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Sularma mikelevy's article
May 23, 2020 at 20:35
May 23, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?
@tomhoward379: I see that you specifically mention 26" rims and nothing else. You can't build a wheel with only a rim. So lets try finding a 135mm QR hub with a shimano HG freehub body on your favorite site. Out of 47 hubs listed on their site there is only 1 that matches. It comes from Hope in a couple colors with 28 or 32 spoke options. Price is $199 for the hub only. There are one or two options from Spank that would require the use of adapters and changing freehubs, not a bad option if the adapters are available but that is not always the case. I've had experience with trying to track down adapters before. As for front hubs it's the same. One option available from Hope, one option from Spank (out of stock) with finding the required adapter. If you search for wheels there are 10 listings, only one could be a possible option. I say possible because it gives no information about the wheel and it's nearly $800 for only the rear... You also reference derailleur options, on CRC there are 8 choices. Only 1 is nine speed (BOX Components) and it's out of stock. Plus it won't work with a Shimano shifter if you are trying to replace a broken part so you would need to replace the derailleur and shifter. If you take a look at suspension forks on CRC there are no 1 1/8" steerer 100mm QR forks available, not even a listing for one. That's just one distributor that normally carries more options then others. This does sound like hard to find parts to me compared to whats readily available and sold. One or two options is not the same as an option from every tier level and from each brand.
Sularma mikelevy's article
May 23, 2020 at 2:03
May 23, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?
@tomhoward379: 8 or 9 speed drivetrain parts are difficult to find. I just looked at two different distributors and both had limited options or no option. I'm not talking about going through Ebay and buying someones old parts. And, everything I did find was low end. Nothing available to replace any of the XT or XTR parts I had on old bikes. As for 26" wheels there was only 4 options, including 1 set.
Sularma mikelevy's article
May 22, 2020 at 21:31
May 22, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?
@tomhoward379: Parts have to be replaced as they wear out. As the industry pushes new standards those parts change. After a few years it starts to get hard to find those parts. After 5-10 years it's extremely hard to find those parts and many LBS won't be able to find those parts either because the distributors stop stocking them. No one is forcing anything, yet... But this is the process. It's happened before. Someone wants to make a faster bike, a new standard gets created, an old standard gets replaced, and it filters through the industry because everyone wants to be the first to sell the hot new standard or bike that is winning so they can make money off it. I'm all for innovation, but not everything needs to change because someone wants a faster race run.
Sularma mikelevy's article
May 22, 2020 at 21:19
May 22, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?
@Skooks: I do, but I had to buy a complete bike instead of just a new drive train or a new set of wheels because no one was making those parts anymore. The industry decided to go for what was faster because that's where they could make more money. MTB isn't all about racing... At the beginning it was never about racing. Racing brought money to the sport, now that's all they want to focus on.
Sularma mikelevy's article
May 21, 2020 at 12:00
May 21, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?
@pacificnorthwet: Not yet. Just a matter of time.
Sularma mikelevy's article
May 21, 2020 at 11:51
May 21, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?
@brianpark: Nothing at the moment. Just 2 years ago I got rid of my 26' and bought a boost 27.5. Now boost is obsolete and people are pushing super boost and 29... My bike isn't even sold in the same standards anymore. My wife is short, if you picked out almost any top of the line 29 trail bike for her, when you factor her height you're back with 27.5. These constantly changing standards are a tax on recreational riders. I don't want to be forced to change because someone else wants to chase a KOM.
Sularma mikelevy's article
May 21, 2020 at 11:28
May 21, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?
They should just drop the bike and get a motorcycle and stop forcing the rest of us to change because they want to push a new standard on the industry.
Sularma mikelevy's article
May 21, 2020 at 11:25
May 21, 2020
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?
@mikelevy: Bigger will be for everyone once they try and create a new standard. Just like 27.5 and 29. It gets to the point where you can't upgrade, you are required to replace. I don't have 5 grand to drop on a new bike every 2 or 3 years. These developers need to understand we don't always need new standards!
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Sularma vernonfelton's article
Dec 13, 2017 at 21:36
Dec 13, 2017
Bike Standards—How Did We Get Here?—A Podcast
I just spent 5 grand to replace an out of standard bike because it was hard to get parts anymore. I won't do it again. It's retarded to change standards just because you want to change it. It would be better for business and customers to stick with one wheel spacing. Where bikes are now won't improve but much for another couple millimeters. Progress for only the sake of progress doesn't make consumers happy. The system is only working because consumers are being forced to replace their bikes because they can't get a new wheel, or fork, etc... I won't do it again. I don't have 5 grand to throw out the door every 5 years because some R&D dick wants to innovate or die.
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