Added a comment about product review Tested: 2017 YT Jeffsy CF Pro 27 12/1/2017 8:56 AM
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Nice Kevin!

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Added reply in a thread Does Having Junior Categories in World Cup DH Make a Difference? 11/30/2017 2:59 PM

I love the fact she's willing to say something that may not be popular and back it up with something somewhat objective. That said, I don't really agree with her hypothesis. I'll give you one example that popped into my head right away... Marcelo Gutierrez. ... more »

Liked a comment on the item Tested: SR Suntour Durolux 29 R2C2 PCS Fork 11/29/2017 8:36 AM

Hey Jeff, that was not ment as a harsh critic. I just red the review of the Metric a few years ago right here on Vital and since both forks fall in the same category (yes, the evil word, but since the Durolux is somewhat a shrunk down RUX and the Metric is a shrunk down...more

Added a comment about product review Tested: SR Suntour Durolux 29 R2C2 PCS Fork 11/29/2017 8:14 AM
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Hey man, be a critic! I don't mind whatsoever. Its how we get better eh!?

I don't disagree they are in the same category, I just think they are *all* in the same category. Metric, Lyrik, 36, Durolux, etc etc.

Where I disagree is that 1/2 of a pound of non-rotating weight is something to really care about in an enduro application. I have tested bike stuff for a long time, and I can tell the quality of my coffee far more than I can tell 1/2 pound (unless its rotating). Maybe that's because I'm 200 lbs. I don't know.

Either way, I'll do my best to get on a Metric soon. Considering my prior experience with X-Fusion, I'd wager they are very similar feeling forks.

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: SR Suntour Durolux 29 R2C2 PCS Fork 11/29/2017 7:30 AM

Loads of info, I love it!

Liked a comment on the item Tested: SR Suntour Durolux 29 R2C2 PCS Fork 11/29/2017 7:30 AM

SR Suntour really knocks it out of the park value-wise. Be it the Aion, Auron, or this Durolux, what you get for what you pay is impressive.

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You do not drop weight with the softer, less adjustable RC2 damper. Weight listed by Zaf!

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Added a comment about product review Tested: SR Suntour Durolux 29 R2C2 PCS Fork 11/29/2017 7:29 AM
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Thanks for chiming in dude! The only reason I swapped to a GRIP 36 is offset on my Slash. (doing some playing around)

Otherwise, I agree 100% with your observations.

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Liked a comment on the item Tested: SR Suntour Durolux 29 R2C2 PCS Fork 11/29/2017 7:29 AM

I was running a the 650b RC2C on my Yeti SB5c, and have just received an order of the 29er version to replace the Fox 36 on my Trek Slash.
The bleed ports are almost redundant because of how easy the fork is to perform a lowers service; they're an absolute joy to work on!!...more

Added a comment about product review Tested: SR Suntour Durolux 29 R2C2 PCS Fork 11/29/2017 7:28 AM
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According to SR Suntour, this fork was designed for any kind of aggressive mountain bike riding. To over-segment forks into more categories, seems futile to me, and more for the marketeers than the riders.

I haven't ridden X-Fusion stuff since their scraped launch of the upside-down fork but generally speaking, it too is good stuff. There are many similarities between the two brands, especially on the air spring side of things.

My goal was to articulate the updated Durolux's performance, not compare to *everything* on the market, which would take up the entire review.

That said, I did compare to the Lyrik and the 36, only because those two have market share...

Its a great fork, and as far as the weight thing is concerned, well, this isn't something I care too much about as it is pretty dang hard to "feel" fork weight, at least when its within 1/2-3/4 of a pound of what you are used to.

The only thing I'd like to see the competition do, is scrap the air spring all together and go coil. A number are doing this. When you consider what the competition ought to be going for, it makes a lot of sense. Workhorse reliability, supple feel, ease of service...

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Added reply in a thread Do tire inserts mean it's time to rethink tire design? 11/17/2017 7:21 AM

Just some food for thought, even though I largely agree with you. (or wait, robots don't eat food, and certainly don't need any sort of sustenance for thought. Hmmmm....) 600 grams of rotating weight does suck for normal trail riding. No two ways about ... more »

Added reply in a thread Do tire inserts mean it's time to rethink tire design? 11/15/2017 4:37 PM

Maybe that wasn't directed at me. But for the love of God we need to start differentiating between a piece of foam floating in your system (Huck Norris) and a real insert system (Flat Tire Defender, Cushcore) that also changes how the tire rides Nothing ... more »

Added reply in a thread Do tire inserts mean it's time to rethink tire design? 11/15/2017 3:37 PM

I have. Honestly, when running one of the burlier inserts and real tires, I am not having any problems with what you are describing. Maybe I need to smash harder or test longer, but on two sets of wheels I am yet to ping/pinch a tire. This, riding somewhere ... more »

Added reply in a thread Do tire inserts mean it's time to rethink tire design? 11/15/2017 3:33 PM

"Carbon rims are probably less elastic than aluminum and absorb less force" Not so sure I agree with the latter part of this statement, as its a bit too general for my liking. I have seen some carbon wheels that seem infinitely more durable than their

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Added reply in a thread Do tire inserts mean it's time to rethink tire design? 11/15/2017 3:21 PM

...inserts basically fix this problem entirely.

Added reply in a thread Do tire inserts mean it's time to rethink tire design? 11/15/2017 2:46 PM

Used them with both DD and EXO casing. Have not used them with DH casing. I could run my pressure as low as 18-19psi and still not get the tire to roll off the rim. To me that's amazing. Side note, I didn't actually run tire pressure that low, but it ... more »

Added reply in a thread Do tire inserts mean it's time to rethink tire design? 11/15/2017 2:20 PM

Really good post and a cool way to think about the evolution of an otherwise overlooked part of the bicycle system. Spomer said it awhile ago, but the number of races over the years (and overal championships) decided by losing air out of a tire is far ... more »

Added a comment about product review Tested: Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels 11/15/2017 11:44 AM
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Two things...

1) Telemetry even at the top level still requires an expert to read the results. Otherwise its just a lot of meaningless information. (and if you read between the lines, it seems they even get it wrong a fair amount.

Shockwiz and the likes are cool for intermediate level tinkerers, but they are not sophisticated enough to do what we are asking such technology to do. Maybe in due time.

The hardware exists, but the software behind it would take a lot of time and money to do something with. Still, I'd even love to run something that analyzed the weight distribution between my front and rear wheel alone. That'd be a hell of a teaching tool! But I am digressing...


2) Mark my words, we will see an integrated wheel/insert system in the next 12-24 months (if not something even more comprehensive). The gains are all too real and keeping air in a tire all too obvious a problem. More refined solution will be coming down the pipe

(this is all pure speculation...)

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Added a comment about product review First Look: Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels 11/15/2017 7:56 AM
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For what its worth - I wasn't paid by SC. Yes, SC is an advertiser on the site but Vital goes to pretty crazy lengths to keep their reviews (and reviewers) objective. Separation of Church and State if you will.

I"m a "consultant" for the company. I have a job outside of Vital (where I spend majority of my time). This means I don't pay my mortgage (or really anything) based on what I write.

I also know I'm only as good as my reputation. If I start strongly sugegsting product that doesn't perform, I'll lose this awesome gig I have very quickly as nobody will trust me. I take it super seriously, to a fault at times, as I can be a bit nauseating to be around.

The fact is there is less and less "bad" product in the industry these days. And the bad product that does make it into my hands, usually doesn't end up getting released. Stand out products like this are hard to come by, but any company willing to do a lifetime warranty on *anything* in the bike industry is pretty wowing. Add to that great performance and you have an exceptional product.

Happy to answer any questions pertaining to the review and why you may feel I am somehow not being honest.

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