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lkubica Mandownmedia's article
Jun 21, 2024 at 0:23
Jun 21, 2024
Bike Check: Martin Maes' Orbea Rallon
So my take on it is that it definitely works and in fact anyone can just remove the chain and make a chainless ride and see if it works or not. The difference is not striking but it's clearly noticeable from the first 10 meters on a proper track. I would love someone measure it, cause for now all we have is a theoretical model that says it should not work, but models are just models, they simplify things and they are nothing without a measured experiment. But the maintainance of this sh*t is a nightmare. I have never tried a HP bike and I geniously wonder if it's a better or worse solution. Neko did this experiment and decided on low pivot + ochain but he's a DH racer.
lkubica Mandownmedia's article
Jun 20, 2024 at 6:58
Jun 20, 2024
Bike Check: Martin Maes' Orbea Rallon
I love how some tech people argue that PK does not exists yet many DH and Enduro racers use Ochain. I know there is a theory that it only dampens chain, but don't believe any pro would use it just because of that, it is a maintenance pain in the ass, you need t service it regularly as it is so-so sealed.
lkubica RAAWMountainBikes's article
Jun 18, 2024 at 21:56
Jun 18, 2024
RAAW Launches On-Demand Program for Bike Shops Worldwide
@onawalk: Yeah, someone from bike industry which was lazy and got in trouble bacause of this. Very adorable. In my opinion bike industry got away with this kind of attitude bacause of the good times for them. Those times are passing.
lkubica RAAWMountainBikes's article
Jun 18, 2024 at 7:12
Jun 18, 2024
RAAW Launches On-Demand Program for Bike Shops Worldwide
@Amukinado: This way probably, but for example the Santa test fleet I used was provided by the distributor, not a shop. The shop of course needs to put some resources for it, but it also has multiple people coming and visiting. So it's kind of win-win for the distributor and the shop. Bikes travel the country, two weeks in every sensible place. Believe me, they had all bikes booked for every single day, Monday to Sunday from 10 to 20... and they were not even trying to spread word about it.
lkubica RAAWMountainBikes's article
Jun 18, 2024 at 5:00
Jun 18, 2024
RAAW Launches On-Demand Program for Bike Shops Worldwide
@Amukinado: Maybe they just buy what they like because in 90% of cases there is no way to try it. I am aware that this way is simpler for bike brands, but it is worse for the consumer. So as I said, I hope shops and brands will be forced to act in a different way and actually do some demoing. What Raaw does is just service for people who cannot hold a wrench, I would argue not that many such people would want a boutique aluminium enduro bike ... I on the other hand will be searching for new bike, but I am kind of tired of buying stuff blindly.
lkubica RAAWMountainBikes's article
Jun 18, 2024 at 1:56
Jun 18, 2024
RAAW Launches On-Demand Program for Bike Shops Worldwide
@Amukinado: I think it depends. If you find a bike that rides really well than buying something you did not try is risky and honestly a bit pointless. Unless it is pricey as hell like a Santa, then you do not buy it even though you liked it.
lkubica RAAWMountainBikes's article
Jun 17, 2024 at 23:32
Jun 17, 2024
RAAW Launches On-Demand Program for Bike Shops Worldwide
I hope that current "crisis" will make bike brands a bit more proactive. I already had a chance to demo Santacruz this year, Trek is doing demo next week. Before that they would reluctantly borrow me a bike with a 700eur deposit ... I would love to try Raaw but most probably they are too small to make a broader test program. I would love companies to lend or sell test bikes to shops with a proper discounts. But this would work only if the shops can have some margin afterwards.
lkubica seb-stott's article
Jun 17, 2024 at 23:23
Jun 17, 2024
Review: 2024 Orbea Rallon - Enduro-er Than Ever
I think that it simply has a good bottom out bumper. On a coil shock you just cannot compress this bumper 100% without applying a lot of force, I mean a lot lot. Just compressing a shock even with a strap may be not enough.
lkubica seb-stott's article
Jun 17, 2024 at 23:19
Jun 17, 2024
Review: 2024 Orbea Rallon - Enduro-er Than Ever
@Ttimer: Honestly, most bikes can tackle anything these days, they just differ in feel. Most low-pivot 29ers are harsh yet they are fast and pedal well. Some people just like more forgiveness and that's why we have high pivots, some need more agility and we have mullets for them. This particular bike is pricey and just ok, but not very good, you can tackle anything on it, you can also tackle anything for 50% of the price of this one. And when it comes to climbing a 150-160mm bike the weight is not really that important, seat angle and suspension are much more dominant here. And the wheel size, mullets are really struggling with rear wheel grip compared to 29ers.
lkubica seb-stott's article
Jun 17, 2024 at 12:23
Jun 17, 2024
Review: 2024 Orbea Rallon - Enduro-er Than Ever
It's a split pivot, like in Trek. Still the axle path is like a low single pivot 29er, means rather forward and thus a bit harsh plus lots of PK which is supposed to be non existent but put an ochain on and you can feel bike having much more traction.
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