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JDFF RichardCunningham's article
Jul 20, 2018 at 13:35
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Pinkbike Poll: How Long is Your Average Mountain Bike Ride?
Would love to see this sort of poll for distances and vertical. And separate categories for pedal, lifts, shuttles, e bike.
JDFF swarfcycles's article
Jul 6, 2018 at 10:31
Jul 6, 2018
Swarf Cycles Releases Contour 29er
@speed10: ok, I'm in agreement that any suspension frame is going to rely on the suspension design and shock set up more than frame material. But I'm lost in how that makes my original point invalid? I guess the point I'm trying to make is steel suspension frames are likely unnecessarily heavier than carbon or aluminum. It seems that this just increases "cool factor" for a select few, but IMO, not worth the weight. I do think steel is the optimum material for modern slack hardtails. I personally own a steel hardtail as well as carbon and aluminum suspension bikes. (Chris97a has a somewhat valid point that steel may still have feel characteristics of value in a steel suspension frame. I won't argue that, but at that point its so subtle that it's not worth the weight IMO.) Also- for what its worth, I'm not a weight weenie, all my bikes are 30-33lb range.
JDFF swarfcycles's article
Jul 5, 2018 at 16:42
Jul 5, 2018
Swarf Cycles Releases Contour 29er
I've already seen a few PP Shan o5's on PB buy and sell. I wonder why they were so quick to be sold by original owners?
JDFF swarfcycles's article
Jul 5, 2018 at 16:33
Jul 5, 2018
Swarf Cycles Releases Contour 29er
@Chris97a: This is a very good point. It's certainly a question of how subtle the flex would be and if it were noticible. Frame design, hubs, and rims would factor in also. I totally get what you are saying, but for a full suspension bike I think I would rather have aluminum/carbon over steel and play around with suspension tune and maybe even wheelsets, if getting into the lateral feel of a bike. On a semi related note, I have come to the conclusion that carbon rims are too stiff for a steel hardtail. On my hardtail I run good old fashioned aluminum hoops. But on my full suspension bike carbon rims are acceptable.
JDFF swarfcycles's article
Jul 5, 2018 at 16:25
Jul 5, 2018
Swarf Cycles Releases Contour 29er
@filmdrew: I'm highly skeptical of this claim. Are you comparing steel apples to aluminum apples?
JDFF swarfcycles's article
Jul 5, 2018 at 14:09
Jul 5, 2018
Swarf Cycles Releases Contour 29er
@speed10: carbon and aluminum are not good materials for a hardtail, unless going for a lightweight xc bike (where weight is more important than comfort or durability). Anyone thinking about a carbon or aluminum modern slacked out geo hardtail is missing the point of a steel hardtail.
JDFF swarfcycles's article
Jul 5, 2018 at 12:46
Jul 5, 2018
Swarf Cycles Releases Contour 29er
@Spark24: I hear what you are saying and can respect that opinion. I just see modern steel hardtails as filling the void of being badass and making things less boring. Steel full suspension trail bikes are like taking a Camero and putting a Prius engine in it. Nothing wrong with either, but don't mix the two!
JDFF swarfcycles's article
Jul 5, 2018 at 9:23
Jul 5, 2018
Swarf Cycles Releases Contour 29er
@MonkeyPuzzle: why not steel handlebars and a steel stem? Just to be a little different.......
JDFF swarfcycles's article
Jul 5, 2018 at 8:24
Jul 5, 2018
Swarf Cycles Releases Contour 29er
@bubbrubb: plus big floppy tires squirm .
JDFF swarfcycles's article
Jul 5, 2018 at 8:05
Jul 5, 2018
Swarf Cycles Releases Contour 29er
If you are down voting this, no problem, but please explain?
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