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Santa Cruz Chameleon MX - Nov. 27, 2021, 9:28 a.m.

As a guy in WI I was thankful to not be sipping my coffee when I read that last line.

Have New Standards Made Bikes Better? - Aug. 27, 2021, 7:09 a.m.

Exactly. It sure seems SRAM is on a roll these days with bringing out new derailleurs that don't work within their existing product lines, and I'm sure there's design evolution leading to the direct mount unit from the patent across all platforms, but overall the UDH concept is oh so good. Kudos to them for getting the industry on board.

Have New Standards Made Bikes Better? - Aug. 26, 2021, 8:01 a.m.

Patents show SRAM is duping us on the UDH to release a derailleur dedicated to the geo required for UDH,

Strangely, I am ok with this as it still allows for (mostly) one hanger standard.

Have New Standards Made Bikes Better? - Aug. 26, 2021, 7:52 a.m.

Depending on the front hub and travel of your trail bike, you can use a Manitou Circus Expert. It's available in 130mm and 1.125. I feel you on the rim front though. It's getting harder to not go Light Bicycle since they make wide 26" rims.

Have New Standards Made Bikes Better? - Aug. 26, 2021, 7:48 a.m.

Fatties experienced the fastest growth spurt the industry ever saw.

Have New Standards Made Bikes Better? - Aug. 25, 2021, 6:34 a.m.

I'm not one to totally embrace new goods simply for them being new goods. At one point I thought tapered steerers were dumb because 1.5 existed, and I still feel 142 was a bodge when the industry could've gone 150/157 and negated a bunch of the incremental gains boost provided. I do have a smidge of hope as the industry is seemingly embracing the UDH (talk about a game changer for yer gear changer) and the all too (painfully) slooooow adoption of T47. And honestly, 34.9 makes a lot more sense on dropper posts for the same reason we want larger stanchions. As one who owns and rides a 26" fs bike, I haven't bumped into the new tire dilemma yet, but new rims are another story. I may miss out on the latest n greatest rear shock whizbang with the embrace of metric standard rear shocks, but the one I have works well enough, has a ton of adjustments, and I can still source seal kits. Having played with the idea of getting a new one, I found enough of em online to negate any of that concern. Couple years down the road I anticipate that to change, but I also anticipate needing a new frame since everything has a fatigue life cycle, which is especially important to keep in mind when things get ridden hard. Key reason I don't buy used sus forks right there.

My take is new standards blow on the first outing because of the past, but for moving forward new standards with proper design merit lead to better rigs. It wasn't long ago we rode around on 30+lbs 26" bikes but now (mostly) ride on 29" 30+lb and under bikes with same if not better capabilities and strengths.

The Weight Is Over - July 30, 2021, 6:01 a.m.

I think if we follow the timeline of disc brakes we'll see a pattern that applies to the rest of the bike as well. We started off with 2 piston units, companies whittled as much weight as they could out of the system, performance became an issue, material was put back into the system, performance improved. As materials, design, and processes develop, I'm sure we'll see marginal losses while maintaining baseline performance. I just figure for the foreseeable future we need to accept that most bikes designed to be ridden hard and for a long time are gonna be around the 35lb mark, which itself shows how far material selection and design has improved when you consider that everything on a bike has gotten larger over the last 20 years. Heck, my 98 Kona Chute was 32lbs. My RSD in summer mode runs near the same, has 4mm larger stanchions with 20mm more travel, 29" wheels and 2.5 tires with inserts and a dropper, and that's all using rather pedestrian components.

The Weight Is Over - July 29, 2021, 1:43 p.m.

Cite your sources! :D Realistically, the rims would have to be coming near the $100/ea mark and have to have a pretty stellar rep for me to release the credit card.

The Weight Is Over - July 29, 2021, 1:31 p.m.

One of the rare exceptions to the Rule, and yup, all over mine. Bonus, they don't transmit cold as well in the long dark winter months.

The Weight Is Over - July 29, 2021, 11:12 a.m.

A big question on this is as the cost/gram ratio has grown at an exponential rate, at what point is one willing to fork over the coin necessary to drop grams? For the most part the target is always wheels, but to get into strong and light territory you X out the cheap part of the maxim with a quickness. I fully see the value in lighter weight wheels, but when we start talking a significant portion of a month's pay I lose interest PDQ. IMO shedding grams in other components generally gets reduced performance and/or longevity while still having a high dollar to gram lost ratio.

The Weight Is Over - July 29, 2021, 6:43 a.m.

Agreed. I was lucky enough to be a late adopter to the wide rim club so missed out on a bunch of bad ideas, but when I did get there I used Rhyno Lite XL's as my benchmark for acceptable weight. I had rode the hell outta those rims in earlier years and never had a problem with them that couldn't be blamed on something I did. Every time I decided to try a lighter rim I inevitably bought twice in close succession, and that's held true since the 90's.

Corsair Was High Pivot AND Pedaling, In 2007 - June 30, 2021, 3:02 p.m.

I remember seeing this and the Marque at Sea Otter. The design of the bikes were so ahead of others at the time, from aesthetics to sus design. I took a Marque for a spin and was smitten. Never bought one, but it's short link virtual pivot design pedaled amazing for the time, but was def outside my pay grade as well.  Not sure what caused their closure, and Atomlab's at the same time. I know they were linked together somehow, but unsure how exactly. (plot thickens?)

Pablo I think is still involved in the industry, at least somewhat. He threw in with Hyper when Cam Zink signed on, and I think had a hand in the design of the DH & enduro bikes they showed over the last number of years but have pretty been nothing but vaporware.

Alternatives for Shimano Brake Pads - April 29, 2021, 10:33 a.m.

Here in the northern part of the midwest of Canada's underbelly we unfortunately don't have a lot of vert to contend with, so getting the brakes to the too hot to handle now temps are far and few between. It'll be great to see what the co's say.

Alternatives for Shimano Brake Pads - April 29, 2021, 6:20 a.m.

Did you reach out and ask any of the manufacturers what their friction coefficients (μ/Mu) were? The info is there, but wondering if that's something a manufacturer would share. It would provide more science to the testing.

My experience with Shimano pads can be summed up thusly: sintered for everything. I've found their semi mets to become extremely noisy when it's cold and/or wet out, regardless of brake. I even replaced the stock pads in my TRP Spyre brakes with Shimano sintered and the power increased noticeably. They do get noisy when cold until they heat up, but that's worth it compared to the honking from the semis.

Love the Bike You Already Have - April 27, 2021, 6:08 a.m.

Damn straight to all of this. I tend to keep a bike longer than the standards it was built to (looking at you 15x100), which in the past made owning and updating as necessary an easy and economical process. But hooooboy did C19 mess up stocks and pricing of older components. I've had to go off brand on some small parts and headed things off at the pass early on in the pandemic and purchased shop file boxes of brake and derailleur cables and housing. Excessive? For sure. Regretted? Not a bit, not with most local shops running 2+ weeks out without taking into consideration getting parts. Being able to handle all aspects of maintenance is a hold over from my shop and industry days, and admittedly gave an excuse to the spousal unit to indulge in a mess of tools that no, I don't need em now, but yes I will need em in the future.

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