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ThomDawson mikekazimer's article
Nov 20, 2017 at 10:44
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Trek Session 9.9 DH 27.5 - Review
@cunning-linguist: I genuinely think there has been a conversation at Shimano - “look this SRAM stuff is made of cheese and people can’t get enough of it, let’s just use cheaper alloys it obviously doesn’t matter to anyone”.
ThomDawson mikekazimer's article
Nov 20, 2017 at 10:34
12 hours
Trek Session 9.9 DH 27.5 - Review
Just for the record on brakes effected - currently have some XTR trails that are rock solid, bite point is constant and can flip the bike upside down, piss on it etc and they’re still fine. I bleed them with back pressure rather than to an open res, no idea if it’s made any difference but they’re good. Had two sets of M8000, one good, one bad. All my previous gens were good. I am frustrated with Shimano, they do seem to have lost some of their high end feel, to the pressures of SRAM no doubt. Not content with making their own shitty products now SRAM are forcing everyone else to do the same. I’m only half joking.
Selling
Nov 19, 2017 at 12:37
1 days

Shimano M986 XTR Rear Mech

$40 GBP
Very clean A few grazes on front of mech body Light chain rub (in finish only) on inside of cage Jockey wheels both in vgc and spinning well Some deeper but superficial scratches to rear of mech body which have been touched up, not seen when mounted. Slight rounding to the first couple of mm on mounting bolt but still mounts easily with proper insertion of Allen key. Tested on a quick ride and is fully functional including the clutch. The mech was fitted to a bike I just bought, only selling as I had a Saint one to go on. N.B these work fine with 11 speed setups - the leverage ratio is the same as the newer 11 speed mechs.

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Nov 19, 2017 at 12:23
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ThomDawson mikekazimer's article
Nov 17, 2017 at 23:50
3 days
Do You Know How to Build a Wheel? - Pinkbike Poll
@choppertank3e: almost all hub dimensions are made available by manufacturers, rims always seem a little more tricksy to find the ERD (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=effectiive+rim+diameter&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-gb&client=safari) but mostly they’re easy enough to come by also. Try to cross check info from multiple sources and also use multiple spoke calculators to be sure (even if it’s to be sure you entered the numbers correctly!). This is probably the biggest pain in the arse about wheel building. Once you’ve got all the bits it’s nice to sit down with a beverage and get into it. Or at least it was before parenthood.
ThomDawson mikekazimer's article
Nov 17, 2017 at 23:23
3 days
Do You Know How to Build a Wheel? - Pinkbike Poll
Never heard of Bitex before but pleased you mentioned them. They look good and have lots of options for centerlock etc. Anyone else use them?
ThomDawson pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 16, 2017 at 7:03
Nov 16, 2017
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Nov 14, 2017 at 8:04
Nov 14, 2017
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ThomDawson paulaston's article
Nov 14, 2017 at 7:14
Nov 14, 2017
Commencal Supreme SX - Review
@Racer951: I don’t round bolt heads. That’s how this whole thing started. A misunderstanding due to a poor choice of words and an eagerness to find a weakness in a statement. Please do leave it here and refrain from taking my words for another spin. My opinions, thoughts and beliefs are complex - I’m a green campaigner, studied countryside at school and I’m pro fracking - but they’re not contradictions. People tend toward absolutism because it’s easier to understand, and to me that is frustrating. It’s also frustrating when people insist on twisting words and plain making up whole sentences to suit their goal. We’ll never get anywhere with attitudes like that. I just want bigger bolts ffs.
ThomDawson paulaston's article
Nov 14, 2017 at 5:41
Nov 14, 2017
Commencal Supreme SX - Review
@Racer951: maybe it isn’t for you and for everyone riding those show ponies but for me that’s what mtb is - just bmx but in the woods and with suspension and brakes that stop you. I don’t go out for a shred on my bmx I order to smash it up, it’s just a by product of having fun. Same for mtb only I have to pull every punch on the mtb for fear something snaps off. My point about bolt sizes comes from this - I wish my mtb was more like my bmx. You are assuming all components are created perfectly but in a world where weight and profit margins beat strength they are far from it. All of the bolts I’ve seen fail have likely been due to poor design of the product the bolt is intended to secure and of which the bolt is integral. Please, stop putting words into my mouth to continue an argument with me for the sake of it. You’re after an argument so bad you’re willing to have it with yourself. I haven’t said bolts are breaking all over the place, steel or otherwise and I’m not gonna repeat myself. All my own bolts are Ti (crazy right) I’ve found some good Ti bolts are better than the shit that sometimes comes stock. But ultimately my issue is with poor design in products that should be able to take a beating. There is too much emphasis on how shmancy bikes look on a roof rack, how little it weighs and how much of it is made of carbon. It’s BS and I don’t like BS.
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