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Harry-O edspratt's article
Jul 30, 2019 at 7:03
Jul 30, 2019
XC Fantasy Mid Season Analysis
What the hell happened to Emily Batty?
Harry-O Tajlucas's article
Jun 23, 2019 at 10:27
Jun 23, 2019
The MTB Aesthetic - Sunday Comics with Taj Mihelich
@BikesBoatsNJeeps: I think those are armstrong/lever shocks. The rotary vane damper is a bit different. It offers interesting packaging options.
Harry-O Tajlucas's article
Jun 23, 2019 at 6:01
Jun 23, 2019
The MTB Aesthetic - Sunday Comics with Taj Mihelich
Waaaay to mainstream. Semi-seriously, I have always thought that there might be some place for rotary dampers in MTB design. F1 championships have been won with them, and their inherent limitation would be less of a problem in an MTB. SO rotary damper/gearbox sharing the same casting! Plus 150mm Lefty, and mic drop.
Harry-O RichardCunningham's article
Jun 22, 2019 at 4:17
Jun 22, 2019
Pinkbike Poll: Who's Breaking Bikes These Days?
@Klainmeister: It is the slightly twisted cages that are the worst. Hanger straight, cage looks ok but you can only use 9 of 12 cogs. You get to choose if it skips cogs up high or down low though.
Harry-O RichardCunningham's article
Jun 5, 2019 at 6:36
Jun 5, 2019
6 Clip-In Trail Pedals Ridden & Rated
@seraph: We were of the same mind for a while, but we found when someone came in looking for some variation on the word "clip" and then were corrected and given a history lesson we came off as standoffish and less than welcoming of new people to the sport. We feel we didn't need to be more of an old boys club than necessary. MInd you this isn't limited to those looking to shred, it was common for many riders, including casual hybrid grandma, newbie road commuter, old guy who thinks its a great idea to get in shape by riding his rigid gary fisher... It is just better to roll with it and explain the virtues of the different systems. We train our guys to refer to the specific technology SPD, Crank Brothers, ect. in those conversations. That way we are always setting an example using correct terminology, but not creating a barrier to communication.
Harry-O edspratt's article
Apr 7, 2019 at 6:22
Apr 7, 2019
The Tech Behind the New Atherton Bikes
I think the customization from an individual standpoint is overrated, within the confined of DH. The ability to rapidly go from an idea to sellable product is more important. Customization is more about always have the most up to date concept than 1cm different in shoulder width or inseam length in 5 riders who are 180cm tall. Continuously optimized cable routing? Best dropper post integrations? All things that sometimes have to wait for a model cycle to get introduced.
Harry-O edspratt's article
Apr 7, 2019 at 6:14
Apr 7, 2019
The Tech Behind the New Atherton Bikes
It will be interesting how they bring this to retail. As has been pointed out what people say they want and what they actually like when they ride do not always match up, as the disconnect between marketing terms and what is actually happening in an engineering sense gets wider and wider. Getting appropriate measurements from consumers is quite a challenge. Most people can't describe their own heigh accurately let alone inseam, wingspan and so forth. Mountainbike fit studio? It is good to be starting on DH stuff with a custom bike just because it can be one-dimensional in comparison to a "trail" or "enduro" bike, as there is no agreement on what those things are or should do. I am looking forward to as much coverage of their bikes as possible.
Harry-O mikelevy's article
Mar 27, 2019 at 5:36
Mar 27, 2019
Inside Look: Vittoria's New Graphene 2.0 Tire Technology
How much does graphene cost by weight? Is there enough graphene in the tire to actually make a difference? They have been using it in other sporting goods, implying that it is a structural element in the composite, for years, and I assure you in those products it doesn't matter a lick. I would accept that a smaller amount could make a larger difference in a tire compound, just because I don't know how tire compounds work. Or are they using graphene oxide? Which while a cool additive, is not "graphene" and doesn't have all of the amazeballs mechanical properties of pure graphene.
Jun 15, 2018 at 7:11
Jun 15, 2018

Cannondale Frankenscalpel 27+ Large

$800 USD
29er XC bike rebuilt as a 27+ trail bike. The base of the bike is a 2013 aluminum Scalpel 3 frame, Lefty and shock. The Lefty and the shock have about 25 hours of riding on them since their last service. All other items were put on when I converted the bike from an XC race bike to something more trail ready. I removed the OPI stem and steerer and put in a Project321 unit so this bike uses standard 1 1/8 stems. I also flipped the headset spacer from top to bottom in order to slack the bike out slightly. Wheels are Ibis 738 rims built with American Classic hubs and DT Swiss Supercomp spokes. Front tire is a Schwalbe Nobby Nic 3.0, the rear tire is a WTB Trailblazer 2.8. The staggered size helps to slack the bike a bit more XTR Shifter is paired with an XT rear modified with a Wolf Tooth Goatlink to work with a 10spd 11-42 cassette. It is a BB30 SRAM X9 crank with a 28t Wolf Tooth Powertrac elliptical chainring. Brakes are brand new Shimano Deore M6000 units front and back.

Harry-O mikelevy's article
May 31, 2018 at 4:06
May 31, 2018
Video: The Cannondale / Pong Concept Bike
One of the awesome things about the rear of the bike is that form factor would have allowed the use of a rotary damper (instead of linear) integrated into frame/swing arm pivot, which is awesome. Also, I am no patent lawyer, but I am willing to bet any new suspension design built around something like that wouldn't have to clear a million existing patents.
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