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Added a comment about product review Kona Honzo ESD Review 10/19/2021 8:24 PM
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No.

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Added a comment about product review Tested - 2022 Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Alloy Elite 10/13/2021 6:08 AM
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Nice review. I'd love to throw a leg over one. Prior iterations of this bike had great handling characteristics with not-so-great bump eating performance. I could never put my finger on exactly why this was (on paper it should have been good).

Regardless, I'd buy one of these as my do-everything bike if money were no object (or I just keep making bad financial decisions).

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Added a comment about press release Santa Cruz, Cannondale, Schwinn, Mongoose, GT, Cervélo and More Will All Be Owned by Pon Holdings 10/13/2021 5:59 AM
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"Currently the "bike with soul" seems to be YT"

...ah yes, the company with an ex Amazon VP as CEO backed by private equity all the while cutting out bike shops. Yes, indeed, that company just screams "SOULLLLLLL"

Lol. This is a fake account right>?

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Added a comment about press release Santa Cruz, Cannondale, Schwinn, Mongoose, GT, Cervélo and More Will All Be Owned by Pon Holdings 10/11/2021 1:15 PM
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" SC is not anywhere near as large as the anchor brands...."

...might want to do some homework on that one.

You've really dug yourself a nice hole on this one. I'm not even sure what you are saying outside of just being mad a company (or a group of companies) grew?

On one hand you are talking about the obscure brotique (no typo) brands as though they somehow hold the keys to bike bro cultural holiness while you yourself ride an "anchor brand" (yet another made up term) because they can somehow warranty parts better?


I came back to write about the obnoxiousness of "warranty culture" in the bike industry but will leave it to another thread.

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Added a comment about feature RockShox Introduces Automatic Suspension System - Flight Attendant Review 10/6/2021 1:50 PM
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I get it and do agree. I also get the idea that R&D in the space (electronically controlled suspension) isn't super cheap, nor will it likely yield awesome product in the near term. You've got to put out something to offset some of those costs from a DCF standpoint alone; but that doesn't mean its so good that you are legitimately having more fun or faster.

I think a good comparison is some of the early fuel injection. It was super expensive, heavy and not all that much better (if any better) than carb'd stuff. But over time, it allowed engineers to do things you'd never otherwise accomplish through mechanical means.

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Added a comment about feature RockShox Introduces Automatic Suspension System - Flight Attendant Review 10/6/2021 6:19 AM
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Well executed, and I'm sure its super cool to ride, but as others have pointed out (elsewhere), aren't these technologies solving problems we don't really have? I get the argument that this may lead to better/cooler/more advanced stuff down the line, but as it sits, I wouldn't pay an extra $500 for this, let alone $2K+.

Give me a climb switch on my shock, and maybe a remote lockout for my XC bike and I'm set. Riding big bikes usually involves big long climbs (locked out) followed by big long descents (open). Sure, there are technical ascents where a combination of "open" and "locked out" is best, but even there just leaving a bike open (so long as the bike's kinematics are good) makes this a product aimed at a problem that doesn't exist. Put another way, I sincerely doubt I'd be any faster on this setup or have any more fun. I could be lazier, that is until I forget to charge the battery...

I do believe there are ways to apply electronics to suspension to get incredible results, but you'd have to marry electronically activated valving with real time telemetry we don't have (yet). I also feel we aren't there from a setup perspective in the first place to warrant real time changes that actually make the bike faster this side of a WC team programming suspension to firm up based on GPS data (or similar). When we get to the point where dampers/springs/chassis can be made so good they begin to totally isolate certain size trail chop (like a trophy truck), we will need electronics to keep the suspension up in corners and firmer when landing drops/etc.

...but we aren't there yet.

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Added a comment about news blog Results: Jack Moir Wins EWS Pro Stage, Richie Rude Disqualified for Course Cutting 10/3/2021 7:16 PM
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Agreed. Situations like this, where I'm clearly not there, it seems best to hear what other racers think of this. Consensus appears to be "bullshit".

White tapegate is going to be talked about a lot, its pretty clear only 1 other rider had a tough time with this one.

All that said, trying to beat Richie up for this is lammmeeee. He made a mistake. Happens. Own it and move on.

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/1/2021 1:30 PM
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I've tried a number of different shock configurations on a number of different bikes. The idea that the Super Deluxe is somehow a bad air shock is a bit of a misnomer. What the Super Deluxe does lack is the tunability of a Float X2, but in outright performance, I'd say its right up there with the best of them.

...but don't listen to me. A number of RockShox athletes have won a whole bunch of WC/EWS races on the (air) shock (eg: Hill, Pierron, Moir)

Obviously on the coil front, you've got Loris, Reece, Brosnon etc - Dcamp can chime in but I'm pretty sure the damper is the same between the coil & air shocks with the spring being the (obvious) difference. My big point here is it has world class winning pedigree engineered into the shock.

From my many of hours of testing, I feel strongly that RockShox has the coolest air spring technology. Offering a huge range of adjustment, to both the positive and negative (via megneg) spring.

As to why the bike was harsh, I'd guess maybe they've overdone it with volume spacers (the bike is far more progressive than Sentinel V1.0 days). This is a double edged sword, of course. It'll help the bike feel more poppy and responsive (which they note it is) at the expense of square edged hits.

If I owned a Spire and felt this was a problem I'd do two things before spurring (no pun intended) for a different shock.

1) Pull all volume spacers out of the Super Deluxe. Set sag at 28-30% (slightly higher - giving more avail travel) and go smash.

2) Do a chainless run. Maybe pedal kickback is part of the problem. If this feels a lot better, add O-Chain - go ride happy.

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Added a comment about video Break Your Frame Mid-Race? Grab Some Tape. - Let's Go Racing - Episode 7 9/30/2021 5:22 AM

Just FYI - I do bring fiberfix with me when I'm racing just for this purpose. Its super light and you can "fix" a broken frame like that pretty damn well.

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Added a comment about feature Wheel To Wheel Comparison - Reserve's 30|SL VS Roval's Control Carbon 9/24/2021 6:56 AM
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Total side point here, I did the review of the OG Reserve 30s. I still have them and they are still working awesome. I've re-laced the rear wheel once, and just popped 2 spokes yesterday inferring I may need to do it again. Never in my life have I seen such great rim durability, to the point where you need to continually relace the wheel before you end up breaking the rim. For those wondering, I used to run cushcore, now I usually just run DH casing. Rim strikes do happen.

Point I'm making, I know nothing about the Roval and am sure they are great, but Santa Cruz's wheels are the most impressive I've ever been around.

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Added a comment about video Let's Go Racing - Episode 6 - Bike Tweaks and Europe 9/9/2021 6:33 AM

So much work goes into these. Also, shows how hard racing at the EWS level is. Keep at it dude!

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Added a comment about photo BlackBox 9/8/2021 12:26 PM
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Check my Enduro next time you see it wink

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Added a comment about feature WORLD CHAMPS - The Inside Line Podcast 8/28/2021 4:07 PM
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Listen to Behind Enemy Lines. Do that. I love the banter, and there is a nostalgia I get listening to you guys. But I'm also one of the fellow weirdos (I say that nicely) who spent my youth (poorly) chasing the DH dream. (very very poorly)

For those who never raced DH as a "young adult", your insight is what is valuable, so aim to bring that forth faster. Skip the inside jokes. Trim the fat. Don't be scared to have an opinion, it is podcasting after all.

You guys have something

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Added a comment about slideshow WORLD CHAMPS TRACKWALK SLIDESHOW 8/26/2021 9:39 AM
WORLD CHAMPS TRACKWALK SLIDESHOW

I could listen to Greg and Sven tell stories all day.

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Added a comment about news blog 2021 Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill Rider Start List and Other Observations 8/24/2021 1:12 PM
jeff.brines

Play this forward. While I understand trying to be in peak physical readiness on race day, I don't see how any amount of practice weeks before a race changes anything outside knowing the dirt.

Again, these guys aren't learning how to ride, they know that. They are learning a track that is changing day to day.

Memorization happens quickly. From there its just figuring out what line is working in what condition.

There would be an argument to figuring out possible crazy sneaker lines way ahead of time IF the entire track was open for weeks before, but at most its a section or two. And those sections change so much I don't think there is anything to be learned from them.

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Added a comment about news blog 2021 Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill Rider Start List and Other Observations 8/24/2021 12:35 PM
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This whole pre practice practice purity-of-racing kerfuffle; who cares?

1) As far as I know you are never practicing the exact track.
2) This isn't enduro where 'ride off your wits" is part of the aim. Its DH, with ample practice awarded to everyone in every class.
3) Don't a lot of these tracks have sections that are always part of a bike park or similar? (Fort Bill)
4) My biggest point - you could give the top guys unlimted practice for weeks prior to the race and I'd bet it changes nothing. A track is learned relatively quickly. From there, lines change as the track wears in (or breaks down). These guys aren't learning how to ride a bike, they know that. So what is all this additional practice really garnering anyone?

(I'll answer my own stupid question) - Only advantage I see is knowing how the dirt feels, and knowing what tires you'll be running.

I'm clearly very very very far away from a WC pro, but I'd say lap 4-5 is about when I'm up to speed on a track. Beyond that, I may actually get slower lol

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Added a comment about video Maxxis Celebrates 20 Years of Minion with FLUID, ft Braydon Bringhurst 8/16/2021 3:31 PM

1) Braydon is a badass.
2) I till feel Colin deserves a royalty.

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