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TheRaven RichardCunningham's article
Feb 24, 2017 at 6:44
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Shimano Announces Affordable Deore M6000 Group and a Wide Range SLX Option
@jgreermalkin: Shimano goes through a much more rigorous proving process than SRAM. That's why Shimano is always late. The flip side to this is that you don't have to worry about quirks and issues with the new product you are buying unlike SRAM. Shimano stuff works, period. SRAM gives you the cutting edge innovation, but you may have to live with some problems. Also, companies like OneUp have pretty much given us the best of both worlds. Their expansion kits give you the SRAM tech with the Shimano reliability. I'm using their Shark setup right now...so I have a cassette with Eagle's range, X1's price, and Shimano-quality shifting and reliability. It is heavy, but i'd be a moron to complain about a 90g heavier cassette when my rear tire is almost 1200g.
TheRaven RichardCunningham's article
Feb 24, 2017 at 6:27
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Shimano Announces Affordable Deore M6000 Group and a Wide Range SLX Option
@groghunter: YES I still have trouble coming to terms with this. SRAM was always the clunky budget option for those who couldn't afford the "quality Shimano drivetrains". Now you can buy XT cheaper than SRAMs SLX-equivalent. Nuts. @b-wicked: Over 18 years of riding and literally hundreds of derailleurs (i'm a hobbyist mechanic too), I have NEVER seen what you describe. You must live in a really backwards place.
TheRaven RichardCunningham's article
Feb 24, 2017 at 6:20
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Shimano Announces Affordable Deore M6000 Group and a Wide Range SLX Option
@mikealive: Some good points about the LBS situation. Unfortunately my right-down-the-street awesome LBS has closed up and now the closest good one is almost a half hour drive. I understand the dilemma that bike shops face now but this is simply one of those situations where shops will have to evolve or perish. The future is in service...rather than being a retail shop with a mechanic or two, the LBS needs to become a completely equipped full-service "garage" with a parts desk. There can certainly be a showroom with some display models but most bikes will have to be ordered, and for this to work, brands will have to expand their demo fleet in order to make more frequent visits so that customers can test ride. The ideal location will no longer be main st, it will be right at the trail center. It would also help if we could get brutally honest reviews on sites like PB but that's unlikely to happen simply due to the way things work.
TheRaven RichardCunningham's article
Feb 24, 2017 at 6:12
2 days
Shimano Announces Affordable Deore M6000 Group and a Wide Range SLX Option
@robhill: "Just harden up and push the gear!" So work out for three months to avoid adding 80g to your 1900g wheelset and 2000g of tire? Seems kinda obsessive to me. I mean i'm a big proponent of staying in shape but this is kind of extreme.
TheRaven RichardCunningham's article
Feb 22, 2017 at 12:16
Feb 22, 2017
Shimano Announces Affordable Deore M6000 Group and a Wide Range SLX Option
@barrysbikes: So then just make that "low end 2x or 3x" a 1x. Really there's no problem here. The vast majority of the bikes that the "3x for life yo!" crowd ride will continue to support front derailleurs. The "bigger" bikes that are so popular here are ridden by guys that are happy to go 1x even with it's shortcomings.
Feb 22, 2017 at 10:03
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Feb 22, 2017 at 9:55
Feb 22, 2017
TheRaven pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 22, 2017 at 9:26
Feb 22, 2017
Ask Pinkbike - Which Dropper and Hot-Rodding a Habit
As a used bike parts dealer of sorts (hobby of mine), I have had in my possession 12 Reverbs. Of those, ONLY ONE worked correctly. The other 11 all needed something, everything from a bleed to a cartridge replacement. The Reverb is by far the worst dropper post that has ever come through my workshop. I've also had six Lev's without a single issue, 9 Command Posts, no problems (no surprise there though), two Thomson Elites with no issues (again, no surprise there), and even two Kronologs with no issues! So i'm sure there are plenty of guys with Reverbs that have had no issues, but it's pretty apparent now that the Reverb on the whole is a disaster of a dropper post.
TheRaven RichardCunningham's article
Feb 22, 2017 at 8:56
Feb 22, 2017
Shimano Announces Affordable Deore M6000 Group and a Wide Range SLX Option
@g-42: Even on weight though, 100g extra at the rear axle is not going to have a noticeable effect when said bike has 1000g armored sidewall tires mounted. Anyone who claims otherwise is kidding themselves.
TheRaven RichardCunningham's article
Feb 22, 2017 at 6:36
Feb 22, 2017
Shimano Announces Affordable Deore M6000 Group and a Wide Range SLX Option
@Spark24: That's one of the ridiculous things about 1x. It's laughable that removing two parts from the standard drivetrain has made it MORE expensive, but that's what has happened. You can see the brands protecting 1x as the "premium" product by not offering it in the lower tiers, or just taking much longer to offer it in the lower tiers. Marketing aside, you can easily make 1x anything yourself. The new Deore 10-speed cassette offers plenty of range for the vast majority of riders. Just remove the rings from the crank, add a N/W, and disregard the front shifter.
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