i had a similar near death experience on that rock roll on the marin (the distended downtube hooked the top edge of the rock resulting in a very not welcome forward pitch). gotta love those "holy shit i didn't die" moments.
that's an 11 speed 11-42 you're running?
agreed. love that wee thing (the zee). had them on previous bikes (mine & kids) & feeling a need to rekindle the relationship. is it weird to be enamored by a simple bit of relatively pedestrian tech?
i've intentionally stalled the familial drivetrain progression at 11 spd for a combination of value & cross platform emergency swapability (both shimano & sram bits). don't really see any benefit to going 12.
i'm also a fan of compact geartrains (for our local riding, anyways). currently running a 26t ring w/ 10-42 & mid cage mech (on a 29'er). great bang for the buck, relatively light & robust. contemplating a 36t cassette w/ short cage (on 27 wheel). curious if a zee will work on 11spd spacing...
ok, "facial crumple zone" is a fairly ick concept, but those are some interesting points.
don't know if i'm rolling dice, of making calculated risks, but i haven't dusted off the ff for a few years. because i ride downcountry exclusively, of course.
Love this movie. And yes, overdue for a re-watch.
> we just need the right specs for the o-rings and fluids.
would be neat if a cartridge rebuild kit were made available (for homegamers). though oneup is great with warranty (i had a v2 post suffer a similar failure last year), seems a waste to be binning complete cartridge units because of a worn $0.02 o-ring.
another vote for small rings shifted inboard! i built up my first (148) boost bike last year, and, assuming the industry knew what they were doing, bought the appropriate boost (dm) ring; resulting (big cog) chainline was terrible! soon swapped to a non boosted ring & everything runs happily now. it just feels like a design error - like how much time to people spend cranking big watts through their 10t cogs?
this is rad. with more large companies dropping DH support, it's cool to see little guys picking up the slack.
also very stoked about the mullaly / FTW effort. should be a fun season.
ugh, right?? riding with pinkies extended and all.
random: i for one kinda / sorta like the DC categorization. it's certainly a definable niche; it's as good as any in terms of categorization labels go. and i'm okay with a bit of cringe / not taking ourselves too seriously.
interesting thought there - are bike designers *really* getting it wrong or dumbing things down (for whatever reason)? i've heard lots of positive reviews of various cascade links. would totally like to hear bike designers' perspective.
also: if cascade is listening - I pine for a 2021 commencal meta tr link that adds a bit of progression, a dash of travel - AND mullet conversion.
the bearing rotation trick is SMRT. should really get in on that game. (alas, i am lazy).
as someone with 2 bushing-ed banshees in the family, i do loathe these things. all sorts of fabricobbling hijinks required to keep things moving (somewhat) non-wobbily.