I really, thoroughly enjoy Dave's entire view of 'coolness', and how it pertains to fashion. Again, the most concise explanation of why coolness even exists as a phenomenon, and who should care
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I'm still excited about silly things like a 2.4WT Minion-SS DD Casing (provided that the side knobs aren't dragging constantly with 30mm IW rims).
I'd be really curious how much the rubber compound plays a role in some of that - e.g. would a 42a/50a/60a 3C DHF still roll as well a 50a/60a DC HighRoller or DHR2. I can feel a fair bit of these differences on my own, but without the ability to run each variant of a tire, or run stuff back to back, I feel that some of their feedback would be phenomenal.
In short: I'd say that Maxxis has a great portfolio of tires, and it's only getting better (with 2.6" widths coming in for popular tires), and some great new tread designs (Forekaster, Aggressor, Rekon, Ardent Race are among my favorites)... but the only area they might struggle with is how to better inform consumers about what tire is really going to be best for them. I don't think I'm alone in saying that for each application, Maxxis makes a tire that is one of the best three available - but often a different Maxxis option gets bought and that's why the results are mixed [or riders just default to DHF's, because short of a pure XC course they're never bad].
I don't want to be that guy, but: when is the Bandit coming back? Transition knocked the Patrol so far out of the park, and the Smuggler is so good at what it does... The Patrol is probably the epitome of a goldilocks bike in BC, so I'm wondering what a 140/150mm wagon wheeler from Transition that ticks all the same boxes otherwise would be for a tall desert rat like myself.
I had to think about which of those two types of riders I am... but I remembered that a mix of matte and glossy black and dark greys is always what I decide on if I have a choice.
At this point, I'm just amazed X-fusion hasn't been picked up as an OEM for more brands, especially with upstart direct order brands. O2/Trace/HiLo with SLX on a competent frame (e.g. Marin Hawk Hill) would completely embarrass most of the mid-price-range offerings from bigger brands.
I'm trying to put myself in SRAM's shoes - they already have a history of taking the basic concept behind what people have been cobbling together using their parts - adding some improvements that make sense - then selling it as a bespoke unit for a higher price tag, and laughing all the way to the bank (does 1x drivetrains ring a bell?).
I think the way they'd do that in this case would be to bring back the Totem name, and do something like a preload-adjustable coil sprung negative setup to make it really stand out as 'the' rad long travel single crown offering. They'd be in a fairly small market, shared only with other really high priced offerings (RFX-Coil, and a Fox36 R2C2 type coil)... then again I'm personally just too jazzed about how nicely my Pike is now running with a Luftkappe setup.
I think the true selling point is that there undeniably would be a parade of OEM customers to them wanting to have the ability to make a handy all-mountain bike that can run a Lyrik/Pike/Yari with a SuperDeluxe/Deluxe package across the whole line, and then be able to have a halo model rocking the Totem//LyrikCOIL and SuperDeluxeCOIL. The bike manufacturers no longer have to source anything crazy to give the entire model line an enviable amount of credibility as a hard-shredding bike.
Arguably the Vivid/Lyrik would make more sense on slightly lighter setups where the linkage doesn't provide a very progressive ratio, but having a top end air and coil option would make sense - and to support that, I think there is a case for keeping it as a Lyrik-Coil - then the top offering is going to be Lyrik/SuperDeluxe for long travel stuff, and both have an air and coil option... I just have a suspicion that SRAM engineers would want to take the opportunity to get in a touch more product differentiation, and that would justify a name change. If they don't, then the Lyrik-Coil could be a 2018 model year item, and probably would be a big hit.
We're definitely seeing the same idea.
The only reason I'd consider SRAM smart if they go a bit beyond a Lyrik-COIL would be to add a few more specific adjustments there - I could see a negative spring preload capability (would probably have some dumb name like 'Active CounterMeasure') and going to an RC2 control layout (arguably HSC would be more important given the propensity for a coil fork in that chassis to party hard)...
at this point it would be a substantially different fork (despite the really high part commonality) which would retail for about the exact $150 over the Lyrik equivalent - so why not bring that fork to market as a new generation Totem?
I find that rather intriguing, as that means SRAM could reintroduce the Totem, as simply a coil sprung Lyrik... (and maybe eventually spring for 20x110 axle lowers). Sounds like it would pair brilliantly with the Super Deluxe Coil
I'm genuinely excited about the market shift that the Hawk Hill is going to force onto other brands that are paying attention - the gap in the entry level OE $2000 price point range is so huge, and the customer-direct mail order value can only do so much, that a disruptive bike like this should win -- with proper local bike shop support.
The three biggest value sources for riders in that entry point are actually getting the geometry/sizing right, having everything configured correctly for the first ride, and having the rest of the kit/support to go out and enjoy riding... so Marin can achieve all of these things.
I'd really like to see a Trace/O2 or Monarch RL/Yari variant of this bike still, with some SLX or equivalent kit and a dropper post stock, because a setup like that with good tires and maintained in good shape is going to spank anything else out there that may have more bling on that parts, but hasn't seen proper service in over a season.
Depends on overall progressivity and leverage ratio - combine that with the trend towards larger negative springs that make air shocks a lot more coil-like, and there are quite a few frames that can work well in either configuration depending on preference. For big oafs like me, coil is always a pretty reasonable option to consider, since I'm pushing air can rating limits on many designs, and the weight penalty is pretty minimal.
The only reason linear/linear isn't the norm is because a lot of traction is to be gained with tracking the ground through suppleness near sag, but controlling larger and faster suspension movement still requires the same net forces (or slightly higher, as bikes get faster and less energy is getting dissipated into flexy components) so the difference is made up in a more progressive suspension setup. This can be come with either the inherent ramp-up of an air spring, making the leverage ratio drop as the rear axle moves through travel, or both.
Any eta on longer drop 150mm versions?
I'm similarly gutted that the braking zones are going to be shortened to the point where overtaking is going to be pretty artificial, and require a big pace delta to achieve. I knew they'd be really slip-angle sensitive (basically all the downforce disappears once sideways), and the two otherwise mystifying spins make sense as soon as the added aero is put into consideration.
The good news in the mid-pack is that the drivers are making such a huge difference. The four drivers I consider most underrated (Hulkenberg, Perez, Grosjean, and Sainz Jr.) were able to show how much better they were in the car, while their teammates were in a different struggle.
I'm also super excited to see how Giovinazzi does in the race -- from going to a call-up out of the blue that sounded more like a prank call to nearly making it out of Q1 (just a small lockup in T15 - he was on pace to outrun Ericsson the rest of that lap), if he can avoid getting collected and get clear of Palmer/Stroll/Vandoorne, then he'll have placed himself on a trajectory to replacing Kimi when he retires from the Scuderia.
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Data migration is hard, as is shifting to a new platform.
I'm actually pretty thrilled most everything is still functioning with only minor bugs.
Would it help to drop prioritized lists of what you're able to work on in order (e.g. 1) Login Credentials for Existing Users 2) Fixing broken links from places like Store 3) etc..), so that we know what the long tent in the pole is, and can have a rough idea of what fixes are in the pipeline, and what might require some patience for?
It seems almost unfair that I can have nicer stuff... almost.
I made the mistake of looking at a photo gallery from the Barcelona testing. Now I'm pretty excited to see the new season get started.
Personal opinions (pre-season) - I think all three Renault teams are going to be stronger than most expect (Toro Rosso has an amazing chassis, and will finally have a real power unit, the Enstone Renault team will actually have a vehicle designed around the correct power unit as well, and RBR are clearly making an effort to stay under the radar until Melbourne). I genuinely hope Honda can at least deliver a reliable engine that hits the fuel consumption figures, even if they're down slightly on power [it's going to be another development year for them], and the Ferrari power teams are probably staying in the same place (not a bad thing really).
Beneficiaries of this will obviously be Carlos Sainz Jr. and Nico Hulkenberg, as they'll probably be the best of the mid-field drivers (along with Checo Perez)