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DragontalesDH vernonfelton's article
Oct 20, 2017 at 15:06
2 days
Riding Rigid is Ridiculous - Opinion
@WAKIdesigns: I wish I had such a luxury. Most of the trails in my part of East Tennessee are barely rough at best, save for the DH runs which are proper steep and rocky. The main takeaway here is that contrary to the article, there are definitely still places a rigid can outrun anything else!
DragontalesDH vernonfelton's article
Oct 20, 2017 at 8:38
2 days
Riding Rigid is Ridiculous - Opinion
@WAKIdesigns: I raced DH for many years. Now due to injuries I spend nearly all my time on XC and road bikes. I happened to have come across a cheap rigid XC bike that weighs nothing and has wide range 1x gears. I pass people on the downs with it all the time during any XC adventure! It has become one of my favorite bikes even tho it's not entirely practical in most cases.
DragontalesDH vernonfelton's article
Oct 6, 2017 at 8:36
Oct 6, 2017
DragontalesDH mikelevy's article
Sep 22, 2017 at 18:24
Sep 22, 2017
TRP's Less Expensive Four-Piston Brake - Interbike 2017
@inventor: most bike shops should have those laying around in a spare small parts bin of some sort. Would probably give one to you. However you don't need the screw. Just about about anything will work. A standard cotter pin will work. Or if you have any women in your life barrow a Bobby pin
DragontalesDH mikelevy's article
Sep 21, 2017 at 5:38
Sep 21, 2017
Carbon Fiber Valve Stems, An Improved Dropper, and 6D's Updated Helmets - Interbike 2017
@Henk-K: I remember in an article not too long ago here on PB that Blenki was using weights on the opposite side of this valve stem to counteract the hop. said it made the wheel a bit more quiet at high speeds.
DragontalesDH ReyGaetan's article
Sep 20, 2017 at 14:33
Sep 20, 2017
Mashup: Nico Vink and Friends' Season of Shred in Bikepark Châtel - Video
@gonzoracing: not sure what your on about. I think we are saying the same thing just in a different way. My only point was that if you force a pile of soil into a shape that exceeds that natural angle of repose stuff won't grow. When doing back slope of a bench cut or the back fill of a berm (as in this case) if you keep that angle inside of repose (as it appears they did) stuff will grow back over time "completing" the look of the trail. We are saying the same thing. Don't get ye panties in a bunch.
DragontalesDH mikelevy's article
Sep 20, 2017 at 13:52
Sep 20, 2017
TRP's Less Expensive Four-Piston Brake - Interbike 2017
@inventor: not very easily. As has already been said. The new shimanos are designed to be bled 1 way so if you force fluid back thru the lever it will just squirt out the sides of the reservoir. ive heard of people using a thinner bleed block to accomplish this but with varying results.
DragontalesDH mikelevy's article
Sep 20, 2017 at 6:54
Sep 20, 2017
TRP's Less Expensive Four-Piston Brake - Interbike 2017
@jflb: ah... I guess I will have to explain my self after all. Listen up half-whits. Ahemmm: Off the start you will find that pressure (hydraulics) and surface friction (pads) are components of braking force so idk why you are trying to separate the two. Listen close to the rest of this rant. With the cam system employed in the lever pivot you get a lot more fluid displacement in the first bit of lever throw than in the rest. The first bit is exponential leverage while the rest is more linear. Shimano calls this servo wave. It's responsible for their "slam shut" feeling. TRP uses similar trickery. If you have the pad contact way out there so the pads are a mile apart then you used that huge hop up of fluid before your ever make contact with the rotor. The only bonus to this is that you can run a bent rotor with no issues. My slates came stock this way. Mechanically you just can't force as much fluid into the caliper in the second half of the lever throw as you can in the first half. It's not a perfectly linear rate as so many people seem to think. It's designed this way on purpose. So if you set those pads a whole lot closer to your rotors suddenly you make pad contact with the rotors while that cam is still in the exponential portion of the leverage curve. Which means you are capable of slamming exponentially more pressure down on those pads. Not only will it make the lever feel a lot more solid, it will reward you with a TON more pressure on the pads pressing against the rotors when you clamp down. Which in turn creates more stopping force. Sure pressure and surface friction are two different variables but it takes both to create a braking force. You can't separate the two if we are talking about slowing a moving bicycle. And if you run your levers really close to the bar like I do then you definitely appreciate that short and tight lever feel.
DragontalesDH mikelevy's article
Sep 19, 2017 at 15:14
Sep 19, 2017
TRP's Less Expensive Four-Piston Brake - Interbike 2017
Not only is that a yes they accept it. But they also come stock with it. TRP and Shimano are identical oils
DragontalesDH mikelevy's article
Sep 19, 2017 at 15:13
Sep 19, 2017
TRP's Less Expensive Four-Piston Brake - Interbike 2017
@Wheelersmtbholidays: well... It was there a few months ago when I needed it but now I can't find it either!
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