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DaneL EskerCycles's article
May 17, 2022 at 17:08
May 17, 2022
Esker Cycles Introduces Updated Hayduke & Japhy Titanium Hardtails
@jimsmart: the bikepacking I do doesn't have much for flat sections, so I'm almost always on a pretty good uphill grade when seated. My STA is >1° steeper than the Japhy, and I still keep the saddle slammed forward. I'm not saying it needs to be steeper than that, but a good middle ground would allow you to use your saddle rail adjustment rather than always needing it slammed forward. It might also allow the removal of the kink in the seat tube without sacrificing tire clearance. Personally, I don't see why you'd get a bike with that slack of a HTA of you're just going to ride flat terrain. If you're going to be riding steep downhills, you're probably going to have steep climbs as well.
DaneL EskerCycles's article
May 17, 2022 at 9:02
May 17, 2022
Esker Cycles Introduces Updated Hayduke & Japhy Titanium Hardtails
@shimstack: Yup. This is also why I'm no longer super interested in having a hardtail with a long fork. Even with a 140mm fork you're left stuck with either an overly slack HTA when climbing or an overly steep HTA when descending. I like that they based the Japhy around a 120mm fork, but the sagged geo looks like it should have been the static geo. BTW if you've never ridden the latest 34 Grip2 at 120mm or less, it's worth trying. It uses its travel far better than any other short travel fork that I've ridden, and switching to it from that POS 35mm SID Ultimate was a huge improvement. It's like having 10mm more travel.
DaneL EskerCycles's article
May 17, 2022 at 8:21
May 17, 2022
Esker Cycles Introduces Updated Hayduke & Japhy Titanium Hardtails
And if you're wondering why I want a steeper seat tube, please realize that they base their geo off of 30% sag, which is way too much.
DaneL EskerCycles's article
May 17, 2022 at 8:19
May 17, 2022
Esker Cycles Introduces Updated Hayduke & Japhy Titanium Hardtails
This is awesome, but I was really hoping they'd make some other updates at the same time... Like ISCG tabs and steeper seat tubes
DaneL jamessmurthwaite's article
May 4, 2022 at 15:39
May 4, 2022
Spotted: An Updated Canyon Lux XC Race Bike
@HeatedRotor: That would require a tightly controlled tolerance on the diameter of the steerer, and any difference in diameter between the steerer and bearing race would be slop in the headset. You'd lose the compression ring, but end up with a more expensive, more finicky design. The compression ring is a robust design. It just breaks down when companies try to save a few bucks by making them injection molded plastic instead of machined & anodized aluminum.
DaneL jamessmurthwaite's article
May 4, 2022 at 14:35
May 4, 2022
Spotted: An Updated Canyon Lux XC Race Bike
@HeatedRotor: Wear and creep aren't the same thing. Also, neither of the Acros headsets that I've owned had glass fill (probably because the thin sections would be really hard to fill). The headset works fine for a short period of time, but plastic can't hold a significant sustained load. It slowly creeps, and after a period of weeks or months you've lost most of your preload in your headset. I had to re-preload mine at least every few weeks, and eventually I couldn't even get enough preload to remove the play from the headset. Why? Because the miniscule amount that the compression ring creeped every time added up to the point where the top cap was clamped against the frame. Both headsets had the rubber seal partially separated without any use, and one was almost completely separated after about a year. What do you think is wrong with "Thin compression rings made of alloy/steel"? You want it to be thin so it can flex as it's wedged into place, and you want it to be a material that won't creep under high sustained stress and also won't cause galvanic corrosion with the bearing race, headset top cap, and/or steerer tube. So... steel or aluminum.
DaneL jamessmurthwaite's article
May 4, 2022 at 12:39
May 4, 2022
Spotted: An Updated Canyon Lux XC Race Bike
@somebody-else: No joke. Rubber overmolded plastic compression rings... the seal is junk from the factory, and the headset loosens on its own as the plastic creeps (until the top cap starts rubbing on the frame). I can't imagine how infuriating it would be to buy a bike with an Acros headset but then not be able to immediately switch to something better because cables are routed through it.
DaneL henryquinney's article
May 4, 2022 at 8:21
May 4, 2022
The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: 10 Editors' Clipless Pedal Setups
I'm sure this comment section will turn into a flats vs clipless debate, but here's something for both sides to chew on: there are more crappy pedals out there than good, both for flats and clipless. And on top of that, preferences definitely vary from person to person. So I wouldn't recommend making up your mind over the one or two pairs of the (flat/clipless) pedals that you tried for a while. I prefer ___ pedals, but of the ~10 different types that I've tried, I have yet to find one that I think is a perfect 10/10. I'd give one a 9/10 and a couple others an 8/10, but the rest were pure garbage IMO (and most of the ones I hate are widely recognized as some of the best).
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Apr 30, 2022 at 9:08
Apr 30, 2022
Selling
Apr 30, 2022 at 9:07
Apr 30, 2022

RockShox SIDLuxe Ultimate 190x45

$300 USD
This was taken off of my Transition Spur after about half a season of riding. It has only been ridden a handful of times since the last air can service. No scratches or rock chips. 190mm eye to eye 45mm stroke

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