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Liked a comment on the item PURE TORTURE, PURE BLISS - Race Action from Enduro World Series, Whistler 8/14/2018 6:40 AM

yep, fixed with richie audio, too.

Added a comment about slideshow PURE TORTURE, PURE BLISS - Race Action from Enduro World Series, Whistler 8/14/2018 4:47 AM

I believe you meant Richie, not Jared.

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Liked a comment on the item Connor Fearon Introduces Kona's 2019 Process Lineup 8/8/2018 10:23 AM

Actually, all the rampage bikes are 27.5... the only reason you see some riders choosing 26" bikes at the Fest series is because the only thing those bikes need to do is jump and get sideways as easily as possible.

Outside of dirt jumping, 26" is dead my friend

Liked a comment on the item USA Cycling Announces 2018 World Champs Team 8/2/2018 1:55 PM

FYI, update from USAC "(August 2, 2018): Caroline Washam was added as an automatic qualifier for the Women's Elite DH as the Pro GRT Winner, we apologize for the error."

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedal Shoes 8/2/2018 5:59 AM

I simply can't comprehend how people can complain about longevity of shoes, when at $150, they are less than the average set of grippy tires. I have gone through a set of tires in a week of racing or riding in Whistler, and well, nobody seems to complain about that. Why is one product at, at...more

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Flat Pedal Shoes 7/28/2018 10:18 AM

Simply put, your expectations of how long a shoe that is as grippy as a 5.10 (head and shoulders above ANYTHING else on the market) should last is out of touch with reality. Comparing the sole grip/wear to tires, a good set of sticky tires (NOT Conti Black Chili) last weeks at best. Of course you can always trade off grip for longevity and go with a harder compound tire, same with the shoes. I bought a pair of the Giro Riddance shoes due to no availability of the 5.10's I wanted and I can tell you that they are going to last a long, long time - I'm not wearing them because the grip sucks compared to a 5.10.

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Liked a comment on the item A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 11:16 AM

The conspiracy is a joke. Physically the current Shimano based design didn't fit anything lower than a 11t cog without mods. Sure, they could just go larger on the big ring. However, 12 speed isn't just for easier gearing. It's also set up for a larger high gear and...more

Liked a comment on the item CORNER CARNAGE - Enduro World Series Austria / Slovenia, Petzen / Jamnica 6/29/2018 5:18 AM

2:33 FTW

Added a comment about video SO FREAKING FAST! Vital RAW, Fort William Day 1 6/1/2018 8:17 PM

Danny with the speed and Kade with the style. Loving it!

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Liked a comment on the item How Much Fun Can the New Santa Cruz Blur XC Bike Be? Vital's First Ride 3/21/2018 6:19 AM

Could not agree more about finding the limits of a bike and how much fun that is, that’s why I recently swapped from a Patrol to a Scout and am very happy I did. Great review BT

Liked a bike check Devinci Spartan Carbon 2018 3/20/2018 1:59 PM
Added a comment about photo Dakotah Norton's Devinci UDFR Wilson 29 3/15/2018 7:59 PM

Unior Devinci Factory Racing

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Added a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five of the Best Long-Travel Enduro 29ers Raced and Reviewed 3/8/2018 6:08 PM

Firstly, killer work Vital crew. This is one of the best bike tests I've seen. IMHO it works so well because of the fairly narrow field of well matched bikes (bruisers) and 2 similarly quick riders, with slightly different strengths. Secondly, it seems a lot of the commenters vastly overestimate how much of a difference there is between the parts - namely suspension and tires. None of it is junk and the geometry/suspension kinematics play a much bigger role than the perceived difference between a modern mid-range to gucci damper does.

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Added reply in a thread Have You Gone from 27.5 to 29er But Then Back to 27.5? 12/14/2017 8:28 AM

About 5 years ago, when the majority of mountain bikes were still on 26" wheels, I owned a couple of different 29ers - first a SC Tallboy and then a Yeti SB95. Both were really good bikes and probably among the very best 29ers at the time. I also still ... more »

Liked a comment on the item After Hours 11/21/2017 1:06 PM

sick vid! i think we need the ultimate utah style battle royale - giese vs cody kelley - every spectator's a winner on that