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by zenitb
6 Sep 2019, 8:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New Microshift bar-end and thumbshifters...11 and 12 speed
Replies: 16
Views: 877

New Microshift bar-end and thumbshifters...11 and 12 speed

Go this ad chucked at me

However for once its relevant with new 11 speed and 12 speed Shimano and SRAM compatible bar end and thumb shifters.

https://www.microshift.com/en/do-your-own-thing/

Anyone else seen these??? (scroll down for the glossy pics)
by zenitb
5 Sep 2019, 9:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Difference Deore 610 and LX hubs?
Replies: 4
Views: 327

Re: Difference Deore 610 and LX hubs?

basically there is no difference anyone has found apart from the finish. I actually prefer the bright silver of the T610 to the gunmetal silver of the T670 :-)
by zenitb
4 Sep 2019, 2:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring hub: Shimano Deore LX T670
Replies: 18
Views: 2089

Re: Touring hub: Shimano Deore LX T670

Yes, maybe a mm or so wider according to spoke calcs. The other difference is the length of the freewheel body. Shimano say the Tiagra hub is for 11-speed ROAD cassettes which means a spacer is required for 11-speed MTB cassettes and all other 8,9,10 speed cassettes, road or mtb. The shimano page m...
by zenitb
4 Sep 2019, 1:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring hub: Shimano Deore LX T670
Replies: 18
Views: 2089

Tiagra = Deore

How does the LX compare with similar road hubs? If you have a frame that could take either, or are willing to respace, are any of them with considering as well? I think Tiagra and Deore are pretty much the same hub...just in 130mm and 135mm variations...plus the branding of course. Suspect the spok...
by zenitb
1 Sep 2019, 8:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ryde Zac 19 rim - quality?
Replies: 8
Views: 749

Re: Ryde Zac 19 rim - quality?

Thanks for the reply zenitB. Can I ask where you got the Zac19 rim for your own build? From the UK? Reason I ask is that from here on in I aim to build or rather re-rim my own wheels. So am keen to buy pre-built wheels with quality Shimano hubs, quality spokes, and rims that I can easily obtain ong...
by zenitb
1 Sep 2019, 5:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ryde Zac 19 rim - quality?
Replies: 8
Views: 749

Re: Ryde Zac 19 rim - quality?

I have bought a Ryde ZAC 19 rimmed rear wheel from Taylor Wheels (in 26" - pictured below) and have been very impressed with it for general commuting/touring. I also bought a front dynamo wheel from Taylor Wheels with the very similar ZAC 2000 rim (slightly higher profile) again in 26" for...
by zenitb
26 Aug 2019, 7:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The best full-suss mountain bike for £2000 . . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 718

Re: Help my heads spinning

maybe hire a few current bikes first and see what works for you. Go to your nearest trail centre and see what they have??
by zenitb
18 Aug 2019, 10:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Changing gearing setup for mtbs for bikepacking
Replies: 35
Views: 1066

Re: Changing gearing setup for mtbs for bikepacking

Regarding reliability I personally don't think you are gaining much eliminating the front mech. My 1993 Cannondale M700 has had every component replaced on it apart from the frame, seat clamp, thumbshifters and DEORE LX FRONT MECH. So the front mech has survived 26 years of abuse including XC racing...
by zenitb
17 Aug 2019, 9:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suitable replacement fork for tandem
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Re: Suitable replacement fork for tandem

In Tony Oliver's classic book "Touring Bikes, A Practical Guide" (Crowood Press 1990) he recommends tandem forks are built with a longer offset "..typically between 2 1/4 inch and 2 3/4 inch. On a solo combination this could be dangerous, leading to ferocious handlebar oscillations .....
by zenitb
10 Aug 2019, 11:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting a Muddy Fox
Replies: 51
Views: 2253

Re: Converting a Muddy Fox

This may or may not be a daft question but here goes anyway :) Would there be a benefit to use say 2inch tyres on the rear and 1.5 inch on the front. I will probably not use a front carrier. Probably not obvious in my pics but I have a 2.25" tyre on the rear and a 2" on the front - on the...
by zenitb
10 Aug 2019, 9:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting a Muddy Fox
Replies: 51
Views: 2253

Re: Converting a Muddy Fox

Your Muddy Fox looks a great basis for a rugged touring bike. In fact I think the older fully rigid mtbs are better than current mtbs for this. In case its of interest the url below is how I converted mine. I have just got back from a week touring in France with it. No need to do all the upgrades I ...
by zenitb
10 Aug 2019, 11:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycling dead ends.
Replies: 95
Views: 3400

Re: Large flange hubs :-(

LF hubs...shame!! LF hubs are still alive and well, relatively speaking. cheers You cannot beat a nice l/f hub imho. These have the spoke holes a bit to close to their edge,but the bearings as smooth as silk. https://live.staticflickr.com/2690/4157445677_e4c9e726ee_z.jpg "chater Lea&qu...
by zenitb
9 Aug 2019, 6:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycling dead ends.
Replies: 95
Views: 3400

Finally...Twin Lats!!!

Beautiful. ..bring em back!!!
by zenitb
9 Aug 2019, 6:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycling dead ends.
Replies: 95
Views: 3400

Large flange hubs :-(

LF hubs...shame!!
by zenitb
9 Aug 2019, 6:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycling dead ends.
Replies: 95
Views: 3400

Drilled components!!!

Drilling!!!