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g-42 danielsapp's article
Feb 18, 2019 at 12:00
Feb 18, 2019
Review: MicroSHIFT's New $125 Advent Drivetrain
@konacyril: not at all - but if we (here in the US) buy OEM parts from the big European online sellers, there's no real warranty coverage.
g-42 danielsapp's article
Feb 18, 2019 at 11:26
Feb 18, 2019
Review: MicroSHIFT's New $125 Advent Drivetrain
Today, 11sp SLX can be bought from Jenson USA for $42 for the cassette, $50 for the derailleur, and $28 for the shifter (and that's in line with pricing that's been available for a long time). If my math doesn't betray me, that's $8 less for the trio than the MSRP on the Microshift, and you get an 11sp drivetrain that's known to be reliable and smooth-shifting. Even if you can get the Microshift for a little less - I'm not sure this sounds like such a great value. Oh, and the Shimano stuff sold by Jenson is legitimately packaged for sale to consumers (not bulk gray imported OEM parts as you'd get when ordering from Europe), and they process Shimano warranties.
g-42 jamessmurthwaite's article
Feb 7, 2019 at 10:39
Feb 7, 2019
Drift Products' $299 Carbon Flat Pedal
@krashDH85: My son's got composite Wah Wahs on his trial bike (as does my wife), Chesters on his DJ, . They've been great.
g-42 jamessmurthwaite's article
Feb 7, 2019 at 10:38
Feb 7, 2019
Drift Products' $299 Carbon Flat Pedal
@pwn1: Water. His pedals are made of water; he can walk on that stuff, so standing on it doesn't present any real problem...
g-42 pinkbikeoriginals's article
Feb 7, 2019 at 10:05
Feb 7, 2019
Video: First Impressions of the Year Round Lift Access at Spider Mountain in Texas
@TeamTrailParty: Used to live in Austin way back in the early 90s. Got into MTB there. I think you've got the right idea - between Austin and San Antonio, you've got a huge metro area to pull from, and having MTB and wake boarding all in close proximity (and throwing in some other stuff like ziplines) should keep the families coming. Not a huge amount of vert in the Hill Country, but it looks like you guys are making the most of it. In a way, it's brilliant, because one lift will allow access to all of your terrain, and quick laps keep people happy. Seems like a good return on your capital. Good luck with the project - I've got friends still in Austin, and whenever they come visit here in the PNW, they're always talking about how neat it would be to have more riding close to home.
g-42 mikelevy's article
Feb 6, 2019 at 11:21
Feb 6, 2019
Video: SRAM's Wireless Eagle AXS Drivetrain Explained
I could sort of see the case for e-shifting for 2x drivetrains, since it takes the thinking out of the equation (go for a chainring or cassette shift?). For 1x, that benefit is gone. Meaning this thing has to be awfully rock-solid to overcome the risk and cost from the additional complexity - rock solid not just in mitigating those factors, but in delivering some sort of real benefit. It would be interesting to line this up against both a current XX1 drivetrain and the new XTR (which, availability issues aside, at this point seems to be the new benchmarks on how tolerant a modern drivetrain can be of shifting under load, both up and down). If the only benefits are no cable routing and whiz-bang, the cost/benefit is going to look a little weak. If there's some seriously awesome shifting performance that comes from this, it might be worth it to the people willing to invest that much in their drivetrain. I'm more of an SLX/XT guy in search of pretty awesome performance at a solid-value price point, so I'm definitely not the demographic for this - but I'd think that for those who are, there'll still be a bit more to convince them to go there. I see a lot of things that would make a real difference on even a high-end bike (custom shock tune, carbon wheels, what have you) people would want to invest into before e-shifting...
g-42 mikelevy's article
Feb 5, 2019 at 15:32
Feb 5, 2019
Video: Spengle's 3-Spoke Carbon Wheels
@SJP: Oh man, you gave me a mixture of nostalgia and usenet PTSD.
g-42 jamessmurthwaite's article
Jan 23, 2019 at 18:05
Jan 23, 2019
Update: Glasgow Awarded First Ever All-Discipline World Championships in 2023
I was just thinking Vancouver would be awesome. And as much as I don't really care about the UCI, that would be freaking epic. Good on Glasgow to make it happen, perhaps Vancouver next year?
g-42 paulaston's article
Jan 17, 2019 at 8:25
Jan 17, 2019
First Ride: The New Canyon Strive
Leaving Uber conservative geometry and worries about Shapeshifter long term reliability aside for a moment, US price for the frame is the same as for a carbon Sentinel frameset. So much for direct to consumer savings, I guess...
g-42 davidarthur's article
Jan 15, 2019 at 12:58
Jan 15, 2019
First Ride: YT's New Long-Travel 29er, the Jeffsy 29 CF Pro Race
@BaeckerX1: some suspension designs depend on high end shocks to work well , especially for heavier riders. I bought a Giant a while back after really liking the demo. Turns out, with the lower spec shock the bike had crappy small bump compliance and I still bottomed out harshly all the time. I'd love to see in depth tests covering both the high and low end specs in a range, so buyers will know whether it's truly just a bit of lighter weight and better brakes and shifting, or whether the low end bike rides qualtatively differently.
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