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by thelawnet
23 Oct 2019, 11:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hand built wheels.
Replies: 14
Views: 450

Re: Hand built wheels.

For box-section wheels, you won't have to do much to go below 1500 grams, surely? Virtually any rim, hub and spokes would do the trick.
by thelawnet
23 Oct 2019, 10:39am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What happened to all the blogs?
Replies: 7
Views: 236

Re: What happened to all the blogs?

Agreed that a lot of celebs are on Twitter, where they can talk to random people (often nutcases, to be clear). Conceptually a lot of forums such as this one have been replaced by FB groups. These tend to encourage ill-considered, inaccurate and poorly informed comment, as it's so transitory. Nowada...
by thelawnet
22 Oct 2019, 3:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Specialized crosstail elite vs Scott subcross 10
Replies: 14
Views: 337

Re: Specialized crosstail elite vs Scott subcross 10

I tried the scott today, I really liked it. The seller told me about another model that could suit me, the "Giant Roam 0" Can you give me your opinion? Is it a better choice than scott subcross 10? Thank's :) hmm who is the seller, and why are you going for their list of bikes excluding a...
by thelawnet
22 Oct 2019, 12:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!
Replies: 36
Views: 990

Re: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!

From a comfort point of view, they are superb, in my experience, they break the shock pathway up, between the wheel and the seat post to your spine, they also help with aero, and given that you spend 80% of your effort moving air out of your way, whilst cycling, every little helps. They do make the...
by thelawnet
22 Oct 2019, 10:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!
Replies: 36
Views: 990

Re: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!

There's the reason why hard tail mountain bikes don't have dropped stays. Someone made one https://www.bikehub.co.za/features/_/gear/gear-news/epic-bike-check-francesco-chicchis-tred-hedera-r7773 https://static.bikehub.co.za/uploads/monthly_03_2019/ccs-62657-0-12796900-1553270211.jpg
by thelawnet
21 Oct 2019, 11:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Specialized crosstail elite vs Scott subcross 10
Replies: 14
Views: 337

Re: Specialized crosstail elite vs Scott subcross 10

Thank you very much :) I think i'm going to buy the Scott. I will try it tomorrow You seem to say that this is not good bike? At this price I was expecting to have good quality ... No I would not say that. I just do not like this style of bike that much, and if I was going to buy this style I would...
by thelawnet
21 Oct 2019, 6:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Big jockey wheels - good or bad?
Replies: 12
Views: 555

Re: Big jockey wheels - good or bad?

I think Shimano used 10t guide, 13t tension, as well as 10t/10t on previous models. They marketed 11t/11t as an improvement, and the 10t was relegated to Tourney, and eventually almost everything had 11t/11t. They would sometimes put out things like 13t/13t on various models, and at one point came o...
by thelawnet
21 Oct 2019, 5:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Specialized crosstail elite vs Scott subcross 10
Replies: 14
Views: 337

Re: Specialized crosstail elite vs Scott subcross 10

ballad? In terms of the two bikes: Crosstrail Elite: * Suntour NCX coil fork - this should weigh around 2kg, which is quite heavy. No adjustment for your body weight (look for air fork for this). 60mm travel is designed for bumps only, not MTB. Compare similar bike with rigid fork. * Shifters: these...
by thelawnet
21 Oct 2019, 5:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!
Replies: 36
Views: 990

Re: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!

It's mostly a way to try and make last year's model look obsolete so they can shift product. Same with the 12mm TA that is replacing 9/10mm QR. Don't have it? Old-hat. Another one is 'flat mount' disc brakes. They are great news for bike vendors because they require a new frameset. People making MTB...
by thelawnet
21 Oct 2019, 1:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano upgrade gears only - which bits?
Replies: 12
Views: 358

Re: Shimano upgrade gears only - which bits?

Unless the Whyte Shoreditch changed, it looks to have a 44 x 11-42 10-speed cassette. 44 x 11 is a big gear, worth 22.5mph at 70rpm. My median cadence is 70rpm, which people here tell me is low. I go up to about 100 rpm, which at that gear is 32mph True, the top gear was high - too high relative to...
by thelawnet
21 Oct 2019, 12:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Specialized crosstail elite vs Scott subcross 10
Replies: 14
Views: 337

Re: Specialized crosstail elite vs Scott subcross 10

Why do you want a suspension fork?

What riding are you doing/what is your riding experience?

I think you could find a similar-performing bike for half the money.
by thelawnet
21 Oct 2019, 12:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano upgrade gears only - which bits?
Replies: 12
Views: 358

Re: Shimano upgrade gears only - which bits?

Essentially most money in bike upgrades buys *less* weight and relatively little else. There is a bit of an illusion that a sportive-type bike (one of riding without load), which tends to be 9kg or less, has more to gain from losing weight than say a commuting bike, with a rack, etc., which might be...
by thelawnet
20 Oct 2019, 7:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shadow MTB rear mechs Vs older design - old tucks into smaller sprockets better?
Replies: 16
Views: 651

Re: Shadow MTB rear mechs Vs older design - old tucks into smaller sprockets better?

An original Deore XT from 1983 took e.g. 13-34t 6-speed freewheel, and a 48/38/28 chainset

https://si.shimano.com/pdfs/ev/EV-MF-6208-6-0704H.pdf
https://si.shimano.com/pdfs/si/SI-N-61-000-00-ENG.pdf

The RD was a good bit lighter than a current XT model. And more range than a modern 1 x 11 system.
by thelawnet
18 Oct 2019, 5:27pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Transgender woman wins cycling championship
Replies: 114
Views: 25411

Re: Transgender woman wins cycling championship

I think that is an old photo. Latest effort is this: mankinnon.jpg I'm not sure if there is anyone at the BBC who knows anything about cycling, but this is ridiculous https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/50097423 "Rachel McKinnon: Transgender athlete sets world best but rules out Tokyo 2020"...
by thelawnet
18 Oct 2019, 2:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which bike?
Replies: 24
Views: 788

Re: Which bike?

IIRC, years ago, Thorn claimed that the Rohloff system weighed the same as a derallieur triple. I doubt that's true but I bet the difference is under 500g. Last year I converted my folder from 3 X 9 flat bar with thumbies and decent equipment to a Rohloff, I weighed everything that came off and eve...