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Added 11 photos to Wrenching
Mar 26, 2015 at 6:24
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hampsteadbandit paulaston's article
Mar 24, 2015 at 13:37
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American Classic - Taipei Show 2015
@RyanWensley Hope offer their hubs and Hoops wheels with aluminium alloy body as stock, you then have to pay to upgrade to the heavy steel body. The old Titanium alloy body on the Bulb was awesome, but became too expensive to manufacture so they stopped doing it when the Pro II hub was launched. The steel body is crazy heavy, I know because after ruining 3 aluminium alloy bodies on my 10 speed road bike in 1 season, they finally moved me to steel, Hope were great with warranty support, but its not how a freehub body should behave. http://ep1.pinkbike.org/p4pb10360053/p4pb10360053.jpg It may not sound like much, but the weight of the replacement steel body was so much it basically made what had been a weight competitive / good value wheel set completely uncompetitive. I had notching on several pairs of Hope MTB wheels whether used with SRAM PG-990 or Shimano XT cassettes, the small loose cogs always bite into the soft body over time. Would be great to see Hope able to use the AC style method with small leading strips on the leading edges of the body, would solve all those wear problems!
hampsteadbandit paulaston's article
Mar 23, 2015 at 9:38
Mar 23, 2015
American Classic - Taipei Show 2015
Freehub body design is very smart to offer a light weight aluminium alloy body that will not gouge over time from steel cassette cog movement. Owner at American Classic should license to other manufacturers, they could pay royalties and he could sit on beach drinking cocktails after riding fatbike through the surf ;) Owned too many hubs with light weight alloy bodies (Hope the worst offender!) ruined by cassette gouging = clicking / creaking and under extreme examples, causing bad shifting as timing on individual cogs thrown out by rotation as they cut into the soft body.
hampsteadbandit mikelevy's article
Mar 23, 2015 at 2:23
Mar 23, 2015
Yeti SB6C - Review
Yeti seem to be running a cracking business!
hampsteadbandit ambatt's article
Mar 22, 2015 at 12:17
Mar 22, 2015
Racing: Pre-Race Rituals, Traditions and Rules
My buddy jey and I would sit in his car in the car park and smoke a nice bong before doing a DH race. Last time I did this I came 2nd in Masters, it was a technical track and I was somewhat 'relaxed'.
hampsteadbandit mikelevy's article
Mar 22, 2015 at 6:11
Mar 22, 2015
Bikefitting.com and Taokas - Taipei Show 2015
Main pivot axle strength / rigidity looks compromised by the design hosting the shock tail, which has a very limited diameter, meaning a skinny little axle Surely a main pivot wants a large diameter axle, large bearings, substantial swingarm mount to promote lateral rigidity in the rear end?
Added 13 photos to Giant-Docklands
Mar 22, 2015 at 3:35
Mar 22, 2015
hampsteadbandit hampsteadbandit's photo
Mar 21, 2015 at 14:52
Mar 21, 2015
Shimano f+died up bio pace - they got the rotation angle 90 degrees out and the rings were junk as a result.

hampsteadbandit hampsteadbandit's photo
Mar 21, 2015 at 14:49
Mar 21, 2015
Its a rad bike. Proudly made at Giant's c-tech plant in Taichung, Taiwan, for Canyon.

Added 4 photos to custom-builds
Mar 21, 2015 at 14:37
Mar 21, 2015
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