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CSharp mikekazimer's article
Jun 20, 2019 at 12:37
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Review: Shimano's AM5 Shoes Deliver Comfortable Simplicity
Frickin hell - when are they gonna make shoes solely for platform pedals!
CSharp dan-roberts's article
Jun 14, 2019 at 12:53
Jun 14, 2019
Behind the Numbers: Marin Mount Vision Suspension Analysis
I loved the first 3 versions of the Mount Vision Pro that Marin built before they got sued for their linkage design. Too bad they re-designed their linkage systems from then on and the latest version actually looks more like an E-bike than anything else. Maybe they should think of modifying that bottom bracket area to support a pedal assist crankset or a gearbox. Every time you change the design, it gets worse every time. It seems they've gone from having one of the lightest full-suspension mountain bikes from the start and transition their flagship model into a full-size tank!
CSharp pinkbikeaudience's article
May 13, 2019 at 9:54
May 13, 2019
Video: French Mountain Biker Goes Viral After Almost Crashing into A Group of Students
The goofball was more reckless than anything. He almost took out the head of another bike when he's riding on the low wall at about 3:05 mark. Having that rap music for that video makes this even more like a drive-by.
CSharp konaworld's article
Mar 5, 2019 at 14:50
Mar 5, 2019
Finding Freedom with Metastatic Lung Cancer
I'm all for E-Bikes (pedal assisted) sharing the same trails as any other mountain bikes on any given set of trails. Those electric pedal assisted bikes don't wreck the trails like a motorbike. It's the mofo's who don't respect the rules of the trails that wreck the trails. I'm not sure what the hoopla's all about for the need to ban certain types of bikes just because it may be easier for someone to ride on singletracks. You still need to acquire skills to ride technical sections. For people with disabilities, injuries, or health problems, E-bike is a good way to get out and get the mind at ease rather than taking more drugs.
CSharp danielsapp's article
Feb 21, 2019 at 18:32
Feb 21, 2019
Review: MicroSHIFT's New $125 Advent Drivetrain
I'm still running a 2x10 with 11-36T XTR or XT cassette (the 10-spd XTR cassette sucks - the rivet creaking drives me nuts!!!) and 24-36T XT chainrings with XTR Shifters and Rear Derailleur. The XTR chain I had before was super awesome - probably the lightest, smoothest, and strongest chain ever made. It's too bad Shimano discontinued that chain and you can't buy it anywhere nowadays. KMC comes close, but that Shimano XTR chain was the best! That gearing combo I have will match any 11/12 speed 1x drivetrain on any steep hill. I also have a hardtail with the good old XT index 7-spd thumb shifters with an 8-spd 10-34T XT cassette, XT derailleur, and an XTR 3x crankset. With the middle ring at 34T, I get a 1:1 gear ratio that can pretty much go up most of the steep hills back 5 or 6 years when I have the legs and lungs to do it. Looking back now, the Shimano 7-8-9 speed group were so versatile and so interchangeable, I really don't see the point of 11 and 12 speeds. Sure, they give you almost seamless transition from one gear to the next. However, if you're using a wide range up and down like most people do during shifting (not one gear at a time), you probably won't notice a heck of a lot of difference. Shimano's patented push/pull release shifting with multiple gears down doesn't match the old XT index thumb shifter, but it's way better than the SRAM's one-click thumb push. However, one technological advancement that really makes the rear drivetrain work even better is the clutch on the rear derailleur. Once you ride with one, you'll hate riding an older derailleur without a clutch. So, good on MicroShift to put on a clutch for their 9-spd derailleur.
CSharp RichardCunningham's article
Feb 11, 2019 at 11:56
Feb 11, 2019
Review: Syntace's Smart-Map Gripper & Lupine's Piko Lighting Combo
@lukeproofman: Jesus - calm down dude! It is what it is - if you don't like the word rebranding - so be it. I didn't say anyone was ripping off anything from another company - you did that. Hey, if you want to pay for the same light for 5 - 10 times the price to justify that what you're getting is the best quality, go for it. All I know is that you can get a similar light under it's original name elsewhere for a decent price.Not sure why you have to be so upset about it. I don't just buy a product based on the company name associated with a country, which some people relate to as quality. I do my research on what the product does, what the reviews are and finally the cost justification. I really don't care if something is marketed as German-made or US-made - all I want to know is product does it's job, how well is it compared to a similar products, and what's the lowest price I can get it at - and I'm not talking about getting any knockoffs either. I don't have a Lupine, but I do have a NiteRider Enduro Pro 2800, which kicks ass and expensive as hell! I also have a Revtronic BT40S (made in China and also rebranded from NiteFighter) and I can tell you that a few thousand Americans and some Canadians who bought these lights will say that the quality is extremely good and the price is unbeatable. And to add to that, it has no proprietary batteries that you have to buy from one vendor, like the Lupine or NiteRider. And yeah, I doubt Lupine manufactures the Piko in Germany. Like I said, it's likely manufactured in China with a requirement for high quality and high quality control, just like a lot of other products that are made these days.
CSharp RichardCunningham's article
Feb 11, 2019 at 8:53
Feb 11, 2019
Review: Syntace's Smart-Map Gripper & Lupine's Piko Lighting Combo
@lukeproofman: Do some research. I'm sure Lupine is a German company that supplies "good quality" products to the consumers. What I'm saying is that Lupine has probably bought the rights to re-brand the Xeccon Zeta 1600R. No one is doing any knockoffs here, but the original product branding, as it stands, is Xeccon Zeta 1600R. This originates from a company in China. There's a lot of good quality stuff made in China (or as Trump pronounces, Gina) and sold through the biggest name brands around the world. Yeah, there are Chinese companies will copy stuff and sell the products as knockoffs. But in reality, a lot of startups and high end companies go to China to create high quality products as well to leverage the high returns from the first world markets. A company will specify a manufacturer in China to make it in a certain quality and specification to meet different standards (such as electrical certification, safety standards, water resistance, etc...). The Xeccon Zeta 1600R existed in the markets only maybe 3 years ago. It's definitely picked up and rebranded by Lupine. Do a Google search on the Xeccon Zeta 1600R or Xeccon Z11. There's a whole post thread that delves into what's inside the the little LED light (talks about the quality, the circuitry, the LED emitters) - all this before Lupine called it the Piko.
CSharp RichardCunningham's article
Feb 8, 2019 at 14:21
Feb 8, 2019
CSharp RichardCunningham's article
Feb 8, 2019 at 14:20
Feb 8, 2019
Review: Syntace's Smart-Map Gripper & Lupine's Piko Lighting Combo
That light is a total rebranding of the the Xeccon Zeta 1600R (Z11)! No wonder it's impossible to get this tiny lightset. These are pretty good set of lights that was around $60! But now it can be yours for 5 - 10X's more and with a proprietary battery and a proprietary connector jack!
CSharp pinkbikeoriginals's article
Jul 19, 2018 at 18:13
Jul 19, 2018
Video: Chatting With Seth's Bike Hacks
Both Seth and Phil are great! Both are great riders - there's no way just anyone can ride through narrow planks with speed or do jumps like they do. Seth was pretty humble about it all. I can definitely relate to him as I am a hardcore web developer and passionate about mountain biking. The only thing different is that I don't have near the skills he has and I don't have that time to do all the rides and videos that I want to. It's great when your passion gives fun and money at the same time. Keep it up Seth!
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