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Varaxis mikekazimer's article
Oct 8, 2021 at 18:43
Oct 8, 2021
Enduro Bearings' New Maxhit Headset Has a Lifetime Guarantee - Sea Otter 2021
8 times bigger? TIL, a sphere's geometric volume increases 8-fold from only doubling the sphere's diameter. That and I learned that I'm weird enough to try and imagine a ball bearing that has 8 times the diameter of a normal one fitting in a bike's head tube... thinking that can't be correct, then fearing that the balls in my headset are actually smaller than I thought, having not checked under the cartridges' seals.
Varaxis mikekazimer's article
Oct 8, 2021 at 15:35
Oct 8, 2021
Five Ten's New Freerider Pro Mid Shoes Ditch the Laces – Sea Otter 2021
I happily use gaiters to avoid fine gravel from getting in my shoe. Though, I'd prefer a gaiter made of a fabric that doesn't collect so many fox tail spikes.
Varaxis jamessmurthwaite's article
Oct 4, 2021 at 14:15
Oct 4, 2021
Spotted: A New 165mm Travel Enduro Race Bike From Deviate
@inthebigmountains: Ah, good find. So Deviate picked up the trademark for Claymore. Shows that Cannondale's trademark on it expired April 15 2021
Varaxis mattbeer's article
Sep 22, 2021 at 11:34
Sep 22, 2021
Field Test: 5 Enduro Bikes and 4 eMTBs On the Impossible Climb
For every change in slope, you have to change where your CoG is to balance weight distro between the wheels. On an extra long CS ebike (450+), standing drains you since you have to hover your butt in the general area where the saddle would be, else the rear will be prone to slipping. That's quite a bit rearwards with a bike angled up over 30°. I'd rather ebikes be short CS with steeper STA, like the Mt Bromo, to minimize the need to get in this position. While I hate these "street fighter" video game technique descriptions, if I were to describe my own habit, I'd say that I just rotate my hips forward (pushing my belly button forward), pull back on the bars (to spread my weight on the bar and saddle), and basically set myself up to furiously spin the cranks in hope that brute force momentum and balance carries me past the difficult parts, steering by twisting my hips if needed. Have 10k miles on my emtb and have been able to climb dusty 45° slopes (no slippery roots, but the soil being past the angle of repose makes it a challenge).
Varaxis alicialeggett's article
Sep 20, 2021 at 21:20
Sep 20, 2021
Spotted: Wireless Electronic Suspension from RockShox
Air bleed valves for the lowers is new too. Saw something coming out of the air valve topcap area too.
Varaxis Mandownmedia's article
Sep 12, 2021 at 15:20
Sep 12, 2021
Interview: The Evolution of the Privateer E161 eMTB
@Danzzz88: I wonder if this is a short CS gang thing... There once existed a Trek Stache 29+ with super short CS. Fat tire (4.8") bikes with super short CS also exist. Dirt jumpers... these are niche bikes. Same goes with enduro bikes with short CS, like the Canfield Balance and even Fuji Auric LT. Salsa Cassidy if you want enduro 29ers with short CS. There's the Polygon Mt Bromo if you want an ebike 29er with 435mm CS. Not bad bikes, but seemingly not big sellers. Lots of tall folks actually demand longer CS, and bikes like the Meta AM 29 seemingly are better downsized, to match the shorter CS with shorter FC. I guess I'll rest my case, being able to admit that long CS bikes have solidified themselves in the mainstream due to longer front centers, evidenced by enduro 29ers being released left and right with wheelbases in the mid-1200mm range. Long CS 29ers with short WB were not so widely accepted, with people strongly voicing preference for smaller wheeled bikes, who seem to be changing their tune nowadays. Bikes like the Evil Chamois Hagar and a new trend of downcountry bikes are picking up the benefits of longer front centers. This Privateer e161 is trying to be basically an enduro with motor, and the Privateer 161 basically sits between the Geometron and mainstream in terms of progressive geo.
Varaxis Mandownmedia's article
Sep 11, 2021 at 12:59
Sep 11, 2021
Interview: The Evolution of the Privateer E161 eMTB
@xxinsert-name-herexx: since the FC is being shortened on smaller bikes (due to shorter reach), they're balancing out that change with size-specific CS. Their problem is that they're having trouble getting the CS any shorter. My logic is that the CS doesn't need to be shortened if the FC is kept constant. It's a suggestion. Do you want to live with CS that are too long, which leads to the crap handling they spoke about? Or do you want to try restoring the lost FC by slackening the HA, increasing fork offset, and/or increasing the fork travel? If a larger rider finds 445mm CS, 475mm reach, 1275mm WB, and 64° HA (44mm offset) bike to ride fine, would it be too extreme for a shorter rider to do 445mm CS, 455mm reach, 1275mm WB, and 63° HA (51mm offset)? Pole and Geometron have already tried even more extreme geo, and I figure their bikes are ones that could use the pedal-assist.
Varaxis Mandownmedia's article
Sep 11, 2021 at 11:15
Sep 11, 2021
Interview: The Evolution of the Privateer E161 eMTB
That's the one I'm after, but it seems unobtainium over here. Been considering the Mt Bromo N7 since it doesn't seem like a bad value, but trying to be patient since the Marin puts that 2k extra money into stuff I'd actually want.
Varaxis Mandownmedia's article
Sep 11, 2021 at 11:13
Sep 11, 2021
Interview: The Evolution of the Privateer E161 eMTB
If you can't make the CS any shorter you can make the front longer. Slacker HA and more fork offset pushing the front wheel out another 15mm would be like shortening up the CS by 5mm, to rebalance the handling.
Varaxis edspratt's article
Sep 10, 2021 at 9:04
Sep 10, 2021
Video: Full Highlights from EWS-E Crans-Montana 2021
There are people who have publicly commented that they would pack a firearm, pulling it out if any ebiker happened to pass them on a trail. Would that not make you breathe hard?
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