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Metacomet paulaston's article
Jul 12, 2018 at 6:09
Jul 12, 2018
More Randoms - Eurobike 2018
@mjcutri: Have you ever been to or watched a BMX race? You'll have a very hard time finding anyone beyond a few outliers running flats. I've yet to try a belt drive, but have heard fromfolks that have that the design purges mud, sand, snow etc. really well. The problems I have heard associated with the belt are that it cannot deal with a stick or small rocks getting in there at all and can quickly lead to a broken belt, and the precise tension and alignment requirements present some other challenges.
Metacomet mikelevy's article
Jun 26, 2018 at 12:30
Jun 26, 2018
Push Has A New Nomad-Ready Shock: ElevenSix SS
The set screw has a Delrin ball so it does not mar the threads. I really don’t see the problem here that you make it out to be. Simple, light, effective, strong, non-marring... what’s the issue again?
Metacomet danielsapp's article
Jun 15, 2018 at 13:46
Jun 15, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Use Tire Inserts?
Absolutely run inserts. CushCore. Will have a very very hard time running a bike without them going forward. Heavy? Are you serious? I want you to hand them to your toddler and tell them with a straight face that daddy’s not strong enough to pedal these around because they are too heavy. They weigh as much as a tube, but do not change the tire casings compliance and rolling resistance like a much heavier casing does. I’m honestly shocked there is so much hesitation from people to give them a try. For DH? I think you’d be mad not to run them. For trail/all-mountain? Yeah there too if you like to attack things and test how much you can get away with and deliberately take rough lines. I didn’t build my bikes to ride around all the bumps. Flats are so much less common now. The tire behavior and tracking and damping is so much improved. Sidewall stability is much much higher and I have not burped a tire since installing. And your rim is well protected from getting smashed. They’re not cheap, and they’re a bit of a process to install especially at first, but man it’s been so worth it in my mind.
Metacomet EnduroWorldSeries's article
May 10, 2018 at 6:57
May 10, 2018
Sam Hill's Thoughts on the 2018 EWS Season - Video
Yeeeahhh I would not say either come off as cocky at all. Hill is just SUPER modest and humble, ever grateful, quietly confident, and somehow perceived as the perpetual underdog even though he has the sharpest set of teeth in the litter. So much so, that if you wanted to look into it with a different set of eyes, you would probably see That as being ultra cocky. But its not. It's just a genuine person that loves what he is doing and has a great competitors spirit, in that he's really competing with his own personal expectations and only wishes the best for his competitors as well. Their greatest satisfaction in winning seems to come from riding their absolute best against the best competition in a clean race with no mechanicals or other environmental interference. Gwin is not cocky at all either. He just presents his confidence a little differently. Also, the public perception of him is as the top threat, so questions are often presented to him in this way and your expectations of his answers will reflect that as well. So when he calmly says, "Yeah if I ride my very best and put together a good run, I think I can win this race." you see that as cocky?? I just don't see it that way at all. These guys are all fiercely competitive in their own right and they have to remain confident to stay in the right mental space. After all, if you don't 100% believe you can win, why the fuck would you even try in the first place? That shit ain't easy and it comes at a cost. Now Palmer on the other hand... Palmer was what you would call Cocky.
Metacomet mikelevy's article
Mar 29, 2018 at 7:01
Mar 29, 2018
Should the Derailleur Die? Zerode's Gearbox-Equipped Taniwha - Review
@jackp: I feel like I recall from an earlier article/interview with Pinion, that it could in fact shift under load. It was more that the twist shifter could not generate the load required to make it happen. With electronic shifting and a reduction gear, it would probably be possible if this is the case. Levy mentioned in the article that the throw at the shifter was already pretty great between gears, so would not really be feasible to reduce it further without having an impractical amount of cable throw.
Metacomet RichardCunningham's article
Feb 12, 2018 at 10:58
Feb 12, 2018
Carbon vs Aluminum: Separating Environmental Fact From Fiction in the Frame Materials Debate
So here is a grand ol' idea I've had kicking around in my head for a while, that could really have some positive impacts all over the place and would perhaps be most realistic for carbon bicycle manufacturers due to fatigue resistance. A certified pre-owned resale for frames. What if the manufacturers partnered with their local bike shops and distributors to help move used bikes. You would bring your old frame to your local dealer and receive a trade-in credit. The manufacturer would subsidize this credit for the dealer. The dealer ships this frame to the manufacturer who performs a thorough inspection and x-ray to ensure the frame is not compromised. The manufacturer then certifies the frame and re-sells it at a significant savings to the consumer with an appropriate warranty through whatever channels they are using, be it direct to consumer or LBS. Manufacturer would still profit off the second sale, the LBS established a customer and made a sale or even two, the next consumer of the certified pre-owned frame saved a boat load of money on a frame they can trust and is warrantied, and you just executed the greatest form of recycling... Re-using. Too much to ask?
Metacomet paulaston's article
Jan 26, 2018 at 14:45
Jan 26, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: Does Bike Weight Matter?
Stability is part of it, but notice that part of the poll mentioned nothing about price, performance, or maintenance. Less weight would be nice of course to a point, but not at the expense of performance or increased maintenance or costing a non-maintainable amount of money. Cause you know, shit always breaks anyways. A rule I have for components and such is don't buy it unless you can afford to buy two of them, or the extra bit money ensures it outlasts two or more of something else.
Metacomet vernonfelton's article
Jan 18, 2018 at 6:43
Jan 18, 2018
What's the Deal With SRAM's DUB System? More Questions
This is Sram we are talking about. Its probably actually more like 28.99mm (+-.5mm)
Metacomet GoPro's article
Dec 24, 2017 at 11:19
Dec 24, 2017
'Tis The Season To Be Shredding Bikes
Santa rides an Ellsworth. These are truly desperate times.
Metacomet paulaston's article
Nov 3, 2017 at 12:37
Nov 3, 2017
Check Out - November
Rogue Hoes definitely do not use small spindly rake handles. Lol. More than sturdy enough for benching and cutting. I have a good collection of them, but the 40x is one of my favorite and most used on the trail. Very thick and stout blade and has stood up to a whole lot of rock smashing and prying while trying to bench, dig, and break up extremely rocky soil and go through roots like they’re not even there.
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