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Liked a comment on the item Mavic Releases the XA35 Pro Carbon, a Wheelset with Their Widest Rim to Date - Sea Otter Classic 4/30/2018 6:53 AM

Not when one of the bladed spokes has been gouged by a rock and snaps 3 hours into your 6 hour ride...
I had bladed spokes, rocks > cxrays sad

Liked a comment on the item Mavic Releases the XA35 Pro Carbon, a Wheelset with Their Widest Rim to Date - Sea Otter Classic 4/29/2018 7:55 PM

24 spokes, $1900, 1,600 grams no thanks

Added a comment about feature Mavic Releases the XA35 Pro Carbon, a Wheelset with Their Widest Rim to Date - Sea Otter Classic 4/29/2018 7:52 PM
kellen1230

Why? Seriously. We see this so often in the bike world that you wonder if the engineers are just out to lunch. Why miss the obvious when building a product? Why 24 spokes? Why 27.5" wheels when every major enduro and DH company is clearly moving to include 29" offerings in these spaces? Just, why? The debate here is 28 or 32 spoke count, with a large percentage of non OEM-spec going to 32. Additional spokes confer huge amounts of durability and dependability with regards to minimal weight inside the rotational boundary. Why not just 32 f-ing spokes on your wider, enduro-focused wheels? Why not in a standard wheel size for the purpose? What the actual hell?

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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 3/11/2015 3:21 PM
kellen1230

As we discussed below, what exactly is this "problem"? The RC is the same damper as the RCT3, but without the complicated internals that offer the open/pedal/lock positioning. Why would the RC be any less sensitive than the RCT3 - if anything I would predict that the RC would be slightly more sensitive due to the simplicity of the damping circuits.

Can anyone elaborate?

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Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 3/11/2015 12:15 PM

$50 rear brake line... VS Dented alloy frame...
Perspective I guess

Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 3/11/2015 12:12 PM
kellen1230

I've owned 2 Enduros spanning a total of 7 riding seasons - never had a rock strike that damaged cable or brake housing beyond a minor cosmetic scuff. Of course it is possible. Of course there will be people who've had it happen to them. Personally I'd rather destroy some cable housing than crack or dent my frame.

Still, might be cool for Specialized to make a downtube/cable protector.

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Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 3/11/2015 12:13 PM

It is the most consistently pointed out "negative" point in Enduro reviews in bike media. However, in years of riding Enduros, I can say it is a non-issue. The cable might have a few marks from thrown rock strikes, but that is about it. I rode 2 Enduros for 8 years. Same...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 3/11/2015 12:13 PM

I consider the cable housing to be affordable armor for the downtube.

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 3/11/2015 12:13 PM

I have a question regarding the Pike RC:
Isn't it the same damper as in the RCT3 whitout the fast compression adjustment?

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 3/11/2015 12:13 PM

I have a question regarding the Pike RC:
Isn't it the same damper as in the RCT3 whitout the fast compression adjustment?

Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 3/11/2015 12:09 PM
kellen1230

I have to wonder why they make such a stink about the RC vs. the RCT3 as well. These both use the Charger Damper and should operate identically in the "Open" setting - retaining identical external rebound/compression adjustment. The only advantage to the RCT3 is that you get a flip-of-a-switch "pedal" and "lock" setting - neither of which should have any effect on descending performance. Strange that they mention it twice - I've been running the RC and see no reason to get the RCT3.

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Updated bike check S-Works Enduro 29 2014 6/6/2014 9:18 PM
S-Works Enduro 29 2014
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S-Works Enduro 29 2014
Added a comment about product review 2014 Test Sessions: GT Sensor Carbon Pro 3/8/2014 9:19 AM
kellen1230

Who is it that sat around a table and decided that this bike spec was a worthwhile idea? $7k for a bike that has a mediocre late 90's drivetrain, with a clutch derailleur (during a time when there has never been more emphasis on drivetrains), under-gunned suspension (without Kashima), and a strange mix of so-so brands for the details. I think GT needs to just start over with this one. For $7k you can purchase and custom-build a great spec on just about any frame on the market.

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Added bike check S-Works Enduro 29 2014 2/28/2014 12:58 PM
S-Works Enduro 29 2014
Added a comment about slideshow Game Changer: Introducing the YT Capra 2/28/2014 12:46 PM
Game Changer: Introducing the YT Capra

Lets be clear - we are talking about 4,000 Euro - That amounts to $5520.00 + tax (lets call it $5900.00 out the door). Don't get me wrong - its a good price. It will be higher than that once they pay import fees to the US as well. Again - decent price assuming the bike performs well, but there are a number of players who are in that ballpark for the same part spec. I just bought a custom build Specialized S-Works Enduro for a little less than this (yes, I am GOOOOOD friends with my shop) and even with some of the heavy parts I spec'd my build came in at 29 lbs. with DX pedals.

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Added a comment about photo 25 Mountain Bikes Tested - Vital MTB Test Sessions 2014 1/17/2014 6:55 PM
25 Mountain Bikes Tested - Vital MTB Test Sessions 2014

It's official, the mountain bike market is completely saturated. In a fervent attempt to differentiate themselves, a lot of these bike companies are making hideous frames. I'm looking at you Evil, Diamondback, Cannondale and Marin.

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Liked a comment on the item 2014 Breezer Repack 8/29/2013 9:35 AM

Interesting rear pivot placement.

Added a comment about photo 2014 Breezer Repack 8/29/2013 9:23 AM
2014 Breezer Repack

That is interesting. Probably keeps the wheel path from having as much of a wide arch on that SP suspension design. If it works it could be a clever way to keep the bike long under compression and combat chain growth.

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Added a comment about photo Troy Brosnan's World Champs Specialized Demo 8 8/26/2013 1:18 PM
Troy Brosnan's World Champs Specialized Demo 8

I can do without the million dollar salaries if I had 1 S-Works Enduro gifted to me at 3 year intervals! Grab my dog and a tent and never leave the trails! smile

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