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Dear Uncle Dave: Getting old and other nonsense - May 10, 2019, 9:04 a.m.

This sounds a lot like some of the e-bikers I've interacted with.  I'm assuming they are ashamed of themselves and feel the need to scurry off and avoid human interaction.  

I also don't think Meister understands the Fromme road.  It's similar in appearance to the 2019 Albstadt WC XC course.  I'm assuming even though it's a wide dusy sidewalk that racers are going to be weaving from side to side.  I sure hope they don't get in the way of any e-bikes.

Claire Buchar: Life Behind Chromag Bars - Jan. 14, 2019, 12:53 p.m.

That roll at 1:20 is effing loose.

Dear Santa - Andrew's List - Dec. 8, 2018, 7:47 a.m.

Nice.  Westcomb has really stepped up their game in recent years.  I too had discounted their products, but they look decent.  I'll have to stop by.  Now, if only they had a ski pant that could rival my Strafe Cham pants.

Dear Santa - Andrew's List - Dec. 8, 2018, 7:34 a.m.

I agree, Neoshell is the shit.  My favorite ski pants are Neoshell (thanks Strafe).  Stretchy and breathable.

Also, the problem with 3D printing is it doesn't seem to be quite there yet.  We could try to make a cheap injection molded glass fiber brake lever Andrew.  Make a mold with Smooth On and then use epoxy and glass fiber / carbon fibers.  It'd be a fun and reasonably easy experiment.

The Apple-ization of the Mountain Bike - Nov. 5, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

ZigaK, The problem with most online printing services (like Shapeways) is that the materials they use lack structural strength.

The steel is not any good (sintered, then bronze is added to increase strength) .

The Aluminum is okay, but they only have one alloy option and I doubt it's strength. The Aluminum uses SLM (Selective Laser Melting) and it's pretty expensive. It'd be interesting to design a cassette and see how much it'd cost in aluminum. 

And for the luddite dentists in the house, we could always order you a 9 speed cassette made of PLATINUM!

The Apple-ization of the Mountain Bike - Nov. 3, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

Just build it all yourself.  

Stop whining and buy a fancy new ADAM (atomic diffusion additive manufacturing) 3-D printer ( https://markforged.com/metal-x/ ) and buy a Solid Works license (or Rhino if you want free flowing shapes).  And you can print yourself anything you want.  Then you don't have to be the great armchair engineer that you claim to be.  Don't want to buy a 3D printer?  Build your own CNC machine https://all3dp.com/1/best-diy-cnc-router-kit/#carbide-3d-nomad-833-pro 

In all seriousness though, 3-D printing is pretty exciting.  It's one of those things that sucked initially (FDM), but now they're getting pretty good.  Hopefully companies like Shapeways keep buying more printers that can re-produce higher strength materials... and hopefully the cost for these printed parts also keeps going down.  Then you can start an online store and people can just order parts on demand.  Keep a digital database and bam, part (we're not there yet though... yet).

Plugs of 3? Let it be... - Aug. 30, 2018, 9:52 a.m.

Yes!  Single Speed!

Also, if you're interested.  I made a chain length calculator.  It can be helpful if you don't have a proper tensioner (or if you want to minimize chainstay length).  I used a Blackspire Stinger and it works pretty well.  https://goo.gl/forms/RfM8Wf3z6Cf3i8x72

Edit:  Here's a new and improved one with all possible gear ratios in a table: https://goo.gl/forms/ZbtFHYVk8b232mqF3

Dear Uncle Dave: I Can't Stop Judging Others - April 7, 2018, 9:14 a.m.

Our society is essentially a bunch of self righteous entitled hypocrites.

Dear Uncle Dave - I Can't Decide What Bike to Buy! - Jan. 24, 2018, 11:49 a.m.

Holy crap.  And I thought I was dorky by making a Weighted Decision Matrix to make purchasing decisions.

Introducing SRAM DUB Cranks and Bottom Brackets - Jan. 16, 2018, 7:56 p.m.

I've been out of the loop for the past month, did I miss a new wheel standard?

Dear Santa - Tim's List - Dec. 13, 2017, 12:09 p.m.

I have a 2002 ish Super T if anyone needs to retro out their bike.  It's heavy and flexy.

2018 Marin Wolf Ridge Pro - Nov. 3, 2017, 5:21 p.m.

Alex D,  here you go.  My "review".  Although keep in mind I don't have the experience with a large number of new bikes like regular reviewers do. https://nsmb.com/forum/forum/gear-4/topic/tantrum-meltdown-review-129722/

2018 Marin Wolf Ridge Pro - Oct. 30, 2017, 6:57 p.m.

Alex D.  I tried to pay attention to it this weekend.  I purposely stood up and hammered out of the saddle on the Tantrum and there was a tiny bit of suspension bob, but not much.  Way less than you'd expect.

2018 Marin Wolf Ridge Pro - Oct. 27, 2017, 8:56 a.m.

The fit seems fine.  No complaints so far.  Being 5'10" I sort of feel like almost any size is a compromise for me.  M is too small, L is too big.   The only frame that has ever fit 'like a glove' is Chromag's M/L frame, but I haven't tried their new geo.  This whole longer reach thing on most frames is a god send.  Finally Mediums fit me okay.

Climbing efficiency is good enough.  It's not XC race weapon fast, but it's acceptable.  I'm too much of a hack to really notice any of the subtleties.

2018 Marin Wolf Ridge Pro - Oct. 27, 2017, 8:50 a.m.

Alex D - me too.  730mm from BB to saddle rails.  I have the legs for a 200mm dropper post, but the seat tube max insertion meant I had to settle on a 150mm dropper.  It's as far in as it will go and there's still 75mm of seat post before the bottom of the seal head.  AND, if you don't have a dropper, you can only drop it 90mm, assuming you cut the post to min. insertion.

Uphill it's pretty good.  I wouldn't say it's fast, since it's a 30 lbs bike, but I have no problem on the tight switchbacks on R&R on Seymour (if your familiar with them).  And on my 26" Knolly Endorphin with a steeper HTA I used to struggle and would have to get over friendly with the front of my saddle to clean those.  On the Tantrum I just lean forward a bit and spin through them.

There is a very slight bob on steep climbs.  The whole camming action of the linkage is less obvious than I thought it would be, but I think that's a good thing.  I was actually worried it would do it on descents if I wanted to put in some power, but it thankfully does not.  The geometry change and everything is very subtle.  Initially I thought it wasn't working, but then I was cleaning all the hard sections on climbs on a 160mm, 65' HTA bike, which is pretty impressive in my books.

Maybe I'll do an amateur review in the forum.

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