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HobNob mikekazimer's article
Jul 18, 2014 at 0:01
Jul 18, 2014
Yeti SB5c - Review
Mine was an '13 model year & I had 3 sets of bearings in 9 months. Then the frame developed some other issues - eventually got warrantied & then was sold. Rode nice, but it was way too fragile.
Jul 15, 2014 at 11:34
Jul 15, 2014
Jul 6, 2014 at 22:11
Jul 6, 2014
HobNob mikekazimer's article
Jul 2, 2014 at 6:51
Jul 2, 2014
Santa Cruz Nomad - Review
I have never said I've not noticed a difference, I could feel the increase in stiffness they offered. Whether or not that's a good thing is an entirely separate debate. They didn't, however offer any increase in performance, or speed on the bike. I'm sure, as and when the Syndicate riders switch teams, or drop Enve as a sponsor, we won't all of a sudden see people's results drop accordingly ;)
HobNob mikekazimer's article
Jul 2, 2014 at 6:14
Jul 2, 2014
Santa Cruz Nomad - Review
Nope, I can count on one hand the non carbon rims I've wrecked. My own opinion is they are largely a pointless, waste of money on an MTB that gets used properly. There seems to be a lot of purchase justification surrounding them, people dribbling on about how they 'transformed their bike' etc. I went no faster when I put them on, and didn't slow down when I took them off. And they broke. A lot.
HobNob mikekazimer's article
Jul 2, 2014 at 2:07
Jul 2, 2014
Santa Cruz Nomad - Review
I took that gamble with carbon rims, and it didn't work for me, having wrecked an Easton Haven, Derby & 2 x Enve AM rims. That's a pretty impressive failure rate. Back on good old alloy rims now!
HobNob mikekazimer's article
Jul 1, 2014 at 6:34
Jul 1, 2014
Santa Cruz Nomad - Review
For starters the Syndicate mechanics have commented in the past about breaking/cracking the rims...
HobNob mikekazimer's article
Jun 30, 2014 at 22:13
Jun 30, 2014
Santa Cruz Nomad - Review
TheFreney - stop talking rubbish - they have cracked & broken many Enve rims.
HobNob mikelevy's article
Jun 18, 2014 at 5:31
Jun 18, 2014
Ibis' Ultra Wide 741 Carbon Wheels - Review
@IssacGrey - not really lower, maybe 2/3psi difference. Found the tyres squirm too much when you load them up otherwise. Minimum of 25psi in the front and 28 in the back. @ ad15 - not saying that at all, but comparing a privateer setup to a WC setup is very different. For starts they have a truck full of spares, and believe me, they do use them. Plus you have no idea they are running aftermarket spec rims, they can adjust the layup to account for the use of hardened WC racers if needs be. They don't do a very good job of hiding the trashed parts at world cups. In fact there is a certain shop in the south of England that has lots of broken ex Syndicate Enve rims hanging on the wall, just from one weekends racing at Fort William. Maybe a case of me being to hard on them, but is don't think a rider who podiums at the odd regional DH race is particularly hard on kit, I certainly never had the issues before I tried carbon, and haven't since. @HutchJR - Enve AM's. @orientdave - mostly carbon for rims, I and mostly of the people I ride with who have tried them have had issues, hence my opinion. Maybe we do ride harder than most, Who knows, all I can use is my sample data & it's not great. Regarding the width point, I'm in the camp that they have made no real difference. I went from a Derby, back to a Flow. Don't all of a sudden struggle for grip, in fact, don't notice any difference. Maybe if went from an old school 819 to one I might notice something, but from a fairly generic average I can't tell.
HobNob mikelevy's article
Jun 17, 2014 at 22:14
Jun 17, 2014
Ibis' Ultra Wide 741 Carbon Wheels - Review
Not such a glowing experience from me with these wide rims. The low pressure thing doesn't really work - its great if you ride where there are no rocks, until you ding a rim, and write it off. I've broken a Haven Carbon, 2 x Enve & 1 x Derby rim. All caused by damage I would expect a normal rim to take (albeit with dings).Other than taco'ing a couple of rims in the past i've never written off so many rims since I went to carbon. They just arn't suitable for hard MTB use. Went back from the Derby's to an aluminium setup & normal pressures. No more issues. Guess what - no less grip either.
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