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g-42 mikekazimer's article
May 13, 2021 at 11:28
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First Ride: 2022 Specialized Kenevo SL - The Electric Enduro
@GilesSTurner: It's also heavier and probably a lot less sophisticated in how smoothly it delivers that power).
g-42 sarahmoore's article
May 11, 2021 at 10:30
May 11, 2021
Field Trip: Ibis's $2,999 Ripley AF is a Precision Weapon
Alas, the curse of the Covid bike boom and the Covid supply chain cluster****. In my LBS the other day, a guy came in saying he was looking for a size L trailbike, happy with anything between 120 and 160mm of suspension, and had been sent by another store to see if this one might have a bike, any bike, left.
g-42 sarahmoore's article
May 11, 2021 at 10:27
May 11, 2021
Field Trip: Ibis's $2,999 Ripley AF is a Precision Weapon
I think the whole SRAM vs. Shimano brake debate comes down to what's important to you. SRAM brakes do have very nice modulation; I appreciate that. But as a bigger guy, I want, need, and like the power I get out of Shimano brakes, and I'll happily live with that power being a bit on/off, and I'll even life with the bitepoint being a bit inconsistent. The deal breaker on SRAM for me is the lack of raw stopping power - but the reason my wife (much ligher) uses Shimano as well is that I (a) like being able to do a quick and simple brake bleed in 10 minutes spare time as opposed to running to the shop for that and (b) will absolutely not tolerate DOT fluid in the garage (that stuff is nasty, and I'm too much of a hack home mechanic not to spill it all over the place).
g-42 sarahmoore's article
May 10, 2021 at 9:31
May 10, 2021
Field Trip: Devinci's $2,299 Marshall is a Capable All-Rounder
Retail on that Silver 35 is around 300, vs. retail for the Revelation at around 500. For that $700 bump, you'd easily be in Pike territory. They're packing a lot of value into this build - no need to upgrade brakes or drivetrain anytime soon; good tires from the get-go, usable dropper, decent shock. The fork is really the only let-down (well, I'm sure the Formula hubs and no-name rims aren't going to be standing up to big dudes getting sendy, but they'll be fine for a start and are pretty standard for entry level trailbikes). This is a good value all around. $200 more on MSRP would probably have gotten a decent fork on there (like the Polygon's Fox), but that's really the only head scratcher, and might be a matter of availability.
g-42 fovno-tech's article
May 7, 2021 at 12:58
May 7, 2021
Press Release: Fovno-Tech's New Bike Rack Uses Electric Suction Cups
@henndoe: I hear you - I like progress. Problem is, they sell these things without knowing what they'll be attached to. One Up, Thule, Yakima all tell their customers to go find a solid place to mount to. Easiest to achieve with hitch mounts, as draw bar receiver hitches are a known quantity - with roof mounts, there's a ton of fit guide info that comes from the rack manufacturers. OneUp will sell you a roof rack tray and basically tell you it needs to be a solid rack/crossbar system; the rack/crossbar people will tell you which of their products work for your application (in our case, bikes) on what vehicles. If there's not a solid place for a tower/clamp mount, and there are no solid attachment points for their bolt-on adapters, the rack makers will tell you not to put that load on your car. The suction guys don't do that - they just tell you to suction the things to the sheet metal (or glass, if applicable), and they don't document where, on what type of car, the structures can support that. It's likely to be OK most of the time (otherwise we'd not just hear the occasional anecdote of problems here or there on the forums), but there's no fool proof recipe to follow for a consumer short of understanding the structure of their car's roof. And while you're right that failure can often lead to progress, I'd hate to be the guy who's rack's failure leads not only to good failure data for the manufacturer to consider in improving their product but also to death or injury to people behind me on the freeway. Then again, the number of uber-sketchy setups I've seen on the roads, especially in the pandemic MTB boom, suggests that perhaps I'm overthinking this. Like those strap-on-the-tailgate Thule racks loaded up with three or four 30+ pound trail bikes that seem to be all over I5 these days.
g-42 fovno-tech's article
May 7, 2021 at 12:47
May 7, 2021
Press Release: Fovno-Tech's New Bike Rack Uses Electric Suction Cups
@DylanH93: Anecdotally, yes - forums, social media, etc. But there are failures with other rack systems as well. Would be nice to have proper data on that sort of thing. Absent that - these things pull on structures of a car's roof that are engineered for a number of requirements (keep occupants from getting crushed in a roll-over, keep noise low, what have you) that do NOT include withstanding the loading from a bunch of suction cups attached to bikes rocking back and forth, being pushed on by wind, etc. If you look at roof rack mounts the car manufacturers provide, the structural support is usually tied into the longitudinal frame support just inboard of the roof/door transition. Which makes sense - there's a boatload of strength built into that space (rollover protection and such), and it's easy to weld a bunch of nuts into those places and attach all sorts of roof rack or roof rail mounts to them and be really confident that they won't just rip out from loads getting lifted at high speeds, or roofs being crushed by too much weight (like you would often see in the 90s when US OEMs started putting roof rails and "racks" on their SUVs that were basically just tracks attached to the sheet metal with plusnuts/rivnuts). With the Seasuckers or any other suction cup attachment, if you're attaching to a part of the roof sheet metal that's solidly connected to a bunch of those reinforcing structures (the longitudinal pieces close to the doors, and/or the crossmembers connecting them every so often over the length of the roof), then you're probably OK. But people who put those thigns on their cars don't necessarily know where to put them. So you could have someone use one of those things for years, and it's great, and then one day maybe they put it a few inches further fore or aft, and it might just cause so much flex in the sheetmetal that it buckles and the suction seal fails. Something to think about - I'd want to know what's under the sheetmetal that I'm suctioning a bunch of bikes to...
g-42 mikekazimer's article
May 7, 2021 at 12:13
May 7, 2021
Ask Pinkbike: Tire Width, Cleaning Tips, Shock Setup, & Buying a Bike Without Trying It First
@mikekazimer: Might cause the poor bike high blood pressure, though...
g-42 alicialeggett's article
May 5, 2021 at 13:09
May 5, 2021
Thought Experiment: What's the Heaviest Trail Bike We Could Build for $10k?
Cute. While the how-light-for-a-cost-is-not-an-issue-bike question was interesting on a number of fronts, this is more of a hold my beer sort of thing. What would be of great interest, though, would be to answer the question where dollars buy the most performance (stiffer/lighter/better functioning), and where dollars buy the most bombproofness. Not in absolute terms - yes, I can build an almost bombproof bike, but it'll be worthless unless I only shuttle or ride lifts. But in relative terms - how much do your dollars get you in terms of making a trail bike stouter without losing its usefulness and fun factor. I'm a big guy - so my personal answers to those sorts of questions tend to favor things like 11sp SLX drive train components, Zee brakes (these days, if buying new, that would probably be Deore 4 piston), Minions, DT Swiss rear hubs (that's the latest, after destroying even the supposedly bulletproof Hope Pro 4). For a lighter rider, that would probably look quite a bit different.
g-42 sarahmoore's article
May 4, 2021 at 8:58
May 4, 2021
Field Trip: Polygon's $2,369 Siskiu Fools You Into Thinking It's Pricier
Hey, those numbers look awfully close to the current gen Process 134 I ride. Fun bike - the short chainstays/long front triangle work well for someone with a longer torso for their height (I'm pretty ape-y, rather than gazelle-y). It's good spec for the money - but sounds like the suspension isn't as progressive as the 134 (I'm 230# and don't need a pedal platform lever despite running mine at 30% sag - and it's plenty poppy off little side hits).
g-42 shimano's article
Apr 27, 2021 at 9:31
Apr 27, 2021
Video: 'A Dogs Tale' - The Ultimate Story For Trail Dog Lovers
@Patrick9-32: No argument on the second part (I have a dog, and I'm pretty clear that it's my responsibility to make sure it's not leaving crap all over the place). Unfortunately, though, based on observation I think your first sentence about humans knowing where it is and isn't appropriate to take a shit might be giving humanity too much credit.
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