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deeeight vernonfelton's article
Jun 28, 2016 at 22:11
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Now THAT Was a Bike: 1996 Klein Mantra Pro
A funny bit about Gary Klein was he took Cannondale to court over his "patented" oversized aluminum tubing for bicycle frames, and lost.... because of Cannondale learning and producing one Bill Shook (brains behind American Classic) who brought to court one of the aluminum bikes he welded up in the early 70s, when Gary was still in highschool (and hadn't obviously gone to MIT yet, or learned anything related to designing/building bicycles) which featured oversized aluminum tubing (as least compared to the Al frames that had come before it from other designers/manufacturers). He'd raced it, talked about it in the press, and had built copies for relatives who had attended U.C. Berkeley if my memory is correct.
deeeight pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 28, 2016 at 21:38
4 hours
Rocky Mountain Redesigns Element for 2017 - Press Release
@Neechy: Pretty much everyone is adopting boost, especially for 29ers which is what it was originally designed for. Rocky only avoided using it on the Sherpa because they claimed that 142 hubs would be easier to source somehow if you were in africa or something bike touring than a 148 hub. The pipleline however went 148.
deeeight pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 28, 2016 at 21:33
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Rocky Mountain Redesigns Element for 2017 - Press Release
No, all their other bikes are still smoothlinks including the recently released Pipeline. But I'm sure for the new frame design and the fact elements are really pure XC racing bikes, they achieved the frame weight, wheel path and spring rate goals better thru a horst link.
deeeight vernonfelton's article
Jun 24, 2016 at 14:44
Jun 24, 2016
Now THAT Was a Bike: 1996 Klein Mantra Pro
With unified triangles its ALL about the pivot location. Sweet spots and catamounts (which both have the pivot in the middle of the frame) are the most neutral handling, high pivots like the klein launch you over the bars, low pivots like Fisher/Trek tend to squat too much. Legendary freerider Wade Simmons used to ride a Rocky Mountain Pipeline, and that was a six inch travel sweet-spot pivot URT, and we didn't see him having a lot of over the handlebar launch episodes while descending in the north shore.
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Jun 16, 2016 at 23:40
Jun 16, 2016
Jun 16, 2016 at 23:39
Jun 16, 2016

New Jamis Exile XC

$300 USD
* Price is firm and in USD, buyer pays all shipping, paypal payment only * - As new frame, was taken apart from a complete bike, has some minor scuff/scatch/paint chip marks from storage (see pics). The bike was used as a source of spares, and eventually nothing remained but the frame itself. - Reynolds 631 Double-Butted Air Hardening Steel alloy tubeset - 17 inch size frame with 22.99 in effective top tube length - has double bottle cage mounts and a chain hanger on the right seatstay - 68mm width BB shell, takes 34mm external cup 1 1/8 diameter steerer headset, 1 1/8 top pull front derailleur, 27.2 seatpost and standard QR 135mm spacing rear hubs - 2,106 grams as pictured - clearance for 26 x 2.35 size tires - all top-routed cables/housing - Includes QR seatpost clamp pictured

Jun 16, 2016 at 23:37
Jun 16, 2016

New Brodie Gatorblade 2 Rigid fork

$125 USD
* Price is firm and in USD, buyer pays all shipping, paypal payment only * - As new take off from a new bike and it may have minor scuffs/scratch marks from storage (see pictures). - All alloy construction - I.S. disc mounts only - riveted on open housing guide is slightly loose (this is how it came) - 1 1/8 x 8 1/4 inch long threadless steerer tube - 445mm Axle to Crown length - 100mm open 9mm QR dropouts - Tire clearance for a maximum 29 x 3.0 or 650B/27.5 x 3.25 tire - 884 grams as pictured

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Jun 16, 2016 at 13:05
Jun 16, 2016
Jun 16, 2016 at 13:04
Jun 16, 2016

Rockshox Ario 2.1 R

$75 USD
* Price is firm and in USD, buyer pays all shipping, paypal payment only * - used but good condition, has some scuffs/scratches including of the decals (see pics). - 6.5 inch eye to eye length - air spring - externally adjustable rebound damping - 1.5 inch stroke - 247 grams as pictured

deeeight paulaston's article
Jun 14, 2016 at 8:39
Jun 14, 2016
Pinkbike Tech: SWAT Your Bike
Ah yes, Specialized..trademarked terms for ideas stolen from mountain bike history... gather yee round the campfire children...time for the product talk of way back when... Joe Murray...american XC racing legend...and one of the first ex-racers to become product designer for a bike brand (Kona) gave us some nice tire designs, and THIS... the Joe Murray Combo cage...A combination of storage, water, And tools. Then there's american inventor and mountain biking legend Robert L Seals and his Cool Tool, essentially the first purpose built multi-tool / compact monkey wrench for bicyclists, which many here likely remember, but lesser known was his Cool Tool Seatpost Quick Release.. A seatpost clamp QR that also doubles as a 10mm box wrench, 4-5-6mm allen wrenches, and 14/15 gauge spoke nipple wrenches. The Club Roost wacky plug, from the same company that brought us the return of riser bars to mountain bikes, which was a simple rubber plug to let you stuff small tools, money, spare bolts, chain links, etc (up to 8 ounces total) inside the bottom of your seatpost, which btw is related to still having a quick release seatpost clamp, which allowed you to easily remove your post while out right. They of course, could also be stuck UNDER the fork crown to hold stuff inside the steerer tube. As to combination minipumps and co2 inflators, which can be mounted under the bottle cage....ummm....that's not new either... Genuine Innovations, Beto', Topeak, Zefal and many others have been making them for many years now. Also related to quick releases... many levers are flattened and curving shapes (such as Salsa Flip Offs) to be both pleasant to the hand, but also to enable them to be used as tire levers. Tight spaces / cutouts on the back side of cassette cogs and around chainrings/crank arm spiders can be used as bottle cap openers for beer/pop bottles, as can the clip mechanism of shimano MTB and Look Road clipless pedals.
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