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animatedcorpse jamessmurthwaite's article
May 24, 2019 at 13:42
May 24, 2019
MIPS Acquires Fluid Inside Rotational Impact Company For $3.3 Million
The press release statement on their own website says - “The acquisition is primarily part of our strategic plan to continue to be the world leader in brain protection systems within helmet-based safety.” The part about patent protection not included, I don’t know if it was there to begin with? Anyway, USD 3.3 million isn’t much to get rid of a competitor/take control over and quietly retire a cheaper and well (better?) performing patent, if that is their actual goal with the purchase.
animatedcorpse RichardCunningham's article
Apr 26, 2019 at 7:25
Apr 26, 2019
Poll: Does Your Trail Bike Have a Weight Problem?
Lol, that was my weight too but 30 years ago, now I’m 88 kg at the same length. My steel hardtail weighs around 13,5 kg +/- 0,5 kg (haven’t bothered weighing it), however the bike’s heft is not an issue for me, rather a heavy bike may be a tool for me to reach a more healthy body mass index this year. Hopefully...
animatedcorpse jamessmurthwaite's article
Apr 20, 2019 at 10:33
Apr 20, 2019
4 New Materials That Could Improve Carbon Fiber
Not in frames currently but as spokes like Vectran has been used by Spinergy for decades and now also Pi Rope. Dyneema, it seems, do have better UV resistance than Vectran so it may very well be the best choice for spun rope spokes, but then it needs to be done better than what the first of the images above shows, the Pi Rope design is much tidier.
animatedcorpse jamessmurthwaite's article
Apr 20, 2019 at 10:16
Apr 20, 2019
4 New Materials That Could Improve Carbon Fiber
@RichardCunningham: not available to reply right now due to a busy weekend schedule, however I can relay your message if you wish. Meanwhile please ask JS to correct the text regarding the polymer spoke tech as both Spinergy and Pi Rope* uses Vectran spokes, not Dyneema. The former is made of melt-spun liquid-crystal polyester (UV sensitive if left uncoated!) while the latter is made of Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UV resistant). *Pi Rope worked with Newman Components who made the special hubs and rims.
animatedcorpse danielsapp's article
Apr 15, 2019 at 6:53
Apr 15, 2019
Nicolai Releases New Saturn 14 Trail Bike
How do you like the welds to be prepared, sir? Extra fat, please.
animatedcorpse RichardCunningham's article
Apr 12, 2019 at 6:19
Apr 12, 2019
Day One Randoms - Sea Otter 2019
A glove brand named Handske, which is Swedish for glove, was first thinking it was a Swedish brand but it is American? Anyhow that abstract print and matching frame paint job... wish I could unsee it.
animatedcorpse mikelevy's article
Apr 12, 2019 at 5:33
Apr 12, 2019
Kavenz's High-Pivot Enduro Prototype - Sea Otter 2019
Not sure about that combo, it’s missing the lugs and carbon pipes, imo it looks more like a union between Forbidden and Alutech, or Liteville, or RAAW, or... anyway I want to try one with less aggressive trail geo and 130-140 mm travel.
animatedcorpse mikelevy's article
Apr 6, 2019 at 16:42
Apr 6, 2019
Review: SRAM's New G2 Ultimate Brakes
@PB: Can you say “these are not as good as” or “they are better than” without worry of losing your jobs? For example in comparison with the new Hayes Dominion, how would you rate the G2? Could you do a long term group test so the best/worst are sorted out and then we can choose our next buy based on your test results and conclusions. Or maybe that is too much European magazine style?
animatedcorpse edspratt's article
Apr 6, 2019 at 15:45
Apr 6, 2019
The Tech Behind the New Atherton Bikes
Those nicely shaped but rough surfaced, raw titanium lugs with straight carbon fiber pipes - reminds me of 19th century design but made with hypermodern production methods and materials. Add the quirky DW linkage... A genuine piece of Steampunk it is! N+1 if I could afford it.
animatedcorpse RichardCunningham's article
Apr 6, 2019 at 7:19
Apr 6, 2019
First Ride: Eminent Onset 140
I’d be interested in how long the bearings in the rear pivots survive the design with no crossbrace/bridge between left and right seatstay. Imo this is bad engineering and if it had been made by an unknown Chinese manufacturer instead of designed by a south Californian company, I don’t think PB would have bothered reviewing it.
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