oldschool43

Freestyled in the mid to late 80's, raced BMX 2 years in 90-91, bought my first MTB in 91.

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oldschool43 vernonfelton's article
Jun 15, 2017 at 22:54
Jun 15, 2017
2 Reasons Why Your Disc Brakes Don't Work
@rjude: Uhm, they are actually 4 grams heavier (that's knickpicky) and they do not rattle, at all. If they do rattle, they are dangerously worn and should be replaced. Hope says "1mm of play". That's not exactly loose. Again, I have 8 floating rotors and just had the first 160mm rotor (considered light weight, which IS lighter then a one piece Hope 160mm) wear out after 6 years and 5000 miles. They are slightly more expensive. As for moving pads, I'd say they don't push pistons as easily as a fixed stainless rotor. The aluminum center section it stiffer than a one piece (on a 183mm), but the outer stainless piece is more pliable. Kind of thinking you have never used a Hope floating rotor. I've had floating motorcycle rotors make noise, but even my "loose" Hope rotor doesn't make noise under normal use.
oldschool43 vernonfelton's article
Jun 14, 2017 at 6:20
Jun 14, 2017
2 Reasons Why Your Disc Brakes Don't Work
@mikelee: Haha.. Gonna love this then. All 3 of my current bikes, 2 Cotic's and an On-One, have Hope hubs, headsets, brakes and seat binders. Renthal stems. One bike has Halo rims. Tbh, I've had zero issues with UK products. I've saved $1000's compared to US made. Even the overseas made US frames are $200-$300 more for the equivalent. The orange man will likely change that and it could cost more for UK products some time soon. But you Brits make some really good, affordable stuff. :)
oldschool43 vernonfelton's article
Jun 13, 2017 at 12:44
Jun 13, 2017
2 Reasons Why Your Disc Brakes Don't Work
@mikelee: That's cool. I have a friend that rode my bike, he has XT and didn't like mine. I rode his and didn't really like the "on off" nature of it, but could work with it, just had to change my style. Most people that try Hope skip the bedding. I skipped it once and they barely worked, so I get why some people think they don't work. The floating rotors have tooling fluid residue on them too. I clean them first, then bed them.
oldschool43 vernonfelton's article
Jun 13, 2017 at 12:37
Jun 13, 2017
2 Reasons Why Your Disc Brakes Don't Work
@sooner518: Strange. I just had my original Hope floating 160mm rotor rivets get loose. I have had it for 6 seasons, maybe 5,000 miles on it. It is considered a lightweight rotor. I checked my other ones, no issues. The front 183mm rotors are thicker. I've only used floating rotors for the past 6 years, no issues other than this one. I have 8 on 4 bikes. I don't do trials and only use 160mm on the rear and I am a heavy front wheel breaker and don't skid. They work better than the fixed rotors. And in cold weather it's awesome. They pop as they cool if you stop at the bottom of a long downhill. And they match my bikes and hubs ;)
oldschool43 vernonfelton's article
Jun 13, 2017 at 6:11
Jun 13, 2017
2 Reasons Why Your Disc Brakes Don't Work
@mikelee: You have to properly bed the Hope pads and rotors. It's kind of a pain in the arse to do, but it's how you get the power. If you just slap them on and hit a long downhill, you glaze the pads because there is no pad material of the rotor to grab. I skipped the bedding (too impatient to just go ride) the 3rd set of Hopes I bought and they had about half the power of the previous Hope brakes. Even the X2's with a 183mm have more than enough power. I'm super fat and run M4 and E4 and have zero issues stopping. Taking 20 minutes to bed them makes all the difference.
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Jun 2, 2017 at 11:58
Jun 2, 2017
Pinkbike Poll: Not So Fast, Punc!
Here here!! To the fat and distracted!
oldschool43 paulaston's article
Jun 2, 2017 at 11:54
Jun 2, 2017
Pinkbike Poll: Not So Fast, Punc!
I've ridden 2000 miles since switching to tubeless, 29er tires e13 rims (aluminum 28mm inner) and Arc 30 with Maxxis Exo tires, using Orange Seal regular and endurance sealant zero flats!! My local "flat city" trails, glacial run off, sharp rocks, square baby heads, roots, 25+ mph rock strewn downhills, every other ride had a flat with tubes. Mostly pinch flats, few long thorns. I averaged 6-8 flats a year running tubes. I don't go silly on pressures, 26-28psi, not one flat. I do have scuffed sidewalls, but no cuts. I think the pros are way too low in psi. Watch a slow-mo, you can see the tires collapse. That might be the sole issue?
oldschool43 vernonfelton's article
May 12, 2017 at 14:47
May 12, 2017
Brilliant or Bullshit? – Pinkbike Poll
I started riding mountain bikes way back in 89'. I worked at shops for 5 years before that. The bikes and components were subject to everything. Water, mud, sitting, sun. Good chance the wind damaged them too. I think the single greatest innovation is the quality. If you aren't hucking to flat every ride, the things last. Rims last for several seasons, not months. Bars last for seasons, not 5 rides. The brakes stop actually stop you, not decide they are on lunch. Frames seem to last, not crack after 6 months. I do have a 93' Spec M2 that has 32k CC, DS and DH miles on it hanging in my garage though. I never bought into the light weight stuff back in the day and still broke things. Cranks, pedals, stems, seatposts, I broke at least one of them. A dropper would have been nice back when, but you couldn't stop. Or jump. Or blow out a corner. Or plow through a rock garden. As a whole, it's a far better world today than back in the early-mid 90's.
oldschool43 mikelevy's article
May 5, 2017 at 18:11
May 5, 2017
Pinkbike Poll – Electronic Components on Your Mountain Bike?
There is not really a reason for electric shifting for 1x. In 2x, it takes you from 1 to 22, one shift at a time, even changing the front deraileur on its own. If you know how to setup things with cables, no problems at all. And also cheaper to maintain.
oldschool43 pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 30, 2017 at 4:47
Apr 30, 2017
Final Results - Lourdes DH World Cup 2017
@sicmoto: Yeah, but here is the thing with Freecaster, they started streaming at say 6. With a 10 minute or so introduction, at around the time the first woman was leaving the gate. They had time to sort things out and it was dedicated group of guys running it on software that worked. Since Redbull took it over, all there have been are problems. It's 39 minutes late starting, this is the 3rd time in 7 races it's been 20 minutes behind so they can "live stream" what is actually a taped event? Come on, that seriously isn't better, is it? Oh look, it just started, Rachel is walking upon the podium? Good thing I didn't miss any of the taped runs...oh wait, I just did.
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