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Liked a comment about feature First Look: Shimano XTR Di2 Electronic Shifting for MTB 5/31/2014 7:19 AM
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It's not the price. I don't care how much it costs because I'll still buy what I can afford. There are two big reasons why I am a "hater": it retains the front derailleur and it is a solution for something that is not broken.

I despise front derailleurs and see their existence as the main obstacle preventing stronger and lighter frames with better geometry. As long as frame manufacturers have to design around the front derailleur, frames will always have compromises in strength, weight, and/or dimensions. The bearing that receives the highest load is the drive-side main pivot bearing, which has to be moved inward to accommodate the FD, which means that area has to be reinforced to accommodate the less than ideal bearing position. Additionally, chain stays have to be made longer to ensure the tire clears the FD.

Secondly, modern cable shifters work very well and are pretty dang reliable. They work without a secondary energy source, in horrible conditions, and are serviceable trail-side with commonly found parts that cost less than a pack of gum (e.g. shifter cables). The rear derailleur is much more of an Achilles' heel than cable shifters, but this system tries to reinvent the robust part (shifter) and does nothing to improve the vulnerable part (rear derailleur). Significant money and R&D time spent for what? So they can release a "new" technology and gain back some credibility for being a drivetrain technology leader because their biggest competitor keeps taking their market share in that category year after year?

It's cool, no doubt, but so are a lot of ideas that don't really fix anything. That's why I'm a "hater."

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Liked a comment about video This Is Peaty - Season 3 Trailer! 5/4/2014 9:42 AM
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"you not gonna sing bro?"
hahahahahaha this guy is a legend

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Liked a comment about video This Is Peaty - Season 3 Trailer! 5/4/2014 9:42 AM
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Liked a comment about feature First Look: Specialized's Fast Rolling Slaughter Tire 4/6/2014 7:57 PM
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Be right back........gotta go drop 5 grand on a new bike with different whlz before I can use your 60 dollar tire.

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Liked a comment about product review First Ride: RockShox BoXXer with Charger Damper 4/3/2014 4:48 AM
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Sven, thanks for the review. Your first ride response here exactly mirrored mine on the Pike. I actually called my local shop to chat a bit because I figured for sure something was wrong, but they basically told me "Nope, they're that good!"

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Liked a comment about product review First Ride: RockShox BoXXer with Charger Damper 4/1/2014 2:32 PM
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Offer a new fork, AND allow 2010+ owners a way to keep their fork current?!? High five RockShox!

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Liked a comment about product review Tested: Enve Direct Mount Carbon Stem 3/22/2014 6:35 AM
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But Wentz, I remember when you use to drill holes in your axels and only run 3 rotor bolts to save a few grams. Man times are changing. Lol

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Liked a comment about product review Tested: Enve Direct Mount Carbon Stem 3/22/2014 6:35 AM
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Liked a comment about news blog Brian Lopes and Ibis Part Ways 3/17/2014 3:39 AM
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This just in- at least two parking spaces just opened up at Ibis HQ.... Can we kill this joke now?

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Liked a comment about press release SRAM Announces Formation of SRAM / Troy Lee Designs Mountain Bike Team 2/28/2014 5:08 PM