i've used Rimpact and while i don't think they provide the full benefits of CC pro, they are still very good, half the weight and a fraction of the cost. i don't notice the weight at all. i went to DD tires and thought i'd try without. at higher speeds i'll still smack the rim (amazingly, with no damage to the DD tires, impressively tough, but also due to the thick and rounded rim bead of WAO Faction wheels) so i've gone back to Rimpact all around. i don't see any good reason to ride without them anymore.
great use of an epoxy, would never have thought it would be good in that application. i always thought JB Weld was a lower end product too, though i knew they make a lot of flavours of the stuff.
don't get me wrong i think Yoann is a great guy, but why is there a focus piece on him every 6 months? is there a lack of other interesting people in the riding community to hear from?
great article. i simply can't justify the injuries my bony elbows endure from crashing anymore. too long to heal, too much pain. and i haven't even had one of those real gross ones, hope i never do. i went through a couple and have landed on the RF Ambush pads and find them quite comfortable. i'm only 1 of 3 guys in our gang who wears them, they seem a very rare bit of PPE these days. i won't wear them for mellow rides, but if i'm going up to go down and want to ride aggressively, the elbows come out.
his control and skill on the edge are beyond my comprehension.
do you wear knee pads under the pants AJ? they look like the ideal length, what is your inseam?
senior management (2 dudes now retired primarily) created and incentivized the environment where good people, detail oriented people would no longer be tolerated. the company grew tremendously on the backs of these original employees, which were found at all levels of the company, and they were driven out. i was there for the first major shift in corporate approach and culture breaking about 15 years ago. it took about another 10 years to fully choke out the rest of the good people and those that remained were the minions of the brutal management that gutted the company. what remained were propping up a long dying co-op that had the appearances and right words, but essentially were bankrupt on values and now operating in such a dysfunctional environment that this was the inevitable outcome. there's a strange parallel to the optics of the WE charity. optics over substance and a perversion of core values.
'off farm footwear' says the poster from down under. Sean i like the cut of your jib.
he seems to be saying that a super low BB is undesirable when you have massive stability provided by the wheelbase and head angles of the kind of bike he's riding.
this idea that there is some biomechanical measurements that determine optimal fit on a machine is hilarious. as a big lanky outlier like many other commenters, i think it's absolute bullshit. i know some of you feel better on these massive super long bikes, supersized bars, etc. others don't. too many variables.
i'm pants intrigued. i've tried high end climbing type pants, but even they aren't articulated enough in the knee, i think this is key to a mtb pant. i hate getting dirty and the whole easier to keep pads and socks clean thing has huge appeal, as does comfort on wet days. will look into these.
bollocks. i climb better due to the bike, and the Shimano 12sp drivetrain on this bike, with some brutally fast climbers. the only thing holding me back with those dudes is my age and size. climbing with (against?) guys who are 10yrs younger and 40 pounds lighter blows goats. but i can clean more tech sections than ever before. it's like the bike is magic or something.
Tim mentioned something about the XT der. as well. mine got real sticky a month ago after a couple months of ownership. the shop said it's been common to all their new Shimano 12sp ders, including the XTR. easy fix with some lube of the clutch but an odd PITA when it first occured. i loosened off the clutch a bit as well.
i think the Sentinel (old and new alike) is 'sexier' but i love the aesthetic of the Slayer. looks good, but it's a sleeper, not an attention getter. until you ride it. then it's game over for any other bike. at least that's how i felt then and now.