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
Excellent points, and overall I'm pretty skeptical of RF/Easton products.. even aforementioned aeffect cranks seem to have compromised reliability (anecdotally, take it or leave it). At $350 it's on par with a DT 350 and a star ratchet upgrade. I'd take more drag and less engagement for DT reliability any day.
It was the Santa Cruz video from a few years ago showcasing carbon vs aluminum frame failure thresholds that ultimately persuaded my faith in carbon frames. After SC released their Reserve wheel set, I was sure I would be riding them within the year.
Enter WR1 with a lifetime warranty, my favorite hubs, and a lower price point...
Many thanks to Santa Cruz for proliferating the technology... but all the high fives to Dustin for being rad and bringing that to the Great White North.
Another great read, Andrew. I had a similar experience filtering through classifieds in pretty shocking condition while trying to source a proper mtb for the girlfriend a few summers ago.
On a tangential note, I thought focusing on riding my Surface exclusively would alleviate my upgradeitus, but here I am looking at a 2018 smuggler frame awaiting a headset and bb .... And so it begins again.
Wow, epic panning shot!
Fresh into the personal attacks, nice one.
Sorry, I thought this video was about sustainable trails. No? Just offering a critical opinion after recounting first hand (in the Chilcotins) how some folks, let's call them 'backcountry adverse', maybe don't exactly have the respect for wilderness they should. I think calling out aircraft shuttles in a Provincial park is a valid point to raise (prove me wrong?).
Nevermind. I'll just shut up and wonder how all these beer cans ended up on Lorna Pass.
That's a beautiful edit. I can't help but think it's a bit strange however to omit a discussion of flying dozens of bikers a day who are freshly keen to "shred" these trails. Seems that preservation of this vast network of trails would, to some extent, be self regulating in regards to their distance from metropolitan centers and difficulty to access.
Or maybe I missed it. Hard to hear over the sound of a radial engine belching into the valley.
These seem like a great improvement over the first gen valve stems that orange seal brought to market. Also, thems nipples is fancy.
It's worth mentioning that they're cross compatible with the ubiquitous Shimano BSA BBs. I'll trade a few grams for that BB reliability (and availability) any day.
Extra beefy downtube protectors, great colour scheme, attractive design (them pivots!), faultless build spec, properly long reach, steeep STA...>!?@
... annd a press fit bb.
Shut it down, we almost had 'er.
I appreciate that sporting events need audiences, but I personally can't believe that this is even an argument against 29ers in DH.
'Less fun to watch' ...really?? I wish folks would just appreciate racing for what it is, and that is to go faster in the respective discipline. Is it faster --> neat! (I'm not calling you out personally, I know it's a sentiment widely expressed about the recent changes)
I have a 54T on my 350 hub (also on a chromag, FWIW). I wouldn't go back, the
difference is night and day particularly on technical climbs. Indeed, it's an
expensive upgrade and was hard to justify.
I've opened up the hub twice to check the internals and it's as clean as the day I installed it. No reliability issues yet knocks on wood
It also makes a lovely sound with with DT ratchet grease (Not nearly as imposing as an Hadley, i9 or CK, but still evident)
Fromme and Seymour are both designated as areas for non motorized recreation. Seems pretty cut and dry to me?
What if you see them coming up behind you on Good Sir Martin? Do you pull over and yield to their motors?