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t0mislav RichardCunningham's article
Feb 12, 2018 at 10:59
Feb 12, 2018
Carbon vs Aluminum: Separating Environmental Fact From Fiction in the Frame Materials Debate
Nicely done article RC. Scot Nicol did a great series of articles on different bicycle materials in the 90s. It was called “Metallurgy For Cyclists.” It’s still on the Ibis website and one takeaway was that titanium is insanely energy intensive, dwarfing aluminum’s energy use in both smelting and production process. Good thing it lasts for years (maybe.)
t0mislav paulaston's article
Feb 10, 2018 at 8:35
Feb 10, 2018
Check Out - February
Who needs heated gloves if they actually pedal while riding? My unheated gloves turn into hot swamp holders all winter long. Why would anyone think those Velcro retiree Shimano shoes look or stick better than any 5.10? Aaaand, that Bontrager lid looks like a Walmart castoff (though it has plenty of good tech.) The pads, tires, and coffee press are promising though.
t0mislav pinkbikeaudience's article
Jan 30, 2018 at 13:19
Jan 30, 2018
Ask Pinkbike: Whistler, Sprocket Size, and Capable XC Bikes
I have a hard time believing the Scalpel’s increased 55mm offset on a 69.5 degree head angle is going to feel better in tech than the reduced 42mm fork offset on a 69.5 head angle like the new Epic. Increased fork offset reduces trail, making steering quicker and less stable. Transition’s SBG is a DH-oriented step to reducing fork offset, and Specialized’s new reduced fork offset Epics are expressly designed around stabilizing a steeper XC head angle. Reduced fork offset has always felt more stable and less reactive to obstacles. 29ers got to increased 51mm fork offset as a de facto standard to “sharpen” their steering when designed for trail use with slacker head angles. Remember 29ers with 72 degree head angles and 44mm offset? It was weird. Now we’re on the next step of progression, which is just-steep-enough head angles for xc racing, stabilized with less fork offset.
t0mislav mikekazimer's article
Jan 16, 2018 at 7:28
Jan 16, 2018
SRAM's New DUB Cranks and Bottom Brackets - First Look
Gxp bottom brackets with 24mm spindles didn’t last very long for me. If this actually improves longevity, fine, but SRAM lost me at bb30/pf30 where truvativ B.B. sleeves would immediately creak and the bearings were made of cheese. Pf86/92 has been solid for me both with Shimano and Wheels Mfg BBs. Sram’s alloy cranks are nice but 30mm spindles were unnecessary. I will concede that direct mount rings are better though.
t0mislav RichardCunningham's article
Jan 8, 2018 at 8:17
Jan 8, 2018
Scott Genius 920 - Review
RC’s reviews always read just like Mountain Bike Action. For me, not a good thing.
t0mislav north-shore-bike-shop's article
Dec 24, 2017 at 12:15
Dec 24, 2017
Anton's Awesome Race - Happy Holidays
The issue is the low resolution. Zooming in just makes it blurrier. Repost at higher res please? Looks like it was a lot of creative work, wish I could read it.
t0mislav pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 6, 2017 at 14:23
Dec 6, 2017
2017 Pinkbike Awards: Comeback of the Year Nominees
Hill, no question. An entire season at the sharp end of a brutal series, and he won it clean. Don’t forget his Cairns WC performance.
t0mislav pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 6, 2017 at 13:40
Dec 6, 2017
2017 Pinkbike Awards: Innovation of the Year Nominees
R3act is truly innovative, where the other two are questionably valuable refinements. Not sure I want a R3act bike, and I hate the stupid name, but it’s not like anything before.
t0mislav mikelevy's article
Dec 6, 2017 at 9:22
Dec 6, 2017
Spengle's One-Piece Carbon Enduro Wheels - First Look
The spoked wheel is a relentlessly refined and elegant piece of mechanical design. Easily replaced components, and many elements to distribute stress. Cheap, easy to service, very strong for its weight. Carbon one piece wheels are not progress. Integrated components just make it a disposable wheel. I have a sad that some people want to sell this as a step forward. It’s not.
t0mislav mikekazimer's article
Nov 7, 2017 at 6:07
Nov 7, 2017
Ridden and Rated: 7 Long-Travel 29ers
Seriously Pinkbike, is there an editorial or personal issue with Evil? The Wreckoning is an obvious top contender in this class. Both The Following and Wreckoning are widely loved aggressive 29ers that have been universally positively reviewed elsewhere. PB having never tested an Evil is... odd.
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