skidrumr mattwragg's article
Mar 12, 2018 at 7:20Mar 12, 2018
Fatto a Mano: Producing the Formula Nero
Totally agree. I manage an industrial environment but I'm also the SME so I have to get in the trenches, and seeing that made me cringe. I have been an avid gloves/eye protection/hearing protection advocate for decades but the old timers just don't care... even though they are already deaf with metal shavings in their eyes and permanent lesions on their hands. People forget about how years of exposure to even seemingly benign chemicals screw you up for life. My dad had no feeling in his fingers in his 60s because as a sign painter he cleaned his hands with thinner for years.
Mar 8, 2018 at 9:27Mar 8, 2018
Prototype Wireless Electronic Drivetrain - Stellenbosch World Cup
Psh.. not impressed until all my shifting & braking is taken care of by AI reading my thoughts and desires, I ain't got no time for moving fingers or voice commands or even targeting my eyes. Until then I guess I'm stuck with my short cage Saint with alloy jockey wheels and Teflon cable that I last touched about 5 years ago. Having components that just work with no drama sure is boring.
skidrumr vernonfelton's article
Feb 24, 2018 at 7:37Feb 24, 2018
Is "Traditional" a Good Thing When It Comes to Wheels? - Pinkbike Poll
Dunno... streetbike wheels started as all spokes. Then cast aluminum, then forged aluminum, then forged magnesium, then carbon fiber, and they see a crapton more force in every dimension. But not as much impact (though springtime potholes would be a good argument). I have carbon wheels on my streetbike, as an upgrade from forged aluminum, and the difference between the two is staggering regarding stiffness, suspension performance, and the improvement in acceleration and braking. Seems like with the advancements is CF today the layups could be engineered to give a similar flex and forgiveness to spokes with a durability and cost that might rival traditional spoked wheels over the long term. With a full CF wheel, unless you manage to destroy the hub, spokes, and rim, it can be rebuilt- each section is made individually then glued together. As far as impact, companies like Koenigsegg and Ford test their CF wheels by smashing them into curbs, and they typically retain enough of their structure to continue to run safely. I have nice heavy, strong, & cheap Halo wheels on my DH that have never been touched regardless of the beating I give them. So I guess I'm a bit of a hypocrite.
skidrumr mikekazimer's article
Feb 21, 2018 at 11:02Feb 21, 2018
Kona Wah Wah II Flat Pedals - Review
Five Tens on Twenty6 pedals... priceless. Like a pissed off falcon attacking the soles of your shoes
skidrumr paulaston's article
Feb 13, 2018 at 14:22Feb 13, 2018
Staff Rides – Aston's European-Made Nicolai GeoMetron Super Bike
Since the Pinion gearbox has its own "freehub" internally, is there anyone offering a non-freehub rear wheel hub to eliminate an unnecessary added movement? You are basically running two freehubs together, therefore doubling the distance between engagement points right? If you had a mechanically locked rear hub it would be much more efficient, and probably lighter & stronger.
skidrumr paulaston's article
Feb 2, 2018 at 12:55Feb 2, 2018
Onza Aquila Aaron Gwin Signature DH Tire - Review
To be fair, Gwin could beat all of us on a little kids' push bike with plastic wheels
skidrumr sarahmoore's article
Feb 1, 2018 at 12:24Feb 1, 2018
Brandon Semenuk's 2018 Trek Ticket S - Bike Check
Simple.. he reaches back and moves the mech by hand while he's in the air. You know, like the rest of us.
Jan 31, 2018 at 15:34Jan 31, 2018
The REAL Story of That Single-Sided Carbon Fork
There are industrial linear bearings that utilize a stepped profile to keep the inner race clocked correctly at all times... perhaps using that instead of the smooth round tube would limit rotation of the stanchion and therefore reduce the common torsional weakness of traditional forks (without depending on the axle). The "ribs" of the stanchion would also add rigidity (like 80/20 extruded aluminum beams). The Lefty's square profile did the same thing to some degree, but square tubing is more prone to buckling along its flat surfaces than tube is along its curved surfaces. The type of tube in my example would be super stiff but a bitch to keep sealed, you would have to utilize shaped seals, but in a dual crown configuration with enough overlap to use 2 bearings per side it would be insanely resistant to any angle of deflection. I'll be more than happy to test ride the prototype, Mr. Musil!
skidrumr davidarthur's article
Jan 22, 2018 at 9:21Jan 22, 2018
Tech Randoms - Core Bike Show 2018
@TheRaven: True Dat. My gloves have to have hard knuckle protection because of tree & limb strikes. 760mm through the woods makes you a very good rider or a very slow rider, depending on your pain threshold.
Sep 20, 2017 at 14:07Sep 20, 2017
Rotec is Back With a 5'' Travel Play Bike - Interbike 2017
This! A long travel bike with no chain growth and shock compression independent of the front triangle... finally engineering comes before trends and ignores the "standard". Since Zerode DH disappeared I am looking forward to pushing the buy button on this sucker! It looks glorious in it's no compromises, function first appearance. If only it ditched the rear mech it would be the holy grail.