Ever been a bit of bike tech released that has been, generally, liked by all?

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  • Ever been a bit of bike tech released that has been, generally, liked by all?
  • llama

    Apart from silly ones like ‘the wheel’ or ‘tyres’ then no

    I remember people moaning about:

    Indexed gears
    7/8/9/10/11 speed
    Front and rear suspension
    Alloy and carbon frames
    Cantilever, u, v, disc brakes
    Long/short stems
    Narrow/wide/flat/riser bars
    Short/long chainstays/tt
    Steep/slack angles

    You name it


    Front loading stems. Tied in with, but more useful than Aheadsets#. This single advance has led to easily swappable stems, with better bike fit for all. When was the last time you removed the tape/grips and brake levers to swap a stem?

    Compact road geometry. Will never catch on. Along with changeable stems led to a reduced number of frame sizes and reduced inventry. Thank you Mike Burrows.

    #My (vintage) track bike is too small and has a conventional headset. But I switched from a 100 mm quill stem and Cinelli track bars to a quill converter 120mm Ahead stem and compact bars and the fit is now perfect. A 120 mm quill would not be anywhere near as rigid and the drop on track bars is too deep for me. That adjustability is now taken for granted.

    the whole aheadset arrangement
    QRs for wheels & seatposts
    hydraulic disc brakes, when they got to the point where they were reliable
    suspension that works
    indexed gears (although I’d argue; the neatest implementation of indexed gears doesn’t involve a derailleur, derailleurs are simple and work)

    I’d love to suggest
    20mm maxles
    150mm hubs
    1.5 headtubes
    but takeup wasn’t universal, sadly

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    mrmonkfinger – Member

    Your ‘avin’ a larf



    My mates used to moan that pads ‘didn’t last a full ride’

    QRs for wheels & seatposts

    Why do you need them?

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    Cotterless cranks.

    Why do you need them?

    Because thry removed the need to carry a spanner round with you on a ride?


    SPD pedals


    After all of last years injuries caused by sudden loss of drivetrain resistance, I’m loving the narrow/wide chainring and clutch mech combo.

    Has anyone said anything other than good things about this?


    Flex-stem? I had one when they came out and it was ace.

    Heap of crap! managed to feel seasick going over some medieval ridge and furrow.

    Narrow/wide chainrings (in fact I haven’t heard a bad word said against XX1/X01 apart from cost)

    It’s SRAM…

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    It’s SRAM…

    I know! But I see no sign of Shimano offering anything similar.

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    Thick/thin ring is a good call- so far I’m convinced they do nothing less well than a standard single ring, and some things much better, and at no major price penalty. Can’t see anything wrong with that.

    Clutch mechs too- ok, they are heavier and more expensive, and not everyone needs them, but it’s otherwise all good news.

    stevied – Member

    Flex-stem? I had one when they came out and it was ace.

    God no. Didn’t really do much when new, then when the elastomer perished- which happened more or less immediately- it stopped being faux-suspension and became a hinge between your bars and your bike. Also more than averagely painful to smash your balls into.


    Another vote for the original Z1’s and the other Bombers in the range but not for the Pikes. I hated mine.

    V’s were ace and seemed to be accepted without much fuss.

    Narrow wide rings seem to have been adopted without much fuss too.

    I like my lock on grips; being able to whip them off with two bolts is much easier than shoving a screwdriver under the grip and nicking your mums hairspray to get them off / make them stick again.

    Schrader valved innner tubes

    the original lumicycle halogens?


    Clutched mechs? Synchros cassettes, and again NW chain ring a other than cost. Definitely freewheel, and rubber wheels instead of wood or metal like the original bikes.


    I find it amusing that there are some things in this thread that are on Dirt’s Worst 15 Products list.

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