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BobChicken mikekazimer's article
Jun 23, 2020 at 4:28
Jun 23, 2020
Ask Pinkbike: Climbing With a Coil Shock, Adjusting Bike Fit, & Is 120mm Enough for Enduro?
My thoughts on the hand pressure thing, it's something I struggled with a bit a first when I got my most recent bike (Ibis Ripmo). The steep seat tubes put you higher and you are reaching down further putting more weight on your wrists. I guess this is the stack bit kicking in.... I agree the long low slack (steep ST) thing is good, but there are some ergonomic issues with it too if you spend lots of time riding up, across and down as most people do. My suggestion as someone who spends a lot of time on the tools working with small machines, and also broken wrists in the past so has pain as well RSI, is get decent grips which will help with pressure points. My preference is ODI Pro, Ergon GE-1 is also nice, what I look for is palm support, a curve upwards (concave?) where your palm is rather than a flat grip helped a lot. For me anyways.
BobChicken mikelevy's article
Jun 12, 2020 at 5:07
Jun 12, 2020
First Look: SRAM's New GX Drivetrain Offers 520% Range
@thenotoriousmic: and when you stamp down on the smaller gears, where is all that torque going on an XD cassette? into the pins that mate with an aluminum dinner plate, so your beautifully machined overpriced cassette is driving your freehub through one gear. Which is why my top of the line (several years ago) cassette creaks like crazy if I don't keep it lubed up. Maybe it's not a problem in places where you don't have Australian moon dust, but whatever. My 10 year old SLX/Zee/XT doesn't suffer from this.
BobChicken mikelevy's article
Jun 12, 2020 at 1:02
Jun 12, 2020
First Look: SRAM's New GX Drivetrain Offers 520% Range
@RonSauce: I have a lot of bikes with old Shimano stuff, all still work perfect. I have exactly one bike with XX1 on it, 11 speed. It is the one that needs the cassette pulled off, the pins lubed on the largest cog so they don't creak, the carbon cage on the derailleur removed and greased because it creaks. Until Microspline, you could do the Shimano shuffle, move all your parts along to next bike in the pecking order upgrade it.
BobChicken jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 20, 2020 at 5:08
Mar 20, 2020
How the Coronavirus Lockdown is Affecting European MTB Brands
@ismasan: I know of at least one lab that does routine respiratory illness testing that has run out of kits, due to the kits not being available or import/export restrictions. Oh, they already tested for corona before this strain appeared, and most their patients are sick children... So I completely agree, it's not COVID-19 that will kill their patients, it will be them being unable to access the resources to diagnose and treat their existing conditions, which aren't going to take a holiday because there is a new kid in town. I'll still be turning up for work to fix the machines when they break, assuming they still have the kits and staff to run them.
BobChicken aidanoliver's article
Mar 3, 2020 at 1:46
Mar 3, 2020
8 Bikes of the Giant Toa Enduro - Crankworx Rotorua 2020
distinct lack of mention of pinch bolts or air release valves is kinda obvious.... maybe salty the other site found all this stuff first?
BobChicken jamessmurthwaite's article
Feb 23, 2020 at 1:43
Feb 23, 2020
Randoms - iceBike 2020
I'm sure I'm not the only one who noticed the rear tyre is mounted backwards?
BobChicken SaskiaD's article
Feb 11, 2020 at 1:56
Feb 11, 2020
19 Portraits from Darkfest
Still waiting for Tom to officially change his last name to "Van Steezebergen"....
BobChicken mikelevy's article
Dec 18, 2019 at 2:26
Dec 18, 2019
2019 Pinkbike Awards: Component of the Year Nominees
@Ttimer: Yeah it's been sweet. When I installed I thought I'd screwed it up because the action is so much lighter. Get what you pay for I guess. I suppose the disappointing thing for me is getting treated like a chump by OneUp (Just lube it!) despite a bunch of detailed emails and everyone rates their customer service. I think I just l got unlucky and got a crap bushing. That said I like what they do in fixing problems and creating solutions to things we didn't know we need, but the V1 was a fail for me. The V2 looks like they fixed problems they identified in the V1, just don't appreciate being treated like n00b and not able to get a part I know I need, e.g. a bushing, and now das post ist kaput.
BobChicken mikelevy's article
Dec 17, 2019 at 2:58
Dec 17, 2019
2019 Pinkbike Awards: Component of the Year Nominees
Been biting my tongue, but my 18 month old OneUp 170mm has deep scores in the stanchion. It doesn't like hot weather (doesn't return to full height, despite regular grease), it has more play than any other dropper I have. It's a V1 and you can see the V2 version has much smaller bushing. If I take out the bushing, it returns fine. Emailed OneUp a bunch of times and they were going to send me a new bushing and never did. It still goes up and down, but it's currently residing in the container my Bike Yoke Revive came in. Just saying.
BobChicken nkrohan's article
Apr 29, 2019 at 18:31
Apr 29, 2019
Trail Knee Guard Round Up: 10 Options for Different Body Types
I have these too, they were great until a big crash caused my knee to hit brake/dropper controls just above the knee pad. Said knee ended up the size of a melon and black as my liver as a result... havn't worn them since.
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