- Ever been a bit of bike tech released that has been, generally, liked by all?
Apart from silly ones like ‘the wheel’ or ‘tyres’ then no
I remember people moaning about:
Front and rear suspension
Alloy and carbon frames
Cantilever, u, v, disc brakes
You name itPosted 4 years agoTiRedMember
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.Posted 4 years agomrmonkfingerMember
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 suggestPosted 4 years ago
but takeup wasn’t universal, sadlyNorthwindSubscriber
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.Posted 4 years agomindmap3Member
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.Posted 4 years ago
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