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Liked a comment about product review What Does Vital Think? The New Santa Cruz MEGAtower 3/19/2019 10:47 AM

"Excellent" value? Really?

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Liked a comment about product review What Does Vital Think? The New Santa Cruz MEGAtower 3/19/2019 10:47 AM

Companies like SC and Specialized provide a lot more testing and tuning that can't be seen. They are tuning ride qualities, specific frame stiffness vs flex characteristics, etc. Compare that to other smaller companies that are just going to the point of "it won't break". That last 5% adds significant cost, sometimes way beyond the engineering costs of the basic frame.

So does SC provide value? Absolutely, it may not be value that everyone wants to pay for though. A Camaro ZL1 1LE is as fast as a Porsche GT3 and half the cost. Are there differences? Yep. Do both provide tremendous value? Yep. Does everyone appreciate the value of each? Nope.

YMMV

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Liked a comment about video Why Does Loic Bruni's Suspension Work So Well? 2/28/2019 3:32 PM

You have to be a great rider like Loic and have the team to setup the equipment. You can't have one or the other. The skill of both Loic and his team are what make this happen. I don't think this thinking undermines Loic's skill. He's an outstanding rider and it's that ability coupled with the rest of the team that gets this type of performance.

Best of luck next season Loic!

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Liked a comment about video Why Does Loic Bruni's Suspension Work So Well? 2/28/2019 10:04 AM

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Liked a comment about video Why Does Loic Bruni's Suspension Work So Well? 2/28/2019 10:04 AM

Great stuff Vital.

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Bike of the Day February 19, 2019!

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Liked a comment about product review Tested: Miranda's Fully Modular XMOD MTB Carbon Crankset 2/14/2019 2:36 PM

Eh. I'd argue some of the highest stress parts are engineered out of carbon in other sports (F1 for instance - take a look at what drive axles are made of...). Its not an issue of material.

My $0.02 is is one of "being able to tell". Is your ride actually better with these? Can you actually tell these are on your bike? Cranks used to suck on bikes. I'd break lots of them, or I'd be riding a 3 piece BMX crank that was ridiculously heavy.

Now? Not so much. While I might lack the swank factor, affordable middle-of-the-road SRAM, Raceface and Shimano cranks flat work, to the point I am positive I couldn't tell the difference between any of them besides what I read on the internet . They are all affordable, durable cranks that work super well with a single ring setup, guide or not.

I like to think of myself as having crazy attention to detail, being able to pick up the slightest nuanced change of a ride. But I can't tell you the last time I was like "oh man these cranks are ______" They just are an invisible component of the equation at this point. I can't parse out anything beyond that.

My pallet ends there I guess.

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Liked a comment about feature It's Electric! SRAM's Wireless Eagle AXS and RockShox Reverb AXS Details 2/6/2019 12:35 PM

Can't deny... A cockpit with fewer cables would be pretty sick

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