I've always wondered why they don't include a slotted piece of plastic in a cylinder shape the size of the housing cut to the exact length you need to set these up. Just stick it between the ferrule and the stopper thing, pull tight, and tighten. It seems like the cost/benefit analysis would weigh heavily on the benefit side.
Yeah, Dave's stick does the same thing but still looks a bit difficult to line up with the hand not holding the wrench.
My most used (which actually means most borrowed) tool is my valve stem tool.
Due to the amount of use (and that one time the rear shock valve was loose on
a borrowed bike) I carry an aluminum one with both presta and schrader.
I couldn't care less about trail impact (relatively no difference) or open-
mindedness of mountain bikers (other than the fact that I'll be constantly
getting off my bike on an uphill singletrack at my normal 3.4 mph so that guys
on e-bikes can get back to their speed). I don't think it will have much of an
impact on me. What I do care about is the first time a hiker sees them flying
up a shared use trail that the mountain bike community has fought for years to
get access to getting pissed off and starting/re-starting/continuing the fight
to remove mountain bikes from those trails. Compared to other users the
mountain bike community should be pretty easy to convince, and the industry
has failed miserably with us. Talk to the hiking trails associations, the
horseback riding groups, the current moto groups, and most importantly the
landowners, and let us know how that goes.
Right, but I guess my question is does the ability to take off the chin bar
giving them that added flexibility or is it the light weight and venting? Or
is it just when riding enduros where you're required to have a helmet on while
riding a fireroad?
I don't understand why the chin guard needs to be removable. The selling point
to me is added protection without the heat and weight of my D2 that I can use
on pedally but aggressive trails. If there's a sustained climb where I want to
be cooler I usually just put my helmet on my pack. If there's not much
pedaling I use my D2 for the protection. I can't think of a situation where
I'd take the chinbar off in the middle of a ride, or at least not enough
situations that warrant the need for a removable chinbar given the added
complexity and weight that I'm assuming go into that feature. (I don't yet
have but want a Super 2R or Parachute type helmet - neither of those fit my
the initial setup isn't a problem. It's any maintenance that requires tire
removal (true/spoke replace/valve stem/tire gash/tire swap) that needs to be
done after it's set up where it becomes a mess and takes substantially longer.
I think the article confuses two forces at work in our sport - the industry
and the people that volunteer and build the trails. We have a huge advantage
over the road bike crowd in that we control what types of trails people ride.
Giant and Specialized make bikes to be ridden on our trails. I know they
assist and support those efforts, but they do it through our volunteer
organizations. And we all have a say in that. 6 inch bikes are the norm in my
neighborhood because my local organization is building technical fast
As for the price of bikes, companies charge what people will pay, not what
bikes cost. A top end S-works road bike is about the same as a top end S-works
mountain bike - do you think the mountain bike has the same amount of tech,
development, manufacturing costs, and third party components? No way. You
think a $10k Bronson is twice as good as a $5k Bronson? Not at all.
We're at the mercy of manufacturers with the little things like axles, wheel
size, and materials, but what really matters is a $3k bike in 2015 is loads
more capable than a $3k bike in 2007 - hell, a 2015 $3k trail bike is more
capable than a 2007 DH bike. That's what's important, and by continuing to
invest in our sport through trail building, the majority of the participants -
not the purchasers - will continue to be in control, and that's good for the
Until the upgrade (complete bike) cycle becomes as fast as the product cycle,
we're slaves to the market. And the bike industry sees the market as what
everyone bought new last year, which is a sliver of the entire market and also
makes a few faulty assumptions: 1) people thought the "improvements" were
better than last year's model when they're really comparing them to a 5 year
old bike, and 2) people bought a new bike because of an improvement, when more
likely they purchased it because of any number of improvements, but I'll bet
for most people on this site it's frame geometry/travel. All the idiots who
went to a bike shop and got a Bronson to replace their carbon Blur LT, may be
the problem, but that's a small part of the market. Most of us bought 650b
because you can't get a 26 in a 6″ bike anymore. And no sane person is buying
a bike because of the rear axle size. We don't get to pick and choose most
small improvements - we're just along for the ride (see: press fit bb).