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Lives in: Durango, CO USA

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Liked a bike check CAPRA CF PRO RACE 1/13/2018 7:07 AM
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Added a comment about product review First Look, First Ride: e*thirteen's Reinforced Tires 1/9/2018 9:14 AM
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I just busted out the calipers. The side knobs have close to identical overall heights/widths/depths. Side-siping measures a few millimeters shorter in height and width, however.

Tires are available now through dealers and https://bythehive.com/pages/wheelgoods

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Added a comment about video Done x Dusted: Colorado Downhill 1/9/2018 8:49 AM
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Nope, but it is all in CO...

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Liked a comment on the item December's Top Vital MTB Member Reviewer Award 1/9/2018 8:35 AM

Awesome, thanks Brandon!

December's Top Vital MTB Member Reviewer Award 1/8/2018 5:36 PM
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Added a new video Done x Dusted: Colorado Downhill 1/8/2018 2:08 PM
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Gear up for some dusty Colorado hot laps! Features Wiley Kaupas and Austin Hackett Klaube going fast and pulling up hard for your viewing pleasure.

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Added a comment about product review First Look, First Ride: e*thirteen's Reinforced Tires 1/8/2018 12:28 PM
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In my experience so far, yes, they corner just as well. I have yet to ride any wet roots or in cold conditions.

As stated above, at a given pressure the new TRS Race casing does act a little differently than before through rocky terrain by translating more bump feedback to the rider. It's just a bit firmer-feeling and is comparable to a Maxxis Double Down. It's possible that the rubber is a bit less damped than before, though this is difficult to isolate on the trail as so much has changed.

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Added a product review for e*thirteen TRS Tires 1/8/2018 4:01 AM
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Liked a comment on the item Tested: 2018 Kona Process 153 CR/DL 27.5 1/6/2018 7:40 PM

Typically flat riders ride more rear spring (because they're weighting their feet more and leaning back more) and clip riders run more front spring. I used to bump up two clicks of low speed in my fork when I switched to clips. Now I just run clips all the time cuz I finally...more

Added a comment about news blog Gwin, Lacondeguy, and Höll: Three Young Talents 1/6/2018 3:19 PM
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This video series is an insightful look into how various athletes/individuals discovered mountain biking, aka their "Young Talents." It was created by YT (Young Talent) Industries.

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Added a comment about news blog Gwin, Lacondeguy, and Höll: Three Young Talents 1/5/2018 6:38 PM
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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2018 Kona Process 153 CR/DL 27.5 1/5/2018 6:33 PM
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Doh!

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Added a comment about product review Tested: 2018 Kona Process 153 CR/DL 27.5 1/5/2018 10:44 AM
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Kona says the 66-degree head angle "strikes the best combo of all traits." This was actually a decision based on rider feedback. Those wanting to go slacker can use an Angleset if needed.

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Added reply in a thread 2018 Racing Rumors 1/5/2018 12:17 AM

Meet the Fasthouse squad: R-Dog, T-Mac, Emil Johansson and Bubba Warren https://www.vitalmtb.com/news/press-release/Fasthouse-Announces-MTB-Team-with-R-Dog-T-Mac-Emil-Johansson-and-Bubba-Warren,1920

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Heavy-Duty Disc Brakes 1/4/2018 2:33 PM

The same is basically true of all the brakes tested here. The only constant we can use is MSRP, otherwise we'd be judging the brakes on things like which retailer might be working with lower margins, or which brake might be on special offer at a particular time.

Liked a comment on the item Zerode Taniwha Custom Build 1/3/2018 11:37 PM

It really isn't that big a deal to switch to a Pinion. The only reason why someone wouldn't adjust to it within 3-5 rides is if they are adamantly against using it and put up a mental roadblock. We do live in the world of instant gratification though, which doesn't help. Stupid internet shopping! The twist...more

Added reply in a thread Introduce Yourself 1/3/2018 10:24 PM

Welcome! There are many good dirt jump bikes in the MTB world. I suggest choosing a frame material and narrowing in from there. I prefer steel dirt jumpers for the little bit of give they offer to smooth things out, as well as the aesthetic. Others prefer ... more »

Liked a comment on the item Vital MTB Face Off: The Best Heavy-Duty Disc Brakes 1/3/2018 2:00 PM

thank you for taking the time to write this response. it’s ridiculous how when people read a review that doesn’t reflect their experience or perceived knowledge they immediately jump to the conclusion bribery is the issue. how stupid is everyone? yes, vitalmtb exists because of ad money. so does...more

Added a new video Rise - Riding the Charred Remains of a BC Forest 1/2/2018 1:20 PM
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Toxic air, reduced visibility, events being cancelled, trail building and maintenance restricted = less time on the bike… This issue could be perceived as a pertinent inconvenience to us bike enthusiasts visiting Whistler during the summer of 2017. A post Crankworx trip to the central corridor of the blaze and the visual realization of the devastating effects were beyond anything I could have imagined. 

The statistics of the natural effects from these fires are overwhelming. Over three million acres of wild forest and grasslands destroyed, along with the monumental impact to the habitats and homes of the BC wildlife. Smoke clouds visible from out of space, 39,000+ people evacuated from their homes. Only saved by a huge effort from 4,000+ firefighters, risking their lives to try and control and minimize the impact of the worst fires ever recorded in the region.

It’s an unfortunate effect that with the greater access to forests there is a potential to heighten the human cause for these fires. Sterling Christenson and myself, Laurence CE, wanted to do our small part to raise the awareness of the effects of the fires in a recently extinguished forest, which created the catalyst for “Rise”.

Sterling is one of those fortunate people to have been born and raised in BC. Now being a Whistler local, he balances his work for the mountain as a Millwright with adventuring on his bike. He has experienced the impacts of the forest fires since birth, so precautionary measures to reduce risks of accidental combustion are second nature. Perhaps this is not the case for the vast number of tourists that visit the resort every year. A by-product and almost birth right of being a local is that Sterling knows how to shred on two wheels so he was pretty happy to help raise awareness using this talent.

Ash, thousands of animal carcasses that disintegrated at the slightest of touch and empty caverns with joining networks of tunnels where trees had rooted but have now crumbled away. Woodland now leafless, standing like cindered telegraph poles, the eerie sound of nothingness as live nature has been erased and dull colors of black, grey and white engulfing the entire area. This location was just outside of Cache Creek and chosen due to its near proximity to Whistler - the fires being a contributor to the toxic air in our bicycle playground. This fire was discovered in July and estimated to have affected over 191,865 hectares of land! This scale of land is larger than the area of Greater London city; and throw in a few suburbs to make a closer estimate.

Any trail that existed before the fire no longer did, resulting in us having to sculpt our own path. We ended up spending our first day scoping out the area and started building a few key features. In order to portray the scene of destruction in its true form we decided to keep built up features to a minimum. To maintain its raw feel, the few builds we did make where with minimal resources available on site. It was pretty difficult shoveling for any good dirt or finding solid materials for structures as a lot of what we touched crumbled to dust. Luckily the ingrained soot on my body and clothing did eventually wash out! However, the potent smell of ash still lingers in my nose when I reflect back on these shooting days.

They say people are less aware if they cannot relate to an experience in some kind of way. Does this make people less prudent in causing a potential problem in the first place? I for one did not fully comprehend the shear turmoil that can occur by an incident that may have even started from a small spark! - Laurence CE

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