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silkyrhino danielsapp's article
May 23, 2019 at 16:23
May 23, 2019
Aaron Gwin Comments on Injured Ankle, Broken Cranks, & More
The problem with carbon is that you could have a rock fly up and bounce off your crank tomorrow, compromising its strength. Since rocks hitting cranks is so common you don't inspect it. Then the crank fails and you'll be super pissed and blame e13 thinking the product was defective. Especially after email them about it. This problem applies to any brand of carbon cranks... so maybe switch to alloy and don't worry about it?
silkyrhino danielsapp's article
May 23, 2019 at 16:15
May 23, 2019
Aaron Gwin Comments on Injured Ankle, Broken Cranks, & More
A recall is done when all products share the same defect. I would assume this is more a case where a batch or a particular version of the crank was seeing more issues than a company would like, so they iterate and make improvements in the design and or manufacturing process to reduce the number of issues in future versions. If they have a newer version that is better, they obviously would tell their #1 racer not to use the old version. You also don't see recalls for SRAM or RaceFace cranks even though there are tons of reports of those breaking. That brings me to a broader point with carbon cranks. If you use any of them, you have to accept there is a greater risk of them being compromised (without you knowing) and failing. Cranks take tons of rock strikes. Aluminum cranks don't get compromised when a rock bounces off them. I wonder how many instances of carbon cranks breaking are because a rock hit them and gave them damage that allowed the crank to fail under load? I highly doubt people are inspecting their crank every time a rock hits them. Cranks are a part where you really have to assess if benefits of carbon are worth it. And accept that even though carbon may be stronger under load, it can be damaged more easily from strikes and then is no longer stronger under load. Also there is human error in the carbon layout process the doesn't exist with alloy. It doesn't matter who makes them... these issues exist.
silkyrhino edspratt's article
May 3, 2019 at 8:05
May 3, 2019
Video: Qualifying and Finals Highlights with Eliot Jackson - Maribor DH World Cup 2019
These are awesome. Eliot may be the smartest and most likable guy in mountain biking :)
silkyrhino mikekazimer's article
Mar 19, 2019 at 10:57
Mar 19, 2019
First Ride: Santa Cruz Megatower
Do you expect bike manufacturers to create a completely new frame design for every model in their line? Who does that currently? For example all Evil, Transition, and Yeti models share the same overall design, no?
silkyrhino danielsapp's article
Feb 28, 2019 at 21:33
Feb 28, 2019
First Ride: Revel's Rail Enduro Bike is an Impressive Debut
$2599 is around $500 cheaper than an equivalent Evil or Santa Cruz... and most every other comparable frame. Hell, it is $1400 less than an Orbea Rallon frame. Seems like pretty fair pricing?
silkyrhino IndustryNineOfficial's article
Feb 13, 2019 at 9:06
Feb 13, 2019
Video: Industry Nine Introduces Hydra & 101 Hubs in 'The New Phase'
Well, the title sets you up for different expectations, but it is a really well done marketing video with some great behind the scenes shots. Kudos to the creative team that worked on it.
silkyrhino mikekazimer's article
Jan 29, 2019 at 12:01
Jan 29, 2019
Review: Michelin's Wild Enduro Tires Deliver Tons of Traction
@mikekazimer: The ones I posted about issues with tearing in dry conditions were Gum-X. Seems that these tires are a good option for soft/moist conditions, but in dry rocky stuff they get torn up way faster than maxxis compounds.
silkyrhino mikekazimer's article
Jan 29, 2019 at 10:24
Jan 29, 2019
Review: Michelin's Wild Enduro Tires Deliver Tons of Traction
@endlessblockades: Palm canyon is definitely rugged terrain. I think dry/rocky stuff is a problem for this compound. Two of the knobs already looked like that after the first 7 mile day, which was pretty disappointing because I like the design of these tires. The ride was awesome though, especially the first part. Hopefully you get to do it. In the second half there is a lot of pedally stuff that slowly wears you down, so bring lots of water and snacks!
silkyrhino mikekazimer's article
Jan 29, 2019 at 10:18
Jan 29, 2019
Review: Michelin's Wild Enduro Tires Deliver Tons of Traction
@endlessblockades: The 7 mile loop I did was on these trails https://www.trailforks.com/trails/goat-trails-outlet/ The next day I did this ride https://www.trailforks.com/trails/palm-canyon-epic/ After those two rides I took these photos of the rear tire, showing a few of the many deteriorating side knobs. https://www.pinkbike.com/u/silkyrhino/album/wild-enduro/ My normal riding is dry socal stuff and I get more than 450 miles out of a minion dhr in the rear before the side knobs start to look like that.
silkyrhino mikekazimer's article
Jan 29, 2019 at 10:10
Jan 29, 2019
Review: Michelin's Wild Enduro Tires Deliver Tons of Traction
@endlessblockades: The 7 mile loop I did was on these trails a href="https://www.trailforks.com/trails/goat-trails-outlet/" target="_blank"> https://www.trailforks.com/trails/goat-trails-outlet//a> The next day I did this ride a href="https://www.trailforks.com/trails/palm-canyon-epic/" target="_blank"> https://www.trailforks.com/trails/palm-canyon-epic//a> After those two rides I took these photos of the rear tire, showing a few of the many deteriorating side knobs. a href="https://www.pinkbike.com/u/silkyrhino/album/wild-enduro/" target="_blank"> https://www.pinkbike.com/u/silkyrhino/album/wild-enduro//a> My normal riding is dry socal stuff and I get more than 450 miles out of a minion dhr in the rear before the side knobs start to look like that.
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