Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: Aaron Gwin and Rachel Atherton Qualify Fastest in Lenzerheide 7/7/2017 8:27 AM
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What happened with Matt Walker? Also Mark Wallace is having a season; pretty damn consistent so far and the first race result in Lourdes was no coincidence.

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Added a comment about product review Review - 2017 Rocky Mountain Slayer from Vital MTB Test Sessions 5/3/2017 11:42 AM
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Hey Guys, thought I'd add a few comments on the technical details of the bike. The upper shock hardware is designed with an inner sleeve (small part #7), like a thru-axle front hub, to prevent binding if the upper shock bolt is over-torqued. I've attached a photo of the set-up. http://s61.photobucket.com/user/kperras/media/image001_zpse9wg3tvs.jpg.html

The cause of the above binding issue can come from a number of sources: the bearings are not pressed in all the way and the inner bearing races are not making contact with the sleeve, the sleeve is missing, the sleeve is out of tolerance.

Truthfully, this is the first production bearing eyelet I've heard of binding but the fix is simple: we work closely with shops to diagnose the issues and send out replacement parts quickly. All of the Slayers from our launch in August 2016 are still in use today, either under long term tests or now residing in demo fleets across North America, and no upper shock bearing eyelets have been replaced yet.

Regarding the nature of the bike, the Slayer's DNA comes from the Maiden and as such it performs best when ridden like a downhill bike. We realize that riders considering a Slayer are looking for one bike to replace both a trail bike and a downhill bike and such it was designed to climb efficiently to the top and descend with maximum capability on technical terrain. If a rider is more Trail oriented, then I would suggest the new Altitude as a suitable choice.

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Added a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS: 2017 Lourdes World Cup Downhill 5/1/2017 2:23 PM
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Sorry my last post was referring to the 2007 Champery run. Tactics did come into play then. No reason why teams couldn't do the same thing for races nowadays.

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Added a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS: 2017 Lourdes World Cup Downhill 5/1/2017 10:44 AM
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A good portion of the field knew bad weather was coming and tactically took casual qualifying runs to ensure an earlier start time on race day. DH isn't just about racing against the clock, it's about preparing the right equipment, training, and in these two cases judging the weather. All that aside, I did appreciate this post by Alan Milway on Instagram sorting out the top 10 qualifiers. https://www.instagram.com/p/BTiuffdlXBG/?taken-by=alanmilway&hl=en

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Anyone complaining about the weather could use a history lesson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcPfYC-h3_A

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Added a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS: 2017 Lourdes World Cup Downhill 5/1/2017 9:35 AM
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Connor started somewhere around 12th for some reason. Probably something to do with his #5 plate.

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Added reply in a thread How many riders in the 2017 Lourdes World Cup DH Top 10 will be on 29ers? 4/25/2017 11:17 AM

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It's an equipment based sport. If it can make them go faster athletes will look at modifying their equipment for a technological advantage.

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Might have hit refresh a few dozen times in the last 2 days waiting for this slideshow.

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The tires shown are 2.3 Minions which is standard fare still as the Wide Trail tires haven't become commonplace yet. The team here at RMB approves of this bike, weight be damned.

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Like that fact that you mounted the X-Sync ring backwards to keep with the blackout look.

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BlackspireAaron left a comment 1/9/2013 4:44 PM
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Dude! This rig needs a DER guide, would shave off like 15g's...lol

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