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DaneL danielsapp's article
Aug 4, 2020 at 14:17
Aug 4, 2020
Kona Announces New Process X & Aluminum 153
@shiggyplop: I never have issues catching my saddle with a 185mm dropper, and with that dropper I have >100mm of post exposed. Less support for the dropper just means it sees more stress (the frame does, too). At some point it's not worth getting a longer dropper because: (a) It's just adding clearance that you don't need (b) It's extra weight (quite a bit, actually) (c) The longer post is less durable than a shorter post (higher loads on the bushings when extended) (d) It actually takes more time/energy to squat down further and stand back up when dropping the post (this is petty, but still makes a difference on trails where you actuate your post a lot)
DaneL danielsapp's article
Aug 4, 2020 at 13:53
Aug 4, 2020
Kona Announces New Process X & Aluminum 153
Yup. If I put my 185mm Revive down on either of my bikes it just looks like I'm running a 100mm dropper. So much post exposed...
DaneL sarahmoore's article
Aug 4, 2020 at 12:41
Aug 4, 2020
Video: Downcounty Done Different with Joey Schusler on Yeti's New ARC Hardtail
Loosen your grip. It should be your feet/ankles crying out, not your hands.
DaneL sarahmoore's article
Aug 4, 2020 at 6:28
Aug 4, 2020
Field Test: 2021 Specialized Epic - The Lightest & Slackest
@adamszymkowicz: While I agree that the shop could have made sure everything is perfect, do you really think they should have had to check a $800 wheelset? They should be hand built at that price point, IMO. Especially considering you could build yourself a better wheelset for ~$600. If Specialized is going to send their dealers bikes that need that level of work before they can go on the showroom floor, they definitely need to allow more room in their dealer pricing for margins. They also shouldn't be counting on their dealers to have competent enough mechanics to do that for every bike. Most shops outside of serious biking communities can't even figure out how to rotate the bars to a reasonable angle. FWIW, I've had a few $500 wheelsets, and all have taken a beating and not gone more than 1mm out of true after a season of riding.
DaneL sarahmoore's article
Aug 3, 2020 at 15:37
Aug 3, 2020
Field Test: 2021 Specialized Epic - The Lightest & Slackest
@pbuser2299: Funny you say that. My GF's road bike came with 24h Roval SLX wheels, and they're by far the worst built wheels I've ever encountered. Fresh from the bike shop, they were ~1mm out of true laterally & radially, and after a handful of rides they were ~3mm out of true laterally. At that point, I put them on the truing stand, and spoke tension was all over the place (varied by ~30%). It's as if they did an initial tensioning and forgot to stress relieve and do the final truing. I would hope the QC is a bit better on these wheels, but it's pretty sad that they're willing to sell an aluminum wheelset for $800 USD and do such a poor job building it.
DaneL danielsapp's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 12:16
Jul 30, 2020
Bird Makes its First Carbon Frame with the Aether 9C Trail Bike
@PHeller: Agreed. We should have lower expectations from our local companies.
DaneL sarahmoore's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 7:48
Jul 30, 2020
Field Test: 2020 Canyon Lux - A Very Fast Baseline
Or skip the XC race bikes all together and buy two fun bikes (Spur plus a long travel bike?)
DaneL sarahmoore's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 7:35
Jul 30, 2020
Field Test: 2020 Canyon Lux - A Very Fast Baseline
Correction: Climbs like a hardtail, descends like an XC hardtail.
DaneL danielsapp's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 5:57
Jul 30, 2020
Bird Makes its First Carbon Frame with the Aether 9C Trail Bike
It's nearly as ugly as a Guerrilla Gravity. That steepening seat tube wins points for me, though. I'm 6'2" with a 37" inseam, and I've never been able to get on with an XL. Bikes that have a claimed 76° effective STA end up at ~74° by the time I raise the seat waaaaay up. By that point, the ETT is so damn long that the bike is unmanageable uphill.
DaneL mikekazimer's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 5:35
Jul 30, 2020
First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Promising
Making it a single piece is significantly more complicated. I expect they'd need to charge at least $100 more (that's likely a low estimate) to maintain their margins. The issue is that the entire steerer tube would become part of the forging, which triples its size. You then have a massive amount of additional machining to deal with.
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