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cthorpe silverfish1974's photo
Feb 17, 2017 at 15:45
Feb 17, 2017
Most hollow metal components will have a weep hole. Just like aluminum bike frames have a weep hole in each tube set. On a welded frame it is to allow air to escape when temps change during welding and to allow condensation to escape during the life of the bike. On a part like a crank they likely found a weep hole necessary for the part, or its from the manufacturing process i.e. bladder removal or something similar.

cthorpe TheFEST's article
Feb 15, 2017 at 16:59
Feb 15, 2017
Fest Series: RoyalFest Season Ender Highlights
"moto skills dont help you ride a bike!" said many many PB'ers a few months ago. Take note; The bad boys with the wicked air time skills ride moto too.
cthorpe RichardCunningham's article
Feb 7, 2017 at 10:07
Feb 7, 2017
2017 Intense Tracer - Review
I really like the re-worked lower link and the longer links. Seems much less prone to jamming with small pebbles and dirt, and the longer links give a more fluid feel to suspension. Cant wait to see one in person. Frame only option?
cthorpe RichardCunningham's article
Feb 3, 2017 at 16:12
Feb 3, 2017
MRP Boost Adapter Kit for DT Swiss Wheels
You're gonna buy A complete hub(comparable to DT's), spokes, and nipples and re-lace for ~$50? Let alone two hubs? Good luck with that. Seems simple and at a totally reasonable price to make otherwise unusable wheels compatible.
cthorpe pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 3, 2017 at 12:37
Feb 3, 2017
Video of the Month - January 2017
I recall being disappointed that Brandons video showed only maybe 45 seconds of actual riding. Turns out I still am. Quantity matters too.
cthorpe ProductionPrivee's article
Jan 26, 2017 at 16:48
Jan 26, 2017
Production Privée's Steel Full Suspension Frame: The Shan Nº5
Since they stuck with an uninterrupted seat tube, they might as well take it one step further and make an Eightpin integrated dropper version!
cthorpe mikekazimer's article
Jan 26, 2017 at 10:28
Jan 26, 2017
Will Ride For Food - Opinion
Aside from having a post ride grub session planned. I normally dont purposely take food on rides. However I always keep an emergency granola bar hidden in my pack somewhere. Its usually mashed into a fine powder but Its saved me a few times. Started having dehydration issues last season. Even with plenty of water on hand. Had a major battle with hydration during one of our all-day weekend runs. Spent half that day in survival mode fighting mental and physical fatigue while pacing myself and trying to recover a bit mid ride. Assuming that was a fluke I continued with my normal routine and ride prep. Yet it started consistently happening. From then on I've been using electrolyte tablets in my pack. What a world of difference. Now I always rock the tablets on the longer or hotter days.
cthorpe parker-squires's article
Jan 13, 2017 at 13:26
Jan 13, 2017
Pinkbike Poll: How Often Do You Maintain Your Full Suspension Frame?
I check all bolts fairly regularly. maybe once a month I'll pull the rear shock and rear wheel and cycle the suspension. Feeling for roughness or stickiness. I will follow that up with further inspection if I notice anything. Then grease regardless of what I find. I can usually get at least a full year out of lower linkage bearings. upper linkage bearing tend to go years with little trouble. P.S. my bikes run silent. I cant stand creaks, clunks or even chain slap. cable housing slap has even driven me crazy My OCD doesn't allow for it.
cthorpe AJBarlas's article
Jan 6, 2017 at 15:11
Jan 6, 2017
Pinkbike Poll - What's Your Dream Gearbox Bike?
@rideonjon: Dont get me wrong, theres nothing wrong with Zerode. Its beautiful and i bet it rides great. However they are the epitome of boutique right now. They dont have the proven history, haven't had an elite race program, aren't nearly as known as Santa Cruz and dont have the resources like SC. They certainly cannot bring it (the gearbox) to the masses like SC, Spec, or another well known and proven company could. I only mention SC because, well, the front triangle is practically a mirror image of the nomad with both pivots in the right locations.
cthorpe AJBarlas's article
Jan 6, 2017 at 14:39
Jan 6, 2017
Pinkbike Poll - What's Your Dream Gearbox Bike?
Santa Cruz should look at that Zerode and see that they could easily drop a gearbox in the nomad chassis with minimal layout tweaks and basically bring the gearbox to the masses.
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