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trailriderdood mikelevy's article
Jan 17, 2018 at 10:10
Jan 17, 2018
Here's My Zerode Taniwha Test Bike - Tell Me What You Want to Know
the one question I am genuinely curious about with these is about weight. 1. is the weight a problem? 2. most pressing I think, do we really need 600% range? I currently run an 11-40 cassette. 360% range....I could see another gear getting used. maybe even 2. but 600% seems unnecessary, and I wonder specifically in the context of gearboxes if it could help get the weight down in a big way if they produced lets say a 450% range offering.
trailriderdood pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 31, 2017 at 23:40
Dec 31, 2017
Sam Pilgrim Signs with Haibike
@abzillah: "I'm not an expert and ive never ridden one" sounds like I have my mind made up? totally interested in a dialogue, did you have anything you wanted to add?
trailriderdood pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 31, 2017 at 23:17
Dec 31, 2017
Sam Pilgrim Signs with Haibike
@Tim2: it just seems to me that there are so many other things that could be way worse. skidding first and foremost? wet conditions? what about tire width? torque is spread over surface area is it not? so then what about guys that ride mountain bike trails on a CX bike with skinny tires? would that not chop up trails good? what about the guy who puts studded tires on his bike and then the snow melts and he still rides the trails for a few weeks with studs? and again my point about delivery. aren't ebikes more about consistent power deliver through the pedal stroke? sort of like an oval ring but better? when a normal bike spins out on a climb because the power is delivered intermittently and inconsistently, does this not potentially do worse damage? isn't most trail damage done on the downs when riders are ripping way faster, and not pedalling? I'm certainly not an expert on trail damage. and ive never ridden an eMTB, that said I still think it is reasonable to at least question this whole trail damage allegation.
trailriderdood pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 31, 2017 at 17:34
Dec 31, 2017
Sam Pilgrim Signs with Haibike
@fattyheadshok: so is it possible were dealing with a situation where eMTBs are dangerous because people in charge of trail access don't understand they are harmless? that kinda sucks if it turns out these machines do have the potential to be awesome and deliver lots of fun and enthusiasm to our sport.
trailriderdood pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 31, 2017 at 15:45
Dec 31, 2017
Sam Pilgrim Signs with Haibike
@scott-townes: there must be a smart nerdy pb user that could give us actual torque output numbers. seems to me that eMTBs are probably not a threat. isn't it more about consistent torque on climbs? theres no bursts of torque. and aren't issues like riding in the mud, or too much back brake more dangerous to trails? I get your point about perceptions though.
trailriderdood pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 31, 2017 at 15:12
Dec 31, 2017
Sam Pilgrim Signs with Haibike
couple of thoughts. not trollin genuinely interested in a dialogue: 1. are eMTBs awesome for getting further and higher out into the wilderness than you could with just your legs? 2. are eMTBs awesome for getting a friend or love-interest into mountain biking to help them keep up with you? 3. are eMTBs really hurting trails? seen this argument a lot that the torque is bad for trails? really? does an eMTB put out more torque than nino schurter? would anyone complain about him coming to your local trail? the conservation argument seems like bs to me. when I look at eMTBs they look like they are too heavy to enjoy. but if I'm wrong about that and it turns out the positives outweigh the negatives and they are more fun then I embrace them with open arms. this purism that mountain bikes should not have any electronics on them is a bunch of non-sense. if electricity zipping around on your bike has the potential to increase the amount of fun you have we should not be hating on companies for investigating it. same goes for Di2, fox live valves etc etc
trailriderdood RichardCunningham's article
Jul 1, 2016 at 10:35
Jul 1, 2016
Katerina Nash's Orbea OIZ - XC World Championships
in a few more years when electronic controls become more refined those iRD units are going to look so ridiculous
trailriderdood paulaston's article
Jun 30, 2016 at 1:54
Jun 30, 2016
Pole Bicycles - Eurobike Media Days, Kirchberg 2016
you took too much, you took too much, too much
trailriderdood SCOTT-Sports's article
Jun 28, 2016 at 21:04
Jun 28, 2016
Jun 21, 2016 at 0:21
Jun 21, 2016

KHS 704 carbon build

$1650 CAD
Full carbon frame (front and rear triangle). Crankbrothers Cobalt Wheels. Schwalbe Rocket Rons tubeless. Sram X9 shifter/derailleur. Sunrace 11-40 widerange 10sp cassette and oval 34T narrow/wide chainring (both brand new, once you go oval you never go back). Juicy Ultimate Brakes. 140mm Fox Float. WTB Volt saddle. Lots of carbon bits - frame, ritchey pro seatpost, derailleur cage, bashguard, brake levers. Light as a feather! Now about the size! I built this bike up from my girlfriend who is 5'3. The frame is actually a medium. Modern trail bikes have transitioned to much longer top tubes with shorter stems and slacker headtube angles. Basically the idea is that the center of gravity sits a lot further back to make the bike feel a lot more stable and easier to ride whether on easy trails or the gnarliest. So i wanted a bigger frame for her. I put a longer fork to slacken the headtube angle and a short stem to tighten up the reach. This bike will be perfect for anyone 5'2-5'9. Bike feels and rides just like a trendy new 'short travel trail bike'. Awesome opportunity to pick up a modern 2015/2016-like trail bike at a fraction the cost! (i took the bike for a spin myself thats why the seat is so high, looks kinda funny and awkward in the pictures)

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