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My YT Jeffsy AXS/ZIPP/TLD Special. Thanks.

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/7/2018 8:51 AM

Really rad review, and I appreciate the individual writeups for each bike. I actually just bought a Sentinel after a (albeit snowy) test ride up in Bellingham, and some recommendations from Brandon towards the Transition line.

I noticed that you guys felt like the casing wasn't substantial enough on the Transition's tires. However, the Orbea was also running the Exo casing, but just had a wider front tire. Did similar complaints carry over to the Orbea, or was it more a product of the narrower tires on the Sentinel?

Additionally, did you guys ever try throwing another volume spacer in the DPX2 on the Sentinel to combat the feeling of frequently reaching the end?

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Added a comment about product review Ripping All-Mountain Bike from a Core Brand 10/19/2017 7:45 AM

The bike pictured is mine - I had the CC DBCoil IL and then swapped over to a DVO Topaz, which I like much more than the Cane Creek. While the Cane Creek shock felt great for the first ride, it very quickly developed a "knocking" in the stroke of the shock. I discovered that it was due to poor bushing tolerances on the shock shaft, which were causing the shock to cant slightly out of line with the shock body in the early stroke. This was allowing for air ingress past the main seal head into the damping oil. My shock only lasted 2-3 rides before it started weeping some oil and clearly had air in the fluid.

I sent the shock back to Cane Creek, who gave me an impressively quick turnaround. However, when I spoke with one of their folks on the phone, he said that they did the rebuild but that the main issue behind the problem (which he wouldn't specify) did not yet have a permanent solution. I lost faith in Cane Creek as this is the second shock I've had from them that has had significant bushing issues, and required rebuilds on an all-too-frequent basis.

The DVO shock, once dialed in, has been outstanding. While I do love the CS lever that Cane Creek uses, the balance of pop/plow has been much more to my liking with the DVO, and I am able to add quite a bit of support through the air spring tuning options as well.

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Added a comment about video Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/1/2017 5:23 PM

This honestly kind of scares me. Loic is one hell of a competitor, and it would suck to have someone as passionate as him walk away from the sport. I know he has been outspoken on this 29er vs. 27.5 argument, and I have to imagine there are other competitors that feel the same way. It seems that pressure from the mountain bike market that seems to reliant on constant change to drive profits is trickling over into the competitive side of the sport as well.

One of the things that I love about downhill racing is that everyone is out there having a good time, riding bikes fast and (at least in theory) enjoying the actual riding. Guys at the top are also passionate about the sport, like Loic. I just hope that a sudden trend toward a technological arms race doesn't hurt the sport.

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Added reply in a thread XL and XXL bikes in Downhill? 3/29/2017 2:13 PM

I have to disagree with the "if it helps the pros, average guys benefit too" logic. I see this as akin to the clamoring for overdamped suspension setups by average riders - pros hit things so much faster than average riders, and at those speeds, they ... more »

Added a comment about feature Legitimizing the Shop | Ghost Bikes and REI 9/19/2016 9:52 AM

Exactly what I was thinking. As a Seattle resident, I go to REI quite a bit for backpacking gear, etc., but I can't even remember the last time I stepped into their bike department. It doesn't help that the bike shops seem to be shoved into the back corners of their stores - if they hope to appeal to customers who wouldn't otherwise be seeking out bike stuff in their stores, they really should try to bring bikes more front and center, and carry some higher end stuff. Even if they were to carry 1 or 2 of the very high end bikes that don't necessarily fly off of the shelves, it would give them an aspect of credibility for carrying that kind of eye candy.

Given their exclusive relationship with Ghost, why not launch a demo tour program? Seems like a great way to exploit the reach of their retail stores...I would be curious to demo one of the longer travel Ghost rigs with the CCDB coil.

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Added a comment about feature Win a SRAM/Truvativ DH Kit and Steve Smith Signed Jersey - Vital OTB Andorra 9/1/2016 11:24 AM

Hart: 4:17.22
Atherton: 4:55.88

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Added a comment about feature WIN A ROCKSHOX BOXXER & STEVIE SMITH JERSEY - Vital OTB, Mont Sainte Anne World Cup 8/4/2016 3:25 PM

Thirion: 4:01.38
Atherton: 4:34.19

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Added a comment about feature WIN A ROCKSHOX BOXXER & STEVIE SMITH JERSEY - Vital OTB, Lenzerheide World Cup 7/7/2016 8:32 AM

Gwin: 2:51.92
Atherton: 3:20.44

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Added a comment about feature WIN A ROCKSHOX BOXXER - Vital OTB, Leogang World Cup 6/10/2016 8:49 AM

Minnaar: 3:21.17
Atherton: 4:08.55

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Added a comment about feature WIN A SRAM GX DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB, Fort William World Cup 6/3/2016 9:15 AM

T. Brosnan: 4:32.76
R. Atherton: 5:05.43

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Added a comment about feature 11 Years in the Making - The Hope HB211 Bike 4/14/2016 10:13 AM

wow...she shur is purdy

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Added a comment about feature WIN A ROCKSHOX BOXXER - Vital OTB, Lourdes World Cup 4/7/2016 8:42 AM

Gwin 2:55.74
Atherton 3:31.22

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Added a product review for Hope Technology Tech 3 E4 Hydraulic Disc Brake 3/15/2016 11:13 AM
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