Added a comment about slideshow Greg Minnaar Speaks About His Broken Arm and New V10 5/31/2018 9:24 AM

Physio tape it looks like.

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Added a comment about feature What's New on the 2018 Specialized Enduro? 8/24/2017 5:06 PM

Just like companies claim effective seat tube angles are the same thing as actual seat tube angles.

The tilt is cool. But their logic vs DH bikes does not follow. My DH saddle is tilted because it has very different body positioning even compared to my long travel enduro bike. My enduro bike has a 150mm dropper, and I still have huge issues with it. I seldom hit the rear though, it's usually the nose or the center- and lengtheing the reach to put the rider in a more forward position is going to exacerbate this issue.

So it's a cool idea. But 115 mm of actual travel is nowhere near close to enough. If they did this on top of a 150mm travel post, it would be awesome. Then maybe Specialized could actually compete with say Bike Yoke and the 185 mm Revive. But for now, major fail.

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Added a comment about product review Tested: Sixth Element 27.5” Carbon Wheelset 8/16/2017 4:34 PM

LB is very much hit and miss. My friends have had good luck, but I personally have gone through three LB DH layup rims over two seasons of riding DH. Probably not going to go back to them.

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Added a comment about news blog Introducing Race Only Springs 8/14/2017 11:20 AM

Ways to change the spring rate:
Change the coil diameter- doesn't appear to be happening here
Taper the wire diameter- also does not appear to be happening here
Change the thread pitch- definitely happening here. The claim that it kicks in at 70% compression strongly indicates the lighter spring binds at that point. So regardless of how retarded it seems, that appears to be how it works. Gonna be loud.

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Added a comment about news blog Introducing Race Only Springs 8/14/2017 10:19 AM

Progressive and dual rate are two distinct things in this application. These are definitely not progressive springs, and I'm not sure you could do a progressive spring in a fork since they usually require space to expand radially. The only way these could be dual rate springs is if, during travel, the lighter, wider spaced coils use all their available spacing and bind up, and then you are left with only the higher rate of the tighter spaced coils. Which is a "technically correct" solution, but kind of a crappy practice from a noise, durability, and smoothness perspective. And while Eibach makes good stuff, it's not their job to check their customer's engineering, they just fill the order.

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Liked a comment on the item Introducing Race Only Springs 8/14/2017 9:25 AM

Only way it could be dual rate is if the lighter spring length totally compresses prior to the heavier spring section. You get Keq for the first part of the travel, then K1 for the remaining travel after the light spring K2 fully closes.

Added a comment about news blog Introducing Race Only Springs 8/14/2017 9:25 AM

Right, meant to say lighter not tighter (edited). If so, then okay, I'd accept that, and it's done in lower end automotive applications. But binding coils is generally a shitty practice for high-end suspension, and seems to be dramatically at odds with what they are claiming are their quality standards.

My shenanigans sense is tingling.

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Added a comment about news blog Introducing Race Only Springs 8/14/2017 8:00 AM

Okay, so are they binding the lighter coils during travel? I don't see any crossover ring, so that is the only way this produces a dual rate.

Otherwise, as we all learned in physics, 1/keq = 1/k1 + 1/k2. Putting two different rates on a single coil does not magically make a dual rate spring, no matter how much marketing claims it does. I'm sure this is a nice spring, it looks like a nice spring, and it sounds like they went through a lot of trouble to make sure it was manufactured as a nice spring. I just don't believe them when they say it's a dual rate spring.

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Added a comment about feature Trek's 2018 Mountain Bikes Feature Shocks Unlike Anything You've Seen Before 7/12/2017 1:58 PM

Some like Cane Creek do, but in the reserve tube where it doesn't matter much. But others like DVO and (I think) Ohlins use bladders instead. Also, twin vs mono tube should only be referring to the storage of excess oil, monotube uses the IFP and nitrogen charge, twin tube uses a primary and reserve tube. The damping circuit on the piston should not be affected by the oil reserve design, no?

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Added a comment about feature Trek's 2018 Mountain Bikes Feature Shocks Unlike Anything You've Seen Before 7/12/2017 10:21 AM

Sooo... maybe I'm misunderstanding this, but it looks like this is just an effort to eliminate the IFP from a monotube shock using some overkill engineering.

What exactly is the problem with twin tube shocks then? No more IFP, no reason it shouldn't do the same thing as this.

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Added a comment about product review First Ride: SRAM's New Code RSC Brakes 4/27/2017 10:29 AM

Not sure I'd agree with Shimano Saint/Zee as a five star product, and I don't see how you can say SRAM gets one standard, and other brands another. Shimano brakes usually get rave reviews out of the box, but I've always had them be inconsistent in the long run, requiring bleeding far more often than any other brand. The last set of M820 Saints I had on the DH bike simply blew out the piston seal one day at Whistler. The Hope V4s that replaced them have been problem free.

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Added a comment about photo Onyx Sprag Clutch Hubs 9/22/2016 12:41 PM

Because Stealth Hubs don't use a sprag clutch? I love the stealth hubs on my BMX bike, but the onyx ones are in a different league.

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Added a comment about photo 2.6-inch Schwalbe Tires and Updated Casings 9/22/2016 12:35 PM

2.6" Huh? At what point does this just become "yeah, tires designed to use wider rims, and a bit more clearance on frames and forks would be good. Plus size was our usual overreaction."?

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Added a comment about feature Beware, It's Getting Weird Out There 8/29/2016 2:57 PM

You can watch his follow-up to that video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na8GgDV6hxI
Conclusions- yeah, plus size tires need thicker casings and more aggressive treads to be proper race tires.

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Liked a comment on the item First Look: 2017 Santa Cruz and Juliana Line 7/12/2016 8:00 AM

Do you mean why not YT? Because they don't have an equivalent bike to the Bronson or 5010 in their product range. Because the cheapest aluminum Capra is a few hundred US dollars more than the cheapest SC model - though the Capra does have a better fork and a dropper. And because half of the...more

Added a comment about photo High-tech Axxios AXS Anti-Vibration System on Commencal DH Bikes 7/11/2016 8:29 AM

Okay, voodoo BS as written, but I'm kinda wondering if this is just a huge smoke screen to conceal Commencal's data acquisition program. Those "circuits" look an awful lot like wireless strain gauges or accelerometers. And their placement is not where you'd put them to reduce vibration, but is where you'd put them if you wanted to get data.

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Added a comment about product review Long Term Tested: Shimano's Electronic XTR Di2 Drivetrain 6/30/2016 2:08 PM

I've run XTR Di2 on a Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt for about 4 months now, and while I agree that pretty much everything else about the drivetrain is impeccable, I cannot overstate how crappy the shifter units are. As noted in the review, they are flimsy, weak plastic piles of s*&^t. They do not actually clamp down to the bar (PRO Tharsis) at the torque Shimano says to use, regardless of whether you use carbon paste or not. Going any tighter will break your clamp unit, and Shimano has actually made a running change to fix this issue, but it only sort of works. To compound things, the giant bulbous spring housing interferes with the majority of brakes on the market (including, hah, XTRs, Formula's are about the only one that will fit), and then the "rotate around the bar axis" shifting is a recipe for thumb cramps on long rides. It's gotten so bad I'm actually contemplating going back to a mechanical drivetrain.

Shimano, if you bother to read comments: every other part of this drivetrain is A+, but the shifters are a complete disaster in need of a 100% redesign. That alone makes this drivetrain not worth it. Please, please, please just go to a standard shape, feel, and mount, like the existing XTR pods.

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Added a comment about video A Eulogy to the Front Derailleur - In Loving Memory 3/17/2016 8:55 AM

Ahahaha... sigh, we all knew if was basically official when SRAM got every post with that leaked drivetrain taken down, but I suppose this is extra official.

Goodbye dear front derailleur. I will fondly miss all your dropped chains, terrible shifts, extra weight, and being a pest for good geometry.

Oh, wait, actually the FD was a plague on mtb. Good freakin' riddance.

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