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Liked a comment about press release Orbea Gives the Rallon More Travel and More Progressivity for 2020 7/5/2019 9:43 AM
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Thanks for the props! Can't promise it's something we'll always be able to do, but we really felt like it was all the bike needed this time around and we were stoked that it was a fairly small change from an engineering standpoint - it was that extra little bit we were looking for after spending a year on the bike and collecting feedback from riders.

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Liked a comment about press release Orbea Gives the Rallon More Travel and More Progressivity for 2020 7/5/2019 9:43 AM
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Really cool that they made an upgrade kit for only $299! Can't think of any other manufacturer doing that in the age of planned obsolescence.

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WHaTTT!? Honored Vital!!

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Liked a comment about product review Tested: EXT's Rally-Inspired Arma HBC Shock 10/6/2018 1:44 PM
Suns_PSD

I was torn on ordering the bike for a couple of reasons. One was that the color frame set that I wanted was only offered with a coil shock. Which didn't really jive with the regressive leverage ratio. even when I called Fox the rep I spoke to agreed it was not the correct shock for the frame and application. (application: mostly trail but also plenty of drops and a few jumps). The online reviews (i.e. Pinkbike) noted that the bike with the coil bottomed often and hard. I get why the manufacturer did it as it makes the bike eat up chatter and rocks and of course many riders will never do real drops.
So I contacted Avalanche and asked him his recommendations for this LR and my application. He recommended the RS Superdeluxe RC3 but acknowledged that he didn't even know if they made the size I needed. They did and I manged to get one and sent it over for his magic. The fact that this shock has limited adjustability doesn't matter much since it will be valved correctly. Knobs all over a shock and none of them right, is something I have experienced on dirt bike suspension for years and isn't something I needed.
As far as forks he was fine with either of the major players but I wanted to match suspension brands front to rear so settled on the Rockshox fork as well. I was going to order the Lyric and have Avy go through it but Craig was kind enough to point out that the'19 Yari has the identical chassis and air spring, and that he was going to throw out the OEM valving stack anyways. So I found a take off Yari in the dimensions I needed for very little money and sent it off the Avy for his treatment.
Hope that helps.
Take care.

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Liked a comment about product review Tested: EXT's Rally-Inspired Arma HBC Shock 10/6/2018 1:44 PM
Suns_PSD

It's a little more complicated than that.

Avalanche has done my last 2 bikes (front and rear) and it's incredibly beneficial. However many of these mass produced components have severe limitations built in to their architecture that simply can not be overcome. Furthermore some of the air cans are not properly sized to get the right ramp up with specific LR's.
On my newest bike (Mondraker Foxy 29) I called Craig at Avalanche and followed his recommendations for which suspension components I should be purchasing for him to mod, he was pretty specific about what gave him the best base from which to work.
~ take care

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Liked a comment about product review First Ride: 2018 FOX Float 36 RC2 Fork 10/15/2017 9:07 PM
chrisingrassia

Why not just type 'gotta' or 'and'? Cryptic typing is so lazy. You're not writing calligraphy. It probably took longer to type those and then correct the autocorrect instead of just typing the real word

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