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Liked a comment on the item Vital Test Sessions - Pivot Firebird 12/8/2021 3:40 PM

I agree.. Short stems and short chainstays make for a combination that will take weight off the front wheel.. Unless you really make an effort to ride with your shoulders lined up with the bars in corners.. I tend to ride off the back of the saddle, so the...more

Added a comment about product review Vital Test Sessions - Pivot Firebird 12/8/2021 1:04 PM
jeff.brines

While I understand the desire to put multiple riders on a bike in a relatively short period of time, I'll be honest and say "this could be better". Anyone looking to spend $5K+ on a bike knows swapping stem & bars is relatively minor, as is monkeying around with suspension (or swapping tires). I can't remember the last time I bought a bike and *didn't* swap tires, bar, stem & play around with suspension over the course of weeks to get it dialed to my liking.

While it makes a "shootout" much harder, maybe its time we let that kind of testing go? How much real world application does a shootout really have? In my experience you need more time to actually figure out if you jive with something. This goes for all pieces of outdoor gear.

A bike tester should be aiming to figure out who a bike is for being 95% of bikes are very (very) good these days. That takes time, and is challenging.

Clearly the Firebird has EWS-winning level pedigree. While I'm not trying to discount the findings here, I'm just not convinced they are as universal as this review has implied...

Just my hunch.

EDIT: As reviews progress, I feel one thing that will help Vital stand out from the rest is adding more data & quantitative components. I remember Turman using Litpros awhile back. That was KILLER. This, in combination with suspension telemetry, static weight distribution, rider proportions etc might really help us make heads or tails of why findings were what they were. I know its a PITA, but the point of a Vital should be to set the bar with the highest quality reviews out there.(my youtube reviews I do on the side shouldn't hold a candle)

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Liked a comment on the item The Story Behind Dean Lucas Paying $10,000 on a Private Jet to Get Back to Australia 11/19/2021 10:41 AM

The few times I've tried listening I get exhausted after the third or fourth mention of "jiu-jitsu" or "technique".

Added a comment about video The Story Behind Dean Lucas Paying $10,000 on a Private Jet to Get Back to Australia 11/19/2021 10:03 AM

Jase drives me crazy as a host. Crazy story however.

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Added reply in a thread How to make the industry more sustainable? 11/19/2021 8:11 AM

Hey, we can all grow and learn, right?

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Added reply in a thread How to make the industry more sustainable? 11/19/2021 6:17 AM

I know this is a huge surprise to the Vital collective, but I have a pile of thoughts on this one

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Fortunately, Robot and DCamp covered a lot of my sentiment. Its refreshing to see so much forethought around the idea of "sustainability". Few ... more »
Added reply in a thread DIY Ghetto idler mounted to ISCG tabs? 11/10/2021 5:50 AM

The most likely affect is in his head

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- If kids on tiktok are literally coming down with tics after too many Tourettes videos, I think its fair to suggest we mountain bikers are often feeling things just because the "internet told us so". No matter ... more »
Added reply in a thread A cheaper high pivot idler pulley 11/5/2021 2:16 PM

Ah ha! This makes sense. Thx!

Added reply in a thread A cheaper high pivot idler pulley 11/5/2021 6:56 AM

I'm kind of an idiot but what do you mean there is no torque transferred through the idler? This seems wrong.

Liked a comment on the item 2006 Santa Cruz V10 vs 2021 V10 with Steve Peat - Are DH Bikes Faster Today? 10/28/2021 3:35 AM

Quick test- when you were racing Kyle, how
much harder would you have to work to be 7 seconds faster on a 3.5 minute track? That’s the difference between not qualifying and being in the top 20 on most World Cup tracks.

Added a comment about member blog 2006 Santa Cruz V10 vs 2021 V10 with Steve Peat - Are DH Bikes Faster Today? 10/27/2021 5:29 PM
jeff.brines

Two things...

1) Thank you for this! Helps see how the "super official" test could be improved upon. The best test (being its Peaty) would be Fort Bill. That'd be so rad to see!! I doubt that poor wheel would survive however. #fanboi alert...lol

2) Your avatar/handle might be the best on Vital. Lumberg (sp?) approved.

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Liked a comment on the item 2006 Santa Cruz V10 vs 2021 V10 with Steve Peat - Are DH Bikes Faster Today? 10/27/2021 5:27 PM

Gnar factor is not super high except the steep bit around 5:00. Typically most people go around it because once you plunge into it, gravity takes over and you struggle to control speed for the berm. the braking bumps can be like stairs.

The track is quite fast and has good flow, not a lot of...more

Added reply in a thread 2022 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 10/27/2021 4:45 AM

Watching his insta makes me think that's a "hard no". He's not training, not showing up to smaller races, not even riding a DH bike. Would absolutely love to see him come back though.

Added reply in a thread 2022 Mountain Bike Team Rumors 10/25/2021 12:11 PM

As others point out, no Team Rumors/Ream Tumors is the biggest loss.Warner always slipping up was great and added fuel to the fire. Two other things... 1) No "high drama" contracts are up or unknown at this point (right?). When everyone was wondering ... more »

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Session - Downhill Bike Recap 10/23/2021 2:54 AM

When it comes to suspension, there’s no replacement for displacement.

Added a comment about feature Steel, American-Made, High-Pivot Enduro Bike - Evan Turpen, Contra Bikes - The Inside Line 10/22/2021 2:19 PM
jeff.brines

The bike, dude & process are all awesome. I'd love to ride one. Hell, if I ever have the means, I'd even buy one! The idea of building a frame to be "generational" is very cool. That said, I have no idea how ET is making the math work on these. Even at high prices, to try and compete with the big brands (which in one way or another you are) while still selling enough at a boutique price point to keep the proverbial lights on AND pay yourself...man. You sir, have some serious balls. Kudos for putting the rubber to the road on a project many dream about but few actually follow through on. Fun to see how they develop!

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Added a comment about product review Kona Honzo ESD Review 10/20/2021 3:10 PM
jeff.brines

Well, countering your point would require you to read "walls of text, bullet points" (which you already suggest is too hard) so I'm not sure how I can engage. Simply, if you don't want to dive in, and instead want to argue for the sake of arguing, its a giant waste of time. I know why a rear center length is picked, and broadly speaking, axle path has very little to do with it (unless its a total outlier - alla BCD 2004)

My big takeaway: If a person can't even say "oh man, I see, there is a lot more to this than I thought, maybe I should reconsider my view on this" with respect to how & why a bike designer choses a rear center, we are SO FUCKED when it comes to issues that actually matter. LOL.

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