Added a comment about product review Tested: FOX Transfer Dropper Post 6/17/2016 1:59 PM
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Thank you very much for the link, but i'm loving my Reverb on my Large frame (which should probably be an XL or the Reverb a 420 mm version instead of the 380 mm).

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Added a comment about product review Tested: FOX Transfer Dropper Post 6/17/2016 12:09 PM
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What are the lengths of the extended post for different travels? Anybody know that? That 100 mm version might be good for smaller riders with small frames.

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Added reply in a thread 2016 Fort William World Cup Thread 6/2/2016 10:24 AM

This is from the memorial run. Everybody participating had the same number. Would be nice to run numberplates like this one for the whole weekend. It would be an instant reminder for years to come watching the pics.

Added a comment about photo Jerome's Cannondale Prototype 5/16/2016 12:01 PM
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They can. Just like drastic changes, perceivable from 50 meters away, can have no effect at all on the way a bike rides.

To me it seems like an evolution, even though the bike looks completely new. I wouldn't be surprised if the swingarm and the seatstays are identical to the old ones, though changes here are easily made due to them being aluminium (for now, the old production bike was all carbon). I wouldn't be surprised if the front triangle is largely the same layup wise with just some strengthening around the shock mount and changed cable routing. The seatstay, most of the downtube and the top tube look very much like on the old bike. As i said, i doubt all the numbers are the same, but when you have four sizes of the old bike all calculated and ready for production, small changes around the details can't be that hard to implement.

Even the kinematics don't look like they changed a whole lot, though they had to have been changed going to a different shock. And that's more or less it. It looks like a new bike, yet it's more or less a clever evolution with the old, that seemed to work very well for Jerome. And they got rid of that custom pullshock, which is always a bonus. All in all a smart move for Cannondale i'd say.

I might be wildly off here and the new bike is in fact a clean sheet design, completely new layup, etc., but to me it just looks waaay too similar to be completely new.

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Added a comment about photo Jerome's Cannondale Prototype 5/15/2016 11:23 AM
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So, identical front triangle to the old one (with some numbers adjusted i'd say) with a moved shock mount, identical rear swingarm and a slight difference in the linkage then?

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Added a comment about photo 2017 Spot Rollik 557 4/17/2016 9:11 AM
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Liking the actually 76° seat tube.

Is FOX in on the metric game as well?

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Liked a comment on the item Durango Blackjack Custom Sizing - XXS-XXL 4/17/2016 8:01 AM

frame only option is $4800 !? The bigger bike pictured (the black one) is a Large and the smaller red bike is an XXL!? How can I be sure my deposit won't be spent on all the crack they are smoking?

Added reply in a thread The Enduro "Craze" and Safety 4/8/2016 11:24 AM

The Bell has become VERY popular in my riding circles. Where i stick out like a huge sore spot. I come from the other side, i used to race XC and then i got an AM bike (meta 5.5) 8 years ago. And i finally swapped it out for a Reign last year. I'm no ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Patent Thread - New and Wild MTB Inventions 4/2/2016 8:45 AM

The Yeti linkage probably gives them a very (maybe even pure) linear motion without the use of custom sliders, as with Switch Infinity.

Added a comment about feature First Look, First Ride: SRAM Eagle 1x12 Drivetrain | The Front Derailleur Killer 3/26/2016 5:22 AM
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Yup. You'll be missing out on the new graphics and the new carbon layup though. Which is a major bummer!!!

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Added a comment about feature First Look, First Ride: SRAM Eagle 1x12 Drivetrain | The Front Derailleur Killer 3/26/2016 5:20 AM
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So thinner plates and narrower pins (that do not look out from the plate) are the only differences in this case?

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Added a comment about feature First Look, First Ride: SRAM Eagle 1x12 Drivetrain | The Front Derailleur Killer 3/25/2016 10:45 PM
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I think that means the chainring will work with 1x11 systems.

As for the cranks, most of Sram's cranks feature a removable spider. Everything from the S1400 series and up. Even most new Descendant cranks feature this as well. You remove the spider by undoing three torx bolts and mount that chainring in the same place.

You can put on a direct mount chainring, a 1x, 2x or a 3x spider.

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Added a comment about feature First Look, First Ride: SRAM Eagle 1x12 Drivetrain | The Front Derailleur Killer 3/25/2016 1:50 PM
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The chain is narrower, though it isn't said if it's just the overall width (like 11spd vs. 10spd for Sram, they just thinned the plates) or the inner gaps as well. If it's the latter, then most likely no, they are not compatible. Well, maybe, depends on the ring.

Someone will surely test it out.

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Added a comment about feature First Look, First Ride: SRAM Eagle 1x12 Drivetrain | The Front Derailleur Killer 3/25/2016 1:48 PM
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It's probably a demo bike, assembled by Sram for the Media and for the press photos.

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Added a comment about feature First Look, First Ride: SRAM Eagle 1x12 Drivetrain | The Front Derailleur Killer 3/25/2016 8:13 AM
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The gold cassette is just one option.

Why do people love to throw about the strong legs argument? Break a leg, better yet, break both legs in a complicated manner so you'll be bed ridden for 2 months or so. Then tell me about strong legs.

(i know, wishing injuries to other people isn't nice, but in some cases people need to experience the other side to realize there is another side to the story. Also, I was just put in a bad mood because of similar comments on the same topic on another site. People really can't see further than their noses, if at all that far...)

Edit: better yet, instead of breaking a leg maybe leave your back yard and go somewhere where the terrain is not that flat. I mean there's no way you're as strong as a racer and be able to throw out comments like that, at least I hope someone in VERY good shape would be able to recognise that and also realise that people are in much worse shape. The only realistic option (at least I hope it is the only realistic option) is that you live somewhere flat and can ride a non-extended 1x9 or 1x10 drive train. Therefore get out of your backyard and into some glacial valleys. Enjoy the steep ascents with your strong legs.


And yes, these strong legs comments REALLY make me angry. Because they are completely ignorant.

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Added a comment about feature First Look, First Ride: SRAM Eagle 1x12 Drivetrain | The Front Derailleur Killer 3/24/2016 2:12 PM
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BTW, there's a VERY good point to go with these 1x drivetrains, starting with Sram's 1x11 and being exacerbated by 1x12. The chainrings in the front are, relatively speaking, HUGE! We used to granny up the hills with 22t rings, now we do it with 28, 30, 32 and sometimes larger rings for 1x11, all of this increased by ~4 teeth with 1x12.

A 22-36 ratio would be exchanged with a 32-50 (with Eagle), providing an only slight increase in ratio (the gear getting heavier), but at the same time this lowers the forces in the chain by almost 50 %! That, plus the fact there is no front shifting (the pins pulling the chain up sideways) are, i guess, the reasons Sram can make a narrower chain with thinner plates just as durable, if not more durable, than chains for 2x groups. I'd suspect the strength of the chain did not drop by 50 % by going from 2x to 1x, therefore the durability of the chain itself should increase, bar higher angles by running in the extremes of the chain (though i used to ride at the top of the cassette with the bigger ring in front A LOT! Only then i would drop to the granny and shift up again as soon as possible), friction, dirt, etc.

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Added a comment about feature First Look, First Ride: SRAM Eagle 1x12 Drivetrain | The Front Derailleur Killer 3/24/2016 12:39 PM
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Get a new bike?

Honestly though, i'd say most 2x bikes are somewhere in between, where they don't pedal ideally in the larger or the smaller cog. 1x gets right in the middle (with a 30, in the middle between a 24-36 2x system). Eagle gets even closer to the 2x ratios with a 34 front chainring being similar to the 30 on Sram's 11 speed groups.

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Added a comment about feature First Look, First Ride: SRAM Eagle 1x12 Drivetrain | The Front Derailleur Killer 3/24/2016 8:03 AM
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Saw the leaks, read that the leaks were correct, read the intro, and all i can say is:

I NEED THIS!!

Seriously, is there one single (real) benefit of riding a front derailleur?

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Added reply in a thread 2016 Racing Rumours 3/22/2016 12:27 PM

You're saying that in a thread, where about half of the posts were about which bike Gwin will ride. And that was just about a bike!

Added a comment about slideshow Carbon Enduro Gearbox Bike - The Zerode Taniwha 3/10/2016 9:48 PM
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Even though the axle might be removable, that tells you nothing whether the resulting Q-factor would be correct or not. It's not necessarily as simple as machining a new axle.

As i've said, Pinion's cranks look fairly flat compared to standard 73 mm cranks: http://pinion.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/13-kurbel.jpg

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