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Sept. 16, 2022, 7:34 a.m. -  Andrew Major

I can both dislike SB-157 and appreciate how We Are One has used it to make their bicycle better than those using B-148 with a 52mm chain line, never mind the B-148/55mm chainline brands like Scott are pushing. On my bikes I run B-148 with a 49mm chain line (or space the cassette outboard) to accomplish the same improvement but I wouldn’t hold my breath for any company working in carbon to build in that kind of clearance. I know this SB-157/B-Chainline pairing is unique now but I do think we’ll see it as the norm for trail and longer travel bikes in the very near future. Basically any rig that needs more clearance than a 2.4” XC race tire.  Personally I’d buy it over _any_ bike using B-148/55mm - since there’s no future fix for how awful that chain line combination is without ditching a few cogs on the back. Though as I noted, I’m not actually a potential customer for either.

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