Willie1

Long Time motocrosser who crossed over to biking a couple years ago.

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Willie1 mikelevy's article
Aug 20, 2014 at 8:58
3 days
DEMO vs DEMO - Is Newer Better?
There was no "but" in my statement. What is your point?
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Aug 19, 2014 at 11:46
Aug 19, 2014
DEMO vs DEMO - Is Newer Better?
I'm not knocking 26" wheels. I own 26 and 650b.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Aug 18, 2014 at 21:42
Aug 18, 2014
DEMO vs DEMO - Is Newer Better?
Your other option is to buy one of the new leftover 26" frames sitting in storage. You really can go back in time on this issue.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Aug 18, 2014 at 21:39
Aug 18, 2014
DEMO vs DEMO - Is Newer Better?
Oversized heated tubes have been pretty much standard for 7 or 8 years now, or at least optional. I did have 2 frames from 09 that are 1 1/8 only though. It doesn't make sense to put a $1000.00 fork on a bike I could resell for $2500.00 at best. I just don't get all the complaining. If you want to use your old components, find a compatible frame. The rest of us will ride what we have, or buy something new. My old wheels had QR axles, even my old DC fork was QR. It's not compatible with anything I want to be currently riding. Hey, want to buy my lid aquarium DC fork! It will fit your old wheels!
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Aug 18, 2014 at 20:29
Aug 18, 2014
DEMO vs DEMO - Is Newer Better?
Well, if things didn't change, I could still be riding a rigid steel 21 speed, my first mountain bike. Ask me in 10 years if you want to go back to 2008.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Aug 18, 2014 at 18:15
Aug 18, 2014
DEMO vs DEMO - Is Newer Better?
In 2008, you couldn't swap shit around from 2004 anymore either. I still have some rim brake components from the early 2000's. They didn't fit my 2007 frames and forks.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Aug 18, 2014 at 11:56
Aug 18, 2014
DEMO vs DEMO - Is Newer Better?
Playful and nervous are the same end of the spectrum. You choose the term based on whether you want it to sound good, or bad.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Aug 18, 2014 at 11:53
Aug 18, 2014
DEMO vs DEMO - Is Newer Better?
So if you could give up the vague feeling, without a negative, would you? Your argument actually supports the use of 650b in DH. My post was referring to the DH like geometry people want in their trail bikes, to overcome the shortcomings of 26" wheels. In DH, the same principles apply. Geometry can be more neutral, leaving a more balanced handling bike that performs better in most conditions, with fewer compromises.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Aug 18, 2014 at 10:05
Aug 18, 2014
DEMO vs DEMO - Is Newer Better?
I actually design, build, and test bikes. Maybe you missed that part. 26" to 29" is about a 3-4deg difference in HTA, 26" to 650b is about1.5deg difference. 29ers used 71deg HTA when 26ers used 68deg HTA. I currently ride 650b with 68degHTA, and is is very neutral handling.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Aug 18, 2014 at 9:16
Aug 18, 2014
DEMO vs DEMO - Is Newer Better?
The trail # with a slack HTA exceeds the range of neutral handling, meaning more compromise than is needed in the balance between nimble and stable. At 65deg, climbing stability is quite compromised, and initial turn in in corners is more vague. The geometry numbers are in a more neutral range on a 650b bike with the HTA pulled back a few degrees. 65deg is quite slack in terms of trail bike history. For years, bikes used 71deg for XC, and 68/69deg for trail. 66 or slacker was DH. More modern riders actually want what larger wheels offer, but think the answer is in HTA. BB drop and trail are the most significant geometry numbers, with CS length and HTA following those two. I'm sure this weill be neg propped, but as a frame designer/builder (hobbyist) these are the variables that are put together to get a good riding bike.
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