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gabriel-mission9 paulaston's article
May 31, 2018 at 15:52
May 31, 2018
Santa Cruz's New V10 - Fort William World Cup DH 2018
@wellsb: Except the seat tube on a V-10 where the top linkage attaches half way up....
gabriel-mission9 RichardCunningham's article
May 1, 2018 at 11:04
May 1, 2018
Terrene Chunk 2.6" Tire - Review
Terrene (say "Tear-ane") Is that tear as in "I cried a tear" or as in "I will tear this paper"? Important question...
gabriel-mission9 danielsapp's article
Apr 30, 2018 at 6:12
Apr 30, 2018
Neko Mulally's YT Tues - Bike Check
And again by tiny window, i mean tiny to the same extent that the advantage given by ceramic bearings is tiny. ie. so small as to be useless, even in the hands of a wc pro rider.
gabriel-mission9 danielsapp's article
Apr 30, 2018 at 5:44
Apr 30, 2018
Neko Mulally's YT Tues - Bike Check
@ThomDawson: I can see where you are coming from and to a certain extent you are correct that there will be some window within which the spokes become fully slack and the rim will flex to take up the remaining force being exerted. But this window will be absolutely minuscule. Like it may take a many hundreds of pounds of force to deflect the rim enough for the spokes to become slack, and then maybe another 15lbs of force to fold the rim. For this to provide a noticeable improvement to ride quality would require that you operate only within this window. A much better solution would be to use thinner spokes. This will provide measurable and repeatable increases in wheel compliance, throughout its entire operation, not just within an absolutely tiny window, either side of which you will see either no difference whatsoever or catastrophic failure.
gabriel-mission9 danielsapp's article
Apr 30, 2018 at 2:49
Apr 30, 2018
Neko Mulally's YT Tues - Bike Check
@ThomDawson: It's not (just) some opinion voiced by sheldon brown and his cronies. It's physics. If you understand how metal performs when loaded, then it becomes clear that spoke tension can not effect wheel stiffness. Claiming it does is no different to claiming adding preload effects your spring rate. It doesn't. Lots of people think it does. These people are incorrect. Carbon bits 100% agree. Carbon products in cycling are overly stiff because they are poorly made, not through some inherent advantage of aluminium. Ceramic bearings. By insignificant gains, I mean that if you rode a perfectly smooth track for 10 hours straight, where the only limit to your top speed was the resistance of the bearings, ceramic bearings might get you there a few thousands of a second quicker. On a rough 4 minute dh track with corners and other things that slow you down whatever bearings you are using, it will make no difference at all. By insignificant gains I mean no real world gains whatsoever. You'd be better off filing half a mm off of the ends of your handlebars for the aerodynamic gains.
gabriel-mission9 danielsapp's article
Apr 30, 2018 at 1:12
Apr 30, 2018
Neko Mulally's YT Tues - Bike Check
It does. When properly designed, a carbon product will have much improved compliance over a similar strength ali item.
gabriel-mission9 danielsapp's article
Apr 29, 2018 at 8:24
Apr 29, 2018
Neko Mulally's YT Tues - Bike Check
Not to mention air tokens to make up for improper damping....
gabriel-mission9 danielsapp's article
Apr 29, 2018 at 6:55
Apr 29, 2018
Neko Mulally's YT Tues - Bike Check
*pebble, not peddle. Lol
gabriel-mission9 danielsapp's article
Apr 29, 2018 at 6:49
Apr 29, 2018
Neko Mulally's YT Tues - Bike Check
Ceramic bearings (huge cost vs insignificant change in watts used), playing with spoke tensions (no effect on wheel stiffness whatsoever, massive increase in chances of catastrophic wheel failure), claiming alloy bars are more compliant than carbon (only true if the carbon bars are made incredibly badly). When will mtb grow out of its obsession with snake oil? Seriously, F1 engineers must read this shit and laugh their asses off. Top WC teams using shit that anyone with a modicum of knowledge can show to provide no benefit whatsoever. When the industry as a whole stops believing in fairytales and its own marketing bs, bikes are going to get a whole lot faster....
gabriel-mission9 danielsapp's article
Apr 29, 2018 at 6:42
Apr 29, 2018
Neko Mulally's YT Tues - Bike Check
Your tyres basically act as the first inch of suspension on your bike. ride over something very small like a peddle and your suspension will not react at all. your tyres will deal with the impact completely. You may think a pebble is so small that it cant effect your ride, but if your tyres didnt deform around it you wouldnt say that. Tyre inserts basically add a bit of damping to your tyre, improving the way they deal with impacts, and also giving your suspension a fraction of a second longer to react to larger impacts.
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