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almightybenners mikekazimer's article
May 20, 2022 at 2:45
May 20, 2022
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May 17, 2022 at 10:20
May 17, 2022
May 17, 2022 at 10:19
May 17, 2022

Nicolai / geometron G13

$1900 GBP
Sad day for me: Putting my extra longest (XL) G13 up for sale, I just don’t ride anything that is tough enough for it anymore! Brilliant bike more than capable of tackling anything the UK can throw at it and super comfy to ride all day and I’ll be really sad to see it go, but I need something more suitable for mincing about on an XC course! Good points: If your tall and don’t already have one then this will be an absolute game changer for your riding! (535mm reach!) And geometry that means you can throw yourself down pretty much any track without worrying you’ll be under biked 130mm rear travel courtesy of a Fox DPX2 shock (£650 upgrade over the standard float shock!) Hope E4 Tech3 brakes with hope floating rotors 140mm travel DVO diamond 29 forks (non boost - *the rear end of the frame is boost spacing*) the OG DVO single crown that everyone raved about when they only had one option at the top end of the market. Burgtec bar and stem as I’m pretty sure you have to if you live in the north west. ‍♂️ 180mm brand x dropper, it’s not flashy but it’s reliable and gets out the way when you need it too. Less than good points: There are a couple of marks anodising to the left stanchion but they can’t be felt, but I have to mention that they exist. The drive train is a bit of a Frankenstein not going to lie I considered selling it without it, I was running a range extended 10sp set up (11-46) with a deore mech and xt shifter but managed to bust the shift lever and replaced it with an 11sp sram mech (they use the same pull ratio) it works amazingly well all things considered but i will try and replace it before the sale with the correct shimano shifter! The wheels again are functional and strong but not flashy, Roval traverse rear (small ding in this one) and a non boost Stans flow EX front wheel. With specialized butcher/eliminator grid tyres set up tubeless It was built up so that the bits that needed to work were great and the bits that break or wear out were durable and cheap to replace hence the 10sp and wheels. I feel I’ve priced it fairly considering the quality of the bits that actually matter to having a fun time riding: the frame, suspension and brakes. And I am only really including the “less good” bits so it’s a functional bike for someone to ride straight away rather than splitting it all to sell at higher prices.

almightybenners seb-stott's article
Feb 11, 2022 at 2:37
Feb 11, 2022
Starling Prototypes a New Kind Of Carbon Frame
Pffft what do you know. I've heard its all a conspiracies from big plastic to keep the environmetally perfect "artisan" metal frame building industry super exclusive and only available to people with 6000+ IG followers who can afford £3k for a fillet brazed 531 road frame. although.... if you make f*ck all you have f*ck all impact environmentally to be fair. (I'm aware of your CV in and out of the bike industry Mike, good to know the NCC has always been 'interesting' to work with ha, )
almightybenners seb-stott's article
Feb 11, 2022 at 1:11
Feb 11, 2022
Starling Prototypes a New Kind Of Carbon Frame to shamelessly plug myself... if anyone wants to know any more about how thermoplastic composites work for manufacture and recycling I covered an intro into it with @Cyclingtips a few months back! As far as I'm aware...( as someone who's job it is to design and manufacture thermoplastic composite prepreg machines as well as advising on automated production processing machines for thermoplastic composites! and who's previous job it was to design and build carbon bikes, so speaking from a point of a little bit of background knowledge ;)) Thermoplastic/ carbon braiding processes use co-mingled fibres, so generally carbon and nylon fibres loosly combined into a material tow, as you cant really guarantee the fibre position in the bundle generally you have to run quite a lot more nylon/polymer than would be optimal in the material compared to a filament wound prepreg tape or tow. now that comes with the caveat that it is a hell of a lot cheaper on a small scale to process cold co mingled fibres and then melt/cool in a mould rather than to try and process pre manufactured tapes. filament/ multi axis wound forms would be much faster to make and technically better parts but would require much larger capital investment from the manufacturer. (not to say braiding machines are cheap but all the heating cooling requirements for the other technologies are another level of expensive and would generally be born by the manufacturer of the component not the material/preform manufacturer like Composite braiding) to find a way to get the government to pay for me to build a bike for me too via the NCC
almightybenners mikelevy's article
Jan 25, 2022 at 8:18
Jan 25, 2022
Review: Rapha's Trail Pants & Knee Pads Are Impossibly Comfy
@stiksandstones: here's one for you if you dont mind me asking. why don't you at TLD ( or almost any MTB brands for that matter) offer riding pants in a longer length? Most seem to be a 30" or 32" inseam its a complaint I here on almost every winter ride from taller riders! you all make plenty of options for fat riders up to 42" waists surely there more market for a 2-3 inch longer leg! and personally it bugs the hell out of me that i cant get ones that fit right unless I spend an inordinate amount of money on ones from niche brands that make to order! (Noranna and Kitsbow will both do you a longer length if you ask nicely for example) I ended up taking a pair of £120 Berghaus stretchy softshell mountineering trousers to an alterations place to get the legs tapered down to match the leg fit of riding trousers but with a 34" inseam in the end, which work pretty well, but I'm sure I'm not alone in prefering a dedicated riding option for us lanky riders.
almightybenners brianpark's article
Oct 28, 2021 at 6:03
Oct 28, 2021
Now Taking Applications for Pinkbike’s World Cup DH Race Team with Ben Cathro
@CM999: so where do you think the budget for any team comes from? i dont think canyon/trek or specialized have magic money trees to fund teams, its from the money consumers spend on their products.
almightybenners jamessmurthwaite's article
Sep 20, 2021 at 12:44
Sep 20, 2021
Update: Jumbo Visma to Join World Cup XC Circuit with Milan Vader
Sorry I think you mean big speed skating team not road team.
almightybenners jamessmurthwaite's article
Jun 11, 2021 at 4:28
Jun 11, 2021
Bike Check: Finn Iles' Custom Specialized Demo - Leogang World Cup 2021
Love that the current silhouette of the demo is a lot closer to the bike from the glory days of the Sam Hill specialized monster team bikes it finally looks like a modern evolution of that bike which always looked pretty wild even though they were common as hell for like 6 -7 years! We just need someone to make a 29er iron horse sunday with a 530mm reach now.
almightybenners nkrohan's article
Jan 6, 2021 at 1:58
Jan 6, 2021
Ridden & Rated: 11 of the Best New Men's Riding Pants
@rickybobby18: I ride in the winter in a pair of berghaus stretch fit mountaineering trousers. Which i've sewn the top end of some arm warmers into the hem of for a tighter/longer cuff. They're decent and probably a damn sight better than most of the mtb fashion brand race pants for trail riding, but id love to see something with a waterproof arse/lower leg for the inevitable uk winter/summer puddle splashes like some of the endura offerings have but in a decent length.
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