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mtbmikeharris

Lives in: Littleton, CO USA

Member since: 09/13/11

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Liked a comment on the item It's Electric! SRAM's Wireless Eagle AXS and RockShox Reverb AXS Details 2/10/2019 4:37 PM

Tokyo 2020. Is there a Japanese SRAM competitor?

Added a comment about feature The Inside Line Podcast - Kyle Warner 11/9/2018 1:43 PM
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One of the best Mountain Bike podcasts of the year, such a great story.

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Added reply in a thread ALL THINGS LOSINJ, CROATIA WORLD CUP 4/23/2018 10:53 AM

Fantastic coverage this week, best coverage of any site IMHO. Loved the interviews after and the variety of coverage. Keep up the good work!

Liked a bike check Yeti SB5.5c Top Shelf Shred Monster 10/30/2016 9:30 PM
Yeti SB5.5c Top Shelf Shred Monster
Liked a comment on the item Vital RAW - #TBT Gold Hill, Colorado, 2001 10/28/2016 6:46 AM

Lawd, the NOISE those bikes made! I was able to identify noises made by derailleurs, chains, frames, chainguides, forks, rear shocks... I think I even heard the damper blow in that X-Vert! HA! #wevegotitsogoodthesedays

Liked a bike check Yeti SB6C "Blackbird" 10/1/2016 8:37 AM
Yeti SB6C "Blackbird"
Liked a comment on the item Jeff Brines-approved 10/1/2016 8:28 AM

Just take my money already!! (ps, could have gone bigger...)

Liked a comment on the item Tested: 2016 Yeti SB5.5c X01 7/21/2016 2:01 PM

Yeah, and its one reason I can feel a bit of uncertainty toward my own review. I don't want to steer somebody wrong despite my personal feelings toward a ride. Obviously, I liked this bike. But I can't say its a 4.5 star bike for EVERYONE. For the right rider, its a 5 star performing...more

Added a comment about product review Tested: 2016 Yeti SB5.5c X01 7/21/2016 11:11 AM
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These kinds of debates are what 300 post comments are made from, there just isn't "right" answer? Haha. Who you ride with, where you live, what terrain like to ride, etc... At least there isn't as much trolling on this site vs the other one.

Anyway, I use the same argument with the lifted pickup, but more power to those guys if that's what they want and really helps up their FigJam game at the trailhead. I live in the Denver, Front Range and only have one "modern" bike a SB66c @150mm, and use for sure bikepark/burlier trail but do a lot of XC too, even a lap on WhiteRim on Minions which was a dumb choice. Interesting as well, when I got it in 2012, I had a 200mm DH bike which I sold b/c the SB66c was so much better at everything once my skills caught up, like you said about skill/fitness matters more than travel.

Spent a couple of days in Moab on the newer SB5 and while better, still similar enough to the SB66 IMHO. Also think an argument could be made about how the level of speed and aggression you put into a trail can have a big influence on bike and fun which I guess is just defacto if you race. A 8-10min run down lower Ahab is a very different experience than a 15-20min ride.

My buddies are smoking me on their long travel 29'ers on some sections of trails and they all have good things to say about the new stiffness of the newer bikes, so I can see one in my future for sure.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2016 Yeti SB5.5c X01 7/21/2016 9:01 AM
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Jeff, have rarely seen a reviewer so responsive to questions and have such great insight, thank you!

One debate I have with my riding buddies when looking at bikes is "too much front travel", seems like this crop of 29ers have all been at 160mm including the recently released Slash but I keep hearing the argument (from guys who haven't ridden them) that's too much travel for a 29'er, too much travel for a bike that will climb so much, too much travel unless you are racing enduro. Similar argument as not using a current gen Nomad or SB6 for your daily driver. Anyway I think asking the how much travel question is often like asking the ski length question on TGR the answer is more is better but I do see a lot of people riding long travel bikes well below their potential.

Do you think the root of the argument is most people don't push the bike hard enough to use the travel, but they could progress where they would benefit?

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Added a comment about product review First Look, First Ride: 2016 Yeti SB5.5c 29er 7/14/2016 9:27 PM
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Video was really a nice addition to the review, I see this as as being on the short list for my next bike and appreciate the insight.

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Liked a comment on the item First Look, First Ride: 2016 Yeti SB5.5c 29er 7/14/2016 9:06 PM

You make a good point here - a lot of people forget that Boost isn't just about wheel stiffness. Having that extra space in BB/Yoke area (small though it may seem to non-engin-nerds) is a pretty major ingredient in what allows us to shorten the CS's and add enough material/structure to...more