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Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Turner RFX v4.0 GX 2/9/2016 7:55 PM
stiingya

2016 Bronson is only three millimeters longer in the top tube, and the seat tube is only half a degree steeper. But the reach is almost an inch longer. BUT only four millimeters longer in the wheelbase. Same head tube angle...??? What part of the geo is it that makes the RFX almost an inch shorter?

Course the "short" RFX it's only 6mm shorter reach than an XL Nomad even though the RFX has a 13.0mm longer top tube and only a 0.7 degree seat tube difference?

I hate bike shopping... especially when your still a couple months out from the purchase and there are SO many awesome bikes to choose from... smile And I know, test ride. But no Turners to test around here right now. And no SC demo's yet. And parking lot tests are not really that enlightening...

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Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Turner RFX v4.0 GX 2/9/2016 6:44 PM
stiingya

That was a refreshingly non "gushing" or alternatively rare in the case of the RFX 4.0 "hating" on the bike because it's a Turner. Thanks!!!


ALSO, thank you for posting a test of a more attainable build kit. And in a size XL!!! It's the worst reading about bikes I could never hope to purchase. Especially reading about how they built up to 27.5 lbs. Then to buy the model/build I CAN afford and in my size and end up with a 32lb BEAST... smile

Thanks!

Gotta say I am more and more wary of that seat post angle. Especially with all that sag they want you to run...

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Added reply in a thread Could a Simple Sticker Save Your Head in a Crash? 2/3/2016 9:00 PM

It's MIPS for the outside of the helmet. Great idea...

Liked a comment on the item 2016 Test Sessions: Commencal Meta Trail 650b 1/30/2016 1:12 PM

Spoken like a true armchair engineer.

Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 650B 1/28/2016 7:36 PM
stiingya

But not for the 2010-11 model... (I almost bought one of those Monarchs last year out of Europe because I thought I'd stumbled upon gold! smile (

And as good as the Monarchs are it still sucks to have no choice. (unless your Jared Graves and can get somebody to custom create for you!)

which is why I'm saying for all the years ahead that it's just not worth the small improvement it may provide right now.

It is awesome RockShox is stepping up though. But will they still be doing that in 5 years when somebodies 2016 rear shock is outclassed by the new shock technology available then? What about when Specialized decides to change the mount again? What if they stick to the same mount, but then go with some other crazy custom shock length. etc...

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Added a comment about product review 2016 Test Sessions: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 650B 1/27/2016 8:57 PM
stiingya

Whatever benefit the custom shock size and Yoke bolt arrangement is totally LOST from the customer being stuck with their shock for all the years to come.

Not so bad when when you can get Rock Shock to create a custom Vivid Air for your stumpy. But for the rest of us... SUCKS!

Will they be doing a Jared Graves model Stumpy next year...? Vivid and Lyrik. I'm in!!!

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Added a comment about feature Inside the Industry - COMMENCAL USA 1/17/2016 6:41 PM
stiingya

Just remember, most of us who've been riding long enough have had a fair share of the reverse experience. Sometimes it goes with way... "and my experience is that most "shop employee's" either don't know anything about bikes or think they know a lot but don't (which is worse than the first kind) "

Though I have no doubt you get customers who are new to the sport and therefore know nothing. But what would you expect them to know?

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Added a comment about news blog More Travel, New Colors - YT Launches 2016 Range 1/11/2016 6:03 PM
stiingya

That SUCKS... when you wrote "3rd generation" I thought that meant we were going to FINALLY get some modern longer geometry frames this year... or at least a carbon XL, or at least a "pro" version of their XL Au bike? Bummer Such sweet bikes...

swapping out shocks/forks to eek out another 5 or 10mm of travel is just a change in spec/model year. Doesn't seem like a new generation of bikes? Heck, two riders with two different bikes let alone two different rider weights and suspension set ups could probably make that big of a change?

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Added a comment about video 2015 Mountain Bike Product of the Year - Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 1/3/2016 3:51 PM

I have no doubt that it's a great shock. But I could care less about taking 20 seconds off the time of a trail ride. But it's cool that you do. Have fun with your new shock when you get it.

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Added a comment about video 2015 Mountain Bike Product of the Year - Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 1/3/2016 3:40 PM

I can whole heartedly confirm that if I spent 1200 dollars on a shock that my perception would be that it's the best shock ever!!!

I get that my original post seems flippant and dismissive of all your hard work. Sorry. But regardless of what technology is inside and whether I understand how it works or not, even if there are magic elves in there. To me, as an end user, it's a shock with a switch that I'll mostly keep on the more efficient mode going up and the more plush mode going down. Just like what I and most mountain bikers have been doing for years, even before we had quick flip levers to do that with.

I have no doubt the 11/6 would do that job WAY better than my current shock. And maybe it really is so much better than what the other brands have that it will be a "game changer"? Maybe every other shock manufacturer will scramble for ways to get around your patent to do the same thing? IDK? But it's also possible that you'll just continue being a high end shock choice that the average mountain biker just drools over on "bike of the day" posts. I freely admit I could be wrong... good luck!

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Added a comment about video 2015 Mountain Bike Product of the Year - Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 1/1/2016 1:23 PM

LOL! smile

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Added a comment about video 2015 Mountain Bike Product of the Year - Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 1/1/2016 1:21 PM

Happy New Year!

I"m not trying to be a jerk, but If you never bother with a suspension lever than why would you bother defending a lever changing suspension component as product of the year? How is it relevant to you, yes it's obviously a really nice shock. But why would that make you pick it as product of the year?

I did not buy nor could have afforded air shifters when they came out, neither did pretty much anyone else. To me, that was most certainly a niche product and not deserving product of the year. Unless you were a pro downhiller in podium contention there was no point considering the weight and need to charge the system to use it. Id say mostly the same thing about Di2 today, though I can at least see a time in a future where price won't be such a barrier. And then as there is continued electronic integration into the bike overall it would probably make more sense?

If I was picking product of the year how about i45 rims? They are changing the industry. And most people can easily afford to either build up new wheels with them or find them on reasonably priced bikes. So Mountain bikers as a mass will see the affects, and not just affluent ones. OOPS, duh I change my mind. GX1 group, that should be product of the year. There will always be holdouts to plus size tires, some with good reason. And while that is true of 1x systems too, cost was one of the biggest reasons to hold out! GX fixes that and now that a person could combine that with a 9-44 cassette there is just about nobody that isn't able to get the gearing they need on a 1x system. Hmmm, well maybe that 9-44 cassette should be product of the year? smile But it just came out, so maybe for next year!

Anyway, it will be interesting to see how the 11/6 affects the industry. Sure everyone will have levers on their coils, especially now that coil shocks are gaining market share again. But will the dual dampener/valving "idea" proliferate? The whole basis of that makes for more complexity and more cost. So will that "concept" catch on? Or will the 11/6 just be a high end shock option for those that can afford it?

One thing that only occurs to me "now" is something that PUSH has over the coil competition. A lot of bikes these days are designed with air shocks specifically. So you can't necessarily just throw a new coil shock on any bike and get a better feel. PUSH addresses this by providing the machined aluminum link to alter the suspension curve enough to make a coil work in the first place. Let alone with their high end shock. Maybe PUSH will sell the "links" by themselves to use other coil shocks too? They did that specifically for the older Nomads? But that would likely cut into 11/6 sales. So maybe other companies will just start machining custom links to use coil shocks for some of the more popular bikes? I wonder if more bike companies will start designing their suspension systems for air "or" coil again with more than one shock eyelet, or an adjustment/chip system, or including more than one linkage with the bike in the first place? I guess that part of the 11/6 shock might be industry changing. But it would go hand in hand with Enduro racing providing the basis for more riders going back to coils.

I had wondered if we would have seen a coil version of the Reign this year. (no) Or if next time they update the Nomad it would have a coil option and maybe more travel? (because the Bronson seems to have got so much closer to the Nomad in ability so I thought they might up it's game, AND because we were seeing more people on coils at the races)

Anyway, mountain bikes are awesome! 2016 is officially here, so bring on the 2017 products! smile (man, I meant to get some work done this afternoon. sometimes I HATE bike forums!!!)

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Added a comment about video 2015 Mountain Bike Product of the Year - Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 12/31/2015 1:05 PM

What you are describing is the same thing with adjustments, DBairCS? Granted your first to do it with coil. Maybe your lighter than a new DBcoilCS with a Ti spring? So yes you deserve props! But it's also twice the price of a DBcoilCS and even a Ti spring doesn't level that up = a Ferrari is better than a Corvette, but for the price most people could NEVER drive a Corvette to the limits needed to notice a Ferrari being better other than just looking cooler in the parking lot next to the Corvette guys...

I get that there is the service and adjustability in your product that nobody else has, (that I know of?), and there is for sure a niche market of riders who swap bikes/frames like most people swap tires that will probably love the 11/6 because they can send it in and have it updated for their new 2017 28.25er negative width tire 200mm travel enduro-defrance racebike.

But for the average rider, by the time they would be ready to swap shocks to a new frame it most would make more sense to just upgrade to whatever new shock technology is available at the time. And as far as being locked into what the manufacture seems best, "if" that's really a performance problem for you and not just a "parking lot" problem, there are these companies you can send your shock into that will take care of that for you for way less than 1200 bucks! smile

However, I do wish you the best success...

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Added a comment about video 2015 Mountain Bike Product of the Year - Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 12/31/2015 12:59 PM

Wait a sec, first how am I wrong? smile

Sure I'm being pessimistic, and yes PUSH guy is correct that his product is very adjustable. But it's still an evolution of a concept that's been around a very long time.
Fox "Itch switch"? I remember just reaching down and turning the adjuster on my 5th element when I came to a big climb. Obviously that took more time and I'm sure the 11/6 is way better than a ten year old shock. But I've seen people rig levers on DBcoils and next year everybody will have that feature because were back to people using coil shocks on trail bikes again. It's awesome!

Push has found much needed segments of the market to compete in before, and the 11/6 deserves credit where it's due. But product of the year? IDK. Maybe if it was more attainable? If it was only a couple hundred more than the competition? But twice the price of the competition? So few riders will be using this product due to price that it just doesn't seem like something to win product of the year "to me"?

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Added a comment about video 2015 Mountain Bike Product of the Year - Vital MTB Shreddy Awards 12/30/2015 5:27 PM

Wait, don't tell me. It makes your bike climb like XC and descend like DH... and you flip a little switch to make it work.

did I get it right? Hmmmmmmmm for some reason the way that works and what it does seems familiar....?

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Added a comment about video Brendan Fairclough, Kyle Jameson, Ben Baker in 3 Minute Gapers 12/20/2015 9:10 PM

I apologize, it was the first 30 seconds. My bad... smile

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Added a comment about video Brendan Fairclough, Kyle Jameson, Ben Baker in 3 Minute Gapers 12/20/2015 4:20 PM

Gotta love "pro" mountain bikers widening the "single"track in the first 5 seconds. Way to inspire guys...

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Liked a comment on the item First Look: 2016 Airdrop Edit 12/14/2015 10:41 PM

I agree with you that it would be better with a one piece rocker link, maybe they'll wise up and make one in the future. It would bring the price up but would be well worth it. Giant made the Reign with such a low stack that I'm not surprised they weren't selling XL's when there are plenty of other bikes...more

Added a comment about feature First Look: 2016 Airdrop Edit 12/13/2015 12:39 PM
stiingya

Website specific says they are only assembling in the UK. Just like most bike companies, made in Asia. You can't get em cheap and also get them home made! smile

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