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Liked a comment about press release Reverse Components 2020 "Bike Hacks" Product Launch 5/16/2020 9:36 AM

If your headset is getting loose, that is your stem bolts. It's called a "preload" for a reason.
Final load & tension on the headset is handled by the stem.

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Liked a comment about press release Privateer's New $3,075 Complete Bike 5/2/2020 4:46 AM

What dropper/saddle are you using? I have a one up with a ergon saddle and can get 40mm in front or behind the clamps. Similar with a reverb and a giant contact dropper. some saddle combos might reduce that fractionally but that is still a lot of adjustment? I have a p3 size privateer, with the saddle back 25mm on the rails I have the same saddle to bars as on my large strive which had the saddle pushed forward 25mm. The position does feel a bit different as you are more central over the BB.

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Liked a comment about press release Privateer's New $3,075 Complete Bike 5/1/2020 9:48 PM

I was faster on 29 until I went back to being a pilot rather than a passenger. At 5'8" I can be way faster downhill on an XL 29er until I have to turn. Those things are like toboggans! Hold on and ride it down. Now I like to be in total control and smaller wheels gives me that control. I find i have way more traction on flat corners with the smaller wheels. I think people mistake the passenger feeling that the ton of BB drop on 29ers gives for traction. Yeah yeah, everyone races 29ers. I think that's going to start to change one of these days.

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Liked a comment to qblambda's bike check 4/25/2020 1:40 AM
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It’s not cheating, it’s just dumb. Why would you run xc casings on a Dh bike. I had rimpacts with exo+ and still managed to destroy the tyre. So whoever built this bike either has no idea how DH riding works or built it for someone who rides Dh bikes on xc loops.

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Liked a comment about feature Maxxis Dissector Tire Reviewed by Top Member Reviewer and Jenson USA Award Winner 4/12/2020 5:26 AM

DHR2 rolls faster than Aggressor? You're so wrong, despite your impressive experience and qualifications.

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Liked a comment to Felix Weber's bike check 4/5/2020 12:34 AM
RAAW Madonna V2

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 3/3/2020 6:46 AM

Having ridden this type of bike, its not just weight, its the feel the bike gives the rider. Put another way, one could argue having a 500 horse power trophy truck is just the same as having a 500 horsepower sports car in that they are both fast.

...but one will handle very different from the other.

In this case, I'd suggest a 6" travel enduro bike is kind of like a rally car whereas these are more like sports cars. You get more feedback, and a different experience on trail with less travel.

I love it for a lot of trail riding, but as I've commented elsewhere I do wish these bikes came in at a weight that was 2-3lbs less than what these read.

...that said I haven't had a 6" travel bike that weighed under 34 in a long time!

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 3/3/2020 6:42 AM

Saying the Ibis is completely linear is misleading- for the first half of its travel its rather sharply rising, then it falls (like most DW link bikes). Right in the middle of your travel its at the lowest leverage ratio, so it will keep you pretty high on most hits (this also goes along with my experience on DW bikes). Its only the larger hits where it will allow you to use full travel, something pretty important on a shorter travel bike.

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Liked a comment about feature Vital MTB Test Sessions: Five Slack, Short-Travel 29er Mountain Bikes Reviewed 3/3/2020 6:41 AM

Does anybody complain about the Ibis? On the longer travel models, yes, but not on this short travel. It rides great.

I'm not saying that "DW link requires a rising to falling rate", I'm saying thats whats very common with shorter travel DW link bikes, probably because no one is going to run a coil or large volume piggyback shock like the X2 on it, and is a very popular suspension tune for light trail bikes.

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Liked a comment about product review We Ride the All-New Transition Scout 2/17/2020 2:57 PM

Changing stroke length doesn't change leverage ratio. It lowers ride height at sag and increases the travel on the bottom-out side of the travel, but the average leverage ratio stays virtually the same. Changing rear center length does change the leverage ratio and wheel travel. Also, lower leverage ratios require MORE damping in the shock, as current dampers are speed-sensitive. That is suspensions with progressive leverage ratios are called "rising rate". They drive the shock (and the damper oil) at a faster rate as the leverage ratio drops during compression towards bottom-out. You are correct about lower leverage requiring less spring force. There is no magic leverage ratio for every rider. It really just comes down to design philosophy and tuning the leverage curve to get the bike to exhibit a certain characteristic. Transition have opted for less sensitivity, slightly better spring tuneability for larger riders, a good solid ramp-up throughout the travel, and a medium to high damper tune for support. Specialized, Norco, Santa Cruz and others have recently opted to move their designs toward a higher leverage range for their own reasons. It's interesting to see very different philosophies evolving right now in suspension.

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Liked a comment about feature A New Kind of Evil - Bike Check with Graham Agassiz and Tom van Steenbergen 1/30/2020 11:28 PM

I hope not. One, because I would rather see them finally get another DH bike, and two, because they already gave the world a new Wreckoning for model year 2019, the Wreckoning LB.

Constant model updates just make prices go up without enough gains in performance to keep the value of the previous version. It takes time to make profit on a new product and when you replace it too soon you have to increase the mark up on the replacement product to try and make it profitable, and make up for lost money on the previous version.

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Liked a comment about feature The Inside Line Listener Response - The Bermification of Mountain Biking? 1/27/2020 4:45 AM

We're in an age where the average trail bike is WAY more capable than they were 10 years ago, but we're found riding more and more trails that are less demanding. I love a good flowy trail, but they encourage riding faster and faster to make them harder. Beyond how it might affect skills growth, it seems like that could encourage more user group conflicts. A good techy, natural trail just can't be ridden as fast by as many people as a flow trail.

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