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07-01-20, 11:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 772
Posted By smashndash

Iíd like a bike that could hang in a crit but...

Iíd like a bike that could hang in a crit but still shred singletrack. The 3T exploro racemax would probably be it. I obviously wouldnít be able to hit black diamond trails or DH parks but I donít do...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-20, 10:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 842
Posted By smashndash

If you're interested in the SP-01 boost, PM me. I...

If you're interested in the SP-01 boost, PM me. I have no use for mine.



Yeah I sorta found out the hard way that, especially on the trainer, I need a lot more padding than I realized. My hips...
06-28-20, 11:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 417
Posted By smashndash

These guys get KOMs on nearly every descent they...

These guys get KOMs on nearly every descent they film in the Los Angeles mountains - one of the most competitive cycling scenes in the continent. I would hardly qualify this as ďnormalĒ.
06-28-20, 06:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 556
Posted By smashndash

Lots of interesting replies here. OP, I assume,...

Lots of interesting replies here. OP, I assume, based on your question, that you are a new cyclist.

There are two main hand positions on the hoods (the rubbery part of the shifters), as tyrion...
06-28-20, 12:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By smashndash

So it didnít seem to hurt anything? How many...

So it didnít seem to hurt anything? How many miles do you get from a wax? How long does it last with the graphite? Any difference in noise?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 247
Posted By smashndash

I think some people are afraid of crushing the...

I think some people are afraid of crushing the carbon. But the lockring is integral to tubeless setups, so I think you can be assured that the lockring will not damage your rim. If it bothers you,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-20, 10:46 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,104
Posted By smashndash

Itís also worth mentioning that OP was initially...

Itís also worth mentioning that OP was initially able to ride without shoulder/hand pain before the fit. He also looks jacked as hell for a cyclist of his height (6 ft+). People calling him skinny...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-20, 02:03 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,104
Posted By smashndash

Thereís nothing simple about bike fit, so youíre...

Thereís nothing simple about bike fit, so youíre always going to get different opinions. I think your best bet, if you want to be able to figure this out on your own, is to mark your current...
06-27-20, 11:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 452
Posted By smashndash

Looks like nobody here (EDIT: besides tyrion)...

Looks like nobody here (EDIT: besides tyrion) got the memo yet. i25 has been in for road bikes for a while. Zipp, 3T, LB and Enve (and possibly others) make wheels with that dimension, suited to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,646
Posted By smashndash

No not at all. Itís purely a feel thing. When Iím...

No not at all. Itís purely a feel thing. When Iím seated, it doesnít even register. But some climbs around the bay area are truly brutal. One climb near my house is 11+% for over a mile. I end up...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,646
Posted By smashndash

Radial front, 2x rear on both wheels. The DT350...

Radial front, 2x rear on both wheels. The DT350 hubs on my LB have a slightly narrower flange width, specifically on the NDS side. Probably to keep the tension higher on the NDS side. So that could...
06-27-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 352
Posted By smashndash

One tire on my list is the Panaracer Race D Evo4....

One tire on my list is the Panaracer Race D Evo4. Should have a stickier compound than the Gravelking. The gravelking/gravelking plus is much more popular though.

Rene Herse, Spz Turbo Cotton,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-20, 04:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 699
Posted By smashndash

Weíre getting closer. 3T is launching a 29i/40e...

Weíre getting closer. 3T is launching a 29i/40e aero rim thatís optimized for 35mm tires. They believe thatís a fine size for regular road riding.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 668
Posted By smashndash

Iím actually curious. How come? The reason I...

Iím actually curious. How come?

The reason I say non-racers shouldnít ride race bikes is that the marginal gains you get from compromising comfort, stability and tire clearance donít actually help...
06-25-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 413
Posted By smashndash

Yeah Iím actually a bit confused as to why an 810...

Yeah Iím actually a bit confused as to why an 810 RD wasnít used instead. Iíve seen a build with 2x 11-40 using that RD.
06-25-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 810
Posted By smashndash

And a nice wide shoulder!

And a nice wide shoulder!
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-20, 07:09 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,646
Posted By smashndash

Right. I think my alloy wheelset and carbon...

Right. I think my alloy wheelset and carbon wheels are about the same weight. This is with the same tires, same tubes. Same number of spokes too. Both have Sapim CX-ray spokes in the back. But my...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-20, 06:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 699
Posted By smashndash

I think the wide tire discussion is much simpler...

I think the wide tire discussion is much simpler than most people make it out to be. Think about it like suspension on a mountain bike.

Regardless of whether you have a 23 or a 32, you can run a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-20, 06:09 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,798
Posted By smashndash

Bought a selle italia SP-01 boost saddle, which...

Bought a selle italia SP-01 boost saddle, which doesnít allow you to slide the saddle forward very much. And when I put it on ONE time, the paint peeled off the rails immediately. I should have taped...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-20, 11:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 668
Posted By smashndash

You have 3 contact points with the bike. The...

You have 3 contact points with the bike. The bars, the saddle, and the pedals. A bike fit is all about adjusting the positions of each of those contact points. You have a few variables: reach, stack...
06-24-20, 09:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 599
Posted By smashndash

Unfortunately, that is a side effect of side-pull...

Unfortunately, that is a side effect of side-pull brake designs. If the housing is the "perfect length" when the brake is not engaged, it will be too short when the brake is engaged. I'm sure you...
06-24-20, 06:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 599
Posted By smashndash

Actually the 5800 caliper has the SLR-EV design. ...

Actually the 5800 caliper has the SLR-EV design.

https://www.wigglestatic.com/product-media/5360096321/Shimano-105-5800-Brake-Caliper-Rim-Brakes-Black-NotSet-BR5800FL.jpg?w=430&h=430&a=7
The...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-20, 02:47 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,646
Posted By smashndash

Yes. My bike rides more sluggishly uphill with...

Yes. My bike rides more sluggishly uphill with deep carbon rims. I feel that. Thatís ride feel. This thread is specifically about wheels. OP has alloy wheels and is thinking about getting carbon...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,646
Posted By smashndash

I must be missing something. What is your...

I must be missing something. What is your definition of ďride feelĒ? Mine is ďthe things you feel when ridingĒ. OP asked about the difference in ride feel between carbon and alloy wheels.

You say...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,646
Posted By smashndash

Which is easily achieved when you stand up on the...

Which is easily achieved when you stand up on the bike and sway it side to side.

Whatís your point here? That there is absolutely no perceptible difference in feel between wheels? You really think...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-20, 02:20 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,646
Posted By smashndash

How does lateral flex not affect ride feel?

How does lateral flex not affect ride feel?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,646
Posted By smashndash

You didnít even look at the video. Please do....

You didnít even look at the video. Please do. Responsiveness is a big deal, and itís one of a few reasons people spend big bucks on bikes.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,646
Posted By smashndash

Itís not just about the amount of flex. Itís also...

Itís not just about the amount of flex. Itís also about how much energy gets lost in the flex. The alloy rims feel better for that reason. Wheels do matter:

https://youtu.be/6T4KXu8-LHc

Iím not...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,646
Posted By smashndash

I donít agree with this. My alloy wheels are...

I donít agree with this. My alloy wheels are significantly ďspringierĒ on steep climbs than my deep carbon wheels. Really good carbon wheels might be better than my LB ones tho.

My alloy rims are...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-20, 05:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 928
Posted By smashndash

I think the research is fairly clear that, if...

I think the research is fairly clear that, if you're serious about aero, you want the rim to be wider than the tire.

Hunt, Light Bicycle, Zipp, Enve, and 3T are all good places to look. My...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-20, 05:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 967
Posted By smashndash

Someone else made a thread about dumping graphite...

Someone else made a thread about dumping graphite (not graphene) powder into a wax pot. I looked it up, and apparently graphite dust is between 5 and 50 microns per particle in size. I looked it up,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 418
Posted By smashndash

Itís pretty personal/normal. Some people just...

Itís pretty personal/normal. Some people just have hummingbird hearts. I personally hit 110bpm just getting on the bike. Iíll average 180+ in a race and hit 195 in a sprint.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-20, 02:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 418
Posted By smashndash

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My 5 sec : 5 min power ratio is around 4.45. But a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 1,111
Views: 152,651
Posted By smashndash

A few of us have tried these wheels and the...

A few of us have tried these wheels and the crosswind management is really not a big deal. I personally donít feel as comfortable riding with no hands over 20mph anymore, but besides that itís fine.
06-22-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By smashndash

so... did it work?

so... did it work?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-20, 10:15 PM
Replies: 259
Views: 14,779
Posted By smashndash

Surely they didnít charge you for 4 hours of...

Surely they didnít charge you for 4 hours of labor?

If everyone went tubeless today, would shops be able to just eat this kinda labor cost? Itís absolutely absurd that this is a problem in 2020....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-20, 10:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 967
Posted By smashndash

Not to mention the blatant Bugatti logo ripoff.

Not to mention the blatant Bugatti logo ripoff.
06-18-20, 10:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 492
Posted By smashndash

I think thatís pretty good. It takes a mentality...

I think thatís pretty good. It takes a mentality shift though. You have to believe that a harsh ride means losing energy through vibration in your body. The pressure should go as low as necessary to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-20, 12:48 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,233
Posted By smashndash

Again, you should ask yourself why we donít ride...

Again, you should ask yourself why we donít ride on solid rubber or rubber coated steel tires. A steel tire would easily record fewer losses than even a TT tire pumped up to 150 psi. But we donít use...
06-17-20, 10:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 492
Posted By smashndash

That phrase concerns me. 🤨 ...

That phrase concerns me. 🤨

https://axs-stage.sram.com/tirepressureguide

I assume you have a tire pressure gauge or a pump that includes one. You are right that 70psi is WAY too much in a 50mm...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-20, 10:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,233
Posted By smashndash

You may as well switch to solid rubber tires with...

You may as well switch to solid rubber tires with that logic. The tires exist to deform to the road. You should go TL if you are that afraid of pinch flats.

I weigh 145lbs at my heaviest and I...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-20, 01:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,358
Posted By smashndash

For a company that thinks 1x is the future, this...

For a company that thinks 1x is the future, this sure seems like a lot of investment into 2x.

Iíll bet $1.00 that even if SRAM came out with this, which is questionable, people would still prefer...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-20, 05:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,233
Posted By smashndash

Itís worth noting that higher pressure tires will...

Itís worth noting that higher pressure tires will cut more easily than lower pressure tires.

If you weigh 160-180lbs, try going way, way, way down. Like 75psi. See what happens.
06-15-20, 08:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 566
Posted By smashndash

That looks a lot like the bikesdirect seatpost my...

That looks a lot like the bikesdirect seatpost my friend had. The bolt would keep coming loose so I had to keep absolutely wailing on it. Eventually I just replaced his seatpost with a $20 one I had...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-20, 03:03 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,710
Posted By smashndash

I think itís worth noting that OP has made no...

I think itís worth noting that OP has made no indication that he actually wants to race.

If he does... itís a no brainer. Buy all the aero you can afford.
06-14-20, 06:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 485
Posted By smashndash

Thatís a very strong recommendation considering...

Thatís a very strong recommendation considering that 100% of cyclists need tires.

Can you list the tires that you have experience with? Is this tire better than all those tires in every single...
06-14-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,617
Posted By smashndash

I donít mean a forward push to boost someone. I...

I donít mean a forward push to boost someone. I mean a lateral shove to knock someone off their line.

People get bumped pretty often in races. In one race, I was drafting my considerably large...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-20, 02:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 564
Posted By smashndash

thereís also the torch 3.0, I believe. I have the...

thereís also the torch 3.0, I believe. I have the predecessor to the 2.0. Itís a great shoe, but the forefoot retention velcro strap doesnít clamp down enough on my very low volume foot. Itís also a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-20, 01:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 779
Posted By smashndash

Ah ok. Didnít know the trainer part. Iím...

Ah ok. Didnít know the trainer part.

Iím personally a fan of alloy, especially for non-racers. I have a deep carbon wheelset and an alloy wheelset. The braking, the occasional chips from rocks,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,195
Posted By smashndash

Hm. It definitely takes a bit of mental...

Hm. It definitely takes a bit of mental retraining to get used to a soft tire. Iíve personally run a 25mm front tire at 35psi (yes everyone called me crazy) or so in a race and had no issues with...
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