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Snfoilhat mikekazimer's article
Jul 24, 2014 at 21:23
12 hours
Spotted: Jared Graves' Yeti SB6c Prototype
For a mechanical post that uses a pin (like Gravity Dropper) or collet (like Command Post) it is exactly the same mechanism bearing in compression the weight of the rider, or in tension the weight of the bike hanging from the saddle. The post doesn't care. Also, if your workstand jaws are clean and you aren't a gorrila, you can clamp your dropper stanchion many times and not damage it. On the other hand, there are setups across several brands, both external and internal, that because of cable length and cable routing are way easy to F up by exposing more post to a clampable length. Droppers are expensive and can seem to behave tempermentally, but the superstition surrounding them is helping nobody.
Snfoilhat mikekazimer's article
Jul 22, 2014 at 20:47
3 days
FINISHED: Yeti Cycles - Ask Us Anything
I don't understand the premise of slashnasty's question (aren't there already carbon bikes w/ low to mid level suspension and drivetrain builds? Aren't there already Al alloy framed bikes, sometimes even w/ 'simpler' suspension systems, to cater exactly to the crowd looking for a top-tier brand but at a lower price point?), but he's got enough props to indicate he's struck a nerve. Access is good for the sport. And so here's a follow-up to his question, for Yeti: I read recently in Bicycle Retailer that mountain bike and children's bike sales were down in 2013 compared to other segments (e.g. hybrid and road). Does Yeti, a dedicated MTB brand, feel it needs only to out-compete the other brands for a big enough piece of the MTB pie, however small the pie may be in any year, or is there some plan to grow the sport? Is it economical to adopt some new and perhaps expensive approach to getting people on bikes, or is that not the bike company's role? Not just the odd grant, but banging out pump tracks in urban areas. Not just the odd NICA sponsorship, but founding teams or partnering with dozens of community groups? I reallly want a place to ride, and so I volunteer at my local trails. Not everyone can do that. But you are some of the very few in the world who may have a profit motive to build trails. Is it going to happen? Thanks.
Snfoilhat yeticycles's article
Jul 18, 2014 at 0:19
Jul 18, 2014
Proven Here. SB5 Carbon and the San Juan Mountains
Most artful and moving depiction of a low-profile, hardpack-optimized rear tire's lack of cornering traction I have ever seen. Simply beautiful. Iconic.
Snfoilhat RichardCunningham's article
Jul 14, 2014 at 9:21
Jul 14, 2014
Specialized 2015: The Enduro Gets 27.5-Inch Wheels
Will the Enduro SX migrate to 27.5" wheels giving up a bit of BMX handling in exchange for a little better roll-over, simpler production, tire availability? Or will it remain 26"? Trail-riding my previous generation SX, one of the very few complaints I ever had was that the rear wheel would hang up in square edge and baby-head sized rocks. A 27.5" version with Spez's new shorter chainstays shoud still be pretty darn easy to manual and corner. So what's the plan?
Snfoilhat mikekazimer's article
Jul 8, 2014 at 21:30
Jul 8, 2014
Chris King / Stan's Flow EX Wheelset - Review
I felt a definite pull of desire when a coworker unboxed his new I9s recently, and I wish I hadn't been tricked at Sea Otter into lifting up a set of Enve AMs (they just leave them laying in the grass!), but when I build a wheel for myself it's pretty much these. Sub Hope for King if you like. CX-ray spokes for me, though I couldn't honestly say they perform better than DT Competitions. Great wheels are not expensive. What else in the industry can that be said about?
Snfoilhat officialcrankworx's article
Jul 4, 2014 at 13:24
Jul 4, 2014
REPLAY: GT Dual Speed & Style
Host a dual slalom event FFS. The mix of timed plus judged is unwatchabe. The 'race' gets decided while we're watching footage of the riders sitting at the bottom. Kills the excitement.
Snfoilhat pinkbikeaudience's article
Jul 1, 2014 at 20:34
Jul 1, 2014
Ask Pinkbike - New Brake Pads and All Mountain Flat Pedals
Every brand is a (potential) customer--for advertising space. Modern product reviews are T-ball. Everybody gets a trophy. Also, shootouts give an often false impression to the reader of some robust process, because one or two testers' opinions are so subjective. For example, think of how many rider-hours it takes to conduct the Motocross Action shootouts. Seven-ish testers, some fast, some slow, some young, some old, beginner through pro, all riding the same exact bikes and rating them over a period of time. That is for 5 different brands in two different displacements, once per year. Can you imagine the work it would take PB to recreate that, for even just major brand DH bikes, or enduro bikes, or 2.3-2.5 inch tires? But if they did any less work than that, the 'shootout' would be BS.
Snfoilhat The4XProTour's article
Jun 27, 2014 at 0:21
Jun 27, 2014
4X ProTour Round 4 Val Di Sole - Preview
P3 hardtail. Enduro SX is for individual timed qualifying (?), slalom, misc radness.
Snfoilhat mattwragg's article
Jun 20, 2014 at 10:09
Jun 20, 2014
Back to the Roots - Enduro World Series, Round 3 - Valloire
10000 m of vertical drop? I would leave the 160mm travel bike at home and bring a jet fighter for this track.
Snfoilhat mikelevy's article
Jun 14, 2014 at 21:23
Jun 14, 2014
Trek's 2015 Remedy 29 Carbon
Wider dropout spacing and correspondingly wider hub flange distances should have happened at the very beginning of 29ers. Then the 'pain' of a new standard would be comfortably behind us by now. Shame on industry thinking that innovates only half-way, leaving riders with product whose flaws are clear from the outset but seems a safer or cheaper bet in the short term.
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