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velodonata mikekazimer's article
Aug 3, 2020 at 13:43
Aug 3, 2020
First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Promising
@Santacruz817: I think that's just the difference in perspective between the shots. Photoshop can't fix everything when the angles are different.
velodonata mikekazimer's article
Aug 2, 2020 at 7:50
Aug 2, 2020
First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Promising
@G1EXTStoria: Sure, every fork is the sum of its design, engineering, parts choices, and assembly quality. This one should benefit from a very high level of attention to all of those points, because it is very expensive for what it is on paper, next level $$$$ for sure. I don't see it being proportionately superior for the extra money, not even close. But the final gains are always the most expensive by far.
velodonata mikekazimer's article
Aug 2, 2020 at 7:09
Aug 2, 2020
First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Promising
This thing is dripping with hypejizz though, every article has been fawning over it and regurgitating the messaging from EXT. Which is nothing new with a big product introduction, but all that "LESS FRICTION" you are excited about is a bit much in this case. It may be very good and deserve praise, but the over the top hype still sounds as ridiculous as it always does. EXT says on their own website that their special magic internals "guarantees zero stiction and super low friction" which is obvious bullshit as zero stiction is impossible, and super low friction is just hyperbole. While every fork manufacturer does things to reduce friction, this thing is supposed to have special DU bushings stuck down in the off the shelf X-Fusion lowers, and special oil. Considering that DU bushings are a very old and ordinary technology, even if EXT have a proprietary material spec to claim exclusivity, and a proprietary oil blend, the advantages would be minimal over the well developed DU bushings and modern oils everybody else making high end forks is using. I'll bet the real secret behind the performance is careful matching of bearing fit to stanchion size. This is a known way to make any fork feel significantly smoother if it wasn't spot on from the factory which is not exactly common due to the extra costs it involves in mass production. The extra money is paying for attention to detail as much or more than some secret low friction technology. The part that I do buy into more of the hype is the damper quality, I would expect them to be able to make a very good damper cartridge and would be disappointed if they didn't. So when you combine cherry picking some very good bits of existing proven technology, combining it with very good execution and excellent attention to detail, you can make an ordinary looking yet top level performing fork and justify a high price tag. The real test will be to see if the ones that don't end up in the hands of magazine reviewers are assembled to the same standards to justify the price to anyone willing to pay it.
velodonata mikekazimer's article
Aug 1, 2020 at 3:57
Aug 1, 2020
First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Promising
@VorsprungSuspension: So 99% of riders are morons that couldn't be expected to handle a second positive air chamber? Those older systems were not quite the same and were overly complicated. Then they went the other direction and oversimplified it, and conveniently made it cheaper to manufacture, too. The people that don't want to have to make changes that involve opening up their fork are often riding around with the wrong number of volume spacers instead. IRT seems like a pretty good middle ground, it's simple and light and not that hard to set up. The Runt/AWK/EXT version is basically the same thing but designed to work with a dimple style self equalizing negative spring.
velodonata mikekazimer's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 5:04
Jul 30, 2020
First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Promising
Whoa, good eye. If those aren't cranked out of the same supplier's factory I will drink a quart of Float Fluid. It makes sense, a small company can't be expected to have the capability to do this kind of specialized casting manufacturing, and especially at low volumes even with the high price of this fork.
velodonata mikekazimer's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 4:55
Jul 30, 2020
First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Promising
@emptybox: No, the spring side has a little coil at the bottom. It looks like the entire airshaft is sprung by it for initial travel, this would take the air spring seals out of the friction/stiction equation for initial travel. It's an interesting feature, but I wonder how much of a parking lot party trick it is compared to a significant trail feature. Having different rates available would be a clue to this.
velodonata mikekazimer's article
Jul 30, 2020 at 4:14
Jul 30, 2020
First Ride: The New EXT Era Fork is Very, Very Promising
@Waldon83: Yeah, it's cool how he completely ignores the fact that the EXT air spring is a total ripoff of the Manitou IRT. His Mezzer review was baffling to all of us that own one. This looks like a pretty damn nice fork, but even if it cost the same as the Mezzer instead of over double what I paid for mine, I would rather have the Mezzer.
velodonata mikekazimer's article
Jul 24, 2020 at 4:07
Jul 24, 2020
Spot Announces New Mayhem 130 and 150
The tune is how much the link is flexed at any specific point in the suspension travel, the link is just a spring in that equation.
velodonata mikekazimer's article
Jul 24, 2020 at 4:01
Jul 24, 2020
Spot Announces New Mayhem 130 and 150
@MaplePanda: As mentioned the fatigue life of titanium is functionally infinite when properly implemented. And there is no layup, it's a homogeneous material. Carbon is a composite and requires some sort of layup or engineered matrix of materials. With the Ti, you choose an appropriate alloy and your "layup" is the shape and thickness of the spring.
velodonata danielsapp's article
Jul 16, 2020 at 23:22
Jul 16, 2020
Ridden & Rated: 13 of the Best Dropper Posts
@privateer-wheels: The 9point8 R version is $400 and doesn't come in anything longer than 150. My second BikeYoke is a Divine model that doesn't even have or need the external reset feature, it is internally self bleeding. My Revive model with the external bleed never needed it's use. Both versions are easy to fully rebuild at home, there is no disposable cartridge which was a factor for me too. I found the occasional need to do the full press and hold to reset the brake in my 9point8 to maintain lever feel and stroke action much more of an actual issue than using the BikeYoke Revive feature ever turned out to be, and a definite contrast to the smooth consistency of the BikeYokes.
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