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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:
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...
DavidGuerra vernonfelton's article
Aug 13, 2017 at 18:43
Aug 13, 2017
2018 Devinci Spartan - First Look
36t chainring max is bullshit. It would be quite enough with a 10-42 or 11-42 cassette, but in the age of 46t and 50t cogs, chainrings can grow proportionally. I would run a 40t chainring with an Eagle cassette (but not with this bike, which I will never buy because of this 36t limitation.
DavidGuerra mikekazimer's article
Aug 12, 2017 at 17:31
Aug 12, 2017
Cannondale Jekyll 2 - Review
No mention of the pathetically small (30t) chainring and the rear pivot that's set to match it? So the higher you go from there chainring-wise, the worse the bike will pedal. So in comes the travel adjuster. I much prefer a bike that actually pedals good at any travel than one that pedals bad at long travel, and a little better, but still bad, at short travel.
DavidGuerra mikelevy's article
Jun 27, 2017 at 8:52
Jun 27, 2017
Is Polygon's Square One EX9 the Elusive 'One Bike'? - Review
@WaterBear: The center of the arc made by the wheel's path is a little above the pivot that links the swingarm to the small linkage next to the slider. It could be described a somewhat high and forward virtual pivot position. Which sure gives better pedalling than the below chainline pivots that so many brands are favouring for the sake of less chaingrowth.
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