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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB's $2,000 Mountain Bike Comparison 11/15/2019 10:26 AM
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An XL with a 430mm seat tube. Rift Zone really pushing things. Opens up 210 droppers for the tall guys, but why not also open it up for short people too? 390 not quite enough for 210 for me, but due to the kink in the seat tube that doesn't matter anyways as I wouldn't be able to insert it very far.

Seeing the Giant's geo in imperial is just foreign to my eyes, despite me being an American.

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Added a comment about feature 2020 Norco Sight - We Ride the Radical New Geometry of this Next-Generation Trail Bike 10/30/2019 6:29 PM
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Is this the "next wave" of geo evolution that Brandon Turman was predicting when he reviewed the Patrol (SBG)?

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Added a comment about product review The Enduro Standard For Good Reason 10/27/2019 5:21 AM
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Beware that the chinguard is attached to the main shell by the plastic shell, and that there's a thinned "seam" where it is weakest. Looks like a design oversight to me. Just wanted to get this out there if anyone's concerned about safety. Don't want a chinbar breaking and smacking your face with a jagged plastic edge anyways, when you want it to protect that very part.

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Added a comment to ardor's bike check 10/20/2019 8:08 AM
Voltron: GeoMetron G1

Is that dropper really 210mm or is it partially lowered?

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Added a comment to barakzo's bike check 10/20/2019 8:06 AM
Rocky Mountain Altitude C90 2019

What frame size and dropper post length? Tried to look for a frame decal, but I guess it's on top of the top tube, knowing older Rocky Mtn frames.

Size Med and 150? 457 seat tube length?

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Added a comment to bullit398's bike check 10/20/2019 8:02 AM
Yeti SB150

Size L, right? Also, you switched to Shimano 12 speed RD and shifter, but not cassette because of the lack of P321 microdrive?

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Added a comment about press release New 2020 Mountain Bikes from Orange - Long and Slack 9/9/2019 2:08 AM
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Stay off the jumps and drops, else you will learn what too much weight on the front feels like the hard way when you (and your bike) become a lawn dart. Can't wait to hear your complaints about your lower back being sore and your worries about buzzing your ass on the rear tire, from needing to shift your weight back, to compensate for the bike having too much weight up front.

Good luck figuring out why you can't copy Loic Bruni's riding style where he stays mostly centered and motionless besides his arms, because you think you should have chainstays that are 40mm longer despite having similar wheelbase... oh wait, you don't even consider the wheelbase, being picky instead about HA and reach.

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Added a comment about press release New 2020 Mountain Bikes from Orange - Long and Slack 9/5/2019 4:23 PM
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I'm suggesting that the brands do the scale measurement for weight bias, not use some shitty FC/CS ratio that is meaningless. Hard to simplify it into easy math--I can't even imagine how they can even simulate it accurately. Most brands are simply guessing regarding where the bike's CoM is, with rider on board. How do they even determine what position to put them in, to consistently compare with all other bikes?

That's why I suggest the scale measurement, with a rider in an effortless/comfortable natural/neutral standing position, one that isn't pulling nor pushing on the bars.

This way, they can tune the CS according to the WB (or size), rather than simply keeping CS the same and adding or subtracting 1-2" to the seat tube and top tube for each size.

Santa Cruz making all their newly released bikes have adjustable chainstay lengths is a start. Forbidden is doing it right with their Druid. Norco is probably just guessing, if their Revolver is anything to go by. YT is starting to get it too. Seems that only Forbidden has CS dialed for S and M though...

The industry trend seems to dial in bikes using pro athlete feedback, who tend to be L (XC racers mostly XL). The SB150 is an exception, since they dialed it in for the EWS racers and arbitrarily called it a M, when such dimensions typically belong on a L.

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Added a comment about press release New 2020 Mountain Bikes from Orange - Long and Slack 9/5/2019 9:16 AM
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I don't get your push-up comment. The ideal stance is a neutral one that uses your core and legs, with the arms not pushing nor pulling and not using your lower back to hold up your upper body. Coaches train up many kids using such a stance: it's called the athletic position. It's different from the bend at the waist position, which might have you doing push-ups/pull-ups.

CS too long has your lower back doing a lot of bump absorption as you are pushing yourself back into sort of an aero position, with butt over the rear wheel, in order to compensate for the 55:45 weight bias (by getting weight more rearward to make that equivalent to 60:40). If you don't, you have problems like the rear wheel taking a taller trajectory than the front wheel off of jumps.

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Added a comment about press release New 2020 Mountain Bikes from Orange - Long and Slack 9/4/2019 12:54 PM
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All these long chainstays reminds me of that FIM E-Xbike race, where almost everyone was racing while firmly sitting their ass in the saddle. Are they forgetting the importance of fore-aft balance in vehicle dynamics, with this overly forward weight bias design?

The Phase is the exception. That one looks dialed. If only they did something as simple as putting scales under each wheel and measuring the weight distro and tried to design in fore aft balance with CS and WB length, get it more to 60% rear 40% front out of the saddle (maybe 65:35 in saddle), rather than 55:45 or worse (worse being even more forward, like 50:50). I'd expect 450mm CS for 1300mm WB. A lot of brands are getting it right with 435mm CS for 1230ish WB (430 for 1210, 425 for 1190, etc.).

Can't do much about the linear shock stroke without adding complexity. Rather have better geo, even if it results in less progressiveness in the shock. Just move the shock forward and steepen the STA to get more rear wheel clearance. Shorten the seat tube to 15" for the smallest size while you're at it, and cap the length to 18" in largest, because 210mm droppers exist.

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Added a comment about feature Vital Rides the All-New Canyon Strive 29 8/24/2019 7:43 AM
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Sad that the slack and long seat tube of this bike are considered compromises compared to Ibis and Santa Cruz (and more recently Spec).

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Added a comment about press release Shootout: Tire Inserts Tested by Independent Lab 6/28/2019 11:02 AM
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You talking about the graphs that magnify the scale, like from 30 to 45, rather than showing 0 to 45?

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Added a comment about press release Shootout: Tire Inserts Tested by Independent Lab 6/26/2019 3:31 PM
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I'm saying that if I were to buy a foam insert, I'd be more confident in my choice if it were based on comparison data like this, as opposed to just deciding based on weight, price, putting trust in my imagination/belief that it's "just foam", and from putting relatively blind trust in other peoples' opinions.

My comment was encouragement for doing such comparison tests. I also was making a joke about my shopping habits that I reluctantly do in absence of such data. Just thought it'd be unfortunate if this kind of stuff got so much negative feedback, to the point that companies would be reluctant to do more of it.

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Added a comment about press release Shootout: Tire Inserts Tested by Independent Lab 6/25/2019 10:01 AM
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This is the kind of stuff I like to see, that gives me more confidence in my choices! Sadly, I doubt having data like this will do much to beat the prevailing wisdom (sarcasm), such as "it's just foam" or "it weighs less and is half the cost." Those who didn't pick CushCore will likely defend their choice, convincing themselves that "it works just fine" and "I haven't had any problems". "This many people [without CushCore] can't be wrong." Or they may resort to picking out the cases where CushCore didn't protect the rider from failure, even unrelated failures that any insert can't do anything about...

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Added a comment about video E-Bike Allows Cam & Tyler McCaul's Dad to Ride With Them 3/18/2019 3:26 PM

Ah, I misread. I thought you were identifying types of people based on their behavior patterns, like [ignorant] types that think those pushing ebikes are getting paid to do so, as if selling out. The types actually acting out to boycott brands, advocacy groups, and media sites, are...

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Added a comment about video E-Bike Allows Cam & Tyler McCaul's Dad to Ride With Them 3/18/2019 2:42 PM

What do you call the people who spoke out that they refuse to support companies that don't shame ebikes?

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Added a comment about video E-Bike Allows Cam & Tyler McCaul's Dad to Ride With Them 3/17/2019 3:10 PM

My impression: the old man needed the royal treatment to even discover the experience of trail riding. I call that the "princess tax", similar to paying a premium for things since it weighs less. If I criticize the ebike, then I also criticize the weight weenism (for those who aren't milliseconds off from being on the podium). I rather just criticize that people give up too easily...

I'll also criticize that ebikes are just bikes with a motor and power source added. I'd be more impressed if they brought innovation/change that helped cycling as a whole. An efficient gearbox wouldn't be a bad start, but I think I'm dreaming still... doubt anyone would want to pedal a gearbox ebike without the power from the battery helping.

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Added a comment about feature Aaron Gwin's Size XL Intense M29 with Kenda Tires - Intense Factory Racing 2019 Unveiled 1/23/2019 11:51 AM
ninjichor

I've probably worn through the sticky rubber already on my Hellkat, but it was seriously unreal how grippy it was when I first got it. Heck, 1 bike park run at Skypark seriously had me close to ripping knobs off of it. Pro version with ICB RSR KVS. Looking to compare with the 29er Assegai. Definitely in the same league, along with Magic Mary (purple addix). Mega draggy though.

Butcher and DHF didn't seem to be in the same league anymore (in a lower tier), but I see that Spec now has the eliminator. The Hellkat's grip on its harder inner rubber compound seems to be not really any worse than standard trail bike tires in terms of handling (my fav is the the DHR2 DC EXO/TR).

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Added a comment about video Casing Rocks is Bad. Vital RAW with Vero and Leo Sandler 11/28/2018 3:37 PM

0:58 for the rear wheel explosion

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Added a comment about press release Introducing the World's Lightest 80mm Dropper - BikeYoke Divine SL 10/17/2018 3:02 PM
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I'm just boggled as to what that frame, tire, and saddle are. I've seen such designs before, but can't put a name to them.

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