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g-42 mattwragg's article
Jul 12, 2018 at 9:03
Jul 12, 2018
Comparison Test: Are Wider Rims Better? We Try 4 Different Widths
@bigtim: For sure - I used to have a lot of burping from my back wheel when I was on narrower rims. Same weight as you, roughly - there are big differences in how different sized riders load things up.
g-42 mattwragg's article
Jul 12, 2018 at 9:02
Jul 12, 2018
Comparison Test: Are Wider Rims Better? We Try 4 Different Widths
@mattwragg: The thing with grip in corners is that it's as much dependent on state of mind as it is on tire. I find that when I'm riding tentatively, not committing to loading up the front wheel in a turn on sketchy low-traction/off-camber corners, I wash out a ton more than I do when I'm feeling confident and pushing hard. So that experience you had with a wide rim first time you tried it - that was a huge confidence booster, and you were probably willing to commit more. Which means blind testing is completely impossible - so much depends on the wetware between the ears. I'd say your setup for this was informative, and you were pretty clear about the methodology (and its limitations). Good on ya, and a good read.
g-42 alexcgevans's article
Jul 11, 2018 at 16:17
Jul 11, 2018
23 Super Bright Kits - Eurobike 2018
I remember the 80s; may in fact still have some PTSD from all that flash and neon and shit of those days. I wish that were one of those decades we wouldn't have to revisit...
g-42 danielsapp's article
Jul 9, 2018 at 11:54
Jul 9, 2018
Review: Kona Satori DL
@jpcars10s: I'm in the same boat - but supposedly there's a proper 111 successor in the works. Which means I'll have to just stay away from demo days...
g-42 danielsapp's article
Jul 9, 2018 at 11:52
Jul 9, 2018
Review: Kona Satori DL
@zamirz: The new Process is too much bike for me. I have a G1 Process 111, which is an awesome overall mix of traits for me. This new Satori should be a similar story - but frankly, at 225# I'm not buying the whole flexstay thing. Supposedly there's a new mid-travel 29er Process coming - that would be the proper spiritual successor to the 111 I think. BTW - the Trance X 29er was the bike I had before the 111. I never looked back...
Jul 5, 2018 at 8:41
Jul 5, 2018
Video: Transition Pulls Back The Curtain in ‘A Labor of Love'
@PinkyScar: The difference is a different casting for the uppers. And look at that - they now have made that different casting. But they didn't throw away the mold for the old one - they're still producing them. So whatever fork you can fit on your bike now that works because it's the amount of offset the bike was designed for will still be available for a very long time. Nope, they won't make brand-new forks with it - but when was the last time they really re-did an upper? Yes, they mess with dampers and springs all the time - but the stanchions and uppers are pretty stagnant. I am not a fan of gratuitously introduced standards - there's real harm there to consumers. But I don't think this creates the same amount of harm/hassle as, say, the constantly changing rear hub stuff. You switch rear wheels a lot more frequently than forks.
g-42 SaskiaD's article
Jul 3, 2018 at 10:11
Jul 3, 2018
Interview: New Beginnings for Tracy Moseley
It's hard to go from hyper-focused individual athlete to someone with a big-picture view. Seems like she's made that transition quite well. Wonderful ambassador for the sport.
g-42 SaskiaD's article
Jul 3, 2018 at 10:08
Jul 3, 2018
Interview: New Beginnings for Tracy Moseley
@IllestT: Growing up in Germany, I remember seeing headlines in a British paper on a newsstand that proclaimed the continent had been cut off from ferry service due to fog in the channel. I pull out that little anecdote anytime one of my American friends say things that imply that Britain is really just a part of a Europe...
g-42 mikekazimer's article
Jun 28, 2018 at 11:28
Jun 28, 2018
First Impressions: Riding Shimano's New XTR Components
@Matt76: But there are gear box bikes. You can go buy one right now, the friendly folks at Zerode are more than happy to sell you one of theirs, and those get pretty nice reviews. It's possible that gear boxes for bikes are about to make another leap in performance that'll see them so superior, even the higher cost (due to lack of economies of scale) will cause more early adopters to buy one, and then they'll just slowly but surely take over the market. If so, great. Right now, it seems like even among early adopters with the means to buy them, gear boxes are not taking off yet. If you have one, and you want to change it, hey, be sure to let your friends ride it so they can see the light.
g-42 mikekazimer's article
Jun 26, 2018 at 9:32
Jun 26, 2018
First Impressions: Riding Shimano's New XTR Components
@tsheep: And not only that, but the derailleur based systems are getting better. It may be 100 year old technology in concept, but the same is true of today's internal combustion engines - and just like those, there's been a lot of progress. A current middle-of-the-road working man's 1x11 SLX drive train would blow a mid-90s rider's mind - you can get away with a fair amount of load on the chain while downshifting, something that back then would have caused serious damage. If they can improve on that on the downshifts, and even make it possible for the upshifts with those new shift gates, more power to them.
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