Freestyled in the mid to late 80's, raced BMX 2 years in 90-91, bought my first MTB in 91.

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oldschool43 urteam's article
Mar 24, 2015 at 12:42
Mar 24, 2015
Video: Polygon UR Train Charging Queenstown
Of all the bike porn videos I've seen the past 4 months, waiting for the trails to thaw and dry, this one makes me wanna ride the most for some reason. Must be a hidden sound track because I kept thinking over and over while watching it, "Quit your job and go ride your bike" Actually sounds like a really good idea..
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
Mar 23, 2015 at 8:23
Mar 23, 2015
Yeti SB6C - Review
I actually read the whole thing to see if they too had a swingarm issue... They did! Over at BIKE Mag, the bible issue, they had 2 broken swingarms... 2!! So 2 reviews and 3 broken swingarms.. I almost bought this bike.. glad I didn't. I don't crash very often, but I have some serious scuff marks on my chainstays from rocks, logs and branches. Maybe they fixed it, but come on, to give a bike to people that are going to ride it to the limit with a pretty serious issue? What if it cracked and let go in a 30mph g-out downhill section? btw, back in the 90's, nearly every broken frame I saw was a Yeti. Even now if I owned new one, I would always think about it breaking. Kinda sad..
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Mar 20, 2015 at 9:26
Mar 20, 2015
27.5+ Tires - Taipei Show 2015
Here! Here! Well said..
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Mar 20, 2015 at 9:25
Mar 20, 2015
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Mar 20, 2015 at 9:23
Mar 20, 2015
27.5+ Tires - Taipei Show 2015
I have 2 26er's too (and a 29er I keep in my closet. Shhh!) and keep waiting for the day when I think,"There has to be something better than this 26 inch wheel".
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Mar 19, 2015 at 9:13
Mar 19, 2015
SRAM Announces New Hub Standards - Boost 148 and 110
I don't know. Doesn't seem much "better". You'd gain some weight. I would think there would be slightly more flex in the new fork (remember the 15 and 20 were designed was to fix the flex) By pushing out the width of the fork it would allow more degrees of twist, that would off set some of the strength gained by the flange and hub body. I could be wrong. I've built 1000 or so sets of wheels. For me, I always go 32 hole by 3 cross, but I've never been under 200lbs. From time to time I ride different wheels to see if they are good or not. More for customers or friends, if they can stand a few days of my rough housing.. My thinking before I rode the SRAM wheels, 29er 24 hole 2 cross with traditional straightpull spokes is not going to be very stiff. You can have a stiff rim, but it will move around. I've ridden Easton (24 hole 3x) Mavic (not a good comparo) and those designs held up fine and no noticeable issues. But even in a few corners I could get the tire on the SRAM wheel to just buzz the chainstay. It moved 7mm to touch it! Again, I'm a true heavy weight, I'm sure there is mathematical equation that like 240lbs x 15mph x 10 foot radius x pump down with legs x 35 degree lean angle. A 350 lbs side load? I still think it's to fix their floppy wheels. I tried to get the same stuff with my 32h 3x Hope/Halo Vapour Aluminum wheels, nothing. Same tires, pressures. They flex, I can feel that, but not what the SRAM's did.. Also, this new flange design, might reek some havoc on a J-bend spoke when it's dished.
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Mar 18, 2015 at 13:50
Mar 18, 2015
SRAM Announces New Hub Standards - Boost 148 and 110
Wider flanges making a super stiff conventional 3x by 32h hub-spoke-rim stiffer. That's not really a benefit. Maybe for dirt jumping. Not on a trail. I have a different theory why they did this. I've ridden the NEW 24 hole SRAM wheels (29er's) and had the tire rub the rear chainstay while seated and hammering on a climb at an angle. Big old quads help this.. The rims looked like they were almost floating back and forth in the wheel when I hit stuff at an angle. I tightened the already tight spokes and I still got it to rub again. I could feel the flex in corners. Put my old wheels back on, nothing. I think they are trying to fix something (the new wheels) and make money in the process. Or have to order their hubs to use their forks. Like the RS fork. I could be completely wrong and a bit drunk.. Nobody knows..
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
Mar 18, 2015 at 7:51
Mar 18, 2015
SRAM Announces New Hub Standards - Boost 148 and 110
It's to fix its wheels. Never had much luck with anything SRAM. I've tried to like them. For me it's been, use a SRAM part for a season or until it breaks or never really works after several attempts to make it work, then replace it with something non SRAM and use it until it becomes outdated, multi seasoned and old. Brakes, forks, hubs, rims, shifters and derailleurs. Never used SRAM branded cranks because of the failure rate of the other stuff. I see the thinking and logic behind the spacing, but I have also seen how flexy their new 24 spoke wheels are, those extra mm's should bring their wheels up to normal wheel stiffness. I tried a set and it flexed 7mm and the tire rubbed the chainstay powering up a hill going across a rain rut section, even after a spoke tightening, did it again. My normal wheelset, not even close. I tried to repeat it. I bought something else. Shame they can't come out and say they're trying to fix something..
oldschool43 edhayetc's article
Mar 16, 2015 at 7:39
Mar 16, 2015
Stanton Switchback - Review
English hardtails are awesome! I have a Cotic BFe, an old USA made 2001 Santa Cruz Chameleon designed around a 120mm fork (can take a 140mm, I run it at 130mm. I know, I know, not English) On-One 456 steel and an On-One 29er hardtail. There is something about a hardtail that, unless you really open your mind and try it, it's hard to knock them. I've had FS bikes. They need to be looked after.. Like plants, but you have to be easy on the water. Broken swingarms, worn pivots, quirks that you have to live with in suspension designs, sometimes weight and of course mo money to play. When I can drop $250 or $600 on a Reynolds frame, walk into my garage, throw a leg over a bike and ride away, that's awesome. I used to miss a ride a month or more when I had FS. I can hit some crazy lines with the 150mm Cotic. It's more rewarding and hell of a lot more fun knowing my skill carried me through and not me being lazy and relying on suspension. Don't need a lock out, link, pivot to be so high/low or an isolating damper to get the power down. I can literally feel the bikes driving forward. I do wish for suspension at times, not very often though. Maybe again sometime I'll get an FS, but the more I think about it, I don't know if I NEED one...
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Mar 14, 2015 at 5:02
Mar 14, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: Upsizing Your Frame?
I ran setups like this, short stem/long TT frames, in the mid 90's. My little brother and I ran BMX stems on our old bikes back in the mid 90's. That was with raked out 70 degree headtubes, so it felt way funky by todays standards. However, my oldest bike, a 2001 SC Chameleon, was built to accommodate a 140mm fork (sweet spot is 120, I run a 130mm) with 67 degree HT at 130mm and was designed with a slightly longer TT compared to my previous bikes. Hows that for forward thinking? That was 14 years ago! There were only a few 140mm forks back then.. It's setup as my freerange XC bike and I run a 70mm x +6 degree stem and 10mm rise 710mm bar. Before that setup it was a play bike/ DS with a 50mm x 15 rise stem with a 40mm rise DMR 5-butt bar setup. Even with the longer/lower stem/bar setup today, it's stable and can easily be manualed. Still have to weight the hell out of front wheel climbing (fork length) but I'm gonna say it's not any less unstable or twitchier than my newest bikes, a 60mm stem, 750mm barred 26er and 29er (29er may not be comparable here) designed around long forks and longer TT's and short stems. I'd say the older bike actually handles better than the slacked out new bikes. I can't run shorter than 60mm stems on the new bikes, I bang my knees standing and climbing and it's weird turning on a decent. If anything, I find myself having to lean forward quite a bit to weight the front wheel on the new bikes, while riding neutral or slightly back on the old SC. I usually set it up my bikes for what's comfortable for me. The new bikes, I tried 3 different length stems (bike shop must have thought I was nuts) before I found something that felt good, super short was not the ticket.. I tried to jump on this short/long train 2 years ago, maybe my 5'7" body needs a Large sized frame?
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