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ZeGermans pinkbikeaudience's article
Jan 10, 2017 at 22:07
Jan 10, 2017
Ask Pinkbike: Choosing a Hardtail, Tire Width, and Stumpjumper Shock Options
For now I've installed the largest possible volume spacer and the bike is much better. Im not sure the size of the performance gain from an Ohlins shock is worth the price. I've been roughly quoted $1500 AU for the Ohlins...
ZeGermans vernonfelton's article
Jul 4, 2016 at 16:12
Jul 4, 2016
X-Fusion Sweep RL2 Fork - Review
@truehipster: old and slow? Very likely, but so is a good portion of the market that might not be able to afford the product but has the money and can be convinced otherwise.
Jul 2, 2016 at 21:45
Jul 2, 2016
ZeGermans roseoakhill's article
May 27, 2016 at 1:57
May 27, 2016
What Are People Riding? - Whistler Opening Weekend 2016
@BDKR: can't tell if you're trolling, can't understand context, or are suffering from fanboi blindness yourself. My point was/is there ain't much to pick between brands when it comes to performance, so discerning buyers pick the bikes that cost the least or look the best (subjectively).
ZeGermans roseoakhill's article
May 25, 2016 at 20:24
May 25, 2016
What Are People Riding? - Whistler Opening Weekend 2016
At the end of the day, DH bikes are typically pretty tunable, and so to most riders there isnt a huge difference in performance or quality between most brands. So naturally, the discerning buyer will either go for the cheapest option or the best looking option (I'm excluding the brand loyal customers). Lets face it, the Demo looks badass in a world of V10 and Session aesthetic copies. I reckon the only reason Yeti and the other boutique brands sell bikes is because they look good and there is a loyal following, because in reality you're kidding yourself if you think they ride better. I should also add that this is why bike reviews are much of a muchness these days. When all the bikes are really good, and there aint much to differentiate them because medium to high end components are so tunable or quality, of course you're only going to read reviews which say nice things about the bike but in a different way.
ZeGermans paulaston's article
Apr 9, 2016 at 22:44
Apr 9, 2016
Stevie Smith's Devinci Wilson - Lourdes DH World Cup 2016
I thought metallic materials have the same Young's modulus and ultimate strength regardless of tension or compression loading. I also thought carbon fibre is very strong in tension, but useless in compression, hence the use of UD carbon sheets to resist loading from all directions. I call BS on "only extension" too. Even though each end of the chain stay can be analysed as pinned (due to the bearings) and appears to be a truss, the systems receives lateral loads and the member has to resist torsional loading. Designers use finite element software for a good reason; the loads and analysis are not simple.
ZeGermans rachellefrazer's article
Apr 7, 2016 at 19:07
Apr 7, 2016
RockShox's New Super Deluxe Shock - First Ride
Further to the OP, all this means is that bike designers no longer have to build linkage designs around limited stroke and eye to eye lengths. All this shit in the review about how the shock performs should be ignored because the overall performance is still subject to the quality of the overall linkage design and shock tune, and the design intent. Your current bike is likely very good, and differences in future designs resulting from a bit more flexibility in design constraints are not going to be ground breaking. If you look after your shocks, you won't have to worry too much about failure and limited replacement parts.
ZeGermans ollyforster's article
Mar 29, 2016 at 4:22
Mar 29, 2016
Devinci Wilson Carbon - First Ride
Well put. It baffled me that the 2014-2015 devinci Troy was slammed for being so short yet reviews of shorter Santa Cruz bikes wouldn't mention the length. Similarly, reviews of bikes with the same reach measurement made it to bike of the year sort list. I also agree that no bike designer considers the level of anti squat they build into the linkage design to be excessive, regardless of the linkage complexity and marketing lingo.
Mar 25, 2016 at 22:33
Mar 25, 2016
ZeGermans vernonfelton's article
Mar 11, 2016 at 4:38
Mar 11, 2016
Plus-Size Bikes - Pinkbike Poll
Usually sales tell the story, but I guess plus sales are low and they wanna know why
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