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sino428 mikelevy's article
Feb 11, 2016 at 15:06
1 days
Just Relax Already - Opinion
Perfect new advertising campaign right there. Fat Bikes: They make everyone suck
sino428 mikekazimer's article
Feb 11, 2016 at 8:36
2 days
SRAM Announces NX 1x11 Drivetrain
Everyone keeps saying how 12s & 13s will be next, and that may very well be true, but I don't think its going to be a simple proposition of just adding a couple more cogs. As it is now with 1x11 it seems chainlines are being pretty close to maxed out as is evidenced by the way the chain drops off many 1x11 setups in the big gear when you backpedal. I'm curious how they address the issue as it would seem there is only so much angle that a chain line can have and still operate efficiently without very premature wear.
sino428 mikekazimer's article
Feb 11, 2016 at 7:32
2 days
SRAM Announces NX 1x11 Drivetrain
This is good stuff. Its always good when the newest technology trickles down the line. But I just think its kind of funny that everyone is creaming themselves over this somewhat entry level group set simply because its 1x11, when I'd imagine many of the same people probably would have thumbed their nose at putting X5 or X7 level components on their bikes 4-5 years ago.
sino428 mikekazimer's article
Feb 9, 2016 at 8:58
Feb 9, 2016
Shimano XT M8000 Drivetrain - Review
I have the XT setup and have the backpedal issue just the same as Mike described. Its has never been an issue on the trail yet and I really don't expect it to be after riding it. Mine does take over half a revolution to drop so even if I ad to adjust the pedal backward it doesn't come off. It really is for me anyway only an issue on the bike stand. It really is just an issue of the limitations of chain lines when you try to spread it across 11 gears. With 11 speed the cassette is just very wide and requires the chain to swing a great distance, so something like this is going to be inevitable in some cases. On my bike I was able to get the backpedal issue to stop by removing all my BB spacers and spacing the chaining is as far as possible, but when I did the bike didn't ride very well in the smaller cogs as the chain was pushing too far inboard. So I ended up moving it back out since I prefer the bike to most efficiently when I'm in the gears I will use the most. From what I have read its a issue on many 1x11 setups of both brands. It all depends on how much range of chainline a particular frame offers, how long the chain stays are etc. I've also read that some people have solved the issue by switching chains as apparently certain brands are less rigid and have more play in them.
sino428 mikekazimer's article
Feb 9, 2016 at 8:45
Feb 9, 2016
Shimano XT M8000 Drivetrain - Review
I did the same. I didn't get the whole group, just the cassette, RD, shifter, and a new chain for a little over $200. I didn't buy the crankset and just set it up with the 2x10 SLX cranks I already had and a RF narrow wide.
sino428 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 8, 2016 at 13:14
Feb 8, 2016
It's YT Industries - Exclusive Gwin Interview
Can you really blame wheels for not making the podium? I know that some brands of wheels are considered better than others but that mostly comes down to the quality and durability of the wheels, not the actual performance. Any high end wheelset is going to perform pretty much the same so long as it doesn't break in the middle of the race.
sino428 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 8, 2016 at 8:28
Feb 8, 2016
It's YT Industries - Exclusive Gwin Interview
Why YT? I think Gwin has made that abundantly clear already in what he has said over the past few months. He had a value in mind for his services and YT (and the rest of his supporting sponsors) were the companies apparently willing to meet those terms. All this other stuff about the bike, and the team, the brand whatever else is just fluff. Its meaningless. If Specialized or any other company had offered more money he'd be riding that bike. This is a business after all and that's how this stuff works and no one should get on him for doing whats best for him. By most accounts the YT is a really good bike, but to think that Gwin's #1 preference is to be on Onza tires and TRP brakes seems a little ridiculous. I have no idea how good these products are as I've never ridden then, but given tho choice no top rider is going to pick those as part of their kit.
sino428 pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 6, 2016 at 14:32
Feb 6, 2016
Ryan Nyquist to Compete at MTB and BMX in 2016 - Video
Yea definitely. I mentioned them in my first post in this thread way back up top. I always remember them riding for schwinn too.
sino428 pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 4, 2016 at 21:53
Feb 4, 2016
BMX Superstar Dave Mirra Found Dead
It's all good. guess I should have been a bit more clear as well, and said they don't slow down the deceleration of the brain enough to prevent concussions. My over riding point of all this was that when it comes to concussions and cumulative injury to the brain it's not simply about wearing a helmet as someone had suggested in an earlier comment (which is how this stated).
sino428 pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 4, 2016 at 21:39
Feb 4, 2016
BMX Superstar Dave Mirra Found Dead
I've seen that video and it only furthers my point. They tested the helmets and even the certified one still resulted in concussion levels of force from only a short height. Meaning just what I said originally, that helmets will prevent catastrophic injuries and but still don't do much to prevent concussions. Lessen the severity? Sure. But mane falling on one's head safe in any way? Not a chance. Bottom line is that it's not simply about wearing a helmet or not. No matter what helmet you wear, if you fall on your head bunch of times you are going to damage your brain.
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