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groghunter pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 23, 2014 at 15:14
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Ask Pinkbike - Correct Spring Rate for My BoXXer Fork, Chain Guide or Not, Beginner's Essential DH Kit
goes hand in hand with one of the EWS bikes they got to ride at whistler, that had 40% rear sag. a rearward weight bias is more advantageous, the steeper the terrain, when you point the nose downhill. It's SOMEWHAT the opposite on the ups(if you've never experienced it, fighting to keep your front wheel on the ground is no fun) but too far front on the uphills & you spin the rear tire too easily(fun fact: even casual cyclists can develop more torque than a typical car just standing on the pedals.) For me, it's all about behavior. I want that front end to be predictable. the softer it is, the more violently it reacts, & I'm not into that. That trait is exacerbated on forks without speed sensitive damping, too, so it's not unreasonable to run those even stiffer.
groghunter mikekazimer's article
Sep 19, 2014 at 10:11
Sep 19, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: How Often Do You Service Your Suspension Fork?
I love the above response from Marzocchi: exactly the opposite of the typical FOX "If somethings wrong, send it in for service. that'll be $150, unwashed pleb." Heck even my FOX dropper(which i really like) has literally no basic maintenance manual even for little things like cleaning the seals.
groghunter mikekazimer's article
Sep 19, 2014 at 8:01
Sep 19, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: How Often Do You Service Your Suspension Fork?
USD forks mean seals last fo-ev-a, it's true. that said, you're probably due to swap them out(did mine at about 8 years.)
groghunter mikekazimer's article
Sep 19, 2014 at 8:00
Sep 19, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: How Often Do You Service Your Suspension Fork?
for the lube oil, it really may not matter if you use motor oil(though fork oil is pretty cheap, so why not use it?) as for the damper, you're not going to like what variable weight oil will do to your damping. If it's a RS fork that's older than the Pike, the lube oil is the damping oil. so use fixed weight oil, knuckleheads.
groghunter mikekazimer's article
Sep 19, 2014 at 7:54
Sep 19, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: How Often Do You Service Your Suspension Fork?
yup, this is all highly subjective to cartridge dampers. open bath, or in the DJ3's case, grease lubricated is a whole different animal, with much less service needed.
groghunter CanfieldBrothers's article
Sep 18, 2014 at 17:58
Sep 18, 2014
Press Release: Introducing the Canfield Brothers' Balance
well well well, back on the short list... Rest assured I'll tell my buddy who had written the balance off for the same reason.
groghunter CanfieldBrothers's article
Sep 17, 2014 at 8:07
Sep 17, 2014
Press Release: Introducing the Canfield Brothers' Balance
There seems to be a real tradeoff, though: this bike only has 2.4mm of BB drop with 27.5 wheels. Purpose built 27.5" bikes usually have 10mm or more. It seems a shame to get a 27.5 & not get one of the main benefits, as that 10mm+ of BB drop has made a huge difference in the 27.5s I've ridden. (I haven't really liked the ones I've ridden that didn't have the drop. They felt more wagonwheelish.) This bike was on a very short list for my next bike until I saw the BB drop.
groghunter pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 16, 2014 at 13:35
Sep 16, 2014
Ask Pinkbike: Upgrade an Entry-Level Bike, Zee for XC, Bracing for Autumn's Chill
There may be a bit more to it, as there are different calipers on the brakes, & there isn't a 150mm SLX hub, but essentially, it seems to be that way.
groghunter RichardCunningham's article
Sep 16, 2014 at 7:54
Sep 16, 2014
Interbike Tech-Fest: Special Nerd Worshippers Edition
Hey bike companies, you want to change a standard & actually be celebrated for it, instead being ridiculed? how about a standard for straight pull spokes, so us citizen wheel builders can use 'em, & while you're at it, make the spokes at least as cheap as j bends, or better yet cheaper, since they're easier to make. But no, instead everybody has to have their own proprietary straight pull design, & use it as an excuse to only offer complete wheels instead of parts so I can build 'em myself. bastards.
groghunter pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 16, 2014 at 7:28
Sep 16, 2014
Ask Pinkbike: Upgrade an Entry-Level Bike, Zee for XC, Bracing for Autumn's Chill
The above is a not uncommon story: they seem to be prone to cracking, either at the freehub or the hub shell. however, it depends on the type of riding you're doing: they seem be SLX hubs with a paint job, so if you're riding trail or AM type stuff, & aren't a clydesdale, you might be fine. DH, maybe not so much. They are cup & cone style bearing, though: blargh.
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