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Old 03-27-19, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by BobL View Post
One of the reasons I signed up for the forums is to learn what's new and cool in cycling.

I've returned to riding after a 7 or 8 year break and I see I'm really out of touch.

The cats over at Bike Rumor have weighed in on where it's at and what's happenin' in 2019: --> Mountain bikes --> Road bikes --> Gravel bikes

Fun reading for gear heads.

I see today's bicycle headtubes/headsets, bottom brackets/cranks, brake mounts, fork ends/hub/axle, over locknut dimensions, tire/rim interfaces, front derailleur mountings, shifting, indexing, freehub/cassettes, even handlebar/stems have all taken a trip to the Tower of Babel. I'm sure the situation won't ever become as dire as Betamax, and if you buy a new bike every few years I guess it's no big deal anyway, but if you hang onto your bikes for years, you have to guess which competing "standard" will stand the test of time and still have repair/replacement/upgrade parts available in the future.

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