Added reply in a thread Salida, CO 7/11/2018 10:36 AM

pay for the shuttle and do monarch crest. You can get 2-3 good runs in. Other than that, all of the S-mountain stuff is fun...but again, good to reach via shuttle. cross country folks like the CT.

Added a comment about video Vital RAW - Buck Wild Val di Sole 7/6/2018 8:42 PM
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Just let John Lawlor do the Red Bull Coverage. Honestly, RAW footage is so much better than the live feed. And not just because it's edited: he picks vantages that are soooo much better than where Red Bull films.

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Added a comment about feature Vital Rides the All-New 2019 Santa Cruz Bronson and 5010 7/5/2018 2:53 PM
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after test-riding the enduro 29LT and the highttower LT, I settled on the new nomad myself. There was a lot of internal debate for me, regarding the benefits / costs of 29, the feeling that 29 carries speed amazingly well (resulting in less overall effort to pedal up to speed, or hold speed), but that the 27.5 was still more fun to ride. I was certain that SC would update the Bronson to 29 since the industry has largely moved that way. Any thought on whether there will be a Bronson 29 in the near future? The nomad is my 5th, but I have always loved the Bronsons that I rode in the past. I thought maybe it would be my first 29r, but now that looks unlikely....

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Added a comment about slideshow RACE DAY ACTION - Fort William World Cup DH 6/6/2018 10:36 AM
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also: did anyone else feel that the coverage sucked? It seemed like the upper-part of the course lacked cameras (between split 1/2), and we got about 2-3 seconds with each rider out of the gate, then only about half of the riders in the tech / fast section, then a wait at the third camera. I dunno...that seemed boring to me compared to Croatia, which seemed to cover every second of the race run.

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Liked a comment on the item RACE DAY ACTION - Fort William World Cup DH 6/6/2018 10:32 AM

wait, what did loris just say???

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Great coverage. What is up with the Frenchies and Gwin? First Bruni, then Vergier kind of jabbing him in their comments. Probably just joking... but I was wondering if there is more to it or are they just kidding around?

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Added reply in a thread Should Enduro Be a Riding Type? 12/27/2015 11:08 AM

I am personally fine with keeping "Enduro" as a racing type, primarily. When enduro-ing, things are kinda serious, you're approaching the trail in a race-mode, and you're more likely to be a douche to other people on the trail 'cause you're on the clock. ... more »

Added reply in a thread Which pins to remove from flat pedals? 11/14/2015 5:06 AM

Thanks, guys!

Started new thread Which pins to remove from flat pedals? 11/13/2015 8:14 AM

I have a pair of Specialized flat pedals. I'm not a big flat pedal guy, but have them in my dj. I'm hoping to do some park riding over the winter and so I want / need less traction than how they come stock. Problem is, my dj sits idle from May to November, ... more »

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Added a comment about feature Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/19/2015 2:29 AM
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What about charging $5 for every live feed? Have that money go straight to rider safety and secondarily to better purses. Red bull gets to splash their logo on everything and we pay the riders something for their risk. Honestly, I'd feel better watching if I chipped in.

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Added a comment about feature Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/19/2015 2:25 AM
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I'd say that we are way past the point of it being "worth it". If Paul can't regain the use of his legs, sorry, it's not enough: whatever amount of money he's ever made riding bicycles. Every year I fear the worst about this event, and every year I tune in anyway. I will chip in a small donation to Paul, and I challenge anyone reading to do the same. Don't complain about Red Bull if you're not willing to pay $20 for a rider who may have fucked up his life for your entertainment. He chose to do it, but we chose to watch. As to Red Bull's responsibility, i honestly don't know. No insurance for riders? Shitty prize money to risk your life? Why the fuck they start this event at 11am every year when everyone who's ever stepped foot in Virgin knows that there's wind by 1 or 2...there's a lot of questionable decisions on their part. Honestly, I'd rather that the event be stopped before someone dies.

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Added reply in a thread Why has no one won an EWS on a Santa Cruz Nomad? 10/18/2015 4:48 PM

@mp: I hope you are too...it's actually not that terrible. When I started mtbing again about 10 years ago, I couldn't believe what dual-suspension could do. In 2015...these bikes are time machines. I know I'm not 25, but my carbon nomad erases A LOT ... more »

Added reply in a thread Why has no one won an EWS on a Santa Cruz Nomad? 10/18/2015 4:25 PM

MP: Fair game: I am old. But when you're 43, working 60-hour weeks and still getting decent results against most of the college kids and slow-pros at BME's, dirt-jumping, and doing five-hour rides in the desert in your spare time, I'd like to see if

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Liked a comment on the item Rampage Riders Battle Over Limited Land for Lines 10/11/2015 7:55 PM

World Cup DH: may the best rider win (the clock is your only judge)
FMB tour: may the best rider win (the judge is your only judge)
FEST Series: may the best bro win (the bro is your only judge)
Rampage: may the biggest aggro loudmouth win?

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Started new thread Why has no one won an EWS on a Santa Cruz Nomad? 10/3/2015 1:02 PM

Why has no one won an EWS on a Santa Cruz Nomad? The v10 is the winningest downhill bike of all time, and everyone loves the Nomad (I have owned four myself). But no has won a major enduro race on one (that I know of). Thoughts?

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Added a comment about video Colorado New Blood - Shuttles at the Mine 1/2/2015 9:42 AM
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Nice video. That place looks awfully familiar, but I just checked my strava and nope, never ridden at "the mine".

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Liked a comment on the item Vital Soapbox - Mountain Biking and the Mainstream 12/12/2014 5:25 PM

...you don't see millions of people around the world posting (and watching) some high school football game clip--that's interesting to the people in that town, but not beyond. But Kelly McGarry making that backflip in the middle-middle-of-nowhere, Utah, or Danny Macaskill riding on top of...more

Added a comment about feature Vital Soapbox - Mountain Biking and the Mainstream 12/12/2014 10:41 AM
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I would love for more people to be interested in mountain biking. I'd also love for bikes to be cheaper cause manufacturers can spend less on paying teams (although I think it is questionable that bikes would actually come down in cost), however, I think that downhill is not destined for this kind of audience. In the last few years, downhill mountainbiking has gotten so fun to watch as more cameras and higher-quality images have come in (and a little less-so now that Rob Warner has stopped swearing). But if you think about what really sells to primetime audiences, it's tightly-scripted stadium sports where all the camera angles and outcomes are predictable. It always looks amazing because it is basically the same show over and over. Ad nauseum. Downhilling probably won't ever approach that level of predictability, and that's probably one of the main reasons we like it. Also, there's the "relatability". Most people grow up playing basketball and football, so it's easy for a dude who hasn't run a hundred yards in since high school to spend every weekend "relating" to a game he mostly understands. Even if he's miles away from participating. When they have cyclocross nationals in Boulder, it's kind of the same effect: They get thousands of people to show up and cheer cause there's thousands of people from the front range who relate. Roadies, XC riders, cyclo-crossers who live somewhere between Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. This event wouldn't have the same crowd if it was held in Virgin, Utah. Also, it's a closed-loop event that is 100% accessible to the crowd. It's 1/100th as interesting to me as a downhill event, but that doesn't matter to most of the people there: they don't need a dropper post or a park pass to relate to guys riding road bikes around on grass. Also, beer and cowbells: that's a gimme. I wish downhill would get more attention, it's an exhilarating and (at times) beautiful sport. But it's far from the crowds, and the danger is so far from what most people are comfortable with, that it's destined to remain on the fringe. The reason that a spandex dude and Andreu Lacandegui (sorry) look like the same person to most commercial-watching couch-potato Americans is cause riding a $300 bike down the gravel trail in Valley Forge, PA is just slightly less accessible (to them) than the idea of hucking that ridgeline in Utah. It helps IMMENSELY to have people like Cam McCaul who basically is a straight-up cool dude in person or on the weather channel repping the sport to a wider audience. It also helps a lot to have outlets like Vital who have promoted the sport way past internet obscurity. We have found a niche (albeit a non-lucrative one for most): you don't see millions of people around the world posting (and watching) some high school football game clip--that's interesting to the people in that town, but not beyond. But Kelly McGarry making that backflip in the middle-middle-of-nowhere, Utah, or Danny Macaskill riding on top of rocks on an island...now THAT's something else. I'd be happy to be proven wrong on any point here though!

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Added a comment about photo Sundown at the U.S. National Champs in Angel Fire 8/4/2013 6:23 PM
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They should let Jill race the boys! Saw her at sol vista a few years back: very fast, smoother than most of the am men for sure!

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Added a comment about product review 2013 Test Sessions: Ibis Mojo SL-R 5/3/2013 6:45 AM
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The last time I rode an Ibis was around 2007 in Moab. It struck me as a great pedaling bike and an able all-arounder, but not equivalent to my nomad for trail-pounding and drops. Hats off to you guys for reporting the flaw in the frame / linkage. At $6k a pop, I think that potential buyers would rather know about this ahead of time. IMO Ibis should have worked this out before offering it to the market, but I'm sure they are working it out now.

Good reporting overall. I'm not in the market for a new bike, but your tests are some of the most comprehensive and informative I've seen. When I'm looking for the next rig, I will check back here first. BTW...when are you going to do a DH bike review?!

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