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tsheep danielsapp's article
May 13, 2019 at 10:48
May 13, 2019
First Look: Cavalerie's Blackbird Carbon Gearbox Bike - Garda Trentino 2019
@Dustfarter: Lol, no, now you have gone full magic fairy dust. As you admit, they are motor vehicles, and that's the end of the story. Everything you wrote past that is A) bad physics, B) wrong, and C) an attempt to wriggle out of them being motor vehicles.
tsheep danielsapp's article
May 10, 2019 at 10:55
May 10, 2019
First Look: Cavalerie's Blackbird Carbon Gearbox Bike - Garda Trentino 2019
@Dustfarter: They are motor bikes. They have motors. The "pedal assist" is a red herring- you can gently spin your legs generating about 10 watts, and the bike will happily blast out the other 200 on your climb up. Converting a pedal assist to a straight throttle, or incorporating a throttle is easy as well. For reference: I own one, and think it's the bee's knees for commuting. But I'm also not so willfully blind as to pretend they aren't going to be ludicrously overpowered in a very short time frame. Embrace the e-bike for what it is: a nifty new class of motorized vehicles that are going to open up some very interesting possibilities. But don't pretend that magical fairy dust legalize somehow makes them not motorized.
tsheep pinkbikeaudience's article
Apr 26, 2019 at 12:20
Apr 26, 2019
Video: Friday Fails #66
Top-tier casing this week, dude at 0:11 breaks his bike, and dude at 0:49 breaks the jump. Well done.
tsheep RichardCunningham's article
Apr 26, 2019 at 8:21
Apr 26, 2019
Poll: Does Your Trail Bike Have a Weight Problem?
I care about how much my XC race bike weighs, but that's it. For anything trail or gravity related, I don't care, and neither do the pros. For evidence, I present this video of Tracy Moseley, who is no slouch on a bike, neither knowing what her EWS race bike weighs, nor caring when they tell her:
tsheep mikekazimer's article
Apr 11, 2019 at 8:57
Apr 11, 2019
First Ride: Hutchinson's New Griffus Tires
Ah, a new entrant in the "how close can we get to a DHF without infringing on trademarks?" category. I don't actually mind, the Butcher is is a straight copy, and is a great tire. Maybe this one is too.
tsheep edspratt's article
Apr 8, 2019 at 10:39
Apr 8, 2019
The Tech Behind the New Atherton Bikes
Adhesives technology is quietly one of the biggest advances in materials science in recent years, to the point where it is genuinely putting economic pressure on welding. Fly on a modern commercial airplane? Both the aluminum and composite ones are actually glued together. The riveting you see on modern metallic fuselages is a secondary load path, the primary thing keeping it together is glue (really fancy aerospace glue, but glue nonetheless).
tsheep mattwragg's article
Apr 5, 2019 at 8:16
Apr 5, 2019
Opinion: Carbon and Aluminum Wheels - Does Stiffer Always Mean Better?
Anything man made? Uh.... You are aware that aluminum does not naturally occur in it's pure form, or even any useable alloys, right? It has to be refined out of bauxite ore, then further mixed into the desired alloy, then precipitation hardened (usually), then machined/welded, and heat treated again. The manufacturing chain for carbon fiber is more labor and capital intensive, but it also involves fewer steps.
tsheep mattwragg's article
Apr 5, 2019 at 8:11
Apr 5, 2019
Opinion: Carbon and Aluminum Wheels - Does Stiffer Always Mean Better?
So this is why I've come to the realization I need to swap wheels, not frames. These days, I pretty much only ride one bike, it's a modern, long, slack trail/enduro/AM/whatever bike that I can pedal all day, or take to the bike park. I have two wheelsets for it, one lightweight carbon, shod in some trail weight tires, that really makes a huge difference for those 4+ hour pedal fests. I know I can't push them that hard, but the riding I do when I'm in pedal mode doesn't generally involve off-camber rock chutes, so not a big deal. When it's time to hit the bike park or some trails that have the color black in their rating, I throw on the aluminum rims running DH tires and cushcore. Quite a bit heavier, no where near as efficient, but way more traction and way more durable. I think you'd hit the nail on the head- but I would recommend instead of having two bikes, just have two wheelsets. Modern long travel trail/enduro bikes are so capable at doing multitasking that I am genuinely questioning whether most riders need more than just that bike (and yes, two years ago I would have called myself an idiot for that statement, but now I'm not so sure).
tsheep jamessmurthwaite's article
Mar 29, 2019 at 22:47
Mar 29, 2019
5 Unconventional Bikes - Taipei Cycle Show 2019
The wooden bike isn't bad, if they put a slightly beefier looking fork on it, might even be kind of pretty. The others are eyesores, and that last one is the classic example of "just because you can, doesn't mean you should."
tsheep mikelevy's article
Mar 28, 2019 at 10:00
Mar 28, 2019
Suspension, Anti-Lock Brakes, and a Dropper Post Cable Kit - Taipei Cycle Show 2019
@jclnv: ABS, like a ton of other things (active intakes, winglets, etc), is banned in MotoGP for competition reasons. It's supposed to be about the racers, not who can shovel the most money into their bike. The converse to your point would be "anyone who doesn't understand why abs could be a detriment in mtb is on meth." Consider the question, if street bikes have ABS, why don't equally expensive motocross bikes have it? Hint: it's the surface.
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