Here at Pinkbike we get inundated with all kinds of questions, ranging from the basic "Can I have stickers" to more in-depth, soul-searching types of queries like if you should pop the question or what to name your first child. Ask Pinkbike is an occasional column where we'll be hand-picking and answering questions that have been keeping readers up at night, although we'll likely steer clear of those last two and keep it more tech oriented.
Why Design More Travel up Front? Question:
Mountain-man99 asks in the All Mountain, Enduro & Cross-Country forum: Does anyone have any ideas on why manufactures are making bikes with different travel front and rear - such as the Santa Cruz Hightower (135mm rear and 150 front) Or the Pivot Mach 5.5? There are more and more brands doing this. Why? What is the benefit?
SRAM vs Shimano Derailleur Clutches?Question:
Pinkbike user @BarnaK
asked this question in the Bikes, Parts & Gear forum: I'm replacing my rear derailleur from XT Shadow M8000 to SRAM GX or GX Eagle. I don't mind the weight, I don't mind the material, I just care about the chainslap and noise control (aka clutch). The XT M8000 shadow disappointed me badly, (tried to harden /soften the clutch, played with chain length, taped the chainstay...) too noisy.
So, the question: Is the new version v3 clutch (which is on the newest Eagle's) that much better than the earlier v2.1? Is it worth it to upgrade the whole drivetrain to 1x12 and spend a fortune? I'm on 1x11 and it's just enough for me; I don't need more gears. And obviously I want to spend as little as possible.Anyone tried both?
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