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BikesBoatsNJeeps aidanoliver's article
Jul 31, 2020 at 4:51
Jul 31, 2020
13 Downhill Bikes from Silver Star - Crankworx Summer Series
In the BMX world they sponsor a bunch of excellent athletes, and you can buy those frames, I suppose. However, one of their best riders, and arguably one of the best women to ever ride freestyle bmx, Hannah Roberts, doesn't even appear on their website. Who is dropping $400 USD on a bmx frame for a Wal-Mart brand, when you can buy a Hoffman frame for the same price.
BikesBoatsNJeeps danielsapp's article
Jul 28, 2020 at 10:04
Jul 28, 2020
Bontrager Release BITS Integrated Stem Tool System
@Gaix2: go back 20 and you'll find the integrated tool storage on the Schwinn Homegrown.
BikesBoatsNJeeps danielsapp's article
Jul 24, 2020 at 9:34
Jul 24, 2020
First Look: Orbea's New XC Race Hardtail - the Alma
@whitebirdfeathers: my only drop bar bike is a Boone, which works everywhere just fine. I just change the tires based on what I'm riding. Most of the time I just use 700x28s set up tubeless and for my commuting, which is on road/gravel they work great unless it's really wet.
BikesBoatsNJeeps danielsapp's article
Jul 24, 2020 at 9:28
Jul 24, 2020
Check Out: 16 New Hardtails for 2020
@eh-steve: at 5'10" I ride a M/L very comfortably. The seat tube is longish (47cm to the top) and with a 29" inseam (I got stubby legs) my 150 dropper is only sitting about 20mm above the collar, so unless I got a dropper with a smaller top seal head, I'm limited to the 150mm. Of course any more dropper would be useless since my seat is basically on the post clamp when it's down all the way. I'm using a 50mm stem with 765mm bars and with my longish torso/arms for my height it works really well. I'm using a MRP Ribbon set to 150mm, which is in the middle of the 140-160 suggested fork range. I tend to run a little less sag then is usually recommend, so it probably feels pretty similar to the 160 fork at race sag. Bike is stiff and feels great. I thought it'd be a system shock to go from carbon back to steel, but honestly the bike rides so nice that I don't miss the extra stiffness of the carbon. External routing and full length housings make it a snap to work on. Ian at Chromag didn't have any issues with me adding additional bottle bosses on the seat tube, and said he wouldn't argue a warranty claim as long as the frame didn't fail at the new bosses. To be fair I've only delt with Ian or Seb at Chromag, but those guys have been super easy to get ahold of and have taken great care of me. Its nice to be at the trailhead with a bike that no one else has for once. After years of riding Gary Fishers and Treks, which have all been great bikes, but common, I like being there on something different. If Chromag showed up with a good susser, I'd probably buy it tomorrow to have a two bike quiver again, but for now I'm so happy with my Rootdown, I won't consider adding another bike. One additional step I took was using Frame Saver to coat the frame internally.
BikesBoatsNJeeps danielsapp's article
Jul 24, 2020 at 9:07
Jul 24, 2020
Check Out: 16 New Hardtails for 2020
I have one and love it. Going on my third full season with it. I got rid of my carbon bike after I realized I hadn't ridden it in a full season. My only complaint is weight, but some of that is on me since I did sort of a budget build kit on it, it could stand to loose a kilo or so.
BikesBoatsNJeeps danielsapp's article
Jul 24, 2020 at 8:47
Jul 24, 2020
Bontrager Release BITS Integrated Stem Tool System
I just ride with people that bring tools. They're willing to float my ass with tools because I provide them with literally all their parts at a discount, plus I have a bike shop worth of tools and consumables in my garage that keeps all of them on the trail. Plus my one friends has bought his last three bikes second hand from me, all at prices I wouldn't sell to an anybody for. He doesn't owe me anything, but he can appreciate a good deal. Also, I always bring a flask and a cooler to the trailhead, so there's that.
BikesBoatsNJeeps danielsapp's article
Jul 24, 2020 at 8:38
Jul 24, 2020
Bontrager Release BITS Integrated Stem Tool System
@usedbikestuff: except the Supercal has T47, and the new bikes being rolled out Do too (Madone and Emonda SLR just both got it). I'd guess when they update the Fuel/Slash/Remedy lines they'll all get T47 too. It's likely not an easy change to make without revamping molds, or changing frame design for alloy frames.
BikesBoatsNJeeps danielsapp's article
Jul 24, 2020 at 8:35
Jul 24, 2020
Bontrager Release BITS Integrated Stem Tool System
@viatch: Trek didn't create Wavecell, they just licensed it exclusively. Wavecell in a few years will be like MIPS and available to other manufacturers.
BikesBoatsNJeeps danielsapp's article
Jul 23, 2020 at 9:12
Jul 23, 2020
First Look: Orbea's New XC Race Hardtail - the Alma
@whitebirdfeathers: gravel riders will almost all be 41 or greater. But I digress, since a 38 may clear in a frame like this, but be so close you'll be fighting chain suck especially in a sloppy CX race. I think Nino's Scotts are custom to accept 38s. I tried a 36 for a distance ride on my Chromag, and the clearance was way too tight. They claim a 32 max, but a 34 fits with a tiny amouny of room, but I do think chain suck would be an issue.
BikesBoatsNJeeps danielsapp's article
Jul 23, 2020 at 8:21
Jul 23, 2020
First Look: Orbea's New XC Race Hardtail - the Alma
Also, max chainring could be an issue for CX or Gravel. You want to be in the 40-44 tooth range for 1x, most MTB frames with boost spacing are limited to 36 or so.
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