This one put a big smile on my face. Nice footage!
Thanks for sharing this- it's great to see more diverse perspectives getting into the spotlight.
Nice and thoughtful writeup! I definitely enjoyed reading this, but wanted to add anther perspective. I, too, look at the current offerings for dropper posts and conclude that there's one post that clearly wins the race. For me it's the 9point8 though, because it's the only one that offers a setback head so I can get my saddle where I want it. My knee and hip don't particularly care for the trend of steeper STAs, so the Fall line is the only one that works for me. It works well, goes up and down when I want it to, and I can adjust the travel to get the most out of the space I'm working with.
If/when a company combines a low height with different head options, then I think we'll have a race on our hands.
I know it's been a while since this review, but I have a question about using different cassettes/chainrings with the STFU system. Right now I'm running a cassette that goes up to a 42t mated to a 26t oval front ring. Waiting in the wings I have a 46t cassette and a 28t oval front ring as backup. What are the chances that the STFU would play nicely with both of these setups? Should I make the cuts based on the larger cassette and chainring to be safe? Love to hear your thoughts if you happen to be keeping tabs on this board. Cheers!
I'm with Vik- steeper ST angles don't do much for me. I've had some injuries over the years (e.g. torn labrum in hip) and have recently (re)discovered that there's a fairly limited range of body positions that work for me. Both my bikes have slacker ST angles to begin with and I run offset dropper posts to get a position that works for me.
I enjoyed reading this piece though- thanks for putting together such a thoughtful conversation on the topic!
I'm running a 26t oval with a 10-42 cassette. Works great for the terrain I ride.
Excellent interview! Thanks for posting this reflection. I'm excited to read the other profiles down the road, and also to see what future actions you take.
Hi Andrew. Great writeup! I have a wozo and have been thinking about how I'd change it up. Any idea what the front-center measurement is on the V2? Cheers!
Thanks for the thorough review, and for taking the time to compare the mezzer to other forks. Quick question about the durolux- did you ever feel like it raised the front end up extra high? Looking at the axle-measurement and it seems long...
10-4. Any chance you could compare the durolux to marzocchi's offerings? Thanks for chiming into this thread btw.
Thanks Andrew! Perhaps I should have elaborated more. I bought a durolux after reading your review and also getting to ride one in person. I like the performance well enough and the service/travel adjustment is wicked easy, but I have had issues with the axle. Looks like it got scraped by a rock during a fall and now it's reluctant to get out. I generally have to smack it with the ball of my hand to get it to release. It's not the end of the world, but I'd much prefer a bolt-on axle. I was inquiring to see if you had had any issues of your own, but I think that my failure must have been solely because of the impact rather than because of a design flaw. Anyway, thanks for responding. No crown creaks here either, and that's been a chronic issue for me in the past with Fox forks. Cheers!
In terms of other products, hows the suntour durolux fork holding up? Any issues with the axle removal getting persnickety? I’d be interested to hear a long-term report.
Thanks for the solid review! I just settled on the aeffect, but only because the aeffect r doesn’t come in the spindle length my fatbike needs and, as far as I can tell, the 24mm spindles can’t be swapped out (unlike the models that use 30mm spindles). I prefer the RF direct mount to SRAM because the rings can be flipped... opens up more chainring sizes. What I mean is that my fatbike came with DUB cranks and use a 6mm offset. SRAM only makes these down to a 30t, which is limiting because they’re directional. RF rings, on the other hand, can go down to a 26t and there are more options for ovals. Regardless, it’s good to hear that others are recognizing the potential of this lineup!
I ran the 395+ with a maxxis 2.8 DHF or DHR II all last season without a single casing cut or flat (and I know I've just jinxed myself by writing that). Could just be the terrain, but it's interesting hear such a different experience. Do other folks you ride with cuts to their casings? Just curious.
Thanks for the review. I've been running a spank rear rim for 3+years and, while not vibrocore, it's been incredibly durable (even without cushcore). Speaking of, did you have cushcore installed when you took that big hit at Kamloops?