Am liking "Birdsong" as the soundtrack.
I've just bought one of these (awaiting delivery). I can update on installation / use if anyone is interested.
@Shooks - Ditto for me with Starling.
+1 for gearboxes. It has to be the future for mtb.
The G1 is the pinnacle of mtb design - you should have chastised them for their ignorance.
Cam - I see road bike design as plateauing and changes year to year are very small - probably un-noticable by Joe average roadie. As you note I can't see a lot changing in the next 10 years that is game changing - given they stick within the UCI rules which I see as a hinderance to road bike design for those who aren't racing and bound by the UCI. Throw away the UCI rules and it's game on - I would love to see road bikes develop like we have with mountain bikes.
Mountain bikes however are still seeing significant changes - Geo is still being tweaked and we are reaching / understanding the limits. Gearboxes are still niche but I see a future where "proper" mountain bikes have gearboxes. Suspension will always be a work in progress and will continue to develop. Tyre tech, electronics, overall weight, stiffness / flex will continue to develop. Looking 5 years out there are going to be significant changes. Given the amount of tech we have on mountain bikes over road bikes there are always going to be improvements.
I guess what I was trying to say above was that if road bikes can still sell each year (because people like shiny new things) then its going to be easy to sell mountain bikes as the improvement in mountain bikes will be significant.
I see bikes ending up like cars in that they're all work well and you pick one based on your personality / useage / favorite colour / frame material / company ethos.
Just look at our road riding cousins - they have had the same basic frame design for 100+ years and are still rolling out new frames every year. People like new shiny stuff.
Cam - how does this compare to a Chromag Trailmaster LTD? I've got one on each bike and have been chamoisless for a good few years now.
Ditto on the HL 5L. I paid a little over £40 for mine. So far so good.
I also struggle with how to wear it - over jacket / top feels constructed (that tucked in t-shirt feeling) so generally wear it under with water hose running under my jacket clipped to my lapel. Maybe need to size up my jacket next time I buy one.
AJ - Out of interest what would you run if it wasn't rocky and you weren't prone to pinch flatting?
Ddean, the other advantage of a corded system is you don't have to go hunting for your light when it gets knocked off in a crash.
It's quite eiery at first when you crash, light gets knocked off and it's pitch black but kind cool once you get used to figuring where your light and bike are.
Good call on Black Fri. Hopefully there be some deals to be had.
Thanks. Interesting the DD (w/o insert is lighter than E+ insert).
AJ - Do you have the weights for each set up?
Yeah that's the one, thanks.