Liked a comment on the item Santa Cruz Introduces the Carbon Chameleon 2/5/2019 7:10 AM

That geometry is ugly... price is a little steep. Can you guys do a review on a better upcoming carbon hardtail? This looks more promising. https://www.diamondback.com/mountain-bikes/hardtail/syncr-carbon

Liked a comment on the item Santa Cruz Introduces the Carbon Chameleon 2/5/2019 7:10 AM

At 6'7"/200lbs, I've broken about a dozen or so frames in my time, steel and alloy. I choose, or chose back before my MS, to ride hard. I just don't see current carbon holding up having seen so many cracked carbon frames come through the shop. Never could afford one myself. I am super...more

Liked a comment on the item Santa Cruz Introduces the Carbon Chameleon 2/5/2019 7:09 AM

Old guy's foot in mouth disease... Screw carbon. I have zero plans to be stuck in the back country with a broken frame. Santa Cruz as a town has a fantastic history of steel. Hire local and make the Steelmelion. Roots!

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Added a comment about feature What Do Riders Think? 10 Flat Pedals Reviewed by Vital MTB Members 2/15/2018 6:44 AM

The Nukeproof version of the Diety compound are identical except they have more pins and are super sticky.

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Added reply in a thread Are You Going To Buy a New Bike in 2018? 1/19/2018 8:08 AM

Yea, I'm perfectly content with my Mega (as I was with previous bikes), but as usual, as "standards" change and I can no longer easily get the parts I want as a result, I'll be forced to buy a new frame in less than 2 years (this time I expect boost ... more »

Added reply in a thread How Much Reach is Too Much Reach? 11/19/2017 2:39 PM

The bottom line is, it depends. Longer reach is stable at speed, while shorter reaches are more playful and more precise in slower, technical and tight, twistier trails. If all you ride is park or long, fast descents, then long reach is your friend, ... more »

Added reply in a thread Bike vs Bike - Peaty's V10 or Brosnan's Demo at Lenzerheide 7/7/2016 7:50 AM

Peaty's bike is udderly amazing, but Brosnan's is freaking out of this world.

Added reply in a thread That Time My Bike Flew Off The Car Rack... 6/15/2016 6:18 PM

(Why is it quoting the posts before me, and why can't I delete the quotes???) Mine wasn't as dramatic as your bike taking flight, but an ugly, tragic trip-ender, no less. Back in '97, after college graduation, I loaded my van (AKA "Hotel Chevy") to get ... more »

Added reply in a thread That Time My Bike Flew Off The Car Rack... 6/15/2016 6:13 PM

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Added a comment about video Yuri Almost Falls Off a Cliff or Plus Tires Can't Roll Over Everything 5/31/2016 11:12 AM

He had to go clean his pants out.

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Added a comment about video Yuri Almost Falls Off a Cliff or Plus Tires Can't Roll Over Everything 5/31/2016 9:46 AM

It's going to happen eventually.

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Added a comment about feature Modern Mountain Bike Geometry Defined - Transition Explains Effective Top Tube Versus Reach 5/29/2016 10:45 AM

I'm about 5'-10" (on a good day) with normal proportions, and accustomed to medium frames with around 410-420mm reach, and using a 50mm stem... I'm looking at a new frame, also medium (18"), that is 440mm (ETT at 616!)... that scares me, as it's a huge jump. In my history of riding mtb (about 28 years), with length comes stability, but at the expense of maneuverability, especially on tighter, more technical trails. As for fun, I've always enjoyed smaller frames more. The "small" (16") version of this frame is 420mm; on the long end of the bikes I've been riding the last couple of years. I'm leaning toward the small, but the word "small" is screwing with my head... can I be content with 440mm reach for a do-everything bike?

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Liked a comment on the item Climbing Upper Waterfall at South Mountain - Vital MTB Test Sessions ONE LAP 1/24/2016 6:18 PM

National trail is one of the few trails I actually enjoyed climbing. So many fun challenging sections, up and down, on that trail.

Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW - Eddie Masters // Reece Potter // Skyline MTB Park Madness 10/11/2015 5:41 PM

This video requires full pads and a Leatt just to watch!

Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW - Eddie Masters // Reece Potter // Skyline MTB Park Madness 10/11/2015 5:41 PM

I just sold my bike and quit riding because I suck. this is insane. :-)

Added a comment about photo Kineticworks BAHR-BAHR Geo Changer 9/3/2015 10:11 AM

Judging by the photos and components, they made it 10 years ago, got distracted and left it sitting outside behind the shed, then just recently walked back there, saw it and thought, "oh crap, we never took this bike to a show!"

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Liked a comment on the item 999 Steps down Skygate Mountain 8/18/2015 5:39 PM

Got to 2 minutes then switched off after the guy crashed on the step down. The risk to reward ratio for this event was ridiculous, and it didn't even look impressive to watch. It was fortunate that someone didn't leave with permanent injuries, or worse. McGarry was lucky. Red...more