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dthomp325 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 21, 2018 at 17:39
3 days
SRAM Eagle Electronic Shifting Spotted on Nino Schurter's Scott
I'd love this. 1x Di2 is excellent, but wiring sucks unless your bike is made for it.
dthomp325 mikekazimer's article
Feb 21, 2018 at 11:40
3 days
Kona Wah Wah II Flat Pedals - Review
They'll just sell $150 plastic pedals then, problem solved.
dthomp325 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 21, 2018 at 2:20
Feb 21, 2018
North American Handmade Bicycle Show - Judged Competition Results
@gabodude: great, good for you. I don't think building a frame is "magic". It's relatively simple engineering. I'd prefer a design from someone who knows how to use finite element software to model the forces a frame will experience and QCs their manufacturing process by destructively testing samples before hurtling myself down mountains at high speed on your product. Maybe some of these small time builders have a great engineering and QC process, but I doubt most do. Do small time builders even do basic safety testing like EN 14766 compliance?
dthomp325 RichardCunningham's article
Feb 19, 2018 at 13:48
Feb 19, 2018
North American Handmade Bicycle Show - Judged Competition Results
Seriously. How many of these garage built bikes get destructively tested? Seems sketchy to me.
dthomp325 mikekazimer's article
Feb 8, 2018 at 6:31
Feb 8, 2018
The New YT Capra - Everything You Need to Know
I'm considering replacing my DH bike with something like this. Modern DH bikes are so freaking crazy you need to be going so fast and huge to make them work, and they feel slow to me even on bike park blacks. I would definitely not want a bike like this for general trail riding, way too sluggish to be fun and it probably climbs like crap, and too much bike for most enduro courses around here.
dthomp325 mikelevy's article
Feb 8, 2018 at 5:20
Feb 8, 2018
The REAL Story of That Single-Sided Carbon Fork
@baggyferret: you like Lefties and vintage Jaguars? I think you might have some type of masochistic mechanic complex.
dthomp325 mikekazimer's article
Feb 8, 2018 at 5:09
Feb 8, 2018
The New YT Capra - Everything You Need to Know
@Patrick9-32: I don't think I'd want a 170mm bike to ride "short punchy climbs and descents". This type of bike will feel like a pig on that terrain.
dthomp325 mikekazimer's article
Feb 8, 2018 at 5:00
Feb 8, 2018
The New YT Capra - Everything You Need to Know
Long travel 29er park bike. Yes please. They should sell it stock with a dual-crown, because that's what I'd buy this bike for. Really excited about companies picking up longer chainstays on larger bikes. I've felt many demoed bikes with ultra-short chainstays were also ultra twitchy. No water bottle and pf92 are interesting choices, but not sure it matters for a park bike.
dthomp325 mikelevy's article
Feb 1, 2018 at 10:09
Feb 1, 2018
The REAL Story of That Single-Sided Carbon Fork
@baggyferret: The bearings and races need to be dismantled for maintenance any time contamination is introduced, for example if the boot rips (on the old forks) or the seals die (on the new forks). There is no other way to remove contamination from the bearing assembly. It is significantly more difficult than any maintenance on a traditional fork, which don't require "elastic bands and a balloon", and even if you've done it before and successfully remove the bearings and races, you still need to carefully record the position of all 8 races due to the different thicknesses. It's not a "piece of cake", I worked in a CDale shop in college and have performed the operation dozens of times. Most shops in the US won't even do it anymore, they will send it back to CDale instead.
dthomp325 mikelevy's article
Feb 1, 2018 at 7:10
Feb 1, 2018
The REAL Story of That Single-Sided Carbon Fork
@baggyferret: > yes i have heard/experienced bearing migration, i don't mind doing a quick 'reset' the latest lefties don't have this set up. The fix is quick, no big deal, but the thing that sucks is you lose travel on big hits and either have to finish your ride with less travel or pull to the side of the trail and fix it. > Bearing maintenance is a simple gaitor up, clean and smear grease, much easier than replacing stanctions I'm not sure you've actually performed this service. The Lefty has 4 sets of bearings, each of which has 2 races. All 4 bearings and 8 races will fall on the floor in a heap when you drop the lowers to gain access to these for maintenance. Now you have to measure all of the races with a micrometer, since they all have different thicknesses depending on the tolerances of your specific fork. You regrease them or order new races and bearings and are ready to put them back in? I hope you wrote down the exact position of each of the 8 races, because the fork won't work properly if you accidentally swap a 0.025" race from one side of the fork with a 0.020" race from the other side. Ok, you remember to write everything down and have carefully positioned each of the 8 races in the correct place, now you find that you don't actually have enough fingers to hold all of this together as it's reinstalled into the fork, and you have to call a friend for help. Granted, bearing maintenance intervals are long, and this service is infrequent, but when it needs to be done it is a giant pain in the ass, no doubt about it.
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