Rconroy

Lives in: Trabuco Canyon, CA USA

Member since: 05/13/10

Recent Activity Filter:

Added a comment about product review At $2,699, Is the Airborne Plague Really *Sick*? 12/14/2019 12:11 PM

Yeah I would completely agree.
I don't know how the vital team can consider this a decent value, when the YT base has a better component spec, option for 29 inch wheels, let alone the geometry. Sure you can call it "classic" but is that really doing justice to the reader?

While I have loved the content that the VitalMTB team has been putting out for years, I am definitely feel like I am seeing a higher trend to have favorable reviews of major sponsors products, and higher number of "product releases" from those sponsors as well. As a result I find myself checking Vital less often in favor of other competing websites. Anyone else in this noticing this?

-1 1 2

This product_review has 10 comments.

Liked a comment on the item At $2,699, Is the Airborne Plague Really *Sick*? 12/14/2019 12:02 PM

Seems like an "OK" value when it comes to DTC models. The YT Capra 27.5 Base or the Commencal Meta AM 29 Ride offer slightly improved build kits, better geo, proven performance, and a better unboxing experience for $100 less. 70 Degree seat angle???

Added a comment about feature Vital MTB's $2,000 Mountain Bike Comparison 11/15/2019 12:56 PM

Spomer, been waiting for a review like this from you guys for a while. Also enjoyed the fact that you guys made it easier for noobs to understand too.

When are you guys going to do a detailed review of the rift zone 3?

This feature has 16 comments.

Added a comment about feature What Do 10,000 Mountain Bikers Think? Vital MTB Audience Survey Results and Market Trends 11/5/2019 10:07 AM

Spomer, ya'll need to add crinkle or fold to the questions next year!

In all seriousness though, this is super cool to see and review current and past trends.

This feature has 35 comments.

Liked a comment on the item $600 Open-Mold Trail Bike Frame 10/21/2019 1:55 PM

That looks mega familiar

Added a comment about video Vali Holl Tests the YT TUES 29 Prototype 11/13/2018 5:07 PM

Interesting that the "test bike" is made out of carbon, which means they've already cut some sort of tooling for the 29er.

0 0 0

This video has 4 comments.

Liked a comment on the item SPOTTED: Electronically-Actuated RockShox Reverb Dropper Post 10/31/2018 1:32 PM

Who's down to prototype test wireless brakes?

Added a comment about product review The Canyon Torque Saved Us $1500 So We Went On a Road Trip 8/17/2018 4:33 PM

Hey Jeff,
Great review and video!
do you have any pics of your adhoc bottle cage?

0 0 0

This product_review has 20 comments.

Added a comment about video Steve Peat - GAMBLE Segment 8/7/2018 1:22 PM

"grandpa whips it... whoa whats the back wheel doing over there!"

0 0 0

This video has 4 comments.

Added a comment about video DH COURSE POV - 2018 U.S. Open of Mountain Biking 8/2/2018 9:37 PM

This course looks sick

0 0 0

This video has 6 comments.

Liked a comment on the item DH COURSE POV - 2018 U.S. Open of Mountain Biking 8/2/2018 9:37 PM

HOLLLYYYY SHEEET. Dillon makes it look smooth.

Added a comment about feature Introducing the Refined 2019 Devinci Troy - Now Available in Both 27.5 and 29 6/28/2018 11:08 AM

Why wouldn't they offer the shorter offset forks on all their bikes?

0 0 0

This feature has 2 comments.

Added a comment about product review Sentinel - Short Test Ride 3/14/2018 3:39 PM

I haven't ridden the Smash, but I have ridden the MegaTrail a few years back.

For what it's worth the MegaTrail was a whole different animal, good pedal efficiency, but you could tell that the bike was a bit on the heavy side. Going down the added weight of the frame helped smash through rougher sections of trail, but also made the bike a little harder to jump. Sentinel pedals similarly, maybe a bit better, but overall feels like a lighter poppier bike.

Personally, I am not sure if the Sentinel will be too much bike for the vast majority of the riding I do, however I decided to purchase the Sentinel as I wanted the Code RSC as they were the stand-out component on the build, and the Fox 36. Later on I may move to a Smuggler frame and transfer over the build kit from the Sentinel, if I deem it to be too much bike.

Hope this helps!

This product_review has 13 comments.

Added a comment about product review Sentinel - Short Test Ride 3/14/2018 11:10 AM

Just as a background, I ended up ordering a carbon Sentinel based on my impressions set-out in this review.

0 0 0

This product_review has 13 comments.

Added a comment about product review Sentinel - Short Test Ride 2/15/2018 9:42 AM

Unfortunately I have not ridden the patrol, however I did pedal around the new smuggler while there. Bike felt very similar on the geometry, and a little snappier/quicker acceleration when compared to the sentinel.

0 0 0

This product_review has 13 comments.

Added a comment about product review Sentinel - Short Test Ride 11/20/2017 4:08 PM

I have not ridden the new Enduro 29, really interested in trying it out, but no demo options around this area. Sorry I cant help out more.

If anyone wants to give me the opportunity to ride one, I would love to write a review and compare the two bikes more!

0 0 0

This product_review has 13 comments.

Added reply in a thread World's Best Dirt Bucketlist 11/17/2017 9:53 AM

Santa Cruz - I was blown away on how far over I could get the bike on a corner, not to mention how much speed you carried through each corner as well.

Added a product review for 2018 Transition Sentinel X01 11/5/2017 3:22 PM
Added a comment about photo Glitter is Gold 9/17/2016 8:23 AM

The thought process is to help plug larger punctures with the mixture of glitter and sealant

0 0 0

This photo has 3 comments.