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DARKSTAR63 paulaston's article
Feb 20, 2017 at 7:48
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Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
@BDKR: Thanks ! To be clear, I would love to actually try a gear box equipped bike
DARKSTAR63 paulaston's article
Feb 20, 2017 at 5:46
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Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
@BDKR: I'm not an "XC" rider no, my primary daily driver is an Evil Insurgent, I would just rather keep the weight of my bikes reasonable, I will do 15 mile plus rides with 50$% climbing so the overall weight and efficiency is a consideration. I would rather "spend" my grams on sturdy tires and wheels, durable components and end up with a bike that isn't morbidly obese, so for me, for now, a gearbox weighs too much for the gains imo.
DARKSTAR63 paulaston's article
Feb 20, 2017 at 5:17
16 hours
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
@BDKR: That's not a fair argument because I assume you will be carrying those things on either bike... but in any case, yes, the weight could be offset but it's worth talking about because apples to apples you have 4 lbs additional weight in just the drivetrain. I am convinced as well that it's the low center of mass that lends itself to nice handling here more so than the reduction in unsprung, however that doesn't hurt either. It's a cool bike, I would love to try one, but there are some glaring negatives if you plan to do a long grueling ride on one.
DARKSTAR63 paulaston's article
Feb 20, 2017 at 4:49
16 hours
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
@BDKR: I'm more interested in efficiency loss. And yea, even though we can "imagine" an extra 4 lbs on a long climb, riding a heavy bike up hills would have impacted the overall impression of the machine on this reviewer. So I think it does help to "hide" flaws. If only by perception.
DARKSTAR63 paulaston's article
Feb 19, 2017 at 12:03
1 days
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
@BDKR: I agree that the low center of mass is important. This isn't an invalid test at at, It just hides some of the drawback of the extra weight and drag when climbing if the testing is mostly descending.
DARKSTAR63 paulaston's article
Feb 17, 2017 at 7:10
Feb 17, 2017
Derailleur vs Gearbox: Nicolai Ion 16 vs Ion GPI - Review
I personally believe this was done to tip the scale toward the gear box bike.
Feb 13, 2017 at 7:14
Feb 13, 2017
DARKSTAR63 VorsprungSuspension's article
Feb 8, 2017 at 10:50
Feb 8, 2017
The Tuesday Tune Ep 13: Fox's "Budget" Fit Grip Damper
While that would be cool, what it wouldn't do is sell forks. There has to be a "reason" to upgrade to the next level and simply putting cheaper materials into the lower end makes an unreliable fork and that's not good for anyone. So they sell you on features and adjustability instead.
DARKSTAR63 paulaston's article
Feb 8, 2017 at 8:18
Feb 8, 2017
Adidas Terrex Trailcross Protect Shoes - Review
5.10 fits the literal description of "sell-out" lol
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