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AXS Eagle Economics - Sept. 24, 2021, 1:55 p.m.

Maybe I've been on a good streak, along with my riding buddies? I just feel that to explode a rear derailleur you either take a really bad line, or make a horrible shift. Not to say that doesn't happen but...

AXS Eagle Economics - Sept. 24, 2021, 12:36 p.m.

Can you please post up a poll to find out when the last time was you blew up a rear derailleur on a trail? I personally can't remember. All the brands are so dialed now.  All this talk about so expensive to replace - but does it even happen?

Phil Szczepaniak's Mix-Wheeled Chromag Surface Ti - May 6, 2021, 1:50 p.m.

I have been lazy with altering my gloves so people see flapping fingers on the end of my handlebars! But yes there is a tailor in Squamish that usually takes care of 'glove edits' for me. haha

Phil Szczepaniak's Mix-Wheeled Chromag Surface Ti - May 5, 2021, 1:29 p.m.

The Optic is my wife's bike, she's getting along with it pretty well so far!

Phil Szczepaniak's Mix-Wheeled Chromag Surface Ti - May 5, 2021, 1:17 p.m.

Alpine Threadworks ! they make great stuff!

Phil Szczepaniak's Mix-Wheeled Chromag Surface Ti - May 5, 2021, 8 a.m.

Thanks for sharing! I know what you mean, about clamping strength. That's the challenge I have on longer descents... even though it has one more finger than my right hand, I have a useless finger that is basically in the way. So with one finger on the brake lever, I only have two fingers remaining for clamping the bar (over, under). So I guess 1 digit short of what you are describing.

This leads to me having a spectacular 'hand flying off the bar' situation 2-3 times a season. On longer descents I deathgrip the bar and only use rear brake (right hand is way stronger and more developed) in sections I know I can get away with it.  I also take breaks on longer sustained descents for my own safety.

Do you have issues with jumps/drops? When I'm in the air I'm always fully deathgrip both sides, and then once wheels hit the ground I grab for brake levers. Results in a braking lag that makes some drops to turns impossible for me.

Phil Szczepaniak's Mix-Wheeled Chromag Surface Ti - May 4, 2021, 4:56 p.m.

Cool name! I've never really looked into what it's called or anything! I feel like my ideal setup would be AXS but with a three button paddle on the RHS... upshift, downshift, dropper.

Phil Szczepaniak's Mix-Wheeled Chromag Surface Ti - May 4, 2021, 4:51 p.m.

Surprisingly, I haven't noticed really any negative things about it. The STA was steep to begin with, so no issues there. This Surface version was originally designed around 29 / 27+ so I was a bit timid to go 27.5 regular (2.5) rear, mostly concerned with crank strikes (170mm).  Nada. The setup was super confidence inspiring and I was comfortable descending most things in Squamish I'd do on my Mega(Tower).

Then, after a month or so I thought why not up the travel to 170. Only then did I notice some wallowing on the steepest of grunty climbs. I feel it's worth the small tradeoff for a little bit more plushness up front.

Phil Szczepaniak's Mix-Wheeled Chromag Surface Ti - May 4, 2021, 12:20 p.m.

AJ didn't look inside the EDC setup... perfect place for a little 'potato juice'...

Phil Szczepaniak's Mix-Wheeled Chromag Surface Ti - May 4, 2021, 8:56 a.m.

Rektek! There's a throwback. Thanks for that!

Wera Bicycle Tools - April 28, 2021, 10:24 a.m.

Ha! I was just going to post that. I just picked up a few things.

Ride Impressions: SRAM's Electronic AXS Wireless Group - Feb. 8, 2019, 12:56 p.m.

Thanks Pete! This is great info. My case is obviously on the lower end of the spectrum but this tech will be great for the adaptive crowd in general.

Ride Impressions: SRAM's Electronic AXS Wireless Group - Feb. 6, 2019, 11:40 a.m.

Cheers thanks Pete!

Ride Impressions: SRAM's Electronic AXS Wireless Group - Feb. 6, 2019, 10:47 a.m.

as a digitally-challenged individual (3 fingers on right hand, 4 fingers on left) I suffer from grip strength issues as well as the numbness AJ described during XC racing. I run all my controls on the right hand side because that is my stronger hand, even though it has less fingers. 

This may be the ticket, as much as I hate to say it due to price, if I can get 3 buttons on the right side. Cam or AJ... would it be possible to control dropper and shifting with the paddle button? ie: hold either button down for dropper?

Magura Vyron eLect Wireless Dropper Post - Sept. 16, 2015, 9:35 a.m.

"wait about a second for it to kick in" - dealbreaker? Did you guys get any ride time on it?

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