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Sep 11, 2014 at 13:22Sep 11, 2014
Top Three Finds - Interbike 2014
I ran a 34t Q-Ring for about 9 months back in 2013. I ran an upper guide and it worked well. It is definitely more efficient and puts down more power. Sometimes it felt like too much as it is easy to spin the back tire on loose surfaces. The teeth did wear down pretty fast, so hopefully the new ones hold up better. It's a perfect match for XC racing or those looking to save energy. I might give it a try again as my Mach6 came with a 30t.
Aug 15, 2014 at 18:33Aug 15, 2014
33 Enduro World Series Bike Checks
Running a FD shifter for the drop post has my intrigued. I'm running XO Trails and X01. I've got a spare X0 FD lying around. I wonder if it will work for a KS LEV.
Jul 29, 2014 at 11:51Jul 29, 2014
Ask Pinkbike - Out of Control Rear Derailleur, Flat-Pedal Rider Switching to Clips, and a 24-Inch Wheel Question
I ran flats for awhile to get confidence on steep, loose and tech trails. Once my confidence was good, I got some DH Mallets and Maltese Falcons. Great combination coming from flats. CB pedals need maintenance, but they disengage and engage way easier than Shimano and the Mallets are beefy so you can get a good footing without clipping in. I might go to a more "trail" setup as it's a heavy combination and prone to pedal strikes on tight, rocky trails.
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May 30, 2014 at 12:27May 30, 2014
Video: Welcome Back Steve Smith
Telonics in Laguna Beach. He makes it look easy, especially that jump over the rockface at :51. So Sick!
May 19, 2014 at 15:34May 19, 2014
Lapierre Spicy Team Edition - Review
Electronic suspension is a great idea. I'd like to see a similar setup offered on more bikes or as a retrofit. I ride a lot of trails that have pedaling and steep, fast rocky section so adjusting on the fly would be ideal.
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May 8, 2014 at 16:30May 8, 2014
Brand new in original packaging. Michelin Wild Grip'r Advanced Gum-X Series 27.5 x 2.25. Paypal only. $40 includes shipping USPS priority mail.
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May 5, 2014 at 12:33May 5, 2014
Video: Vision Required To Build Your Own Trail
Sick riding and congrats on reaping the rewards of your hard work! That's a crazy road gap "spring board"
Apr 11, 2014 at 21:25Apr 11, 2014
First Look: 2015 Shimano XTR – Eleven Speed Cassette - Choose Your Drivetrain
WHat MTBs need is less complexity and 1x systems accomplish that by losing the front mech. It's a trend that will not go away and Shimano are dead wrong on this. I ran a Shimano 1x with Shadow Plus and Narrow/Wide ring and the chain retention sucked compared to my X01. SRAMS RD is a big part of why the chain stays on without a guide - again decreasing complexity. I agree we don't need the gear range of 10-42, but SRAM played it safe to mimic a 2x10 that a lot of people were using. All of the cool features of XX1/X01 would have been fine with a 10-speed cassette. Why Shimano is not doing a wider range cassette is a mystery. So many people will buy one. Shimano XTR Spandex RAce Snobs will buy the group to be part of the club, but XTR seems so pointless now.
Apr 7, 2014 at 9:00Apr 7, 2014
Ibis' New Ultra Wide Carbon Rim Wheelsets
I've been running 35mm wide rims (Salsa Gordos 29er and Velocity P35 650b) and the improved traction, rollover and compliance is great. Running low tire pressures is possible, but the tire will still squirm when ridden hard so I use normal pressures. I'm sold on wider rims, but 41 mms seems too far. I noticed that with some tires, the tread looked like a mohawk and the sidewall was sticking out farther than the side nobs! Not good. I believe 32-35mm OD is the sweet spot. Be careful with frame rub too on such wide rims. The weight and price look great!