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Added reply in a thread EWS Doping Thread Disappearance 11/27/2018 11:29 AM

I would like to disagree with your last point. Enduro is a much different sport than Road, there is a hell of a lot more skill, talent and bike tech required to do well in Enduro so most PED's have less of an effect on overall performance. It's a younger ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2019 Racing Rumors 11/20/2018 6:36 PM

Unfortunately nothing that exciting. The trail is called "Shameless Self Promotion"

Added reply in a thread 2019 Racing Rumors 9/11/2018 9:33 PM

https://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/RACE-DAY-2018-WORLD-CHAMPIONSHIPS-DOWNHILL,12005/Slideshow,0/sspomer,2 59:26 of the podcast(or the picture of Dean in the slideshow) It's almost too vague to make any real statements from it, so you'll just have ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2019 Racing Rumors 9/11/2018 8:12 PM

The Dean Lucas interview is quite interesting, lots of vague info in there.

Added reply in a thread Rear tyre - fast rolling, good cornering - Aggressor, Minion SS, Rock Razor 5/1/2018 2:36 PM

The Griffin might be my favourite rear tire. It rolls fast, brakes well and corners consistently. I ran it in the 2.4 DH casing in 27.5 as it weighed as much as other DD tires in that realm. So you got the extra protection without a weight penalty.

Added reply in a thread PRO ENDURO BIKES - 2018 3/10/2018 4:41 PM

I'm glad you like the Slayer! Compared to the Altitude the Slayer is more suited to carrying speed downhill. I like the Altitude a little more for generating speed on the trail, but that is just for racing. The Instinct suspension is quite similar to ... more »

Added reply in a thread PRO ENDURO BIKES - 2018 3/10/2018 11:11 AM

Correct, Instinct BC Edition!

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/7/2018 5:01 AM

I'm just as curious as anyone! That's why I wish the Instinct was in there, to see how you guys think it compares.

I know product managers put a lot of thought into the spec of the bikes and custom tuning of the rear shocks. But that's why I said there needs to be two parts. One part is what you guys did here, complete bike comparisons. The bikes were spec'd the way they were for a reason and that is how they are bought, so of course those configurations need to be tested. You guys did a great job of that here, I thoroughly enjoyed all 36 minutes of it! The supplemental test would then be to isolate the suspension design and geo. We are all just bike nerds and want all the information!

I remember the days when you would have to change half the bike before you took it out for a ride, we are lucky bikes come ready to ride now.

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/6/2018 3:06 PM

I definitely think you are missing a bike...
But solid review nonetheless, really enjoyed that!

Although I think you went halfway on this. You wanted to do a back-to-back, strict comparison of the bikes. Well bike makers don't make the parts, so why would you have different parts on each bike? If you wanted to do a 'different' review and properly review each bike back-to-back I personally think you should have had the same part spec(mainly wheels/tires, brakes, suspension, cockpit.) Then you really find out which 'bike' is the best, as in rear suspension feel/geo. And then you can add in the spec'd parts to the review. Bottom line there should be two parts to it: Test the bikes with the same spec to get a proper feel for the bike, and then test the bike with what is spec'd. Then someone can pick the bike based on how they want it to ride and what it comes spec'd with. 2¢

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Added reply in a thread 2018 Racing Rumors 12/30/2017 7:57 PM

I love reading all this stuff, I'm just as curious as anyone here! I get to learn a lot of inside info but I'm still in the dark for a lot of it. I am also curious when partnerships come to an end, parting ways isn't always amicable so I always wonder ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2018 Racing Rumors 12/30/2017 11:03 AM

It's not hard to picture me on a Yeti! My early Instinct proto has a similar look. [img]https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc84RY_BrEd/?hl=en&taken-by=jessemelamed[/img] Yeti was a major player but I just had to stay Canadian! Cody will be on another American ... more »

Added reply in a thread 2018 Racing Rumors 11/28/2017 12:05 PM

Lee is correct, Richie was just borrowing gear from his trainer.

Added a comment about slideshow Toughest Day Ever? Wynner, Wynner - EWS Rotorua Race Day 3/27/2017 4:50 PM

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Added reply in a thread 2017 Racing Rumors 9/12/2016 7:04 AM

"Sam Hill is going full enduro next year and do you think he will be alone on Nukeproof?... Nooo, someone will be with him

" - Yoann Barelli. Disclaimer: This has no truth to it. Just Barelli being Barelli and joking around. #teamrumors2k17 ... more »
Added a comment about feature Over $2000 in Prizes - Vital OTB, Lourdes World Cup - Win a RockShox BoXXer and Birzman Studio Tool Kit 4/10/2015 10:12 AM

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Added reply in a thread Florian Nicolai's Nose Pivot 3/5/2015 9:01 AM

Nice find on the video! That shows how much of a struggle that corner was and how perfect Flo actually was. And it wasn't possible to huck the bush before it because it switched back too far to the right and you couldn't get a good enough angle to avoid ... more »

Added reply in a thread Florian Nicolai's Nose Pivot 3/4/2015 9:33 PM

It was faster for me to run it than to try and ride it. Also less risky. But yea, I don't think anyone could do it any better than Flo does in this video.