Added a comment about feature Bike vs. Bike - Transition Patrol Carbon or Yeti SB130 Turq? 11/6/2018 1:56 PM
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It's not all about weight. I'd ride carbon if it weighed the same or slightly more than aluminum. My last three bikes were carbon, and this year, I decided to get a new bike on a budget, so I went back to aluminum. In terms of silencing chatter and keeping my hands on the bars, carbon just does a way better job of that. I'm stocked to have any modern full-travel mountainbike, but I'll probably sell the aluminum next year and go back to carbon.

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Liked a comment on the item How to Make Everyone Happy with Rampage 10/29/2018 11:46 AM

I just think that standardizing the lines would then result in a trick contest. Of course all these guys would be able to handle and ride the lines, so it would then most likely come down to who does the best tricks on the given courses, and I don't think anyone wants Rampage to turn into that. I...more

Added a comment about feature How to Make Everyone Happy with Rampage 10/29/2018 11:42 AM
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If there are three (or four) main elements to the competition, make them all co-equal, and have a "tech" winner, a "drops" winner, and a tricks winner, with Brendan, Lacondeguy, and Rheeder winning each of these in 2018, for instance, then have the overall winner, Rheeder, who combines all three. Maybe a fourth category for speed or smoothness. It wouldn't change the current format that much, but it would elevate the components that contribute to their own unique status and offer riders that really epitomize one component (again, Fairclough), some official "win". Kind of like the sprinters and hill-climbers each get their own jersey in the Tour de France.

Personally, I like the idea of the current, two-run format because it gives the riders the choice to opt-out after a crash or harrowing experience. Wind and weather always play a part, and I think it's a good idea to give the riders the option of going--or not going, if the wind isn't right. Discretion is the greater part of valor.

As for trimming the herd, again, this should come from the riders: DJ Brandt may not have finished his run, but boy-oh-boy, that top chute and other features were worth seeing!

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Liked a comment on the item How to Make Everyone Happy with Rampage 10/29/2018 11:31 AM

How about let the riders pick the format?

Added reply in a thread Rampage 2018 10/27/2018 12:05 PM

I missed Brendan's run yesterday, but re-watched the first few runs today. The guy deserved a higher score, for sure. It's really hard to judge Rampage unless you're there and have seen the lines in person. I don't know if the angles always translate ... more »

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???

Added a comment about slideshow RACE DAY ACTION - Fort William World Cup DH 6/6/2018 10:32 AM
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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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