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wubbalubbadubdub CascadeComponents's article
Jun 23, 2020 at 15:47
Jun 23, 2020
Cascade Components Announces Transition Sentinel and Patrol Linkage
@ripcraft: Totally. I certainly bought one after a test-ride in Bellingham. It's a good bike, and the SBG geometry was the thing that wowed me enough to buy one on the spot. The back-end works, and especially works well on Bham's flowy trails. It's just not equipped for the kind of riding style and terrain that I'm in to these days, and for that I'm psyched that the new link is an option.
wubbalubbadubdub CascadeComponents's article
Jun 23, 2020 at 14:40
Jun 23, 2020
Cascade Components Announces Transition Sentinel and Patrol Linkage
I think it has to do with how Transition likes their bikes to ride, and what they ride. The stock bike set-up the way they suggest (30-33% sag, tons of LSC, fast/light rebound) gives the bike a firm, poppy platform-ey back end. This makes it energetic and playful on rollers and smooth jumps and side hits and stuff. You can boost off of basically nothing, and turn a boring trail in to a fun trail. Basically, it rides like a plush and forgiving hardtail. That setup isn't for everything though. It isn't designed for plowing through chunk, dropping to flat, carrying speed through the rough. That's not what the bike was designed to do, but this link turns it in to a bike that can do that stuff much more confidently. At least with my current setup on this link, the bike is definitely less poppy and jibby. The back end is more active and glued to the ground. It's super supple near full droop, and doesn't have as much of that snap that encourages the cheeky bunny hop over the thing you'd normally plow over or ride around. I bet you could get some of that snap back with more LSC, but it'd just make the bike worse IMO :D tl;dr it depends on your priorities. If you want to plow and make bad decisions, this link will help.
wubbalubbadubdub CascadeComponents's article
Jun 23, 2020 at 12:28
Jun 23, 2020
Cascade Components Announces Transition Sentinel and Patrol Linkage
This thing is the real deal. I have had one on my aluminum Sentinel for the last 2 weeks. And holy crap--it has transformed the bike. Instead of having to choose between either way too much pressure in the rear (and the associated harshness) or the correct amount of pressure (30% sag) plus a bunch of LSC to keep the rear high enough in the travel (and also bottoming out all the goddamn time still) you can set the bike up correctly. I was able to remove all that extra LSC and get all the associated activeness and bump sensitivity back. The increased mechanical progression means that I don't need that LSC support, even for pedaling. Instead of wallowing around in the travel while pedaling, the bike now sits on that progressive support in a controlled, happy way. The best way I can put it is this: The back of the bike now can keep up with the front (the slack, long geo and the excellent grip2 36.) It feels cohesive and balanced and confidence-inspiring, while before it felt like the back of the bike was partying and doing its own unnecessary spicy things back there.
wubbalubbadubdub danielsapp's article
Feb 13, 2020 at 12:14
Feb 13, 2020
First Ride: Transition's New Scout Carbon
@sospeedy: Hell yeah, if there existed full-compliment 440C stainless pivot bearings (essentially enduromax but made of stainless) I'd buy the hell out of those. I'd probably even go to the trouble to change them out before building a bike up new. Unfortunately I don't think that exists. Anyone know of any?
wubbalubbadubdub danielsapp's article
Feb 13, 2020 at 10:33
Feb 13, 2020
First Ride: Transition's New Scout Carbon
Is that a carbon-sentinel-only problem? I've got a 2.5" in the back and wide rims, and I've got ~1/4" clearance everywhere (on my aluminum Sentinel.)
wubbalubbadubdub pinkbikeoriginals's article
Jan 16, 2020 at 9:17
Jan 16, 2020
Video: 7 Ways to Carry Tools on Your Bike Instead of Your Body
@Strelok1987i: Dry O-ring on the tool itself. The rubber O-ring needs to slide in to a circular groove in the pump to retain itself. I've found that a small coating of grease on that O-ring will help it pop in and out easily. Also, while inserting and removing, you can twist the tool 1/4-turn while pushing/pulling to help it slide in to place more easily.
wubbalubbadubdub mikelevy's article
Aug 22, 2019 at 11:04
Aug 22, 2019
Review: Quai's ISOS 33 Carbon Wheels - Unique Looks, Reliable Performance
@mikelevy: I experienced similar things: went from a Stan's Flow rim to a Light Bicycle burly carbon thing, and immediately got 3 snake-bite pinch flats on an EXO+ tire in like 3 weeks. I get the impression that with the noodly Stan's rim, on a big sharp impact they kind of 'get out of the way' either by flexing vertically/laterally or by denting. This makes sense, since I was truing my Flow wheel every ride and was collecting new bead dents on the regualar.. The LB wheel is super stiff. So I imagine for the same sort of sharp hit, it's holding shape and plowing straight through the sidewall to rip the tire open, with little deflection. I'm on a 2.5" DD in the rear now, which is faring way better at the same 22-23 psi for this 172lb rider.
Jun 24, 2019 at 22:04
Jun 24, 2019

Transition TransAm 27.5

$1300 USD
*2016 Transition TransAm frame, size XL, with a 33mm Renthal stem. It fits and rides like a modern Large with this stem setup. Frame is just about brand new with 4 rides on it. *2016 Rockshox Pike RCT3 fork, 150mm, recently serviced and in great shape. *Full M8000 1x11 XT build (drivetrain, brakes.) All the wear parts are fresh. 30T chainring, 11-42 cassette. *Fox Transfer 150mm dropper with 9point8 (Wolftooth) lever. *Stan's Arch EX to DT Swiss 350 hubs. Nice wheels in good shape, hand-built by Sam at Hello Bicycle. Maxxis Aggressor rear, DHF front, almost new. This bike is super fun! Slash the berms, rail the steep stuff, all the things. Tuned, bled and ready to ride. No pedals included :) No trades. I'd be willing to sell this without wheels as well--if that's interesting we'll talk. Cheers!

wubbalubbadubdub RichardCunningham's article
Dec 14, 2018 at 16:37
Dec 14, 2018
Field Test: Cannondale Habit Carbon
@dcaf: I wonder if somebody caught that the GX derailleur comes with steel ball bearings in the jockey pulleys and the XO comes with some sort of hybrid ceramic bearing that doesn't rust. Every mid-range sram derailleur (including Rival derailleurs I race cross with) come with the steel pulley bearings, and they rust solid after a bit of sloppy wet riding and rinsing with the hose. They can be disassembled, unfrozen with penetrating oil, then regreased, but it's a pain in the ass and totally unnecessary. Shimano gets by just fine with plain bushings in their pulleys. So if this was the plan, high five to whoever noticed and spec'ed the drivetrain this way.
wubbalubbadubdub sarahmoore's article
Oct 9, 2018 at 11:58
Oct 9, 2018
First Ride: The 2019 Cannondale Habit is Shockingly Normal
I don't get this attitude/gripe. For the vast majority of buyers, this bike/spec won't be raced in a high-level XC race or whatever. So why not spec a gear that works well for regular folks climbing up to the top of the mountain? Anybody who regularly needs a 34x10 top gear knows exactly who they are and what gearing they need :) Meanwhile I do love my 30T ring with 50T cog while making that 3rd ascent of the day up the 18% section of forest road.
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