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Sep 14, 2013 at 5:57
Sep 14, 2013
Gackt mikelevy's article
May 4, 2013 at 2:26
May 4, 2013
Pinkbike Poll: Is The Gearbox Fantasy Dead?
I've always been a big proponent of gearboxes. In my opinion, their disadvantages are vastly outweighed by their reported benefits (going off everything I've read about them. I haven't had a chance to ride a GB bike yet). As I see it, there are only two main reasons why gearboxes haven't taken off. The sheer amount of time, money and research that have been invested in the traditional drive train (imagine where we'd be if a similar level of resources had been thrown at GBs), and the MTB community's ingrained mistrust of anything new or different (in my experience, going off the comments I read on such matters). Cost is often cited as a hindrance to GB frames, but the Zerode G2 frame works out to around £2500, which is in the same bracket as other high-end frames, and it includes a big chunk of your drive train in that price (Nicolai's Nucleon E2 and Pinion-equipped Ion 20 are still lottery-win-list items, unfortunately). If I had two and a half grand to spend on a new frame, it'd be the Zerode, without question (the Cavalerie DH bike featured a while ago also looks very promising). With all that said, I don't think we'll see the extinction of the derailleur-based drive train, nor the complete dominance of the gearbox. What I hope is that they become equally matched, and then we would be free to choose the system that best meets our needs or preferences. At the risk of standing atop my soapbox screaming "CONSPIRACY!", apart from the final paragraph, the whole article smacks of being "encouraged" by the marketing departments of certain, large invested parties. Of course, there was probably no ulterior motive or maliciousness intended on Mike's part and may simply have been a poorly-presented piece design to spark some discussion on an interesting topic.
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Dec 25, 2012 at 17:16
Dec 25, 2012
Gackt mikelevy's article
Nov 27, 2012 at 18:28
Nov 27, 2012
The Argument For Short Travel Bikes - Opinion
Another thing is that AM-type bikes don't really interest me. I like big bikes. If a bike is basically an engine short of being a 'crosser (one of my dream bikes is a Race Link), that get's me more stoked than the latest carbon-framed whippet. At the end of the day, as long as they're honest about what kind of rider they are, it shouldn't matter what people ride, on what terrain and what level of ability. Everyone should be able to ride what they want without feeling that have to justify it to fit in with the current trend, which I feel this article propagates. In an ideal world, some people would be cranking out road miles on an Avalanche-sprung Karpiel, while others would be ripping Whistler on a carbon roadie, and no one would give a shit. Whoever posted this; http://www.pinkbike.com/u/cseachris/blog/To-Each-Their-Own.html Said it much more eloquently and concisely than my ramble above did.
Gackt mikelevy's article
Nov 27, 2012 at 18:28
Nov 27, 2012
The Argument For Short Travel Bikes - Opinion
Granted, the author prefaced the article by saying that we all ride bikes for fun. But that having said that, why write the article at all? It's essentially correct; if you start riding on a HT or short travel bike you will, generally, become a better rider, but it assumes that we're all care, an responsibility, free youngsters who have aspirations of being pro racers. I'm 31 and only started riding 3 or so years ago. I've got a family, and currently don't get much chance to go riding. While I'd definitely like to be a more skillful rider, I'm more interested in just having fun. I started on a Mongoose Black Diamond, then got a Glory FR and now have an old-shape Solid Mission 9. Despite my monster truck (which is totally excessive for the relatively mild tracks on which it's regularly ridden) I'm by far the slowest and least confident rider in my group of friends, some of which on much shorter travel bikes, but I have just as much of a laugh as they do. I'm willing to bet that riding a 5-6 inch bike wouldn't change any of that. I don't see why I should feel ashamed or guilty of owning a bike that I will most likely never reach the limits. Other than jealousy, or a chip on their shoulder, I can't see why a lot of riders take such offence that people spend their hard earned money whatever they want, or that loving, hard-working parents buy their kids the best they can afford.
Gackt mikelevy's article
Nov 27, 2012 at 15:08
Nov 27, 2012
The Argument For Short Travel Bikes - Opinion
Best comment I've read so far.
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