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twebeast RichardCunningham's article
Jan 16, 2015 at 9:49
Jan 16, 2015
Absolute Black Oval Chainring - Review
@waki: I'm not sure I mentioned a benefit being higher cadence; only more even torque output. Others have suggested an oval ring encourages them to pedal at a lower cadence. If true then you would be arguing the case FOR oval rings. In any case I'm interested to see what Nino and Julien do over the next two years. If this product benefits anyone it should be them.
twebeast RichardCunningham's article
Jan 15, 2015 at 0:57
Jan 15, 2015
Absolute Black Oval Chainring - Review
Comparisons with road should always be taken with a pinch of salt. They have different challenges. As someone says above, the same amount of work needs to be done to get to the top of the hill, so maybe oval rings don't save much on energy. However in MTB we have a degree of technicality in climbing, where a more even torque output is more valuable and therefore an oval ring could help. Moreover roadies use front derailleurs and I don't suppose they work reliably with oval chain rings.
twebeast mikekazimer's article
Jan 12, 2015 at 15:09
Jan 12, 2015
Specialized S-Works Enduro 650B - Review
The Meta AM V4 should be coming to North America tho right?
twebeast RichardCunningham's article
Jan 10, 2015 at 1:49
Jan 10, 2015
Opinion: This Year
Maybe it's rare cos people shovel it off the trail. And maybe the really great thing about this celebrated loam is shovelling it off the trail in great quantities with your rear wheel
twebeast mikelevy's article
Jan 8, 2015 at 13:50
Jan 8, 2015
Pinkbike Awards: Suspension Product of the Year
So here's the thing: you can buy a Pike or spend £350 more for a 20mm axle (props 2 Fox for this even though they managed to screw it up), marginally better HSC and marginally stiffer chassis. But although this award doesn't explicitly say it, it's best NEW suspension product of the year. All it really says is that no other suspension product came out this year was better. Which is a sad state of affairs when the Fox is £300 overpriced. Still if you're in America, it might be worth saving your cents now, cos with a strong dollar and oil prices as low as they are, the 36s might start to see proper discounts later this year. Woop
twebeast mikelevy's article
Jan 6, 2015 at 14:30
Jan 6, 2015
Salsa Bucksaw - Review
It also strikes me that having a single universal basis for measuring head angle and seat tube angle is far too straightforward. As a proposal, may I suggest imperialists use something more antiquated, like clock time. 66 degrees could be 02.12 and every degree either way from there is 2mins.
twebeast mikelevy's article
Jan 6, 2015 at 14:11
Jan 6, 2015
Salsa Bucksaw - Review
Being mountain biking, what I propose is that we should invent a new standard for measurements. Then just once everyone has got used to that, we can introduce a new one, which is just marginally bigger
twebeast pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 24, 2014 at 1:36
Dec 24, 2014
Ask Pinkbike: Carbonphobia, Choosing a Rain Shell, and Hydro-Pack Alternatives
I've not tried 35mm bars but my expectation is that they would be stiffer (less flex) but offer the same vibration damping feel?
twebeast pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 5, 2014 at 14:10
Dec 5, 2014
twebeast pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 11, 2014 at 17:04
Nov 11, 2014
Ask Pinkbike: Kickers, Spoke Protectors, and the RockShox Pike vs the Fox 36 fork
The Pike RC has the Charger damper. The only difference is the T3 bit which is RS term for a CTD switch. There's no damper upgrade going to RCT3. But on the main point: this fella clearly has money and no engineering interests, so put aside the need for regular servicing as I'm sure his LBS will be well employed. The 36 RC2 has two bike park advantages over the Pike: external HSC and a stiff chassis anchored by 20mm axle. Whilst the Pike is great, if we hark back to its launch the PB readership slammed it for going 15mm and rightly so. In a world where rims, rear axles, bottom brackets, frame tubing and even God damn handle handle bars are getting fatter, some twat decided that the front axle should get narrower and thinner. Not lighter or stiffer, just less good than before. And then RS stuck it on this otherwise brilliant fork. At least Fox have seen sense on the 36 not to go there. But then the Pike never was a 36 competitor and perhaps it's the products outperformance which even puts it in consideration as such
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