Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 4/30/2015 8:35 AM

A big rock flew off my front tire and saw bladed my brake hose clean in half. New brake hose = $50. I'd say it's a valid complaint.

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 4/30/2015 8:34 AM

ive never been in a car crash so i dont need a seat belt

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 4/30/2015 8:34 AM

It is the most consistently pointed out "negative" point in Enduro reviews in bike media. However, in years of riding Enduros, I can say it is a non-issue. The cable might have a few marks from thrown rock strikes, but that is about it. I rode 2 Enduros for 8 years. Same...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 4/30/2015 8:33 AM

I agree with Kellen1230... What is the problem?

You want a source that shows the RC is the same as the RCT3? Go take them both apart...

Damping: They both have the exact same low speed compression adjustment (Different knobs), except the RCT3 has 3 position compression...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Specialized Enduro Elite 650B 4/30/2015 8:32 AM

As we discussed below, what exactly is this "problem"? The RC is the same damper as the RCT3, but without the complicated internals that offer the open/pedal/lock positioning. Why would the RC be any less sensitive than the RCT3 - if anything I would predict that the RC...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon X01 4/30/2015 8:05 AM

Bturman is correct. I did have a Nomad that I bought, and rode for months. I sold it because I preferred something else. The ability to give high praise for a bike that wasn't exactly what I wanted should reinforce the idea of unbiased reviews. Star rating aside, there are...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon X01 4/30/2015 8:03 AM

Cheers for voicing your concern. Part of the reason why we have multiple testers ride each bike is so that a system of checks and balances is in place, preventing scenarios like the one you mention. In this case I personally verified the statements written above by Steve, the...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Pivot Mach 6 Carbon X01 4/30/2015 7:40 AM

The head angle change does have to do with the wheelbase, but more specifically, the front center measurement. Even for larger riders, if this measurement pushes too far out, the bike will have more of a tendency to push or flop so depending on the bike model and the amount that...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 4/30/2015 6:45 AM

For reference, here's the previous review TRex mentions: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Mondraker/Foxy-XR,11747

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 4/30/2015 6:11 AM

Changing standards and trends are a non-issue if you follow the formula I outlined; you are current with every standard because you have a new bike every year. I'm not saying upgrade your components every year, I am saying upgrade your entire bike every year.

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 4/30/2015 6:11 AM

"The Scourge of the Industry"? Really? So you must be on a 26" bike with a straight steerer, V-brakes, and 8spd cassette?

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 4/30/2015 6:11 AM

Sweet! Been looking forward to the Test Sessions!

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 4/30/2015 6:09 AM

It's a three part process to have a fleet of highend bikes without any debt.

First, step up slowly; Rome wasn't built in a day. Start with a budget trail bike, ride it, save at the same time just like you did for the first bike, sell, buy nicer. Then do the same next season with that...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 4/30/2015 6:09 AM

That's what I'm seeing in the CO front range. Serious money/credit being used like it's nothing. Glad people seem to be doing well ;-)

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 4/30/2015 6:08 AM

The majority of the bikes I'm seeing on the trails in the SF Bay Area are 5k at a minimum. Many are closer to 8-10k builds on carbon frames. Ibis Mojo, Ripleys, Santa Cruz, and Specialized seem to rule the trails in the area. Wide variety of owners. Everyone from military (me),...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 4/30/2015 6:08 AM

nope, negative.

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 4/30/2015 6:08 AM

I know for me and so many others, we've just bought a new bike every year or two and put a new 1k into them. I don't have money for 8k bikes but a 5k bike is alright(plus it helps when you buy from the same shop for the past almost decade and they hook it up a bit)

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 4/30/2015 6:08 AM

I think it's the guys that can't afford the $8000 bikes

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 4/30/2015 6:07 AM

Bottom-out + Turman's goofy shred face

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Vital MTB Trail Bike Test Sessions Introduction 4/30/2015 6:07 AM

quote from the article "Keep in mind that this is not a shootout, and bikes were ridden and reviewed individually with their relative merits in mind."