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shinook henryquinney's article
Apr 16, 2024 at 16:12
13 hours
Ohlins Release RXF38 & DH38 Conversion Kits
@Takaya94: It's the opposite, the air cartridge for the Ohlins forks doesn't use the stanchion as a sealing surface, so you can change between them even if the coil scratches it. The downside is travel changes are more expensive on the air fork, but you can swap between coil and air if you want.
shinook henryquinney's article
Apr 16, 2024 at 16:09
13 hours
Ohlins Release RXF38 & DH38 Conversion Kits
@fartymarty: *was It's no longer offered by Ohlins and new RXF36 m.2s cannot be converted due to a change in stanchion design. They only offer it for the 38mm forks, not the 36mm any longer.
Apr 15, 2024 at 14:56
2 days

Trickstuff Maxima

$1100 USD
Great condition, barely ridden more than a handful of times. I bought them to try alongside a few others and only rode them a handful of times. Braided hoses. They are wonderful brakes and definitely live up to the hype, I just decided to stick with Intends instead. No leaks, cracks, stripped threads, etc. Will include the bleed kit, bleed block, and whatever Bionol I have here.

shinook henryquinney's article
Apr 8, 2024 at 10:29
Apr 8, 2024
Review: 2024 Orbea Occam LT - Modernly Convenient
@BermJunky: While I generally understand what you are getting at, brands like REEB, Starling, and Nicolai have pretty consistent track records of treating their customers well and some other brands just don't. You may find horror stories about a lot of brands, but I wouldn't hand wave those away especially considering what bikes cost. It's pretty inexcusable what we pay for bikes to have failures like this and then just tell the customer they are SOL and have to pay for it, particularly when they designed a bike with known issues. It feels like you roll the dice with a lot of brands (incl some big component manufacturers ) when you submit a warranty claim, some go out of their way to find a reason not to replace or repair things, sometimes to the point it seems like they spent more trying to justify not replacing it than it would've cost to just fix it in the first place. Others go out of their way to be helpful and take care of you. It's inexcusable the first category exists to begin with, but there are a handful of brands in the second category that I've tried to prioritize in recent years and it is really nice not feeling like I have to roll the dice when something breaks.
shinook henryquinney's article
Mar 27, 2024 at 5:50
Mar 27, 2024
BYB Tech Releases Chrono Timing System
@RonSauce: I'll never forget the jackass behind me yelling "STRAVA STRAVA STRAVA" trying to get a group out of his way. It made me wanna drag my brakes on a climb. I honestly don't mind people competing with themselves or even each other, but doing it in the middle of the day on a crowded trail and expecting every trail user to get out of your way on a multiuse trail is just dumb.
shinook thespeedykiwi's article
Mar 20, 2024 at 10:47
Mar 20, 2024
Trailforks Introduces New 'Traildar' Feature
Can I configure it to make fart sounds when I'm riding a segment too slow?
shinook dariodigiulio's article
Mar 14, 2024 at 9:40
Mar 14, 2024
Review: SRAM's New Maven Brakes - The Big Brake
@sprung-mass: Yes, the Radics have an insanely short throw, shorter than any brake I've tried (Saint, MT7, Maxima, Maven, Hope, Dominion A4). The power ramp up comes on really intuitively and smoothly, but there is basically no deadstroke. They are ideal for people who like to run their levers closer to the bar IMO. They are great for people who want the levers run close to the bars, not so great if you want the levers really far out and want some deadstroke between when you pull the lever and the brakes engage. The ramp up to power isn't as dramatic as the Mavens, but IMO it's more dramatic than the Maximas. I like them both a lot, but they have a different feel. I hear the new Kahas will have contact adjust, so that might help some and give more flexibility for people who want more deadstroke. They are super smooth though and have a great feel, I rode them for ~6 months and really liked them The Kaha lever body has a brace on it that is kindof far out and can make positioning controls awkward though. It's not awful and you can work around it more than you can the Mavens, but the brace isn't as close in as the Trickstuff, for better or worse, but it can get in the way. I think this is true of most more powerful brakes though, all of them have some form of brace (Intend, Trickstuff) or a lever body that gets in the way (Maven). It's not unmanageable but it is a minor annoyance. It's not isolated to them, though, and every brake system has some irritant around lever positioning. Bleeding the Kahas is super easy and intuitive, they use Bleeding Edge fittings, so it's dirt simple and takes basically no time at all. Trimming hoses, as with any braided hose, is kindof a pain but not awful, about the same level of effort as the Trickstuff. I would caution that getting the hose straight is a little tedious and sometimes you end up with weird kinks around the lever, but I believe newer versions use a rotating fitting that resolve this, mine did not. One suggestion on the Trickstuff: The Maximas bleed instructions have a piston process where you let the pistons out slightly and bleed them then push them back in. I would strongly recommend doing this, my rear was fine but I got a ton of air out of the front doing this. They suggest a tool to do it, but I put two 2mm rotors together (for a total of a 4mm space) and slotted them into the caliper to work the pistons out, then zip tied it in place for the bleed. The pistons will move with the bleed more than other brakes I've used, so keep them there and in place until you are done with that portion of the process. If the rotors stay in place, then it'll keep the pistons from popping out.
shinook Hope-technology's article
Mar 13, 2024 at 6:51
Mar 13, 2024
Video: Inside the Hope Factory
I have been on them since early December and I like them so far. No issues to speak of yet. The main thing I've found to be aware of is when installing the freehub, you have to be really careful to install the green seal properly. If it isn't seated correctly then it'll drag or bind. It's not hard, but not as easy as some others.
shinook dariodigiulio's article
Mar 11, 2024 at 17:59
Mar 11, 2024
Review: SRAM's New Maven Brakes - The Big Brake
@sprung-mass: short 2 ride notes between the Maximas and Mavens. Obviously the Trickstuff aesthetics are way better, they look and feel like something that costs what they do. The Mavens get the job done, but the lever reservoir being so close to the bar is a real irritant, although the Trickstuff lever has its own issues due to the brace and lever adjuster, but it's a lot more minor. Bleeding the Mavens is a lot easier, as is installing the hoses, although the Maximas weren't exactly difficult in either regard. Lever feel on the Maximas is way way smoother and lighter, even when the pads engage. It takes considerably less force to put power down, it's disorientingly light. The power delivery is smoother, but more linear and less ramped up than the Mavens and there is more deadstroke, which would be my main beef with them. I hate long deadstroke brakes and the Maximas have a pretty good amount, not excessive (there are worse), but not super short like Radics either. They are both easy to adapt to and learn, but the Mavens power ramps up a lot faster, which may be a good thing or a bad thing depending on who you are. The Maximas require a longer lever pull to achieve the same power, but the pull is a lot lighter, more linear, and less abrupt or firm feeling. The overall power seems similar but I haven't been out on any steep stuff yet to push the limits of what is there. I think riders could largely get by with a shorter lever position on the Mavens than the Maximas, at the cost of overall lever force, which isn't even in the same ball park, the Maximas are some of the lightest pull brakes I've tried (even more than the T4 V4). The Maximas will work for just about anyone IMO, the only real gripe I have is the longer deadstroke compared to the Mavens. If you like rapid power delivery in a short pull, the Mavens will get you there, but they lack the super light and refined lever feel of the Maximas. The Mavens IMO are more suited to heavier riders, I think lighter riders will have a harder time dialing them in. Honestly I like the Mavens a lot if you can look past the aesthetics and brand, but the Trickstuff have such a refined quality feel in comparison, it's really not fair to compare the two.
shinook mattbeer's article
Mar 11, 2024 at 6:42
Mar 11, 2024
Bike Check: Matt Fairbrother's Deviate Highlander II & Kayak System - NZ MTB Rally 2024
@Will-narayan: There is no keel to speak of. It would be difficult to right the boat with all that stuff on top, but not impossible. I doubt you could roll, you'd probably have to do a self rescue with the paddle and inflatable float on the end or someone holding the boat (both are common rescue techniques). It's probably safest/easiest to stay close to shore or in shallower water when the bike is on there like that. I've paddled a few Necky boats and they were all fairly beamy with a good bit of primary stability, but once you started leaning them over too far, they became really unstable. I imagine with all that weight up top, it works fine in smooth water given that, but if it gets rough then things could get bad. Just my observation as a former casual sea kayaker, I obviously never tried putting this much weight on the deck of the boat. I quit and focused on riding bikes because small boats in big water are terrifying to me.
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