Added a comment about feature A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 11:33 AM

Gotcha. For sure they did cash in. I know only DT has a license for the new XTR cassette style. But I bet the other majors (Hope, I9, etc.) have them quickly enough.

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Liked a comment on the item A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 11:32 AM

I absolutely agree with you on the merits of eagle and new standards, but business wise, there is no denying they cashed in with the XD driver. I'm not by any means saying that was the intent, just a very nice perk for a bunch of years

Added a comment about feature A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 11:26 AM

Not at all. All depends on the application/purpose. That said, people asking for better stuff then complaining it doesn't retro fit a bike/part from a decade or more ago is joke.
Note, I drive a Jeep Wrangler so I am very familiar with the old solid axle.

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Liked a comment on the item A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 11:23 AM

I love that we have options. I also love swanky rad stuff. Cool to see Shimano doing something new!

That said, the (bigger) story to me right now is just how much performance you can garner for very little money. Its rad. 10 years ago there was such a big gap between...more

Liked a comment on the item A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 11:22 AM

well, I work at a shop too and have expirience with i9 dt shimano and hope and my kings are the ones who need less maintenance.. on the other hand, shimano is completly diferent, bearings need much more love than others, and I actually agree with their thoughs about...more

Added a comment about feature A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 11:22 AM

Stolen? Proof? Pretty sure if there is anything proprietary from King that Shimano used it was discussed and worked out legally. I worked in a wheel shop for 8 years or so. The King cassette is one of the most reliable, set it and forget ones out there. I currently have I9 and Hope on my trail and DH bikes. But my DJ has a 10 year old set of Kings picked up from an XC buddy of mine and they haven't been touch in a while, still perfect.

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Liked a comment on the item A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 11:20 AM

I agree with all you said till the stuff about king hubs, since when are kings a maintenance nightmare?

Added a comment about feature A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 10:43 AM

The conspiracy is a joke. Physically the current Shimano based design didn't fit anything lower than a 11t cog without mods. Sure, they could just go larger on the big ring. However, 12 speed isn't just for easier gearing. It's also set up for a larger high gear and smaller front chaining the help optimize the suspension on many bikes as well as help tire clearance for short chain stays. Saying everything should be on current (almost 30 year old) freehub standards is like saying cars should all be on the same solid axle platform from decades ago and same specs across all brands. Ridiculous. Does it make if more of a pain to mix and match? Sure...but it was time for a change.

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Added a comment about feature A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 10:02 AM

True forgot about that. However, comparing XO1 in pricing to XT there is a huge gap. XT vs. X0 performance gap is not as far as the $$ leads us to believe. Full disclosure, I ride X01 and love it. However, Shimano not releasing everything all at once and folks saying 'they are so far behind' is laugable. Shimano does things right before they release it in most of their designs. They are a conservative company, but their shit works. When XT gets the 12-speed treatment next year, it will be rock solid. As the article mentions, their focus is on XT/SLX next release so it will be there. SRAM Eagle and it's trickle down is great. They crated their own cassette interface to make it happen. Shimano has done the same with theirs and it will be most likely trickled down in a similar fashion.

Bottom line, it's hard to buyy a crap bike or components today. NX and Deore are miles ahead of even top end kit from not that long ago. Sram has fanboys and so does Shimano. Neither are junk and both sets of fanboys are not to be faulted for their preferences.

Rubber side down folks.

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Added a comment about feature A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 9:24 AM

And when Sram first released 12-speed it was only one group. Then is trickled down. Shimano will do the same. Shimano had the same freehub design for decades. Before that, all freewheels were the thread on kind. I am sure plenty of folks were crying and bitching back then too . Progression is fine. Sometimes a bit disruptive when a big change happens, but all good. More choices are great.

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Liked a comment on the item A Better XTR? Vital Rides the New Shimano M9100 Group in Crested Butte 7/26/2018 9:23 AM

Everyone has their own opinion about what the best drivetrain is—that's essentially what Shimano determined, they asked a whole bunch of racers what they wanted and determined there was no ONE unanimous winner so they created a couple options to satisfy a broader range...more

Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: 2018 U.S. National Mountain Bike Championships 7/23/2018 3:39 PM

Well said, and very good with specifics Mickey. I lived through the NORBA days as well as NBL/ABA nationals prior the the 'merger' and subsequent USABMX 'rebranding'. USAC is an energy suck at the very best. I look to them specifically as a threat to the spirit of all things MTB / BMX. Their only missions is road cycling and I am not sure how healthy that segment is in the US. I think what you laid out here is a similar reason most are so upset Chris over at EWS is getting cozier with the UCI. The UCI understands the EWS can do things successfully without them and they see that as a threat. My two cents....

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Liked a comment on the item RESULTS: 2018 U.S. National Mountain Bike Championships 7/23/2018 3:34 PM

DH racing is better than ever- and statistically US downhill racers are better than ever, there are just less of them. DH is just harder than it has ever been, and it costs twice as much as it did 15-20 years ago, when day-job wages were essentially the same as they are now, but far,...more

Liked a comment on the item Gone Too Far? Enduro World Series, La Thuile 7/23/2018 10:23 AM

I blame you...or McCoy...or Walter. hah

Liked a comment on the item Gone Too Far? Enduro World Series, La Thuile 7/23/2018 10:23 AM

Please do not dumb down northstar or the CES even more. Getting crazy or pushing the limits is exactly how you progress the sport and people's ability. That's why we have enduro now. Our bikes are so good and better than the DH bikes of 10 years ago that a lot of...more

Added a comment about news blog RESULTS: 2018 U.S. National Mountain Bike Championships 7/21/2018 1:07 PM

Exactly. @usacycling is a joke and embarrassment. I had plenty of issues with NORBA back in the day. That said, they did promote a little and hype the series..

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Added a comment about slideshow Gone Too Far? Enduro World Series, La Thuile 7/21/2018 12:59 PM

I remember hearing those same rumors while traveling the NORBA circuit. Ha!

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Liked a comment on the item Gone Too Far? Enduro World Series, La Thuile 7/21/2018 10:43 AM

EWS is going through a NORBA late 90's crisis, where each track tried to out do the next and ultimately removed the fun, became a test of balls---it seems anyway, from sitting in my living room

Added a comment about feature Norbs Has a New Ride! Meet the 2019 Evil Wreckoning LB 7/20/2018 2:27 PM

I here that same story out of numerous bike companies that still get plenty of exposure on Pinkbike. Often "it's the "they had some issues prior, but have corrected them now....." type of thing. From all I hear, much of the previous issues with Evil have been addressed. My two cents

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