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Man, I made a real enemy of their sales guy one year at Sea Otter. He was talking excitedly about their first gearbox bike to a potential buyer or distributer and offered me a quick ride. I gave it back and said the gearbox worked great but it pedaled horrifically (It really was the worst pedaling bike I've ever ridden.). He snatched the bike back and gave me the evilest look I've ever received. Don't get me wrong, they do make good suspensions, but that original gearbox one was pure garbage. My friend Jason is still riding a UFO that's probably ten years old and still going strong.
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Has nobody thought of that before?
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I've trued many a wheel with the old zip tie (Or zap strap if you're Canadian.) around the fork or frame, but it's really not as easy as having a stand because with the zip tie you're relying on sight to know when the rim is touching. Whereas with a truing stand with metal feelers you can hear the slightest touch. Also, with a stand it's much easier to measure and control the dish, or centering of the rim over the hub, which the video doesn't really get into.
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Good point. I should have been more specific. I guess we have different definitions of "Flat spot." To me it's where the rim has been bent vertically toward the hub. What you're describing I'd call a high spot which Is generally dealt with when first building a wheel, not repairing one.
I don't quite agree with the part about loosening the spokes at a flat spot. When that flat spot was created by your awesome huck to flat, It's already loosened those spokes by taking some of the load off of them. If you loosen them even more, you're just getting further away from even spoke tension. If anything, I'll tighten them slightly, enough to somewhat even the tension, but not enough to pull the rim even more out of round. Like he said, it's all about even spoke tension. If you really want to geek out on wheel building and have at least some math knowledge beyond calculus, there's a book by Jobst Brandt, I think just called "The Bicycle Wheel" that goes into incredible detail, including all of the equations, of the dynamic system that is the spoked wheel.
Contrary to what he said, the sound of the spoke when you flick it with a finger is a very good indication of it's tension. Just don't try to hear them all at once while spinning the wheel and yes, a child's toy is not required. Just use your ears. The higher the pitch, the tighter the spoke. This is most effective on motorcycle wheels (Of which I've built about five hundred.) which ring a bit better. Personally, I do mostly use the fingers on bike wheels. A spoke tension gauge like he uses in the video is probably the most accurate way, but I could never really be bothered to mess with one.
So these companies spend all that money on the design process and making the mold and all of that expensive goodness on a frame that they can't even sell as a "Catalog bike"? Thats big money man.
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It's just the couch engineer in me.
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That reminds me of the Gee Atherton snow jump crash.
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Well said sir.
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It may still have a long rear end, but the seat tube is moved foreword and ridiculously slack to make room. Shit, it looks slacker than the head tube. I'd be sitting over the rear axle!
I share your opinion General.
For commuter bikes? Ridiculous. They should bridge that gap at the back of the pedal for strength and comfort.
His windshield wipers were going before he even got in the car. Is that standard equipment up there?
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A lot of motocross riders cross train on bikes, and a lot of bikers look up to motocrossers and want to ride what they ride.
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Was the Bearclaw a diamond event last year or are they really stepping it up this year? And Going Postal in Aptos! Sweet! I'll actually get to see an FMB event this year. I wonder who will show up in China?
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They better not!
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I thought that they were going to be inverted too? Ah… I don't think the slide show was on there before. Inverted coming.
Wow, some amazing shots in there. If I had a fancyphone I'd follow him on the Instagram.
Since when are road rides fun? Well, maybe if you keep it on one wheel the whole time.