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Added a comment about member blog Want Some Tips for Carrying Speed? Listen and Watch Remy Metailler Chases World Cup Racer Forrest Riesco! 11/13/2020 2:14 PM
jgusta

Awesome riding and trails, last DH looked like steep, rowdy mofo. You guys killed it on that. What tire set up for those conditions?

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Added a comment about feature Maxxis Dissector Tire Reviewed by Top Member Reviewer and Jenson USA Award Winner 4/11/2020 8:56 AM
jgusta

MaxxTerra version here. Tread was mostly roasted, especially center lugs in 6 weeks. Still running Assegai front some 8 months later.

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Added a comment about feature Maxxis Dissector Tire Reviewed by Top Member Reviewer and Jenson USA Award Winner 4/10/2020 9:13 PM
jgusta

Expensive, wears fast, mediocre grip. No thanks. Much better Maxxis tires out there, especially for all around use

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Added a comment about product review Bike of the Year Contender? All-New Pivot Switchblade REVIEWED 2/7/2020 10:38 AM
jgusta

Thx, will read the review again. Own the HT2 and have been pushing it thru it’s paces over last 6 months. Great bike! Just wanted to hear how it compares to Switchblade since the looks great as well

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Added a comment about product review Bike of the Year Contender? All-New Pivot Switchblade REVIEWED 2/6/2020 8:14 PM
jgusta

New Switchblade vs SC HightowerV2? Besides the differences in fork travel, and HT a little slacker front end, how do they ride and handle differently?

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Added a comment about feature Love Your Knees? So Do the 7iDP Transition Knee Pads 11/9/2019 7:10 PM
jgusta

Amen brutha’

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Added a comment about feature Love Your Knees? So Do the 7iDP Transition Knee Pads 11/6/2019 7:38 PM
jgusta

My favorite pads, great for big days in the saddle

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Transition Scout Carbon from Vital MTB Test Sessions 4/15/2017 9:52 AM
jgusta

Sounds like very fun and versatile trail weapon, but for +$5k for a $4k build at most is no bueno. Frame up with Shimano XT build to keep the cost at bay with better wheels and components is likely the way to go. Bike looks fun, but interested to hear how it performs over a bigger, +200lb rider ridden aggressively. Imagine the 125mm rear might come up a bit short. Think the 5010 might be better option in this regard for similar class of bike. Good review!

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Santa Cruz Hightower from Vital MTB Test Sessions 4/10/2017 10:55 PM
jgusta

Good review. I ride my Hightower everywhere with preference for 140 fork and 29 carbon wheels. It is my go to trail/AM kind of ride that I will happily take on bigger jump and FR lines as well with no to minimal hindrance compared to my smaller wheeled bikes with more travel. So for me I find the bike to be quite playful and responsive (stock shock with only 2 bands and 33-35% sag at +200lb rider weight) for it's size and pedals/climb great and descends like a locomotive for me. So, a bit different than your experience. I couldn't be happier with this bike for the riding I do in the PacNW myself. Even was great in the SW chunk and chunder for week long riding vaca this early spring. I love this bike and can say it is probably the most versatile, reliable and solid, minimal maintenance bike I have been on to date over past +15 years. Even more so than other VPP bikes I have had. Kudos to SC for making such a great bike!

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Added a comment about video Brutal Bootleg Canyon - Reaper Madness DH Track with Steve Wentz 3/24/2017 11:03 PM

Totally flying! Thanks for sharing. I don't have a dedicated DH bike, nor typically ride DH courses (even though I love fast trails on my AM bike), but this is totally different at flying DH cruise speed while being in total control. Looks good, but think I will stick with my mellower trail runs smile

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Devinci Django from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/9/2017 10:54 PM
jgusta

Another excellent, comprehensive review Vital! Second the notion that guys are killing with the reviews and offering the consumer great feedback on the product tested. Sorry Bible (Bike), but this is how a good review should be.

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Devinci Django from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/9/2017 10:50 PM
jgusta

SC Hightower? I am curious as well if so. I ride one and just returned from riding trip from the chunky SW and pedal kickback was never a sensation I felt at all while crawling tech or blasting thru with 33-35% sag. I think SC bikes get pinned for pedal kickback since earlier renditions of VPP had a pretty high anti-squat they would cause a bit of kickback (like a hardtail) when ridden in rougher terrain despite them pedaling really well. VPP3 might not be the plushest designed out there but feels like good compromise between efficient pedaling and compliance.

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Devinci Django from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/9/2017 10:44 PM

That's good the riding was done prior to knowing the results. There is one bike in the review that I am interested in reading about the riders impressions of the pedal kick-back and anti-squat. There is a website that utilized bike checker with results showing 126% to 213%...more

Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Devinci Django from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/9/2017 10:43 PM

For some it may seem too technical, but I appreciate the suspension kinematics at the beginning of the review. It gives knowledgeable readers important information, well at least on paper. Also it sets Vital apart from the other magazines by providing a more detailed...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB How-To: Choose a Mountain Bike Dropper Seat Post 12/15/2016 12:00 AM

How to choose a dropper post:

Find the cheapest post on the pinkbike buy/sell that you can fit in your frame or that is only one size smaller and shim with a cut up soda can, then regret it later when the seals blow on your second ride and it costs as much to service as you paid for it

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB How-To: Choose a Mountain Bike Dropper Seat Post 12/14/2016 11:59 PM
jgusta

First thing to do when considering a dropper post...is not to consider a KS unless you plan to service every month and cartridge still eventually fails. This has been my experience with last three post from them. Reverb B1 has been night and day better as far as performance and durability. So much that I bought another one on second bike to replace another clanky LEV.

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Liked a comment on the item First Look, First Ride: 2017 Devinci Marshall 8/30/2016 9:49 PM

So the Django is designed for the rider who equally likes to climb and descend, but with more travel. But the Marshall is for people who are more descending-oriented, with less travel and a plus tire option. But the geo between the two bikes is really close. So close that it's surprising they...more

Added a comment about feature First Look: OneUp Launches Competitively Priced Narrow Wide Chainring and Updated RADr Cage 11/27/2014 7:40 PM
jgusta

Awesome! Finally a system to work with my short cage RD's since I bend and warp mid caged RD's too easily and prefer the shorter caged RD for 1x10.

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Added a comment about slideshow First Look: All-New 2015 Ibis Mojo HD3 11/19/2014 9:37 PM
First Look: All-New 2015 Ibis Mojo HD3

Any comments to compare and contrast this bike with the Bronson that you reviewed in the past? Thx.

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Added a comment to Troydon_Murison's bike check 11/11/2014 4:49 PM
Custom Santa Cruz 5010

I hear ya. I have a Bronson with -1 deg angleset and ride with fork lowered to 125mm alot as well, especially on railing fast, hardpacked XC flow-style trails for the lower BB and sligthly steeper angles to hug the ground better. HTA ends of being just a hair over 67 degrees with BB

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