Liked a comment on the item TECH TALK: Air Shocks Versus Coil Shocks, What's Better? 10/13/2017 4:25 PM

All that talk and no mention of durability and maintenance? Sure, brand new air shocks feel great out of the box, but beat on them for 6 months and then run your comparisons. Air shocks always have this slow degradation of their performance, sorry rockshox, there's nothing your new...more

Added a comment about feature TECH TALK: Air Shocks Versus Coil Shocks, What's Better? 10/13/2017 4:24 PM

100% Agree! Only racers with a mechanic rebuilding their shocks after every race should prefer air. Plus air shocks fade, even the large air can ones on a long run. I have coil on my Nomad v4 and the kinematics are perfect for coil. I'm never running air again. The tiny little bit of extra pop from air shocks is not better than the plushness and predictability of coil, end of story

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Liked a comment on the item Greatest Run of All Time? Aaron Gwin's Miraculous Win at MSA 2017 8/6/2017 1:04 PM

Just gonna throw this out there, Gwin's Val Di Sol run in 2012 was up there.

Added a comment about press release Convert Your FOX 36 Fork to a Coil Spring with the PUSH Industries ACS-3 Kit 7/19/2017 11:48 AM

I agree with most of your analysis, but I will add some thoughts. I think control and comfort are somewhat mutually exclusive on today's forks unless they are custom valved to your weight. Riders like plush off the top for comfort because over a course of a ride that will wear your hands less as fast and progressive on big hits because that helps with control.

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Liked a comment on the item Convert Your FOX 36 Fork to a Coil Spring with the PUSH Industries ACS-3 Kit 7/19/2017 10:50 AM

Oh, I'm well aware of how volume spacers work. I'm suggesting those who are all about coil-like performance would do well to remove the spacers in their fork as a test. Generally speaking, higher volume will yield more linear spring rate curves. This is...more

Added a comment about feature You Can Have a 29er Downhill Bike - Trek Introduces the New Session 27.5 and Session 29 6/1/2017 11:18 AM

I rode a $8500 29er enduro bike and HATED IT! Riding a 29er is like riding down a waterslide. So boring. A 27 bike is so much more playful. It's like going down white water rapids on a kayak.

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Added a comment about video Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/1/2017 11:15 AM

I rode a $8500 29er enduro bike and HATED IT! Agree with everything Loic said. Riding a 29er is like riding down a waterslide. So boring. A 27 bike is so much more playful. It's like going down white water rapids on a kayak.

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Added a comment about photo All New Team Santa Cruz Hightowers 5/26/2017 12:57 PM

I'm calling it now, when the new Santa Cruz bikes drop next week there will be nothing innovative. Just a bunch of geo updates that other bike companies figured out already. Surprised SC hasn't developed their own wheels yet. Amazing how little innovation SC has created after being bought by Pon. You'd think they would have come up with at least 1 innovative feature by now...

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Liked a comment on the item BCD's Carbon 29er Downhill Bike Motowhip 4/26/2017 8:15 PM

the last pic has a link to one of his blogs that documents his ride through patagonia! i've been talking to him via facebook and am working on more. he's riding weird and wild stuff like always.

Liked a comment on the item BCD's Carbon 29er Downhill Bike Motowhip 4/26/2017 8:14 PM

where is he now???? and can we puhleaze get an interview!!!??

Added a comment about photo BCD's Carbon 29er Downhill Bike Motowhip 4/26/2017 8:10 PM

Damn, this guy is the Leonardo da Vinci of bikes. He had the axle size, axle spacing, chain position, and wheel size correct way ahead of time. Either that or all bike companies are afraid to innovate and really just follow marketing trends

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 6 - Aaron Gwin 3/22/2017 5:28 PM

Good point. I actually love his image more than most, and I like how he treats the sport like its something to be respected, worked hard at, and taken seriously.

So yeah, sometimes I just want to complain I guess

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 6 - Aaron Gwin 3/22/2017 5:28 PM

When I heard that, I was like: "I can totally get behind that"...because nothing I saw ever comes out right without needing backstory or an in depth explanation of the thought process that led to my response. Ask Turman and Spomer...damn did I start shlt!

Added a comment about product review Does It Really Prevent Pinch Flats? Vital Tests the Flat Tire Defender 3/18/2017 9:08 AM

Any notes from flat tire defender or from your tests on how long they could last under enduro type riding? Considering how much they are and how hard they are to put on, I hope they could last at least three months for someone who rides once a week. Since competition is heating up in this product segment (cush core, ect) I think the differentiator will be which product will last the longest, not whose is the lightest.

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Added reply in a thread The Patent Thread - New and Wild Mountain Bike Inventions 3/16/2017 6:01 PM

Having a narrow-wide chain might be good enough to minimize the compression needed for the clutch in today's derailleurs. Which for most bikes would increase the small bump sensitivity.

Added a comment about feature Aaron Gwin's 2017 World Cup YT Tues CF 3/16/2017 5:53 PM

Totally dig the podcast, the super in depth test session reviews, and interviews like this one. Glad Vital is publishing long form content. Vital is really upping their game compared to other mtb media

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Added a comment about feature Solving Problems: e*thirteen's Approach to Better MTB Components 5/5/2016 1:39 PM

Gwin broke a bunch of spokes at the last race. The difference in drive/non-drive spoke tension and the extreme spoke angles might not be working together so well. You don't see broken spokes at a world cup often. E*thirteen needs to crank up the forces on their wheel tests.

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Added reply in a thread [POLL] Where is Gwin going? 1/22/2016 9:15 PM

I took a screen shot recently off Gwin's instagram. The shadow of the front triangle looks exactly like a V10. No way that's a YT. I'm confidently predicting Santa

Added a comment about feature WINNER TAKES ALL - Vital OTB Leogang, Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain 6/13/2015 8:52 AM

Aaron Gwin: 3:31.11
Rachel Atherton: 4:03.44

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Added a comment about feature Over $2000 in Prizes - Vital OTB, Lourdes World Cup - Win a RockShox BoXXer and Birzman Studio Tool Kit 4/11/2015 5:19 PM

Remi Thirion 3:01:000
Rachel Atherton 3:31:000

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