frorider2 mikekazimer's article
Nov 18, 2014 at 13:05Nov 18, 2014
Race Face Cinch Turbine Cranks - Review
Reviewers have overlooked one aspect of the cinch Turbine: RF chose to use a huge Q factor on these. Turbine q factor = About 180 mm on a 73 mm spindle. By comparison, the 'wide' version of the XX1 cranks are 168 mm, and the narrow version XX1 is 156 mm I think. I'm not sure why the Turbines are so much wider-stanced than the Next SLs or other cranks on the market. I wouldn't want to run the cinch turbines with my wider pedals (spikes, wah wahs) because with a low BB bike i'm already clipping things when pedaling out of a turn, but YMMV. To be honest I've never paid much attention to q factor since it just wasn't an issue on my various Shimano, E13, raceface cranks (incl the older Turbine).
frorider2 mattwragg's article
Apr 26, 2013 at 8:09Apr 26, 2013
Opinion: 26 vs 27.5 vs 29-inch Wheels
Matt's article indicates that he does not have internet access and doesn't talk to riders IRL either. That's the only explanation I can think of for him not knowing that most of the 'new school' 29ers don't come in a small enough size for many riders, or, if they do, make some weird geo compromises in order to do so. He also didn't address the strength:weight and flex:weight ratio issue that non-carbon 29er wheels tend to have. I guess he achieved his goal though of intentionally ignoring the overall pro/con arguments so he could come up with a 'controversial' conclusion and get hits on the internet. btw I have 6 26ers and 3 29ers.