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DaneL mikekazimer's article
Jul 24, 2024 at 6:30
21 hours
First Ride: Maxxis Highroller III Tire - DH Race Ready
@re22: I'd be pretty happy if they lasted 3 months. Mine only lasted a couple weeks. I've never seen another manufacturer's tire do that. It's like the rubber doesn't bond properly to the casing.
DaneL mikekazimer's article
Jul 23, 2024 at 15:44
1 day
First Ride: Maxxis Highroller III Tire - DH Race Ready
@j1sisslow: have you had issues with the knobs ripping clean off the casing on Specialized tires? For me, it happened pretty quickly on an Eliminator and on a Butcher. No issues on a few Ground Controls, though (probably because the knobs are so tiny). I tried to warranty the first (the tire only had a handful of rides), and Specialized basically just told me to fuck off.
DaneL rimpactmtb's article
Jul 18, 2024 at 7:01
Jul 18, 2024
Rimpact Release Race Edition Tire Inserts
Yeah, they take up so much volume on 2.4" tires that they can be a bit of a pain to install, especially with dual ply casings. The ride feel is so much better than anything else I've tried, though.
DaneL mikekazimer's article
Jul 11, 2024 at 15:49
Jul 11, 2024
Spotted: Matt Hunter's Aluminum Specialized Stumpjumper Has a Cable Actuated Derailleur
@mikekazimer: the mount I was referring to slipping is the controller mount. The torque spec is 2Nm, but I have to torque to 4Nm just to keep it from slipping on the bar when I shift. I could probably put some grip paste under it. I just don't like using grip paste for the controls since they can eat up the bars when I crash or hit them with my knee (I normally under-torque my brake clamps for the same reason). As for dumping gears, for this specific scenario I have ~ 2 seconds of coasting before I hit a punchy climb out of a ravine. With mechanical Eagle I can go from the 10T to 50T as fast as I can push the lever 3 times (so I usually just barely manage). With Transmission I can hit the shift button a few times before I hit the ravine, but the ~2 seconds in the ravine is only enough to drop another 3 gears or so. I could drop some gears before the end of the descent, but the only chance to do so is where I'm usually adding some pedal strokes before entering the last rocky section going into the ravine. So in order to make the climb I have to shift halfway down the cassette when I really want to be mashing in my highest gear. I realize this isn't a common scenario. It's just a big deal to me because it detracts from my daily ride. One other thing with the slow shifting: it intentionally shifts slow so that the chain has time to hit the shift ramp (to complete the previous shift). That's great, but it leads me to just hold the shifter and let it shift as fast as it's willing. I keep pedaling relatively hard because those shift ramps work well and it's smooth under power. However, if I start a climb like the one out of that ravine moving too slow for the gear I'm in, it doesn't always hit the ramped tooth before it tries pushing to the next cog, so it forces a shift at a non-ramped tooth, which sounds and feels horrible when under load (worse than shifting under load with mechanical Eagle). At least with mechanical Eagle, I can briefly let off the power when I shift, but on Transmission I don't know when it's going to make the 3rd, 4th, 5th shift, so if I'm at too low of a cadence, I just have to pedal lightly while it slowly shifts. The best solution is typically to leave it in way too high of a gear and doing individual shifts so I can keep the power down.
DaneL mikekazimer's article
Jul 11, 2024 at 13:52
Jul 11, 2024
DaneL mikekazimer's article
Jul 11, 2024 at 13:41
Jul 11, 2024
Spotted: Matt Hunter's Aluminum Specialized Stumpjumper Has a Cable Actuated Derailleur
@RadBartTaylor: I'm glad you like it. I'm really just trying to save people the pain of overpaying for something that isn't well sorted yet. Like most bike parts, you don't see any negative feedback on products for the first year or so and then suddenly you're hearing from hundreds of people having issues. Part of it is the initial reviews being based on very little ride times and part is the thousands of people who paid to be first to get it and can't admit to themselves that there are issues. I've had a few super expensive parts (suspension and wheels) that I've bought after 6 months to a year of seeing nothing but glowing to reviews, have significant issues with them, and then months later everyone comes out of the woodwork saying they've had the same problems since day one. The Transmission stuff isn't that bad, but it's crazy expensive for something that's not better overall than the mechanical alternatives. I do think Transmission has a lot of potential. It's just feels like they made a lot of compromises and rushed it to market without sorting out a lot of simple issues.
DaneL mikekazimer's article
Jul 11, 2024 at 13:20
Jul 11, 2024
Spotted: Matt Hunter's Aluminum Specialized Stumpjumper Has a Cable Actuated Derailleur
@mikekazimer: Slow shifting (on my daily ride I have ~15 ft to go from the 10T cog to at least the 44T, so I frequently have to get off and walk now), flimsy derailleur cage, controller with buttons that fall off (since fixed in a rolling revision) and a mount that slips and bends easily, wider q-factor cranks, bash guards that are useless because they barely stick out from the chain and are so far outboard that most rocks will hit the chain without even touching the bash guard... Among other things. However, I do like the gear spacing on the cassette. I wish they would have made their mechanical 10-52 cassette with that spacing rather than simply slapping a 52T cog on the old cassette.
DaneL mikekazimer's article
Jul 11, 2024 at 12:51
Jul 11, 2024
Spotted: Matt Hunter's Aluminum Specialized Stumpjumper Has a Cable Actuated Derailleur
For those who are curious and are tempted to buy SRAM Transmission to try it, don't. I have it, I hate it, I love every moment with my mechanical Eagle on my other bikes. It's not bad, per se. Just not as good as the mechanical stuff overall (it does a couple of things marginally better and multiple things worse).
DaneL dariodigiulio's article
Jul 11, 2024 at 7:01
Jul 11, 2024
First Ride: The Wolf Tooth Resolve V2 is the Longest Dropper Post on the Market
Ride some steeper trails and you'll change your mind. I'm 6'3", and every time I go to a longer dropper I say something like "this is way better, but it's plenty. I'll never go to a longer dropper". A couple years later, I try the next longer length, and within a few months I've made the switch on all of my bikes. I'm currently maxed out at 213mm because nobody makes a dropper as smooth and reliable as the Bike Yoke Revive, but every time I ride something really steep, I find myself wishing for more. One thing that may be different for me, though, is that my rides are straight up and straight down, so I don't actuate my post more than a handful of times on a ride. If you're on more undulating terrain, I can imagine the deep squats getting tiring.
DaneL dariodigiulio's article
Jul 2, 2024 at 12:19
Jul 2, 2024
SRAM Releases S-1000 Budget Transmission Drivetrain
@AccidentalDishing: that's a steal! I'll have to keep an eye out.
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