I have 2 PNW droppers that I have been running for several seasons. No issues whatsoever.
I find running 4 clamps gives me the ability to put my controls exactly where I want them. The ability to run different brands and generations of components is nice too. Don't give a dam about 'clutter'.
I am just under 5'7", and I will take all the travel I can get. On my size medium Fugitive that is 170-180mm, depending on the post. The Knolly design allows me to fully insert the post into the frame in order to use the full range of the dropper. I would never buy a frame that restricted the size of dropper I could use.
Agreed. I bought a full 1/2 inch drive Hazet socket set when I was 14 (bought it piece by piece using my bike shop pay). That was 46 years ago and they are still serving me well. You definitely get what you pay for.
Yes, those dub cranks can be a bear to remove. I shattered my 3/8 drive 8mm hex bit on my breaker bar. I ended up making a dedicated tool using a good quality Allen key and a long pipe.
Getting back to your article, I am a fan of wera tools. I have their hex+ Allen key set and it is wonderful. I really appreciate it that they are extra long for increased leverage. Not long enough for the dub cranks tho haha.
I am definitely in the run the longest dropper you can camp. Having the ability to accept a long dropper post is a non negotiable feature for me. It's one of the many reasons that I am partial to Knolly, and something Noel thought about years ago. The straight seat tube allows me to size a dropper so that I can fully insert it in the frame, and run it fully extended at my pedalling height. Perfectly optimized!
My dropper of choice is PNW, but they are hard to get these days so I just picked up a one up for my upcoming hardtail build. I hope it is as good as the PNW posts.
Great information Cam, thanks. As a long-term bike tinkerer this is gold. Having access to a lathe at work means I can machine my own shims. I have been impressed with my dub BB. Been running it for 1.5 seasons of regular shore riding and it is only now starting to develop play. Still spins smooth though. I strongly prefer thread in BB for ease of maintenance, especially after seeing the tooling you need to service press fit properly.
Also, dental floss works great for cleaning the pistons once they are extended.
I always lube the pistons on my Shimano brakes after extending/cleaning them. I use mineral oil or tri-flow. No issues yet.
Very good point! My trick is to install a set of worn-out pads first and pry against those to re-seat the pistons.
Thanks Sanesh. I really appreciated hearing things from your perspective. My kid had a similar shop grom experience to you, and he (and I) will always be grateful to the shop owners and employees who let him in the door and provided a supportive environment for him to thrive. He had the advantage of having worked on our own bikes with me for years and also being very mechanically inclined. Many (most?) kids don't have that privilege. I agree that the shop grom culture is pretty unique, and one of very few experiences where young people can learn and do technically skilled work. He has ended up pursuing a future in engineering, and I can't help but think the shop experience will help him in this regard.
I just had an excellent experience with I9 warranty. I managed to strip the teeth out of my Hydra hub. I sent the wheel to them, and they had it repaired 5 days after they received it. They ended up replacing the hub and re-building the wheel with new spokes. I expect things to break now and then and it doesn't bother me as long as it is handled well.
Also, I have nothing but good things to say about PNW. I have 2 of their droppers and 2 loam levers. Never had a single problem with any of them, and my interactions with PNW have been great.
What are you hoping to gain with inserts? If you're already running 20psi you might not see much benefit.
Thanks for that. For those living a bit further east, Kinetik still has some of the TT inserts in stock.