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bluechair84 paulaston's article
Dec 13, 2017 at 6:18
Dec 13, 2017
Do You Ride Responsibly? – Poll
@scott-townes: ... Jupiter...
bluechair84 RichardCunningham's article
Dec 13, 2017 at 6:16
Dec 13, 2017
Felt Bicycles Joins the Direct Sales Movement
@ReformedRoadie: I'll sell you direct my Ellsworth...
bluechair84 RichardCunningham's article
Dec 13, 2017 at 6:16
Dec 13, 2017
Felt Bicycles Joins the Direct Sales Movement
@racecase: give that man a medal!!
bluechair84 paulaston's article
Dec 12, 2017 at 5:31
Dec 12, 2017
Do You Ride Responsibly? – Poll
@Scotj009: Having built and maintained trails in the past - I actually don't shred like a tool because I know how long it takes to get a corner solid in the first place, and how little it takes to rip it apart. The more time you spend maintaining, the less time you spend riding.
bluechair84 paulaston's article
Nov 28, 2017 at 13:21
Nov 28, 2017
Commencal Supreme SX - Review
@Ross-Co: I'm not sure how the suspension type will affect step-ups/downs etc... I'm going to hazard a guess that the shock tune will affect the way the bike is impacted by these more than the suspension type. But - at full G-out, a HPP should feel more balanced than any other bike because the rear-centre actually increases. Because the rear wheel doesn't move forward, you can make a shorter rear-centre which will make the bike more agile in corners... This side effect might affect / improve the way the bike takes drops and jumps.
bluechair84 paulaston's article
Nov 16, 2017 at 4:23
Nov 16, 2017
Commencal Supreme SX - Review
@dthomp325: A word on the changing geometry - so long as both wheels compress at the same rate, head angle and seat angle remain constant in both types of design. A traditional pivot brings the rearwheel up and forwards to maintain a constant upper chain length, whilst the front wheel comes up and backwards at the rate of the head angle. This has the effect of moving your centre of gravity much further back in the wheelbase, and the wheelbase shrinks beneath you as the wheels come together. With a HPP, the rearwheel moves up and backwards to keep the upper chain length constant. This has the effect of keeping the wheelbase more constant under compression, so your CoG remains more central between the axles. I'd argue that a HPP gives you a more balanced geo change under compression than a traditional sus design.
bluechair84 paulaston's article
Oct 12, 2017 at 3:50
Oct 12, 2017
Raaw Madonna - Press Release and Interview
'No pockets so mud doesn't stand a chance' - comes with a 'recess for carrying tools in'. 'Chainstays designed to be as far away from the chain as possible' - looks exactly like the standard chainstay location from every other rear 'triangle'. 'Close attention to detail' = external cable routing!? Which has been done for a thousand years!? 'Loads of room for your feet to move' - on inspection of the chainstay shot, it looks to have a far less pronounce S curve than many other chainstays... Yeah I've had a crap few days at work but this piece of marketing BS makes it too easy to be a curmudgeon.
bluechair84 mikelevy's article
Oct 3, 2017 at 5:26
Oct 3, 2017
Clementz's Custom Cannondale EWS Bike - Finale Ligure EWS 2017
@R979: Best thing to do after you've got a Fatty? Go Lefty on it...
bluechair84 mattwragg's article
Sep 28, 2017 at 3:54
Sep 28, 2017
From the Top: Pinion's Christoph Lerman
There is also the potential with a gearbox to move the chainline around in favour of a different (read better) Instant Centre. At the moment, the only suitable chainline is around the 32t ring, so most suspension systems work with very similar Instant Centres. Commencal with their elevated chainline is the obvious deviation from this (and by no means the first) but I haven't analysed their suspension to see how this relates the bike's IC. I'm looking forward to an era of rearward tracking suspension kinematics based around an elevated IC using gearboxes ;)
bluechair84 MarinBikes's article
Jul 1, 2017 at 10:19
Jul 1, 2017
Marin's 2018 Collection
@deadmeat25: still a beautiful bike...
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