JustinVP

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Apr 11, 2024 at 17:45
Apr 11, 2024
JustinVP Project321's article
Apr 8, 2024 at 12:42
Apr 8, 2024
Project321 Launch Canadian-Made G3 Hubs
I just here for the silence.
JustinVP mattbeer's article
Mar 28, 2024 at 10:21
Mar 28, 2024
Review: 6 Months on the New Race Face Era Carbon Wheels
@souknaysh: Agreed. If they offered them with DT350 hubs I'd buy them tomorrow. I don't do loud or unreliable hubs.
JustinVP mikekazimer's article
Mar 19, 2024 at 12:41
Mar 19, 2024
First Ride: Atherton S170 - Long Travel & Lugged Aluminum
@intensemack10: Yes it works, but they need to be spread out fairly aggressively - use needle nose pliers and bend them right at the base. I have the brakes on both of my bikes and have gone through many sets of pads. I have my bikes set up suuuper quiet, no rattles, quiet hubs. The brakes don't rattle. Metallic pads are noisy as always in the wet or certain dust (been this way on Shimano, SRAM as well). If you want super quiet without losing wet control the Galfer greens (Race, I think) are the way - but they wear out faster than OEM metallic pads. I need to try Galfer purple (e-bike compound) next.
JustinVP mikekazimer's article
Mar 19, 2024 at 9:12
Mar 19, 2024
First Ride: Atherton S170 - Long Travel & Lugged Aluminum
Yep, Dominions are the best of all worlds in high-end brakes. The do always rattle out of the box. Gotta spread those spring spacers really, really wide, then they're fine for the life of the pads. That's literally their only flaw.
JustinVP newmencomponents's article
Mar 5, 2024 at 11:56
Mar 5, 2024
Newmen Launches New Phase 30 & Beskar 30 MTB Wheels
Good hubs, I have them on a Newmen wheelset that sees abuse. Best almost-silent option out there. Only downside is you need a special tool to service them, but it's not that expensive. 32 pt engagement, which is fine for me (I've had higher, don't care). Oh, and you can't buy them in N America, but R2 bike ships them. Honestly, they're the only mid-priced quiet and reliable hub on the market. I can't overstate how much I despise loud or unreliable hubs (cough, cough, EVERYONE).
JustinVP dariodigiulio's article
Feb 6, 2024 at 16:36
Feb 6, 2024
Forge & Bond Release New Budget-Minded Thermoplastic Wheelset
@Muscovir: That's just funny talk. I've personally killed at least 3 aluminum frames where fatigue was a big part of why they died. A couple of them had cracks at multiple welds after 5 years and a lot of miles. Yeah, I've been riding for a long time. Never done that to carbon. I'm not saying carbon is always better, it's not, and burly aluminum frames do fine. Lightweight aluminum fatigues, just as lightweight carbon cracks from impacts. Lightweight carbon doesn't fatigue.
JustinVP dariodigiulio's article
Feb 6, 2024 at 9:13
Feb 6, 2024
Forge & Bond Release New Budget-Minded Thermoplastic Wheelset
@wyorider: I killed a porky aluminum DH frame from a rock doing that. Sometimes s*** happens.
JustinVP jessiemaymorgan's article
Dec 29, 2023 at 15:10
Dec 29, 2023
JustinVP mattwragg's article
Dec 22, 2023 at 14:38
Dec 22, 2023
Matt Wragg's 2024 Predictions
I couldn’t disagree more with this quote: “I firmly believe that enduro racing is the biggest change to mountain biking since it left the hills of Marin County and is here to stay, nothing else has changed the bikes we ride and how we ride them so completely.“ Where I’m at in the PNW (or PSW for my read-leaf brothers and sisters) we’ve been riding the same stuff in the same way since the 90’s. Sure there’s fewer skinnies now and the drops actually have transitions, but most of what we did, and do, is ride up big chonky hills and go back down near our personal limit. Freeride is dead, long live freeride. Enduro is dead, long live enduro. FreeeeeDuuuuurOooooooo!
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