Liked a bike check 2014 Evil Undead with Ohlins. 12/30/2017 12:20 PM
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Added reply in a thread Have You Gone from 27.5 to 29er But Then Back to 27.5? 12/14/2017 4:44 AM

I rode 27.5 bikes for the last four years and this May switched to a 29er. I have zero intentions of returning to a 27.5. That not say there are not some fantastic 27.5 bikes, but the pros for my riding with a 29 are not worth giving up.

Liked a bike check EVIL The Insurgent 10/31/2017 9:51 AM
Added a comment about video Sam Hill: A Legend's Journey 10/6/2017 8:49 AM

Damn,he can ride! I'd kill to have a tenth of his cornering ability.

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Added a comment about video Can Danny MacAskill Break the New Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels? 10/2/2017 9:49 AM

So the main points are that Santa Cruz's new wheels will eventually break, but riding with a tire will make it take longer???

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Liked a comment on the item Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/15/2017 9:56 AM

I had the 2016 Slash 9.9 27.5. The bike was expensive and a pile of S&^t. The bike was so long it was super difficult in corning and a pain in the ass to climb. The rear triangle cracked twice. I ditched the bike with in 6 months. I don't suggest anyone waisting their money on a Trek....more

Liked a comment on the item Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/15/2017 7:47 AM

I completely see where you are coming from here. I really meant, "as a racer, I'd like to see a bar mounted lockout or compression adjust". It does look ugly, complicates the bar setup and really not that useful for your everyday rider. But for a racer, it can shave seconds off a time,...more

Added a comment about product review Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/15/2017 7:15 AM

"Overall I think a bike that is designed for EWS racing should be designed to eat bumps as well as it can, even at the expense of pedaling. "

I am not exactly sure where I heard or read the following quote, but after riding the bikes in question I am inclined to agree. "If you want to win races get a Slash. If you want to have fun, get a Wreckoning."

"Side note - I absolutely would put a bar mounted lockout on this bike."

^^^My biggest issue with this bike. I have always felt that a great suspension does not warrant any levers, buttons, custom shocks or other nonsense for it to excel.

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Added a comment about product review Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/15/2017 5:52 AM

I know a couple guys that have the '17 model and are quite fond of them. My big knock against them are the same as pointed out in this review. Proprietary stuff with minimal benefit, pressfit BB (meh) and more so an overly active rear suspension when climbing necessitating reaching for some kind of lever on the shock. The previous is an issue across the board with Trek bikes APB design and hence among the reasons I am not a fan. That plus house brand components at that price? Nope.

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Liked a bike check Chromag Primer 9/13/2017 7:48 AM
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Added a comment about product review Tested: Sixth Element 27.5” Carbon Wheelset 8/16/2017 9:13 AM

Everything falls apart and sure you can find failures with LB too. However, for the cost of the crash replacement policy of these you can buy nearly two LB rims. The bulk of the failures I come across with research were riders buying the lighter and/or lightest weight LB rims and then dogging them. This kind of stuff (crap) has existed in cycling forever with riders wanting absurdly light weight bits and the manufacturers answering. The riders then act surprised when they blow them up whilst pushing them way beyond what they were designed for. I have yet to meet or speak with anyone that has roached out one of their HD rims. Yet again though, having that HD label and the associated increase in weight (very little actually) makes most riders shy away from them due to their lack of honesty regarding their terrain, riding ability and personal weight.

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: Sixth Element 27.5” Carbon Wheelset 8/16/2017 8:44 AM

You'll find people who've cracked LB rims too, if you look around a bit. The point I wanted to make about understanding what you're getting into is that when carbon rims fail, they fail spectacularly and irreparably. When the second rim cracked during this test for example, I dug...more

Added a comment about product review Tested: Sixth Element 27.5” Carbon Wheelset 8/15/2017 1:20 PM

"During the course of our testing over the past 12 months, we have documented the following carbon rim failures: three SRAM wheels, one Giant wheel, one Intense wheel, one e*thirteen wheel, one ENVE wheel, and one Factor (Novatec) wheel."

Your reviewer neglects to mention your Light Bicycle rim/wheel review where the wheels have remained bombproof for over two years on a DH bike. My experience with a set of LB 27.5 wheels was the same. Trouble free even after being beaten routinely like they owed me money. It's true as he says:

"as a rider you should know what you are getting into..."

if I may add, with those brands which you guys have well documented. I suppose if a rider wants a "name" on the side of his wheels then so be it. If you want carbon rims/wheels that are tough as hell and cost a pittance in comparison to all of the competition get LB's.

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: Sixth Element 27.5” Carbon Wheelset 8/15/2017 1:09 PM

in case you missed it, our Light Bicycle rim review - http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Rims,47/Light-Bicycle/Heavy-Duty-Carbon,19704#product-reviews/2847

Liked a bike check Evil Insurgent Custom 8/15/2017 4:47 AM
Added a comment about feature The Inside Line Podcast - Joe Graney, CEO of Santa Cruz Bicycles 8/3/2017 8:35 AM

I've always appreciate Joe's no BS approach. I haven't been that hip on SC's stuff for sometime though, despite having been a big fan and owning five of their bikes over the years. I preferred their former small company ethos that did wild stuff and lead the charge whilst adding tons of value. Other companies have since taken up that mantle and while SC bikes are still high quality they are more followers and more conservative now than they were in the past.

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Liked a bike check Evil Wreckoning - The Dream Build 7/30/2017 9:06 AM
Liked a comment on the item Do Cheap Chinese Carbon Wheels Last? Two Years of Abuse on Light Bicycle's Carbon Rims 7/28/2017 2:11 PM

glad someone finally gave LB the review they deserved. I had a great experience with a set I had before changing wheel sizes and abandoning those wheels. Setting up tubeless was definitely difficult for me.

I did witness someone crack one at trestle this past weekend but...more