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alexdi dan-roberts's article
May 31, 2022 at 6:46
May 31, 2022
First Ride: ARC8 Evolve FS - The Future of XC Race Bikes?
Impressive weight. Not sure how I feel about that slider. The combination of a flex stay and fixed slide path has to create some stiction. No surprise this puff piece still pointed out that it's stiff in the back, and that's with a clean bike. How's it do covered in mud? Cable routing needs to allow for standard stems and bars, mechanical droppers, and to remove brake hoses without cutting them in two. If any of that isn't true, it's a non-starter for me.
alexdi sarahmoore's article
Feb 2, 2022 at 10:42
Feb 2, 2022
First Look: Saris' New Modular Hitch System Bike Rack
Trying to keep an open mind with this one, but with the 1Up and Quick Rack Mach 2 in mind, it gets a pass. Weight is a problem. Most cars and many CUVs can't take a 2" hitch. A 70-something pound rack takes a big chunk out of what you can safely carry with a 1.25" hitch, and that's assuming the rack stays on the car. Installing this thing looks like a hernia. Modularity is a problem. It's not low-profile in a single-bike configuration and adding a third tray has a lot of friction. The 1Up's two bolts were already improved to be tool-less in the QRM2. This rack has four bolts to add a second tray holder. It'll be superfluous with a 1.25" hitch because I wouldn't want to try a third bike anyway. I do like the convenient pull-handle to lower the rack relative to the 1Up's hidden bar, but Thule and QRM2 are also convenient. The tire strap confuses me; why is it necessary? I also don't care for the other plastic parts. On my Kuat NV, the plastic, rubber, paint, and coated pieces all aged poorly with UV exposure. If it's not aluminum, a stainless fastener, or a composite washer to keep the noise down, I don't want it in a rack. Cost is problem. This is about the most expensive rack available. It needs to be definitively better than everything else to merit that ask, and it's just not. For $1K, I'd get on the waiting list for the QRM2.
alexdi seb-stott's article
Oct 20, 2021 at 8:01
Oct 20, 2021
Nerding Out: Why You Shouldn't Worry Too Much About Weight
When you bob, you're putting energy into the bike to push it down. The spring gives it to the damper on the way back up, which turns it into heat. That's your energy loss, plus the exertion of having to control your body. Go try yourself-- put the bike in an easy gear and pedal a little too fast. You'll bob all over the place and go almost nowhere, but feel just as tired as if you were covering real ground.
alexdi sarahmoore's article
Oct 16, 2021 at 17:57
Oct 16, 2021
Tom Van Steenbergen Broke Hip Sockets Into Multiple Pieces, Femur, Lower Vertebrae & Shoulder in Red Bull Rampage Crash
Absolutely horrific. I wish him the best possible recovery, and then an early retirement.
alexdi alicialeggett's article
Oct 14, 2021 at 7:09
Oct 14, 2021
Wolf Tooth Announces 8-Bit Multi-Tool System
No thanks. I'll wait for the 16-bit version in 18 months.
alexdi alicialeggett's article
Apr 28, 2021 at 19:09
Apr 28, 2021
Thought Experiment: What Would It Take to Build a Sub-7kg Mountain Bike Using Only Stock Parts?
@macem: There's more than one iteration of Formula R1R. My R1R was 365g for both sides. MT8 Carbon is about the same, though the real bargain is MTS at 490g when it's available. I bought two complete sets at various times for $60. M9000 Race is 410g, but about $200 more on the used market.
alexdi henryquinney's article
Apr 27, 2021 at 6:00
Apr 27, 2021
Opinion: I Love Internal Cable Routing, There I Said It
Every brand does their own thing with internal routing. Sometimes it's clean and intelligent, with cable channels, accessible cutouts, spare covers, and protection against knocking. With some brands, it's a fishing nightmare. And regardless of how well it's done, it always adds time and frequently requires special tools or new parts. If I want to pull a brake, I need to clip the end. Now I need an olive, insert, the tool to install them, and potentially even a new hose if it was already a little short. And then I get to bleed the whole thing again with all the faff that entails. For shift cables, the housing interruption significantly reduces lifespan in dirty conditions. Some internal setups allow a full-length outer, some don't.
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Dec 3, 2020 at 14:07
Dec 3, 2020

Fox Factory 32 SC 100mm 29" XC suspension fork

$600 USD
This is an ultralight, best-in-class fork for a short-travel 29" XC bike. Excellent condition. Factory Kashima series Step Cast lowers 29" wheel 100mm travel 15mm Kabolt thru-axle 100mm hub spacing FIT4 damper 44mm rake/offset 1.5" tapered steerer cut to 7"/ 178mm (ideal for size M and smaller, would fit L with a low-stack headset) Weight as pictured is ~1380g. Fork ID is C33N.

Dec 1, 2020 at 15:38
Dec 1, 2020

Cannondale Flash Hi-Mod Carbon

$1150 USD
This is an ultralight XC racing mountain bike for a 5'5-5'9 rider (or with different parts, a gravel bike for a 5'8-6'0 rider). It's probably the very best bike of this style with 26" wheels. The Hi-Mod carbon frame and carbon Lefty combined weigh less than 5 pounds, and the Lefty is the stiffest, smoothest XC front suspension available. This one was just rebuilt from the ground up with new, modern components: a 1-by Shimano drivetrain, Shimano brakes, and a dropper seatpost. Also has new pedals, bar, grips, cables, and housing. Mechanical condition for all the existing parts (bearings, suspension, etc.) is first-rate. Cannondale Flash Hi-Mod carbon frame Cannondale Lefty Carbon 100mm w/ remote lockout Mavic CrossMax SL wheels Shimano Deore M5100 11-51 1x11 drivetrain w/ 34T Eagle chainring (new) Fabric Spoon saddle Weight is 22 pounds, or about 10 pounds lighter than most mountain bikes. Original price was north of $5000. New parts were $500 or so plus installation. This frame and fork also have clearance for 29/700c wheels if the tires are 50c or less in width.

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