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bluechair84 mikekazimer's article
Mar 29, 2014 at 13:15
Mar 29, 2014
Yeti 575 - Review
I think brands are developing long top tubes to incorporate short stems; look at the Mondraker Zero thing... I can't remember what it's called. But the stem is above the steerer and correspondingly the top tube is longer. I remember reading that the GT Fury is designed this way too, long TT, short chainstays.
bluechair84 dropin's article
Mar 13, 2014 at 3:50
Mar 13, 2014
bluechair84 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 4, 2014 at 2:39
Feb 4, 2014
To the Point - Kirk Pacenti on 27.5-inch Wheels
I don't buy into the argument that brand owners took up 650b because they 'smelt money'. If their 650b bikes turned out to be a dogs dinner, and were reviewed as such by journos and the public, they would be looking at some big loses. They have to put out good quality bikes or suffer the success' of their competitors. They have to be sure that the bikes they put out are an improvement over previous models, and 650b is what they feel is the evolution of the design. I for one only own 26ers, but have ridden 650b. I like them very much. As a slight aside, I think it's easier to make a terrible 29er as it's harder to make the geometry fit the wheels. For instance, the Remedy 29er is terrible imo, whilst the Banshee Prime is really great.
bluechair84 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 4, 2014 at 2:24
Feb 4, 2014
To the Point - Kirk Pacenti on 27.5-inch Wheels
I love that he recognises so many people for even minor efforts in making it a reality - he even drops in 'the guys on the MTBr forum'. I don't think anyone ever 'invented the wheel', but for the efforts of many people directly and indirectly involved in its conception.
bluechair84 mattwragg's article
Nov 15, 2013 at 6:00
Nov 15, 2013
Pinkbike Product Picks
so long as it isn't sold to us an 'enduro specific', but suitable for enduro or similar riding.
bluechair84 mikelevy's article
Nov 15, 2013 at 0:18
Nov 15, 2013
Pinkbike Poll - Is It a Lifestyle or a Hobby?
A few years back I bought a van so I could spend more time away riding in distant places. However, commuting in that thing to work was soul destroying and it had to go in the end. Now I have something with much better fuel economy, lower tax and insurance, and I rent a van for long weekends. I don't think making that sacrifice reverted my sport into a hobby, I think I chose to incorporate it into my day job differently so that I could have a better mountain bike lifestyle. It's a balance at the end of the day, and we each keep that balance differently. I'm not envious of people who balance their lifestyle differently to the way I do it as I couldn't live in 'their' lifestyle.
bluechair84 mikekazimer's article
Nov 13, 2013 at 8:09
Nov 13, 2013
Race Face Next SL Cranks - Review
No no Mat, that is a barrel of tea you're drinking from!
bluechair84 mikekazimer's article
Oct 11, 2013 at 6:59
Oct 11, 2013
Red Bull Rampage 2013: Brandon Semenuk's Trek Session Park
Unless he has ten kidneys? No wait... 11.
bluechair84 mikekazimer's article
Oct 11, 2013 at 6:57
Oct 11, 2013
Red Bull Rampage 2013: Brandon Semenuk's Trek Session Park
But, (and I may be being pedantic here), four bar is a kind of VPP, which stands for virtual pivot point. There's two kinds of systems really; Single pivots where the axle is locked to a single curvature, and virtual where the pivot lies in an imaginary plane - and usually moves about. Faux bar is a single pivot with a linkage actuated shock. Because the split pivot does not lie between the axle and the pivot point (it's at the position of the axle), the wheel follows the same curvature as a single pivot. The only advantage it can offer is in braking performance - not suspension kinematics (in theory at least).
bluechair84 mikekazimer's article
Sep 20, 2013 at 6:55
Sep 20, 2013
Day Four Randoms - Interbike 2013
It makes sense for axles to move backwards; out of harms way - but font wheels do this already because the head angle is less than 90deg. It's the rear that needs more engineering to get a rearward path. The only change I see is that it's driving a rear can. This might have some benefits if the linkage resisted brake dive like a USE Sub fork... but it can't do that from those links. It looks heavier, and as others have said, will suffer the leverage ratio of a short stroke air can... I can't fathom what the designer thinks the problem was, and how he solved it.
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