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Liked a comment on the item Transition's Lightest Bike Ever - Meet the All-New Spur 7/1/2020 6:56 AM

Yeah, LUNA!!!!

Added a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS - #USDH National NW Cup Tamarack 6/29/2020 8:09 AM
jeff.brines

Curious, do they have a single crown class or no?

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Added reply in a thread Coronavirus and MTB Events 6/23/2020 8:13 AM

I'm in a similar position with an event I signed up for (and paid a ton of money for back in October) in a different sport. The organizer is even backed by Red Bull (its a "red bull signature event"). They FINALLY "postponed" the event, and are still ... more »

Liked a comment on the item Commencal Launches New Meta TR 29 2021 6/15/2020 3:52 PM

Just read it in a French accent, it will make perfect sense! whistling
OK so I did proof read 'most' of it but in my defense I'm pretty much half French and definitely more than halfway towards fully senile, so there you have it. Guilty as charged.

Now I'm wondering whether or not to fix it, I...more

Added reply in a thread Does anyone know if the Specialized swat stem tool fits in the fox 38? 6/10/2020 1:02 PM

It fits. Running it on mine.

Added reply in a thread Santa Cruz reserve wheelset 5/27/2020 4:51 AM

I don't touch on the 30mm vs 27mm topic but I did just follow my initial Vital review with my own. The rim has lasted since launch till now (almost 3 seasons). IMPRESSIVE. Whatever you pick you are getting something you can have for a long time, so (like ... more »

Liked a comment on the item NEW TRANSITION SENTINEL 4/29/2020 4:37 PM

...I downvoted this just cus I can. grin

Liked a comment on the item NEW TRANSITION SENTINEL 4/29/2020 4:37 PM

...I downvoted this just cus I can. grin

Added a comment about press release NEW TRANSITION SENTINEL 4/28/2020 8:17 PM
jeff.brines

thx dude! Also, I laugh at the Vital downvote. "Show yourself, hateful troll!" (I do!)

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Liked a comment on the item NEW TRANSITION SENTINEL 4/28/2020 8:16 PM

^^^^ This video is well worth watching

Added a comment about press release NEW TRANSITION SENTINEL 4/28/2020 8:52 AM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO2ZyPonPaE&feature=youtu.be - got bored so I made a video on my thoughts so I don't have to type so damn much.

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Added a comment about product review Should You Buy This Bike in 2020? 4/25/2020 7:58 AM
Liked a comment on the item Should You Buy This Bike in 2020? 4/25/2020 7:58 AM

Jeff, first off don't think for a minute my criticisms of the bike are a reflection on the quality of your review and I must say I love the work you're doing with the top fuel.

I also somewhat concede the value as I somehow missed the Sentinel had gone on sale. To some, the...more

Liked a comment on the item Should You Buy This Bike in 2020? 4/25/2020 4:12 AM

Ya, height wise I feel like a 29er fits me better. But matching body size is only part of the equation, the other part is the trail, and the trail doesn't care how about your body size. This is one thing that I think is often overlooked. While we may change the size of the...more

Added a comment about product review Should You Buy This Bike in 2020? 4/25/2020 4:00 AM
jeff.brines

You have a fair point; if you are looking for more progressive suspension kinematics with similar geometry you can absolutely find that elsewhere. However, there are a few things that should be considered before suggesting the rear suspension truly has "shortcomings" or there are better investments out there.

First, I'd wager for a large number of people the suspension won't just work right out of the box, it'll work awesome. To suggest there is a one size fits all to suspension is a bit of a misnomer. This bike is more linear (but far from totally linear). Though more progressive kinematics are more in vogue that doesn't make more linear "bad" per say. The bike doesn't bottom excessively, it just uses more of its travel than I personally would like. Key word, personally.

I should focus a lot more on this, maybe as a stand alone video. I've had a number of people reach out to me asking what the perfect tune is on this bike. There is no perfect. To my point, look how many people slapped Eleven Sixes on this bike and claimed its the best thing evarrrrr. That shock is linear. Its a coil. Are these people "wrong"? Doubtful. They found what they liked.

Second, the bikes you mention are all more expensive than the Sentinel. They also all have slightly more travel. The Ripmo I'd argue is only marginally more progressive (12% I think?) and comes in ~$1500 more than the Sentinel (like for like build). That's a LOT of coin for very little (if any) benefit. The others are even more expensive. I could literally buy two alloy GX Sentinels for the price of one Yeti! (I know, apples to oranges)

They all rip, and that's my point. The on trail experience is so damn close being the handling isn't wildly different bike to bike. If you are a thoroughbred racer, as I noted, there are 100% better options out there. But if you don't, boy, I'm not sure I'd feel too good about dropping $6500 on a Yeti SB150 when I'd have just as much fun on a $3999 Sentinel...

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Added a comment about product review Should You Buy This Bike in 2020? 4/24/2020 6:22 AM
jeff.brines

Thx dude. Its good to see two decades of geekery is good for something...lol

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Added a comment about product review Should You Buy This Bike in 2020? 4/24/2020 6:21 AM
jeff.brines

This is a great point. I could go on (and on and on) about wheel size. It really is going to be personal preference, especially if you don't race. There is a point where going 27.5" makes sense based on your height, but you are way beyond that!

The one thing I will say, having owned both 29 and 27.5" bikes in the past - if you routinely go back and forth it can screw you up in big ways unless you are one of those uber talented bike riders.

Whatever you go with, stick with it.

Oh, and another factor I'll get into if I ever make content about this - 27.5" bikes often climb better in steep stuff. Smaller wheels. Less rotating weight. Easier to push hard. I realize this goes against everything people say, but most of us can't hold speed going up steeper stuff to take advantage of the larger wheel, especially with mortal checking accounts (non carbon wheels)

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Liked a comment on the item Should You Buy This Bike in 2020? 4/23/2020 5:45 PM

Nice.

Liked a comment on the item Should You Buy This Bike in 2020? 4/23/2020 3:51 PM

Great review man! thanks for the input, especially with the shock.

Liked a comment on the item Should You Buy This Bike in 2020? 4/23/2020 3:51 PM

As an owner I totally agree with the 'sentiments' conveyed here.