Liked a bike check EVIL The Following 2/26/2015 10:35 AM
Liked a comment on the item First Look: 2015 ENVE Mountain Stem 2/26/2015 10:34 AM

Liked a comment on the item First Look: 2015 ENVE Mountain Stem 2/26/2015 10:34 AM

when you are thinking of buying a 270$ stem, evrey part of your bike must already be full bling bling 4 stars top of the notch champagne like.

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Orange Alpine 160 RS 2/26/2015 8:03 AM

Yeah those Alpines and Fives are the most beautiful and simple bikes out there IMHO. I know it's not a popular opinion in today's carbon crazy world though!! Can't wait to get them over here, as getting one right now is pretty much impossible short of flying over there and buying...more

Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Orange Alpine 160 RS 2/26/2015 8:03 AM

"the ideal rear suspension feel was never achieved"

I think that's why it wasn't rated that highly. Pretty important for a full suspension bike.

The welds and chain slap were just a tiny part of the review. The suspension was the main part. On a full suspension bike, if the rear...more

Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Orange Alpine 160 RS 2/26/2015 7:57 AM

This.
(I do think it can be made to work better, perhaps with a different shock etc, but that would stray too far from providing a review of how the bike felt 'as is'. I'm not bothered with the comments about the welds and lack of chain protector, or the derailleur issue - the rear suspension feel is key to the rating I think)

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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Orange Alpine 160 RS 2/25/2015 4:03 PM

Poor looking welds a nice touch for a hand made frame? lol
Dirt UK also wasn't pleased with the finish of their test bike.
If it looks questionable it should be pointed out.

ps. not bashing the bike, I like this new Five and they finally made the front long enough...

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Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Orange Alpine 160 RS 2/25/2015 4:03 PM

Kind of ironic coming from a guy who criticized another poster in the 2013 Test Sessions Knolly Chilcotin review by saying "let's not get butt hurt because the review isn't exactly the same as how you feel about the bike."

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Liked a bike check Knolly Warden "The Hulk" 2/17/2015 5:34 PM
Added a comment about feature First Look: Q36R Quick Release System for FOX 36 Forks 2/9/2015 12:37 PM

not seen a new style 36 myself but surely there must be a way to somewhat duplicate the original QR solution...

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Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Canfield Balance 2/6/2015 8:00 PM

Assuming the frame is made in Taiwan, could it be made in the same location as Banshee?

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Liked a comment on the item DOWNHILL VS ENDURO - Race Report from the RockShox Enduro Challenge 2/2/2015 5:47 PM

Due to the nature of photographing Enduro, you can really only chase the top men. If you hang around to wait for the women, then you would probably only get two goes at each and miss the finish. I would have loved to get more women's stuff. The very little I did get gets...more

Added a comment about slideshow DOWNHILL VS ENDURO - Race Report from the RockShox Enduro Challenge 2/2/2015 2:32 PM

vitalmtb apparently also doesn't cover the women's event, like that other website ;-)

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Liked a comment on the item The Jerome Clementz Interview 1/30/2015 9:33 AM

Good interview. Rad questions. Jerome seems cool.

Liked a bike check Production privee Shan 27,5 1/28/2015 6:54 PM
Added a comment about product review 2015 Test Sessions: Trek Slash 9.8 Carbon 27.5 1/23/2015 4:55 PM

they at least discussed braking specifically...

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Liked a comment on the item 2015 Test Sessions: Trek Slash 9.8 Carbon 27.5 1/23/2015 4:56 PM

Vital, I'm getting tired of "don't let the slack head tube angle fool you" and "one of the most well rounded" jargon. We hear that every review. I appreciate your hard work but this review tells me nothing.--Actually it tells me that this, the Nomad, the Spartan, the (insert any...more

Liked a bike check 2011 Reign XO 1/12/2015 6:59 PM
Added reply in a thread Do you use climbing-specific suspension features like lock-out? 1/12/2015 2:38 PM

typically leave my Float CTD in Trail, it only goes to Climb when I know the long climb ahead or to D in case of a familiar technical downhill. Bike is a Banshee Spitfire V2.