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groghunter JordanCarr's article
Apr 22, 2014 at 7:39
2 days
Raxter Tarsus Hitch Rack - Review
I love being able to run a one bike only rack most of the time, then when it comes time to shuttle, 2 mins later I have a 2 or 3 bike rack.
groghunter raceface's article
Apr 22, 2014 at 7:33
2 days
Race Face's President Purchases Easton Cycling
The road stuff is a good point. Kinda wonder if that isn't the idea then, long term: Easton becomes their road brand, and the MTB stuff gets re-branded or discontinued.
groghunter mikelevy's article
Apr 22, 2014 at 7:30
2 days
Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 - Reviewed
I don't think it's molded directly to the shock can. If I'm not mistaken, the way Specialized does this is that they run the bottom eyelet sideways, and have the horseshoe slide over the eyelet, with a pin that runs through both to attach it to the shock.
groghunter raceface's article
Apr 21, 2014 at 12:42
3 days
Race Face's President Purchases Easton Cycling
this is my biggest question, too. There's a lot of overlap between these two brands, especially on the Easton side. Can't think of anything they make that RF doesn't except wheels. Whaterver, better get that orange Havoc stem I want while I still can...
groghunter mikelevy's article
Apr 21, 2014 at 7:34
3 days
Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 - Reviewed
Printing that name on the downtube costs a lot... to the buyer, anyway.
groghunter mikelevy's article
Apr 21, 2014 at 7:32
3 days
Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 - Reviewed
I'm not 100% sure that they don't just have a custom horseshoe attached to the standard eyelet, but after changing to a bike with normal suspension bushings instead of bearings: the bearings make a huge difference in feel and performance, to the point that I'll switch my new bike's rear end to needle bearings as soon as I can find a shock I want to keep on it.
groghunter mikelevy's article
Apr 21, 2014 at 7:20
3 days
Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 - Reviewed
There's a huge economies of scale difference between the performance moto & performance MTB markets, too: If we had the same manufacturing volume as even Yamaha by itself, we'd probably be able to get that $2,000 MTB you mention for $500.
groghunter mikelevy's article
Apr 18, 2014 at 7:38
Apr 18, 2014
SRAM X01 Drivetrain - Review
Bike geometry is an important consideration. I haven't gotten a 40t yet because I have to fight the front wheel enough on 32x36 that I'm not sure that 32x40 will even be usable. Of course, if that ends up true, I can just go to a 34 or 36 in front and gain some top end, so it wouldn't be the end of the world. as for whether the 40t works with a zee, one of the smaller brands, either wolf tooth or one-up, (can't remember) specifically made and tested their 40t for usage with a zee der.
groghunter mikelevy's article
Apr 17, 2014 at 12:24
Apr 17, 2014
SRAM X01 Drivetrain - Review
Their justification for only doing x-dome for the wide range cassettes is that 42t cogs increase cassette weight significantly, and that it's not worthwhile to go bigger if the weight gets too high. Their claim is that x-dome counteracts this problem. You can argue if that's true or not, but they do have a point: the whole rear drivetrain is unsprung weight, so every gram shaved there improves suspension performance. In an ideal world, we'd have all transmission stuff in the middle of the frame, where the weight is an advantage. Even the freewheel could go there with some clever engineering, though the constantly moving chain, even during coasting, would freak people out at first.
groghunter mikelevy's article
Apr 17, 2014 at 10:54
Apr 17, 2014
SRAM X01 Drivetrain - Review
As jimeg points out: you can use a 40t with a zee or saint derailleur, provided it's the wide range model zee, or has the wide range adapter installed on the saint. I'm not running the 40t yet, but am running a zee der + saint shifter, and I won't go back until sram offers double shift in both directions like Shimano does: that capability is a real game changer, that no-one seems to talk about.
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