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Liked a comment on the item Thank you, Brandon Turman 10/26/2020 1:41 AM

Cheers, guys. Truly honored by all the support and kind words from the MTB community.

It's been an incredible decade covering the scene and testing bikes for the world to see. Thanks to everyone that aided the efforts and tuned into the many features Vital and I created over the years. It takes a team, and...more

Added a comment about product review Is This the Benchmark Trail Bike? The All-New Specialized Stumpjumper Line 10/15/2020 10:36 PM
stiingya

Maybe you should have said "progressive"? No argument that there are bikes with steeper STA's.

But 76/65 and 76.5/65.5 are modern numbers, especially for a 130mm trail bike. I wouldn't say those two bikes were apples to apples with the Stumpy. Both are more travel, the TR I believe a review said was a "mini enduro" bike. The 141 literally "is" a mini enduro bike since it's mostly a 161 with a tweak and shorter travel. So those two are probably somewhere between the new Stumpy and the Stumpy Evo. But for sure someone might consider all of them as their next trail bike. Pluses and minuses to all of them...

Something to keep in mind, a significant number of mountain bikers don't want a 78.8* STA. Now maybe in 5 or 10 years they will? IDK.

"A 500ish reach and 76ish degree STA is going to put a tall rider to far back for a trail bike when climbing IMO."

My experience on a bike with 76ish STA and 500 reach would not support that opinion... I think that might be an interesting "poll"' to see how many riders agree with you.

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Liked a comment on the item Is This the Benchmark Trail Bike? The All-New Specialized Stumpjumper Line 10/15/2020 12:35 PM

Love the new video format. Question: Isn't Kevin a Specialized ambassador?

Added a comment about product review Is This the Benchmark Trail Bike? The All-New Specialized Stumpjumper Line 10/15/2020 12:35 PM
stiingya

Who's "today's standards" are you referring to? Seems pretty comparable to similar travel bikes?

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Added a comment about product review Is This the Benchmark Trail Bike? The All-New Specialized Stumpjumper Line 10/15/2020 12:29 PM
stiingya

I'll bet a TON of people are going to buy the aluminum model and over fork it. (190x45 shock seems like there is a travel limiter in the shock that might free the rear end up a bit if tire and ST clearance plays out?)

It can take over for the MIA Smuggler... smile

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Liked a comment on the item Is This the Benchmark Trail Bike? The All-New Specialized Stumpjumper Line 10/15/2020 12:11 PM

thanks! some more fun coming soon.

Liked a comment on the item Is This the Benchmark Trail Bike? The All-New Specialized Stumpjumper Line 10/15/2020 12:11 PM

That was the most enjoyable launch video that i seen, please please more of the same! that was great and refreshing smile

Liked a comment on the item Is This the Benchmark Trail Bike? The All-New Specialized Stumpjumper Line 10/15/2020 12:11 PM

Huh? You can still get a Stumpy EVO or Enduro if adherence to FSR is a must. Just like on the Epic, this was done in the name of weight savings at the shorter-travel end of the spectrum.

Liked a comment on the item Is This the Benchmark Trail Bike? The All-New Specialized Stumpjumper Line 10/15/2020 12:11 PM

Go ride one. Then comment. Its not 2004 anymore.

Liked a comment on the item The Downduro Project: Dual-Crown and a Dropper Post, Öhlins DH38 m.1 Review 9/9/2020 11:31 AM

I didn't use any tire casings at all. Just ran it on the rims to get as close to that old 26" feeling as possible. w00t

Liked a comment on the item The Downduro Project: Dual-Crown and a Dropper Post, Öhlins DH38 m.1 Review 9/9/2020 11:31 AM

Not much into reading are we? w00t We ran it at 180 mm for this "downduro" test.

Liked a comment on the item The Downduro Project: Dual-Crown and a Dropper Post, Öhlins DH38 m.1 Review 9/9/2020 11:30 AM

Downduro is just cultural appropriation of mid 2000's freeride

Added a comment about press release Giant's All-New Trance X 29 8/5/2020 2:55 PM
stiingya

Just didn't try hard enough the first time...??smile

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Liked a comment on the item Transition Sentinel Vintage XXL 7/16/2020 4:47 AM

Wow that’s a beautiful build! How smooth is that drivetrain? Is that the newest version of XO1 Eagle derailleur? Awesome job

Liked a comment on the item Transition Sentinel Vintage XXL 7/16/2020 4:47 AM

Not a big fan of skinwall tires myself, but damn if they don't look great on this build. Nice job!

Liked a comment on the item Transition Sentinel Vintage XXL 7/16/2020 4:47 AM

Great job putting this rig together, a perfect blend of form and function. A Cascade Components rocker link will make that beautiful bike ride even better!

Liked a comment on the item Niner's Newest, Biggest Bikes Have a Motor - Meet the e9 E-Bikes 7/8/2020 9:32 PM

noted. your profile says former dh racer, which means you take chairlifts, but you dont support a different route to the top. please explain

Liked a comment on the item Niner's Newest, Biggest Bikes Have a Motor - Meet the e9 E-Bikes 7/8/2020 9:32 PM

So ebikes on private property at a ski resort are fine, but ebikes on private property like a website are not? Slippery slope is a logical fallacy and most land managers who have allowed ebike trials have reported zero complaints. You're bizutching about nothing.

Liked a comment on the item Niner's Newest, Biggest Bikes Have a Motor - Meet the e9 E-Bikes 7/8/2020 9:32 PM

it takes about 1/8 of a second to scroll past the article

Liked a comment on the item Niner's Newest, Biggest Bikes Have a Motor - Meet the e9 E-Bikes 7/8/2020 9:32 PM

Bye Felicia. Don’t worry sspomer. I just signed up as a new member to replace this whiner when he leaves. I dig e-bikes. I don’t own one yet but I do have a ktm 200 trail bike and many bicycles. One of my favorite things to do on the dirt bike is put it in neutral on...more