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WAKIdesigns mikelevy's article
Nov 17, 2017 at 11:26
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Ridden and Rated: 5 Four-Piston Brakes
@bman33: considering all three pairs belonging to three different people felt very similar I keep having my doubts. Especially that two people I know got rid of their sets for these two reasons. And since some people on the internet make ridiculous claims like "my Formulas The One are reliable and have plenty of modulation" I will have to rely on my own experience... 3 pairs of Srams in 6 years (considering resale value) equal a price of one set of Hopes... No other brake than Guides allowed me to use front brake on a steep and wet granite faces. I refuse to be a fanboi of any system and pretty much any part of the bike, apart from Renthal Lite bars and Maxxis Minion DHF tyres. Therefore I will not swear by anything like most owners of Hope stuff swear by their belongings. Which reminds me of crossfitters and people who just started some diet. That is exactly why I would love to see Hopes in this test
WAKIdesigns mikelevy's article
Nov 17, 2017 at 11:03
28 mins
Ridden and Rated: 5 Four-Piston Brakes
I tried three sets of hopes in a series of parking lot test: all shared the folliwing characteric: poor modulation and woody/ metallic feel as if pads were completely worn out. If you like that then look no further since their reliability record is great. I personally prefer to buy new Srams every two years though... also XTs would be great if they were consistent. They aren’t, even the “improved”, recalled model. They are deadly if ridden on chunk without bleeding the day before. The lever can stiffen up a lot mid ride making for rather sketchy moments in wet or loose conditions. Then since it stiffens up a lot, you can’t keep your fingers on the levers because shaking bars make your fingers press on lever a bit and while the anount of free stroke on majority of brakes is enough to make it not noticeable, on XTs the pads will engage like... old Formulas
WAKIdesigns paulaston's article
Nov 17, 2017 at 7:02
4 hours
MET Roam Helmet - Review
@rrolly: I was doing this for Pinkbike back in 2008... the operation “tree banger” was a horrific failure. And look at me now...
WAKIdesigns redbullbike's article
Nov 17, 2017 at 1:48
10 hours
Flipping an Open Loop with Matt Macduff - Video
Whenever I see a thing like that, this comes to my mind... https://www.instagram.com/p/BQxznhthpxM/?taken-by=wakidesigns
WAKIdesigns pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 17, 2017 at 1:03
10 hours
Truvativ Announces New Descendant 35mm Handlebars, Stem
@RedRedRe: since you mention Renthal, I’ll be a devils advocate for 35mm for a moment and say that the original MTB Fatbar in 31.8 is the most awfully stiff bar that I have ever had. I was lucky to buy it barely used and sell it right away. Fatbar Lite on the other hand is my favorite bar of all times
WAKIdesigns pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 16, 2017 at 12:38
23 hours
Truvativ Announces New Descendant 35mm Handlebars, Stem
I know from a crabon bar maker that 35mm was invented for carbon bars. It makes them less likely to crack with pinching force from bolts. It also makes them more compliant, almost as compliant as alu bars. 35 does not do anything for alu bars. On the contrary it makes them unnecessarily stiff
WAKIdesigns paulaston's article
Nov 16, 2017 at 10:36
1 days
WAKIdesigns mikelevy's article
Nov 16, 2017 at 10:31
1 days
2018 Racing Rumors - What's True and What Isn't
@uphill-blues: what did Specialized do to you? Or any of your friends or family? Do you know anyone working there? Is their janitor an antichrist strangling puppies or flushing 3 day old kittens alive? Looking for social points for witch hunt much?
WAKIdesigns paulaston's article
Nov 16, 2017 at 8:45
1 days
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Care About Sustainability?
@ceecee: What a post. Yet the beauty of your writing fades in comparison to the philosophical value of the first sentence. It's almost Orwellian. "A correct answer to the poll"... brilliant. You caught the spirit of it all for me. I felt as if the void stared at all of us and gently brushed our hair. Like a mother does to her beloved sons... Kane and Abel... as they fall asleep: "my little children... who believe in existence of free will... hushhhhh, hushhhhh, who hate in the name of goodness, who make murder into an act of mercy... the closer they get to their ideals, the more suffering they bring... but after all they raise a tyrant in hope he will bring them freedom and tell the truth... about everything... because thinking is too much of a sacrifice to make... the terror of finding the truth yourself... that the final room of the journey is empty... and there's a cloaked figure sitting with it's back turned against you as you walk in... you come around... and it lifts the cloak... and it has your face... and it's hands are red from blood of your little brother.... hushhhh, hushhhh.... twinkle... twinkle... little star - how I wonder what you are... there's a room where the light won't find you, holding hands when the walls come tumbling down, hushhhh husshhhh, when you do I'll be right behind you, hushhhh hushhh... so glad we almost made it, so sad they had to fade it... Everybody wants to rule the world..."
WAKIdesigns mikelevy's article
Nov 16, 2017 at 6:18
1 days
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