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Aug. 16, 2008, 9:04 p.m.
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Anyone riding a rear Maxel?

I've been looking around and don't seem much info on them (and they're hard to come by in shops it seems).

Is there any reason why I SHOULDN'T be running one? (specifically a 150mm)

NO!!

My present ride has one and it is just so awesome. Mine has never worked its way loose, I can have the wheel off in about 2 seconds flat and it is as burly as any bolt on. I for one will never miss carrying and 8mm allen key just for the purpose of removing my rear wheel.

Aug. 16, 2008, 3:45 p.m.
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What aches/injuries are you carrying so far this season?

My old broken back injury from 2005 is always nagging me and on some days, keeps me at home or keeps me off my big bike and on my road bike. After a stellar trip to Sun Peaks and getting spanked on "Sweet Ones" skinnies, my left hand is about double the size its supposed to be and a wicked cool purple colour. It is a pretty cool injury because it looks more spectacular than it feels and it hasn't kept me off my bike.

Aug. 16, 2008, 3:38 p.m.
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Stolen Knolly Delirium-T

Karen,

I just heard about this recently. When you were helping me out during the Vedder Mountain cleanup day, you spoke about your baby with the passion that is so typical of all Knolly owners. Hopefully it turns up soon.

Mark.

PS. Perhaps you can machine a nice set of thumb screws with attachments for electrodes on them for when they catch the perp.

Aug. 15, 2008, 12:19 p.m.
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Gearbox Bikes - Where'd they go?

The biggest reason the rohlhoff isn't big is 1) cost and the biggy 2) it's so damn
heavy. The g-boxx solves the issues so well, putting the weight in the middle
of the bike and low, it's essentially a derailleur in a box, just not bouncing around
with the tire exposed to all the rocks and mud out there.

edit: if they were smart they could even have the bottom cog bathing in some oil
so that the gears got lubed all the time.

I told myself that I wasn't going to do it but I can't help myself, so here are my two cents worth….

As some of you know, I am a big, big fan of Rohloff and have been using the 14 speed hub since 2002 now (first on a Bullit and now since 2005 on a Vp Free).

Regarding weight, you must absolutely take into account all things that go into the drivetrain on both the derailleur based system and the Rohloff when comparing weights….when you do this you will find that (depending on your set up) for a typical mid priced drivetrain that utilizes 2 chainrings and a front derailleur, the weight penalty is only about 250-300 grams. If you run high end stuff, the penalty will be greater and lesser compared to low end gear. For most big bikes, the center of mass tends to be slightly forward (often about mid-top tube area). Addition of 250-300 grams shifts this center of mass back slightly and beneficially (my vp free has its center of mass at the center point on the chassis which is about mid-shock body). The cost is not disputable but when you stack this up against the cost of a good, complete, high end derailleur setup you are going to have an argument on your hands. Also take into account that the Rohloff will not break, wear out or require any tinkering at all. Add the costs of broken/worn out derailleurs, repairs, etc to the equation and all of a sudden, the differences begin to shrink into insignificance. Like my grandpappy always said, buy quality and spend your money once. Regarding the old argument of having the hub moving with the suspension, it is like all other elements of riding where once your shock and suspension are appropriately setup, you will not notice any (and I mean any) cost to suspension performance. The hub is pretty burly and I have not damaged mine (though I have completely destroyed the wheel build around the hub…..case in point was the accident where I broke my back in 2005….wheel was a mess and the Rohloff was unblemished).

Regarding that old chestnut of an argument re: drag from planetary gears, I can say that you will perceive some minimal drag until the hub is broken in. This takes a long time (as much as 6 months of regular riding). After this, you will not perceive any drag. I ride my Vp Free uphill all of the time and as many can testify, even on Vedder Mountain's mega-punishing climbs, this is totally doable on a swine of a bike only because of the Rohloff.

Aug. 5, 2008, 12:53 p.m.
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REVIEW - Knolly V-Tach

is this long-long-term follow-up still in the works?

unfortunately the refit never occured and the test ended with the review article. This bike still stands as one of the best bikes I have ever ridden (either personally owned or as a tester). I have no doubt that it would have stood up well over time.

July 9, 2008, 8:50 a.m.
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tires and rims that work for ghetto tubeless

I too have had it with the same syncros rims. I completely noodlified it without doing anything worthy. Unlike others experiences, mine still held air with a single ply folding bead 2.5 nevegal. Regardless, I have checked this rim off my list and am now back using a WTB Laserdisc that is running true and leak free with the same tire after some good Whistler abuse.

July 9, 2008, 8:44 a.m.
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tires and rims that work for ghetto tubeless

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July 8, 2008, 9:14 p.m.
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info-weenie

If you simply cannot get enough TdF here is something for you. Heart rate monitor data from the Peloton, live. Courtesy of Polar. I love my Polar monitor and I love pouring over the data I generate from my rides. My wife thinks I've lost my mind.

http://livedata.polar.fi/letour/offline.php?lang=en

July 3, 2008, 11:26 p.m.
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Bleeding Hayes

lee, forgot to mention that you can just use a zip tie to hold the hose on and just take it off with a pair of side cutters after.

I concur. I have still have a pair of 1999 Mags on my xc bike. They work just fine (ya, ya, I can hear the collective groan….I have Maguras, and Juicys as well and like them a whole lot too). I have always used the zip tie trick. use a really small tie and tighten only enough around the tubing to hold it in place on the nipple (this way it is tight enough to not fall off while bleeding and still able to pop the tubing end off the nipple). If you are particularly ham-handed you can still pull the tubing off mid-bleed and end up as I have, with a DOT covered shoe (f[HTML_REMOVED]%^ing DOT fluid).

June 26, 2008, 6:57 p.m.
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New helmet design from UBC

i hear ya brotha. It was pure good luck that when I broke my thoracic spine that I did not also break my cervical spine. My helmet was obliterated and did its job very well but I still have pain issues with my cervical spine that might have been offset by even better impact energy dissipation.

June 22, 2008, 11:26 a.m.
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boonen tests positive

Well he is going out with someone that looks 17 years old.

lucky skunk…

June 22, 2008, 10:58 a.m.
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Boxxer WC 2007 Oil change HELP !

I just sent my in for service to Norco. That is the easiest way yet.

I must admit that this is the first time I have sent a fork in for regular servicing (I have sent in completely gibbled-up forks that I just can't figure out). The air-cartridge thing scares me a bit.

June 4, 2008, 11:06 p.m.
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Live near work, or live near riding?

I'm with Rewoga on this one. My office is 7 minutes from my home (by bike or car) and Vedder Mountain is 10 minutes by bike and 5 minutes by car. I don't spend my life commuting so I have lots of time for riding and I am close enough to the trails to dart out at lunch for a quick burn. I do get pissed when the police have their regular radar traps on Vedder Road and my commute bumps up to 10 minutes.

June 4, 2008, 10:54 p.m.
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Rohloff review

You mention your on the second bike with a roloff. Is it a new hub as well or the same original one you wrote about? Do you know what kind of lifespan to expect out of one of these? I ride single speeds since I hate gears, but the internal gear idea intrigues me.

I had every intention of keeping the original hub but the original hub was on a Santa Cruz Bullit. The second bike is a Santa Cruz VP Free which has a wider rear triangle which the original hub would not fit. So i purchased the wider version and sold my original hub. I have massive amounts of miles on the new one with no problems. I know of people that have 10s of thousands of miles on their hubs with no maintenance and no problems. They really do work flawlessly in all conditions.

June 4, 2008, 8:32 a.m.
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Rohloff review

Interesting to see this thread come up again after all these years. My original entry was after having my hub for only 6 months. That was over 4 years ago. I am on my second bike with a Rohloff and my feelings about them have not changed. Completely maintenance and trouble free (the most difficult thing is to remember to oil the damn chain because you simply never have to look at it). The apparent weight issue that people raise is really a "non-issue". You will not feel it on a big bike and the slight shift of weight to the rear of the bike will simply shift the center of gravity to the actual center of the bike (this due to the inordinate weight of most forks that make bikes somewhat "front" heavy). My VP Free with a WC Boxxer has the balance point exactly in the middle of the shock (perfectly dead center on the bike). I rode this bike prior to setup with a Rohloff and afterwards and there was no appreciable difference in the suspension performance. The downsides of course continue to be price and availability as there is no distributor in Canada at this time.

While I am eager to see the new "light weight" version, I am only so because I am a weight weanie who rides a big bike uphill and any weight loss anywhere is a good thing.

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