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Added a comment about feature Fox Enduro Pro Knee Guards and TIME Speciale 8 Pedals Reviewed by Jenson USA Award Winner 5/5/2020 6:14 AM
hbelly13

Times are the sole bastion of old guys, cyclocross racers, weirdos, francophiles or some combo thereof. I've ran them since '95 and see no reason to ride anything else. They are predictable, maintenance-free and bulletproof. I am dying to see a version of this pedal with a nylon platform and the older original ATAC system sans the tension adjust.

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Added a comment about press release Privateer's New $3,075 Complete Bike 5/3/2020 6:31 AM
hbelly13

If you are ardent about getting an alloy long travel 27.5 rig then get a Capra.Then toss a Works headset in it to get the geo where you want.

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Added a comment to derrickmick's bike check 4/6/2020 5:13 AM
2019 Transition Sentinel Custom

Looks awesome, however I always wonder why anyone going to this amount of effort would not also match the pedals too?

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Added a comment about press release Evil Bikes Releases New Following 3/15/2020 9:25 AM
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148-157 adapter from Problem Solvers is $20. No big deal.

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Added a comment about video SANTA CRUZ HAS AN E-BIKE?! Vital Gear Show 2/12/2020 8:51 AM

I personally don't give AF about anyone producing an eBike. I actually find it highly amusing that so many Santa Kooks bro's will get worked up over it. That "their" pure soul core or whatever company went to the darkside or whatever. The thing is, while I know SC continues to make great bikes, they ceased being leaders in producing bikes that were unique, progressive and that had amazing value more than a half a dozen years ago. They play it safe with the designs and geometry as that is where the money is. Nothing wrong with that, but their bikes stopped speaking to me after '12.

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB's $2,000 Mountain Bike Comparison 11/21/2019 5:13 AM
hbelly13

This may be the best group testing I've ever seen on here. I have always thought it would make more sense to test the base models from any company over their halo products. This really tells one what the frame and suspension is going to do without any shiny stuff providing a distraction. I went through this last weekend when I demoed a base level (still $4K) Reign and the rep was trying to apologize for that, ha!

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Added a comment about product review Tested: iXS Trigger Knee Guard 10/3/2019 8:18 AM
hbelly13

@Lankycrank: It's been hot as hell this summer on the east coast. It's actually forecast for a high of 97 today in October for chrissakes! Plus we have the oppressive humidity to go along with it.

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Added a comment about press release New Bikes from Banshee! Introducing the All-New Titan 29 and Rune V3 9/16/2019 7:28 AM
hbelly13

I had a '14 Rune that kept for three years riding it 3-4X+ a week. The only thing I ever had to do with it was swap the bearings out (easy). It was bombproof.

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Added a comment to LTrumpore's bike check 9/12/2019 8:44 AM
Yeti SB150 Custom

Even though I am not a Yeti fan, the paint looks tight. Did you do it yourself?

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Added a comment about press release Full Details Released: Specialized's Brand New Enduro 8/13/2019 12:53 PM
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Added a comment about feature Shimano's Latest XTR Group Delivers Class-Leading Performance 8/13/2019 5:39 AM
hbelly13

"Fair point, a lot of my sentiment is based around the fact my Eagle stuff has been damn near invisible (I don't think about it - it just plain works) to me. That said, it does seem picky with respect to b-tension, and of course if something gets "beat up" all bets are off to whether or not you can keep it running smoothly. I'm not sure I'd want to vouch for a beat up anything in the bike world!"

Exactly. I have listened to riders bitch about wide range drivetrains since they first arrived 6+ years ago. In my personal experience I think they have performed fantastically especially compared to what preceded them. Regarding issues with Eagle, it has remained trouble free for me over the last several years. Yeah, it takes an additional minute or so adjust it (bfd) and may not work as well when it gets thrashed (if that's the biggest issue then ride a single speed). I agree with @jeff.brines in that I am sure XTR 12 (and XT, SLX) is swell, it isn't really breaking any new ground. That's okay though as it provides another option and gives Shimano fans a comparable kit to Eagle. Some will like it and some will not. So what? Ride on.

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Added a comment about feature Shimano's Latest XTR Group Delivers Class-Leading Performance 8/12/2019 12:39 PM
hbelly13

By that evaluation XTR loses due to it costing and weighing more than SRAM's XX1 Eagle. Otherwise, if you like Shimano's feel/performance now you have a high end wide range alternative. Is it better than SRAM's offerings? Maybe, but that depends on where you are standing. SRAM Eagle not only works at all levels/price points, but now has multiple seasons behind it's success. As in the past however, Shimano's XT and SLX ranges are where you'll see most of the action.

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Added a comment to Tee_Dub's bike check 10/15/2018 6:39 AM
Tiki LT

It's nice to see bikes with real world weights listed. Most would look at this and say it's a pig at 34 pounds, but those who know what's up know this beast will get down (bad pun-intended).

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Added a comment to bturman's bike check 10/8/2018 5:50 PM
Vital MTB's Transition Patrol Carbon Test Bike

I am interested to how these bars may provide $300 (+/-) more performance than the best possible carbon bars out there.

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Added a comment to EST's bike check 9/20/2018 10:56 AM
Evilcorn

Awesome, but just a standard single pivot. However, I would love to see Weagle license out the DELTA system to other manufacturers.

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Added a comment about feature Lapierre Moves to an Entirely New Suspension Design 7/10/2018 11:06 AM
hbelly13

Another Horst-link bike, Yay. blink

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Added a comment about feature New Transition Patrol Carbon with SBG 7/8/2018 5:42 PM
Added a comment about video Rob Warner Meets: Aaron Gwin 6/1/2018 4:23 PM

I miss the good ol' daze when DH racers were drunken, devil-worshipping creeps.

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