Added a comment about feature Shimano's Latest XTR Group Delivers Class-Leading Performance 8/12/2019 10:50 PM

duc - sorry to hear that. I was aware of this issue before the test, but didn't experience it a single time during my few months of testing. Our descents in Squamish aren't brake-dragging descents compared to some of the trails a little further North as the speeds aren't that high, but one of my go-to test laps is nearly 10-minutes of full-on descending and at 190lbs. I had no issues. Same story in the bike park.

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Added a comment about feature Shimano's Latest XTR Group Delivers Class-Leading Performance 8/12/2019 2:13 PM

jeff.brines - I made a few references to "apples to apples" and what I meant there was XTR compared to XX1. I tried to write review assuming most folks to be looking at most of my comments from that point of view. My hope is that people looking to spend money on XTR/XX1/other would read the review and make a more educated decision between the two.

If you're asking whether I'd buy GX or XTR for my personal bike I'm with you... I'd go GX. That decision would be based exclusively on cost however. If I cared about racing, the marginal gains that come with better equipment might have me saying otherwise... If you can't beat them, out spend them.

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Added a comment about feature Shimano's Latest XTR Group Delivers Class-Leading Performance 8/12/2019 2:03 PM

Roots_rider - in the review I wrote "apples to apples the new XTR M9100 drivetrain gets our vote as the top performing drivetrain available today." Brakes are a litte more subjective due to modulation/power preferences, but they're awesome. The whole groupset is tough to beat.

I meant that compared to literally everything I have ridden, which is pretty much everything other than the new wireless stuff.

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Liked a comment on the item Redefining Boundaries - We Test the Super-Long and Ultra-Slack Pole Machine EN 7/18/2019 4:44 PM

Great review! I had the chance to try a Geometron with Paul Aston in Morzine, down Plenay. And even though it was set up with the short travel option (160mm) I felt this could replace a DH bike. Even though I only meassure 6'1", I would even prefer to XL version.

Added a comment about product review Redefining Boundaries - We Test the Super-Long and Ultra-Slack Pole Machine EN 7/18/2019 4:41 PM

I had it at the Whistler Bike Park without any issues, but avoided the hook as it would have dragged (so does any modern DH bike). It fit fine on my Thule and North Shore racks.

The Machine was actually the easiest bike I've ever had to pack. It literally folds in half. You don't even need a bike bag and could save a ton if/when flying.

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: Maxxis EXO+ Casing Tires - Minion DHF and DHRII 6/18/2019 1:02 PM

If the difference is truly just 80g, I wouldn't have any second thoughts ditching EXO for EXO+. However, there was no mention of real-world weights, though.

Also, how will this be priced vs EXO or the more durable DD casing?

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2019 Devinci Troy 29 GX LTD 1/23/2019 7:52 AM

If you’re after steep STA and slack HA, you might like my next one...

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2019 Kona Process 153 CR/DL 29 1/15/2019 8:11 AM

For me, the Process felt more at home on gravity-fed trails rather than rolling trails. The Troy is also great on gravity-fed stuff, but better on rolling trails. Less travel probably contributed, and it also rode higher in the travel than the Process. The 153 was super fun to wheelie/manual and snap around corners, but the rear end didn't feel as composed as the Troy, especially when braking.

In my experience all bikes are pretty solid these days. Either one is EWS-capable and really, it probably comes down to personal riding style and what/where you ride that makes one "better" than the other.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2019 Devinci Troy 29 GX LTD 11/27/2018 7:24 AM

I didn't have the saddle slammed forward, so that could have steepened things for me. I found it to be similar to most of the other modern bikes I've ridden lately. Like the rest of the geometry, the seat angle isn't "progressive", but I never felt like I was out the back door while seated.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2019 Devinci Troy 29 GX LTD 11/26/2018 1:39 PM

Using the upper mount (pictured), I had room for the tube/canister, plus a piggyback shock. A nice option for sure.

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