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Old 08-18-20, 09:45 PM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Wait, but when someone grabs that bike for cheap from the thrift store in 2050, they’ll complain that the derailleurs don’t work for sh*t anymore!
If I did my job correctly and wore them out you are right they won't. I plan on leaving no pristine examples ... lol
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Reynolds, Tange, Columbus, Kaisei, Dedacciai, VariWall, and Nova all have tubing that varies in butt length, diameter, and gauge.
The product catalogs from Reynolds and Columbus are so extensive that its tough to keep all the options straight since each model has sub-models. Reynolds 853 has multiple variations. Columbus Zona has multiple variations and the stays have endless bend options. etc etc.
I stand corrected. Miyata quit making their own tubing though.
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Originally Posted by sheddle View Post
Bottom brackets.
Why would you say that, there are many improvements from the old dreadful Cotter Pins
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Originally Posted by Dimas Pineda View Post
Why would you say that, there are many improvements from the old dreadful Cotter Pins
I'm not a fan of press fit bottom brackets.

Yes, there are solutions to reduce the "creakiness" but I could easily live without that "improvement."

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Yes and no. For sure the latest components function better but, in the old days Campy components were rebuildable which meant they could last forever. Today, they're not as rebuildable which I feel is a step back.
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You know - I can think of something that hasn't been improved over time: Shimano's latest V-brakes. They don't sit flush on conventional V-brake posts, and the bolts that come with them are so short that you can rip out a stud with them if you find the perfect wrong combination.

Plus, this fit also means their return springs don't quite seat in the stud, which makes me believe that Shimano really did design these for a stud with completely different dimensions. Either that, or they made a massive miscalculation when designing the thing.

Does it make them worse? I think so.


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