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Obsolete - March 24, 2015, 10:38 a.m.

Hi CoilAir, I wrote most bike companies are small businesses, not that Shimano is a small business. When 100x15mm front and 142x12mm axles were developed I worked as an engineer at a bike company with less than 50 employees. Shimano consulted us, and I assume other bike companies in their development process. The guys at Shimano are enthusiastic about making the best stuff they can, they're not trying to gouge aftermarket customers - the majority of their sales are OEM.

Loam Ranger Goes Electric - Sept. 3, 2014, 10:16 a.m.

I've heard a lot of opinions on the issue of e-MTB's. However, legal trail access is not an issue where these opinions matter - most (no, not all) MTB- legal trails in the US are not legal for motorized vehicles, some newly printed trailhead signs I've seen specifically prohibit electric bicycles. IMBA haven't spoken out against electric bikes, they've just said that they're not a part of their mandate.

Obsolete - July 11, 2014, 9:31 a.m.

You're allowed to be troubled by whatever you choose, Dirk/Dave.

Obsolete - July 10, 2014, 12:01 p.m.

Do you really think the industry is conspiring against you by planning obsolescence?

I challenge you to find either an evil despot or devious minion at Interbike this year. Most industry folk I know would love for there to be greater availability of 20mm axles, 26″ wheeled bikes and every other imaginable variation, but SKU counts have to be kept low because most bike companies are small businesses, not the Koch Brothers, so they make what they hope will sell and offer improvements when they are viable.

Rock Shox stuck with 20mm axles as best they could but they don't sell enough to justify widespread existence. Though the 20mm axle is stiffer, the 110mm width results in a wider crown which is typically flexier at a given weight - much of the stress in the system is at the crown, hence the proliferation of 1.5″ (tapered) crowns, the possibility of making safer carbon steerer tubes and the existence of dual crown forks (Boxxer, Lefty). The complete 15mm assembly may not be that different in terms of weight or stiffness than 20mm, but it is easier to use, which probably accounts for its popularity.

The New 2014 Santa Cruz Nomad - April 3, 2014, 10:42 a.m.

AWESOME is what the music was.

The Vimeo source notes say it's from soundhog.co.uk, it's a mash-up of The Good the Bad and the Ugly movie theme, Whole Lotta Love music and Helter Skelter words with Primal Scream-esque backing stuff. I've played this over and over, it's got me pumped.

The New 2014 Santa Cruz Nomad - April 2, 2014, 2 p.m.

AWESOME, that is what the music was.

The liner notes (here:

say the music is by these guys . It's a mash-up of The Good the Bad and the Ugly movie theme, Whole Lotta Love and Helter Skelter with Primal Scream-esque backing noise. I've basically been playing this on repeat all day now, it's got me pumped.

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