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SoDiezl350 henryquinney's article
Sep 14, 2021 at 10:45
Sep 14, 2021
Field Test: 2021 Commencal Meta Power - The Aluminum Sledge Hammer
I own a 2020 Meta Power Team. The company philosophy, which translates to the trail more than you'd expect, would for me be best summarized as unfocused. While I still consider it a good value, the cost to get the price that low is evident from the moment you click confirm order. I actually had to return the first bike because Commencal posted the wrong geometry for the 2020 Meta Power Ride. The geo chart claimed the reach was 475mm, but in actuality was the old model's 458mm. The $1500 more expensive Team seemed better in every way... except the tires which were 2.35 SG Magic Marys vs the Ride's 2.5 Assegais. The Ride also came with the more expensive Shimano charger (4.4A vs 1.8A). The first few rides were a bit unnerving. Commencal spec'd a block lock headset on the Meta Power that felt tight on the stand, but loose on the trail. Turns out the crown race wasn't pressed on the steerer fully. I had an Eagle GX drivetrain on my MKIII Nomad, so I had experience with how finicky it can be to get precise shifts across the whole range. That being said, I was able to get the Nomad shifting perfectly after dialing it in. This was not the case with the Meta Power, which never shifted perfectly, right up to the point where after 100 miles it started slipping the chain while in the 4th sprocket. Inspecting the cassette revealed a chipped tooth on the cassette. When I tried to warranty it through Commencal they told me cassettes are wear items, and despite the low mileage, the failure did not fall outside of what would be considered normal life for the cassette. I ended up giving the cassette to my friend, and replacing the drivetrain with a Shimano Hyperglide +. If I was going to be replacing cassettes every 100 miles, I wasn't going to spend $200 each time. My friend slapped it on his bike, and low and behold... it shifts perfectly. Meanwhile my Hyperglide +, while considerably better, is still not up to the level I'd expect from a brand new Shimano drivetrain. It was around this time that I started experiencing an unnerving feeling while feathering the rear brake going over rough terrain. The Code RSC have fantastic modulation, and yet I was always finding myself unexpectedly locking up the rear wheel. After eating it pretty hard on a steep and gnarly trail, I decided to do a deep dive into the bike to try to figure out what was happening. What I found was a significant amount of lateral play between the hub and the rear end. To be clear, this isn't leverage induced deflection, but a distinct click clack indicative of the presence of excessive clearance. I swapped wheels to see if it was a flaw with the hub, but the click clack persisted. I busted out the dial calipers, and the axle checked out fine. I even put retaining compound between the axle and the hub just to ensure the play was in fact not coming from the axle to hub interface. As of right now the source of the click clack still remains a mystery. It does however seem to be the source of the imprecise shifting and accelerated cassette wear. What it most likely will end up being is one of the bearing bores in the linkage being too large, resulting in the bearing shifting under load. Of course being direct to consumer, the warranty process requires video evidence of such an issue. Capturing freeplay on the order of thousands of an inch is much better felt than seen, and given that the current projected availability of Commencal's bikes is at the earliest late spring 2022, I'm viewing the warranty process as a last resort.
Rode in SkyPark at Santa's Village. view ridelog ebike
Aug 12, 2021 at 17:06
Aug 12, 2021
SoDiezl350 seb-stott's article
Aug 5, 2021 at 14:05
Aug 5, 2021
Ask Pinkbike: Tire Sag, Negative Volume Spacers & Bearing Lifespan?
I'm going to guess here and say the chamber volume is converted into linear units by fixing the diametric chamber as a constant. At least that seems to be how rock shox prefers to define it. https://www.sram.com/globalassets/document-hierarchy/service-manuals/rockshox/rockshox-suspension-theory-guide-rev-c.pdf
Rode in Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. view ridelog ebike
Dec 6, 2020 at 14:09
Dec 6, 2020
Selling
Oct 11, 2020 at 12:10
Oct 11, 2020
SoDiezl350 sarahmoore's article
Oct 9, 2020 at 10:20
Oct 9, 2020
Annika Langvad Announces Immediate Retirement from Professional XC Racing
@Ds1234: http://gnarcouch.com/2019/12/29/dentist-vows-to-ride-mountain-bike-more-than-one-season/ However, he plans to wait to purchase a new bike, a bold move for a dentist. Bicycle industry research shows that dentists are the group of people most likely to buy a high-dollar bike at the beginning of each season. In particular, they are fond of carbon 29-inch trail bikes, according to the most recent data. “Waiting was a tough decision,” said Trevor. “I know I’ll be missing out on some great Strava times without the upgrade, but I can take comfort in the fact that I’m buying a new pair of DPS Lotus Alchemist skis.” While the Thursday night group now has a leg up on Trevor, he says he’ll be unstoppable during his five visits to Alta.
Aug 27, 2020 at 14:03
Aug 27, 2020
quotes Lunch Ride
12.6 km - 00:57 - 4 achievements
SoDiezl350 mikekazimer's article
Jul 7, 2020 at 13:48
Jul 7, 2020
First Ride: RockShox's New Zeb Fork
@Jshemuel: Is there actual data to back this up or is this just conjecture? Ignoring for a moment the LGBTQ community, I see a greater diversity in age, sex, and race while riding trails, than of almost any other sport activity. I also find mountain bikers to be some of the friendliest, least judgemental, and down to earth people. With the significant increase in affordable trail ready bikes, the only thing keeping James Jackson Sacramento He Him from riding is trail chatter sensory overload.
Rode in Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. view ridelog ebike
Jun 17, 2020 at 22:07
Jun 17, 2020
SoDiezl350 dan-roberts's article
Jun 15, 2020 at 20:22
Jun 15, 2020
Bike Check: Kurtis Downs' Fezzari Signal Peak Slopestyle
@GoCougars: La Sal is a census-designated place in northeastern San Juan County, Utah, United States. The population was 339 at the 2000 census. The name comes from the La Sal Mountains which means in Spanish "The Salt".
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