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bluechair84 BTRfabrications's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 8:03
Jan 12, 2017
BTR Ranger Hardtail Updated For 2017 - Press Release
And the T stands for Farage... They just put the little flange on the F in the wrong place.
Dec 2, 2016 at 13:05
Dec 2, 2016
bluechair84 mikekazimer's article
Nov 26, 2016 at 4:06
Nov 26, 2016
Shimano XT Di2 Drivetrain - First Ride
@nparker94: Given that each manufacturer has their own take and patents for suspension design, no gearbox manufacturer could make a single unit that would perform to all frames needs, so in some ways an industry standard would be needed so that a gearbox can exist beyond a single model. But, that would homogenise suspension design in ways that frame manufacturers won't like. I think you're right that frame manufacturers need to be making their own transmission and then build their ranges around that gearbox, as car manufacturers do. But that would require a bigger market... and I kinda like my trails quiet. I'll take shit external gears over busy trails and gearboxes every weekend ;)
bluechair84 mikekazimer's article
Nov 22, 2016 at 2:44
Nov 22, 2016
Shimano XT Di2 Drivetrain - First Ride
You've got a few chicken / egg problems with gearboxes. A gearbox manufacturer needs frames to fit, and frames need gearboxes to experiment with. Unless there is some form of collaboration like skill7 suggests, it'll won't happen quickly. But the bigger chicken / egg that no one has investigated is the different suspension designs that can bloom with a gearbox - there's no longer a need for a chain to travel directly from the back wheel to the chainring. A gearbox can output the drive to any pre-determined location, altering chainline and opening up suspension design. But designers need to be telling gearbox builders where they want the output, and gearbox designers need to know there'll be a market for them. I don't see this happening anytime soon. The holy grail is an output high up in the frame...
Oct 19, 2016 at 12:15
Oct 19, 2016
bluechair84 rasoulution's article
Oct 11, 2016 at 6:07
Oct 11, 2016
Must Watch: Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out
The only time I get to feel even close to the Mac is when I pedal past a Highland Coo and pat it on the head... And that don't happen very often...
bluechair84 dbaker's article
Oct 5, 2016 at 0:27
Oct 5, 2016
Escape From Chaos with Brett Tippie
Chuck Norris drinks cans of Tippie for the energy he needs to run around the world and punch himself in the back of the head.
bluechair84 mikekazimer's article
Oct 3, 2016 at 8:41
Oct 3, 2016
Strive vs. Strive: EWS Bike Setup With Justin Leov and Joe Barnes
@bonkywonky: IME, I keep low over the front end so I can sniff out grip around the front tyre. A mate of mine runs the exact opposite and has the highest front end he can get - his style is to get his CoG above the rear wheel so he can manual / pop through chunder really easily whilst I snake through it. I've come to his way of riding recently and spend a bit more time with the front wheel in the air - it's slower, but way more stylish!
Sep 12, 2016 at 5:30
Sep 12, 2016
bluechair84 ollyforster's article
Jul 12, 2016 at 7:09
Jul 12, 2016
Renthal Traction Lock-On Grips - Review
Yeah, he does tend to waffle on doesn't he...
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