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Willie1 vernonfelton's article
Jul 17, 2016 at 10:36
Jul 17, 2016
The Most Important Component on a New Bike? - Pinkbike Poll
Best bang for the buck is the wheels. Most top frames and even many Chinese frames perform well. You will definitely feel a difference in a wheel upgrade before a frame upgrade, with equal amounts being spent on either.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Jun 17, 2015 at 10:12
Jun 17, 2015
Now THAT Was A Bike - Yeti C-26
This was considered too new, too flashy, with comments like "what I ride right now is good enough."
Willie1 RichardCunningham's article
Jun 5, 2015 at 9:46
Jun 5, 2015
Pinkbike Poll: What is a Fair Price for a Mountain Bike?
I have been around biking since the early 90's, and the budget solution is opposite of what sells. Build your bike around the best wheels you can get. The wheels are the biggest performance upgrade there is. Suspension design is less important than a good shock and fork. Even a faux bar will work well with a good shock. After that, spend what you can afford. Really, its almost all about the wheels on a mountain bike.
Willie1 paulaston's article
Jun 5, 2015 at 9:38
Jun 5, 2015
Fort William DH 2015: Tech from the Pits
I've used both and personally like the carbon better. I'm more of a finesse rider than a hack, and the lack of maintenance is a big plus with the carbon. Carbon wheels almost never need truing, if built with proper and even spoke tension. I've had some medical issues this past two years and with my weight up (from medications) to 300lbs, I still haven't broken a carbon product. I'm 6'3" and built like a linebacker. My fit weight is 240-250lbs. If you break carbon, you would have smashed aluminum. For riders in rocky areas, get a rim with a kevlar layer. Amazing impact resistance, or even mix graphite fibres in the resin. Its what boat builders do to improve impact resistance. On the other hand, I am really liking steel bicycles. With modern butted tubing, weight is about on par with aluminum, with better fatigue resistance than aluminum.
Willie1 RichardCunningham's article
Apr 20, 2015 at 11:32
Apr 20, 2015
Did You See That? RAM Bikes URT Chassis and Quadrilateral Fork - Sea Otter 2015
I don't think this guy cares about any standards, period. Where are the whiners about the custom front hub? How the hell could he upgrade (?) his fork with that wheel?
Willie1 RichardCunningham's article
Apr 20, 2015 at 11:09
Apr 20, 2015
Did You See That? RAM Bikes URT Chassis and Quadrilateral Fork - Sea Otter 2015
This fork was tried by Honda in the early 80's but it was cost prohibitive to put into production. I think weight might have been an issue, but modern materials could solve that problem. Being a hobby frame builder myself, I just HAVE to try to build one now !!!
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Apr 19, 2015 at 6:26
Apr 19, 2015
FOX's New Suspension - Sea Otter 2015
It's not impossible for steel to be lighter than ti. Steels all way about the same. (Steel, not steel compared to ti.) What they have done here is used a high end alloy, probably 9260, and used a thinner wire at a wider coil spacing. Rate is determined by coil thickness, and coil spacing. With lower end steel, wider spacing can result in failure, as the steel has to flex more. Look at the wire diameter and coil spacing on the springs.
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Apr 19, 2015 at 6:16
Apr 19, 2015
Legit, Commencal, Mongoose - Sea Otter 2015
It's all about correct installation. Your car and motorcycle is assembled with press fit bearings (and many other components.) if you are unfamiliar with correct assembly, you will have problems. When external BBs came out, people were complaining it was shit because the bearings wouldn't last. People didn't face their frames, and side loaded their bearings, causing the problems.
Willie1 pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 12, 2015 at 15:18
Apr 12, 2015
Results: World Cup DH Lourdes 2015 - Finals
God helped Gwin win? Why didn't he answer the prayers of the little christian girls in Africa who are being beheaded for suspected witchcraft? I have no interest in a God who cares about a mountain bike race, yet doesn't answer the prayers of innocent girls in atrocious situations. Jesus is just a copycat of Zoroaster anyway. He was around 4000 years before Christ supposedly lived. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoroaster
Willie1 mikelevy's article
Apr 11, 2015 at 7:25
Apr 11, 2015
Prototype Devinci and Radon Bikes, New Lapierre Colours, and Trick FOX Springs - Lourdes World Cup
Spring steels are usually 95+% iron. 1095= o.95% carbon, 0.3% manganese, a few traces of impurities, the remainder iron. 1084= 0.84% carbon, 0.8% manganese, a few impurities, the rest iron. 9260= 0.55% carbon, 0.9% manganese, 2% silicon, traces, the rest iron. 5160=0.6% carbon, 0.9% manganese, 1.5% nickel, traces, the rest iron. I fail to see the significant difference in weight some claim with different alloys. At most you will see a 2% difference in weight. 9260 is what the high end springs are made of. The silicon basically doubles the springiness of the steel. 5160 was used by the auto industry for years, but cheaper similar Chinese alloys have replaces them in the 80s and 90s. How do I know this? I make custom knives, and some spring and tool steels make great knives. You have to know the composition to heat treat it correctly. The small alloy differences can have a huge impact on heat treat.
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