|Installing Pivot's ISCG-05 plate is not too difficult, as long as you understand the basics of removing a crankset and installing a chain guide. The plate is a tight fit around the bottom bracket shell and it is recessed to stop against the fixed derailleur mount. Slide it on as far as it will go until the plate contacts the flats of the front derailleur mount, and then rotate it clockwise until the recessed part nests against the frame. Cinch it up with a 6 millimeter allen wrench and you can mount the chainguide. Our adapter needed no spacers with the MRP guide and required only a minimum of fussing to get the upper and lower guides to remain quiet as we shifted across the entire range of the ten-speed cassette. We are using a 34 tooth chainring, so the Mach 5.7 has a lot of clearance. So far the plate is still where we left it, and we have yet to bash the guide to the point of destruction. Not all was perfect in OZ, however, a tiny piece of weld blocked the adapter plate from lining up perfectly - and while we initially got the MRP guide to work, a call to the Pivot factory helped us troubleshoot the adapter situation. We filed a little bit of aluminum from the plate to work around the trouble spot and were good to go. Pivot said that they have been installing the plates without trouble at the factory, so we must have gotten lucky. - RC|
|After using Caffelatex in a number of tubeless tires, the verdict is that the sealant is good, but not great. Where Caffelatex seems to rule is in desert situations where one may get twenty needle punctures in a single ride from various cactus and thorny plants. Where Caffelatex loses ground to the industry benchmark sealant (Stan's NoTubes) is when the holes get larger. When damage like stone bruises create larger leaks, it takes Caffelatex a lot longer to stop the hissing. Cross-Country racers like it because they claim that the foaming action means that they can use less sealant and thus run lighter wheels. Remarkably, I was forced to run tubes on a desert epic, so I squirted Caffelatex in the tubes before I installed them and did not get a single puncture in six hours. Not as good as Stan's, but certainly a worthy alternative in a pinch. - RC|
|It's tough to beat Shimano at the cable and housing game, but Jagwire comes pretty darn close - which is a good thing, because Shimano makes such boring colors and Jagwire makes such wonderful looking stuff. I have had two Jagwire equipped bikes and both were the last cables and housings I needed to use. Where Jagwire may not be the best is if you have tight bends in the line (like with an internally routed road bike). In this situation, the plastic liners can be a little draggy. That said, it's pretty rare to find a mountain bike with such poor cable routing these days, so it's thumbs up for Jagwire and to the end of gray and black, for a while at least. - RC|
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Intense will be releasing a similar bracket for their Carbine too...and it will only work on the Carbine.
I have run Ripcord cable sets in the past and they are pretty nice for unsealed systems, but Gore is still head and shoulders above the competition. Sealed is always better than non-sealed for shifter cables and housing.
The tubes I injected Caffelatex in had multiple holes in them from goathoads (injected it even though the tubes don't have removable cores) and working better than ever. F slime and thorn resistance tubes or converting my other setups into tubeless. Caffelatex is my go-to solution to flat resistance now. Also great for tubeless conversion and tubeless ready tires, as it makes initial sealing super easy, no stans shake really needed.