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PrivilegedBikeR sarahmoore's article
Dec 5, 2021 at 14:44
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PrivilegedBikeR edspratt's article
Jan 23, 2021 at 17:45
Jan 23, 2021
Gravaa's New Wheels Will Allow Tire Pressure Adjustments While Riding
Wow, what peace of mind this must bring, until you happen to bust the spoke the hose is on, which punctures the hose and the tire slowly deflates.
PrivilegedBikeR jamessmurthwaite's article
Nov 18, 2020 at 17:01
Nov 18, 2020
Former Bike Mag Staff to Create New MTB Title at Pocket Outdoor Media
Why is it that everything that falls apart only to be put back together has to be called Phoenix in one way or another? As a team of writers, I would think they could be more creative. Anyway, I miss the youtube videos and the magazine. I wish them luck.
PrivilegedBikeR mikelevy's article
Oct 10, 2020 at 11:40
Oct 10, 2020
Review: e*thirteen's New Helix R Wide Range Cassette
@hamncheez: And? I wouldn't consider any of those either.
PrivilegedBikeR mikelevy's article
Oct 10, 2020 at 11:36
Oct 10, 2020
Review: e*thirteen's New Helix R Wide Range Cassette
@bertbc: Yeah, I looked into it a little later and saw that. I thought Sram had stopped other companies from making XD cassettes. It's nice to see we have another choice.
PrivilegedBikeR mikelevy's article
Oct 8, 2020 at 20:14
Oct 8, 2020
Review: e*thirteen's New Helix R Wide Range Cassette
Umm, the cassette doesn't wear much as long as you are using a good chain that is properly lubed. If you let that chain stretch and keep on using it, that is when the cassette starts wearing. There is no real need for two chain whips. It is way easier to use one whip and the bike's chain. E13 is doing something useful. Who else makes a cassette for an XD driver that you can buy in the states? I'm pretty sure it is just E13 and Sram. They are making a smaller and lighter cassette with more range. It's hard to argue against that. If you want a sunrace cassette that weighs twice as much, have at it.
PrivilegedBikeR mikelevy's article
Oct 8, 2020 at 20:00
Oct 8, 2020
Review: e*thirteen's New Helix R Wide Range Cassette
One of the first hits on google links to the MTBR post that says it is "utter garbage." Considering it weights at over a pound, it isn't worth any consideration.
PrivilegedBikeR mikelevy's article
Oct 8, 2020 at 19:53
Oct 8, 2020
Review: e*thirteen's New Helix R Wide Range Cassette
I've bee using the TRS+ race 11 speed cassette for some time now. Installing it was rough. It took me a month...including a LBS visit where they made it clear that the cassette would not fit the driver. In the end, E13 manned up and sent me a fresh aluminum half of the cassette that would fit my driver and it installed in minutes. It seems E13 had some issues with tolerances between different driver manufactures. Hopefully they have that sorted out by now. Regardless of that mess, I've been very happy with that cassette. I must say, I don't understand the point of 12 speed. 11 is enough. I wasn't feeling so great when I saw that the TRS cassette was dropped from their website. If I remember correctly, the Helix is a little heavier than the TRS Race. That might be a good thing. The colors are a bummer. I liked the all black look of the TRS. It was relatively unique. IF my buddies thought I was running a cheap SunRace, that's on them. The Helix just looks like a Garbaruk cassette. Maybe next time I'll get a Garbaruk to avoid the possible install complications. It is sad that Sram has that cassette design locked down to the point that no one can sell a XD completable cassette in the states without it being some Rube Goldberg-esque setup. Thankfully E13 found a way around it. Meanwhile, Sram could make their own 11 speed cassette that adds a little more range but that would cut into selling all of us fools on a full 12 speed group. I would rather save a little money and weight by sticking with what I have.
PrivilegedBikeR jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 4, 2020 at 22:43
Jun 4, 2020
Cane Creek Releases Longer Travel Version of the Thudbuster Suspension Seatpost
I see many people who do not understand this product. I've been using the ST version of this product for a decade on my rigid steel 29er. I've never had a problem with it. Between my 2.4 inch tires and this seat post, it's a very comfortable ride. I am not bike packer. I use this bike as a mountain bike. There are some wild trails that I'm just as comfortable on this bike as I am on my 6" enduro. But the choppy bumps are the real problem on a rigid frame bike. My arms do take a beating here and there. Before I had this seat post, my balls took that beating. When it gets choppy, with no suspension, a bucking bronco effect is created. A rigidly mounted seat moves fast in those moments. Avoiding that shot to the nuts is worth adding 200 grams to my bike. Also, when digging deep on a road climb, I find myself pushing into the seat as a way to adjust it for better position for that moment. I love that bike and the Thudbuster ST is the only reason I kept it around. That being said, the long travel version is dumb. Just like so many of you, I don't get it. Although, just like the ST, I'm sure some people find it necessary in some applications. I just don't understand what those applications are or why the 1.3 inches of travel on the ST are not enough.
PrivilegedBikeR mikekazimer's article
Jun 2, 2020 at 18:13
Jun 2, 2020
12 of the Best 2020 Flat Pedals Ridden & Rated
Really? I guess I have my opinion on the topic but all of these pedals cost too much and/or weigh too much. The classic VP Components VP-001 out classes all of these. Lighter than everything here and I don't think I have ever paid more than $50 for a set. It's not for full-on downhill racing but I've been using them for years on several bikes and I've never had a problem.
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