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alexdi danielsapp's article
Jul 11, 2018 at 14:32
Jul 11, 2018
First Ride: 2019 Specialized Epic EVO
Agreed on Brain. I tested the standard Epic and was flummoxed by it. Totally inconsistent, I spent hours trying to find a combination of inputs and settings that would give a predictable response. The bike was considerably better with Brain turned off, but still not that fun, mostly because the stock tires were so anemic. I thought the Camber was a better trail bike, but the chassis was too heavy. It felt lethargic for a short-travel bike. I'd add 'big tire clearance' to your list. I've nixed a couple of potential frames (e.g., Intense Sniper) because they can't fit a 2.6. Ideally, I'd even want room for a 2.8. Doesn't need super short chainstays; that's actually a downside with taller folks.
alexdi paulaston's article
Jul 8, 2018 at 8:45
Jul 8, 2018
alexdi boxcomponents's article
Jul 5, 2018 at 10:17
Jul 5, 2018
alexdi orbea's article
Jun 25, 2018 at 17:50
Jun 25, 2018
Orbea Announces Oiz XC Bike
I just overlaid the 2013-2016 Scalpel on the Oiz geometry chart. Despite Cannondale's claim of 73.5, the seat angle at stack height for both bikes is nearly identical at about 75D. Above stack height, the Scalpel is actually steeper by over half a degree.
alexdi mikelevy's article
Jun 25, 2018 at 7:26
Jun 25, 2018
Review: e*thirteen's New TRS Plus 12-Speed Upgrade Kit
@drivereight: These are all CNC-machined cassettes. It's no coincidence they're all expensive. You can get similar range from a stamped-steel Shimano-compatible cassette for $70, but it'll weigh twice as much.
alexdi mikelevy's article
Jun 25, 2018 at 7:22
Jun 25, 2018
Review: e*thirteen's New TRS Plus 12-Speed Upgrade Kit
@sam264: A new ring isn't mandatory. Some folks are top-end limited, they won't want to change anything. If they do, the cost is closer to $50; not a lot if you're dropping $300 on a cassette (and chain and the rest).
alexdi mikelevy's article
Jun 24, 2018 at 23:40
Jun 24, 2018
Review: e*thirteen's New TRS Plus 12-Speed Upgrade Kit
@sam264: This E13 with a 30T is nearly identical to Eagle with a 32T. The better of the two depends a lot on what you want from the gear progression. Eagle has big jumps at the extremes and relatively close transitions in the middle. This cassette is the opposite: smaller jumps at the extremes (9/10, 40/46) and larger ones in the middle. I haven't seen any reports of unusual wear specific to the 9T sprocket. Personally, on 11S SRAM, I'm rarely in the 10T because I find the 12/10 jump too large when I'm already near my max power output. I'd welcome 10/9 with a smaller chainring. Likewise, I don't much care about close jumps in the middle, I'm usually shifting multiple gears at once anyway.
alexdi mikelevy's article
Jun 24, 2018 at 23:05
Jun 24, 2018
Review: e*thirteen's New TRS Plus 12-Speed Upgrade Kit
The cassette looks like an excellent product. Class-leading weight for the range and mostly-steel construction, a smart ratio progression, and competitive pricing. Here's what I see for comparable XD alternatives: Leonardi: 12S 9-48, 347g, $400. Doesn't work with SRAM 11S. Eagle X01: 12S 10-50, 354g, $370. Doesn't work with SRAM 11S. Garbaruk: 11S 10-50, 323g, $225. Needs a cage extender for SRAM 11S. Leonardi: 11S 9-45, 325g, $370. E13 Plus: 11S 9-46, 339g, $250. It appears they've considerably narrowed the market for the TRS Plus 11S version. If you've got a SRAM shifter, I don't see any reason to choose the older model except to save $50. Full comparison sheet here, it's row 8: https://goo.gl/CEVL6f
alexdi nr22's article
Jun 18, 2018 at 15:58
Jun 18, 2018
alexdi nr22's article
Jun 18, 2018 at 6:41
Jun 18, 2018
Bike Check: Fabio Wibmer's Specialized S-Works Demo 8 - Crankworx Innsbruck 2018
A full DH rig for an 80kg rider with a 24/28 spoke configuration. Now I'm wondering if the classic 32/32 approach is overkill.
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