Added a comment about video GETTIN' SOME! Vital RAW, Crankworx Les Gets DH 6/22/2018 1:14 PM
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Who is in the pink oneal kit?

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Added a comment about press release Kona's Hei Hei Trail and Hei Hei Trail DL Have Arrived 6/19/2018 9:28 PM
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@PostironicJonny

I hear you. I'm not saying this is a full on entry level bike. They still make "entry level" hardtails for a reason. I'm saying this is the bike you buy if you are into really giving the sport a go. Say, a couple buddies are into the sport and you want to tag along. See what its all about and 2 years from now still not be let down by the bike. You know you are likely going to be into it but don't want to spend more...and like the Kona dealer in the area.

I say this as a guy who could take this exact bike and go race it! Would it be my first choice? No. But I bet you I'm not THAT much slower, if at all, compared to my purpose built monster. (especially in a lower 48 enduro lol).

I'm not saying this is the only sub $4K bike that I could take and go test in a pro level enduro race, there are many others, but I am saying the "pareto principal" is in effect here. 30%-40 the cost (of a purpose built race bike). 90% the performance (or more).

I looked at Marin, at Giant, at the others. Most bikes that bike shops carry, spec'd like this one (12 speed, reverb etc) are around $3K. So its not "crazy expensive" for a bike shop bike aimed toward this user group. You can get something around $2800 if you are cool with no name dropper posts, 10 or 11 speed, and a few other corners cut. Would I be cool with those changes? Sure! But Eagle does have its place *especially* with a newer ride looking for a single ring setup.

Bike riding is a hobby that'll cost money. Its still cheaper than most any other mountain-sport this side of hiking or running I can think of.

As a dude who has personally gotten probably 100 people into the sport over the years, I can tell you the entry fee is really around $3K-4K no matter what. Maybe I can convince the higher ups to really dive into this one ("what does mountain biking really cost) though as i'm clearly on a tangent here.

Anyway, as always thanks to everyone for the banter. Made the beer more fun to drink!

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Added a comment about press release Kona's Hei Hei Trail and Hei Hei Trail DL Have Arrived 6/19/2018 4:06 PM
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...but you don't need to upgrade the fork for this thing to be fun. The Revelation is a very capable fork.

I'm not saying its a steal. I'm just saying its pretty cool we can go into a bike shop (not just order online) and walk out with a bike that someone can really rally for well under $4K. This isn't just true for Kona (which I agree could do a bit better) but for all the brands.

No doubt if someone is looking for the best deal D2C is the call. However for the non-Vital non mechanically inclined, non "I know what I want" crowd, that isn't so appropriate. A bike shop is needed. Some hand holding is needed. Its a good thing!

This bike seems more aimed toward those who decided "I want to give mountain biking a try, I don't know what I want, and I don't want to work on my stuff" crowd.

Steeper HA, simple, alloy, reliable parts spec, can go anywhere. It has its place (just clearly not here!)

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Added reply in a thread The Mystery of the Bead Monster 6/18/2018 12:49 PM

actually this is a really good question/point... I didn't notice anything crazy during mounting but I was going fast and used my old Intense DH tire lever...(more like a moto lever) Maybe that did it?

Added reply in a thread The Mystery of the Bead Monster 6/18/2018 8:04 AM

Just wanted to add - rim is in perfect shape. Never had a flat prior to this. Both tires purchased at very different times (1 year apart). As I noted, one had seen ~500 miles of use. The other, 30ish. Its bizarre.

Added reply in a thread The Mystery of the Bead Monster 6/18/2018 7:56 AM

Photo attached for reference. The "wrinkle" is where the bead has broken.

Started new thread The Mystery of the Bead Monster 6/17/2018 7:54 AM

Riddle me this one Vital Audience... In the last 24 hours I've had two bead failures. Out of 20 years of riding/racing bikes, I've never seen a bead fail to the point where it is "stretched" and the tire unusable. Now I have two examples in a short amount ... more »

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Added reply in a thread Advise needed for a new Enduro/Trail rig 6/15/2018 9:10 AM

I'll chime in. Your budget is fine. Lot of brands offering a lot of bang for the buck these days. Seeing you are in Europe that does change things a bit. First things first, *absolutely* go new unless you are mechanically inclined and know exactly what

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Added a comment about press release Kona's Hei Hei Trail and Hei Hei Trail DL Have Arrived 6/14/2018 9:42 AM
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While I would have liked to see something else up front too, I don't think its "terrible". Any bike at $3500 that doesn't even require a tire swap to really go rally gets a thumbs up in my book. Eagle, Reverb, good brakes, tolerable cockpit etc.

There are those pushing the price/value envelope a lot further, but its still a great time to be a bike rider! SO much performance for so little money!

I think the real bummer to these bikes is the geo. I would have really like to see a 67-66 deg headtube angle, reduced offset fork bla bla bla.

Still, for the right rider, I think it'd be a fun ride!

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Added reply in a thread Transition Smuggler vs. YT Jeffsy 6/12/2018 8:11 AM

So the bolt was cross threaded from the factory? Sure it wasn't just some form of thread locker messing up the threads? Wire brush? Or maybe just get a machine shop to clean up the threads and call it a day? Not saying YT shouldn't offer a replacement ... more »

Added reply in a thread Transition Smuggler vs. YT Jeffsy 6/12/2018 7:50 AM

Curious, what are you looking to get warrantied specifically?

Added reply in a thread Transition Smuggler vs. YT Jeffsy 6/12/2018 7:41 AM

Also something I keep seeing mentioned here is the drivetrain.... Maybe I'm in the minority here, but Eagle was one of the least important "evolutions" for me. The only time I find myself in the pie plate is on huge vertical days with crazy steep climbs. ... more »

Added reply in a thread Transition Smuggler vs. YT Jeffsy 6/11/2018 4:29 PM

Lot of thoughts here... First, you really can't go wrong either way. As a "professional" product tester, one thing I keep coming back to is just how good the bikes are these days. There was a time when there were a handful of bikes that were head and

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Added reply in a thread Faster, Higher, Stronger - Share Your Best Tips 6/8/2018 11:18 AM

1) Drink less. Beer is fun. It doesn't help you go faster in excess*. 2) Ride with faster people. By far the fastest was to get faster (or quit/get hurt). 3) Don't get caught up with #gymlife. I know way too many guys who spend way too much time that

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Liked a comment on the item Good-Bye Boring, Hello Bitchin'. Leogang Steps It Up 6/8/2018 10:30 AM

Please leave the images full size on desktop, this new formatting doesn't do them justice.

Liked a comment on the item Good-Bye Boring, Hello Bitchin'. Leogang Steps It Up 6/8/2018 10:29 AM

OH, so this is how we get you guys to comment...just tweak the format hahaha. Rest assured, I'm hearing the comments and taking them all to heart. The way we did the fort william race show (one podcast audio player along w/ the slideshow player for pics and captions) seemed...more

Added a comment about slideshow RACE DAY ACTION - Fort William World Cup DH 6/6/2018 10:38 AM
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I was wondering the same thing...

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Liked a comment on the item RACE DAY ACTION - Fort William World Cup DH 6/6/2018 10:37 AM

also: did anyone else feel that the coverage sucked? It seemed like the upper-part of the course lacked cameras (between split 1/2), and we got about 2-3 seconds with each rider out of the gate, then only about half of the riders in the tech / fast section, then a...more

Added a comment about video Holding It Wide Open! Vital RAW with Matt Koen in Marin 6/6/2018 10:28 AM
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...that first corner tho

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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE - Amaury Pierron's Commencal Supreme DH 29 6/5/2018 2:18 PM
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Someone call Alex Morgan and put the BCD back in production

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