"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be"
2022 marks 10 years since the M820 groupset was released. 10 years, 10 gears, and everything just works.
Yes, bikes have moved on, but the Saint groupset still keeps pace and is just fantastically reliable. Maybe a comparison to an AK-47 would be too close of a venture to cliche-strewn waters, and maybe a fairer comparison would be Jeremy Clarkson's Hilux or how reliably Levy's Mini used to balance on its bricks in his garden
Old does not mean bad. I've heard rumors of a 2025 new Saint groupset, but to be honest, does it really matter? To keep with the times, I'm sure the mechs will be more angular than a Cillian Murphy portrait painted by Picasso, but will these death-by-papercut changes affect the ride on a downhill bike? Probably not. It'll probably move to 11 or 12-speed spacing, but for racing that again is somewhat inconsequential. Maybe they'll be a raft of changes ushered in by a big move from Shimano, but I doubt it. It'll probably just be an evolution of what is still the best downhill groupset.
Saint was fantastic nearly a decade ago and it's still great now.Price:
DependsMore Infomation: shimano.com
Mountain Biking Clothing Getting Better
Mountain bike apparel has got better - again! Last year I talked about decent waterproof trail shoes. This year, I'm going back to basics, and maybe even back to the start.
Mountain biking clothing and shoes have historically been crap. I'm not asking for skin-tight lycra or another reason to stuff my pants with a half-crescent of conveniently malleable avocado, but I would say that compared to other disciplines it's pretty laughable how rubbish mountain biking clothing has always been. That jersey that's a 'technical tee'? $100. That baggy jacket that's not only shaped similarly to but also has the same breathability as a sandwich bag? $300. What about some cargo pants that look like Korn wore them at Woodstock 99? Naturally including massive unzippered pockets, and maybe a combination of both belt loops that you won't use and velcro that won't work. All of it coming in turquoise or orange so you definitely can never wear them off the bike. Ah - perfect.
Honestly, mountain biking clothing was so bad for so long. Everyone was going around like a nu-metal band that was on a day trip to the beach, but it's gotten a lot better recently. Racers not wearing kits that will not act as a boat sail may well have played their part, but we're moving to functional, well-fitting clothing across the board.
Now, I as much as anyone don't want my pink wobbly bits on display for the world to see, and I don't want figure-hugging ensembles that risk to tease a flash of ass-crack or, worst yet, translucent synthetic material that gives passers-by or fellow cafe patrons an absolute eyeful while they have their mouths full, but mountain biking kit, especially when it's expensive, should at least be functional.
Trousers are slim fitting, jerseys have abandoned 3/4 lengths that make you look like Smash Mouth's roadie, and the backpack seems to have finally died a death - and shoes have got better again. I want a decent set of gravity shoes to be a blend of low weight, protection on the toe and heel, and functionality on the pedal. What they absolutely don't need to have is extra-thick padding and a sole chunkier than a Tesco brand choc ice. There are now plenty of good shoes and clothing to choose from (save for the very tall or very short but that's another story for another time). And what do I have to say about that? About bloody time!Price:
Infinity, and beyond.More Infomation: I'm here to help
Unior Bearing Kit
I like working on bikes, but I wouldn't say I'm that
into particular brands or models of tools. In fact, I would say I'm far more concerned with having my tools organized than what they are. I think, for me, accessibility is key, as well as ease of replacement. Everything should be able to be accessed with one hand. As long as that criteria is fulfilled I'm quite happy using whatever.
When it came to stocking my own toolbox, I got the bulk of it from Unior. I visited their factory in 2018 and it just blew me away. I always thought they were the smaller, less-known blue bike tool brand. However, once I got there, I realized that it's completely the other way around - it's one of the biggest factories in Europe, and is responsible for making automotive tooling for some very big players indeed. They have these amazing stamping tools that bring down the force of 10,000 kilos. Honestly, I think inside all of us is a little Fred Dibnah, and my inner Fred was going absolutely bananas at the sight of these incredible machines and the skilled operators using them.
There is also an understated ingenuity to some of their tools that I just love. Their bearing press is a particular highlight because you can disengage the threads on one of the levers. This means you can slide it on, right up to the bearing, then engage the threads to drive the bearing, before disengaging them and sliding it straight off. It sounds small, but when you use it often, especially when doing jobs in hard-to-access areas around the linkage, it's really great. It's just an absolute pleasure to use.
I got this press in 2019 and it's still going very well. It's not cheap but it does make you smile every time you use it.Price:
$299.99More Infomation: uniortools.com
Santa Cruz V10
This year, while wrenching for the Pinkbike Racing team, I spent a lot
of time taking apart V10s and putting them back together again. A dozen race weekends, two riders, and two team camps meant that Santa Cruz's downhill juggernaut and I got to know each other very well, and very quickly. To work on, this bike is a pleasure, and a genuinely sensible race bike - if it had an oval headtube to take an inbuilt three-position reach to adjust the headset it would be absolutely perfect. Its 56 mm round headtube isn't bad by any means, and it's better to have the option of adjustment up front than not, but it does mean that reach-adjust headsets need aligning and are sometimes thread-locked into place to stop them from coming out of alignment with the triple clamp fork.
At the heart of the V10's charm is the linkage, which is just so easy to work on. Not only is swapping any bearing a doddle thanks to them being on the easy-access links, but the bearings and hardware themselves are so well sealed to begin with. The V10 also covers off-bases where other downhill bikes might be vulnerable - the whole bike is easy to clean, reliable, and robust, and it doesn't rely on the shaft of the shock to provide stiffness, which is one less thing to worry about on a race weekend or keep on eye on over a season.
I like the V10 to ride, too. It just seems to do everything well. The geometry is well-balanced too. It might not be the longest bike out there, but thanks to the shorter-than-most-reach figure and the long rear center, it's amazing how planted to the front is. Maybe there is an argument for a steeper seat tube, but all in all this bike is just as fantastic as when it broke cover several years ago.
Yes, there are bikes out there that do some things better, but I think Santa Cruz has made an incredibly well-rounded downhill bike. To work on, however, they've played a master stroke. Now, all it needs is neat internal routing for that rear brake, that works whichever side you ride it on, and to call it a day.Price:
$4,299 USD (frame only)More Infomation: santacruzbicycles.com
Enduro 2 and Alps Riding
We're all products of how we were raised. Growing up on a farm in the 90s, right in the sweet-shit-spot between BSE and foot and mouth disease, meant that I remember getting the impression my parents, who both tended to the livestock full time, were almost always overworked, stressed out, and completely exhausted. And, the thing you quickly learn when you grow up on a farm is that the animals always come first. I think from the years between 1995 and 2007 we were consistently late to any event, gathering or social function without fail.
Although I understood it, and the reason was that there just weren't enough hours in the day, no matter how hard my parents worked, I often felt embarrassed and frustrated to be late for everything. Even if we were actually going to be on time for something the universe would conspire against us - whether it was cattle escaping their enclosure, local kids setting fire to hay bales, or maybe a ewe going into lamb, we would always, always
be late. Now, I know that in the vastness of space and time being five minutes late for a vol-au-vent or some crisp and dip is rather inconsequential, but it left an impression on me, and, ever since, I've hated being late and really really hated people being late with me. Five minutes is absolutely fine. Ten minutes happens. But fifteen or twenty and that's just not on.
"To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, and to be late is totally unacceptable" - especially if you aren't even ready to go when you get there.
It's the reason I hate group rides. I've expressed this and some people have said "Henry, you haven't done it right! They're the best". Well, no, they're not. They're absolutely awful and I hate them. However, there is one man in the world who is full of much bile, misery, and hatred for the One Show as I, and a week's riding with him in the Alps culminating in the Enduro 2 in Meribel was probably the best riding I did all year. In fact, it was probably the most fun I've had in five. Just imagine doing 500 meters of descent and then
dropping into the Meribel World Cup track on one continuous stage. Lungs gulping air, brakes pulling to bar, hands screaming. muscles screaming. You - literally screaming. Incredible.
The 10 days we were in the Alps was full of non-stop complaining, bike breakages, pizza, and one incident where Matt got perilously to the one-meter exclusion area while working on his bike for him, and thousands upon thousands of meters of timed runs - and the best part is - you got all the social aspects of riding in a large group, but within the race, you were on your own schedule and never had to wait for anyone (except all the waiting Matt did for me but that was at the bottom of runs, so it doesn't count, right?). However, it managed to do all this in a great no-bravado culture and environment. Honestly, we had just a fantastic time.Price:
I can't remember exactly but it was pretty reasonableMore Infomation: enduro2.com
Topeak Pressure Guage
One more tool shout-out, from that man that just told you he wasn't that into tools. It's unglamorous, and I know there are some pressure gauges that look like a hand-crafted pocket watch of a Victorian train conductor, but I've had one of these for years and always loved it. Reliable, with long battery life and can fit both Presta and Schrader. What's not to love? It's not the most exciting piece of kit but it's the first thing I would put down if I was speccing out a toolbox.
There are of course those who prefer to measure their psi to decimal places, but I believe this to be pointless. One psi is definitely close enough. Setting up your bike should be about consistency to alleviate anxiety and bring reassurance, not chasing tolerances so small they'll fluctuate straight away and undermine the whole exercise. Maybe fat bikers would find it useful where 0.5 of a psi can play a bigger role - but it isn't for me.
I don't know what else to say. It's a pressure gauge and it works.Price:
$47 USDMore Infomation: topeak.com
Finally, cranks are getting shorter, and although I still don't think enough brands have adopted them or have truly considered the wider benefits they could bring, it's great to see them becoming more common.
I remember last year, and we had 175 mm cranks on some review bikes. It's just absolutely bizarre, and an anachronism of the sports road-cycling roots. They belong in the exact same parts bin as rim brakes, unified rear ends, or QR axles.
Currently, I have some e13 LG1 Race carbon cranks on my downhill bike and they're just fantastic. However, at 160 mm, I think this is only the beginning. I think 160-165 would be my preferred length for trail and enduro bikes, and maybe even 155 for downhill.
You see, the benefits aren't just about ground clearance when pedaling, but they also mean we could design frames and bottom bracket heights with shorter cranks in mind. There is also another big bonus for me - why do we want long cranks that demand greater glute recruitment in the final part of the stroke? As cyclists, most of us have overdeveloped quads - at this point, we might as well lean into it and use the bloody things. A shorter crank feels almost closer, and certainly more in range. Going back to longer ones always feels like you're trying to scrape mud off your outstretched toe and at the end of the stroke - it's just no good.
Shorter cranks also mean that the hip is more open at the top of the stroke. This again could have changed our seated position because it will free up bio-mechanical real estate. That's not even factoring in foot position. Most riders, whether flat or clips, tend to have their foot over the pedal more compared to our tarmac-loving cousins. Not always, but often. Shorter cranks give more freedom in this regard, too.
I'm all riled up just thinking about how stupid long cranks are. If you need me I'll be on the campaign trail as a single-issue independent candidate. I want to take this to the very top. Or, failing that, at least Ottawa.Price:
ethirteen LG1 Race Gen4 Cranks - $429More Infomation: ethirteen.com
Internally Routed Headsets
I understand why internally routed headsets seem daunting and asking for trouble - but I think they look great. And, I assure you, riding a bike that looks that clean is a big bonus. In fact, I remember having loan of a bike with the feature just as spring broke cover and I couldn't help but feel I was commanding the starship Enterprise. In fact, the feeling was maybe heightened by my buddy wearing one of those Specialized Gambit helmets, which does look somewhat Klingon.
Now, are the looks of your bike the most important thing in the world? No, but that's not to say they don't matter.
As I've explained before, I've never understood the 'mechanic's sympathy' card. If you work on your own bike, then say about it how you wish - I can imagine not having a work stand making the whole affair a shitshow. However, bike shops are there to maintain your pride and joy and should be expected to be competent with releasing three bolts and retightening them. I imagine cars would be far easier to work on without body or interior panels. When somebody levels the criticism of them being overly complicated I understand, but when people say they're overly complicated while also trying to signal that they've come to this viewpoint from a position of technical proficiency it genuinely makes me cringe. More so, I often find that people are just pandering to the masses and scoring lucrative internet points - which in some families can be cashed in for real rent for a spot of the sofa bed in your grandmother's basement apartment. "Inside cable bad. Outside cable good." Jesus wept.
It should also be said that the latest Scott bikes come with Shimano brakes and I don't think this is a coincidence. A bucket bleed takes about 3.6 seconds and if that's too much then I don't know what to say.
I think some people just reject aesthetics being a priority as if it's moving away from a purist ideal of what a bike should be. To that, I say that it's not internal headsets that are nonsense but that attitude. It doesn't make a mountain bike less of a serious endeavor for them to look good and we shouldn't be embarrassed to say that.Price:
Occasional bouts of angerMore Infomation: Don't shoot the messenger
Rapha Trail Knee Pads
Rapha's streamlined pads aren't the ultimate kneepad for all-out protection - however, if you're looking for something well-fitted, minimalist, comfortable, and light enough to never give you a reason not to wear them, then they should definitely be on your shortlist for your next pad.
Admittedly, I think they look kind of goofy with shorts, and the lack of side protection around the lower sides of the knee might well put you off, but they also don't suffer from any unnecessary bulk and fit really well under riding pants.
The material breathes well and the grippers strike a great balance between staying put without being constrictive or wearing marks. They've been my go-to pad for the majority of the year and I absolutely love them for all things pedaling.Price:
$110 USDMore Infomation: rapha.cc
In late 2020, in a move that definitely wasn't a nervous breakdown, I went to Portugal and lived alone, without seeing another person to so much as chat with for a few months. Sure, I made the odd phone call and I was still working, but I felt I had something like a spiritual retreat, albeit without the trust exercises, singing around the campfire, and those really baggy trousers that people insist on wearing. We get it. You dropped acid in Thailand - good for you.
During that time I played a lot of computer games, ate fish fingers, and tried to average a mile of elevation every day. Although it was a strange time in so many ways, and perhaps even a trifle eccentric on my part, it was also a tremendously meaningful time for me as I defragmented my brain and reordered my thoughts. With all that gaming, and all that pedaling, music was a big factor, and I would sit there wrapped up in a blanket and wallowing in my own self-enforced exile as I ignored the world around me. Maybe wallowing is the wrong word - I was swimming in the serenity of its solitude, and enjoyed a previously hitherto untouched level of mental health. Maybe it was the pure omega-three running through my veins from the daily-family-value-pack of fish fingers. Maybe it was the gaming. Who knows? (Just joking - it was a truly eye-watering amount of therapy and I have the invoices to prove it).
I'm somebody that tends to think in long-form conversations with myself. If you ever listen to me speak on a podcast and curse the inescapable tedium as you wait for somebody else to interject, well that's what I'm dealing with twenty-four-seven. For that reason, I love playing strategy games as I put the blinkers on and just shut the world, and my own thoughts, out for a few hours.
Sometimes I listen to Radio 4 (Alexei Sayle's and Rob Newman's shows tread the perfect line between philosophy, humor, and surrealism and you finish them realizing that by comparison you've never said anything noteworthy in your entire existence). The funny thing is, my sensory system is so overloaded with information from the intensity of defending my in-game kingdom that I normally have to listen to a half-hour program several times to feel like it's gone in.
I've also had my eyes opened to the amazing mod communities that exist around strategy games - people who literally take a functioning game, rebuild it into something completely different, and then just give it away for free. My current go-to is the Lord of the Rings: Total War mod. Honestly, it's a work of art and I highly recommend it.Price:
Free, assuming you have the right software the mod runs on.More Infomation: moddb.com
Think he must have been on the mushies again
if you're a mechanic like me and this is frustrating for you then you need to change profession to be more happy in life.
Henry, next article, if you're writing against your will, do the "double space after a period" thing that some people claim they were taught, and we'll know to you got in over your head, and can send Levy over from Tim Hortons to extract you from this mess.
I also can understand that innovation in technology can definitely be done a right and wrong way. For example, Sram AXS is a very simple way to bring innovation to the bike industry whilst also allowing for less cables which equals a cleaner looking bike. Shimano DI2 provides the same solution but replaces the cables with wires which provides new problems of their own. Partly this is difficult to get around for shimano because of specific patents but I think we can all agree that this same innovation was done better by Sram.
I guess it was wrong of me to assume that this is your argument (or stance for less confrontational word choice) against headset cable routing.
My personal stance on headset cable routing is a really sensitive subject that I don’t share with others.
I'd actually argue that most of the people who are complaining about it, ARE the people who have done those things. While the people that don't care are more likely to not care because they pay someone else to service their stuff.
I built my bike from the frame up, swapped rear brakes on my old bike twice, and pulled the headset bearings for service at least 4-5 times. I'm fully capable of dealing with through headset routing. But I'd much rather not deal with it if given the choice.
You're quite right, whilst I don't see headset routing as a difficult issue I would agree that there are reasons for some for disliking it; a home mechanic who doesn't have the necessary tools to accomplish this and is frustrated by the extra expense when taking their bike to a shop; whilst I don't like or dislike the look I can see that some may find it ugly.
We're all different and this makes life bloody brilliant, it'd be boring if we all liked the same thing.
I do think that there are some very emotionally bizarre reactions to this that makes no sense though.
I don't put my helmet on before I put my t-shirt on. I'm sure I could manage, and the end result would be the same, but it's easier to put my shirt on first.
can i get a Chris King headset for headset routing? NO.
Can i get a Hope? NO.
Hell, I can't even get a Cane Creek, and they're usually the best about compatibility. All i can get is an FSA? warning bells.
FSA has long been willing to support every weird, short lived, flash in the pan, proprietary idea, and then drop support for it as soon as it doesn't take off, leaving people that bought it swinging in the wind.
There appears to not even be a standard for those other headset companies to work toward supporting it. again, warning bells. when we start seeing buy in from the rest of the industry, i'll start paying attention.
I get it. I also prefer the commentary against it stay "legitimate", and not just be the "thing the comments section people say to get upvotes this week". But I also think bringing it up constantly in the comments is one of our only tools for telling companies how we feel.
It seems to me, that BEST case scenario for through headset routing in mountain bikes, is "arguably better cable management/aesthetics".
While the WORST case for it seems to be "reduced upper headset bearing lifespans (opening for water right into them), needing to re-bleed brakes to adjust stem height (if you don't have clip on stem spacers)".
We have limited time in the day to carry out maintenance, try out yourself into somebody else's shoes before you run wild with your God complex.
"Pfft it's only a brake bleed peasants I can do it in 30 minutes and charge an hour labour"
Meanwhile I'm at home spending £14 on four olives for bleeding my brakes every time I want to regrease my headset every month!
Don't get me started on downtube rattle and having to solve that with another bleed and fork drop.
Internal cable routing through the headsets empirically sucks and has no place on any mountain bikes with more than 110 mm of travel.
I can't really see any downside for the headset routed cables tbh. I usually route my cables from the back to the front. This means the only hole I'd prolly have to worry around is where I push the hose in. With headset routed cables I don't have to worry around finessing the cables thru the sides of the downtube anymore, instead I just wait for them to pop up in the headtube and pull them out.
Seems like a good thing to me? Aren't there quite a few people in here that would happily take those jobs?
I've not heard these kind of silly arguments in the motorcycle or auto world. More mechanic time needed? More dream jobs for the people who live that stuff.
Besides, they look fantastic. And I'm the only person that ever wrench on our bikes and would love to own the aluminum version of that new Scott Genius.
Got a take on that @henryquinney?
tell you what though if you actually thought about it rather than having a hissy fit you'd realise you can regrease those bearings without removing any brake lines, but I guess you'd rather moan and whine rather than think.
hunting down creaks when the entire bike is making all sorts of noise is a pain also.
people are people, they'll change their minds at the drop of a hat.
what's wrong with that? if they're willing to pay for the extra work it's all good.
if you don't like your job my advice would be do something else. hopefully you can find something that doesn't annoy you all the time.
Do you take the seals off and property clean or just apply grease to the outside?
What shop do you work in so people can avoid it?
While I'm personally in camp "through the headset" cable routing sucks, I do agree with you in this area.
If Industry changes like this take hold, mechanics/shops should absolutely change how they charge/bill work. Its just not fair to the mechanics, or shops to expect them to eat the costs there.
And while I 100% support people getting paid fairly for their work... I will also admit I'm being selfish here. If enough people start realizing that bikes with (IMO) compromising standards cost more to maintain, maybe that will move the needle.
You know, there’s other jobs out there rig?
Don’t complain about things being difficult, just be better
If you’re not into “a thing” don’t buy “a thing” there’s so much choice out there, that the “a thing” has a multitude of available options, pick something different
If you want to know how to do it properly without removing the brake, just ask.
The bike industry is a joke coming up with ways to squeeze every ounce of profit out of consumers to the point where nobody will be able to afford it!
And if he "gets it", why is he being a jerk about it?
It’s not worth the drama, if you’re really a mechanic like you say, then you really don’t care, cuz it all pays the same.
Things that made me happy: working on clean bikes and building custom bikes, nothing like variety to keep it interesting.
Seriously, look at being an auto or motorcycle mechanic? Obviously there is a huge amount of complexity compared to even an ebike.
So be better, be great at wrenching on bikes and advocate for adding another mechanic to lessen your load due to too many bikes to wrench on. Advocate for a raise because you're great at what you do.
But don't call a slight increase in complexity to bikes as a problem.
Let me just finish the Scott we have in this week that severed the brake hose and DI2 cable because the fork over rotated. Now we have to completey tear down the bike so we can re-route the entire thing. Do you know how frustrating it is to get headset routed brake hoses perfect to a high end customers expectations when you have a whole days slate of work to do? Likely not.
As a professional mechanic, even more basic internal frame routing allows for a certain amount of work to be done in a certain amount of time without affecting other systems. Currently with headset routing, if someone blows a section of shift housing, brake hose, whatever else, I likely have to disassemble the headset and BB. Bad headset bearing? Everything has to be removed. So I've stripped it down to a frame at this point. On a road bike, I have to pop the brake lines out maybe. This costs the customer far more than it should. Sure I can charge people lots of money all day, but for the average consumer who bought a mid level road or mountain bike, this is a lot of billable hours that they can't afford.
Does this consumer gain much from the constantly aero argument or having the cables tucked in out of the way? Minimally if at all.
Aero needs a constant 45km/h either flat out or with wind factored in to start to matter in watts lost per CM of cable/hose and loses its advantage as soon as the grade reaches about 7-8%. And this is on a smooth consistent surface. As soon as you're on a MTB, you have surface conditions, tire choice, and grade to consider
Now how many average cyclists, the 98-99% if you will, can hold 45km/h in perfect conditions for that to matter for more than 15 minutes without being on a descent? None of them, the upper 1-2% of cyclists that even have the wattage output for this to matter just need it.
And I've rarely caught a brake line or shift housing loop over the last 20 years of racing pretty much every discipline from road to DH. I know it happens but again, were talking 1%.
Now imagine you're on a road trip.you've planned for months. You just drove 1200km or flew somewhere. Your headset routed bike has an issue and you need help fixing it. Because the shop has to account for a large amount of time when booking it in, they can't fit it in for a week because they're already booked up. You're just f'ed bud. You didn't bring a shop worth of tools for a full tear down, the bike company blind routed the brake hose through the frame so.you need the BB and headset apart. Meanwhile the guy with downtube routing had his brake replaced in an hour and is enjoying the trails.
The auto industry doesn't make every car a rally car because 2%- of drivers are going to use them, they make extremely limited amounts, they make average vehicles for most people that are relatively similar to work on. Also, most auto mechanics hate the stuff auto makers are coming out with because of how unserviceable they are or need extremely special tools and software to work on. So shit example.
Loving just riding my bike again.
Stuff like this just begins to seem so pointless and trivial and the industry has made so many of us lose the way and lose what's important about the sport.
Ive been mountain biking since mid90s . It's unrecognisable now and not all for good reasons.
Internal cable routing with one of those takes less time to switch out than it takes to cut, fasten and trim the 6 or so zip ties holding the housing on external routing. Yes, even with headset routing. You shouldn’t even have to drop the fork. Bad headset bearings? Probably only the lower one, which doesn’t require any extra work. Water getting in through the cable ports? Just throw a little more of the water proof grease you should be using anyways around the ports on the internal side. Hell, maybe an o ring if it bothers you that much.
To be honest on my personal bike I think I would prefer traditional internal routing. But as somebody who has worked on headset routing, it’s not that bad. I wish you “mechanics” would stop spreading this misinformation and getting everybody so riled up
I've literally just seen a Scott spark headset crusty as f*ck with internal routing.
Just admit it's shit or that you're being paid off.
Literally everyone can see it's a scam apart from yourself and two others on these comments ♂️
If you're not taking the bearing off properly you aren't regreasing your bearing fully, you'd have wd40 everywhere and grease everywhere.
Again where do you work so people can avoid your shop?
Incremental pointless changes that bring nothing but profit to the monopoly that is the bike industry.
Imagine if people actually started to pay attention to gearboxes and hidden drivetrains rather than flimsy derailleurs
There's a lot less rich BMXers than MTBers though due to target demographic so go figure!!
The accuracy of this is painful enough to make me cringe, and I am not a bashful individual.
I won't be buying any headset routed bikes, even internal routing is still a shit show rattley as f*ck and chaffing through the carbon on some brands!
Or are all mtbers rich and have their chauffer take there pride and joy to the bike mechanic to do it and I'm the odd one out?
Ah yeah somebody should spend £100 quid on headset servicing rather than take their kids out for the day?
Im amazed daily by how people like you who are unable to put their selves in other people's shoes
see how stupid that sounds....
I have 4 kids but service my own bikes not because i cant afford it but because i can.
so again, the person can service their own headset an save that 100 pounds.... but whinging about not being able to afford 100 after spending 3000+ on a bike is lame.
People downvoting my comment proves how out of touch/reality people on PB are.
How do people who buy a new car get on? do they not service at place of purchase but instead ruin their own warranty on their 50k+ car by attempting to do themselves or do they jump online an whinge about fact that cars need serviced.
Sampo. this convo is funny as hell. It just proves PB users like yourself have no idea how the world works
So because we spend X amount on making our life worthwhile on a bike, it means we should be forced into spending more using add on services such bike mechanics rather than prioritising other things, be that family or other hobbies?
This is what I mean by being priced out of mountain biking, but do please tell me how the world works
I bet You're the type of person who is willing to buy a car that has pay per use unlockable horsepower even though the car has the ability to use that horsepower anyway, aren't you?
I hope you have a nice life kissing the ring of capitalism for your remaining years
Why would anyone pay sub's to anything? I would never support that kinda of Car business model.
Your 100% missing the point here and clearly so are the down voters.
You need to change your Flag to the one with all the stars on it, you'd fit right in.
Instead of moaning, go buy a 2015 26" FS amazing bike for peanuts rag the shit out of it and live it and love it.
Unless you're a pro DH racer you're not good enough to need or want more.
Also delete your PB account and go read Singletrack.
I've saved you
I did reset it, changed the batteries, practiced witchcraft and so on, nothing happened, mine is cursed.
Fatally I said to myself: you can live with it, just double the measurment to get what you want and it'll be correct at the end. OK, then just tell me how you get 1,7 bars precisely when the monitor indicates 0.8. I hate this shit.
I have a hip pack for short rides and a backpack for big days out.
They've both got their place.
He linked the Mod for Rome remastered, but there are also the original and very good LotR Mods for Medieval 2 (eg TW Third age or Divide and Conquer)
I'd probably recommend you get ahead with some articles whilst it's downloading; All Beginners Should Be On 200mm E-Bikes, Boost Spacing Saved Mountain Biking And SuperBoost Will Be Our Ascension, If You Don't Service Your Forks Every Forty Hours You Don't Deserve Them.
What is also up to everyone to decide is what looks good and what doesn't. Apparently it has been decided cables and hoses look bad on bikes. Maybe the chain and sprocket does too. Spoke nipples need to be covered. Bolts need blanker plugs. Shoe laces need to be covered with flaps. Seat post clamp needs to be integrated, same for stem and bars. Female nipples need padded bras. Tree roots need to be covered or dug out... If you think it looks cleaner to you then that goes for you. For others, things are ok the way they are and don't necessarily need to be hidden out of sight.
My bike has a green frame, white decals, white fork lowers and I went with a white rear brake hose and a white shifter outer cable. I think it looks much better than if these white cables weren't there. But I'd also think that nearly every other bike out there could look nice if the outer cables and hoses were routed properly and the colour thereof chosen tastefully. I'm savage like that. Sure, make up your own mind. If your fashion sensitive dentist starts routing the wires for your brace internally, make up your mind again.
Regarding olives in general, you can normally use a pair of pliars to partially crush and fracture the old olive and remove it while keeping the hose insert in place, and therefore not having to shorten the hose. I've done it before plenty of times and it doesn't affect either the hose or the insert.
If you don't need to remove the olive for whatever task you're doing, feel free to re-use it.
If you'd like to make life simpler when it comes to reinstalling the hose, before disconnecting everything pull the brake lever to push the caliper pistons out - just be careful not to grab a handful of brake and push them the whole way out. Once you've disconnected the hose, done what you're doing and reconnected the hose, you can open up the lever bleed port (however it works on your brake) and set it up like you were going to bleed it. If you then push the pistons back into the caliper body, the flow of fluid will push any air now in the system up and out through the lever bleed port/reservoir (depending on your brake). Still involves some faff, but less than having to fully bleed the system because you've got some air trapped within it somewhere.
Never thought of removing the olive itself actually. I always thought that a shrunk olive would somehow leave a permanent mark on the hose so that a new olive would never hold it that well. But yeah, haven't tried. My front brake is a Louise 2006 master, regular Magura hose with a 2007 caliper (because I needed a PM caliper for this fork). My rear brake is a Marta 2009 master (because the Louise 2006 master wore out), Jagwire hose to a Louise 2007 caliper (as the frame takes PM too). I used the Jagwire hose to have a slightly stiffer rear brake hose (to have it balanced out front and rear) and also because I wanted a white hose . This was my first and only time installing a Jagwire hose so I recall it worked different from the Magura hoses, but I don't recall how exactly.
Yeah, I understand your approach with driving out the air from the hose by pushing the pads back. I kind of do the same when I pump the brake, then open the reservoir, then push the pads back, then top off the reservoir. I understand "topping off a reservoir" has become an uncommon approach with modern mtb disc brakes but I don't run modern brakes .
Topping up reservoirs is actually pretty common on most brakes now. It's how the MT-series work, and it's also basically similar to how the quick bleed caps that Hope have made for the Tech 3 & 4s work. You can kind of do similar with the Shimano systems too.
Every brake manufacturer recommends replacing olives and barbs when disconnecting and reconnecting brake lines to ensure your brakes work without leaking/losing pressure when squeezing lever.
Your writing is absolutely superb.
Informed opinionated and ruthlessly unfiltered dripping with sarcastic humor
Brilliant gems like this:
"Naturally including massive unzippered pockets, and maybe a combination of both belt loops that you won't use and velcro that won't work. All of it coming in turquoise or orange so you definitely can never wear them off the bike. Ah - perfect."
Please keep writing more articles like this and calling out the dumbfkry as well as the brilliant things in the mtb world
That topeak gauge is rubbish however, Everytime I go to use mine the batteries are dead. or its' too cold or too sunny or and the guage is barely readable or some combination of the three. So i'm screwing around with the lighting buttons trying to find the perfect viewing angle to read the faded LCD
1 fkn job....and half the time it can't do it...I gave mine a curb stomping out of frustration at it's inadequacy
Poor topeak gauge - sounds like it had it coming.
Or if you mean Henry, he's not moaning, I'm doing it on his behalf.
I immigrated to Canada from UK so am very happy with it all. Feel like a minority though.
They don’t make a narrow wide ring, I dropped my chain all the time on the new DH bike so I had to do replace with a 104BCD quickly.
The derailer knock was brutal.
After two months, the shifting was crap. Replaced the hanger, changed the cable, still shifted like crap.
That was summer 2021.
On the same bike, switched to GX DH in 2022. For the price it can’t be beat, 70+ days I haven’t touched anything shifts like new never dropped a chain.
I don’t work for either company or for a bike shop.
Next year, we will take this to the inarguable logical conclusion that tights are actually by far the most functional.
Agree on the Topeak digital pressure gage. Not so much -- somewhat surprisingly -- on the SKS digital gage. Three strikes and they're out!
Henry was always a dude I liked to see and listen to.
I will do my "portugal" beginning of 2023 in Finale Ligure. I hope there will be "an previously hitherto untouched level of mental health"
@henryquinney ... I would like to hear the portugal story in an podcast
- Short cranks. So much happier after moving from 170mm stock to 165mm
- Group rides. It is individual and subjective. But I'm not a fan, either
- Topeak D2. Mine's currently in transit, so I hope it lives up to the hype. But I'm so sick to death of the dodgy gauges built into my pumps
While that may be a slightly fatalistic view, there’s more that bothered me about this set up: apart from the bearing itself all parts of the head set were plastic- on an E-bike. Let’s propose someone buys that rig and actually uses it they way it’s advertised - you know you’ll be changing that bearing or the complete head set rather sooner than later. That used to be a 15min job including a coffee and a donut… now you’ll have to strip the brake-line, the derailleur cable, the seatpost cable and if you’re really lucky and a customer drops off a Scott as shown above- the damper remote, too. 50min right there without coffee. Good luck explaining the costs of that to the always understanding and laid-back E-bike customer… but that’s not all- bike shops are already struggling to serve all their customers. With a simple bearing swap taking that much longer, that’s going to get worse.
And we haven’t even gotten into the supply issue… currently only ACROS makes those head sets… the bike I worked on had a dedicated stem on top of that- only produced by the bike manufacturer… yes that’ll change over time but seriously- WTF?!?
Don’t get me started on the manufacturers spending precious R&D resources on this rather than something that improves function or longevity- WHYYYY?!?
This leads to a very different position and more weight and pressure on your chest, shoulders and hands. Now you CAN rise the bar with spacers or by buying a different bar with 15 mm more rise, but that f*cks with your stack height and position while standing up. It also brings your entire body and mass higher over ground, making the bike less stable while riding/pedaling in the saddle.
And don't let me start with riders of 6'2 and up. There's just no point for shorter cranks when you are above average height.
Naw. Shorter cranks smell a lot like plus tyres ....
I’ve been riding short cranks since before they were a whisper of wind in the trees, it’s nice to see folks embracing them finally.
In time the frame geometry will be adapted to shorter cranks and it’ll all work out, in the meantime I run an extra 15mm of spacer under my stem, no problemo!
As someone, who has 89cm (conservatively) inseam, while being 183cm tall, I would have to install even higher bar than my 50mm deity, should I decide to go after shorter cranks than my current Shimano 175mm (bike size Large).
You may need to rethink that statement.
Preach on brother Quinney! I’d pay money for a podcast of you going off on planet earth every week!
Headset cable routing is good because it’s change for the sake of change.
Props for defending your sponsors I guess.
Imma go read the instructions…
I don’t know what a nuff nuff is but it sounds fitting.
That said - even without that feature, it's a nice gauge - it's pretty damn consistent, it's reliable/easy to use, and it works equally well for Presta and Schrader, all for a reasonable price.
Stop hating on Pinkbike and just start your own website bro. There have definitely been some changes we all disagree with in the past year, but it's still a website run by good people who are passionate about bikes and work hard to create good content every day.
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