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Liked a comment about press release Commencal Launches Fresh New Bikes for 2020 10/10/2019 5:25 AM

I'll be 50 next year. when my son turns 15 in 10 years, I'll be happy Ebikes have gotten so good! Thanks bike industry for progressing faster than my rate of aging.

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Liked a comment about press release Transition Patrol Goes Coil 9/26/2019 11:40 AM

That's a foolish way to think about it. There's a lot of grey area when it comes to whether something is a manu defect or consumer error. Companies with lifetime warranties are saying they can cover that grey area indefinitely. That costs money, because every single manufacturer has problems at some point. Companies with a limited span on their warranty don't necessarily make an inferior product, they simply don't have pockets deep enough to do that given the volume they sell.

Again, take Santa Cruz and their Reserve wheels, where they literally just ship you a whole new wheel, hub, spokes and all, when you break one. That's frickin awesome, but how does it communicate that they have confidence in their product? Literally everyone I know with a set of Reserve wheels has had at least one warrantied. They build the cost it takes to have that policy into the price of the wheels, while taking into account the volume they sell.

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Liked a comment about feature Discover the All-New Shimano SLX and XT 12-Speed Drivetrains, Brakes and More 9/20/2019 7:24 AM

The new XTR hubs aren't dead silent though- that technology never got released. I've heard they are quieter than most, but the "Scylence" technology does not exist in real life.

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Liked a comment about feature Only Nine Speeds. Is Simpler Better? BOX Launches Prime 9 Drivetrain 9/3/2019 4:18 AM

I think it’s funny that people think they need more than seven or eight gears .
If it’s the same ratio of gears why do we need more?
We are more than seven gears right now because no one who rides a bike understands we’re better with seven. It works better, you have the same ratio and you saved a whole bunch of parts .
You save money you saved weight you shaved shifting problems. Thank you for nine now bring us seven !!!

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Liked a comment about feature Only Nine Speeds. Is Simpler Better? BOX Launches Prime 9 Drivetrain 9/3/2019 12:43 AM

I had been thinking about changing to a 1x10 from my current 1x11, just because of always having to change two or more cogs at a time. This has convinced me 1x10 is the way to go.

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Liked a comment about feature Shimano's Latest XTR Group Delivers Class-Leading Performance 8/12/2019 3:12 PM


For the second time, did I say it sucked? I just said I'm *not sure it deserved the 5 star rating*. Simple.

I never said Shimano shouldn't make 12 speed. I never asked for 14 gears. I never suggested a pizza worthy 60 tooth was the answer to a problem I never identified.

I just said "how is a product that achieves the same thing as a product 1/2 the price worthy of such high marks"?

I'm still not sure, others seem to really think the product works better under load. I must need to hit the gym or shift in worse spots I guess, as "better shifting under load" too is a solution to a problem I just don't have.

Overall, I'm sure XTR is rad, I'm sure its butter smooth. I just don't see the juice being worth the squeeze for everyday riders, and think its worth cutting through some of the cognitive bias to note this considering its premium price, and lack of technological improvement in the space.

Simple as that really.

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Liked a comment about video Pit Puzzle - Greg's V10 with New/Longer Rear End 7/6/2019 12:35 AM

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Liked a comment about photo What's Stock, What's Not - Sam Hill's Nukeproof Mega for Tasmania 3/28/2019 11:40 PM

Interesting how he doesn't have the inside pins installed on his pedals.

Anyone know what kind of tape that he's got on his crank arms? I've seen on it on some other bikes as well I think. Would provide protection and some friction against side of shoes.

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Liked a comment about video Jumps for Show, Corners for Dough... or Is It All for Dough? Brendog and Olly Wilkins Throw Down in Capetown 3/27/2019 7:20 PM

I don't know about most bikers, but I like cranks that are efficient in pedaling. The video didn't show either rider pedaling until the 1:14 mark. In fact, they showed Olly pushing his bike before anyone actually pedal.

But man, can Brendog and Olly fly....

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Liked a comment about press release The Science Behind CushCore - Downtime Podcast 3/15/2019 1:55 PM

absolutely agree. Very bouncy tires will benefit more (Maxxs exo, Sch snakeskin, Continental Der K/Der .. but when you change from one of these to DD/DH or Sch SG there is a world or improvement in damping/traction from the tire alone... Not saying that cushcore wouldn't be better, dont know, curious, havent tried it yet..

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