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oldschool43 Fox-Head-Inc's article
May 17, 2019 at 7:03
2 days
Fox Announces Full Details of Dropframe Trail Helmet
Agree, the L/XL sizing is not quite right. My brother wears a size smaller for all helmets and has a different shaped head and even the L/XL fits weird. Doesn't fit my head at all, even if the sizing says it should. We wear the Bell Super's, 2 different sizes, good fit. A bit warm, but you can wear it all day and it has MIPS..
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
May 4, 2019 at 17:57
May 4, 2019
First Look: DT Swiss' New Ratchet EXP Hub Design
@captaingrumpy: Yeah, the Hope bearings aren't very serviceable, even the bigger ones. I was a bike mechanic for years and used to repack sealed bearings all the time. That version of the Hope is a terrible design. I have a few King parts and they are really nice. Always bought on sale though. The corrosion issues, you may have oxidizing minerals in the soil. I have had some issues riding in the wet in Upper Michigan, high Iron content, even my rotors end up with a bit of rust. When I assemble or service parts, especially the BB, I put a thin coat of grease on everything. Outer sleave, spindle, coat the BB shell, I've seen too many things. As far as hubs, my longest lasting hub, which is now on my daughters bike, is the first version of the Shimano LX hub from like 92. It was 30 grams lighter than XTR and used the same cone and axle size. When the freehub went out after a year, I put in an 8/9 spd Shimano 600 road freehub (now Ultegra), XTR loose ball bearings and a Ti axle. I retired the bike with 30,000+ miles, only 1 hub rebuild. Since then, my daughter has put a 1000 miles on it. So glad disc brakes came out, but at the same time, would be nice to see how miles it could have gone. My daughter will never push those limits. :(
oldschool43 mikekazimer's article
May 3, 2019 at 9:17
May 3, 2019
First Look: DT Swiss' New Ratchet EXP Hub Design
@captaingrumpy: Based on my experience, I think you may be talking about the Pro 2 Evo, the 1st Gen or 40t freehub design. I have 4 sets, Pro 2 (original), Pro 2 Evo, Pro 2 EVO 40t and Pro 4. I am a "fan boy", because the stuff is solid, including brakes. So here is my take, in your favor. My Pro 2 (orginal) and Pro 4 have 6000+ miles and zero issues. But, I too have blown out 4 freehub bearings, one in the EVO, 3 in the 40t. They went with a smaller bearing in that freehub. When they first went out, it broke the aluminum freehub body, so i went with a steel body in both. Just a burnt heap of mess. I get over a season out of a bearing, but they are easy to replace and are only $8. Coincidentally they went back to a larger bearing, the old Pro 2 and Pro 4 have a larger bearing installed. To be honest though, if you rode 400 hours and average say 12mph, thats about 5000 miles, which would be considered reliable. My 40t only lasts 700 miles, but I think the big cassette puts too much torque twist on that tiny cage bearing, it's a non boost hub, so that hub will be retired soon as I get a frame. As far as King go, if there wasn't Hope I would ride King. But I have 4 sets of Hopes, 3 of those sets were almost the price for one set of Kings. Again, just one issue with one freehub. Also, if you submerge your hubs, they will fill with water and need to be cared for. It's always a good idea to pull it apart every couple months to clean and inspect it, especially if you use a pressure washer.
oldschool43 danielsapp's article
Apr 20, 2019 at 8:50
Apr 20, 2019
Pinkbike Poll: How Do You Prefer to Get to the Top of a Descent?
My Pegasus or Dragon, but they draw too much attention. "I didn't think they were real!" "Does he breath fire?" "Can I take a picture?". Just more of a hassle then anything. So I pedal..
oldschool43 jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 14, 2019 at 11:37
Mar 14, 2019
Throwback Thursday: Danny MacAskill's Breakthrough Edit
@DarrellW: That's awesome??? One of my favorite tricks. Flatlanders step into other tricks from G-turns these days. Crazy stuff. Dennis McCoy actually talked me through the process on how to do them in like, 1989 or 90. I was basically doing 180's with the front brake on, he fixed that. No brakes or a gentle tap to start it! And a tap to keep from going over. 2 weeks later, and several bruises, I got it down. I rode with a lot of those guys way back when..
oldschool43 jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 14, 2019 at 6:26
Mar 14, 2019
Throwback Thursday: Danny MacAskill's Breakthrough Edit
Yeah, I had that,"Wait! What??" several times the first time I saw it too. The bunnyhop to G-turn up the stairs, on a trials bike? I did G-turns in the early 90's on a freestyle bike, never up stairs, never thought it would be possible on a trials bike. I tried them on my mountain bike, and though I did them, they weren't comfortable to do with the bigger wheel. Danny makes them look easy, even on a full suspension bike. What???
oldschool43 SteelCityMedia's article
Mar 5, 2019 at 18:02
Mar 5, 2019
Video: Syndicate Pit Gibberish - Why Would You Run a Smaller Rear Rotor?
Let's put a camera in front of this idiot and see what happens.. ;) You don't need the same amount of power for the rear. I run a 183, 4 piston front and a 160 2 piston rear. No issues. If I want to skid, cuz idiots need to skid to change direction, I would put a 4 pot or a 183 rotor on the rear. But I'm not an idiot. So I wouldn't do that.. Just sayin..
oldschool43 danielsapp's article
Feb 28, 2019 at 6:23
Feb 28, 2019
REI to Sell Bontrager Parts & Cannondale's Full Lineup
We have a huge local shop, one of the top Trek performers in the northern Chicago area, they are talking about dropping them. They sell 2000+ Trek bikes a year, 30% are high end. With this, I would think they might be done. They also have 2 Trek stores within 15 miles of this shop, and 2 REI's 30 minutes away. They picked up Specialized and I think Giant is coming in soon. Owning a bike shop is becoming a brutal business if you want to carry a brand. They were a top Schwinn shop for years before Schwinn was bought by Pacific, so they have done this once before.
oldschool43 jamessmurthwaite's article
Feb 17, 2019 at 9:34
Feb 17, 2019
Chromag Announces Doctahawk, a Super Aggressive 180mm, 29er Hardtail
@jeremy3220: Yo dawg, did you see the designers story? He said, "Ride the fork", "mid-stroke support" and "never felt like I would OTB it". Guess the guy that had the bike named after him doesn't know how to ride a travel hardtail either. ;) On that note, I remember why I don't comment on shit, people are idiots...
oldschool43 jamessmurthwaite's article
Feb 12, 2019 at 10:57
Feb 12, 2019
Chromag Announces Doctahawk, a Super Aggressive 180mm, 29er Hardtail
@arrowheadrush: hmmm.. As a matter if fact... Nope, can't. But I can save 15% on car insurance....
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