The rumour is Shimano will open up microspline to every one in Jan.2020
Posted by: Mic
In 2021...I am probabl going to buy a new hardtail and am really curious what is going tohappen until then. I read the article/feature/paid ad by Cotic about their new BFe - and I would love to testride one as well as a Stanton Switchback (frame size 18" and long), and compare these two with the current Stylus. I still ride my old-ish 26" Stylus and it feel slike a BMX.
29 and sorted geometry have made the whole class sooo versatile and capable without giving much if any playfulness. No reason to not go 29 on a hardtail IMO unless it is predominantly for dirtjumps.
Posted by: Brocklanders
I'm leaning towards buying the DVO Diamond in the spring. Just wanna see the review on the mezzer first. Who sells the DVO in town? After exchange/duty could get a bit spendy.
I'm really happy with my DVO Beryl--it's got simpler internals than the Diamond but same chassis.
I also had the Auron 34 as part of NSMB's test program. I liked it more than the Fox 34 Performance Grip. For my uses, I felt it was on par with my Fox 36 Performance Grip. The Beryl has the same external adjustments as both of the above, but the OTT (internal in the Beryl) offers a really supple start to the stroke and better overall control of the travel. I'm not overly picky about my suspension, but even I can tell the DVO works better.
Posted by: nouseforaname
Hardtails are weird niche bikes already so plus tires are the right choice for the rear at least. You're going slower than an FS bike so less loading on the tire during cornering?
No, its just me going slower in general
All 'kidding' aside, the popular 2.6" tires of today aren't really much different dimensionally than the 2.8's back when Plus was being pushed hard--especially when you consider all rims these days are 30+mm ID. So I would argue we're basically there today already, just for some reason 2.8's are a mental roadblock for consumers.
Posted by: nouseforaname
Great for beginners and folks looking to build a little confidence.
5 years and it will be relegated to weird niche bikes. Tops.
Pretty bold statements, I beg to differ.
Plus tires get squirmy because their sidewalls are typically thinner to keep the tire in a reasonable weight. If we accepted a 1200g + tire it would be fine. There IS a narrower sweet spot in terms of absolute air pressure in PSI, but in overall air volume its not a big deal in real life.
I'm currently running a Nobby Nic 2.8 in the rear on a i38 rim at between 14-15psi, but the Schwalbe 2.8s I find are succeptible to sidewall cuts because they are so thin. Love the gobs of traction and bit of give on my hardtail, and I don't push the rear end enough to notice tire squirm. I much prefer a normal tire up front because that is where I find there isn't enough feedback/precision in steering with +
Posted by: grambo
I wince riding my trail bike in the park outside of TOTW/Creekside laps where it's a bit softer. Definitely looking forward to getting a DH bike again in 5 or 6 years when the kid is old enough to try the park.
I'm also hoping my offspring will be park ready in the next 3'ish years. I was close to bringing one up this year after I bought a Macride, but then my common sense took over.
I just recently started looking into a DH/park bike for the first time and pretty amazed at some of the deals available in this space especially if you're willing to consider 26's still. I've moved on from my Range 29 which while I quite enjoyed it was plenty of bike for the ~5 days of park riding I do a year, but then I also barely touch it the rest of the year for local rides as I'm a hardtail guy. While it would be nice conceptually to have a big bike that I could ride locally, I've come to terms that with where my lifestyle is at right now and for the next few years, I really don't need a FS bike locally.
Well there is a bigger chance generally with Shimano and SRAM. I've also had the shop take bits off their floor bikes to get me on my way, while they order in the part and replace it on their floor bike when it arrives. Which bike specs Magura as OEM? It's all about giving yourself the biggest chance of success IMO.
That's why for me after I tried and enjoyed the TRPs, I swapped my 2nd bike to the same setup. So I 'stock' my own emergency replacement parts on the 2nd bike. I try to do the same with my drivetrain, dropper posts, and wheels.
Late to the party, but there are quite a few anecdotal reports of the Magura fancy plastic levers being more fragile than others and breaking off with seemingly little force, while others have been able to withstand big crashes ok.
Magura replacement parts while being less accessible generally, are also more more expensive.
With the Magura uncertainty when I was looking, I ended up loving my TRP brakes when I decided to try something different from my old Zee/Xt/Slx and now run them on both my bikes.
I ordered and used these 3mm x2 spacers with success at $8 https://m.pinkbike.com/buysell/1988363/
My chainline was fine as I was using a Specialized 142+ wheel that pushes the cassette 2mm to chainstay anyways, so the 3mm spacer restored my chainline almost back to stock. It was a hassle keeping track of 2 extra thin spacers when re/re the rear wheel though. But functionally fine
Spacer kits with a 3mm spacer on either side will not require a re-dish, and probably won't require the rotor to be spaced out either as you can space the IS caliper adapter or move the post mount caliper over a few mm usually.