I have a wheelset w/ Vespers on my G1. In comparison to the 4 sprag onyx hubs, vespers have a very significant "sponge factor". I have also run wheels with 350s (+54T) and the kickback was definitely noticeable but not inhibitive (not a fast guy FWIW). I think Ill try a few chainless runs to better substantiate any feedback from vespers that I might have not been noticing, but no doubt they are more muted than even the "slow" DTs
The last great BMW. Most impressed with the lack of dead cluster pixels.
Thought I recognized you, but coulda sworn you were Öhlins G1 guy, not Boxxer G1 guy. I may be conflating the Seymour G1 populace. I was going to ask for a comparison of how the G1 compares to the Dreadnought, but from your G1 description it sounds like you've got it setup for DH duties.
I went with black. They still stick out a bit but are much less of a faff than the original straps. Indeed, only the Nanos work for this application.
re: ugly straps. Nano Voile Straps fit perfectly in the universal base and are much sleeker than those bulky ones provided by Fidlock. (9" nano straps are the right size for fitting the fidlock base to my G1)
re: sticking derailleurs. In a bout of winter bike overhauls I recently rebuilt an M8000 RD and a M7100 RD. My 11s needed jockey wheels and my 12s group had been suffering from a "sticking" mech, or inability to upshift from the 51T. After replacing the 12s' cable and housing, chain, and tried friend's GX10-50 cassette for comparison - nothing was successful to fix my upshifts.
AFAIK the clutch mechanism in Shimano 12s is the exact same as the 11s groups. It's three screws and a dab of grease and you're on your way. What was different was the exposure and wear on the plate axle. There was significant corrosion on the M7100 mech (3 months old) while the M8000 mech looked fine (3 years old).
This is where I believe the shimano 12s mech design is flawed. The "sticking" can be solved (on a surface level) by loosening or fully turning off the clutch. The clutch however is not the culprit. The corrosion on the plate axle prevents the desired movement from the parallelogram (see page 35 of Shimano service doc DM-MARD001-03) . I took some light sand paper to the corrosion, soaked it in fluid film and it has been great ever since. I haven't read any "long term" review mentioning this issue in any major MTB publication, but I also know my experience is not an isolated event.
N.b. "flawed" is perhaps the wrong word because I probably spray my bike off with too much pressure. mea culpa.
I had seen (consumed?) a lot of hype about NF gear last year about this time and eventually bought a pair of Berzerkers which I rode in most of November-January. Fit and function was great, but I was incredibly disappointed to see the crotch fabric/seams blown out after what could hardly be considered a riding season. Maybe they're, ahem, "shuttling only" pants? Either way, fool me once, RideNF.
I have an e91 325xi 6MT with 260K km, (Monaco Blue + black interior). It's not listed for sale yet because it's stuck in WA with me and my recently expired BC residency - however it's a BC vehicle and will be up for sale in Van in the next month. Keep an eye out if you're interested.
I bought these pants but I'm still p. reluctant to hit the toonie drop. Must be defective.
This echos my experience on an "SBG" smuggler as well... 3 shocks, 2 forks, and an angleset over a year and I eventually said F it.
I have about 500km on a -2 Works on my 2018 Smuggler (kept the 140mm fork). I mostly did it for the lulz and to seek spiritual nirv-long-a. The most obvious change was my need to keep weight forward as I gained about 20mm in front center, but I certainly enjoy the geometry changes on the descents. I also gained about 30mm in stack due to the external top bearing assembly (and subsequent interference with a 35mm BZA).
I guess you could summarize this fork as pretty Foxy
I have 3 years on my 54t with regular cleaning and fresh freehub oil (also a pro-x fan) and I don't have any complaints. Though I admit I've heard of the diminishing reliability you mentioned. Nice write up either way, Andrew