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cueTIP mikekazimer's article
Jul 31, 2020 at 10:37
Jul 31, 2020
First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Promising
@just6979: never said it did. Just saying it is nowhere near what you get out of smaller companies. I have spent well over $10,000 on fox parts alone in the last 3 years between my bicycles, dirt bike and truck. Regardless of the division you are waiting at least 2 weeks for service. Manitou has never taken more than a week to get my fork back to me and I’ve sent 4 things to them for service. A Mattoc Pro back in 2016. My Mezzer and two McLeod shocks from couple of friends who bought bikes with them. Fox service is adequate. Manitou is exceptional.
cueTIP mikekazimer's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 16:10
Jul 30, 2020
First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Promising
@mikekazimer: fair enough. Would you guys ever consider doing another review with the fork at 180mm using the revised lowers? Makes it a better comparison for the people since I doubt anybody is cross shopping a Zeb and Pike.
cueTIP mikekazimer's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 15:51
Jul 30, 2020
First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Promising
@mikekazimer: I actually find those numbers high as well. I’m 195 kitted up and I run 54 in the main and 80 in the IRT. What travel were you testing at? To be clear, I’m not picking the fight some of the other guys seem to be. Your numbers make sense if you were running it at 150mm and would be a bit stiff at 160mm and Aaron Gwin stiff at 170/180mm. I do believe the air spring doesn’t perform as well below 170mm though as it reduces the relative volume of the main chamber vs the IRT. However, I don’t really think the fork is targeted at the 150-160mm Pike / 34 territory. But more the 170-180 Lyric/Zeb and 36/38 territory. Doing what RS does, mandating a different air shaft for the shorter travel range might help that, but I’m fine if the fork targets the burly side of the market. It should just be made more clear from Manitou maybe.
cueTIP mikekazimer's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 14:18
Jul 30, 2020
First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Promising
@mammal: hold off on that Dorado. I have on good authority that a brand new Dorado is to arrive shortly with 37mm stanchions and upgraded internals.
cueTIP jamessmurthwaite's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 11:56
Jul 30, 2020
Throwback Thursday: The First Ever Shimano Deore XT Groupset From 1982
@mert123: Such a simple solution, here I was wondering how they rotoscoped the person spinning the cranks out in the early 80s haha. Don't know why my mind went to the complex when the simple always works better.
cueTIP mikekazimer's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 11:41
Jul 30, 2020
First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Promising
@englertracing: No, they're identical. Just did an overlay in photoshop adjusted for the perspective warp due to being installed on a bike. https://gfycat.com/threadbaredisguisedbernesemountaindog
cueTIP mikekazimer's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 11:09
Jul 30, 2020
First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Promising
Machining a single piece like that is much more complex. The cast required for the larger part is either going to be bigger or have 1/3 to 1/4 of the cavity count which has a major impact on production volume. Then the final machining is going to take much longer. A single piece CSU would probably cost well over 3x as much as a press-fit assembly.
cueTIP mikekazimer's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 11:05
Jul 30, 2020
First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Promising
@just6979: No, they lost my fork IN THEIR FACILITIES, not USPS.
cueTIP mikekazimer's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 9:33
Jul 30, 2020
First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Promising
@Waldon83: Mike must have had a seriously bum Mezzer. Every single other review on the internet loved it. Every one. I ordered one and regretted it when I saw the review. Put it on and nothing of what Kaz said rang true. I don't doubt he got a bum fork. Manitou flat-out admits they had a bad batch in the first production run. Hell, when I called asking for new seals they just told me to send my fork to the Canadian service tech and he just replaced the lowers without even testing to see if I had issues. I've sent forks to SRAM, Fox and DVO before. SRAM took 3 weeks. Fox lost it twice and took nearly a month and a half to get it back to me. DVO had it for a week. Manitou had it back to me next day. I dropped it off Tuesday evening with the service tech, he had it back Wednesday by noon. Even if I had to ship it to another city it would have been 3 days max. I'm crazy impressed.
cueTIP mikekazimer's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 9:26
Jul 30, 2020
First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Promising
@PHeller: I own a Mezzer at the moment and it does not surprise me at all that there is no CSU creak. It may be 400 grams lighter than a 38 but it is much better designed. I finally had a chance to test a 38 back-to-back with the Mezzer. The 38 is an awesome fork. The Mezzer is just ever so slightly better, particularly in the rough steeps.
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