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bkm303 mikelevy's article
Oct 8, 2019 at 6:02
Oct 8, 2019
Review: 6 Months With RockShox's Wireless Reverb AXS Dropper Post
@ShoodNoBetter: I completely agree. Full drop on a 170-200mm post is reeeeaaaalllllly low, even past DH bike territory. Seriously, add 200mm of height to this (https://www.pinkbike.com/photo/16791126/) and the saddle is sky high. Granted, I'm still on a 100mm dropper and I'd definitely like more travel. But when I've demoed bikes with 170mm drop I just can't really see any benefit to the last 30mm or so, and I run my post pretty damn high. I found myself always bottoming it out, then trying to come up a bit to where sitting didn't feel so awkward. If all these mega long travel posts were travel adjustable I would get it - sell one long travel post and let the users customize it with spacers or whatever. As is it seems pretty overkill.
bkm303 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 26, 2019 at 15:55
Sep 26, 2019
4 Affordable Trail Bike Forks Ridden & Rated
@RichardCunningham: get "boinger" in the mix too
bkm303 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 26, 2019 at 10:59
Sep 26, 2019
4 Affordable Trail Bike Forks Ridden & Rated
@NotNamed: Yeah the TriAir looks sick. Never seen one in the wild before though. Have you ridden it?
bkm303 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 26, 2019 at 10:21
Sep 26, 2019
4 Affordable Trail Bike Forks Ridden & Rated
Yeah Suntour is conspicuously absent here. No better bang-for-your-buck forks than Auron and Aion, IMO. Both readily available brand new for $300-$400 (BuySell, German sites, etc). The PB reviews of their forks haven't been so hot but I'm not really sure what to say there. I've never had a single issue with any of the Suntour products I've ridden (or that I've recommended to friends). Auron, Durolux, and Aion were good enough for Vital to give them 4 stars...
bkm303 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 26, 2019 at 9:10
Sep 26, 2019
4 Affordable Trail Bike Forks Ridden & Rated
@Metacomet: I mean.... if you're upgrading from the Revelation or 34 you're not really in the budget bracket anymore. But yeah upgrading dampers is a good option if you already have one of those forks. There are a fair number of lower-priced trail bikes that still come spec'd with 32mm forks (Recon, XCR-Air, etc). Something like a 35 Gold (which seems pretty much the same as a MoCo Revelation), Rhythm 34, Z2, Aion, etc is a great affordable upgrade from something like that if you're getting into the sport and starting to push the bike harder.
bkm303 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 26, 2019 at 7:11
Sep 26, 2019
4 Affordable Trail Bike Forks Ridden & Rated
Hell, I recently got a brand new non-boost Auron from a german site (starbike) for $375 shipped. And it kicks ass. Smooth, stiff, easy to service, and more adjustment than I'll ever need. And I like that the travel adjust doesn't require a new air spring shaft. I would also note that they left out the most affordable fork in the RS lineup too (35 Gold) - 35mm stanchions, MoCo damper, $500. Seems pretty much the same as the Revelation, probably just a bit heavier. It's been great on my wife's bike.
bkm303 mikelevy's article
Sep 19, 2019 at 12:58
Sep 19, 2019
Review: 6 Months with SRAM'S Wireless Eagle AXS XX1 Drivetrain
@BCDragon: some people have been locking the B knuckle in place by adding some washers under the mounting bolt to get some preload (or something like that). There were some comments about it in one of the articles on the new TRP drivetrain.
bkm303 mikelevy's article
Sep 19, 2019 at 9:35
Sep 19, 2019
Review: 6 Months with SRAM'S Wireless Eagle AXS XX1 Drivetrain
GTFO with this crap. A £2300 new bike of today will blow a £2300 new bike from 5 years ago out of the water, it's not as if we're moving backwards in terms of price/performance. SLX 11 or even Deore wide range can be had for dirt cheap and are a practically bulletproof. Lower/mid-tier forks actually kick ass now (ie. 35 Gold, Rev, Z2, Aion, Rhythm, etc). There's not a single part on the bike that has gotten worse at the same price point (possible exception being bottom brackets). Expensive shit like this is only a problem if it's going to bother you to not have your bike all blinged out. If not, budget components are better than they've ever been.
bkm303 mikelevy's article
Sep 19, 2019 at 9:18
Sep 19, 2019
Review: 6 Months with SRAM'S Wireless Eagle AXS XX1 Drivetrain
@nyles: Seriously, if you can afford AXS you can afford to keep an extra 25g battery squirreled away in your pack or in a frame bag just in case, or bring a power bank. I'm sure you could get enough charge to finish the ride in the time it would take for a snack break. Solar panels? Generators? Give me a break, might as well go back to mechanical shifting at that point. Tbf I would imagine many people would opt for a slightly heavier but longer-life battery (a la di2) if available, but I'm sure the 25g battery is super attractive to racers. Not that it's hard to remember to charge your battery once in every 20 hrs of riding anyway.
bkm303 RichardCunningham's article
Sep 17, 2019 at 6:22
Sep 17, 2019
Review: Marzocchi's New Bomber Z2 Fork is Impressive & Affordable
@inked-up-metalhead: yes, it's a complete joke that people are acting all pissed about "the marzocchi of old", as if anyone would actually go out and buy a heavy, open bath, coil sprung trail fork in 2019. They made what appears to be a great fork here, so what if they used a few Fox parts? Marzocchi is a budget-oriented brand, get over it. The industry does not need another RS/Fox competitor for the already crowded top-of-the-line/most-adjustments market segment. It needs more options in the Manitou / Suntour / X-Fusion segment - solid options for riders on a budget.
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