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JesseE RichardCunningham's article
Mar 23, 2015 at 6:58
Mar 23, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: How Much Are Name-Brand Components and Interchangeability Worth?
I'll be the first to admit that I'm cheap with bike parts, but do any of the old folks here remember when 2,000 (in late 80's early 90's dollars) got you a high end rigid steel 26er with shitty tires and inner tubes, that were mounted on narrow rims that you rubbed bad break pads on, with short little cantilever brakes that were so weak you had to buy a "break booster". For 3,000 grand you can get a full suspension bike with tubeless tires on bigger and lighter wheels, that works as well as the 5,000 bike from a few years ago. Bikes are pricey, but for what you get they are actually getting cheaper.
JesseE RichardCunningham's article
Mar 21, 2015 at 6:03
Mar 21, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: How Much Are Name-Brand Components and Interchangeability Worth?
For me right now there are a few key components that want from specific brands: Rims, Tires, and Suspension. Rims are getting close to a point where I won't care who makes them as long as they don't weigh a tonne and run tires tubeless, well, but right now a lot of companies seem to be stuck in the past with rim design. Suspension seems to be advancing quickly too, so I would be reluctant to buy from a company who didn't specify the details of their suspension if it wasn't branded. Frames, cranks, etc. etc. at this point most of it just works, so I have no problem buying a whole package, as long as I can replace parts easily.
JesseE paulaston's article
Mar 20, 2015 at 10:11
Mar 20, 2015
27.5+ Tires - Taipei Show 2015
Cause big ass heavy wheels take more energy to spin. If you were riding a 29er XC bike would you want your riding partner to be on a fatbike? There are always gonna be stronger riders who can make anything go fast, but from my own experience really big grippy tires can really zap you of energy. There are always enough issues with mechanicals etc. to keep a group ride moving slowly, but having the trendy guy at the back dying on steeper and/or longer climbs isn't ideal. Just wonder if there is a point of diminishing returns with tire size, at least for XC trail riding.
JesseE paulaston's article
Mar 19, 2015 at 20:17
Mar 19, 2015
27.5+ Tires - Taipei Show 2015
I agree with the whole seasonal swap notion, and it's really the only thing that gets me in any way stoked on this. After couple of months on a fatbike it felt like overkill for the conditions I ride to have a 4.8" monster tire. I'd like to hear more about this size in snow etc. I rode 2.4's in snow and still enjoyed myself, so having a bike with a bit more chunk that doesn't have to be a dedicated snow bike would make for a lot more space in my little shed.
JesseE paulaston's article
Mar 19, 2015 at 20:15
Mar 19, 2015
27.5+ Tires - Taipei Show 2015
As "fun" as this tire size might be, I have a feeling those who adopt it will be riding at the back of the pack. 1000Gram tires and 650+ gram wheels are not gonna make for a speedy rider. Hell, I remember putting a Nevegal 2.35 26" on my stumpjumper and feeling like it was torture on my hardpacked trails with a 450 gram rim. I have to try it, but I feel like these tires are gonna be for screwing around, and people who wanna put in serious km and any kind of speed wont' adopt this new trend. If I'm proven wrong I won't be sad. 3" inch tires do look rad. .
JesseE mikelevy's article
Mar 18, 2015 at 9:11
Mar 18, 2015
Praxis, KS and WTB - Taipei Show 2015
Sramano are such dicks for not offering this. I have been riding 1x10 setups for years, but after moving to a 29er it just didn't offer the low gears I wanted for steeper seated climbs. If this thing gets decent reviews I'm all over it.
JesseE RichardCunningham's article
Mar 18, 2015 at 9:02
Mar 18, 2015
Wolf Tooth GC 42 Cassette Cog - Review
If this doesn't suck everyone's dreams just came true: http://www.pinkbike.com/news/praxis-ks-wtb-taipei-show-2015.html
JesseE mikekazimer's article
Mar 18, 2015 at 7:46
Mar 18, 2015
SRAM Announces New Hub Standards - Boost 148 and 110
My next hub is gonna be a Chris King 142 and then I don't wanna buy another hub for 10 years until the dust settles on this ridiculous standard war we're in.
JesseE mikelevy's article
Mar 18, 2015 at 7:32
Mar 18, 2015
Maxxis' New Rubber - Taipei Show 2015
Maxxis seems chronically late to the party. How long did it take for them to offer a tubeless ready bead instead of the old LUST casing? Now they have a mini knob rear tire they may as well have called the Roxxis Razor.
JesseE RichardCunningham's article
Mar 18, 2015 at 7:10
Mar 18, 2015
Wolf Tooth GC 42 Cassette Cog - Review
We're both on the same page. I've got the ideal set up on the fatty, and the technically less ideal set up on the 29er. But both work, for now. Not sure why narrow/wide little rings weren't on the table from the get go, cause there are a lot of people like me who just want an easier gear than the 30T will allow and they make for better chainline.
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