Added a comment about product review Tested: Forbidden's High-Pivot Druid Trail Bike 9/29/2019 7:44 AM

I haven't had the opportunity. Even though it has a downhill bias, the Druid is still a super capable climber. We have a local beer league XC series in Squamish and I was using the Druid... the only issue was my lack of fitness. Definitely all-day capable for climbing, but shreds on the way back down.

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Added a comment about product review BIKE TEST: 180mm-travel Pole Stamina 9/26/2019 8:10 AM

I rode a large. Same with the Machine review. Neither one felt too big, and I had zero regrets. I didn't try a medium, but truthfully I never even wondered after the first few pedal strokes. I have long arms and legs.

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Added a comment about product review BIKE TEST: 180mm-travel Pole Stamina 9/25/2019 2:43 PM

Thanks for the compliment, glad you like the article. I usually use "we" because I'm writing on behalf of the Vital MTB crew, but I understand what you're saying. The opinions are definitely mine, and we'll chat at this end about wording our reviews a little more personally in the future. Cheers!

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Liked a comment on the item BIKE TEST: 180mm-travel Pole Stamina 9/25/2019 2:41 PM

These are great reviews Joel, but I must admit, I find the use of "we" in them kind of hard to read. The structure of the articles otherwise reads to me like there was just one reviewer, so each use of "we" instead of "I" seems out of place and breaks the flow. This is probably more...more

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: Forbidden's High-Pivot Druid Trail Bike 9/18/2019 6:20 AM

I might be able to scare up a power meter

Added a comment about product review Tested: Forbidden's High-Pivot Druid Trail Bike 9/17/2019 3:03 PM

The bike performed very well under braking. The rear end didn't squat noticably, and it didn't seem to firm up either. Because I test in flats, it is usually quite obvious when rear ends stiffen up under braking, and I found the Druid was a perfect match for flats because the pedals weren't really affected by anything and my feet always seemed to be calm.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Forbidden's High-Pivot Druid Trail Bike 9/17/2019 3:01 PM

That'd be interesting for sure. I'm sure it would be minimal, and it isn't like I couldn't pedal on the thing, but I still felt it and thought it would be worth mentioning. After a ride, it never noticed it again... just felt it when I initially changed from my bike which had nothing.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Forbidden's High-Pivot Druid Trail Bike 9/17/2019 12:18 PM

Tough to say as I didn't have them back-to-back. But both of them were outstanding. I think the Druid is solid enough for bike park, but the Troy has just a little more travel to take the final edge off. The Druid was definitely easier to ride in flats - I had the odd moment on the Devinci where I struggled to keep my feet planted.

Coin flip?

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Forbidden's High-Pivot Druid Trail Bike 9/17/2019 11:47 AM

20 and 24% is where I landed. I generally run less sag than recommended. I feel that suspension performs better for my riding style and location when it is a little stiffer off the top.

The creaking was in the lower pivot, and just needed a quick clean and re-grease.

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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.