peleton7

Former Expert (XC) and Cat 2 road racer. I like to ride technical trails all summer and backcountry ski all winter.

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peleton7 danielsapp's article
Aug 17, 2018 at 20:47
Aug 17, 2018
Tech Randoms: New Racks, Bars, Shades, & Shoes - Crankworx Whistler 2018
@kanasasa: I've broken spokes on a 32h wheel and it didn't come out of true.....at all. I get that modern rims are strong, but a few extra spokes still make for a stronger wheel.
peleton7 danielsapp's article
Aug 17, 2018 at 20:46
Aug 17, 2018
Tech Randoms: New Racks, Bars, Shades, & Shoes - Crankworx Whistler 2018
@mollow: Carbon rims that stiff don't ride well, and the spokes tend to come unwound on hard hits because the rim doesn't deflect enough to dissipate the impact force. And.....why not run 4 extra spokes? The weight and cost are negligible.
peleton7 danielsapp's article
Aug 17, 2018 at 13:57
Aug 17, 2018
Tech Randoms: New Racks, Bars, Shades, & Shoes - Crankworx Whistler 2018
24 spokes?! Mountain bike wheels should have 32....always. The minimal extra weight (50 grams or so) is totally offset by the added security that the extra load dispersal provides. I'm sure these wheels are adequately strong, but if a stick, rock, dropped chain (or whatever) weakens/breaks a spoke, it'll be waaaaay out of true and marginally rideable (if at all). Break one of 32 spokes 20 miles from the car? Get the broken ends out of the way and finish your ride-maybe even send a drop or two. On a road bike, low spoke counts make at least some sense-aerodynamics are the principal cause of drag at higher speed. On a mountain bike, the air is "dirty" from the fat, knobby tires on wheels and speeds are lower. The decision to go for 28 or fewer spokes per wheel on MTB wheels is purely driven by marketing hype and (inaccurate) consumer perception. Lower spoke count wheels apparently look faster, or more premium or something. Good thing I know how to lace my own....
peleton7 mikekazimer's article
Aug 17, 2018 at 10:58
Aug 17, 2018
Where's the New XTR? 8 Questions With Nick Murdick, Shimano MTB Product Manager
@HollyBoni: Having the chain fall off your bike anytime you ride a rowdy descent at speed will do that to a person.
peleton7 mikekazimer's article
Aug 17, 2018 at 10:51
Aug 17, 2018
Where's the New XTR? 8 Questions With Nick Murdick, Shimano MTB Product Manager
One step in price down per year, most likely. XT next summer, SLX a couple of years out. Like I said above, SRAM pushes products to market fast, Shimano takes more time to get stuff dialed. Shimano cassettes might weigh more than SRAM ones, but the shifting is already notably cleaner. Sounds like this generation of Shimano stuff shifts even better than current 9000/8000/7000 stuff.
peleton7 mikekazimer's article
Aug 16, 2018 at 15:51
Aug 16, 2018
Where's the New XTR? 8 Questions With Nick Murdick, Shimano MTB Product Manager
@neons97: Agreed. Top end stuff is all silly expensive. So I'm saying I'll hold off another year or so before I get the new shizzle. SRAM pushes new stuff out faster, but has more QC issues. They do innovate, and J. Boobar should be nominated for sainthood for developing the Pike chassis and internals, but when it comes to shifting and stopping, the Japanese S has dialed in the reliability.
peleton7 mikekazimer's article
Aug 16, 2018 at 13:40
Aug 16, 2018
Where's the New XTR? 8 Questions With Nick Murdick, Shimano MTB Product Manager
Want the latest bells and whistles? Go SRAM, but accept that you're a beta tester. If you want thoroughly engineered components that have been extensively tested before release.....Shimano!! XTR is (to use the cliché) for dentists or pros, but in a year or two when the XT version of this stuff comes out, I'll probably get a bike with that groupset. Until then I'll stay on my hard used but utterly bulletproof XT M8000 stuff. Brakes that won't fail in the heat and Shimano shift quality is worth holding off on the 12 speed (and new binders), at least for me.
peleton7 rossbellphoto's article
Jul 6, 2018 at 16:16
Jul 6, 2018
Tech Randoms: Val di Sole DH World Cup 2018
@Fresh1: Use just enough grease to lightly coat the teeth on your driver rings. The little tub you get with a new hub or set of rings is enough to last a decade-even with regular servicing.
peleton7 rossbellphoto's article
Jul 6, 2018 at 16:13
Jul 6, 2018
Tech Randoms: Val di Sole DH World Cup 2018
@AlanMck: And why am I a db? Because I called out a poor practice from a WC wrench? People look at photos like that as a guide to servicing their own bikes. If there's a good reason for the mechanic to have done it this way, it'd be good to share that information. If not, this kind of work should be called out. And I only mentioned being a "career wrench" when my (valid) comment was dismissed.
peleton7 RichardCunningham's article
Jul 5, 2018 at 19:55
Jul 5, 2018
Review: Race Face’s New Cinch Oval Ring
On another note-looks like RC tested with SPD's. Power delivery on flats is a little different than clipped in-would an oval ring be more/less beneficial on flats or clips?
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