If you’re interested in carbon repair, Raoul is one of the best in the game, he’s even done repairs for warranty on some super high end boutique carbon stuff. It helps having your F-16 carbon repair ticket from Boeing.
Avoid one injury in the shop - paid for.
EVT stuff is expensive, then you use it and never regret it. Their hanger alignment tool is the best tool I've ever used and as cassette spacing has gotten tighter it's been even more valuable. Brett actually designed the Dura Ace hanger tool, which is why he couldn't bring out the EVT tool, until the the agreement expired.
Even in World Championship pits, I've had mechanics come just to inspect my one, so they can get their own.
Why not make it 35 even, like modern bars? One thing I do like about old road stuff is the consistency of dimensions. It’s just nice aesthetically
> Having two seat post sizes is a pain in the ass for everyone; bike shops need more stock, consumers often can't use their old seat post with a new bike, and manufacturers have to make more models, increasing cost for complete bikes and after market parts.
It's arguable that this is more of a positive for customer focussed outfits like BikeYoke than some of the larger OEM players, where obsolescence and incompatibility drive sales and the tolerances and accelerated wear ensure cheaper design elements aren't an issue as the posts don't last long enough.
I'm running BikeYoke posts on all my bikes and the quality and design is a step up from the rest.
That's a pretty thorough review, thanks!
How is the Capra longevity and YT support now? I had one of the first Capra's and it was probably one of the few bikes worthy of the ubiquitous 'game changer' tag. It was awesome, except every time (3 consecutive frames over 12 months) it cracked and I had to wait for YT to mess me around, or the final time when the new warranty seat stay snapped clean through, hurt me badly in the process, and then it turned out to be a known issue at YT that they'd not recalled.
I've wanted to consider a YT a few times since giving up on that one, but just can't find it in me.
My Moots CX bike was stolen last year, and even though I didn't sell it it's probably the only bikeI've parted ways with that breaks my heart still. God knows it spent more time on mountainbike trails than lapping races.
After that, I feel the occasional twinge for my steel Voodoo Bakka circa 2001.
A lot of the new Pikes have been getting stuck down when new - probably some grease blocking the equalisation port (and hey, most of the older Rockshox stuff came devoid of any lube at all!) but definitely a hassle for a few people I know.
I've been on the new XTR for a while, with a Praxis crank / ring, which sadly means an Eagle chain.
It's been flawless, I'd warrantied 2 Eagle rear derailleurs in the same period last year. My experience with the brakes mirrors yours - they're standout. Better than the 8050 4 pot, saints, and Saint to XTR XC lever combos I've run.
That bike is a super smart spec at a sharp price. Would ride. Most amazingly the SLX bike is cheaper than the GX bike. If other companies can replicate that, the end of Eagle has arrived.
What's nice is that the spec on site tells you the casing, TPI etc, so you know what you're getting.
So, I'm putting one in my 36 next week and might start at the HBO stack used here. After a winter on my SS with a DVO, I jumped on my big bike w 36 the other day and honestly thought it needed a warranty, it felt rubbish coming off the DVO's OTT coil spring for early stroke. Even after warming it up and a day of shuttling a 10min DH run it just didn't feel like I wanted.
I think the only long travel air forks I've used that have really blown me away with feel were the BOS Deville, and the previous 36 with an MRP Ramp+Fulfill negative conversion, so I've got really high hopes for the Smashpot.
+ Pivot and Spartan 29.
They've been doing great stuff. The new Troy and Spartan kick arse. Especially with a coil.