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gnralized RichardCunningham's article
Mar 16, 2018 at 12:29
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Henty Enduro Backpack - Review
@RichardCunningham: Yes but if you don't tighten the belt enough, or if the load is not well compressed (I don't see any compression strap on the pack) , then I don't see any advantage to carry the load on your hips. Moreover, on most of pictures it looks like you're wearing the pack on your waist rather that on your hips, particularly when you ride, so the weight is distributed on your lumbar area and on your shoulders rather than on your hips, negating the benefit of a hip pack. "A snug-fitting belt is not the best choice when you need to gulp every bit of air you can stuff into your lungs." I disagree, a snug-fitting belt set on your hips will not interfer with your breathing. First, when you need this kind of air you're usually climbing and you're already bent on your belly then you cannot have an abdominal breathing, your upper rib cage do the work. Second, thanks to the hip bones, you can tighten a hip belt a lot before you compress soft tissues, bladder, etc... For instance, Aiki-dokas wear their belts and hakama low and tight on the hips, to increase the feeling of their hara (center of Qi) and promote abdominal breathing. I barely can carry any weight on my upper body due to a sacro-lombar discal hernia, and hip packs are the only way to really unload my shoulders. As you mention, good trekking back packs have a very good hip belt and mountaineers will teach you to tighten it to bear the load on the hips rather than on shoulders, using shoulder straps only to stabilize the load. The best hip pack for MTB I found to date is the Ortlieb hip pack 2.
gnralized pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 13, 2018 at 6:10
Mar 13, 2018
Results - Stellenbosch World Cup XCO Round 1
@WAKIdesigns: I like you, Waki.
gnralized mikelevy's article
Mar 9, 2018 at 9:35
Mar 9, 2018
Flow Trail Overload? Or Never Enough Flow? - Pinkbike Poll
Matter is that different trail (I mean tech vs flow) needs different kind of bikes characteristic. Ride a Norco Range 2016 or a Pivot 5.5 in the slow and techy and you will die from OTB due to high AS/high PK. Ride the same bike in a flowy, quick trail and you will enjoy the stable and responsive feel of the rear suspension. In a general way, bikes with low AS/PK behave better in the slow, techy (2015-2017 Kona Process range, Knolly's). But If you mainly ride fast and smooth track then maybe a more responsive bike will be enjoyable.
gnralized paulaston's article
Mar 6, 2018 at 12:35
Mar 6, 2018
Spotted: Carbon 29er Kona Operator & More BlackBox Boxxers
@Poulsbojohnny: I don’t think you bleed your charger damper yourself neither change your lower bushings and perhaps not even your scrapper seals, so you’re only talking about light service like changing lubrication fluid, foam seals, maybe air spring seals. Be it manitou, fox or xfusion, all of 2015 and later forks are easily serviceable until you start working on hydraulics or change bushings. Good you’re happy with your pike, both of mine were rigid as boiled noodle, with strong buffeting under braking and very sensitive lateral deflection. Both of them (RC and RCT3) laked mid stroke support whatever number of token you use that low speed compression cannot compensate until fully closed. But this is mainly a question of personnal preferences and feeling. What is real is the number of aftermarket options to improve the ride quality of RS forks, and the fact that almost every rider was blow by Vorsprung kit, Fast suspension cartridge, Novyparts Splug, etc... This is not the case for 2015 + Fox products, or Manitou Mattoc, or Formula forks for instance. Every people I know who tested back to back a Pike vs. a Mattoc or a 36, or a xfusion vengeance was not convinced by the pike. RS products are everywhere because they cost nuts in OEM so the brand margin are huge, but that doesn’t mean they worth it. For instance their fabulous metric deluxe has twice more static frictions than concurrence, that’s why they needed to implement a negative COIL spring (countermeasure) even in the COIL version to lower the amount of forces needed to trigger it (11kg with neg spring, 17kg without neg spring, for the deluxe COIL, vs. 7kg for a DHX2 for instance). Unfortunately this only helps at the stroke beginning, the neg spring won’t help when you’re at SAG since it is not compressed anymore... So yes, heritage colors, brand history, marketing bullshits, you’d better be happy with them because you won’t get a lot more from your suspension...
gnralized paulaston's article
Mar 6, 2018 at 4:34
Mar 6, 2018
Spotted: Carbon 29er Kona Operator & More BlackBox Boxxers
@jamesdunford: yep, it is a very new practice indeed. Never saw that in marketing before, especialy in mtb suspension... Sorry for being sarcastic but RS should better redirect its marketing budget toward R&D in order to release products that works from scratch (without having to change all the fork internals and with contained level of static friction for the not so deluxe shock) instead of spending money to recall its glorious past.
gnralized mikekazimer's article
Feb 27, 2018 at 9:24
Feb 27, 2018
Trek's Fox Float Thru Shaft Shock - Review
@the-vault: from NSMB, "It also took some reflection to get over the fact that technically the Thru Shaft shock does have an IFP. It's housed in the tiny reservoir and is backed by a 250psi charge via a discrete Schrader valve. Jose explained that the reservoir has no influence on dynamic shock performance." check the RS guy answer at the end of the comment section "Thru-shaft does have an IFP- which is always connected to the rebound side of things (through the upper damper shaft). True it doesn't move with each stroke, but to say it doesn't have an IFP is false." So yes, the oil is pressurized in static condition, this pressure should remain constant (+/- adiabatic compensation) during shock operation. Pressure is needed to avoid cavitation in the rebound circuit during rebound phase, in a non-pressurized system, you can have local pressure drop due to volume velocity discharge behind ports (bad port design) or surface roughness (bad surface finish).
gnralized RichardCunningham's article
Feb 1, 2018 at 11:51
Feb 1, 2018
Wolf Tooth Pack Pliers - Review
@southoftheborder: This one will win a Darwin award...
gnralized RichardCunningham's article
Jan 25, 2018 at 9:33
Jan 25, 2018
The Short, Turbulent Life of URT Suspension
We should be glad that road cyclism influence on mountain bike design slowly vanish ...
gnralized mikekazimer's article
Jan 19, 2018 at 13:57
Jan 19, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: Does the Current Method of Mountain Bike Classification Make Sense?
Yep. Classification based on travel only is pretty meaningless. Nobody will use a bike with XC geometry and 200mm real travel for DH, but some used an enduro bike with slack angles for DH. You can handle a lot of things with an appropriated geometry that an increase in travel will not allow. Travel for bike classification is purely marketing, it is a one-figure box game like 100mm is XC, 120-140 trail, 140-160 all-mountain. It ask way more education to use wheelbase length, angles, front center, etc... and ultimately suspension kinematic parameters to get a picture of a bike abilities, but the picture will be clearer, for sure.
gnralized vernonfelton's article
Jan 18, 2018 at 7:51
Jan 18, 2018
What's the Deal With SRAM's DUB System? More Questions
@WAKIdesigns: Totally agree. Ever had shimano XTR and XT HT2 cranks with PF92 and BSA73 bottom brackets. Got only one issue with hope bearings from pf41 kit, replaced them by enduro bearings and no issues since 2 years despite mud, sand and snow. Got a GXP crank once with PF92 plastic cusps from sram, it start to creak and drag within 2 weeks of use in summer conditions... From my little experience, it seems that bearings and bearing interface quality are more important than everything else concerning 24 mm spindle crank. As for weight a shimano XTR crank+ BB is on par with everything else at sram for same price.
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