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Added a comment about product review Tested: Forbidden's High-Pivot Druid Trail Bike 11/19/2020 2:28 PM
hurricanejoel

I'm a little taller at 5'11". I prefer a 485mm reach, but have ridden Pole's bikes, along with the Geometron G1 and find that they're longer than I prefer, but not too long to ride well. The numbers are just about the same between the two, so I'm sure you'd be just fine.

The Druid is a unicorn and the guys at Forbidden are first class. Do it!

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Liked a comment on the item Marginal Gains: There’s Nothing *Stock* About Stock Suspension 10/21/2020 5:12 PM

The second one. You can see this "rearward offset" language in Norco's Ride Aligned suspension setup literature. They call it "Offset 1" if you ride more forward on the bike, needing a stiffer fork and softer shock, and "Offset 2" where you're more rearward on the bike and need a softer...more

Added a comment about video Corner Like Finn Iles...Or at Least Try To 7/22/2020 6:54 AM

Stop it... I'm blushing.

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Added a comment about video Corner Like Finn Iles...Or at Least Try To 7/22/2020 6:45 AM

That one guy is super handsome.

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Added a comment about video Vital RAW - Braydon Bringhurst 7/22/2020 6:41 AM

A good demonstration of balance and power.

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Added a comment about product review The Capable Trail Tamer - We Test The Alchemy Arktos 29 4/17/2020 7:26 AM
hurricanejoel

David Earle worked on a few Yeti frames (i.e. SB66), and Santa Cruz before that. The influence of Yeti's "Switch" system is pretty clear as both it and the Sine setup rotate in a similar manner.

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Liked a comment on the item The Capable Trail Tamer - We Test The Alchemy Arktos 29 4/16/2020 9:08 AM

It shines in certain types of terrain but is held back in others. We detail where in the review.

Liked a comment on the item The Capable Trail Tamer - We Test The Alchemy Arktos 29 4/16/2020 6:27 AM

I am confused, first you say the suspension design with the traditional geometry makes this bike shine and after you say it has a dated geometry? One thing I really like in VitalMTB is that there are no typos.

Added a comment about product review Vital Long-Term Test - 2020 Norco Sight 3/20/2020 8:44 PM
hurricanejoel

JBV - I reviewed the Slayer, and I'm riding a Sight now. In spite of the additional travel they feel quite similar in terms of efficiency and their ability to soak up rough terrain. The geometry is definitely the main difference, with the Slayer being more of a bike you're "on" and more "in" with the Sight.

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Added a comment about product review Through the Wringer: Vital's Long-Term Test of Zipp's 3Zero Moto Wheelset 12/20/2019 8:54 AM
hurricanejoel

I'm 185lbs. and was running 21psi in the rear with DH casing without burping. Once I was in the teens, I could burp them by squaring off a corner and deliberately pressing like a goon.

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

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
hurricanejoel

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
hurricanejoel

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 wink

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

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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