MTX gold last 2-3x longer than OEM SRAM organics for me. They are dead quiet in all situations, have incredible modulation and enough outright power but not as much as metallics.
OMG...I tried the organic Truckerco and almost died. 15 seconds of steeps and they immediately faded to nothing. Upon looking down I saw them smoldering/smoking. Tried contacting Truckerco and they refused to respond. Do not buy that crap!!
First time I've ever heard the same complaint I'm experiencing with seat too far forward. Started feeling my seat even when slammed with a 200 dropper when I moved to a Megatower. Couldn't figure out why. The slacker real seat angle slightly impact the real vertical drop from my ass but I came to the same conclusion: the seat is too far forward. Yes I could move the seat back on the rails but that would impact my effective STA at pedaling height which I don't want to do.
For me it's enough of an issue that I'm switching frames to one with a steeper actual STA.
Thought the 7000 display was just B&W vs color LED, but same size?
Yeah this last one was bad. I've had a couple tears/partial menisectomies on the other knee over my many years with no consequences. But this one + my age + genetic disposition=not great. I do take turmeric which has some studies to back up it's anti-inflammatory properties on the order of NSAIDs. It mitigates the inflammatory response Yoann mentioned. Glucosamine+chondrotin was shown to be snake oil in meta studies.
Yoann - what knee surgery are you considering? There's no replacement meniscus available at 'our age'. I'm 51, ride every day but a moto accident a couple years ago and torn meniscus and subsequent meniscetomy have left me with bone on bone OA. I certainly couldn't run now. I can barely hike and am starting to feel it riding. Can't fathom knee replacement or inactivity :-(
But negates all the Shimano 12s shifting goodness
I'm old enough to have rocked the triple chainrings. The only time you were ever in the big ring was pavement or some very mellow/shallow fire road. Conversely, I spend probably 90% of the time in the largest cassette cog. Winch and plummet style. I get about 2500 miles on an XO1 before having to replace the largest alloy cog and then another 2500. I get more than 5000 miles on a GX all steel cassette.
Not debating the better performance of SLX but as you point out, that alloy cog is not ideal for longevity. I choose GX because there’s an all steel cassette option and I get 2x the life with it
"XD, firstly, it's no good for e-bikes"
Curious as to why you state this? Plenty of XD spec on E bikes, including my Commencal MY 18 with over 6500 miles on it now with zero issues.
In fact on the topic of E bike compatibility, this Deore is the first Shimano cassette with all steel cogs which is a huge factor in service life. Aluminum cogs have no place in a drivetrain. Steel chainring, all steel cassette like this Deore or GX, monitor chain stretch and replace proactively and a drivetrain will last thousands of miles.
As a US citizen mired in a sea of litigious/liability concerns driving far too much I've always admired and pined for the laissez faire attitude that was prevalent on the Shore. Hell, even trail names like served d*ck wouldn't fly in our PC world.
Sad day that ya'll are trending our way.
Yikes, I'm still running a 4 year old Duo stem. Where did yours break?!
360 is cool but the resolution and/or frame rate sure seams to be degraded
The real GOAT - dominated his time. Greg is merely the LOAT (longest of all time).
I can relate to Titus' conundrum as I have found myself pondering the exact same scenario many times. Great article but it suffers big time from selection bias. Of course all the successful proprietors are going to say go with your passion. I'm sure you could find many times more who followed their hearts only to lose their financial stability, home, future, etc and end up with nothing but an experience. That's not to say don't do it, just realize there are serious consequences of failure.