Willie1

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

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Willie1 geebeebee's article
Apr 18, 2014 at 12:19
1 days
Bespoked Bicycle Show 2014
In 10 years, people will be saying "650b for life!" We don't need anything new! 650b has been all we need and I ain't spending more money!
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Apr 17, 2014 at 22:49
2 days
X-Fusion Trace RL2 Fork - Review
Axxe, is there anything you don't complain about? Cheap/strong/light. Pick two!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Apr 17, 2014 at 10:07
3 days
SRAM X01 Drivetrain - Review
I have no problems with the cheaper solutions. XTR is expensive, as is Chorus, XX, and Red. Really, the performance difference between SLX and XTR is quite small, as is the difference between X9 and XX. Its possible to make a watered down 1x11 with a conventional cassette in 10 speed, but the cost to manufacture the current cassette can't be scaled down. Apples to oranges again. Maybe in a couple years with 3d printing, but not with current tools. I am still running some Truvativ Noir cranks and it makes no sense to change them to current XO, or XX. I may get a narrow/wide for them and try it out. If I did a new build, I would use my existing crank, and go with the 11 speed in the rear. I still have a few bikes running 2x9 and it would be a waste of money to upgrade them. This level of upgrade is really meant for OEM, or affluent people doing full bling builds.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Apr 17, 2014 at 6:59
3 days
SRAM X01 Drivetrain - Review
I don't want to pay for the two I'm not using. This is the same reason bikes don't come with pedals. Why pay for something that you aren't going to use? They aren't going to give something for free. If you think they should, then you are delusional.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Apr 17, 2014 at 6:55
3 days
SRAM X01 Drivetrain - Review
You could walk and not have to buy a bike at all!! What a great point!
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Apr 17, 2014 at 6:34
3 days
SRAM X01 Drivetrain - Review
You guys are too funny!!! About 7 years ago, people were saying there is no reason for 9 speed, as 8 speed was good enough. Then 10 speed came along and people complained about it as 9 speed was plenty of gears. Now that 11 speed is coming along, everyone is saying the 10 speed is all we need. Drivetrains are not meant to be an upgrade. Its not money well spent. They make sense when building a new bike, or buying a complete bike.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Apr 15, 2014 at 23:38
Apr 15, 2014
ENVE, Ibis, Specialized - Sea Otter 2014
Rupinart: how much do you make on this propaganda?
Willie1 mikekazimer's article
Apr 15, 2014 at 18:54
Apr 15, 2014
Bike Check: Cody Kelley's Specialized Enduro SX - Sea Otter 2014
Good point. Its which is the bigger influence. Racing BMX, I never thought I needed more traction, but I am a vet rider. YMMV!!!
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Apr 15, 2014 at 18:52
Apr 15, 2014
ENVE, Ibis, Specialized - Sea Otter 2014
Wow, What a bunch of BS!!!
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Apr 15, 2014 at 7:13
Apr 15, 2014
ENVE, Ibis, Specialized - Sea Otter 2014
I guess I'm an idiot for researching which brands are good, and seeing first hand that they have held up. I have nothing against the name brand wheels, but there are other options IF you know what you are doing and shop around. Spoke holes were even on the wheels I have built. I DID NOT buy $50.00 Ebay hoops.
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