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alexdi mikelevy's article
May 18, 2018 at 10:12
May 18, 2018
Development Story: Cannondale's Wild New Single-Sided, Single-Crown XC Fork
@SonofBovril: No, it wasn't. The triangular runner is for torsional stiffness, not the fore/aft and lateral stiffness that derived from the dual-crown interface, in particular the ability to clamp the head tube between two mounts. The force on the lower crown and the steerer has to be up by at least half. I'm having trouble believing that spindly bit of angled carbon isn't only adequate, but superior to the forks that use two of them.
alexdi mikelevy's article
May 18, 2018 at 1:20
May 18, 2018
Development Story: Cannondale's Wild New Single-Sided, Single-Crown XC Fork
How is this stiff enough with a single-crown interface? Lefty's secret sauce has always been the dual-crown design. What's changed to allow this Lefty, which looks for all the world like half of the noodly RS1, to outperform even a 32 fork in that metric, never mind the Lefty 2.0?
alexdi davidarthur's article
Apr 16, 2018 at 21:48
Apr 16, 2018
2019 Specialized Stumpjumper - First Ride
> Each bike also has clearance for 3" tires So the 29" versions are legit 29+ bikes like the Full Stache? Seat tubes seems a little short for recent long-travel droppers.
alexdi RichardCunningham's article
Apr 13, 2018 at 19:10
Apr 13, 2018
Garbaruk 10 x 50 Wide-Range 11-Speed Cassette for SRAM XD Drivers - Review
@magiko9: For 11S, I'd put my money with Garbaruk. They're the only ones duplicating SRAM's (awesome) one-piece cassette design. Shimano's upcoming 12S looks pretty interesting. The hub design for that one is supposed to be silent, I'm surprised they haven't announced it yet. Hopefully at Sea Otter.
alexdi RichardCunningham's article
Apr 13, 2018 at 13:05
Apr 13, 2018
Garbaruk 10 x 50 Wide-Range 11-Speed Cassette for SRAM XD Drivers - Review
Here's every current cassette: https://goo.gl/CEVL6f Couple of interesting options from Leonardi and Now8 you might try.
alexdi mikelevy's article
Mar 29, 2018 at 9:19
Mar 29, 2018
Should the Derailleur Die? Zerode's Gearbox-Equipped Taniwha - Review
@mikelevy: That was a great video. I'm glad he linked it, I learned a lot. (And you're more than qualified to evaluate a transmission.) If you do another, it'd be great to see some slo-mo footage of Brendan to learn how he's positioning his weight. There's a lot even the best teachers don't articulate.
alexdi mikelevy's article
Mar 15, 2018 at 9:22
Mar 15, 2018
Look X-Track Race Carbon Pedal - Review
@mikelevy: You might try Diamondback's Overdrive pedals. Much more tension on those than Shimano, for better or worse. Good bearings, 290g or so. Amazon was dumping them for $17 a few months ago, they're usually under $30.
alexdi paulaston's article
Mar 14, 2018 at 10:29
Mar 14, 2018
Fumic's Scalpel, Last's Lynx and RockShox's New Lockout Actuator - Stellenbosch World Cup XCO
@hamncheez: It's a useful opinion to me, thanks. I recently demoed a Specialized Camber at 120mm travel. Paired with 2.3" tires, it wasn't noticeably more capable than my 100mm Lefty with a 3.0 up front, so I'm thinking I'll have to be at ~140mm to see an appreciable difference. That may be pushing the Lefty's performance range. I can tell it's going to be really, really hard to give up that small-bump response, though. (If my Lefty has high-speed compression damping, it's too subtle to have a negative impact.) For your new build, calculate the trail of the geometries you're comparing. That's the most direct indicator for how they'll steer. More offset means less trail, less stability, and more agility. There's a wide range of acceptable numbers. The 2016 Scalpel with the Lefty 2.0 had trail of around 73mm. That's not far from a road bike. For comparison: Fuel EX (97mm), Stumpjumper (107mm), Jeffsy (108mm), Whyte S150 (121mm). I'm partial to nimble bikes, so I try to aim for 105mm or less.
alexdi paulaston's article
Mar 13, 2018 at 20:39
Mar 13, 2018
Fumic's Scalpel, Last's Lynx and RockShox's New Lockout Actuator - Stellenbosch World Cup XCO
@hamncheez: Have you tried the various SuperMax Leftys? I've got a 1.0 carbon on my Scalpel. I adore the thing, I think it's the best XC suspension available in terms of weight/stiffness/sensitivity. Damping is the only weak point to me. I've been mulling a SuperMax for a 29er trail build on the assumption things improved in the last few years. The alternative is something like a Fox 34, Pike, Ribbon, or what have you. The first two haven't blown me away on test rides. Noticeably inferior sensitivity. Do you think they're still better than the SuperMax?
alexdi mikekazimer's article
Feb 16, 2018 at 8:54
Feb 16, 2018
iXS Flow Evo+ Knee Guards - Review
I've had these for maybe 8 months. Worn them at least fifty times and through a number of wrecks. They're light and forgettable until the third straight day of riding when I start to feel just a bit of chafing in the back. Protection is adequate for XC. Going OTB and driving my knee into the ground at 15 MPH left me with a sore knee, but no lasting damage. The pads continue to look near-new. No stretching of the materials, loose threads, or damage from impacts. I think they're about as good as an XC pad can be.
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