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gabriel-mission9 mikekazimer's article
Dec 3, 2018 at 2:27
Dec 3, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: How Much Does a Bike's Climbing Performance Matter to You?
@bart882: I earn my downhill. I work all week. Not wasting any of my hard earned dh time pedalling up hills!
gabriel-mission9 mikekazimer's article
Nov 21, 2018 at 16:37
Nov 21, 2018
Trending: Mountain Bike Tech to Look for in 2019
@warmerdamj: Basically: They dont weight much more than an average inner tube. I know no one runs those any more, but at the same time it kinda shows that although the weight looks high on paper, its not like a tyre with an inner tube rides drastically worse than a tubeless set up. Before the tube punctures anyway. So the weight doesn't make a huge difference. They pretty much eliminate rim dents. 90% of the time I have to replace a rim it's because of some sort of impact damage or another, so eliminating that is a big deal. I spend 2 weeks in Morzine every summer. Normally I hear a good few dings and bangs coming from my rims every run, especially in rocky areas. I usually buy a new rear rim after I get back every year, it's not cheap. Last summer, with cushcore I heard one faint ping noise from my wheels in the entire 2 weeks. And that was from my front wheel landing directly on the edge of a reasonable sized rock from about 20 ft out. That is a huge difference. No new rims needed after the holiday as they were both in perfect condition. In fact I'd even consider running lighter rims now. Or wider but no heavier, or whatever. You can also run lighter sidewalls on your tyres, making the whole setup significantly lighter than your standard tubeless set up, and still less prone to damage. Might improve grip too, having a more flexible tyre carcass, but then again it might not be noticeable. I haven't ridden a non-heavyduty tyre sidewall in years so I can't really comment. They noticeably improve tyre stability at low pressures. I got a slow puncture a while ago, and didnt even notice till it was down to about 10psi. The grip was immense, tyre roll was still better than a normal tyre at 20psi. I honestly can't say enough good about them. Downsides? They are expensive and a pain to fit. Once they're on your bike though, they rock.
gabriel-mission9 mikekazimer's article
Nov 15, 2018 at 15:19
Nov 15, 2018
Trending: Mountain Bike Tech to Look for in 2019
@onemanarmy: I am an average rider. Cushcores had the biggest effect on my bike of any upgrade I've made in the past 5 years. The last really noteable improvement was a charger damper replacing an r2c2. Tyre inserts kick ass.
gabriel-mission9 mikelevy's article
Nov 5, 2018 at 6:12
Nov 5, 2018
Braking News from Taiwan - Taipei Cycle Show 2018
@segunda: This is the real benefit of floating rotors. It's got nothing to do with the rotor being able to move side to side to allow for badly set up brakes, as they seem to claim in the article. Floating rotors are designed to allow the braking surface to expand and contract when it goes through heat cycles, without warping. This design looks pretty neat, and probably very cheap to produce. Should imagine it runs a lot noisier than the Hope design though. Cool product if its suitably affordable.
gabriel-mission9 RichardCunningham's article
Oct 22, 2018 at 5:59
Oct 22, 2018
Tire Makers Co-Develop an Inflatable Bladder System to Prevent Flat Tires
@Bustacrimes: To be fair I'm a big fan of the cushcore design, and can see the specific advantages offered by pro-core, huck-norris etc. I just think this design is poorly thought out
gabriel-mission9 RichardCunningham's article
Oct 16, 2018 at 15:01
Oct 16, 2018
Tire Makers Co-Develop an Inflatable Bladder System to Prevent Flat Tires
I don't really get this product. It's like a normal tyre insert, but made wrong. Like everything about it is backwards, the foams at the top of the tyre, the air chambers in the bottom of the tyre, it looks like it was designed by someone who didn't ride mtbs. If anything it looks like a good idea for commuter/city bikes, but it'll be horrible on a mountainbike. Loads of rolling resistance, less grip, hardly any sidewall support (I wonder if the big blob of foam at the top of the tyre might even increase tyre roll) I'm surprised Vittoria got this so wrong. Well, it looks wrong to me anyway, testing will tell, but I doubt this will perform as well as a cush core
gabriel-mission9 paulaston's article
Oct 8, 2018 at 14:19
Oct 8, 2018
Review: Trek Session 9.9 29
@cuban-b: yeah, and as a Scott Gambler and Commencal V4 are also "linkage driven single pivots", while Santa Cruz V10s and Mondraker Summums are "short link 4 bar" everything gets a bit confusing.
gabriel-mission9 paulaston's article
Oct 8, 2018 at 14:15
Oct 8, 2018
Review: Trek Session 9.9 29
@ninjatarian: Kinda. ABP has the axle path of a single pivot but the brake mounted to the seatstay as found on an FSR. Given that the axle path of an FSR varies so insignificantly to that of a single pivot, I'd say ABP is closer to FSR than single pivot.
gabriel-mission9 Whipperman's article
Oct 2, 2018 at 5:14
Oct 2, 2018
Bigger=Stronger ? Calling BS on Super Boost
I disagree. Even spoke tension is the holy grail. It is possible to build a perfectly straight wheel with very uneven tensions. However it won't stay straight for long, a few weeks of little more than riding to the shops and back is usually enough for them to get a wobble on. An evenly tensioned wheel will likely stay straight through many months of abuse, bad line choices and sideways landings.
gabriel-mission9 danielsapp's article
Oct 1, 2018 at 12:17
Oct 1, 2018
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