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

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

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

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

Another Horst-link bike, Yay.

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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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Added a comment about feature Shimano Goes BIG - New 12-Speed 1X XTR Drivetrains, Brakes and More 5/26/2018 4:59 AM

Yes, the big blue meanie finally showed up to the party. They still have a long way to go as few are cough up XTR pricing to switch and obviously this stuff will only be spec'd on halo level bikes (nice Evil, BTW) until we see it trickle down to XT/SLX.

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Added a comment about feature Mondraker Launches the All-New Foxy 29 5/15/2018 4:39 PM
Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Evil The Wreckoning X01 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/14/2018 9:16 AM

I'd like to take a moment to address some points regarding this review. I've ridden my Wrecker for the last 8 months on every kind of terrain you could imagine 2-4+ days a week so here are my two sheckels. First, while I am sure the 11.6 is swell I personally prefer an air shock on mine for all around riding. I think the bike becomes more responsive without losing any DH capability. I have a Monarch with an Avalanche SSD mod which simply rules. My friends run DB Airs on theirs and love them and Evil themselves has tried them with similar results.
Second, I've ridden/demoed all of the bikes that you've tested here save the Sentinel. My Wreck dusted all of them both up and down. When I demo anything I will ride my bike followed by the demo on the exact same trail. Some were fun, but nothing beat my Strava times on my Wrecker. I will admit that Speshy's SWAT thingy is awesome and I'm surprised more companies haven't come out with their own version.
The Rallon, your "winner" (even though lawyer doublespeak was maintained without declaring a "winner" ) has a much more forward and higher position than the Wreck despite having similar numbers. I actually thought it felt more twitchy and less planted than the Wrecker as such. I agree with y'all in that it takes quite a bit of tweaking to get the suspension to feel good on the Orbea. Even when I was not initially blown away by the Monarch, my Evil still rode phenomenally well.
Finally, the top speed in your "race" run that the Orbea nabbed was only 0.226 seconds faster than the Evil. You guys may not have liked the Evil, but the numbers don't lie. What I find curious is how divergent Vitals findings are from pretty much every review out there at this point. At the end of the day, ride whatever turns you on and I will keep my Wreckoning as such.

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/7/2018 5:21 PM

Nice reviews, fellas. I personally ride a Wreckoning and will simply agree to disagree with your feelings. However, beyond your misgivings over the Evil are there any bikes in this test that either of you would spend your money on (assuming you had the kale to do so) personally to buy? A bike that out rides whatever personal rig you have at this point. There was no clear winner chosen here and you both took a lawyer-esque approach in your criticisms/praises. Previous tests/shootouts/bibles or whatever testers have come out and said which bike knocked their socks off and/or which one they actually would or did purchase. So whatcha got?

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Added a comment about feature The Inside Line Podcast - Mike Ferrentino 2/7/2018 7:12 AM

Awesome! I can't wait to listen to one of my fav mountain biking creeps.I am happy that Vernon moved onto PB, but hearing him and Ferrentino banter on their Bible videos was great.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Aaron Gwin's Signature Series Onza Aquila Tire 1/29/2018 7:40 AM

Bahahahahahaha!!! I'd be the oldest "hipster" you know, but sure I'll accept the compliment.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Aaron Gwin's Signature Series Onza Aquila Tire 1/25/2018 5:51 AM

Hopefully for $85 it will hold up better than a Butcher.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Aaron Gwin's Signature Series Onza Aquila Tire 1/25/2018 5:41 AM

I'll peek at it when they have 29er version with a trail-friendly weight.

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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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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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