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mecabeat RichardCunningham's article
Mar 17, 2017 at 11:37
Mar 17, 2017
Opinion: The Table
@TheRaven: That's not what the current discussion is about. Sino428 is claiming that the average consumer is capable of building their custom bike just as competently as an experienced mechanic, and that the only difference is speed. Having custom wheels built for you is enlisting someone with experience completing part of the build. An average consumer may slap a bike together and be perfectly happy ridding it, oblivious to the fact that performance is hindered, and/or premature wear and failure is being caused. The point is that build speed is not the only benefit a skilled mechanic brings to a build.
mecabeat RichardCunningham's article
Mar 17, 2017 at 10:37
Mar 17, 2017
Opinion: The Table
@topherdagopher: A home oven would only get hot enough for the tempering. The hardening phase comes before that, requiring around 1000 degrees.
mecabeat RichardCunningham's article
Mar 17, 2017 at 10:25
Mar 17, 2017
Opinion: The Table
@sino428: "building up the bike custom with every part that I want" You started this thread off with this statement which to me implies custom built wheels. If you're using pre-built wheels, then it's not really a custom build with every part that you want, since a wheel is made of separate parts. Buying pre-built is getting someone else to complete part of the build for you. The average consumer is not willing to attempt a wheel build, and if they are, they are not likely to pull it off properly the first several times. There is subtlety in the process of balancing tension that requires experience. There are also things like internal hydraulic brake line routing, pressing cups, shifter cables and limit screws settling after initial use, torque specs that sometimes need to be adjusted due to manufacturing variations, finish, and grease friction differences. All things an experienced mechanic will go over the first time, where the average consumer will likely slap the bike together and hit the trail, resulting in failure, noises, sloppy performance, and frustration. It seems like you're describing a build from a box, which is pre-built, not a true custom build, like you originally stated.
mecabeat mikelevy's article
Mar 15, 2017 at 11:29
Mar 15, 2017
Santa Cruz's New Hardtail Costs Under $2,000, Does Either 29'' or 27.5+ Wheels
@SlodownU: Aluminum frame engineering and manufacturing has changed dramatically over the years. That old, default statement that steel is forgiving and aluminum is harsh just isn't true any more when talking about hardtails built for trail riding. The same qualities that made them unforgiving and harsh in the 90's also made them brittle and prone to failure. Bike companies don't like having to constantly bring in containers of warranty frames, so there has been an effort to make aluminum frames more compliant and durable. This also makes them more comfortable. I bet there are many aluminum frames out now that you wouldn't be able to distinguish the ride quality from steel if the frames were covered up. High frequency vibration might still be more noticeable on road, but that factor is mostly cancelled out by high volume tires and trail terrain. At 4.6 lbs and being designed for trail riding, I'm betting the Chameleon is pretty smooth, even fairly flexy, being long enough for 29". I can almost make the dropouts touch each other with the rear wheel out on some 29" aluminum frames. Things have changed since 1999.
mecabeat housemartin's article
Mar 11, 2017 at 10:17
Mar 11, 2017
mecabeat pinkbikeaudience's article
Mar 11, 2017 at 10:05
Mar 11, 2017
NZ Enduro Sneak Peek With Cedric, Ratboy and Mark Scott - Video
@Narro2: A candidate? He's been racing since he was 10. Won 2 junior world championships, 2 junior British National Mountain Biking Championships, then went on to become 2014 UCI World Cup Champion, and British National Mountain Biking Champion. Pretty far from a candidate. Actually quite accomplished, to the point of being among a very small group considered the best in the world.
mecabeat scottsecco's article
Feb 26, 2017 at 23:09
Feb 26, 2017
Movies For Your Monday
That was bicycle wizardry. Never seen riding quite like that.
mecabeat mikekazimer's article
Feb 22, 2017 at 20:50
Feb 22, 2017
Norco Range 9.2 - First Ride
@jflb: That's not exactly accurate about the Mondraker sizing, but what they did do is make all the seat tube lengths the same length as the small, so you choose by front end length, removing the limitations of not being able to get the seat low enough if you wanted to ride a size up. I absolutely agree with everything else you said, though. Geometry progress has been painfully slow for MTB. It's all because the Gary Fisher template was the one that "won" in the beginning. Mountain bikes based on square road bike geometry made popular by a group of stoners from Fairfax, California. They even built their own museum to pat themselves on the back for skidding down a fire road 40 years ago. If they hadn't sabotaged the reputation of the Lawwill Pro Cruiser, the first production mountain bike, designed to be fun to ride, like a BMX MTB, progression likely would have happened a lot faster. Instead, Fisher, Ritchey, and Specialized established the mountain bike as an uncomfortable, climb oriented off-ROAD bike. Fun was not part of the formula, just slogging up fire roads, and then skidding and twitching down descents, going over the bars, and scaring hikers so much that they made the trails in Marin illegal to ride bikes on. But the stoner roadies didn't care, they just went back to road biking. Mountain biking to them was just a goof that turned into business opportunity. If the roadies hadn't won, mountain biking could have been founded on fun and handling and dynamic riding.
mecabeat mikekazimer's article
Feb 22, 2017 at 9:55
Feb 22, 2017
Norco Range 9.2 - First Ride
@zzRider: Mondraker was one of the first companies, if not THE first company to make a drastically progressive DH frame. I think 2013 was the first production alloy frame, followed by the carbon version in 2014.
mecabeat lunatyk's article
Feb 21, 2017 at 9:36
Feb 21, 2017
Air to the Throne - Finals
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