Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: Mitch Ropelato, Jill Kintner and Ethan Shandro Win Pro GRT Port Angeles 5/15/2017 5:40 AM

That's some very tight racing. No room for mistakes!

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 10, Elayna Caldwell, Brand Director of MTB at SRAM 5/11/2017 8:11 AM

good questions/comments. i'll answer what's addressed to me - we have Brandon Sloan of Specialized and Chris Hutton of SRAM and Chris Cocalis of Pivot interviews completed and in the queue. They should give you some of that product-development...more

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 10, Elayna Caldwell, Brand Director of MTB at SRAM 5/11/2017 7:06 AM

Thanks for the interview – it takes guts to put yourself out there, while the rest of us are icons on a screen.

I guess you're not going to respond to anything below, but fwiw:

You want more women racing and you see the way to achieve that is through holding more races (even with disparities in prize money)? How does that help? It increases the women in racing because the same 10-20 women are going to more races? Seriously curious. I wonder then what the purpose of prize money is anyway. When I raced, I saw it as an incentive. I was more likely to attend races that paid. It allowed me to continue feeding the habit and offset some of the out of pocket expenses (when I placed of course).

It seems like what's really happening and what folks don't want to say is that ultimately, big US bike corporations don't really care about women in racing. If they do little-to-nothing, it'll stay at 4-5% and that's sufficient for them.

I find the racing-is-everything... we-want-to-win approach pretty interesting. In the last 10 years, racing has seemed increasingly less relevant to what people run even as the coverage has gone through the roof. And guys riding 12hr days at the far ends of the world (EWS) really irrelevant.

Sombrio gear is indeed awesome.

Outside the US, you mentioned that there are lots of women at events - whistler in particular. Part of that is that in those places, riding a bike is part of an everyday lifestyle. You don't have to be an enthusiast to ride a bike in Canada - it's just what people do to get around town, and the transition from that to the sport side of things is much easier.

And Spomer, you mentioned that people say SRAM is just marketing... that's more of a joke. Folks like to say that because companies like SRAM come off as detached and extremely corporate. All people see are the products, new standards and the marketing shoved down their throats. They don't get a sense that the companies are working for them, they don't see the engineers, product managers, factory-workers, etc behind them. These interviews really just reinforce that thinking. 500 engineers? Interview one of them please. Let them talk straight about the rationale behind QR/20mm->15mm->20mm all in a span of 8 years.

And re: boost... "that was a little slow" not because people don't like change, but people don't like knee-jerk standards that invalidate the previous standards with little-to-no good reason. 2% increased stiffness is not a worthwhile reason. Seriously.

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Liked a comment on the item WINNING BIKE: Alexandre Fayolle's Polygon DH9 5/1/2017 11:27 AM

They could have had the same conditions if they had played qualifies right.

Added a comment about video Faceplants and Rock Barrels - Wentz Hauls on Zen Trail in Saint George, UT 4/19/2017 1:54 PM

damn, ouch! Looks like a nice loop!

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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? 4/16/2017 10:56 AM

Ok folks, so 29ers in DH. Now that 29ers have been done... what's next for DH? "Fat DH Bikes?" 32"? (i hear it has better roll over), Pedal assist? Can't wait!

Added reply in a thread 2017 Racing Rumors 4/14/2017 11:02 AM

It's 2017 and we're still talking about wheel size. Wake me up when this is all over.

Added a comment to madelkcycles's bike check 4/6/2017 9:00 AM

Definitely pretty amazing. Surprised that it's still over 30lbs!

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Ellsworth Rogue 60 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/26/2017 11:09 AM

Now that review makes far more sense (looking at the numbers) than the garbage review from Pinkbike.

One thing I would say is you guys need to get a midget tester who can ride the medium because I couldn't ride that thing with its 130mm head tube. Well maybe with a flat bar...more

Added a comment about product review Does It Really Prevent Pinch Flats? Vital Tests the Flat Tire Defender 3/18/2017 11:40 AM

That curb-smashing is impressive! Makes me cringe a little, but cool that there's a product that'll protect rims and air with impacts like that. Very impressive.

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Commencal Meta AM V4.2 from Vital MTB Test Sessions 3/16/2017 6:33 PM

The reviews here are some if not the most thorough in the mountain biking media. I like that you all break stuff as this is something few reviewers readily discuss. The literary and historical references are fun too. I am long time Joseph Conrad fan and I hope to...more

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 5 - Duncan Riffle 3/10/2017 11:10 AM

Cool episode... this episode is co-sponsored by Rad and Knarly

Remember seeing Duncan at a race @ Sears Point raceway back in 2004ish... red jersey... yeah, he was fast & class.

Was wondering about something you said Duncan and wondering if you can clarify a bit because you stopped mid-thought. You described what seemed like a pretty special upbringing... grew up on an estate (?), 1.5 mile from a private beach, etc. Then you said it's a lifestyle, not privilege... and that we all make choices. Mind clarifying that?

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: e*thirteen TRS+ Dropper Post 3/6/2017 12:05 PM

Didn't think I'd have another "new e13" product on my bike ever... this might change my mind.

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Liked a comment on the item Review - 2017 Devinci Django from Vital MTB Test Sessions 2/24/2017 3:46 PM

For some it may seem too technical, but I appreciate the suspension kinematics at the beginning of the review. It gives knowledgeable readers important information, well at least on paper. Also it sets Vital apart from the other magazines by providing a more detailed...more

Liked a comment on the item 17 Questions - Reggie Miller 2/21/2017 6:31 PM

REGGIE! Yess, Vital, Spomer, you guys are killing it lately. My two passions, ball and bike, *uck yeah!

Liked a comment on the item Aaron Gwin's Signature Onza Tire Is More Than Just a Look-alike 2/15/2017 9:01 AM

...that tire looks like it'd be pretty damn awesome.

Liked a comment on the item Aaron Gwin's Signature Onza Tire Is More Than Just a Look-alike 2/14/2017 7:20 PM

News flash to ONZA suits: Your business will grow to its highest peak the first quarter these tires are released to the public. I want these yesterday!

Added a comment about feature Aaron Gwin's Signature Onza Tire Is More Than Just a Look-alike 2/14/2017 7:20 PM

I would guess that Onza tire popularity peaked in the Porcupine days: http://wundel.com/pic/jpg_2/kult_onza_1.jpg I don't see it getting bigger than that! Had some decent versions following that as well in the mid 90s.

These will definitely sell though, and the big numbers are in the trail department.

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