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Aug 1, 2015 at 19:25
3 days
Tech Photos From the Pits: Crested Butte EWS
Someone got hurt pretty badly, PB has recieved a number of reports that say its the worst news, but we are waiting to post after we hear the official word from EWS.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Aug 1, 2015 at 13:46
3 days
Tech Photos From the Pits: Crested Butte EWS
Sorry, that's all the info Matt sent us. Wish I were there.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Jul 30, 2015 at 10:12
Jul 30, 2015
Exclusive Ride Report: FOX Live Valve Active Suspension System
Rattpoison: The Kona feels the same in those situations as it does with Live Valve off untill you crank it up past 6. Then it feels harsh at the beginning of its travel and the tires will start skipping around on gravel and drifting through choppy corners - just like if you had cranked up your shock pressure or low-speed rebound on a normal suspension bike. I did not notice any significant loss of traction while climbing, however, with Live Valve switched on in any setting.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Jul 30, 2015 at 10:02
Jul 30, 2015
Exclusive Ride Report: FOX Live Valve Active Suspension System
Yes, we tested Live Valve on worthy terrain. Emma is flat as a pool table, but it is a "safe" place to shoot action photos in an area of Santa Cruz that sees a lot of land use conflicts - which we chose not to escalate in this feature.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Jul 30, 2015 at 9:56
Jul 30, 2015
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Jul 30, 2015 at 9:52
Jul 30, 2015
Exclusive Ride Report: FOX Live Valve Active Suspension System
Fox says in testing that the system is currently running far longer than 25 hours, but they asked me to be conservaitive in quoting numbers, because they are still in the developing stages. That's fair enough. Shimano also quotes 25 hours for XTR, which has been consistent for bikes with two and three-by drivetrains because the F der uses up the most power. If you run Di2 as a one by, burn times will be significantly longer. The same goes for Live Valve - if you ride in a firmer setting, the system opens less often, which can double the battery life.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Jul 30, 2015 at 9:39
Jul 30, 2015
Exclusive Ride Report: FOX Live Valve Active Suspension System
Ecologist ^^^ On flat terrain, brake dive is caused by a forward and downward acceleration of your body mass as the bike slows and your body tries to continue onwards. In that case, because Live Valve has not sensed a bump, it stays firm and prevents brake dive. Say there is a bump in front of you and you are braking. Before you hit the bump, Live Valve has been closed, the fork is not diving. Now, the accelerometer senses the bump and opens the fork's compression damping, but because the fork lower (along with the wheel) is being rapidly accelerated upwards by the bump towards the rider's body mass, the fork is being compressed, but the bike remains level. There is no brake dive, because the tendency for the rider's mass to push the front of the bike down under braking is being countered by the vertical acceleration created by the bump, which is trying to lift the front of the bike upwards. In the same manner, bump impacts create a lifting force at the rear of the bike while climbing, which becomes an opposing force that prevents the bike from sagging into its rear travel when Live Valve opens to absorb the impact. zephxii got it right in his second sentence Hope that helps, RC
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Jul 29, 2015 at 16:28
Jul 29, 2015
Exclusive Ride Report: FOX Live Valve Active Suspension System
It would open under braking, but because the fork is being lifted by the bump, you would not sense the event as dive, ride height would feel stabilized..
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Jul 18, 2015 at 12:50
Jul 18, 2015
First Look: Felt 2016
Mattin: Yeah. The dollar has been strong in Europe, but it isn't doing so well in Asia. Bike prices will be ratcheting upwards for the US market.
RichardCunningham RichardCunningham's article
Jul 17, 2015 at 13:13
Jul 17, 2015
First Look: Felt 2016
The info I received may have contained a misprint, but Felt claims 26.76 pounds on the FRD Virtue, I believe that they quote medium sized bikes. I was expecting it to weigh somewhere around 24.5. I have a call out to Felt. New: Felt put it on the scale (medium sized) and said that the FRD version weighs what they stated. They said that the SRAM XX1 version is lighter. Nice to get an honest response.
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