atrokz

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atrokz mikekazimer's article
Mar 25, 2015 at 7:56
Mar 25, 2015
4 Downhill Bike Checks - Crankworx Rotorua
You can't kashima steel. It's a PVD coating
atrokz paulaston's article
Mar 24, 2015 at 12:28
Mar 24, 2015
Giro Alpineduro - Review
Lol. yea, when I go south and it's their winter, the locals are wearing sweaters and bundled up and I'm in shorts and sandals ready to go swimming. Adaptation I guess.
atrokz paulaston's article
Mar 24, 2015 at 9:52
Mar 24, 2015
Giro Alpineduro - Review
(I lived in Australia for 2 years) /CSB
atrokz paulaston's article
Mar 24, 2015 at 9:47
Mar 24, 2015
Giro Alpineduro - Review
And I can tell you've never been to that other hemisphere if you think they are going to need these.
atrokz paulaston's article
Mar 20, 2015 at 5:53
Mar 20, 2015
27.5+ Tires - Taipei Show 2015
Behold, the FUTURE of mountain biking! http://i01.i.aliimg.com/img/pb/335/596/510/510596335_228.JPG Now compatible with IMBA's 'Flow trails'.
atrokz mikelevy's article
Mar 19, 2015 at 8:38
Mar 19, 2015
Opinion: The Machines Have Soul, Don't They?
You have ridden, or you have pushed on around in a parking lot? Actual tests indicate there isn't much of a difference in terms of resistance (efficiency) once the seals break in, and a dirty drivetrain pretty much cancels out advantage. The Rohloff is one of the most reliable systems on the planet, far surpassing any other bicycle drivetrain by tens of thousands of miles. In fact, I'd say it's proven itself quite well. The Alfine is a hub gearbox, just like the rohloff, and is a stopgap for what we really want. If Shimano presented a real IGB in partnership with a major frame mfg, you better believe people would scoop it up. The time is ripe in this world of $10k bikes.
atrokz mikelevy's article
Mar 19, 2015 at 6:55
Mar 19, 2015
Opinion: The Machines Have Soul, Don't They?
I've owned several Nicolai bikes. They are worth the money if you want an extremely well made, durable bike that works very well. But yes, they are expensive. I'd like a pinion next bike.
atrokz mikelevy's article
Mar 19, 2015 at 6:25
Mar 19, 2015
Opinion: The Machines Have Soul, Don't They?
It's just his opinion. The 'stuff' Patrick lists are refutable and nothing more than uneducated opinion (you ride a ss bike and a bike with hussefelt cranks, I've ridden several gearbox equipped bikes and have rebuilt a planetary gearbox for a cnc machine........). Everyone's entitled to one. But hey, let's make up imaginary parts to break like 'torque regulator' and pretend we know what we are talking about. lol. imagine if the automotive or motorcycle industry was so fixated on a disposable transmission that is intrinsically more complicated in reality than some internal gearboxes (it's pushed as 'simple' but pay attention to how much is actually going on in terms of parts, pivots, a ratcheting rear hub, etc). If Shimano or Sram stepped up and put effort into a gear box (all we need is 10ish gears), we've have them out next season. But disposable and gearbox aren't synonymous.
atrokz mikekazimer's article
Mar 18, 2015 at 9:17
Mar 18, 2015
SRAM Announces New Hub Standards - Boost 148 and 110
I have no problem with progress. It's where things have to go. I have a problem with seemingly calculated progress with the intention of pinching every penny from the consumer. Here's how I see it: how long have 29" wheels been out? A while right? How long has 15x100 been out? Not that long now. 142? It's young. So what stopped them from finding the benefits of 148 and 110 back then? Two were very close to existing standards already in place. In the upheaval of standards back then, 148 should have been seen as so beneficial if the benefits are obvious. The Q factor tripe is moot since it's debatable on it's own. Right..... These incremental changes that drastically alter the frame is "how standards proliferate" to the tee.
atrokz mikekazimer's article
Mar 18, 2015 at 8:48
Mar 18, 2015
SRAM Announces New Hub Standards - Boost 148 and 110
A 5mm Q factor increase per side isn't going to make a huge difference on anything but a road bike and in that position, unless you have no balls to begin with. These are trail bikes being changed. I find Q factors are too narrow to begin with, but I'm a large framed guy. My feet stand much further apart than a narrow q factor dictates and it's bad on my knees. This bike also ships with a spacer to correct the chain line because of this new hub 'standard' (its not a standard, SRAM has no idea what that means) which makes that entire point moot and erroneous. Argue all you want about who buys bikes, 'progress' (lol), and questionable improvements, but we know a new 'standard' will be released in 5 years which will make all the difference in the world, because some intern designers who couldn't cut it elsewhere said so. :-P But whatever, it's not as bad as it can be. At least bikes aren't still be sold with QR front axles.
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