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Liked a comment on the item A Better Derailleur? Supre Drive Splits the Traditional Derailleur in Two 11/12/2021 8:57 PM

The whole package has a very "Engineer" look to it and could definitely use some smoothing out from the marketing types, but it's great original work from an obviously creative guy. Separating the component parts of the rear derailleur is really...more

Liked a comment on the item Spending Time on Specialized’s New Tires: Butcher/Eliminator Review 9/22/2021 5:12 PM

The factory that produces Maxxis is Cheng Shin. You can Google it my dude.

Added a comment about product review Spending Time on Specialized’s New Tires: Butcher/Eliminator Review 9/22/2021 5:12 PM
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Your analogy doesn't prove what you think it does. Cheng Shin wholly owns Maxxis, just like Toyota owns Lexus, Honda owns Acura, VW owns Audi and so on. These sub-brands are created (not acquired) by the parent company to access a specific market. They leverage shared financial backing, shared applied technology, shared physical and intellectual assets, etc. to manufacture different product lines. Just because one division operates in Taiwan vs. China vs. anywhere else does not show that they are different companies. Maxxis was the vehicle that allowed CST to break into the American market.

Maxxis claims proprietary compounds and casings, but I guarantee that CST can access any of those technologies and apply them to any of their tire brands at their leisure. The integrity of Maxxis as a brand is the reason CST doesn't do that casually, but Maxxis is most definitely CST whether you want to admit it or not.

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Liked a comment on the item 2022 Devinci Spartan HP 9/20/2021 10:46 AM

Indeed, my medium Dreadnought with coil shock and Double Down tires is 36lbs (16.3kg) on the nose.
Proper bruiser! Love it

PS. After you pass the 32lbs point, you stop caring about bike weight and focus on improving skills & stamina, IMHO.

Liked a comment on the item 2022 Devinci Spartan HP 9/20/2021 10:46 AM

It's weird that when you make bikes longer, stiffer, stronger, and put bigger wheels and thicker tires on them, they weigh more.

Liked a bike check Norco fluid FS3 Custom 8/23/2021 1:13 PM
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Added a comment about product review Vital Test Sessions - Pivot Firebird 8/11/2021 1:28 PM
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The biggest flaw to your scale test is that you're altering the bike size without altering the rider size accordingly. Of course you'll see a F/R weight bias change when a rider of a constant size swaps back and forth between different-sized bikes. However, when you increase the height of the rider proportionally to the bike, you'll see that the weight bias does not change by a significant margin. This is due to the fact that a rider's center of mass is NOT static above the BB, where the rear center is measured from. The COM is variable, but always forward of the BB in "charge" position. As the rider grows taller, the COM moves even farther forward and slightly up. That is why manufacturers offer frame size recommendations, and that is why many are reluctant to offer "proportional" rear center geometry (along with the facts that altering rear center also adds cost to manufacturing and alters leverage ratio between frame sizes).

I've ridden many rear centers of varying lengths, and I've grown to understand the benefits/drawbacks of both ends of that spectrum, but there is no magic geometric value that is "best" for all riders. Proportional chainstays are being made into an inordinately big issue because too many riders are sizing up! They then realize that they can't rein in the beast because they don't have the natural upper body mass to weight the front wheel properly. You've seen this play out among the pros as well. Most have reverted back to the correct frame size after trying to tame a sled that was too big for them. If you're riding the correct frame size with correctly tuned suspension, the geometry/steering will function as engineered by the manufacturer, regardless of the length of the chainstays.

I agree that devising a fit system that takes into account a measured F/R weight bias and each rider's biometrics would take things to the next level! However, rear center is just one small part of that equation.

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Liked a comment on the item Vital Test Sessions - Pivot Firebird 8/11/2021 12:11 PM

Aluminium is not the perfect material to press in bearings, that's for sure, even more so when you press in steel bearings. For headsets it's generally a bit better, as you have fairly set and forget cups and just change out the bearings. Plus the bearings...more

Liked a comment on the item After Months of Speculation, Norco's New 2022 Range Has Arrived 6/25/2021 9:59 AM

I had the same GXP bottom bracket in my Reign for 4 seasons without replacing it and without it creaking. Ever.

Apparently, listening to Peak Torque on YT (https://www.youtube.com/user/stoppsi ), it's the frame tolerances that are a problem. As in they are mostly...more

Added a comment about press release After Months of Speculation, Norco's New 2022 Range Has Arrived 6/24/2021 5:07 PM
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You're right about this not being a problem exclusive to HP bikes. I have had the same experience with all of the bikes you mentioned. I have ridden or been around each of those bikes and none of them are quiet or without pivot slop after a bath in some moon dust. It's nothing against Norco either, I have owned and loved several of their bikes. This one just has too many problem areas to ignore. I have a hard time believing this thing will be quiet for very long once it's been in the wild.

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Added a comment about press release After Months of Speculation, Norco's New 2022 Range Has Arrived 6/24/2021 9:54 AM
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These HP designs are cool and great for pro riders with pro mechanics to perform bike surgery every week, but the sheer number of pivots and crevasses on some of these bikes should warrant trepidation for the rest of us. If people complain about pressfit BBs creaking, just wait until you hear the cacophony of death cries (think Mayan death whistle) coming from deep within the shock tunnel, linkages, pivots, idler wheel, tweaked chainlines, or internal cable labyrinths. I get the HP appeal, but there are always trade-offs that come with adding complexity to a system and we've been down many of these roads before.

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Liked a comment on the item Cannondale Introduces the All-New Jekyll 6/23/2021 10:02 AM

The bike's not supposed to be poppy (thanks to the suspension design) but Ropelato makes it look like a slopestyle rig.

Liked a comment on the item Cannondale Introduces the All-New Jekyll 6/23/2021 10:02 AM

Pretty talented cyclist.

Liked a comment on the item Cannondale Introduces the All-New Jekyll 6/22/2021 8:43 AM

I'd ride it.

Liked a comment on the item Not a Manual Trainer in Sight - NYC Wheelie Culture Rules 6/3/2021 11:57 AM

The 48 year old dad in me wants to yell at these kids when they take over the streets and cause major traffic. The 17 year old in me who grew up in Queens with only a bike - no car, no money - knows where these kids come from. This is so much better than the gang...more

Added a comment about video Not a Manual Trainer in Sight - NYC Wheelie Culture Rules 6/3/2021 10:20 AM

Very cool. Biking is so much more than just an elitist fitness pursuit. I love how a simple contraption with two (or one if you have the skill!) wheels can elevate the human psyche. While many of us are worrying about our seat tube angles, what our bike is made out of, and how good our bike will look on the back of our truck, these bikers are developing real riding skills and building something that will affect peoples' lives for the better. Props to these riders, their efforts to create positivity in their community, and their insane skill.

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Added a comment about press release New VC Guards Bracket Accommodates All Brake Levers 5/18/2021 5:06 PM
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All these single-mount flag-style hand guards seem backward to me. Wouldn't you want the strongest part of the guard to be at the end of the bar so it can actually withstand a blow and deflect rather than just bending into your hand? Are these only for keeping leaves and tiny branches from tickling your digits? I ride moto as well as mtb, and I know guys love the trendy look of the flags - that's all you see at desert races these days. Flag guards seem more like expensive decorations than real protection. I constantly see them broken or hanging off of race bikes. I've had both flag style and full-wrap bark busters, and there is no comparison when you get into the thick woods or tip you bike over - the full-wraps are bomb proof, protect your hands and controls, and they never seem to get in the way. I know there are anecdotes of riders slipping a bar and supposedly getting their arm stuck in full-wrap guards, but I have yet to see or know anyone who has experience that first-hand (pun intended). Is that why people fear them, or am I missing something?

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Liked a comment on the item Nukeproof Giga Vs Mega Comparison 5/10/2021 10:50 AM

I'd really like to see Nukeproof scale the Giga's suspension to other bikes. It's simple and would likely be a blast as trail bike or even taking over the for the next iteration of the Mega when you don't a super enduro rig.

Liked a comment on the item Which MOUNTAIN BIKE Shoe is BEST? 16 Different MTB Kicks Compared 4/29/2021 8:28 AM

@grizzatom I'm in the same boat. I've snapped Boa laces more than once or had them fray at the Boa or lace hole. If Boa breaks, you're not getting out of the woods easily. If your foot is funky shaped, Boa causes pressure points that don't mold or give as you move. Laces can...more