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theclairvoyant mikekazimer's article
Jun 11, 2014 at 10:00
Jun 11, 2014
VP Components Harrier Pedal - Review
I can't comment specifically on Banshee's bushing situation, as I haven't done any reading on it. But I can say that there are multiple big names in the bike scene that I know for certain (I know someone in technical sales who has been selling bushings to some of these companies) who are moving to bushings in some or all of their lineup. These include Giant, Norco, and Rocky Mountain. As bushing technology continues to improve I think we''ll see a majority of the market move to bushings.
theclairvoyant mikekazimer's article
Jun 10, 2014 at 22:21
Jun 10, 2014
VP Components Harrier Pedal - Review
Putting the TL;DR first: You need to do a tiny bit of research before posing a question like that. You are wrong, bushings are good, bring on bushings. Bushings are self lubricating by design: metallic bushings are sintered (metal dust pressed together at high heat) and soaked in oil, the oiled gets held in the tiny pores and releases itself through the life cycle of the bushing. Synthetic bushings (like the ones in the found on bikes) are also made by compressing material into shape while being subjected to heat, but they have graphite dust added into the main material, graphite is an extremely good dry lubricant, and again new graphite is exposed as the bushings wear. In applications such as pedals and suspension pivots, good bushings actually fare far better than good bearings. In pedals, where there is lots of impact action, the balls in the bearings can form flat spots that lead to bearing play and accelerate wear rates. In suspension pivots, the small, irregular, and fast angular movement of the components means that bearings often do not move enough for the balls to actually start rolling, instead the bearing is relying on the grease packed into it, this also leads to premature wear and failure. Finally, bushings have HUGE benefits over bearings when considering max load capacity to weight ratios. Source: 3 years of Mechanical Engineering school.
theclairvoyant RichardCunningham's article
Mar 11, 2014 at 22:36
Mar 11, 2014
Brendan Moon's Bilt Eight DH Racer
Don't understand people knocking a pretty badass looking bike. Looks bombproof to me, and I'm a fan of that. Kinda cool to see an elliptical ring on a DH sled too.
theclairvoyant konaworld's article
Dec 11, 2013 at 22:24
Dec 11, 2013
2014 Kona Process Platform - Big Massive Fun Times 3
** Sorry, no concentric Axle pivot.
theclairvoyant konaworld's article
Dec 11, 2013 at 22:19
Dec 11, 2013
2014 Kona Process Platform - Big Massive Fun Times 3
The linkage system is not a rip off of Knolly, these bikes do not have the parallelogram link. This design is just a 4 bar linkage with an uninterrupted seatpost and a shock yolk. Same style suspension as older Norcos, but slacker, cleaner, and with an axle concentric pivot.
theclairvoyant scottsecco's article
Jun 15, 2013 at 14:52
Jun 15, 2013
theclairvoyant loizorider's article
Jun 1, 2013 at 14:15
Jun 1, 2013
Video: 12 Months 12 Stories - Episode 5
Song throughout most of the vid is Crystal Castles - Courtship Dating.
theclairvoyant RichardCunningham's article
Apr 12, 2013 at 15:08
Apr 12, 2013
Pinkbike Poll - Should the UCI Restrict DH Racing to 26-Inch Wheels?
Realistically the fact that DH bikes run 26" wheels is only because people arbitrarily picked that as a good wheel size. The idea of limiting DH bikes wheels to a size that could have just been picked by throwing a dart at a target is preposterous. DH RACING is about being FAST, so why limit tech because it's getting FASTER???
theclairvoyant mikekazimer's article
Apr 5, 2013 at 19:07
Apr 5, 2013
UCI Clarifies Rule on Unsanctioned Races
Next up: UCI ruling bans registered riders from riding their local trails. Followed by: UCI fines registered riders for touching their bike any day other than Sunday.
theclairvoyant dart-bikes's article
Mar 14, 2013 at 12:00
Mar 14, 2013
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