Posted in "Official XC/AM Tire discussion"
May 14, 2019 at 7:22May 14, 2019
Joeshreds mikelevy's article
May 2, 2019 at 14:02May 2, 2019
Point: Suspension Lockout Levers Have Made Bikes Worse
Mountain bikes will never get to the point that your 160mm enduro bike will pedal like a hardtail. Looking at the car industry you can either choose between comfort or speed, the only way you can get a comfortable ride that's nearly as fast (low body roll) as a harsher one is the predictive technology that Mercedes and other manufactures use that scan the road and will adjust the damping if you are about to hit a pothole or something. On a lower end but still nice car many will have the option to change between road, sport and track modes which will generally change the damping among other things, this is basically the same as a climb switch on a bike. I think most trail bikes should be able to climb decent without needing lock out, but if you want the ultimate downhill performance the pedaling is going suffer some because of that. Even in something like a dh World Cup you would ideally want lockout for sprinting on the pedaling sections to be able to achieve the fastest time. I think the cane creek "lockout" is exceptionally good on trail climbs but for road climbs when pedaling standing up I would prefer if there was an even firmer option. Honestly I think that geometry changes like the canyon shapeshifter or rockshox dual travel forks need to be more common and developed more. Has anyone ridden a climb on a modern bike and thought that the head angle was too steep or the front end too low? I have a bike with a 160/140 dual air shaft fork and reducing the travel so that the front end is 20mm lower makes much more of a difference to how that bike climbs on steep slopes than any shock lockout will. I think we have all accidently started a descent without opening the suspension back up before. If you use it regularly it's something that will just become habit, how often do you accidently start a descent with your dropper up or start a ride with out turning your gps or strava on?
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Apr 23, 2019 at 17:42Apr 23, 2019
Joeshreds lutzeichholz's article
Mar 28, 2019 at 12:08Mar 28, 2019
Video: Mountain Unicycling in the Wadi Rum Desert Jordan
Lol, there are actually multiple standards for unicycles though. 90mm for some freestyle and track racing ones, 100mm for almost everything else, and 125mm for fat bike ones. Plus your hub is also your crank spindle so you have isis, square taper, and a few proprietary unicycle ones, but most people just run Isis.
Joeshreds mikelevy's article
Mar 6, 2019 at 8:43Mar 6, 2019
The Explainer: What's the Deal with Linkage Forks?
They do. I would like to see a company make a "normal" two legged fork with needle bearings to see how much stiction they reduce compared to a normal bushing fork.
Joeshreds mikekazimer's article
Mar 5, 2019 at 10:32Mar 5, 2019
First Ride: Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Pro Carbon
@GRMTBR: How does it only tension the bottom? The chain is a closed loop assuming close to zero friction a piece of chain or rope will have the same tension throughout it. Think about a rope running through a pulley lifting a weight, the rope is going to be the same tension on either side of the pulley. The reason the chain seems to slap the top of the chain stay way more often than the bottom is just because the chain happens to be much closer to the chain stay on the top than the bottom.
Joeshreds pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 3, 2018 at 19:59Apr 3, 2018
Santa Cruz Bicycles Builds Custom Trials Bike For Danny MacAskill In-House - Video Bike Check
If you have a longer headtube in order to get the geometry right you end up pushing the top cap stem area into yourself when you do pedals kicks and those types of maneuvers, the same reason they use bars with so much rise and sweep. Also that stem isn't even that bad compared to comp trials bikes that can have up to 180mm stems with 35 degrees of rise, although they normally aren't quite that long.
Joeshreds paulaston's article
Mar 23, 2018 at 11:41Mar 23, 2018
Bike Check: Anthony Messere's Rose Bruce - Crankworx Rotorua 2018
I think if you run a 1/8" half link chain it would be fine, but less than ideal, although still better than a normal 1/8" chain on a nw. If you used a 3/32" half link chain you might have issues with it not wanting to sit on the nw ring.