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mattwragg mikelevy's article
Jun 4, 2018 at 4:21Jun 4, 2018
Review: Orbea Rallon M-LTD
At 1.75m, I would say it's too short - what Mike doesn't mention in the review is that if you set the shock to the lower setting the reach is reduced to 450mm and it feels shorter than that.
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Jun 1, 2018 at 1:52Jun 1, 2018
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May 31, 2018 at 11:19May 31, 2018
May 31, 2018 at 3:28May 31, 2018
Orbea Occam TR carbon (2016), large, 120mm travel, 29" wheels. One lady owner, never raced or rallied, although I have put in more than 1,500km on it, but the bushings are still running nicely. This is the top-end frame - full carbon with flex pivots and Fox Factory shock, it easily builds into a sub-12kg monster and the framesets alone retail for €3k. The 2018 version has an updated yoke to allow Metric shocks, but elsewise the frame is unchanged - I think you can buy this from Orbeas website, if you want to. There is a small repair in the rear triangle where a rock made a small dent, so it has been filled with epoxy and should be stronger than it was before, aesthetically the frame is pretty good, but there is quite a lot of old latex on the back of the seattube, but I don't dare scrub harder to remove it in case it damages the paint. Up front is a 130mm Formula 35 fork - I can supply this with a couple of different damping options in case you don't want the firm tune I prefer and can adjust the travel for you. Wheels are Ibis 942 rims on DT Swiss 240 hubs, XTR race brakes, Renthal/Hope cockpit, Reverb Stealth and Selle San Marco saddle, drivetrain is a mix of XT and Zee. At the moment there are RF Turbine cranks on there, but I have a set of Next SLs to go on there once some confusion with a shipment from RF clears up. Tyres are Schwalbe Magic Mary/Rock Razor, both new. Full spec: Orbea Occam TR carbon - L, 450mm reach/470mm seattube - 120mm travel, Boost rear spacing Fox Factory DPS shock - w/3mm offset bushing to lower BB Formula 35 130mm fork, CTS green installed, but can switch for red or blue, 15x100mm axle, 51mm offset DT Swiss 240 hubs laced to Ibis 942 rims, 32h, DT Comp spokes Raceface Turbine cranks - 175mm, 32t (can upgrade to Next SL 170mm, 30t for 100€) Rockshox Reverb Stealth - 125mm Selle San Marco saddle Renthal Fatbar - 760mm, 20mm rise Hope stem - 35mm XTR race brakes - no servo wave or freestroke adjust, fresh pads, fresh 180mm discs XT derailleur/Zee shifter XT 11-36 cassette, chain - brand new except for 30km test ride for potential buyer Schwalbe Magic Mary/Rock Razor - 2.35/Snakeskin - I have some tyre options, please ask Saracen grips I can throw in these old XT pedals, if you like - they were spares for the test ride.
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May 31, 2018 at 3:17May 31, 2018
mattwragg pinkbikeaudience's article
May 28, 2018 at 0:17May 28, 2018
Opening Weekend Survey 2018: What People Are Riding at the Whistler Bike Park
@crazy-freerider: So bicycle companies are making bikes for people who are buying bikes and not for people who aren't? Madness.
mattwragg richardbord's article
May 27, 2018 at 0:28May 27, 2018
3 Bike Checks From Round 1 of the Raon L'Etape Enduro Series
Peugot’s history making bikes goes back to 1882.
mattwragg richardbord's article
May 27, 2018 at 0:26May 27, 2018
mattwragg mikekazimer's article
May 22, 2018 at 3:45May 22, 2018
First Ride: Pivot's New Trail 429
@RustyMac: I'm testing something along these lines right now, but it's carbon vs ali - ie. stiffness vs compliance (and weight). My issue with your test is that to make it worthwhile we have to define what that "good" stiffness is, and this is an idea that is not widely discussed enough - and until we have consensus there, then testing is a little pointless (in my opinion). I am personally coming to believe that stiffness/compliance is only useful within a system, but at the moment there is no agreement as to what is good - for instance, if you buy frame X, fork Y and wheels Z - how as a consumer can you know how they will function as a system? I would expect the Pivot to feel good with them because it was designed around a (theoretically - I haven't ridden one) very stiff rear wheel, but would my Scott or Orbea feel good with it? To take one of my bikes as an example - I originally had it with a 36 and Ibis carbon rims and the overall feel was quite harsh. I have since switched to a Formula fork, which is not as stiff as the 36, and replaced the carbon rims with ali DT ones and in combination with the (very stiff) mainframe, I think this is a much better - I am getting noticeably more front wheel traction and less fatigue on long runs and I would put that down to reducing some of the stiffness in the system. The purpose of this example is not to say "Formula is better than Fox" or vice versa, but to consider the fork in relationship to the bike it will be mounted on and the riding it will be doing. I think down the line your question is a good one, but in the nearer term, I actually I would like to see more discussion of how stiffness/compliance can be discussed in terms more useful than "stiffer = bettererererer" and until then the test is a moot point.
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