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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 14:08
Dec 3, 2020
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.

alexdi danielsapp's article
Oct 15, 2020 at 8:11
Oct 15, 2020
Review: Rotor's 13-Speed Hydraulic Drivetrain
So we've got the most gears, very close jumps, and a super-long-throw lever that can only shift one at a time. That's really the beginning and end of the discussion. I'll never get on with cable hate. Pair good cables and nosed ferrules with a full-length housing and the maintenance is essentially nothing. No seals, no bleeds, no batteries or computers, and if something does go awry, super easy to troubleshoot.
alexdi ARC8's article
Sep 30, 2020 at 13:50
Sep 30, 2020
Faserwerk Announces 'Rockstock' Carbon Bars with Viscoelastic Damping
@Paddock22: I think that's what they meant, but that's not what they said. I'm actually more interested in this technology on the road side. There are a lot of light carbon leaf-spring designs that could benefit from more damping (Canyon's VLCS, Trek's IsoSpeed, various fork designs, etc.).
alexdi dan-roberts's article
Sep 30, 2020 at 11:44
Sep 30, 2020
BikeYoke Updates & Extends the Revive Dropper Post
@pnwpedal: It may be barely brushing the threads for the barrel adjuster screw, though I think the cause is more likely the tight bend. Shimano's internally-routed road levers kill cables the same way. I added a short piece of teflon tubing covering the cable from the lever to the beginning of the barrel adjuster. If rub is the problem, it may help. If fatigue is the problem, it'll just hide damage. I'll check in a few months.
alexdi ARC8's article
Sep 30, 2020 at 11:38
Sep 30, 2020
Faserwerk Announces 'Rockstock' Carbon Bars with Viscoelastic Damping
> With viscoelastic damping, the wobbling basically disappeared within 0.3 seconds. Without it is still wobbling one second after impact. If you are riding at 36 km/h that means you covered 10 m of trail with less than ideal control of your bike. > Putting your hand on the handlebar will add damping similarly to what our viscoelastic layer does, but what does that mean? These don't track. If your arms are damping (they are), you're not going seconds at a time with a vibrating bar. There's an argument for more flex (reducing peak G) and more bar damping (reducing pump), but not for 'less than ideal control' from lack of bar damping if your arms are doing the same work.
alexdi dan-roberts's article
Sep 27, 2020 at 11:28
Sep 27, 2020
BikeYoke Updates & Extends the Revive Dropper Post
@pnwpedal: Caught mine fraying today. Four strands left on the cable out of 18.
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