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Liked a comment on the item Vital Test Sessions - Transition Spire 10/14/2021 4:44 PM

Interestingly, if you look at all the EWS racers, it seems that a lot of them opt for a slightly harsher setup, one that rides a little more playfully, and like a smaller bike. It seems like these smaller bikes, the Orbea, the Spire and the Canyon Strive really are quickest if...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital Test Sessions - Transition Spire 10/14/2021 4:43 PM

Are you me? I've also had my Spire with an X2 for about two weeks and it feels amazing. I just raced it over the weekend at Ashland and moved up 6 places in my category compared to the early season on my old Patrol. I set the rear end up with reccommended settings based on the...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital Test Sessions - Transition Spire 10/14/2021 4:43 PM

I've had my Spire for around two weeks now and have been very impressed with it. It's interesting that you & other sites have said the rear suspension is harsh - that's just about the last word I would use to describe it. That super deluxe shock must be doing the bike...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/14/2021 4:38 PM

I love what GG has done with its platform, the fact that you are able to do all that on one bike is so cool. There's a lot of darn good bikes out there!

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/14/2021 4:37 PM

Good feedback. I had a Sentinel v1, and loved how it handled but didn't like the lack of progressivity. The newer Transitions have addressed that. I'm the same height as the test group (5'8") and currently riding a mullet setup (Megatrail), and it just handles better all around for me than a full 29....more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/14/2021 4:36 PM

We'd still peg the Spire as an all-rounder as-is. It was right in the mix for sure. Perhaps comparing it to the Sentinal is more accurate. Riders wanting to get out there all day but find the Sentinal a little short in the legs will be pumped on the Spire.

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/14/2021 4:35 PM

I went through that sequence with my 2021 Enduro, it came with a gnardog plus one spacer and it was harsh. Pulling the dog out was too little, 2 spacers was a little soft still and just the dog was starting to get harsh again. Trying out a Jade X now which seems to have promise but it’s still early...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/14/2021 4:34 PM

I don't agree with your SD assessment. I had a coil SD on a 2021 Demo and the thing was just lifeless and harsh as well. Sure, it was the base model with just LSC and rebound, but even fully open it just felt "non active" and really didn't like to move. I don't know what kind of IFP pressure they are...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/14/2021 4:33 PM

I've tried a number of different shock configurations on a number of different bikes. The idea that the Super Deluxe is somehow a bad air shock is a bit of a misnomer. What the Super Deluxe does lack is the tunability of a Float X2, but in outright performance, I'd say its right up there with the best...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/14/2021 4:30 PM

Of the shocks that have come through our testing offices this past year, few have been as impressive as that DHX2 coil. No doubt it would make the Spire a more supple rig.

The 38 is every bit as good as the Zeb, and vice versa. It's purely subjective with those two. It just merited mentioned the...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/14/2021 4:29 PM

I see they are turbine r's and not next's,my bad! Still a much better and lower weight option than the one's on the Spire.
Do you think the Spire would have performed better with Coil/X2 ? I never rode a bike where the superdeluxe was very good.
Also,very interested to know how the Zeb is better than...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/14/2021 4:28 PM

Funny you mention the bars on the Orbea. Two of our testers found them too stiff and would ditch them. The Orbea also has alloy wheels, not carbon. Lastly, the Zeb is an amazing fork and again, preferable to some in the crew.

The only bike with the carbon bar/wheels/cranks/38 combo is the Banshee.

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/14/2021 4:27 PM

Stoked to see the return of Vital Test Sessions!
Do you feel like the Spire would be more well rounded with a coil?
I've been considering a hypothetical carbon version of the new Patrol vs. the Rallon, and am assuming a lot of the suspension characteristics of the Spire will carry over to the Patrol.

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/14/2021 4:27 PM

Or even an X2. Pinkbike said it wasn't as easy to get a good setup with Rockshox. Mine has the X2 and the rear end feels great, but I can't compare to these others

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/14/2021 4:26 PM

Do you think its a linkage design problem or a damper problem? Would it be less harsh with an X2 or a coil?

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/14/2021 4:26 PM

The only place it could have gone is to #1, we loved the Spire. I tested and owned a Scout on these same trails with an air shock. That platform was somehow not as harsh.

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/14/2021 4:26 PM

Curious if a coil on the Spire would have ranked it a bit higher.

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/14/2021 4:25 PM

Any chances you could add measured weights? I saw that flash on the screen a few times on the video.

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/14/2021 4:25 PM

The individual reviews have the sizes but I will update this overview page to reflect that. You got it, they were all mediums (size 2 in the case of GG)

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions - Enduro Bikes 10/14/2021 4:25 PM

Can you list the sizes you tested? I'm assuming they are mediums.