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slimboyjim mikekazimer's article
Aug 25, 2015 at 1:13
Aug 25, 2015
Factory Tour: Inside ENVE Composites
Pretty much every comment so far has been negative which is a shame. Are ENVE rims for me? No - they are way out of my league in price terms, even if they do look to be very nice products. Yes there are also cheaper alternatives (one of which I have got) and that is great too. BUT, and this is a big but, carbon rims are relatively new and will always be extortionate in price as a result. You could likely make the same argument about early adopters of carbon framed bikes (or handle bars, cranks, etc), dropper posts, disc brakes or whatever. No, these rims won't fundamentally change your riding experience, but they are (in my experience of a competitor) slightly nicer. Over time prices will drop and they (carbon rims) will become more commonplace. My wheels I got on a closeout for under £350, but the RRP is a frankly ridiculous £1500! (There is some good to come from the apparent death of 26" wheels!) There will always be super expensive stuff in the Mtb world and there always has been and will be because there is a market for it. It is small and niche but these companies that cater for them clearly make a profit or they wouldn't be in business. Just because an item isn't for the general consumer and provides a marginal improvement for massive expense doesn't mean it shouldn't exist. Rant over :-)
slimboyjim mdelorme's article
Aug 21, 2015 at 17:05
Aug 21, 2015
Photo Epic: A Matter of Pride - World Cup Val di Sole 2015
That Lamborghini tractor is probably the only Lamborghini I'd be able to drive without crashing... Or maybe not...
slimboyjim pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 13, 2015 at 1:06
Aug 13, 2015
Bike Check: Palmer Limited Edition Intense M16
To be fair this one is probably more American than most - produced and painted in the US... Not sure how many of the other American themed bikes can say that...
slimboyjim StantonBikesUK's article
Aug 6, 2015 at 2:42
Aug 6, 2015
Video: A Hardtail is the True Trail Weapon
It beats me why, with all the variables in tyre width, frames don't just state the space between the chain/seat stays and let the consumer make a decision on the tyres. Why not say the available space (at 27.5" from the centre of the rear axle) is 2.7" or whatever figure... Then, any rubbing or incompatibility is the fault of the consumer, which may even lead to tyre manufacturers standardising their sizing... We can buy dream!
slimboyjim mdelorme's article
Aug 3, 2015 at 0:13
Aug 3, 2015
Photo Epic: Swiss Power - Mont Sainte Anne XC World Cup 2015
Xc isn't really my thing (I'm unfit) but there is a part of me that would love to try a proper xc rig on a course like this just to see how crazy scary it would become :)
slimboyjim aspectmediauk's article
Jul 24, 2015 at 1:36
Jul 24, 2015
Forest of Dean - Ride Free Day
I wasn't involved in this in any way, but to see Bell getting involved in things like this makes me want to spend money on them... Luckily for them (but not for me!) I'm in the market for a new helmet after I was hit by a car... The wait for my fitness and claim to come through is killing me though!
slimboyjim RichardCunningham's article
Jul 16, 2015 at 3:43
Jul 16, 2015
First Look: Lapierre 2016
You got it - search for 'FSA BB30 Threaded Adapter' and you'll see it is nothing more than a metal tube with threads cut in. Quite cheap and quite simple. I'm sure other brands must do them too...
slimboyjim RichardCunningham's article
Jul 15, 2015 at 14:46
Jul 15, 2015
First Look: Lapierre 2016
A pressfit bb is exactly like a headset - you just push it in from either side. It doesn't screw in. You tend to have the bearing covers and seals to try and prevent water ingressto the bearings, but IMHO they don't last as long as a traditional type. The adaptor is a metal tube that you glue inside your frame, and it has threads cut into it that you screw the traditional bb into. The bb therefore fits in exactly the the same way as if it was attached directly to the frame and doesn't spin, unless the bonding between the adaptor and frame failed for some reason. I've heard it is crazy strong glue though, so unlikely!
slimboyjim RichardCunningham's article
Jul 14, 2015 at 11:34
Jul 14, 2015
First Look: Lapierre 2016
Pressfit means the frame around the bottom bracket is wider and stiffer, plus it makes frame manufacturing easier (no threads to cut into an aluminium frame (or metal inserts to bond into a carbon frame???)). For all it is sold as bring stiffer the obvious reason it is so common will be that it is cheaper for manufacture. I'm not sure how much stiffer it makes a frame - maybe a couple of percent? I don't know if it is noticeable, but as long as it says stiffer on the marketing then people will buy it. However, there is a solution in that you can buy an adaptor that you glue into the bb which means it accepts an English bb (i.e. a 'traditional' threaded type). I've one on my road bike and it is great. I'm going to get one for my mountain bike soon as pressfit bb's are less well sealed and harder to replace...
slimboyjim RichardCunningham's article
Jul 13, 2015 at 0:38
Jul 13, 2015
First Look: Lapierre 2016
I've a 2009 Zesty with the weird little derailleur guard and it certainly has a few gouges in it. Don't know where from, or whether my derailleur would have been affected by whatever struck the guard, but for a few grams I'm happy with it. I'm not pro enough to worry about 20-30g or so...
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