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phutphutend KNOLLYBIKES's article
Jan 17, 2018 at 1:31
Jan 17, 2018
Knolly Moves Entire Lineup to 157mm Spacing
How about a MTB Standard kite mark. Fix a load of the standards, then allow companies that build bikes that sit within those standards to use the kite mark. If a company wants to do something different, then fine, but they won't be able to use the kite mark. In this way consumers get to search for bikes that fit standards. The justifications for changes will have to be significant to casue consumers to stray. We need to get ot the point where changinf standards affects companies sales, unless there really is a genuine improvement.
phutphutend mikekazimer's article
Jan 16, 2018 at 8:05
Jan 16, 2018
SRAM's New DUB Cranks and Bottom Brackets - First Look
If they wanted to do the job properly, they should have come up with a bigger BB shell! I suppose they can do this in a couple of years time when they want to make all the current designs obsolete!
phutphutend mikekazimer's article
Jan 14, 2018 at 3:33
Jan 14, 2018
The Eyecatchers: 7 Intriguing New Bikes - Opinion
@juansevo: The bike is built specifically to be a singlespeed. I've ridden singlespeed hardtails on my local trails for ears. There's no big hills, lots of mud, lots of tight twisty trails, singlespeed is perfect. A singlespeed full-sus is just that little bit more forgiving that a hardtail... It's not an eccentric bottom bracket, but concentric. Both the bottom bracket and swingarm bearings run on the same BMX 19mm axle. It's an elegant soplution where others just put massive heavy bearings around a normal bottom bracket. If I wanted to run gears, I would just make a shorter travel version of my other Murmur and Swoop frames. These have better suspension performance, but can't be run singlespeed without tensioners.
phutphutend mikekazimer's article
Jan 12, 2018 at 7:16
Jan 12, 2018
The Eyecatchers: 7 Intriguing New Bikes - Opinion
Thanks for the positive comments... What do you want? I always thought your bikes looked a bit unrefined and industrial, but each to their own! The frame is designed to be as simple as possible, with a lightweight singlespeed mechanism. None of that massive heavy bearing around the BB shell nonsense. Remember it's easy to come up with a complex solution to a problem, a simple elegant solution is much harder.
phutphutend mikekazimer's photo
Jan 12, 2018 at 4:04
Jan 12, 2018
Why is it grossly overpriced? It is a custom built frame, with sizing to suit each rider. If I did them any cheaper I'd be on the streets!

phutphutend mikekazimer's article
Jan 11, 2018 at 13:19
Jan 11, 2018
The Eyecatchers: 7 Intriguing New Bikes - Opinion
@vinay: The suspension on the Beady Little Eye isn't the best, you have to run it firm to stop bob. But imagine a hardtail that has some cush. It'll never win a race, but it's the most fun bike I have. I've got a few orders for some 29ers BLE's. Be good to see how they go...
phutphutend DVOSuspension's article
Dec 23, 2017 at 1:35
Dec 23, 2017
DVO Welcomes Reece Wallace - Video
Flex in wheels is a GOOD thing!
phutphutend Nukeproofinternational's article
Dec 2, 2017 at 7:18
Dec 2, 2017
phutphutend mikelevy's article
Nov 28, 2017 at 3:31
Nov 28, 2017
Production Privée's Steel-Framed Shan N°5 - Review
@vinay: See my post a little lower down about why steel bikes are good. Agreed the same behaviour could be achieved by a bike made of any material, but currently the flex/grip behaviour is only inherent in steel bikes. The issue is the design specification. Big bike companies start off with; "Make bikes X% stiffer than 2017 bike". This gives them a good metric for marketing. This is incrrect for a dynamic vehicle that rides rough terrain and leans to go round corners!
phutphutend mikelevy's article
Nov 28, 2017 at 0:40
Nov 28, 2017
Production Privée's Steel-Framed Shan N°5 - Review
@vinay: No need for a test, the Starling is the best by a long way!
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