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uzurpator mikekazimer's article
Jun 8, 2017 at 7:39
Jun 8, 2017
SRAM GX Eagle: A Wallet Friendly 12-Speed Drivetrain - First Ride
It's gonna sell for $200, so SRAM will sell it for $200. Why would they do anything else.
uzurpator vernonfelton's article
Mar 24, 2017 at 4:01
Mar 24, 2017
uzurpator pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 27, 2016 at 23:03
Sep 27, 2016
$5 Custom Evil Wreckoning - Cancer Fundraiser
Because breast cancer is the only cancer.
uzurpator mikekazimer's article
Sep 2, 2016 at 1:33
Sep 2, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Loud Hubs - Yes or No?
I have a pro2 hub on my commuter. It is great, because it allows to discreately show pedestrians that you are somewhere around them - without using a bell or and other signal. However, when on the road or trail, I prefer to be deathly silent.
uzurpator ollyforster's article
Jun 1, 2016 at 6:28
Jun 1, 2016
Behind the Bike: Developing the XXL Santa Cruz V10
I love this new "longer=better" trend. I am 6'5" and after a few years of prancing around it I bought a Mondraker with forward geometry in XL. That 710mm of effective top tube feels bloody awesome.
uzurpator RichardCunningham's article
Apr 28, 2016 at 8:19
Apr 28, 2016
Opinion: The Eagle Has Landed
The triumphant march of the 1by system might seem like a good thing, but in reality, it is trying to stretch the idea way out of its applicability. Sure, it is easy to just "click to change gear and man up if you are out of range" mentality, but it is not always optimal or even sensible. I'd even hazard a notion, that the higher elevation change, the less usability a 1by system has, because to stretch it to appropiate range more and more tradeoffs need to be made. First of all - longer RD cage means it is more likely to snap it off on trail features. I thought we learned this lesson years ago, but apparently we did not. Enjoy your $300 a pop "accidents". Intrestingly, with some trigger discipline one can have 2x system with more range then Eagle and SS cage mech. Second thing - poor chainline on climbing gears, resulting in the annoying "backpedalling" issue on 1by systems. Which would not be a problem if the indistry finally got its head out of its sphincter and standarized on 150/157 mm rear hub. Third thing - to keep weight down big cogs on our hyper-range cassettes are made of soft aluminium - this compromises durability for those who climb alot. Fourth thing - poor chain retention on high gears. By design 1by system forces us to ride on very small cogs at the back, where there is least chain tension and cage position on the RD makes the clitch nigh ineffective. yet most people choose to ride with no chain retention device - begging for an accident to happen as wear goes up. Fifth thing - weight. Eagle XX1 cassette is approx 1/3 heavier then XX1. Sure, X-dome cassettes are light, but pleb tier GX, NX or shimano cassettes with such spread would weight a lot. If we extrapolate the XT level 11 speed 11-42 to eagle level, then it would come at 550g. I shudder to think how much deore level cassette would weigh. Sixth thing - roller coaster riding. Most of my friends who switched to 1by now also ride 26/28T front rings. essentially riding on their granny gears all the time and being bereft of one of factor of control over a bike. Most importantly tho - I am all for choice, ride whatever you want. However, my new bike, which has an unique geometry feature I want, was designed around 1x system with maximum ring of 32T. Thus forcing me to use 1x. Getting an FD on that bike is going to be a major hurdle, because the designer was lazy and followed the fashion, taking a crucial option away. At this point my only option for front shifing would be to procur Hammershmidt crank.
uzurpator vernonfelton's article
Apr 22, 2016 at 12:17
Apr 22, 2016
Are You Going Electric? - Pinkbike Poll
@Bayonetwork: I had a client who tried, and failed to run Ultegra FD with XTR RD - all Di2 with no success. The software refused to use that combo.
uzurpator vernonfelton's article
Apr 22, 2016 at 0:59
Apr 22, 2016
Are You Going Electric? - Pinkbike Poll
It is a cool concept, but I really don't see the benefit in it for me. especially since it is a closed system and you, For example, can't mix DI2 class components freely.
uzurpator rachellefrazer's article
Apr 7, 2016 at 7:26
Apr 7, 2016
RockShox's New Super Deluxe Shock - First Ride
Finally someone took their head out of their behind and used bearings in the shock eyelets. 10 years too late tho. I guess BUST148 was morer importanter ;/
uzurpator SramMedia's article
Mar 17, 2016 at 10:24
Mar 17, 2016
Saying Goodbye to the Past - Video
I agree with SRAM. Their FDs are made from garbage infused with high modulus jello. I do, however, admire the jab at Shimano - as the guy struggling with his drivetrain has XTR 960 :) Intrestingly, I am going to ride 35/21 front and 11-46 rear. I like my low gears.
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