What won't you let go of as MTB technology advances?
I’ve got carbon, a dropper, long travel forks, 150mm rear suspension, short stem, wide bars (high rise though). I suppose my next bike will probably have 650b – not fussed either way with that one.
I’m clinging onto tubes though for now – never tried tubeless, just haven’t got round to the faff.
The big one for me is a triple chainset – until I get to try/can afford 1 x 11 and find myself convinced, the triple is staying for me.
So which bit of your bike does the luddite cling on to?Posted 3 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
26 inch wheels.
I don’t agree with the use of the words ‘Luddite’ or ‘advances’, both of which imply that the alternatives are in some way better. 🙂
Anyway, here’s a song about Ned – It sounds better on vinyl. 😀Posted 3 years ago
Cables. Do not like the idea of needing batteries or the extra chance of something expensive breaking.
A normal seatpost. On the right ride an uppy downy post is good but again do not like the fact that it is something else to go wrong, they are expensive and heavy and I don’t mind peddling standing up.Posted 3 years agotraildogMember
Nothing – I’m happy to try different things and if they are an improvement then I embrace them. So many people seem to thing that there are big evil companies trying to force things on us, where as many things I think are improvements (and I used to regularly kill square taper bottom brackets).
Tubeless is so much better than tubed that I’d never use tubes again, except emergencies. I’ve just gone to dropper post and I think it’s the biggest advancement ever! I’ve been single ring when I was running 9 speed – a compromise but 10 speed improves things a bit.
I do run flat pedals but I also use clips and change every so often.
The only thing I can think of that I’m not convinced on is 15mm vs 20mm bolt through.Posted 3 years agoSundayjumperSubscriber
Still using tubes in my 26″ tyres.
I’ve no plans to ditch my triple chainset. Not sure why 2x & 1x are such a big deal. The fact that people are removing one of the normal, useful sprockets from their cassette in order to fit a 40 or 42 bail out gear makes me think a granny ring is actually quite useful ??
I have a dropper seatpost but always forget it’s there and never use it !Posted 3 years agoahwilesSubscriber
Sundayjumper – Member
I’ve no plans to ditch my triple chainset. Not sure why 2x & 1x are such a big deal.
it’s been done to death, but just to recap: if you’re not using ‘component x’, why carry it around? – undo the bolts and take it off.
(and shorten your chain, so it’s less noisy)
i have no need for a 42t chainring, as i never need to pedal to over 30mph
for me, it’s cup and cone hubs.Posted 3 years agohoraMember
I was sat in the Woodbine Cafe in Hope on Sat morning leafing through a mag (left there) from 2006. ALOT of the kit looks similar (the same) as now.
I never realised that the Cane Creek Double-barrel dates over 8yrs+
Alot of the kit (bar carbon and the look of the frames)- if you put a different date on the mag I’d have happily bought it off the shelf now. Infact- I read most of the mag in the cafe OVER the copies of recent Dirt mags also left there.
Advances? Apart from materials I can’t really see it being any different in 10yrs (apart from the look of the frames). Its a bicycle. Dress it up how you want but its a bicycle.
Selling pixie dust to middle management since 1998.Posted 3 years agoDoctorRadSubscriber
Square taper BBs
Decent grease in whatever bearing(*)
8-speed (if not single)
Malt loaf or Sainsburys granola slices
(*)One of my biggest bugbears with ‘sealed’ (they aren’t – they’re ‘cartridge’ bearings in any other industry) bearings is the woeful amount of vaseline-type grease they tend to come with as standard. Pop the seals and get something decent in there, you’ll thank me in the long run.Posted 3 years ago
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