Cause doing small-diameter donuts is so helpful on a high-speed offroad course!
In fairness… extremely tight hairpin 180s are a very common part of many WRC courses…
Schleyer is one of my favourite runs in the park and after all of these complaints that they had ruined it, I was pretty nervous heading up this weekend to try it out after buffing, but I think the complaints are highly overblown. The trail fairies' work was transparent and in my opinion did not take away any of the character or fun of the trail. A big thumbs up from me!
A team is basically similar to an R2C2. It's the more adjustable still coil-sprung model.
Race = RC, Team = R2C2 for the most part. They are not the same dampers but that is how they are position in the hierarchy and they have similar adjustment abilities.
2011+ Boxxers come in RC, R2C2, World Cup
2010 Boxxers come in Race, Team, World Cup
All are coil except World Cup models. Technically the 2010 use Mission Control and the 2011+ use a different dampening system but basically they are comparable in terms of features.
RC = Rebound, Compression adjustable
R2C2 = Begin [HTML_REMOVED] End Stroke Rebound, High [HTML_REMOVED] Low Speed Compression, Bottom Out Adjustable
WC = Same as R2C2 with an air spring instead of coil
FWIW I had a 2010 Boxxer Team and as a small guy, even with a soft spring, I always found the fork a bit harsh in the chunder. This appears to be a common complaint online and the 2011+ dampening seems to be much better. I went from a 2010 Team to a 2012 World Cup and they are much more different than I thought, the World Cup despite being air is VERY plush.
I hope that helps.
2011 = 158
2012 = 73 June 28 146** (8.2% down)
Vancouver West Side
2011 = 213
2012 = 99 June 28 198** (7.0% down)
Vancouver East Side
2011 = 180
2012 = 107 June 29 *214 (18.9% up)
Sales have seemed to fall off a cliff this year.
It's only halfway through 2012. Once you double those numbers to allow for all 12 months, the average of those 3 areas is a 1.2% INCREASE over 2011…
so a quick one for the more experienced gear heads. i see Thompson stems and seat posts on a lot of high end builds, but can't quite figure out what makes them superior. nice website and all, but are they lighter/stronger than the competition, or just a trusted name brand? what makes Thompson Thompson?
They aren't a Thompson no matter how many times you say it… they are Thomson.
Beyond that they are just a high quality product at a reasonable price and this is why they are standard on most high end builds.
Many guys perform little or no maintenance on their bike… they service your fork when it feels sticky, pukes oil, and generally works like crap; they bleed their brakes when have to because the bike no longer stops before you get to the bars, etc.
On the other hand, people like myself want their expensive bike to always work and feel like brand new. I maintain my suspension according to the guidelines set out by the manufacturer, bleed the brakes once a season or more if necessary, replace a chain at least once a season, etc. I guess some people would probably say we waste money fixing something that isn't "broken" but on the other hand… if you're going to spend $5k on a bike and $200 a year in maintenance is the difference between it feeling like it's 5 years old and new, is that really so out of line?