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groghunter mikelevy's article
Apr 18, 2014 at 7:38
1 hours
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
21 hours
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
22 hours
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.
groghunter mikelevy's article
Apr 16, 2014 at 9:43
2 days
Sea Otter 2014 Randoms - Part 2
Lots of people who hate bulk are going with the troy lee/shock doctor stuff.
groghunter mikelevy's article
Apr 15, 2014 at 6:59
Apr 15, 2014
Scott Elite BOA Shoe - Review
tip from someone who's converted between the two a couple times: look for something with a decent size platform, especially for a new user: there's a reason why the Shimano PD-M424 is the most common pedal pushed by bike shops for new users.
groghunter mikelevy's article
Apr 15, 2014 at 6:56
Apr 15, 2014
Scott Elite BOA Shoe - Review
I agree, not having any bike articles to read at work, instead of doing work, is the bane of my existence. because it means I have to do work.
groghunter mikelevy's article
Apr 14, 2014 at 8:59
Apr 14, 2014
Gravity, Uvex, Wahoo Fitness - Sea Otter 2014
The Gap stem bolt threads are pre-treated with blue locktite. which probably contributes to the problem. However, I've had other stems ( crank brothers, believe it or not) that also used 4mm (T25, really) bolts, pretreated with blue, that never had a problem. That said, I don't think the weight savings of the 4mm bolts is worth the trouble, 5mm bolts are more suited to the application of steerer clamping. Heck, Gamut just showed off prototypes of stems with 6mm clamping bolts.
groghunter mikelevy's article
Apr 14, 2014 at 6:49
Apr 14, 2014
Gravity, Uvex, Wahoo Fitness - Sea Otter 2014
Right. cause they couldn't possibly be using cheap bolts that strip easily? literally the first bolt I've stripped on a bike in years, and I stripped two of them. I know how to use an allen: the key was seated all the way into the socket, and as I was turning it, the faces on the inside of the bolt simply bent outwards, like cheap pot metal. There's at least one guy on MTBR who had the same thread stripping problem on two of those GAP stems as well, but hey, whatever guys.
groghunter mikelevy's article
Apr 13, 2014 at 18:55
Apr 13, 2014
Gravity, Uvex, Wahoo Fitness - Sea Otter 2014
I know how to use a torque wrench, thanks.
groghunter mikelevy's article
Apr 13, 2014 at 15:16
Apr 13, 2014
Gravity, Uvex, Wahoo Fitness - Sea Otter 2014
Have they stopped using those stupid 4mm bolts? Had a Gap stem, first I stripped the bolt head, more than once, then I stripped the threads out of the clamp, while using a torque wrench to torque it to spec... and I didn't even get halfway.
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