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WAKIdesigns halo-wheels's article
Jan 17, 2018 at 5:53
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Halo Releases Vortex Wheelset
@togood2die: this was a comment about a cool company. I specialize in meta trolling, whining on people whining on stuff. However if you asked me about owning their wheelset for a bicycle ridden in the woods I'd say I like silent hubs :D In the skatepark and for commuting though... BZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!! I must say I have a sense of guilt related to going for used Hope instead of brand new Halo... Their hub must sound soooo damn good.
WAKIdesigns halo-wheels's article
Jan 17, 2018 at 4:04
3 hours
Halo Releases Vortex Wheelset
I was almost ordering their DJ wheelset but a friend was selling his wheels. Great customer contact, eloquent explaining which rim and hub to chose. You may think it’s a standard across the industry but it isn’t. Next time Halo. Great look and well priced products.
WAKIdesigns mikekazimer's article
Jan 17, 2018 at 3:40
3 hours
SRAM's New DUB Cranks and Bottom Brackets - First Look
@Bustacrimes: "24"mm spindle not being 24... how relevant is that? Sram here went down a full milimeter. A full milimeter to increase bearing life, come on... that's like using boost to shorten the chainstay length. Lots of frames like mine use BB92 and your conversion kit is worthless. While in most cases (like Trek) incorporating BB92 makes no fkng sense what so ever, in my Antidote it is an effect of a particular suspension design, so it was well motivated to use such thing. Anyhoo, nobody ever needed 30mm +/-0.2mm. 24 works for everything.
WAKIdesigns mikekazimer's article
Jan 17, 2018 at 3:25
3 hours
Bell Sixer Helmet - Review
@Slabrung: my friend crashed into a tree at low speed, stupid little crash, side of the head bounced from the side of the tree. I think after 3 years he still isn't 100%. He claims Mips would have helped him. Like for huge portion of people, safety is an extremely touchy subject due to lack of data and huge emotional charge with plenty of what ifs, so it's rather hard to make a good judgment. I've been called stupid for saying I don't wear elbow pads , shin guards, ride DH clipped in and what not. It's really tragic to watch people get on the high horse of what is safe. I personally had only a mild concussion and the only thing I can blame is my lack of focus, riding despite being in state of sleep deprivation, huge stress at work, and... taking it easy. "I'll be careful" is a mother of crappy riding leading to quite bad fck ups...
WAKIdesigns mikekazimer's article
Jan 17, 2018 at 1:30
5 hours
Bell Sixer Helmet - Review
@onemanarmy: retail comparison is faulty as well, even though the error margin is smaller. The moment a batch of helmets arrives to the shop between may and August you can compare things. However in sale out period October-January you'll see non Mips helmets discounted more. Again I have seen salesman/ buyer talks first hand on numerous occasions and it look more or less like this: " - hello, I want a helmet, - hello, this one is cheap this one is expensive, - what is the difference? - This one has mips, which is (...) bla bla bla bla bla - is Bell a good company, compared to Poc? - Yes, Poc is luxurious brand which has good materials but it doesn't have MIPS and is more expensive even though it has no Mips" Client may eventually leave with the cheapest helmet with MIPS, full of badly shaped ventsand things sticking out of it promoting rotational force build up. Yaaaaay! The first thing my neighbor says to me after he bought a helmet to his 5 year old son: hey look I bought a helmet with Mips. It's good to have mips, isn't it? Company like Kali gets out of their way taking into account all the safety issues they can think of, many other go MIPS - job done! Everyone's safe from rotational forces. So if you want to talk to me about helmet safety, name the MIPS as a cherry on the pie, not potentially life saving feature, because right now for average buyer having no time for own research, it's not much more than a label like "Fair trade". Yes it's better that it is fair trade than if it weren't but still, everything is complex. For instance the poliferation of detachable chin helmets in bike parks and on Enduro Races - is it as safe as a full on full face? No. Do people doing this care about having MIPS? most often than not: yes. To sum up, my problem with the hype around this label is it takes the attention of average user ad the dude selling the helmet to him, from other important safety aspects.
WAKIdesigns mikekazimer's article
Jan 16, 2018 at 23:19
7 hours
Bell Sixer Helmet - Review
@StackingItSince1991: oh for fks sake, they did publish lots of data... you just have to google it. And know how to interpret it... I’m happy Mips waved the flag about rotational forces, what I don’t like is the fear mongering they spread out all over the place, where the regular reaction is: helmet with mips - safe, without - unsafe, which is bollocks. And being around bike shops hearing what customers ask about, then buying/selling helmets for my own use is exactly what I am describing. @onemanarmy claims Mips is 20$ more, it Has nothing to do with the real world,, not only shops are discounting non mips helmets much more, the resale value of these is also lower. So we are dealing with what is effectively half price situation, where I gladly chose a helmet without Mips.
WAKIdesigns mikekazimer's article
Jan 16, 2018 at 23:13
7 hours
SRAM's New DUB Cranks and Bottom Brackets - First Look
@Drawn: I don’t think alloy is to blame, after all Shimano did aplly BMX system to MTB without unnecessary bollocks, only forgetting getting rid of the fixed spider off course which is unfortunate. MTB cranks don’t get as grinded as BMX ones. Alloy is fine. I just don’t get why have we adopted the roadie tech into mtb with 30mm axles and pressgits. Road biking hasn’t done anything worth adopting. They are virtually out door trainer machines - good luck with that. Gravel is the first time they got the finger out of their bum and admittedly said, “how about we just relax”
WAKIdesigns mikekazimer's article
Jan 16, 2018 at 22:58
8 hours
SRAM's New DUB Cranks and Bottom Brackets - First Look
@PinkyScar: what are you on about? Yes there was a mess with 6 axle/ hub shell widths per each axle standard, which Shimano resolved in 2003 by introducing XTR Hollowtech 2, at the same making crank installation super simple and fixing square taper creaking along with midride Isis bearing fails. That was the right direction, what we have now is back in the mess and this is contributing to even more mess. Shimano produces the best cranksets out there, they even made XTR great again, since this stupid bearing preload ring is gone ( that Sram happily adopted). SLX is possibly the best mountain bike crankset ever made considering price, durability, quality and weight. If it only had a direct mount chainring/ spider and replacable pedal insert like Saint it would be the best crankset ever made on planet Earth. So having said that The alloy Sram X1 was the second best crankset ever made. The rest is a bunch of wannabies, with Race Face leading the half retarded club.
WAKIdesigns mikekazimer's article
Jan 16, 2018 at 15:16
15 hours
Bell Sixer Helmet - Review
@Slabrung: come on... that’s the don’t let the plane land on your head argument. Getting good at riding and getting in touch with your mental game is a good way of avoiding bangs. I want to do dirt and skatepark because I wasn’t feeling good on bike park jumps. I was doing them well but I knew that I was making educated guesses at what will happen and what I need to do. Then I look at some random Joeys flying around and I cringe. Then you listen to them talking in the lift and they think everything’s fine. Landing nose heavy on every jump and talking about trying World Cup jumps You never know, but you can increase your chances. Relying on equipment is reliance on third party. Anyways, bottom line is: don’t be careful, do the homework instead
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