Hey Andrew, I'm not going for anything. Sorry if I came across the wrong way. Also a bit off topic regarding offroad use. The light has side LEDs and comes with a bar mount, so I thought I'd ask.
Not too long ago a 1300 lumen light would have been bulky and expensive, but battery capacity and LEDs keep improving as the cost comes down.
Nowadays that high end class of light is billed as having the lumens (6500) and beam pattern of aircraft landing lights. So based on the props and comments I guess the answer is yeah, give it three years and there will be a lot of folks out on the road with that type of light.
Do people use these on the road riding to the trails? If I were coming the other way in a car, I'd kick on the high beams since the output of both (car high beams and 1300 lumens with no cutoff) is going to look about the same.
This wouldn't be the first set of carefully designed hubs to end up having issues in the field once the number of users goes up. Checking the race face website, I didn't find service instructions. A quick search for parts turned up end caps and complete freehubs. I'll wait two years and check back later, thanks.
The trail calculator spits out trail and flop numbers that are almost identical for a 29" with 66 deg and 44mm offset and 26" with 65 deg and the then standard 37mm offset. So the steering should feel similar, with a tendency to wander/flop going at slow speeds like uphill, but being more stable as speeds pick up. Changing the stem length shouldn't affect that.
Setting up long-term funding for organizations dedicated solely to gun safety and gun control or to victims of gun violence is putting the cart before the horse, and just adds another voice to all the organizations and individuals out there who are sure they know what needs to happen.
Priority number one is to get rid of the Dickey amendment and fund research by the CDC on what is effective and what isn't.
What a lot of people miss is that lowering (or increasing) spoke tension has no effect on wheel stiffness -- unless the spokes are going completely slack at times, which might be happening in downhill racing. It would definitely shorten the lifetime of the wheel.
As far as frames go, it would be nice if frame manufacturers would modify the tube cross-sections/layup depending on size, otherwise a smaller frame ends up being stiffer than a large one. Just the opposite of what would make sense.
Actually, the Tour de France was revolutionized by a non-pharmaceutical technology. If not for that, the downhill crowd would probably be still riding with toe straps instead of clipless pedals. Look up Bernard Hinault.
My sentiments exactly. Used to be my bikes were "work in progress", now I consider them all to be in a final state. My riding is "work in progress". Going to the dirt jumps or BMX park is fun because there's no one freaking out about the latest wonky headset fastener for $30. I derive hope from the belief that it is possible to transcend bipedal trash pandaism.