Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/2/2017 2:29 PM

BFD. It's simply a definition, a quote. Who gives a rat's tuchus? We are all in the same shit box and now matter how high up on the shit pile anyone gets, they're still a POS. Hitler actually has some interesting quotes.

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Added a comment to Good Guy's bike check 3/1/2017 6:07 AM

How's the DB Air CS? Do you use the climb switch that much? Are you using a standard or XV can and could you share your tune? I ask as I am getting a Wrecker, am a bigger guy and have long been a Cane Creek fan. Seems like a perfect shock for the bike even though Evil won't go record about endorsing it.

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Giant Trance Advanced from Vital MTB Test Sessions 2/28/2017 9:32 AM

I know why Giant (and any of the other big players) spec their own house brand bits on bikes as it saves/makes them money. However, if you are gonna stick a top shelf price tag on a bike, then everything should be top shelf. No company out there has pulled this off well. If you disagree, then ask yourself the question when was the last time you went out of your way with your own money to purchase any house brand stuff versus buying aftermarket. I'll take a set of Chromag bars any day over anything from Bontrager, Giant or Specialized, etc. The new Trek Slash 29 has the same high ticket cost and is festooned with house brand bits. No thanks. :/

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Evil The Calling from Vital MTB Test Sessions 2/23/2017 12:30 PM

You have to hand it to Evil. Their marketing for the Wreckoning is/was virtually non-existent. There are a handful of reviews out (the Bikemag one is pretty effusive... http://www.bikemag.com/2017-bible-of-bike-tests/review-evil-wreckoning/#lj0wAz0bpGLhORqb.97) , but most of it for the Wrecker is word of mouth. This was either brilliant, insane or both on their part. Ballsy for sure, but I know a handful riders with them that won't shut up about them and they've received much adoration online. I have one on order.

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Evil The Calling from Vital MTB Test Sessions 2/23/2017 12:12 PM

We have yet to spend time on the Wreckoning and have just two days of riding on the Insurgent with a non-stock build. Sounds like we've got some more riding to do!

Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Evil The Calling from Vital MTB Test Sessions 2/23/2017 9:22 AM

I just got my Calling built up and the first thing I noticed besides the plush initial suspension feeling was how it ramps up in the mid travel area to provide a firmer feel to assist in pumping. In fact it pumps much better than my last 3 bikes (Norco Sight, Spider 275c and ACV). I...more

Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Evil The Calling from Vital MTB Test Sessions 2/23/2017 6:39 AM

Solid and informative review. Y'all do some of the best. I'm guessing the "other" bike you had planned to test was the Wreckoning or the Insurgent. Any comments/comparisons from your perspective on these bikes if you've taken them out?

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Started new thread 2014 Banshee Rune V.2 2/18/2017 6:13 AM

2014 Banshee Rune V.2 $2200 or best offer. I will consider parting it out too... Frame: '14 Banshee Rune medium stealth black; 650b dropouts, standard cable rub and scratches as shown in pictures, bearings replaced in 2016, comes with a 12 X 142 Maxle

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Added a comment about product review First Look: SRAM ROAM 60 Wheelset 2/5/2017 1:49 PM

^^^100%. LB wheels, built however you want from a decent local builder are the dirty little secret that the big boys don't want anyone to know about. One can build a more durable set of wheels that have all of the positives that carbon is known for without all the bs proprietary hub or spoke spoke systems, and long-winded warranty crap at a significantly lower cost.

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Liked a comment on the item First Look: SRAM ROAM 60 Wheelset 2/5/2017 1:37 PM

I agree that SRAM's handling of your issues was top shelf, and one day when my LB Chinese Carbon rims give out I'll likely get worse service than you experienced with these wheels. But I'm more than a year in on my substantially less expensive wheels, riding every bit as technical rocky...more

Liked a comment on the item Bike vs. Bike - Rachel Throop's GT Sanction & GT Helion 2/1/2017 10:36 AM

In our GT bicycles world, "Fun is serious business". I am GT bicycles ambassador for Portugal and I don't even race! Is not all about races and get the best results.
Go Rachel, you are the best! We are GT Bicycles!

Liked a comment on the item Bike vs. Bike - Rachel Throop's GT Sanction & GT Helion 2/1/2017 10:36 AM

Absolutely... she is at the races and having fun, 100% good vibes... friendly and approachable, please and thank you... always time to chat... and she does actually out-jump 90% of the people there male or female... and people notice that... she is a crowd favorite and people like to see...more

Added a comment about feature Bike vs. Bike - Rachel Throop's GT Sanction & GT Helion 1/31/2017 5:54 PM

Take it home today!!!

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Liked a comment on the item Ellsworth Bicycles Welcomes Brian Lopes 1/7/2017 7:27 AM

I can already see him pounding on the front door of the Ellsworth office when his sponsorship check bounces.......lmfao
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Liked a comment on the item SB6C- The Big Purple Warrior 11/22/2016 9:02 AM

Please can you give us a little insight into the db inline coil...have you been able to keep the bike feeling progressive enough through the end of the travel? I've had my doubts due to the linear nature of the yeti's and also coils having that same characteristic. I'm sure the traction must be amazing.

Liked a comment on the item Tested: Jaybird Freedom Wireless Earbuds 9/27/2016 2:58 PM

Wow, dual earbuds out on the trail? People coming up behind you won't like that but predator animals will love it.

Added a comment about product review Tested: Jaybird Freedom Wireless Earbuds 9/26/2016 12:33 PM

I've tried a million and one solutions to be able to listen to music whilst riding. There are very few that comply with the following list: 1. Possess the ability to hear ambient sounds (cars, your friends yelling at you, animals, your bike breaking down, etc.) along with the music, 2. Be unobtrusive and simple for you and 3. Not make it so everyone else hears what you are listening too (which probably sucks anyway). Standard earbuds/headphones fail number one completely, are flat out dangerous and taking out just one side sounds like crap. Mini speakers, bluetooth or otherwise fail number two mostly and suck for number three. The best two solutions I've come across are the Far End Gear ShortBuds http://farendgear.com/shortbuds/ and the Otus Mini speakers http://www.o-tus.com/. The ShortBuds are a no brainer. They convert stereo sound in a single speaker so you hear everything in one headphone and still have a free ear for ambient sound. I use these on the road as they are not effected by wind noise, but they'd do well off road too. The Otus speakers require a tiny bit more effort in rigging them up in your helmet, but sound great off road. They work particularly well with helmets that have a cut away that is close to the top of your ear, the Bell Super for example. I use some gaffing tape to direct and support these better, but they will work fine with just the heavy duty velcro supplied. It surprises me that more people haven't tried these out as they are inexpensive and far better alternatives than anything else.

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Added a comment about feature Legitimizing the Shop | Ghost Bikes and REI 9/19/2016 12:01 PM

The Path Riot looks like a seriously capable bike. They are not available in the US. I went into a local REI and the shop rat there looked at me like I had two heads when I asked about it. I think having demo fleets available out of REI stores would do very well for them.

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Added reply in a thread Question for enduro racers: One day vs Multi day 8/30/2016 8:38 AM

I think at the World Cup and EWS pro levels the racing should be blind. It is art form to masterfully read a trail and choose lines. At most, a pre-ride video would be sent to all participants, but that's it.