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ppp9911 mikelevy's article
Aug 14, 2020 at 8:50
Aug 14, 2020
Field Test: Cannondale Scalpel SE 1 - The Spider Monkey
Don't worry, even if the crack were a manufacturing defect, Dorel/Cannondale would just call it crash related, would not warranty and would offer you a crash replacement at 10% off the MSRP (ie more expensive than just buying a new one)
ppp9911 sarahmoore's article
Jul 29, 2020 at 9:51
Jul 29, 2020
Field Test: 2021 Cannondale Scalpel - Deceptively Fast
Looks like an fast bike, but given Dorel/Cannondale's history with extra fragile carbon chain and seat-stays and their refusal to warranty you couldn't get me to drop any pennies on a Cannondale again. Which is pretty sad since I have owned at least 6 of their bikes pre-dorel that never had any issues.
ppp9911 mikelevy's article
Jul 17, 2020 at 12:29
Jul 17, 2020
Why Are We Using 12-Speed Drivetrains? - The Explainer
Answer: " 12 speed with enormous cassettes is the norm because it appealed to the egos of those with the roadie style machismo of having the biggest chainring possible and compensated for the riders that don't know how to pump and use terrain to carry speed, as a result bike manufactures updated their kinematics to work best with 12spd and there you have it" I regularly do rides with >3500ft of climbing including quite steep trials, I use my 50T cog all the time with a 32 t chainring, never ever use my 10T except on paved roads, but my frame kinematics would be shit if i went 30t with a 46T cassette and eagle came stock on bikes.
ppp9911 danielsapp's article
Jul 15, 2020 at 9:44
Jul 15, 2020
Ridden & Rated: 13 of the Best Dropper Posts
This is just marketing of how a post feels and how long it is, nothing about durability, reliability, play, etc. This is not a rating or even really a review.
ppp9911 COMMENCALbicycles's article
Jul 9, 2020 at 10:32
Jul 9, 2020
Commencal Releases Updated 2021 Clash
Yeah I was hoping all of the new Commencals would have the concentric rear axle pivot. I like linkage drive single pivot designs but having the middle ground anti-rise usually around 50-70% is quite nice as you get some geometry preservation and some improved braking traction. I wonder if they faced legal/patent challenges and have gone back to single pivot?
ppp9911 mikekazimer's article
Jun 19, 2020 at 10:01
Jun 19, 2020
Rocky Mountain Announces Recall of Alloy 2018 - 2020 Instinct, Instinct BC, & Pipeline
The #1 reason that carbon frames are more less likely to get recalled is because it is much more difficult to prove a carbon catastrophic failure was due to manufacturing errors. Couple that with aggressive companies that will sue any carbon repair shop that says a failure is manufacturing error and you have identified another reason why the industry likes carbon so much (higher markup, less warranties) Both Calfee and Ruckus have told me that Dorel, Big S, and others have threatened litigation if they evaluate carbon for repair and conclude it was a manufacturing error.
ppp9911 COMMENCALbicycles's article
Feb 13, 2020 at 10:51
Feb 13, 2020
Video: Party Shirts & Double Flips on the New Commencal Meta TR SX
With the clash having the concentric real axle pivot I keep hoping the meta will come with this suspension design, guess I will continue to wait
ppp9911 raceface's article
Jan 16, 2020 at 11:22
Jan 16, 2020
Video: Off-Season Coasting with the Rocky/RF Enduro Team
Yeah if they got a picture of that it could be in the running for picture of the year for sure
ppp9911 mikekazimer's article
Dec 19, 2019 at 11:09
Dec 19, 2019
Field Test: 2020 Specialized Enduro S-Works - Basically a DH Bike Without a Dual Crown Fork
@scvkurt03: I think reviewers need to actually measure. I hear time and again about reach too short, seat tube angle too slack and when I have actually measured on many bikes and they are all over the place. I have even seen reviews where they proclaimed that bike A felt more comfortable than bike B due to the steep STA, when we actually measured at a range of seat heights bike B had steeper STA throughout all heights. Same applies to BB height (at sag), reach, HTA etc.. Ie marketing placebo effect in full force.
ppp9911 mikekazimer's article
Dec 18, 2019 at 8:42
Dec 18, 2019
Pinkbike Field Test: GT Force 29 Pro - A Solid Descender With Room for Improvement
This looks like 100% water bottle decision to me. This is the large and any lower and the bottle would not have fit.
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