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Wide Range 8 Speed 1X Drivetrain

Over the past while I’ve heard it being called for again and again. Why don’t they make a high quality 8 speed drivetrain? You could bang shifts out with confidence every time because of the longer cable pull for each shift. There would be lots of allowance for all types of bad stuff like if the ride gets muddy, the cable gets corroded or if you bend your derailleur hanger. You could ride through a swamp and the thing would just keep on working. Chains would return to being thicker and wouldn’t break as often. And how about if it could fit on a standard HG freehub body? Backpedaling quickly during sketchy moments on technical climbs wouldn’t result in the chain dropping off the biggest gear. How about if it could be a wide range 1X system that’s light-weight with a cassette that has an aluminum spider? Well folks, here it is.

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The Seatpost Whisperer

I don’t care to post about things that people have seen before. I also don’t care to discuss something that’s already well understood. It’s been a few years now and I’ve seen the reliability issues regarding the Rockshox Reverb be misunderstood more times by more people than any other product so that’s why I’m going to talk about it.

There are several key quirks about the Rockshox Reverb that need to be addressed. Unfortunately using the readily available service kit doesn’t do much to solve the issues surrounding it. It should be said that this is a really cool design if you look at it objectively and the nagging issues it has are relatively easy to solve. So let’s clear things up.

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Brakes Levers That Won’t Pop Back

Ever had a hydraulic brake lever that just won’t pop back? Mountain bike brake companies did something smart with their master cylinder pistons to avoid scoring the aluminum master cylinder bore. They made their pistons out of plastic. The one downside of the master cylinder piston being made from plastic is that plastic can absorb fluid and swell. Despite polymer suppliers claiming that their material is ‘dimensionally stable’, the real truth is that over time, it can absorb a little bit of fluid and grow slightly. So what does that cause? It means that one day there may come a point where you pull your brake lever in and it doesn’t come back out on it’s own because the now swollen master cylinder piston is stuck inside the master cylinder bore.

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