Liked a comment on the item The Canyon Torque Saved Us $1500 So We Went On a Road Trip 8/20/2018 10:34 AM

Great review Jeff.

Love what Canyon is doing at the moment. My girlfriend and her sister have ordered and been riding spectrals and I can vouch for the ease of putting the bike together out of the box and quality. Canyon were also great with a warranty issue regarding the SRAM...more

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Sorry to hear the Reverb had some issues!~ I've been lucky in that category the last 2 seasons. Only dropper post failure has been bontrager...

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I do. Let me try and find it. You literally use the velcro that comes in the box, and a bolt from the downtube protector. I'm not sure Canyon is so down with this but it 100% worked for me...

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Added a comment about product review The Canyon Torque Saved Us $1500 So We Went On a Road Trip 8/20/2018 8:40 AM
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I agree customizing the build would be amazing but I'm sure there would be a cost associated with this. Plus, with exception of a few "outdated" (lol) parts (Lyrik and Reverb) I'm not sure I'd change a damn thing on the bike!

It really is a winner, and thankfully there are so many good parts out there these days its easy to live with an "off the shelf" kind of build!

Cheers!

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Added reply in a thread How would you stop Richie from flatting? 8/20/2018 8:01 AM

Wow! Awesome comments by all!! Few thoughts... 1) To the poster asking about air being semi-speed sensitive I suggest you listen to this... https://www.vitalmtb.com/features/TECH-TALK-Air-Shocks-Versus-Coil-Shocks-Whats-Better,2065 as it touches on the

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Added reply in a thread How would you stop Richie from flatting? 8/16/2018 10:17 AM

The Yeti is one bike I've spent a fair amount of time on. I really liked the suspension action, but it is fairly linear. http://linkagedesign.blogspot.com/2016/04/yeti-sb55c-29-2016.html (the SB6 and 55 are the same curve) This fits an air shock well, ... more »

Added a comment about video NEW BIKE DAY! Unboxing the $4,000 Canyon Torque CF 7.0 8/16/2018 10:02 AM
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Just a fun random thought. Being Joe Barnes is racing a 9.0, I think Canyon should do a piece where a random person picks one of them off the pallet and sends him the bike to race (and "build") at the next EWS.

Nobody would probably believe it, but I'm not kidding he could race it right out of the box and not miss a beat. May have to spend some extra time setting up his wheels, tokens in his suspension/rear shock, but outside of that she is ready to rally with no fiddling with cables, chain, brakes, derailleur etc.

I've raced for a long time, not very good at it (very much a mid pack pro) but some of the advantage I've found always came from me being smarter about my setup, being savvy with my ability with a wrench.

I raced this bike at the highest level Nationally without even once turning a barrel adjuster, bleeding a brake, doing anything to the reverb, tightening the frame. Nothing except tightening the rear axle once, adding a token to the rear shock and swapping old, worn out tires with new cush core backed tires. It was rock solid, even between the tape, which is the place we most find stuff falls apart... (I'm also 200lbs)

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Liked a comment on the item NEW BIKE DAY! Unboxing the $4,000 Canyon Torque CF 7.0 8/16/2018 7:22 AM

From my experiance , and I’ve seen quite a few YTs and Canyons straight outa the boxes, these are WAY more dialed than any of the major manufacturers out of the box.
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Liked a comment on the item NEW BIKE DAY! Unboxing the $4,000 Canyon Torque CF 7.0 8/16/2018 7:22 AM

Was that Ninja Marmot at Big Sky at the very end?

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You'll see (it was)

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Added a comment about video NEW BIKE DAY! Unboxing the $4,000 Canyon Torque CF 7.0 8/16/2018 7:21 AM
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I think the bigger question is what would prevent you from expertly building a bike, putting some packing on, placing it in a box and shipping it? So long as its packed properly what would cause the adjustments to not hold? Is it not impossible to imagine some sort of dialed assembly line where this is done in volume, the way Henry Ford figured out a better way to build cars?

Though I appreciate your thoroughness, I just don't know how reasonable it is as companies figure out the assembly process with components that are manufactured to far tighter tolerances than those 20 years ago (where the build you are describing was far more necessary)

From my POV, bicycles are one of the only vehicles that require(d) this level of "building" at their destinations. I don't get a snowmobile and immediately tear the motor apart to make sure the bolts were all torqued to the right ft/lbs. I put the skis on, put the track on and go ride. Cars, dirt bikes, etc, they come ready to rally, not something we need to check and rechceck.

I'm sure 1/XXXX aren't built perfectly or something happens in shipping. That said, I am not blowing smoke when I say this bike was as easy to put together as anything I've ever seen, and even after well over 100K of descending nothing required work (but we'll get into that later). I pushed it super hard, and am as neurotic as they come. If something wasn't put together right, I'd have found it...and I didn't.

We POV'd the first lap after the build, expecting "I had to tighten this" or "I had to resetup that". It turned out to be the most boring POV ever so we scraped the whole idea of showing it!

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Liked a comment on the item The Inside Line Podcast - Sean Griz McClendon 8/15/2018 9:20 AM

ridiculously inspiring and a great story

Started new thread How would you stop Richie from flatting? 8/15/2018 7:05 AM

Fun question regarding what has to be some soul crushing moments for Richie. How many times has he flatted over the last 10-15 EWS rounds? It has to be more than any other competitor. I believe he's running DH casing + CushCore. While that would stop ... more »

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Liked a comment on the item GT Introduces the New Fury 8/10/2018 8:42 AM

Well Damn! First GT I am actually interested in riding/testing out in 20 years! Kudos

Added reply in a thread The Helmet Police 8/8/2018 11:24 AM

After watching a *very* well known (pro level) rider concuss the shit out of himself this weekend warming up in a little circle before a stage at a regional enduro race, I'll agree. Throw a damn helmet on. This particular rider's concussion may still ... more »

Started new thread The Business of Bikes - Fox Factory Reports Q2 Earnings (nerd out here!) 8/1/2018 2:15 PM

Most people who know me know I'm a financial analyst by day. Figured a few fellow nerds would like to take a look at Fox Factory's (FOXF) Q2 results and guidance... At first I put the takeaways below the meat and potatoes of the earnings release. Then

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Liked a comment on the item A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/31/2018 10:45 AM

Most bikes nowadays work well and come with decent parts. The thing I find that is missing is a) geometry Some brands like Pole/Nicolai have sussed it out and other brands now offer XL and XXL frames that are in the same range. But there are still a lot of brands making...more

Started new thread Little Black Book (of bikes) | Can you remember all your mountain bikes? 7/31/2018 7:16 AM

Was listening to the Eric Saunders Inside Line today, he mentioned a bike I hadn't thought about in years, the Schwinn Homegrown. I owned one of these in ~2000. This got me thinking, how many bikes have I owned? Can I remember them all? Thought some

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Fred, I agree with just about everything you wrote here.

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