Liked a comment on the item Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/1/2017 12:41 PM

I'm having trouble with the argument that bigger wheels somehow offer too much control or stability, coming from a team that spends such a significant amount of effort suspension testing with a dedicated telemetry bike in practice, with the goal of...more

Liked a comment on the item Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/1/2017 12:40 PM

I disagree with the comments about the tracks changing the bikes. The new bikes will still be faster on the old tighter tracks just like in F1 where the new cars are faster around Monaco even though it is the epitome of old school. If we really want...more

Liked a comment on the item Why Loic Bruni Won't Race his Prototype Specialized 29er at Fort William 6/1/2017 12:39 PM

Bruni sure has a lot of skin in the anti-29er game, not sure that is going to work out well for him since he seems pretty stubborn. Also his arguments have a lot of circular logic. He has said that 29ers will make the sport too dangerous and fast,...more

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Random question if you don't mind: what's that video where Martin Soderstrom rides creative lines on a DH bike in a bike park. One scene has him trying to walk out a bike shop with a DH bike, based on his supposed fame.

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Added a comment about press release JENSON USA’s 2nd ANNUAL “HIGH-FIVE RIDE FEST” 5/18/2017 12:00 PM

Spent the entire day here last time. They had a free taco lunch and drinks (they say they can't offer alcohol, but nothing stopping others from bringing it). That's my Ripley hanging there in the last pic.

MRP had Banshees (w/CCDBA shocks), which I felt right at home on, and a lot of in-depth info about their suspension, which I soaked right up. Shimano had Di2 equipped bikes, like a Salsa Horsethief, showing Japanese perfectionism at work. Intense was picked clean, but Matt let me demo his Spider 275, which I found was superbly balanced that cornered like a dream, with no sense under or oversteer, just relaxed 2 wheel drifting when hitting corners hot. I added a few things to the wishlist too, like TLD Skyline shorts and ODI Pro Elite grips (which I got and love).

I've been riding the trails behind the warehouse for years, so if anyone wants to be shown around, I'm willing to lead you to the stuff that can test the bikes fairly thoroughly.

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Liked a comment on the item Loic Bruni's Specialized Demo 4/27/2017 7:05 PM

I'm not so sure about the point he makes about speed and safety. Ok the prediction is that 29ers might be a couple of seconds faster over the whole track...how much faster is that in reality in actual speed terms? maybe a couple of mph in certain sections. Hardly going to make a difference if you crash at...more

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 8, Jose Gonzalez, Director of Suspension Development, Trek Bicycles 4/20/2017 2:10 PM

Don't tell that to your life insurance company. Short life... nice knowing ya. I liked that "your bike's too small" blog post of yours.

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 8, Jose Gonzalez, Director of Suspension Development, Trek Bicycles 4/20/2017 2:04 PM

Reminds me of when I try to explain something to one of my friends, who kind of fades off since they got info overloaded, hoping the explanation ends soon, instead of asking for clarification.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 8, Jose Gonzalez, Director of Suspension Development, Trek Bicycles 4/19/2017 6:09 PM

This was the most interesting one to me thus far. Can someone call Tomac and just have him tell stories!?

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 8, Jose Gonzalez, Director of Suspension Development, Trek Bicycles 4/19/2017 5:34 PM

Your "ya's", "uh-huh's" and "okay's" are awkward.

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Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 4/6/2017 1:50 PM

Wow. Just learned that Gwin, the Aaron Gwin, has a GT3 (raciest version of the Porsche 911). Well, that's one way to throw money at the 911 to get it to compete on the track on times vs more balanced cars. https://dirtmountainbike.com/features/interviews/nothin-serious-home-aaron-gwin.html ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 4/5/2017 8:19 AM

Well, no one likes to be told they're wrong. Good thing there's the internet, where you have the freedom to execute people socially (ex. public humiliation, down vote/rep bombing), witch hunt the outsiders that threaten the system/organization, and use ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 4/5/2017 7:04 AM

Reminds me of cars. There are those who like compact rearward weight cars, like a typical Porsche. There are some that think 50/50 is an optimal weight balance and will point out how easy it is to mishandle a Porsche, even with practice. There are even ... more »

Added a comment about video Vital RAW - Luke Strobel PNW Destruction 3/21/2017 3:44 PM

For comparison, same trail 2 years ago ridden on a Following: http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/features/Vital-RAW-Luke-Strobel-29er-Destruction-in-the-PNW,28614/sspomer,2

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Added a comment about product review Does It Really Prevent Pinch Flats? Vital Tests the Flat Tire Defender 3/18/2017 4:55 AM

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Added a comment about video Vital RAW - Luke Strobel PNW Destruction 3/16/2017 7:02 PM

Don't watch Luca Shaw's Speed of Sound... might make that weird feeling worse.

I watched again, but this time I tried to spot the times Luke *wasn't* crazy fast. Turns out, his slowest is still crazy fast, despite being on the brakes (0:37 and 2:05). He actually seems to be accelerating, despite having a wheel locked up in some scenes...

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Added reply in a thread The Patent Thread - New and Wild Mountain Bike Inventions 3/16/2017 6:59 PM

True, reducing the clutch strength would increase rear susp sensitivity. Matching the chain gaps with the teeth width removes lateral slack in the chain. Going from the normal narrow-wide chain to a chain that makes the gap between outer plates uniform ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Patent Thread - New and Wild Mountain Bike Inventions 3/16/2017 3:58 PM

They could just be marketing it wrong. 2x is an option for the ones that are discerning enough to demand a better "unsprung to sprung weight ratio", moving weight off the rear axle to a favorable low and central location, to significantly improve rear ... more »