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Liked a comment about product review Tested: SR Suntour Durolux 29 R2C2 PCS Fork 11/29/2017 8:36 AM
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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 RV1 and both wheigh about 200-300g more than your average enduro/AM/trail fork, which as a matter of fact matters to a lot of riders, i think for once the category thinking might be adequate here) and wondered how they compare.

I own a Metric btw, hence my curiosity, and have recently converted it to coil

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Liked a comment about product review Tested: SR Suntour Durolux 29 R2C2 PCS Fork 11/29/2017 7:30 AM
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Loads of info, I love it!

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Liked a comment about product review Tested: SR Suntour Durolux 29 R2C2 PCS Fork 11/29/2017 7:30 AM
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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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Liked a comment about product review Tested: SR Suntour Durolux 29 R2C2 PCS Fork 11/29/2017 7:29 AM
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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!! The lowers drop easily, removing the air spring assembly is a matter of breaking 10Nm thread tension with spanner and unscrewing it (not fiddling with some oily, flat circlip in a recess like with competition).
Tuning wise, the R2C2 does take a fair bit of fiddling to find the sweet spot, the air volume adjustments have a pretty dramatic effect on the ramp up, and the compression and rebound settings all have fairly significant jumps in their steps. I did find that once it was dialed in, I preferred the performance to any other fork in my garage (money where my mouth is, I'm replacing Fox Factory forks in favour of the Durolux).

The only other thing I thought I'd mention is the stock mud guard, is a fairly stiff plastic. I do a lot of dry weather riding and use these more as a rock guard against strays that want to flick up on my stanchions (and keep dust off my seals); and noted that when getting hit with harder objects, the plastic proved a little more brittle and was prone to cracking.

Couldn't agree with the review more! The only thing the competition have this fork beaten with is the scales.

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Liked a comment about product review First Look: Santa Cruz Reserve Carbon Wheels 11/14/2017 3:24 PM
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Wow, "No questions asked" lifetime warranty? Legendary rider Danny Macaskill abusing the hell out of these wheels trying to destroy them. Now a 5 out 5 star review? Santa Cruz has been killing it lately. I already have a set of Carbon wheels so I'm not looking to buy another set but man, if I were these would be it. Honestly, they may be expensive but compared to ENVE they are are steal.

Great review!

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Liked a comment about feature The Inside Line Podcast - Matt Thompson, Partner at Momemtum Trail Concepts 11/14/2017 8:19 AM
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Ahhhhh, yes, That would explain things more clearly then. We're not referencing the same spots. Aside from some maintenance and helping those locals, I've not done much digging at the spot you're thinking of. In the interview, we're referencing a different spot entirely.

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As a real world owner of these and a lot of other carbon rims I agree 100% with Jeff's conclusions. I did not expect to feel any difference compared to my other wheels, but they are next level. The way they smooth out the chatter, but still remain stiff enough to nail narrow line choices is uncanny. I won't be riding anything other than the Reserves in the future.

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Liked a comment about product review Super Size Me: The 2018 Santa Cruz Hightower LT 10/30/2017 7:06 AM
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Excellent review! Super thorough. More websites need to use this as a "how to review a bike" tutorial. Keep it up. Enjoyed it!

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Liked a comment about product review Super Size Me: The 2018 Santa Cruz Hightower LT 10/30/2017 7:06 AM
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This is a very good and informative review - surpassing the usual high standard even. I feel like I have ridden the bike. Would I buy one? Maybe...

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Liked a comment about product review Long Term Tested: 2018 Santa Cruz Hightower LT 10/30/2017 7:04 AM
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I recently had an annoying creak in the rear end of my Yeti 5.5. Thought it was the SI system, one of the links, shock mount, etc. Turns out it was the rear axle on the quick release side where it clamps to the carbon.

Great review and thanks for the responses in the comments section.

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Liked a comment about product review Long Term Tested: 2018 Santa Cruz Hightower LT 10/27/2017 7:11 AM
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Great review, thanks Jeff! I've been riding an LT C-S build since July, and have made the exact same observations. Planning to swap the rear shock, soon. Anyone looking at the cheaper LT builds (C-S or C-XE) --> I would definitely recommend spending the extra dollars on the XE. The DPS shock and Fox 36 'GRIP' fork feel overdamped, and volume spacers aren't available until December '17! I also upgraded to Code RSC brakes because the Guide R's are fading on long descents.

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Liked a comment about product review Long Term Tested: 2018 Santa Cruz Hightower LT 10/26/2017 1:35 PM
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Jeff's take on the Yeti: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Yeti/SB5-5c-X01,17297#product-reviews/2455/expand

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Liked a comment about feature TECH TALK: Air Shocks Versus Coil Shocks, What's Better? 10/16/2017 7:38 AM
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We're not talking about damping circuits and oil here, we're talking about the relative reactive-ness of the different spring materials. What Mandell said was that steel reacts equally at all shaft speeds, air does not.

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Pink paint is very expensive.

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Liked a comment about product review Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/25/2017 8:21 AM
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Jeff, you really couldn't make it up. Frame arrived today. Unboxed it to find a pool of suspension fluid in the bottom of the box. Seems the thru shaft heard us talking about it and got angry and exploded in the box... Guess I best start searching for a super deluxe in stock.

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Liked a comment about product review Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/25/2017 8:21 AM
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Good review Jeff. I have the 2017 9.8 & now running a 44 offset Float 36 , this alone has helped a good bike handle better, especially in the low geo setting

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Liked a comment about product review Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/20/2017 11:10 AM
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@noldog. You seem sad. Do you need a hug?

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Liked a comment about product review Purpose Built Top Level Enduro Bike, But Beware of New Shock Technology 9/19/2017 7:13 AM
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Nice review. I really believe that the knock bolck comes from an engineers mistake. It looks like they discovered that after having lot of frames finished they discovered that the ultrastif DH inspired frame doesnt allow the fork to spin...

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Liked a comment about feature The Inside Line Podcast - Sven Martin, Photographer, Storyteller, MTB Superfan 9/15/2017 8:42 AM
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follow up question from a photo nerd, what is your camera rig of choice when you really need to go compact and simple yet still need more that camera phone? is it still the m43 if so what lens do you use? thanks, i hope sven reads this, as i'm in the process of rebuilding my arsenal. thanks

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