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    guapo review in MBA.

    this month's issue of MBA has an el guapo review. its a nice review. they didn't go nuts about it.... but they liked it. check it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by demo_slug
    this month's issue of MBA has an el guapo review. its a nice review. they didn't go nuts about it.... but they liked it. check it out.
    Dang... I just bought my share of MBA for this year last month issue... I should have waited but airports are boring.
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    They didn't love the side cable routing, but other than that it was a very positive review.

    Nice...

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    Is anyone going to give the highlights?
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    I can post the review in a few minutes... just a sec...

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    here it is






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    the 36 year old grom
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclopod
    Is anyone going to give the highlights?
    the pearl has a very firm lockout. it makes a annoying "pst" noise. they recomend a coil shox for downhill parks. but they realy like how well the guapo pedals.

    they like the geometry... they like the 36 talas fork a lot.

    found out that 32.1 pounds is way to heavy for the MBA crew. and 8 inch brakes are too touchy....... music it too loud. kids hair is to long. skits are too short. and candy bars used to cost a nickle.

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    Funny they mention that "it finally rounds up the Titus line"...

    I have an issue from 2004 when they tried out a SuMo with XC build (light wheels, TALAS fork, triple ring, etc) and they said just that... that it was the bike to be pedaled uphill but also able to bomb down. It even entered the "perfect handling club" along with the Spesh Enduro S-Works and SC Heckler.

    So, wasn't the SuMo in the lineup all these years?

    As for the Formula brakes, I've read Spanish magazines and they also mention that the Formulas are rather powerful but not so good in modulation. It was not only for the 203mm ones. I'd say it's just a matter of tastes. Euros also appreciate a lot a light bike and rather stiff suspension performance, as opposed to American approach of "Cadillac-like" suspension.

    Funy enough... MBA is in California and not Spain...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp
    Funny they mention that "it finally rounds up the Titus line"...

    I have an issue from 2004 when they tried out a SuMo with XC build (light wheels, TALAS fork, triple ring, etc) and they said just that... that it was the bike to be pedaled uphill but also able to bomb down. It even entered the "perfect handling club" along with the Spesh Enduro S-Works and SC Heckler.

    So, wasn't the SuMo in the lineup all these years?

    As for the Formula brakes, I've read Spanish magazines and they also mention that the Formulas are rather powerful but not so good in modulation. It was not only for the 203mm ones. I'd say it's just a matter of tastes. Euros also appreciate a lot a light bike and rather stiff suspension performance, as opposed to American approach of "Cadillac-like" suspension.

    Funy enough... MBA is in California and not Spain...

    That was an 05 issue, and they don't make that particular SuMo anymore.

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    That has to be the most comprehensive bike test review I've ever seen from MBA. With few exceptions, if a component is off they will usually fault the whole bike (something I've thought to be unfair). This time they teased out every major component. Overall it looks very promising. Too bad I live in FL. That review really makes the bike sound sweet. Oh, what's with the characterization of the ML as a 4" travel bike.
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    I don't know 28" bars are insanely wide

    What a sensational gorgeous bike !~!

    Constipated Pearl ... at least they recommended coil !~!

    My Moto Lite only has 4 inches... I better measure again....

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    Quote Originally Posted by All Mountain
    I don't know 28" bars are insanely wide

    What a sensational gorgeous bike !~!

    Constipated Pearl ... at least they recommended coil !~!
    yeah 28 inchers are just fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by demo_slug
    the pearl has a very firm lockout. it makes a annoying "pst" noise. they recomend a coil shox for downhill parks. but they realy like how well the guapo pedals.

    they like the geometry... they like the 36 talas fork a lot.

    found out that 32.1 pounds is way to heavy for the MBA crew. and 8 inch brakes are too touchy....... music it too loud. kids hair is to long. skits are too short. and candy bars used to cost a nickle.
    What shock are you going to put on ?~?

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    I never reized it had the "side" cable routing. I think I hate that?

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    Well dang, the most awaited review still provides nothing to the reader to help in the decision making..........gonna be tough to pull buyers away from Nomads, RFX's, 6.6's, and Endorphins with a review like that (same old format for any favorable review by MBA...good uphill pedaler, stable/confidence inspiring going down, more words about pro's/cons about parts, and of course the Yes it is a pretty bike statement..........). So who's first amongst all you Titus fanatics to put your money where your heart is??????? We need a longterm tester now so that you can convince us fall purchasers if the EG is really all that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by All Mountain
    What shock are you going to put on ?~?

    it'll get a 36 talas.....

    I want the 08 DHX air. but i'll take what I can get, I want el guapo now, peacekeeper (nato) blue. I was hoping for gloss. but its a matte finish.

    the DHXA 08 has a 2 position lever for the propedal. which will suit me perfectly....

    you guys really need to get the online version of MBA. its like $14-$17 for a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by demo_slug

    you guys really need to get the online version of MBA. its like $14-$17 for a year.

    Than what would I read on the toilet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by orthorex
    They didn't love the side cable routing, but other than that it was a very positive review.

    Nice...
    I don't think there's been a bike in history EVER to have cable routing a reviewer cared for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demo_slug
    it'll get a 36 talas.....

    I want the 08 DHX air. but i'll take what I can get, I want el guapo now, peacekeeper (nato) blue. I was hoping for gloss. but its a matte finish.

    the DHXA 08 has a 2 position lever for the propedal. which will suit me perfectly....

    you guys really need to get the online version of MBA. its like $14-$17 for a year
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiEndo
    Well dang, the most awaited review still provides nothing to the reader to help in the decision making..........gonna be tough to pull buyers away from Nomads, RFX's, 6.6's, and Endorphins with a review like that (same old format for any favorable review by MBA...good uphill pedaler, stable/confidence inspiring going down, more words about pro's/cons about parts, and of course the Yes it is a pretty bike statement..........). So who's first amongst all you Titus fanatics to put your money where your heart is??????? We need a longterm tester now so that you can convince us fall purchasers if the EG is really all that.
    I've got a review of it:

    Doesn't excel at any one type of riding. Not as good a trail bike as the motolite. Not as adept at bombing downhills as the Supermoto. Might be good as a "one" bike, but will give up some performance on the extreme ends of the riding spectrum.

    Oh yeah, the Pearl sucks.
    Extreme stationary biker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerk_Chicken
    I don't think there's been a bike in history EVER to have cable routing a reviewer cared for.

    MBA Again... they have always criticized the cable routing on the Specialized bikes being below the BB...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp
    MBA Again... they have always criticized the cable routing on the Specialized bikes being below the BB...
    That's because Spec cabling does suck!!! My girlfriend's Epic shifting will stiffen up if it even thinks it's gonna get muddy. My buddy's 04 Enduro ghost shifts if the cabling is too tight. The fix for both of these is to run a continuous housing. It works but Spec should have thought that one out.

    Same with Titus. I think the cable routing looks like an after thought. What, they couldn't have run it through the shock mount like Intense and others do. Wazzup wit dat???
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    Geoooooo....gotta love you!!! Well you guys know my feelings....I'll keep the RacerX for pounding the climbs, but get a Foes FXR if you want a 32lb 6" go anywhere bike...single pivot and Curnutt, it's all you really need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geolover
    I've got a review of it:

    Doesn't excel at any one type of riding. Not as good a trail bike as the motolite. Not as adept at bombing downhills as the Supermoto. Might be good as a "one" bike, but will give up some performance on the extreme ends of the riding spectrum.

    Oh yeah, the Pearl sucks.

    LMAO..........you gotta go club somethin soon, too much pent up frustrations emanating from your aura.....but you read my mind, good bike for somone who wants a great one trick pony.....gonna be a tough sell for the pricepoint with lotsa stiff competition IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiEndo
    Well dang, the most awaited review still provides nothing to the reader to help in the decision making..........gonna be tough to pull buyers away from Nomads, RFX's, 6.6's, and Endorphins with a review like that (same old format for any favorable review by MBA...good uphill pedaler, stable/confidence inspiring going down, more words about pro's/cons about parts, and of course the Yes it is a pretty bike statement..........).
    Agreed. The review is worthless. I honestly think they just cut n' paste different bike names into their reviews each month.
    The pix are nice. I really like the seatstay arch.
    Side cable routing would probably bother me too.
    The Pearl sucks - no surprise to most who have tried it.
    Formula brakes rock. Next time they should spray WD-40 on the rotors or go back to rim brakes.

    DemoSlug...consider the Roco air. It's impressive and may shortly replace the DHX-c on my Terremoto.
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