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DavidGuerra RichardCunningham's article
Feb 17, 2018 at 11:55
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Review: Pacenti PDent Handlebar and Stem
@sam264: With a 35mm stem there already is zero offset with a 7 degree backsweep handlebar. That is, if you trace a line from the center of one grip to the other it will go right through the top cap bolt. And if you use a 9 degree backsweep handlebar you have negative offset, which I have been using and is nice. I was actually considering this bar-stem combo but I figured that with my setup I have the same negative offset as this, because this bar only has a 7 degree backsweep. Those extra two degrees mean one centimeter further back, which is what this stem provides.
DavidGuerra mikekazimer's article
Feb 9, 2018 at 16:25
Feb 9, 2018
The New YT Capra - Everything You Need to Know
I wouldn't say that I got all bothered with it, but in the past the presence or lack of a water bottle mount would have been a decisive factor in choosing a bike. Why? Weight. A backpack weighs 600 grams, a 700ml bottle setup weighs 110, or 140 if you are using straps to fix it on the frame. That's a difference of 590 grams. How much money do people pay to get a bike that's 590 grams lighter? Easily some extra 2000 dollars. For enduro racing there is no need of a big water pack for race day, a water bottle will do because there is a supply of water at each stage. So, that's my perspective at least. However, recently I was forced to think outside of the water bottle paradigm, and I have found some really light water packs that cover the weight issue. A 1 liter backpack that's enough for racing day and weighs only 200 grams. A 2 liter backpack that weighs 300 grams. Even at full capacity, it doesn't really bother you.
DavidGuerra mikekazimer's article
Jan 22, 2018 at 16:41
Jan 22, 2018
e*thirteen TRS+ Cassette - Review
That is a really weird thing to say about the small cogs, especially if you ride mountainbikes for more than 20 years as you say. Let's speak of higher gears. For over 20 years my highest gear was 44 chainring with a 11t cog. Before that I had a 46t-12t, and after that I switched to a 10-42 cassette with a single 34t ring. Chainrings have been continually decreasing. From 46t to 44 to 42 to 40 or even 38 and now with the single rings even going below 30. So if you are from those times you know how it was. There was a lot of fire road riding, so heavier gears were indispensable. I took a long time to move to single ring because I didn't want to give up the 11-44 (4x) gear. I max that out even going uphill, to pedal at 60 km/h you would need an enormous ring. The great appeal of Eagle for me is that I could use a 40t chainring and finally get that 4x ratio back. Or a 38t ring with a 9t cog. You're maxing that out at 30 kmh already. But to each his own, some people ride heavier others prefer a higher cadence and others neither :)
DavidGuerra RichardCunningham's article
Oct 24, 2017 at 13:38
Oct 24, 2017
Mark Scott's Santa Cruz Hightower LT: EWS Bike Check - Crankworx Whistler 2017
For downhill, yes. However what he is running is pretty standard for the top gear of the time. It's equivalent to 44t-11t on a 26" wheel. The first LX crankset actually had a 46t big ring, but the smallest cog was 12. After that the smallest cog went to 11 and the big ring to 44. I used that for more than 20 years, at least between 1996 and 2016. But I remember that at some point the big rings started decreasing, first to 42t, then 40, then 38... Maybe the trails started getting tighter, or the new riders lacked leg power...
DavidGuerra RichardCunningham's article
Oct 24, 2017 at 13:22
Oct 24, 2017
Mark Scott's Santa Cruz Hightower LT: EWS Bike Check - Crankworx Whistler 2017
If 30km/h is warp speed, then yes... A 36t chainring with a 10t cog and 29" wheels is 1.5% lighter than a 44t chainring with a 11t cog and 26" wheels. So, almost exactly the same (you can do these calculations at the "bike gears calculator" website). A triple chainring with 22-32-44 was the standard for a very long time during the reign of the 26" wheel. Where I live the trails are rather open, but I sure used that top gear a lot, even for mild climbs. So if I got a 29" bike with Eagle, I would like a 36t chainring as well, since it would give me back that top gear, the lack of which was the reason for me holding back from 1x transmissions for so long...
DavidGuerra vernonfelton's article
Oct 9, 2017 at 3:44
Oct 9, 2017
Have Your Say on the Ever-Changing Bike Standards
@alexsin: I agree about the 15mm axles! Either they really make no difference on torsional stiffness compared to 20mm, in which case 20mm was a mistake and 15mm is the way to go for all applications including downhill, or they are just stupid. I say 20mm for everything, if they are too strong for the intended use just use lighter materials. A 20mm system can be made lighter than a 15mm one.
DavidGuerra mikelevy's article
Sep 21, 2017 at 17:34
Sep 21, 2017
Rotec is Back With a 5'' Travel Play Bike - Interbike 2017
Unlike the Revert, the Lawilll might actually pedal, despite having almost double the travel. The Revert is a fashion statement bike with a compromised functionality. Its great virtue is the rear end rigidity and I'm all for it, however it's also generally accepted that some give in the rear end improves traction. And a good VPP design is more rigid anyway.
DavidGuerra mikelevy's article
Sep 17, 2017 at 16:48
Sep 17, 2017
Is This Linkage Fork the Future of Suspension? - Crankworx Whistler 2017
@Structure-Ryan: I'm thinking that the last part of the travel, even if it's just some milimeters, could be handled by a little elastomer or rubber piece somewhere between the two "head tubes". This way the maximum force the linkage and frame would be subjected to would be reduced, since at that point the force would go straight up to the stem and handlebar like on a regular fork.
DavidGuerra paulaston's article
Sep 4, 2017 at 15:13
Sep 4, 2017
Tune Bike Parts - Eurobike 2017
It would go well with this: https://goo.gl/hXTYrN
DavidGuerra AJBarlas's article
Aug 19, 2017 at 5:44
Aug 19, 2017
Specialized Update Enduro for 2018 - First Look - Crankworx Whistler 2017
@Jetbenny: I took some measures from the photos and the actual drop at the shaft would be only around 21mm. However because of the added slant, the rear extremity of the seat, which is what gets in the way, goes down by 85mm. So 85+115mm=200mm, which is quite satisfactory...
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