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Added a comment about video Charging Hard, Vaea Verbeeck Shows Why She Is the Reigning Queen of Crankworx 3/8/2020 10:04 AM

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 3/1/2020 8:05 PM

It's in large part due to Maxxis EXO+ and DD tires. The Assegai 2.5WT EXO+ is 1,125 g and the Aggressor 2.3 DD is 1,115 g. That's a whopping 2,240 for the pair. Take about a pound off the bike weights for a slightly different tire spec in an EXO version (DHR or...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 3/1/2020 8:04 PM

Great comparison. These bikes all look like a bundle of fun. One suggestion would be to show the antisquat curve through the gear range rather than through the travel range. We all pedal in the 15% to 45% sag range 99.9% of the time, which gives us a pretty...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 3/1/2020 8:02 PM

Also, if we can get 250 people to pre-order and pay in full. I'm sure we could build a Phantom V3 frame that weighs in at only 2.5lbs including shock and axle. Same geo and everything. Only caveat is this frame will only come with a 7 day warranty, and High...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 3/1/2020 8:01 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 3/1/2020 7:59 PM

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 Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 3/1/2020 7:57 PM

I kind of touched on this below. I do agree the bikes are heavier than we'd like to see, but the truth is these bikes are still running the same parts as your heavier longer travel bike such as...

Tires; you could get away with EXO, but with less travel its...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 3/1/2020 7:56 PM

Guessing you don't like admitting "I'm wrong". Fun fact, I do it all the time. Liberating. I also learn that way.

Yes, more aggressive riders would prefer a more progressive design. I've ridden the bike. It isn't God Awful, but I did find it to use more of the...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 3/1/2020 7:55 PM

Sorry, but no.

This is the same old adage of people going "VPP has this type of leverage ratio curve (the upside down U)". As we've seen in the current crop of VPP bikes, this is not true. There is a reason the engineers at SC designed the old VPP stuff this...more

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 3/1/2020 7:52 PM

Dude. What world are you living in where reasonably priced ($5K) enduro bikes with real tires somehow weighs less than the bikes in this test? Are you infusing your tubes with helium? Adding speed holes to your frame? Have a dentist budget (sorry dentists)?

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 3/1/2020 7:52 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 3/1/2020 7:50 PM

As with all test Sessions, excellent work Vital! The Banshee family was honored to be a part of this one, and glad the Phantom treated you well!

Liked a comment on the item The Inside Line Listener Response - The Bermification of Mountain Biking? 1/31/2020 6:40 AM

Coming from the pnw flow trails were always jump trails. It wasn't until I took my bike with me on some midwest trips that I learned what a poorly designed mess some flow trails could be.

Really I think we need to change the wording when it comes to trails. Jump...more

Liked a comment on the item The Inside Line Listener Response - The Bermification of Mountain Biking? 1/31/2020 6:40 AM

I have a deep affection for ALL mountain bike trails, from the prehistoric fall line dinosaur trails I learned on to the newest, most blown out and unmaintained green circle flow trail.

Liked a comment on the item The Inside Line Listener Response - The Bermification of Mountain Biking? 1/31/2020 6:39 AM

Wow, I really just had to stop listening. I’ve never heard so much raw opinion, covered up with “just my personal opinion here”! Seriously, does nobody get that the “sport” of mountain biking is also just something people do for fun? It’s not dumbing things down, it’s...more

Liked a comment on the item The Inside Line Listener Response - The Bermification of Mountain Biking? 1/27/2020 8:48 PM

Sure, a machine built trail costs more than a volunteer built trail. But if you're a ski area/bike park that is trying to monetize land by getting more people riding it, than a machine built trail will generally pay for itself faster. As for equipment rentals, you're...more

Liked a comment on the item The Inside Line Listener Response - The Bermification of Mountain Biking? 1/27/2020 8:48 PM

From a builder’s standpoint, we now consider a “flow trail” one that (generally) is machine built, minimal natural features, designed and shaped top to bottom with mountain bikes in mind. I’d say that, although I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting WBP, A-Line is a...more

Liked a comment on the item The Inside Line Listener Response - The Bermification of Mountain Biking? 1/27/2020 8:46 PM

i talked with a whistler local who's built trail in the valley there for years and knows the scene and people. in ignorance, mentioned the same thing to him, "earth circus has to be way more expensive than a hand-built trail like miss fire." his response was that is...more

Added a comment about feature The Inside Line Listener Response - The Bermification of Mountain Biking? 1/26/2020 2:28 PM
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That was a good listen! I am a bit surprised to hear so many people automatically equate "flow" with "easy". When I think of flow, I think of A-Line and Dirt Merchant in Whistler - wide enough to drive a truck down, lots of berms, lots of tables, but in no way shape or form could they be considered "beginner". Also at WBP is Angry Pirate, listed as a tech trail, but with loads of flow, despite its relatively narrow width and an assortment of roots and rocks. I'd also consider Moab's Captain Ahab and Squamish's Rupert as flow trails. Closer to home [Calgary], most of our "flow" trails have rocks and roots, steeps and some small drops. What makes them flow is good design, where riders can move from one feature to another, carrying the right amount of speed on the right line.

I find that the techy/puzzler trails tend to have similar features, but bad connections between them; you're JRA and all of a sudden - SURPRISE MOTHER****ER - there's jank hiding behind a tree to mess with you. If the approach was a little different, you'd roll the rock, or drop the root step, or whatever and away you go on to the next feature. Instead, you need to have exactly the right line and/or technique to avoid landing in the rhubarb. I like a challenge as much as the next rider, but I don't need every trail to be a Rubik's Cube - it's fun to go fast, gap some stuff and drift some corners too.

I get that some flow trails are designed to require the absolute minimum of skill. In that case, maybe ride them faster for more challenge? Could gapping from berm to berm be an option? See how far you can get without pedalling or without braking? Rip the berms like Bryn Atkinson? It all sounds like fun to me...

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Liked a comment on the item Amazingly quiet with instant engagement 1/8/2020 8:52 PM

The best part of the onyx is the zero drag of these hubs at speed.