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Liked a comment on the item Cascade Components Announces Kona Process 153 Link 9/21/2020 10:44 PM

Would be cool if Kona could figure out leverage rates and chainstay lengths on their own. Maybe bottoming out all the time is “MORE FREERIDE!!!”

Liked a comment on the item Ultra-Long, 210mm Travel Enduro Machine - Is This the Ultimate MTB? 9/15/2020 9:25 PM

Great article Paul! Im totally with you on this one, I think this 'underbiking' crap that has grown so much in popularity is mostly just bravado and general dumb assery. Same goes for gravel biking, 'look how much fun Im having! I have to walk my bike past every technical...more

Liked a comment on the item Ultra-Long, 210mm Travel Enduro Machine - Is This the Ultimate MTB? 9/15/2020 9:24 PM

Holy mother of bike checks!!! The details and pickiness are amazing. Thank you!

Do you think there is a place for shorter, nimble bikes? (And I mean in the forest not a pump track)

Just like in a car world, there are people, although few and far between, that care about the...more

Added a comment about feature MTB Tire Insert Comparison Test - CushCore Pro vs Nukeproof ARD vs MegaNorris 8/21/2020 10:35 AM
tobriks

Not my intention but now you'd said it, it sure did sound like a salespitch for Cushcore! Hope Cushcore sees this and send me a decent discount code smile But if Cushcore do really solve the issues of other inserts as you described, I might need to reconsider. Because tire inserts thus far haven't really impressed this ape.

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Liked a comment on the item MTB Tire Insert Comparison Test - CushCore Pro vs Nukeproof ARD vs MegaNorris 8/21/2020 9:59 AM

Funny that you never tried Cushcore, because I think you just wrote a salespitch for them. Rim protection, sidewall support, and not shrinking or losing function over time are the main selling points of Cushcore over other tire inserts. I used to run DH tires...more

Added a comment about feature MTB Tire Insert Comparison Test - CushCore Pro vs Nukeproof ARD vs MegaNorris 8/21/2020 12:20 AM
tobriks

Not tried Cushcore but I've tried some other of these foam hoops in the past (Rimpact, Huck Norris, Pepi's and Nukeproof) and don't feel they are worth the hassle. On my hardtail the added damping was definitely noticeable. However, rim protection is still subpar which also seem to worsen overtime as the foam shrinks (a result of the foam being under constant pressure, I suppose). Eventually they start to rattle inside the tire which not only sounds very annoying, but the shrinkage of the foam also reduces the much wanted sidewall support which ultimately, increases the risk of rim strikes. IMO just buy a proper DH casing tire instead.

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Liked a bike check Privateer 161 4/26/2020 8:04 AM
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Liked a comment on the item The All-New Antidote Carbonjack Enduro Bike is Here 3/2/2020 11:18 PM

No company can claim to have optimised weight balance without adjusting the chainstay length between sizes...

Liked a bike check Specialized SWorks enduro custom build 1/15/2020 1:53 AM
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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 1/7/2020 2:58 AM
tobriks

Surprised to see the Wah Wah 2 pedals got such a high score. I bought them due to their raving reviews they have got from several sites, but oh what a disappointment they were. Yes they have grip, IF you use shoes with a very soft sole that will better form to the shape of the pedal. Shoes with a stiffer sole like the Five Ten Impacts will have a hard time to find grip due to the lack of center pins. The pins are also very fragile and break very easily due to only being M3 size, I broke on average 3-4 pins/ride. Drilling and re-threading to M4 size is not an option either as there is simply too little material in the body to allow that. It's a pity, because the size and the shape of the pedal is an absolute winner for people with big feet (like myself).

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 1/7/2020 2:20 AM

Alternately, one can just file off the damaged portion and unthread without damage. Where as if you break a set screw off flush yer "Screwed."

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedals 1/7/2020 2:20 AM

As a 43 year old Native wet weather PNW rider I have to say the 2 most surprising was Tmac getting 2nd, and the Crankbros. Stamp scoring so low. Having tried at least a 3rd of these pedals over the years I can say the perimeters for testing are off. Bearings become my personal #1 concern because...more

Liked a comment on the item What Do Riders Think? Five Knee Pads Reviewed by Vital MTB Members 12/10/2019 11:25 PM

rf ambush all the way.. all the time

Liked a comment on the item Refinement Over Revolution: Orange Stage 6 RS Reviewed 11/2/2019 3:20 PM

Bummer you guys couldn't get the new 2020 to test. They've updated most of their frames with more aggressive geometry, metric shocks, etc. It answers a lot of the concerns you mention.

Updated bike check Hardcore Honzo ST 4/25/2019 10:29 PM
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Updated bike check Hardcore Honzo ST 4/25/2019 10:29 PM
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Added bike check Hardcore Honzo ST 4/23/2019 11:37 AM
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