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Saidrick mikekazimer's article
Dec 2, 2016 at 16:08
Dec 2, 2016
Alutech Unveil the Sennes DH 29
@ThomDawson: It was Richard Cunningham, who said that full suspension eliminates most of the draw backs of the 26" wheel size. But clearly you must know more than him too.
Saidrick mikekazimer's article
Dec 2, 2016 at 10:49
Dec 2, 2016
Alutech Unveil the Sennes DH 29
@ThomDawson: You are incorrect about associated trade-offs going away with improved manufacturing techniques. The trade-offs are based on physics, therefore you cannot manufacture out the differences. I have ridden all 4 wheel sizes and can tell you that they are all good AND bad at different aspects of riding. Full-suspension basically equalizes all the sizes anyway. Disc brakes are a major improvement in every aspect of mountain biking, adding 1/2" to the outside diameter of a 26" (interior ) wheel is not... P.s. the real reason they used 26" wheels originally was because it was considered a child's size bike wheel and had a different/ cheaper import tax at the time .
Saidrick vernonfelton's article
Sep 26, 2016 at 14:40
Sep 26, 2016
High Voltage: The Inside Line on Electronic Shifting and Suspension
@Raffe, Your comparisons aren't correct. You are comparing true innovation against marketing. Front and rear suspenison ADDED something to the bike that wasn't there before. Disc brakes, same thing. Electronic shifting is a DIFFERENT way to do something existing on a bike. A more valid comparison is something like a coil spring versus an air shock... Or more to the point the original non-disc hydraulic cantilever brake. I think the real losers here are the brick and mortar bike shops. These new marketing gimmicks added a ton of money to the cost of already expensive bikes. This makes an Internet ( canyon, yt, commencal) purchase a more attractive option, and introduces another level of near useless micro-standard "evolution." These days, I vote with my wallet, think globally, act locally and try to keep my current bike , serviced, and maintained by my local bike shop as long as possible.
Saidrick mikelevy's article
May 31, 2016 at 12:32
May 31, 2016
5 Questions I Want Answered - Opinion
Mike Levy, Here is the answer to why so many people on the new stuff: Innovation by elimination. 26" wheels were CHOSEN to be replaced by the industry, not the rider( see Taipei trade show 2012) They were the replaced by 27.5/650B, we were told that the new wheels were faster, that was a lie( see "one question, with the founder of Knolly bikes). The rest of micro-standards fell like dominos after that. Make a tire .3 bigger, and then you need to increase the axle by 6mm, still need to make more money, change the size of the shock to make it easier to manufacture, but won't really help the shock perform better. Once that happens, it's time to change the axle size AGAIN. I am at a point now where I only buy parts from smaller companies that care about the rider, no matter what size wheel or how old their bike is. I am now in the process of getting rid of SRAM components from my bike. And that is exactly what I did this year: I rebuilt my 26" bike and bought a box full of tires to ride it into the sunset.
Saidrick RichardCunningham's article
Apr 16, 2016 at 8:14
Apr 16, 2016
Felt's Supercharged Decree LE - Sea Otter 2016
In defense of flex stays, I know a bike designer/ welder/ engineer who designed a flex stay bike, welded the frame and rides it, regularly, as his personal bike. If he rides it as his personal bike, I am not going to worry about it, but with the price of new bikes today , I would need to demo ride it first.
Saidrick mikekazimer's article
Apr 11, 2016 at 10:56
Apr 11, 2016
Banshee Spitfire - Review
By designing a bike that lets the rider decide how they want their bike set-up, this is real innovation. The bike industry has done a lot of profit based elimination of current standards in the last 2-3 year. I believe that Banshee possesses the "courage" to try new ideas, that Richard Cunningham recently wrote an article about.
Saidrick cdolton's article
Mar 19, 2016 at 10:23
Mar 19, 2016
40 Years of Number 55, Brian Lopes - Video
Brian Lopes has made a some mistakes, just like the rest of us. But this is what I know about Brian the mtb racer. 1. He was and still is really good on a bike. 2. His input/ R&D on the Mojo HD made the iconic bike legendary. 3. The video of him riding at the bmx track with NFL Rams helmet on his head is awesome.
Saidrick vernonfelton's article
Mar 11, 2016 at 13:21
Mar 11, 2016
Plus-Size Bikes - Pinkbike Poll
@fuzzyl, You are confusing performance improvements with 27.5" wheels. Noel Buckley ( founder of Knolly bikes) just admitted that the industry lied when they originally said that 27.5" were faster than 26" bikes. See 1 question, Feb, 2nd 2016 ( otherwise known as the Wakidesigns interview.).
Saidrick vernonfelton's article
Mar 11, 2016 at 8:33
Mar 11, 2016
Plus-Size Bikes - Pinkbike Poll
@fuzzyl, I read a review of a plus size bike, where the reviewer claimed that the tires caused "ghost steering." I am don't need to "ride" that to know I don't want it. More importantly, is that a major shift happened in the bike industry: When the bike industry decided to get rid of 26" bikes they changed their philosophy from" we make a profit by building what people want", to " we make a profit building what WE want." As a result, I now don't plan on buying a new bike until my old bike breaks and can't be repaired.
Saidrick mikelevy's article
Feb 22, 2016 at 11:18
Feb 22, 2016
Ibis Mojo 3 - Review
Great bike, even better review. This bike fills a market segment for Ibis and allows them to cover all the standards with three bikes. The red is a great color choice , but I prefer the raw black version not pictured ( see their website).
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