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alexdi henryquinney's article
Sep 18, 2023 at 8:48
Sep 18, 2023
Review: Factor Lando XC
Not sure what to make of a manufacturer who doesn't bother to list ETT on a bike where you spend most of the time sitting down. It's not even on the website. Instafail.
alexdi henryquinney's article
Aug 2, 2023 at 6:33
Aug 2, 2023
Review: Cannondale Habit Carbon LT1
@Exbow: On my Scalpel, the carbon seatstay bridge failed twice. Torque it to 5nm and it would eventually allow play in the axle. Torque to six and it would crack. The second replacement they sent was pulled off a demo bike in a dusty corner. They informed me it was the last one available for that model (which ran from 2012-2015), ever. Which is what I think about every time I see one of these frames: ticking clock.
alexdi alicialeggett's article
Jun 19, 2023 at 8:15
Jun 19, 2023
Bike Check: The New Pivot Mach 4 SL
This bike's geometry is essentially identical to the 2019-2021 Giant Trance with a 120mm fork. Looks like the frame might be 200-400g lighter pending real measurements.
alexdi henryquinney's article
Apr 5, 2023 at 6:37
Apr 5, 2023
First Look: 2023 Habit - Cannondale's Most Popular Bike Gets Revitalized
Describing Cannondale as a "Pon product" is disingenuous. They're a subsidiary with an independent leadership structure. If they get anything from Pon, it's probably the company healthcare plan.
alexdi seb-stott's article
Mar 2, 2023 at 15:33
Mar 2, 2023
Opinion: Five Things The Bike Industry Could Do Better
Very few carbon bars have more than 40mm of rise, and the higher the rise, the less room the bar has to mount lights or accessories. They're a crutch for short head tubes. If you don't like spacers, your solution is spend $10 on a pipe cutter to shorten the steerer. My solution is to spend $1000 on a new fork, because a short fork is unusable.
alexdi mattbeer's article
Feb 8, 2023 at 14:31
Feb 8, 2023
Reclaim Designs Scales Down Carbon Frames for Kids
Kids really benefit from shorter cranks. It's hard to keep the bike moving when you're doing the proportional equivalent of climbing mountains with every pedal stroke. They also tend not to have the thumb length or stretch to manage trigger shifters well, especially when paired with a clutch derailleur. Grip-shift, or even a big friction shifter they can palm, works better. These relatively chunky bars and long-reach brake levers are another sticking point. Super narrow grips and some careful adjustment can make them workable, but I don't see it in the photos.
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Dec 16, 2022 at 14:07
Dec 16, 2022
Dec 16, 2022 at 14:06
Dec 16, 2022
alexdi seb-stott's article
Nov 4, 2022 at 17:49
Nov 4, 2022
Burning Question: Why Are So Many Bike Manufacturers Putting Cables Through the Headset?
This is what I care about with brake routing: 1. I can remove the brakes without a bleed. 2. I can remove the stem without a bleed. 3. I can remove the bar without a bleed. 4. I can remove the brakes without cutting either brake line. (2), (3), and (4) are bare requirements. I can't stand proprietary bars and stems and reject any system that requires cutting lines. (1) is a nice-to-have, but I'm not married to it. I don't change headset bearings often enough to care about running lines through them, provided the spacer isn't half-assed and doesn't abrade the hose or, again, require me to cut it.
alexdi mattbeer's article
Nov 2, 2022 at 4:06
Nov 2, 2022
First Look: Race Face's Era Carbon Cranks Are Guaranteed For Life
I can’t think of any reason to prefer this to X01 DUB, which doesn’t break, weighs less, and uses a significantly longer-lasting bottom bracket. That model is also available NIB for about half the retail on this RF set.
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