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sandwich mikelevy's article
Apr 16, 2014 at 6:19
3 hours
Sea Otter 2014 Randoms - Part 2
The kinematics of the F22 are really pretty slick. I loved the F44ti that I had for a while.
sandwich mikelevy's article
Apr 11, 2014 at 8:51
Apr 11, 2014
Magura's Four Piston Brake - Sea Otter 2014
I had a pair of DH04s back in the day with four independent pads. There's no way I'd buy anything similar. They howled incessantly, had minimal power, and leaked constantly. Magura will certainly figure out how to fix the leaks and power issues, but four pads means four ways to squeal, four pads to align, and a lot more problems. The wider backing plate unifies the pads to toe-in better, and that thick metal is a great heat sink to pull heat away from the pad material. That's what shimano does with their ice-tech pads, which are well regarded for good reason. Finally, more pad-rotor contact area means more power. Two pistons with a nice long pad face gives a shedload of friction material in contact with the rotor. I just can't see how this is a good idea.
sandwich mikekazimer's article
Apr 1, 2014 at 4:04
Apr 1, 2014
First Look: 2014 Santa Cruz Nomad
Alloy version for us "normies"?
Added 3 photos to buysell
Mar 17, 2014 at 7:45
Mar 17, 2014
Mar 12, 2014 at 7:40
Mar 12, 2014

Chris King / American Classic 650b wheelset

$350 USD
Chris King 135mm hub with 10mm fun bolts laced to WTB Frequency i23 rim with American Classic 15mm hub laced to a Velocity blunt (non-SL) rim Black hubs, black double butted spokes, black rims. Will throw in Schwalbe hans fampf tires in 2.35 for asking price. I bought these, then got some money, and I'm going back to twennyninahs.

sandwich mikelevy's article
Mar 11, 2014 at 6:10
Mar 11, 2014
Rocky Mountain Altitude 770 MSL Rally Edition - Review
It truly depends on your definition of bob free. If you want a bike that is completely unreactive to chain forces, that's one thing, but if you want a bike that doesn't move up and down when you pedal, then that's something completely different. Horst, VPP, shortlink, and single pivot can be made to be unreactive to chain forces, or utilize them to counter pedal forces and actually make your suspension not move. Norco's horst link arrangement is a good example, but so is DW-link, split pivot, and commencal's single pivots. The magic is in the arrangement and positioning of the pivots, not how many there are.
sandwich mikelevy's article
Mar 10, 2014 at 10:45
Mar 10, 2014
Rocky Mountain Altitude 770 MSL Rally Edition - Review
Yes, the new acronyms are silly, but the second comment is not true. The key to bob-free suspension is not parallel suspension members!
sandwich mikelevy's article
Mar 10, 2014 at 7:32
Mar 10, 2014
Rocky Mountain Altitude 770 MSL Rally Edition - Review
"The lower linkage member is virtually parallel to the Average Chain Torque Line (ACTL ), at all points of travel, says Rocky Mountain. ''This is the key to bob-free suspension, since the two are parallel, the chain tension cannot act on the suspension.'' Seriously? I thought we passed by these made up terms and absolute BS marketing back in 1998. It's difficult to believe that people get paid to make this stuff up.
Mar 10, 2014 at 6:41
Mar 10, 2014

650b Converted Cannondale Rush

$1100 USD
Completely custom built, 650b converted Cannondale Rush for sale. Medium Rush 800, 2006 frame. Custom tuned RP23 shock, tuned by Vorsprung up in BC. Lefty MAX 130 PBR damper, about a year's worth of use on it SI XC3, 90mm integrated stem/steerer XT Shifters Protaper 7050 bars, 780mm, in red, uncut XTR rear derailleur LX front XT cranks, 22-36-bash Sram 990 cassette, super fun red anodized carrier Wheels are XT rear, Velocity blunt, Lefty front WTB freq i23 Pedals are Time ATACs, can include cleats, or 636s, or 545s, or 535s, negotiable. Tires are Pacenti Neo motos in 2.3, will throw in 2.3 kenda nevegals as well. Both fit fine. Brakes are negotiable. Will come with XTs in great shape for $200 more. Will come with near new Formulas for asking price. I love my XT brakes. 180/160 rotors. I also have a Chris King rear hub with fun bolts, laced to a matching i23 rim, as well as a 15mm Am Classic hub laced to a Velocity Blunt, that you could take for another $300. Will throw in 2.35 Hans Dampfs, which DON'T fit. I loved this bike dearly, but finally came up with the dough to get a Enduro I went for it. I'd like to swap the XT brakes over to the enduro, but for the right offer, I'd leave them here. I'd be happy to get some photos for any interested parties. I'm pretty negotiable on build, and I'd be happy to trade for a hardtail 29er. The geometry on this bike slays east coast trails, but it's a little too close to the enduro in terms of function, and I'd like to have a 29er HT to fill hardcore XC duties.

sandwich mattwragg's article
Feb 23, 2014 at 7:04
Feb 23, 2014
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