oldschool43

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 mattwragg's article
Dec 11, 2014 at 6:44
Dec 11, 2014
Altamont Capital Buys Fox Head - Pete Fox Rejoins the Firm
Way back, when mullets were cool, in the 80's, if you saw a Fox sticker or t-shirt, you knew they were into moto. The 90's, bmx and mtb's and maybe a surfer. Early to mid 00's, they have someone in the family that's on 2 wheels, but not them. 10's, someone brought their son or daughter to Pacsun or Zumiez and saw a cool t-shirt. It's no longer an lifestyle brand, it's an everyday brand. They would have to pull out of every mall to get that back. Makes millions of dollars on the couchers, so I don't see that happening. Hopefully they come out with a larger collection of mtb gear, including bringing back some womans mtb gear. It is hard to find clothing for my daughters. They do like their Race Face and Troy Lee gear, but would prefer Fox.
oldschool43 pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 10, 2014 at 6:47
Dec 10, 2014
Ask Pinkbike - Rotor Diameter vs. Stopping Power, Dropper Post Length, Broken Chain Mystery, and Tires for UK Winter
I don't run XT's anymore, rode them for a brief time, but the on/off tendencies drove me nuts. Switching rotors still left me wondering if that was how it had to be. Switched to a Hope M4 and X2 on 2 different bikes. My experience with Hope is very different, went with a 183mm front because they were hard to manage at 160mm. Did run a 200mm on the front and it was overkill, still very manageable, but not for a trail bike. I can drag the brake to lock up with one finger. So much modulation compared to the XT's. I don't have brake related lockups on the rear with the 160 rotors. Did throw on the 183 on the rear, worked great, but not needed. I know, 2 completely different setups and brakes, but the Hopes feel way more natural then the XT's ever felt. Must just be a Shimano thing and I like Shimano, just couldn't get comfortable on them.
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Dec 9, 2014 at 14:18
Dec 9, 2014
From the Top: Hope Technology Owners Ian Weatherill and Simon Sharp
Sorry, when I looked up the wiggle site originally, my wife started talking to me about some junk, so I just posted the link. Did have "Hope Pro 2 EVO SP 150mm" in the description. I just checked Hopes website, under wheels, downhill (I'll try to post the link) looks like they may have scraped the 150mm straight pull model? Says "150mm only available with standard hubs". I know I saw pictures of it though. Think CG was even using a set at one time. I'm sure if you email them, they can give you an answer. I know they went to the 40t ratchet, maybe that held it up. You could see if you can order, part No HUB136, that would be the SP shell in 150mm. http://www.hopetech.com/product/mavic-721/#tech
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Dec 9, 2014 at 5:44
Dec 9, 2014
From the Top: Hope Technology Owners Ian Weatherill and Simon Sharp
You can do a search of "Hope 150mm hubs" But here is a link http://www.wiggle.co.uk/hope-pro-2-evo-150157-rear-mtb-hub/
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Dec 8, 2014 at 15:50
Dec 8, 2014
From the Top: Hope Technology Owners Ian Weatherill and Simon Sharp
It's hard to pull one of mine off. I struggle with the EVO. I think it took 10 minutes of head scratching and some swearing, but I got it off. It gets easier every time to pull it off, but it will come off.
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Dec 8, 2014 at 9:19
Dec 8, 2014
From the Top: Hope Technology Owners Ian Weatherill and Simon Sharp
When my hub get's loud I take it apart, it's usually time for new grease. I put some green Phil Wood grease in there, on both sides of the paws and it get's, well, quiet. Never be silent, but it tames it quite bit.
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Dec 8, 2014 at 9:14
Dec 8, 2014
From the Top: Hope Technology Owners Ian Weatherill and Simon Sharp
Yes there is. I haven't used a 150mm, but look to be the same price as a 135mm EVO and use the same freehub.
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Dec 8, 2014 at 9:06
Dec 8, 2014
From the Top: Hope Technology Owners Ian Weatherill and Simon Sharp
Yes, I believe they are forged, then machined. Raceface forges their Atlas and Turbine cranks and then machines them.
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Dec 8, 2014 at 8:21
Dec 8, 2014
From the Top: Hope Technology Owners Ian Weatherill and Simon Sharp
I have a set of Pro 2's and a set of Pro 2 Evo's. The Pro's have held up great. No issues at all. Service the hub once or twice a year, nothing in 4 years. Now the Pro 2 Evo's on the other hand... I too had a freehub/bearing issue. The freehub split/cracked and not long after that a bearing in the freehub came apart. Well exploded is a better word. I bought a new steel freehub body, didn't try for a warranty. So far, (a year) the freehub bearings are smooth, but the shell bearings are very rough. Like I'm not sure how much longer they will last. I wonder if there was an axle issue, like not enough axle to keep the bearing from getting over loaded when it's cinched up in the frame. When I do get new bearings I might shim it if it's not spaced right. I bought the EVO's when they were first released and heard rumors of stainless bearing issues. Maybe I just have "that" bad batch. I won't leave Hope, something just isn't right with my rear EVO. I do hope a Hope rep reads this post and has an answer to this issue.
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Dec 8, 2014 at 7:53
Dec 8, 2014
From the Top: Hope Technology Owners Ian Weatherill and Simon Sharp
I'm from the US and run Hope's and they're awesome. I bought my Tech X2 brakes in 2011 and was completely blown away with them with a 183/160mm set up. Ran Hayes and Avid and had a ride on an XT bike before that. I started with floating rotors and was blown away with modulation, no fade or pump and power was very good. Bleeding the brakes? Beautiful.. Had to flip the banjo for my brake mount location. No issues after 2500 miles.. Set up my newer bike in 2012 with a Tech M4 EVO front and X2 Evo rear, never again will I consider a different brand. That M4 is amazing, the X2 is perfect as a rear. I'm heavy, so that setup works perfect. No issues after 1500 miles.. The brakes are very rare in my neck of the woods, SE Wisconsin. I've only met one other person with Tech's. I kinda like that though. The other thing that is cool, the original Tech's have matching gunmetal hubs, rotors, res caps and levers. The Evo's have blue caps, levers, hubs and rotors. Planning on buying new Tech 3 E4/X2 very soon. Another thing, if you get them, get the stainless lines. The braking is more consistent compared to the black lines.
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