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ChristophColombo sarahmoore's article
Jun 4, 2020 at 8:08
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Tech Briefing: Tools, Green Initiatives, Inexpensive Bikes & More - June 2020
It's funny that we now consider a 420% gear range "limited" - wasn't much more than 5 years ago that a 10-42 1x drivetrain (aka 420% gear range) was the gold standard. Regardless, that's plenty for most ebike applications. Would make a phenomenal commuter bike drivetrain.
ChristophColombo CaneCreekCyclingComponents's article
May 22, 2020 at 6:58
May 22, 2020
Cane Creek Announces New Hellbender 70 Bottom Bracket & T47 Hellbender Neo Bottom Bracket
@JasonALap: It's noticeable in the stand when you try to spin the cranks freely (they only go about 1-2 revolutions with no chain attached, but I haven't noticed it when pedaling. They're very smooth.
ChristophColombo CaneCreekCyclingComponents's article
May 22, 2020 at 6:56
May 22, 2020
Cane Creek Announces New Hellbender 70 Bottom Bracket & T47 Hellbender Neo Bottom Bracket
The CK BBs are $150-$180. Personally, I bought a Hellbender Neo BB because it was $30 less than the equivalent King BB and because I was curious about the bearings.
ChristophColombo dan-roberts's article
May 7, 2020 at 9:18
May 7, 2020
First Look: Shimano's New Deore 12-Speed Group & Other 2021 Updates
I was kind of hoping for it to be the other way around - that there would be Microspline options for the 10 and 11 speed drivetrains. That really gets more Microspline wheels out there, and has the added benefit of making upgrades easier for people buying lower-end bikes.
ChristophColombo mattwragg's article
May 6, 2020 at 7:58
May 6, 2020
Interview: Formula's Suspension Engineer, Luca Rossi
I had a set of used RX brakes about 6-7 years ago that had a bunch of issues. Shot the US branch of Formula an email and they sent me a package of parts for free. The brakes were still junk even after rebuilding them, but the support was great. They've got more presence in the US now, so I'd hope that the support is the same, if not better now. I had a set of Curas on my last bike, and they were great brakes. Not the best for small hands, but that's the only complaint I had.
ChristophColombo mikelevy's article
Apr 20, 2020 at 8:17
Apr 20, 2020
Field Trip: Is Buying a Used Mountain Bike Worth It?
To be fair, they do need to make a profit - if they're buying your stuff to resell it, of course they're going to offer you significantly less than what they want to sell it for. That's no excuse for selling blown forks or hubs with seized bearings though.
ChristophColombo brianpark's article
Apr 14, 2020 at 13:08
Apr 14, 2020
Newmen's Uplifting Evolution SL Cockpit - Pond Beaver 2020
@juansevo: The previously-mentioned Salsa bars are available in 800mm, and the SQLab ones are 780mm. Both have alloy versions as well if you don't want to spend carbon dollars.
ChristophColombo mikekazimer's article
Apr 9, 2020 at 7:40
Apr 9, 2020
First Look: Enve's $1,600 AM30 Wheels - Pond Beaver 2020
Most carbon rims aren't all that light, but they can be. And more importantly, they can be both light AND stiff. If you look at the lightest aluminum rims out there (i.e. Stans Race Gold 29 - 320g), they have low weight limits (170 lbs), they're skinny (21mm internal), and they have a reputation for having the ride quality of a wet noodle. Compare that to a Nox Skyline, which is 25g heavier, but has a 220 lb weight limit, is 23mm internal, and is a much stiffer rim. Most people could ride that as a daily wheelset, where with the Race Golds, you'd want to save them for race day only. On the DH/enduro side of things, you get a much stiffer rim at the same weight. Some people like that, others don't. The other major benefit of carbon is its ability to be engineered and shaped. With aluminum, you're starting from a block of raw material with consistent properties, and you're limited to shapes that can be extruded - anything more complex would be cost-prohibitive (CNC). With carbon, you're building the rim piece by piece and have full control over the various materials that go into it. This means you can engineer compliance in one direction and stiffness in another. And because you're building it piece by piece, you can make the rim whatever shape you want, whether for aerodynamics, strength, or simple aesthetics.
ChristophColombo mikelevy's article
Mar 31, 2020 at 6:27
Mar 31, 2020
Field Trip: Calibre's $1,400 Bossnut - The Boss of Low Cost
@fracasnoxteam: The Stance they reviewed is a 29 too though - it's got the same 120/130 travel as the 27.5 version. The 27.5 Trance is absolutely a bigger bike than the 27.5 Stance at 140/150 vs 120/130, but the same is not true of the 29er Trance.
ChristophColombo mikelevy's article
Mar 30, 2020 at 12:20
Mar 30, 2020
Field Trip: Calibre's $1,400 Bossnut - The Boss of Low Cost
@fracasnoxteam: Not sure what you mean by the Trance being a "big bike" compared to the Stance. They have the same travel (Stance is 120/130, Trance 29 is 115/130), and the geometry isn't that different. The Trance is a degree slacker, has a 12mm longer reach (but with a 10mm shorter stem, at least in the small/medium) and has about 20mm more wheelbase. Obviously it's larger, but I wouldn't say that the difference is big enough to put it into a different category.
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