Ever been a bit of bike tech released that has been, generally, liked by all?
I remember when they first came out. Virtually universal love.
I remember almost killing myself several times when I fitted a set of the original XT ones. Compared to the cantis I’d been using, the Vs were so powerful that endos were almost inevitable in sudden braking, until I got used to them. Of course discs came along soon after and are generally better, but Vs are so easy to set up and maintain, and even cheap ones offer decent stopping power.
My first bicycle had rod brakes with perished hard rubber pads. Technology’s great. 😉Posted 4 years agoransosSubscriber
Disc brakes weren’t universally liked in the early days. Don’t remember anyone having a bad word to say about v brakes though.
Early discs were heavy, expensive, unreliable and few bikes had mounts. V brakes were cheap, reliable and would fit on any bike with canti mounts.Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
you mean the bar made out of hard metal?
I was going to argue with rusty about this but then I remembered the yellowy blotch on my right knee, left over from crashing the other week, pretty sure it was the end of the grip that hit my knee, not the end of the bar, may not have hurt so much with normal gripsPosted 4 years agosssimonMember
I was going to argue with rusty about this but then I remembered the yellowy blotch on my right knee, left over from crashing the other week, pretty sure it was the end of the grip that hit my knee, not the end of the bar, may not have hurt so much with normal grips
less chance of taking a core sample from your thight/groin with a lock on that with a stuck on foam grip as the foam deforms and leaved the end of the bar exposedPosted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
There was as much argument about disk brakes as there is now about wheel sizes. V brakes certain took without a lot of fuss, but they were an easy evolution – no need for different frames/forks/rims/hubs to make the change. People took to hydration packs quite happily too.
There were very few dissenting voices when cake, jellybabies and hip flasks were all introducedPosted 4 years agoPJM1974Member
Old skool Pikes for the win! My hardtail runs a set, as does the missus’ Marin and stepson 1’s DJ bike.
I bought my first set in 2006 for peanuts (£329 for dual air U-Turn 454s) and even the most cynical Rockshox critic I knew was won over…plenty of travel, stiff, not nearly as heavy as they were reputed to be and any shortcomings in the damping department were easily upgraded away.
Plus a trained Chimpanzee can service them.Posted 4 years agoshedbrewedMember
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How about… LED mountain bike lights. Practical, affordable, durable, effective… Can’t think of a single person going oh! If only I still had my HID!
Road lights for that matter, don’t see many people using DD-cell Everreadys any more.
Ah the days of being the envy of friends when you had two Everready DD cell lamps on the handlebars madly flapping away.Posted 4 years agodownshepSubscriber
Aheadsets are a mixed blessing; Strong, simple, light and ideal when changing forks over but having your forks fall out and faffing with spacers when you want to adjust the stem up a wee bitty is a tad annoying.
QR wheel skewers were great on early rigid mtbs due to the frequency of pinch flatting.
Flashing LEDs becoming legal and therefore more widespread has brought significant benefits in battery life and making cyclists instantly recognisable as a group to other road users rather than just another steady light in a sea of vehicles.Posted 4 years agoavdave2Member
Vee brakes were ok too iirc
They were an improvement in stopping but a backward step in terms of mud clearance. I can’t recall any time in the 12 years I was running cantilevers that my wheels stopped turning because they were clogged with mud whereas I’ve had that experience many times with v brakes.Posted 4 years ago
They were an improvement in stopping but a backward step in terms of mud clearance. I can’t recall any time in the 12 years I was running cantilevers that my wheels stopped turning because they were clogged with mud whereas I’ve had that experience many times with v brakes.
I doubt mud clearance is ever an issue for the 99.99% of people whose bikes have v-bakes though.Posted 4 years ago
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