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Inclag sarahmoore's article
Sep 19, 2022 at 14:32
Sep 19, 2022
Results: US Open of MTB 2022
Kid hit the berm ahead of the last woods section more committed than any other rider from my vantage point. Seems like he'll be mixing up at the WC level. Otherwise, great event. Shame the rain rolled in at the end of everything. Surprised to see Jackson Goldstone struggling a little. Perhaps the relative tameness of the track factored in? Was surprised that the old US Open track wasn't used.
Inclag edspratt's article
Aug 13, 2022 at 14:14
Aug 13, 2022
Inclag edspratt's article
Jul 4, 2022 at 7:18
Jul 4, 2022
Inclag edspratt's article
Jul 2, 2022 at 10:28
Jul 2, 2022
Inclag edspratt's article
Jun 25, 2022 at 14:06
Jun 25, 2022
Sinter's $180 Elite Brake Pads Use Titanium & Gold
@psyfi: They did have a 'bite' to them upon installation. It just got overwhelmed quickly. All in all, I would say it's a product where you get what you pay for. Downhills racing is havoc on parts even for us non-wc riders. I could see why some folks are evangelist of the pads.
Inclag edspratt's article
Jun 25, 2022 at 10:39
Jun 25, 2022
Sinter's $180 Elite Brake Pads Use Titanium & Gold
For people considering Trucker Co. pads I wanted to offer another opinion. I thought they were trash. Installed some on my bike during dh race practice last year, and removed them after 3 runs due to glazing over and that they became dangerous. I originally purchased them due to people recommending them online. I will not purchase again. Would not recommend. That said, I'll acknowledge that I was probably putting the hurt on the pads moreso than other riders so there are likely scenarios where these are a reasonable and cheap pad. I just wouldn't label them as high performance.
Inclag edspratt's article
Jun 25, 2022 at 10:32
Jun 25, 2022
Sinter's $180 Elite Brake Pads Use Titanium & Gold
Titanium has good thermal conductivity. That statement made no sense to me as well
Jun 20, 2022 at 13:18
Jun 20, 2022
Inclag microshift's article
Apr 6, 2022 at 18:30
Apr 6, 2022
MicroShift Launches 1x Drivetrain For 20" Wheel Bikes (And Up)
The issue in my mind is that the wide range/reduced gear count cassettes are an order of magnitude lesser quality in terms of materials and precision as the wide range stuff. Don't get me wrong, I shifted--teeheee-- away from wide range to an 11-42 8 speed drivetrain since I see multiple gears as superfluous. A ~20% gear reduction between gears qualitatively works for me just fine and for the time being I can still muster the strength to crank a 42t top gear with a 29er and 1500g tires. Anyway, I moved to a 9spd SRAM shifter and an 11spd mid cage Shimano XT w/an 8 speed cassette. The shifter and RD combo is awesome. The cassette (an MS Alcolyte) is working OK, but it's strained and bent a little due to the molder steel used. It's still going, but I'd kill for a higher quality 8 speed cassette.
Inclag pinkbikeoriginals's article
Jan 4, 2022 at 18:42
Jan 4, 2022
Video: $450 vs. $2000 Suspension - Budget vs. Baller Episode 4
@jensonusa: Thanks for the input as to your support on the series. It's cool that you guys are able and willing to support things like this. I'll freely admit I haven't watched the videos because a) like all PB users, I check the comments section first, and b) based on my comment review it seems like there is little to learn or take away from comparing high end components to 'Take a flyer on it' Aliexpress parts. Personally I'd love to see PB put a different spin on this if they give the concept a second go around. I'd like to offer up my suggestion. Give 4 PB staffers the challenge to commit to a single 'daily driver' bike for an entire bike season/year and have them all commit to some low stakes informal weekday race series or wednesday park day rides or the likes. Make sure that the riding or racing falls under the heavy trail or enduro category to ensure drama......a race series of sorts would be preferable to ensure pushing the products to their limits or a reasonable end of year mileage goal..... These bikes must be used whenever not testing products and must be used for the aforementioned committed weekly rides, party laps, beer store runs, etc.... Total mileage and usage must be logged.... Rider #1 is able to select a 'Baller Ride'. This bike can be brand spanking new with whatever components rider desires (within reason). This rider can replace parts as needed only with the support of a bike shop (Jenson or local affiliate to perform work/support). Shop time and cost must be captured. Rider #2 is able to select a 'Performance Ride'. This rider would have a set $7000 USD budget to purchase and to support their bike maintenance for the year. Maintenance cost must be properly captured and ding the budget... New tires, pads, inserts, tubeless sealant, fork/shock service, chain lube/chains, aftermarket suspension, etc. Maintenance cost through a shop must also ding the budget as should any shipping cost. Any sweat equity maintenance time work must be logged. $7000 budget seems fair if one were to consider a $5-6k bike and $1-2k for maintenance. Rider #3 is able to select a 'Budget Ride'. This rider would have a set $4000 USD budget to purchase and to support their bike. As with rider #2, the same maintenance rules apply within the budget constraints. There are several brands offering base build bikes in the $2-$3k range so this seems like a fair challenge. Finally rider #4 is stuck with a 'Dirt Bag' $3k budget. This budget is perhaps the most challenging. Do you purchase a new bike at $2k or less with lesser quality components but warranty or go for something a couple years older through PB classified or a demo bike sale? Same maintenance rules apply. With this budget we're likely talking much more sweat equity maintenance time. Wheel relaxing, fork/shock servicing, etc.... All riders would need to maintain a ledger and clock in and out all their maintenance time. What would be interesting about this would be several things in my mind. Would the baller bike require the same maintenance as the other bikes? If so how does that cost add up in working exclusively with an LBS and what would be the total ding and what's the reviewers perception of the bike and not having to do their own maintenance? Is there any differences between a baller and performance bike? Are there things that the rider learns to deal with because they don't want to drop $$$ on something they are unable to afford? Would they try to sell some parts new off the bike to try to customize it more to their liking? How about the budget and dirt bag bikes? Are they durable and do they require more maintenance? Is the warranty worth it at a $1k difference? How much extra time may an owner spend maintaining their bike if bought used or budget? Do they need to bum parts from fellow riders at a race? Relace wheels late at night? Is trying to save a few bucks affecting their normal job due to lack of time? Would trying to save a little more be worth it in the long run? This IMO would be fascinating.....
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