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threehats mikelevy's article
Nov 27, 2017 at 23:52
Nov 27, 2017
Production Privée's Steel-Framed Shan N°5 - Review
@mikelevy: So basically it's a steel Banshee Spitfire that isn't as good uphill? ;-)
threehats paulaston's article
Nov 24, 2017 at 1:35
Nov 24, 2017
Deviate Cycles - Press Release
@Bahh: If there is chain growth, how does that happen without snapping the chain? Or is there a chain tensioner on there that I haven't spotted?
threehats paulaston's article
Nov 23, 2017 at 11:37
Nov 23, 2017
Deviate Cycles - Press Release
@deviatecycles: It looks like your chainline vector crosses the rear axle to pivot point vector somewhere forwards of and a bit above the pivot point, so it's at around a 45 deg angle from the rear contact patch (which would be 100% antisquat) - correct? But as the idler is on the pivot there is almost zero chain growth. The only downside of high pivot points appears to be high brake squat - but I suspect the huge decrease in unsprung mass gains you back as much grip as you lose (whilst also maintaining better geometry when braking).
threehats paulaston's article
Nov 23, 2017 at 10:17
Nov 23, 2017
Deviate Cycles - Press Release
I need to investigate the theory on this but the analysis I've been on other high pivot idler bikes is the same - zero or negative kickback despite ~100% anti-squat. Bike looks really great! I'd take a bit of length off the seat tubes but the reaches are fairly long as it isn't a big deal unless you've got short legs. I feel like the head angle should be slacker but I don't know how much stability is gained from that very low centre of gravity due to the gear box and shock down by the BB and the fairly long chainstays (even longer once into the travel) so it might be perfect already. I like that the seat angle is a true seat angle, so it is a real 75 deg at pedalling height - so many bikes claim to have a 75 deg seat angle but only with the saddle level with the head tube (and no-one's legs are that short!), with the honest effective angle a few degrees slacker.
threehats paulaston's article
Nov 13, 2017 at 23:06
Nov 13, 2017
Commencal Supreme SX - Review
@FindDigRideRepeat: Works Components make angle adjust headsets that fit the Nomad - you can go up to two degrees slacker with them. My Banshee Spitfire now has a sub 64 deg HA when set up for uplift days.
threehats mikekazimer's article
Oct 16, 2017 at 14:37
Oct 16, 2017
Santa Cruz Nomad 4 - Review
@fussylou: You can't. The best you can get off the top link of a VPP is flat then steeply rising rate, and most are falling, then flat then rising rate. Driving the shock from the bottom link allows a rapidly rising rate which continues to rise but more and more slowly - basically ideal for both coil and air shocks.
threehats paulaston's article
Oct 11, 2017 at 10:17
Oct 11, 2017
Raaw Madonna - Press Release and Interview
They're probably not shipping to the USA & Canada because of the greater cost of business insurance if you're selling products to that market (which is caused by the greater probability of expensive litigation if a product fails and hurts someone).
threehats brianpark's article
Oct 1, 2017 at 14:20
Oct 1, 2017
The Bike That Won the Championship - Finale Ligure EWS 2017
@Fix-the-Spade: Looks like a High Roller 2 (side knobs and open channel) with DHR2 centre knobs (less ramped than HR2 ones - better braking and rolling but clog a bit easier).
threehats mikekazimer's article
Sep 4, 2017 at 23:55
Sep 4, 2017
Transition Sentinel - Review
@mattvanders: 160F/140R Spitfire here too. If anything I'd say the fork used to get out of shape before the back end does - though it's now running a -2 deg Works headset for a 63.7 or 64.2 deg head angle (depending on dropout position), which allows it to take on the gnar almost like a DH bike. I did recently realise that the actual vertical travel on a 160mm fork is about 145mm (fork travel x sine head angle) so maybe everything should have a longer fork?
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