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Added a comment about video The Syndicate Enters into the Coil vs Air Debate 4/27/2019 11:29 AM

The EXT Arma is fantastic - I'm currently using one - but there will still be a difference between position-sensitive damping, spring rate, or both. A progressive coil spring would make both variables available to a coil set-up, though a progressive spring is nowhere near as progressive as an air spring, especially with some volume reducers.

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Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 3/11/2019 6:38 PM

ninjichor wrote: Sounds like you convinced yourself that you didn't have to adapt to the bike's geo, and felt the negative traits of heavy weight bias up front, which I expected. Sounds like you made up your mind a long time ago and won't hear anything ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 3/11/2019 6:11 PM

1. My weight was closer to the front and my arms were a bit more tucked, which was a less strong position. By the time I reacted to poorly anticipated impacts - even fairly minor ones - I was dangerous far forward and in a weak position. 2. The lack ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 3/11/2019 5:33 PM

I think this is correct. Geometry does have an influence on position, but moving the centre of mass an inch isn't going to change a rider's body position as much as the rider's riding style. Skiers have known this for decades. A high level racer will

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Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 2/15/2019 11:50 AM

Regarding the actual bike - turning that short, skinny-chainstayed thing into a chopper with mismatched wheels and suspension - it's going to be awful. The rear will be difficult to manual or flick, the front will dive into oblivion if it bottoms out, ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 2/12/2019 8:54 PM

Verbl Kint, Yes, and I strongly encourage it! Just be sure to report back on your findings.

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 2/11/2019 2:13 PM

Totally agree, but I'd like to ensure we separate reach from front-centre. I'm being particular about this because I'm a fan of very steep seat tube angles, which require a long reach to provide adequate room when seated, but I don't think a super long ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 2/10/2019 8:06 PM

For a given amount of change in cockpit length, bar roll and stem length are equivalent in terms of moving your mass around. My hands have a narrow range of bar roll angles in which they're happy. If your hands are happy, feel free to use bar roll to ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 2/10/2019 8:02 PM

Everyone - large or small - will experience the same things with a longer rear-centre. The difference is that large riders have an inherently greater ability to shift their weight. If a rear-centre remains the same for different front-centres, either ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 2/9/2019 5:00 PM

I agree in principle, but I don't think 10 mm of chainstay length between those bikes is enough to isolate the effects of the chainstays; that difference is likely to be lost in the noise of other variables. I think we're going to have to go to something ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 2/9/2019 4:28 PM

To put it a more concisely, the concern is decreased weight on the front wheel caused by increasing the front-centre while holding steady on rear-centre. This can reduce traction. For people who prioritize handling on extremely steep terrain, reduced ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 2/8/2019 11:42 PM

Intensive debate isn't for everyone, but if no one was doing it, you wouldn't have modern, fantastic bikes. Please do get on your bike and ride, but rather than discourage debate, maybe give a nod to those who are trying to drive progress.

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 2/7/2019 6:34 PM

Yeah, that's fair. Progress is always made in a stepwise manner. We saw the need for long front-centres and steeper seat tube angles, so those were updated. The effect on weight distribution wasn't fully anticipated and we're making progress there, too.

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Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 2/7/2019 5:31 PM

Exactly. The lab / garage / shop / pit measurement is a poor analogy to riding. Differences include: - Stance: neutral, turning, impact - Slope of the trail - Use of brakes - Suspension compression - Tire traction balance - Rider strength, especially ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 2/7/2019 2:02 PM

While I agree that "balance" is important, I disagree that Yeti's old geometry was superior. If we look at only balance, then a child's bike could have perfect balance, but seated climbing would be impossible and the rider would have to make rapid and ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 2/6/2019 4:15 PM

jeff.brines, I didn't claim my analysis was exhaustive, nor did I make any statements about varying stem length between bikes. My point was just to explore the topic and correct one statement you made, not to write my thesis on the topic. Off course ... more »

Added reply in a thread The Internet Was Wrong: Short Chainstays Suck* 2/6/2019 2:43 PM

I agree with the point about weight distribution and that we shouldn't mix the old fashion statement of short chainstays with the new fashion statement of long front ends. The specific comments about Pole aren't quite accurate, though, and led me to ... more »

Added reply in a thread Grips Question 1/8/2019 8:08 AM

Re: Wires cutting into the grip I worried about that, too, but it happens only if you use a super thin wire and really crank 'em down. The wire generally won't damage the grip if the wire is at least as thick as regular dental floss, even if it's tight ... more »

Added reply in a thread Grips Question 12/23/2018 6:24 PM

The pliers exist for a reason! I'm sure the fancy ones are nice if you're an aerospace technician who safety wires screws all day, but a sub-$20 model is adequate for occasional grip mounting. You can put the cut end anywhere; if you do it properly, ... more »

Added reply in a thread Grips Question 12/23/2018 6:12 PM

A lot more! I used ODI Ruffian Lock-Ons for a year on my DH bike and ended up with a little nerve damage. Switched to ESI Chunky and the pain went away, but the friction wasn't great. Tried Oury push-ons and I could nearly hear the choir of angels when ... more »