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derekr jamessmurthwaite's article
Sep 10, 2020 at 7:20
Sep 10, 2020
Patrol Releases Carbon Fiber Kids' Bike Range - Across the Pond Beaver
@laksboy: How does the fork perform on an $800 adult bike? Kids bikes have all the same components at lower production numbers. Less materials, but that is just a fraction of the cost on these parts. They use heavy BMX parts so that we can walk out the door with a fully functioning bike for $300-400.
derekr jamessmurthwaite's article
Sep 9, 2020 at 19:58
Sep 9, 2020
Patrol Releases Carbon Fiber Kids' Bike Range - Across the Pond Beaver
Completely agree lightweight is the biggest factor. It bugs me a bit when parents complain about their kid’s $400 bike being too heavy for them. There are options out there like Early Rider, Prevelo, Trailcraft etc but you’ll have to pay for them. When it came down to it, you’re the one that bought the bike and carried the heavy thing out of the store! My 3 yr old rides a heavy Commencal Ramones 16 and I’m ok with it. It has disc brakes (for safety) and he beats on it with little consequence. It’s what we can afford and we have a great time!
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Aug 13, 2020 at 7:59
Aug 13, 2020
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derekr jamessmurthwaite's article
Aug 13, 2020 at 7:34
Aug 13, 2020
Merida Launches UK Influenced 140mm Big Trail Hardtail
I think the increased popularity of hardtails is a continuation of popularity of shorter travel bikes. Many people ride big beefy enduro machines on modern trails that are smooth and buffed... it's just not as fun on a beefy bike as hammering them on a hardtail. I switched back to a ti hardtail a couple years ago and am sold on them! Yes, they are more difficult on technical stuff but it's all the more challenging and just as fun. Ideally, my next bike will have heavy ply plus tires on it!
derekr derekmccuistonsc's article
Jul 29, 2020 at 7:30
Jul 29, 2020
Video: Freeride Hits on 26" Wheels in 'Keepin' it Casual In Quarantine'
@VtVolk: Nice looking bike! My 6yr old will be on a 24" next year... I assume she'll be on the same schedule as your kid as well and will be on adult hoops a few years after.
derekr derekmccuistonsc's article
Jul 28, 2020 at 20:45
Jul 28, 2020
Video: Freeride Hits on 26" Wheels in 'Keepin' it Casual In Quarantine'
@SirWonky: maybe it was because many riders are tall enough to ride bigger hoops! Back in the day My size XL 2001 SC Bullit had some pretty goofy geometry. So nice to have more choices!
derekr derekmccuistonsc's article
Jul 28, 2020 at 14:06
Jul 28, 2020
Video: Freeride Hits on 26" Wheels in 'Keepin' it Casual In Quarantine'
Love that 26 never went away too... so I can get my kid a 26er in a few years!
derekr danielsapp's article
Jul 23, 2020 at 13:09
Jul 23, 2020
Check Out: 16 New Hardtails for 2020
I ride a hardtail by choice not because it can be a cheaper option. That said 3600 USD for a frame! Better have a gearbox attached to it for that coin!
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Jul 23, 2020 at 6:52
Jul 23, 2020
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derekr dan-roberts's article
Jul 8, 2020 at 7:24
Jul 8, 2020
First Look: DT Swiss' New 1501 & 1700 Spline Wheelsets
@thegoodflow: Thanks for educating me on DT hubs! Sounds like you have a lot of experience with them. Have you used other hubs for comparison? ie, I9, Hope, Onyx etc. As far as shimano style freehub bodies, the cost of the freehub plus the Shimano drive cassette is the same as a microspline or XD drive cassette so I choose to get a new freehub and cassette. I've also had issues with steel freehub bodies. The prices really frustrate me and chains and derailleurs are fragile and have left me stranded many times. Now that I ride a lot with my young family and am getting into bikepacking, I see a lot of benefits to a pinion system; the cost of a pinion alone is equivalent to ~4 drivetrain swap-outs if you don't include all the other broken stuff along the way. That added with the reliability (hopefully) and significant reduced maintenance seems like a good choice for me. Thanks!
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