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Nov 6, 2017 at 18:14
Nov 6, 2017
POV: Rémy Métailler's Winning Run - Taxco Urban Downhill
@theminsta: don't think they were being serious somehow. Remy has put time into numerous world cup winners at races in Whistler, he's legitimately up there with the fastest in the world.
Socket RichardCunningham's article
Nov 3, 2017 at 8:37
Nov 3, 2017
BikeYoke Revive Dropper Post - Review
You could, but the problem is that you probably would...
Nov 2, 2017 at 8:43
Nov 2, 2017
Who Wants to Win a Helm Coil 27.5 Fork?
@Poulsbojohnny: Ti is crazy expensive to make springs out of compared to steel. It also breaks a lot in fork springs. Progressive coil springs are actually not very viable. They weigh a ton, cost a lot, need to be far longer than you can fit in an SC fork, and it's hard to get any meaningful ramp out of them anyway. As an example, the progressively wound Race Only Springs say they have a 15% increase in spring rate from 70% onwards. That means you get 30% of the travel with a 15% increased spring rate (note RATE not force). If the initial spring rate is a 40lbs/in (same as a Fox 40) then bottoming it with a linear coil would take 8 x 40 = 320lbs/in, but with the 15% increase in rate starting from 70% travel it takes 334.4lbs to bottom. The difference in bottoming force is literally not even 5%.
Socket RockyMountainBicycles's article
Oct 31, 2017 at 17:18
Oct 31, 2017
Socket leelau's article
Oct 28, 2017 at 17:58
Oct 28, 2017
Golden and Kicking Horse: Alpine Rides of Interior British Columbia's TransCanada Highway - Part 1
@nateb: there are plenty of parts that are rideable - awkwardly - by a handful of people, and maybe you are one of them, but even for the majority of experienced riders there is quite a lot of walking going on there. Like a lot of alpine rides, it's something I enjoyed for the views and just being in the alpine, but not so much for the trail itself. Until LSD anyway, that trail is fucking amazing.
Socket leelau's article
Oct 28, 2017 at 11:45
Oct 28, 2017
Golden and Kicking Horse: Alpine Rides of Interior British Columbia's TransCanada Highway - Part 1
Sweet article. Does somewhat under-represent the amount of hiking that T4 involves though... it's basically a hiking trail with a few rideable parts until you get down to treeline.
Socket RichardCunningham's article
Oct 18, 2017 at 9:35
Oct 18, 2017
TranzX Dropper Seatpost - Review
@wallheater: yeah, but not just being oval for the sake of oval, it was claimed in the patent as part of their light weight and the controlled "mechanical fuse" whereby the post would bend before the clamp failed. There were mentions of the spherical bolt heads in there as I originally said, but unlike my original statement, the spherical bolt head concept wasn't the main thrust of the patent. Patent link here
Socket RichardCunningham's article
Oct 17, 2017 at 22:34
Oct 17, 2017
TranzX Dropper Seatpost - Review
@deeeight: I actually never mentioned anything about Thomson inventing the two bolt seat clamp (because I wasn't sure who did), just citing them as the oldest example I could think of - and RC has been involved in bikes for 20+ years longer than me. I thought they had a patent on the spherical bolt heads, but I remembered incorrectly (from an article in AMB from about 2003) - the spherical bolts weren't what was patented, it was actually the oval ID and highly predictable failure strengths that they patented. Thanks for the history lesson though, did you formerly work for Syncros or something? Pretty obscure thing to know!
Socket mikelevy's article
Oct 13, 2017 at 0:28
Oct 13, 2017
Humbled: Mike Levy vs Brendan Fairclough - Video
@swamper1: google "circle of traction". Basically you can push your tyre in any direction up to a maximum force. That max force is the vector sum of lateral and longitudinal components though, ie any force you add to braking subtracts a certain amount from the available sideways grip.
Socket vernonfelton's article
Oct 5, 2017 at 14:23
Oct 5, 2017
Have Your Say on the Ever-Changing Bike Standards
@Whipperman: There are several post mount standards, and post mount itself is poorly defined because the way that adaptors connect to one another is not fully defined. IS mounts were better defined, but again too many of them. Metric didn't really need to happen for the sake of standardisation - it's now created a whole lot of other bullshit in the form of multiple mounting methods (trunnion, bearing, DU) that we were doing just fine without. In fact, you could argue that shock sizing was already one of the most standardised things out there, the only real variation being in the mounting hardware width, which is cheaply and easily replaced if you need to. Realistically, the only things in the entire MTB industry that actually are standardised, that virtually nobody is disagreeing with, are the 9/16" pedal thread standard, gear cable inner/outer sizing, bottle cage mounts, and the 22.2mm bar/grip interface. Everything else has multiple competing standards. Derailleur hangers used to be standardised (as in any derailleur would mount to it, not any hanger fits your frame) but Shimano had to go and change that with their "direct mount" or whatever it's called. At any rate hopefully this symposium gets somewhere. It's gotta be an absolute nightmare to be a distributor in the bike world these days.
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