Balgaroth

I've tried to live away from my bike, made me sick !

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Balgaroth mikekazimer's article
Aug 20, 2018 at 7:24
16 hours
Where's the New XTR? 8 Questions With Nick Murdick, Shimano MTB Product Manager
@EnduroriderPL: Did you only read half of what I said ? Yes you can achieve the same result for the same weight and rigidity, for the case of the Meta V4 probably by using carbon, sure it's a more "clever" engineering needed which will automatically translate in higher price-point. Now If I refuse to give up on my affordable price-point and I refuse to give up weight, no company is gonna be able to make a Meta V4 with the current characteristics AND a FD. So I'd rather give up on a FD. It's a bit like the old saying: "Strong, Light, Cheap, pick two"
Balgaroth mikekazimer's article
Aug 20, 2018 at 5:00
19 hours
Where's the New XTR? 8 Questions With Nick Murdick, Shimano MTB Product Manager
@EnduroriderPL: clearly I won't I'm no bike designer, but simply by looking at my Meta V4 it is quite obvious that even if you would manage to attach a FD to the frame the swing arm would bang it. Putting the swingarm inside the frame rather than outside might be possible but it would create loads of issue with tire clearance if you were to keep the same CS length. Now I can't put number behind but more complicated is either more expensive or heavier which neither are attribute I'm willing to accept so f**k the FD lol
Balgaroth mikekazimer's article
Aug 19, 2018 at 23:37
1 days
Where's the New XTR? 8 Questions With Nick Murdick, Shimano MTB Product Manager
@EnduroriderPL: You cannot have short chainstays with a FD it is just impossible to achieve, let alone the problem of having the FD on the links/swingarm trajectory. And i'll take short CS and wide swing arms/links any time over FD. I still have one on my road/commuter bike and every time it makes me realize how much I like me 1x setup. And while the short CS cannot be achieve with a FD, you could make longer CS while making your rear triangle and links narrower to accommodate your FD, but to achieve the same rigidity you'll have to put more material making it heavier, on top of your CS longer. double No-no for most people, me included.
Balgaroth mikekazimer's article
Aug 19, 2018 at 10:06
2 days
Where's the New XTR? 8 Questions With Nick Murdick, Shimano MTB Product Manager
@EnduroriderPL: woaw where do you think I ride ? Have you heard of France and Enduro mate ? Les Vosges is where Absalon, Clementz or Thirion sharpened their skills. At all races local or national i can garanty you that you will have a hard time finding a FD. FD is dead and its a great thing as it allows bike designers to have much more liberty to create good bikes.
Balgaroth mikekazimer's article
Aug 17, 2018 at 15:06
Aug 17, 2018
Where's the New XTR? 8 Questions With Nick Murdick, Shimano MTB Product Manager
Same here I don't know anyone still using from mech apart from my dad who is riding a GT LTS and is in his 60s ...
Balgaroth mikekazimer's article
Aug 17, 2018 at 15:03
Aug 17, 2018
Where's the New XTR? 8 Questions With Nick Murdick, Shimano MTB Product Manager
@markg1150: cones have a tendency to get loose and if you don't notice it right away you kill the rolling surface and end up with a hub that is rubbish. I had the experience long ago on some XT, since i have been on various brands with sealed bearings, rarely had to replace some and when I had to it took few minutes and my hub was good again, even if i pushponed the replacement for months. Thats all solid arguments in my book for virtually no downside.
Balgaroth mikekazimer's article
Aug 17, 2018 at 0:20
Aug 17, 2018
Where's the New XTR? 8 Questions With Nick Murdick, Shimano MTB Product Manager
Ye I was pretty stocked about those hubs too, then the guy at Eurobike told me these are still cone bearings and that is a massive nope for me. The day Shimano will start using industrial bearing that are easy to service like Hope for example, then I'll consider them again. And I love Shimano, especially their brakes but their hubs are a pain in the ass.
Balgaroth mikekazimer's article
Aug 16, 2018 at 23:52
Aug 16, 2018
Spotted: Manitou's Prototype Enduro Fork and Sun Ringle's Carbon Wheels - Crankworx Whistler 2018
@scottzg: The Mattoc is great but the way you need special tools to do the service is a real pain in the ass real pitty as otherwise the procedure is easy enough.; Manitou should get their shit sorted and either provide the tools with the fork or just like any other company, use standard tools !
Balgaroth pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 16, 2018 at 23:40
Aug 16, 2018
Balgaroth mikelevy's article
Aug 13, 2018 at 9:31
Aug 13, 2018
Martin Maes' GT Force: EWS Whistler - Crankworx Whistler 2018
Alloy rims I get that especially if the new Force is stiff. Now for the spike at the back that's a big big mistery to me. Cut spikes at the front for the 10cm of dust everywhere, why not, but at the back ?!?
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