire choices beyond: folding, wire bead, or DH. When forks had 30 or 32mm stanchions. When we had had two or three chainrings, but we had 11-34 cassettes. We think that just advances in materials and manufacturing can make up for all the parts we've added to our bikes, their substantially greater capability, and the required overbuilding manufacturers have to do for parts and frames because everyone is taking everything to bike parks these days and generally subjecting them to more abuse (I'm guilty).

When you weigh your bike, regardless of what the scale says, when you're suffering up a climb you'll inevitably think "it's because my bike is heavy." It's not because you've been spending too much time on the internet, are generally out of shape, or you're just having an off day, it's your bike's fault. The placebo and, more applicably, "nocebo" effect are real, and they will definitely influence your enjoyment more than a pound or two on your bike.

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/27/2020 7:31 PM

Jeff, slow people don't need heavy tires, strong wheels, or real brakes. This, in turn, makes their bikes much lighter.

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Liked a comment about product review Downcountry Dominator? 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy Review 1/31/2020 3:58 PM

Thanks for the clarification Dylan,
I'd love to see an XXL bike tested, and how it feels compared to an XL.
This being said, the saddle height on the last pictures is not exaggerated. It would lead me to the conclusion that an XL frame is not that short for your height.

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Liked a comment about press release Atomik Carbon Introduces Berd Ultimate Wheelset Lineup 10/29/2019 8:43 AM

Finally a replacement for reliable, convenient, and universally available J-bend spokes.

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Liked a comment about product review Downcountry Dominator? 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy Review 8/28/2019 8:42 AM

FWIW, I came to this realization back when I had my first generation Transition Smuggler with a 160 (gasp) fork on it. That bike was f'ing awesome. It was way too heavy, but it showed me what an XC/trail bike could/should be. To date, that remains one of my favorite bikes.

I know I nauseate people with my "see they do it like this in the moto world", but yeah, all dirt bikes basically have the same geo be it if its for the track, a GNCC or something for Erzberg.

While I understand the XC side of things was more or less derived from road bike geometry, I think this needs to be completely shelved. I feel cognitive bias has more to do with that geometry remaining the norm on the XC side than outright performance.

The steepest head angle we should see going forward is 66 with 63-65 being the norm. Playing with fork offset will have a bit effect on handling, and the "feel" of the front end, too, and this isn't fully being exploited yet.

Anyway, sorry for the rant, really wish I could go pick one of these up!

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