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NoSkidMarks mikelevy's article
Feb 11, 2016 at 13:04
2 hours
11 DH Bikes of the Australian National Series
Two Zerodes won two categories, but no pics :-( Is this a sponsored segment?
NoSkidMarks paulaston's article
Feb 10, 2016 at 19:54
19 hours
Cavalerie Anakin - Review
Either Big Ss would make a much lighter gearbox, their R&D would likely go into making it perishable and obsolete each new model change. That's their biggest hurdle. Making them so you need to buy one every second year. Shimanno could just make a box housing for their Alfine hubs to be centrally mounted. Even just a narrower hub so it could be used like Zerode does on a AM/Funduro frame would do if a big frame brand got behind it. GT, looking at you. Would still be great if either Big S did release one. One day. Not sure if patents hold them back much. Pinion is pretty dialled now though. Weight is their main hic up, but the 12 speed is pretty light with a massive spread of range.
NoSkidMarks paulaston's article
Feb 9, 2016 at 1:33
3 days
Cavalerie Anakin - Review
Drivetrain Gods guided your fingers.
NoSkidMarks paulaston's article
Feb 8, 2016 at 19:51
3 days
Cavalerie Anakin - Review
I was there when Lahar won the Jr Worlds with a Rohloff gearbox. That bike had just raced a year overseas. It had a new cable fitted and an oil change before racing for the weekend. On the flip side and because it was Honda, they had a ten mechanic crew in a massive tent next to Lahar and probably stripped the bikes down every run. But it's Honda. I see a broken mech ruining a race run at pretty much every DH race, be it WC or local races. Chains are less likely to fail on a gearbox bike also. XC racing is a different beast. and a stronegr argument perhaps against gearboxes. An XC racer is more likely to have a spare bike than the average weekend warrior. Gearboxes are less fkucing about, it's enough reason. MTBs should be as tuff as MX bikes and BMXs, we've been lulled into believing they can't be by marketing pushing weight and miniscule performance gains. With gearboxes they can be that reliable. and ypou can SHIFT ANY TIME ;-) If you're happy with your mech set up, all good. Shifting isn't that big a deal, and mechs are pretty dang good. I just like shifting whenever and having a bike good to go every ride. I don't even bother washing it, and lube the chains only every now and then. I really can't vouch for the Effigear gear box as I've not had enough experience with it. I like it's high output sprocket as I like rearward axle path bikes, they make a lot of sense to me. So I would happily buy one. I have seen a Cavalerie Anakin in the flesh and it was an awesome looking bike.
NoSkidMarks paulaston's article
Feb 8, 2016 at 19:32
3 days
NoSkidMarks paulaston's article
Feb 8, 2016 at 19:31
3 days
Cavalerie Anakin - Review
everything is a balance of compromise that is different for every person and made different by every brands execution. There is no best, unless speaking about something particular. People can highlight a flaw in gearboxes as if it's massive, taking it out of context of reality and the actual balance of comproomise that'd suit most people. Here it is again. Gearbox. Shift any time. Statistcly far more durable and reliable than a mech. Centered weight. Efficiency loss is minuscule and probably negated by being able to shift without pedaling. Definitly negated by a faulty mech driveline that is way more common issue than a gearbox issue. Higher expense for gearbox. Way way less maintenance for a gearbox, and way less wearing parts. Design handicaps for suspension designs. Consistent anti squat throught the gears with a gearbox if the manufacturer desires that.
NoSkidMarks paulaston's article
Feb 8, 2016 at 19:13
3 days
Cavalerie Anakin - Review
just run it dry if you lost oil. It's hardly any oil and not under the loads a motor puts a gearbox through. It's about a 1/4 of a cup of oil. Yeah a drastic mechanical would wreck your ride like a broken mech. The point is, it's far less likely to happen with a good gearbox bike. Not too much feedback on the Effigears yet, but they are making improvements all the time. The dude racing with one in his Nicolai on the WC curcuit is doing great with his. Would be interesting to know how many mech issues he had prior. I know Zerode owners are having way way leass issues than mech owners. Just look at the design. Not really much to go wrong, nothing that'd make it unrideable. Loosing gear changes would be most likely but not likely realistcily. more than happy to bet though. As soon as you get a friend with one, tell me who has a mechanical first, you or him. $100US good with you? If we're betting on DH and a Zerode I know about, I'll raise it to $1000US.
NoSkidMarks paulaston's article
Feb 8, 2016 at 18:40
3 days
Cavalerie Anakin - Review
owie, oil change takes way less time than nearly all mech adjustments. Beats my mechs wrecked my rides over.
NoSkidMarks paulaston's article
Feb 8, 2016 at 18:39
3 days
Cavalerie Anakin - Review
The centralized and low gearbox weight really negates a lot of overall weight IMO. They have a low centered balast the rest of the bike pivots around, the weight and it's location keeps the bike stable and predictable, the weight is less likely to generate moentum in an out of shape situation. The suspension is lighter and has the weight to work against. Weight is mainly marketing. Yes it makes a difference, but nothing that it's made out to. There's loads of road bike testing to prove it's lack of relevance in pedaling, and with all above considered, I'd say it has very little to change the handling by having a low centered gearbox at slightly more weight. BMX bikes get thrown around no matter what the weight. I don't think the BMX world is so hung ap about it as there's less armchair geek engineers rambling on about theoretical differences and percieved gains. and blowing up a minute differance into some life changing performance differance. Gearbox- Less maintanence, more reliable, shift any time, centralized low weight, slight nearly irrelevant weight difference, possibly more drag equating to nothing at the end of the day in reality.
NoSkidMarks paulaston's article
Feb 8, 2016 at 18:30
3 days
Cavalerie Anakin - Review
Run a chain, belt issues negated. Chain will still last several times longer than a chain on a 1 x system. So will sprockets. Cables last longer too.
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