Added reply in a thread The Best Component Upgrade for a Mountain Bike? 3/30/2020 2:33 PM

For all but elite riders? Good quality coaching. Making positive changes to your riding basics and squishing bad habits will do far more to help you down every trail than any bike part could. The better a bike you already own, the more true this becomes. ... more »

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 3/5/2020 12:53 PM

Jeff, slow people don't need heavy tires, strong wheels, or real brakes. This, in turn, makes their bikes much lighter.

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/27/2020 12:25 PM

Very well said Noah, and fully agree. I believe it was Graves who was once quoted at an enduro race saying something along the lines of. You get to choose the parts you put on your bike, parts you trust, you don't get to choose the wight of the bike using those...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 2/26/2020 10:23 AM

My advice to people: do not weigh your bikes - unless you're trying to build up a hill-climb specific bike. There have been a lot of tests and studies about bike weight, and the consensus is, it doesn't matter nearly as much as people think it does. For some...more

Liked a comment on the item TRAIL BIKE MULLET EXPERIMENT - Vital Gear Show 12/23/2019 11:44 PM

79 lacks comedy.

Liked a comment on the item More Range With Two Batteries - This Is the New Scott eRide Line 11/10/2019 10:45 AM

These stupid Mo-peds (that's what they are) are hurting trail access for ALL mtb'er's.

Unless you're disabled or over 75 years old, get your fat ass in shape, learn to ride, and pedal, suffer, push to the top. If you're one of those, "they're so fun! you don't get...more

Liked a comment on the item Rethinking Cross-Country Capability - Norco Revolver FS 1 120 Bike Review 11/8/2019 10:46 AM

Being underbiked is vastly more fun than being overbiked.

Liked a comment on the item On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 11:48 PM

Riding since 88 and you never attained enough fitness to make climbs at least tolerable?

Liked a comment on the item On eMTB's and Mountain Bikes 11/1/2019 1:36 PM

A bike that turns everyone into Nino Schurter on climbs, allows beginners access to the highest (often rowdiest) trails and doubles the distance/trail degradation they can do in the same time is a completely different sport.

Yes I’ve ridden a couple. My comments stand.

Liked a comment on the item Next Level Bike Geometry: An Interview with Chris Porter 10/19/2019 12:27 AM

Something that I think gets lost in the discussion is this: the majority of people who buy mountain bikes suck at riding, ride somewhere boring, or both. It's all cool if a 1280mm wheelbase and 64 head angle works for me, someone who used to be fast, but that same...more

Liked a comment on the item Enduro World Series launches EWS-E! 10/9/2019 11:43 AM

Make believe racing for pseudo-athletes too lazy to pedal an actual bicycle? Stop kidding yourselves and just buy motorcycles already.

Liked a comment on the item Yeti SB150 Custom 9/12/2019 11:49 AM

I like it, but wish it was more expensive.

Liked a comment on the item LOOK AT THE DUST! Enduro World Series Northstar Stage POV 2019 8/24/2019 2:10 AM

could you imagine how hard it would be to see with no eyebrows?!?!

Liked a comment on the item Zerode Taniwha - Slightly Modified 7/29/2019 11:44 PM

Jared I hope your other pivot bolt falls out on your canyon

Liked a comment on the item WINNING BIKE - Loic Bruni's Prototype Specialized Demo 6/11/2019 2:18 PM

31.8 Aluminium handlebar & DT Swiss EX471 - 25mm inner width Aluminium rims... SuperBruni doesn't need your new standards!

Liked a comment on the item WINNING BIKE - Loic Bruni's Prototype Specialized Demo 6/11/2019 2:18 PM

There are components and designs that give a real performance advantage. Carbon fiber is not one of them. Weight is clearly not a major concern for downhill racers in 2019, otherwise they wouldn't willfully be putting 300 gram pool noodles in their tires and riding aluminum parts.

Liked a comment on the item WINNING BIKE - Loic Bruni's Prototype Specialized Demo 6/11/2019 2:18 PM

I think the part that sucks is paying $600-1000 more for a carbon frame with no benefit. If you add up carbon handlebars, wheels, and cranks, too, you’re at about $2500-3000 extra for no benefit. And when I say “no benefit,” I mean to say World Cup guys are the biggest tweakers out...more

Liked a comment on the item Tested: Roval's No-Nonsense Traverse SL Wheelset 6/4/2019 11:25 AM

Mountain bikers: "If it's not free, it's a bit pricey."

Also: "The wheel bearings roll extremely smoothly and notably faster than most wheelsets..."

How are you able to zero in on the bearings and feel this phenomena, and compare it objectively to other wheels? Do you have...more

Liked a comment on the item So Here Is Sam Hill's 29er Enduro Race Bike... 5/9/2019 2:35 AM

DH22 couldn't look more like a Magic Mary.

Liked a comment on the item So Here Is Sam Hill's 29er Enduro Race Bike... 5/9/2019 2:35 AM

Don’t care just wanna seem him beat Maes.