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4/12/2018 11:41 PM

The marsh guard post is clearer:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BheTB7VBdPd/?taken-by=marshguard

Hard to see still but if its mud, thats a lot of coverage just on the shock body without any on the spring or frame in the same spot.

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4/13/2018 4:45 AM



Probably just shock telemetry.
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4/13/2018 5:22 AM

Hambo wrote:

Greg Minnaar Prototype shock?

Haha, it's just mud cured over the piggyback folks. I experienced that already, nothing to do with a new shock.

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4/13/2018 8:00 AM

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4/13/2018 8:04 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/13/2018 8:05 AM

TBrimmer wrote:

Camb3r15 wrote:

I saw that and immediately sent it to a MTB needs group chat. Some said it was photoshopped, others say its real, kinda like bigfoot. The front triangle looks legit, but something is off with the rear end. Looks like they took a canyon sender chain stay and dropout and photoshopped it to a SI system.

so good! rude trolling everyone!

the guaranteed way to know it's fake/photoshop is the white background. has there been a time in history when the first photo of a bike we've seen has been a perfect studio shot? nope. the studio shots are so easy to fake and pull parts from for that "new" build. LOVE IT and wish richie was racing croatia.

surprised he's not getting flack for the SRAM cranks sponsor conflict on instagram lol

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4/13/2018 1:54 PM



could this be a new 29er prototype sender?
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4/13/2018 11:50 PM

If you look closely at the Boxxer lowers they're 27.5, just new paint for the race season. Troy would have to be one of the riders least likely to swap over to 29 given his height.

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4/14/2018 1:16 AM

Dylan wrote:

If you look closely at the Boxxer lowers they're 27.5, just new paint for the race season. Troy would have to be one of the riders least likely to swap over to 29 given his height.

yeah, 29er would be odd for troy, but couldn't see if the frame was alloy or not and the wheels looked kinda big. friend of mine is racing at maribor this weekend and confirmed the 27,5 wheels.

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4/14/2018 8:27 AM

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4/16/2018 12:44 PM

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4/16/2018 12:50 PM

Ugh. That's a vicious looking crash

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4/16/2018 3:22 PM

Man! Nothing broken?? WC racers are definitely tough guys!! Heal up quick Alex!!

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4/16/2018 3:29 PM

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I try to do less thinking and more sending.

4/16/2018 4:26 PM

Sweet jesus thats nasty.

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4/16/2018 7:25 PM

seems the new R3ACT dh bike could use some rebound damping after all....


on a serious note, god damn. Glad he walked away from that one

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4/17/2018 10:09 AM

The good news is he still posted a time.

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4/18/2018 1:54 AM

krabo83 wrote:

yeah, 29er would be odd for troy, but couldn't see if the frame was alloy or not and the wheels looked kinda big. friend of mine is racing at maribor this weekend and confirmed the 27,5 wheels.

When he rode for Specialised he rode 29er trail bikes all the time and was definitely comfortable on them. Cant see why 29er wouldn't work.

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4/18/2018 9:30 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/18/2018 9:32 AM

Dylan wrote:

If you look closely at the Boxxer lowers they're 27.5, just new paint for the race season. Troy would have to be one of the riders least likely to swap over to 29 given his height.

krabo83 wrote:

yeah, 29er would be odd for troy, but couldn't see if the frame was alloy or not and the wheels looked kinda big. friend of mine is racing at maribor this weekend and confirmed the 27,5 wheels.

darren.mallard.5 wrote:

When he rode for Specialised he rode 29er trail bikes all the time and was definitely comfortable on them. Cant see why 29er wouldn't work.

i know, but thereā€˜s a difference between ridin a 29er trail or dh bike IMO... especially on a dh track.

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4/19/2018 3:05 AM

New Norco's dropping any time now, just saw these hidden on that other site aha



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4/19/2018 3:20 AM

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4/19/2018 5:27 AM

once again, pinkbike blowing embargoes. maxxis will be up at 9am cali time today. we've had in-depth blenki bike up for a bit now too - https://www.vitalmtb.com/features/Pro-Bike-Check-Sam-Blenkinsops-Norco-Aurum-29er-DH-Bike,2302

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4/19/2018 6:22 AM

Is ASSEGAI "knob vomit" in a foreign language?

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4/19/2018 8:00 AM

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4/19/2018 8:08 AM

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4/19/2018 8:19 AM

sspomer wrote:

once again, pinkbike blowing embargoes. maxxis will be up at 9am cali time today. we've had in-depth blenki bike up for a bit now too - https://www.vitalmtb.com/features/Pro-Bike-Check-Sam-Blenkinsops-Norco-Aurum-29er-DH-Bike,2302

not defending pb in any way but is having those shots in a staffers folder and not posted to their front page still blowing the embargo? obviously it's shady to have them publicly available on the site at all, let alone an employees public folder that many users could and would obviously check out from time to time. just curious what the embargo rules generally are.

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4/19/2018 8:24 AM

literally wrote:

not defending pb in any way but is having those shots in a staffers folder and not posted to their front page still blowing the embargo? obviously it's shady to have them publicly available on the site at all, let alone an employees public folder that many users could and would obviously check out from time to time. just curious what the embargo rules generally are.

i'm sure it was just an oversight on mike's part, but we're really diligent about keeping things off public spaces. i think the editors/staffers there know that people follow their accounts like hawks, especially when followers are notified of new items added to an account, so it's a bummer this one slipped by. not sure how their settings work for public/private stuff.

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4/19/2018 9:05 AM

maxxis assegai test - https://www.vitalmtb.com/features/We-Ride-Greg-Minnaars-Maxxis-Tire-The-Assegai,2301 (beavis and butthead-approved name)

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4/19/2018 9:53 AM

sspomer wrote:

once again, pinkbike blowing embargoes. maxxis will be up at 9am cali time today. we've had in-depth blenki bike up for a bit now too - https://www.vitalmtb.com/features/Pro-Bike-Check-Sam-Blenkinsops-Norco-Aurum-29er-DH-Bike,2302

Since you're the head honcho around here, what's the reasoning behind embargoes? It's sure not common in other industries. When a reporter/writer uncovers something new, it's a scoop or spy shot or just plain doing your job.

Is it tied to advertising dollars as some suggest? Is it just a "gentleman's" agreement? Obviously I'm not in the bicycle industry, but I've always been curious as to why it's prevalent in the bicycle world.

I'm not trying to start anything or insult anybody, just interested in learning what's it all about. Thanks Shawn

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4/19/2018 9:58 AM

The whole of IT industry has embargoes. Reviewers get the goods before the release date to test the product, prepare the review and then publish it once the embargo is lifted. Everybody publishes on the same day.

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4/19/2018 10:06 AM

loic's demo for some fun stuff : ) https://www.vitalmtb.com/features/Pro-Bike-Check-Loic-Brunis-Specialized-Demo,2304

^^basically what primoz said. brands have to get their ducks in a row before an official launch, but media outlets etc can get access to a product before it launches for timely reviews etc when the embargo is up (like the assegai now or the stumpy earlier this week).

mostly it's gentlemen's agreement between brands and outlets but sometimes it's as formal as signing NDA's. the major outlets are all really good about honoring embargoes. it's usually some kind of fluke (like timezone confusion) or a mistake in a privacy setting that let's something out of the bag early. in the past, we've noticed brand videos that are public when they shouldn't be and we let them know instead of poaching the video. forgetting one click on a website can ruin an embargo.

i'd be so stressed to be a product manager these days with all the phones and stuff around. keeping a secret is nearly impossible. a lot of times shops get access to things early and have leaked things. it's tough and tempting. if a product gets leaked early, questions from consumers, sales reps, shops, etc just infiltrate the brand and probably end up causing confusion and waste a lot of time. i will say, however, i love me some spy shots : )

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