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hampsteadbandit pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 8, 2016 at 22:54
22 hours
Ellsworth Launches Bold Guarantee
@jaame: I used to work for the UK distributor. their bikes like the Truth, Epiphany, Moment, Dare were actually great riding with excellent suspension. The big rocker linkage, anodised/lazer etched aesthetic and price put many off, but every time we sent a bike to test, it scored very high or won the group test. there were issues with the earlier frames being underbuilt and suffering repeated failures on chainstays, some rockers, some front triangle, etc. the distributor had been selling the brand for some years before I joined, there were alot of bikes out there so expected to see some back as normal. but yes problems with warranty supply, often we stripped down new frames to satisfy customer issues, and end up with pile of parts and no spares available for months. time to time, odd problem like seat post getting stuck in seat tube and we found glass beads from bead blasting inside the front triangle where the bead blasting company in the US had not sealed the frame, bead stuck inside coming loose on riding vibrations. we had to strip down to frame components and try and pressure wash with detergent inside the frame to get beads out, then replace scratched Thomson seatpost. a whole batch of frames came like this :( geometry was often not as advertised (steeper and higher), not such much an issue for the XC guys but the Moment owners often put in angle adjust headset and offset rocker to slacken/lower the bike. However, the Moment was considered a class leading longer travel bike like the early Specialized Enduro. I must admit I never owned one (I had a run of Banshee which we also distributed) but rode plenty and enjoyed the ride, especially the suspension which had an excellent platform feel even on the longer travel bikes like Rogue and Dare
hampsteadbandit pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 8, 2016 at 22:48
22 hours
Ellsworth Launches Bold Guarantee
@mmakuch: great point. its actually a very low risk / cost deal if you only end up riding the bike for 29 days and sending it back
hampsteadbandit vernonfelton's article
Dec 8, 2016 at 22:40
22 hours
Mountain Biking Is Not a Crime - Opinion
many have bad experiences in the UK - every inch of land is owned by someone or a public body that would rather ticket / destroy than work with volunteer groups to provide quality, sustainable trails and clear signage to other trail users. Even a private riders "club" with liability insurance would be effective. some years back a big group of international downhill and freeriders in London built illegal trails all over (as well as sending every stunt in the City itself), and end up battling the Corporation of London to get legal trails established in Sandy Heath (woodland above NW London) which has been ridden on for years. Large petition with public support, established volunteer group, etc. No engagement from the Corp. and increased policing / ticketing and then large scale destruction of illegal trails inside woodland with tracked heavy plant - the irony (root compression and ground tearing)! other sites were built on, on and off with mixed success eventually a legal site was found in Esher, Surrey (only 20 minutes from London by train with your bike), with peppercorn rent, and for 8 years a not-for-profit volunteer built site was operated with great success offering 5 acres of timber 'north shore' style trails, dirt jump park, pump track and on-site bike shop. In its heyday, 200-250 riders a week from all over the UK and some international visitors passing through too. Lots of companies like Specialized, DMR, Banshee, Freeborn all put plenty of ££ /staff time into the park. It can be done, but it takes time / money to tackle a public site and get law changed, or just plain luck/circumstance at our site in Esher.
hampsteadbandit paulaston's article
Dec 3, 2016 at 23:30
Dec 3, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Fashion or Function?
@medievalbiking great point - there are plenty of very capable bikes that also look great.
hampsteadbandit Arbr's article
Nov 30, 2016 at 22:54
Nov 30, 2016
The Arbr Saker - UK-Made Carbon Enduro Bike
@Sardine: this is a great piece from Taiwan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSUKM3bvcyk
hampsteadbandit Arbr's article
Nov 30, 2016 at 22:38
Nov 30, 2016
The Arbr Saker - UK-Made Carbon Enduro Bike
@TheSavageBeagle: yes, its a labour intensive, semi-skilled task when done on production line scale (i.e. Giant's "C-Tech" plant in Taichung, TW). 500 CF frames per day come out of that plant. because it has to be broken down into very controlled layup tasks to ensure optimum QC, makes it repeatable and quick to teach. Its very impressive, the QC is generally excellent, and the product is high performance / affordable, check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deQ1f9P9f1s
hampsteadbandit mikekazimer's article
Nov 30, 2016 at 22:23
Nov 30, 2016
Alutech Unveil the Sennes DH 29
@MeDuh: 26" only came about because of 'supply chain' issues with suitable tires for the 700 x high volume (i.e. 50+ = 29'er) wheel/tire design that the US MTB pioneers had chosen after extensive testing, for production of 'mountain bikes'. However, a vast supply of 26" beach balloon tires for Schwinn was available, a much safer choice in 26" for launching new business venture - business decision rather than performance. It's all in the history books. Its come full circle in some ways?
hampsteadbandit wibmerfabio's article
Nov 29, 2016 at 22:53
Nov 29, 2016
Don't Look Down: Riding on the Edge of a Massive Dam - Video
@captaingrumpy: yes, as he was riding along I thought "what would he do, if he fell left?" I'm sure the bike is going and he is straight to the railing he is riding along, with firm grip surely something a rider of this talent has practised and used on many occasions on stunts with less exposure
hampsteadbandit VorsprungSuspension's article
Nov 28, 2016 at 22:37
Nov 28, 2016
Luftkappe Upgrade Kit for Pike and Lyrik - Press Release
@VorsprungSuspension: yes, my Fox 40's had a rubber sleeve on the Ti spring; the spring needed to be regularly removed, the sleeve re-postioned (it would migrate) and re-greased otherwise a clanking noise on hard compressions. great fork, but annoying maintenance routine!
hampsteadbandit mikelevy's article
Nov 24, 2016 at 23:06
Nov 24, 2016
Continental Der Baron 2.4 Projekt Tire - Review
"There's a 240 thread-per-inch (60 TPI layered four times) layer under the tread, and a slightly more supple 180 TPI (60 TPI layered three times) count in the sidewalls" its funny when tire companies claim TPI count for layering lower TPI count multiple times - it doesn't work like that in terms of tire performance from carcass construction some high end open tubular road tires have genuine 320TPI carcass, and the performance difference to vulcanised lower TPI count tires like Conti GP4000II is very noticeable
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