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"A Bridge Too Far" - Bike Innovations That Are Really a Step Back

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"A Bridge Too Far" - Bike Innovations That Are Really a Step Back

Old 04-25-18, 02:22 PM
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"A Bridge Too Far" - Bike Innovations That Are Really a Step Back

I was riding my mostly-beloved BMC this morning when a certain sinking feeling set in. It wasn't the onset of depression. It was the BMC's integrated seatpost clamp system slipping and letting me sink slowly toward the bike. It was fresh off a dismantling, cleaning, and application of assembly paste. Properly torqued. And, since my bike was an early production 2018, I also had the recall on the seatpost clamp system cover.

The integrated clamp looks very nice. But for function? It's not so great. BMC got a lot right about this bike, but the seatpost clamp is a definite step backward.

What bike "innovations" do you see as more step backward than step forward? We may as well name names. Which manufacturers, bikes, and features have gone "a bridge too far" when it comes to innovation?

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Old 04-25-18, 02:29 PM
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The 1X. I will blame SRAM.
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Oh boy.
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Indexed shifting. Clipless pedals. Threadless stems. BSA bottom brackets. Brifters. Cassettes. Every additional cog past five. Derailleurs. Crabon.
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Oh boy.
Lol. I mean - get off my lawn!
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For the sake of peace and tranquility, can we agree not to mention road tubeless and Future Shock? (Not that there's anything wrong with either of them.)
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Indexed shifting. Clipless pedals. Threadless stems. BSA bottom brackets. Brifters. Cassettes. Every additional cog past five. Derailleurs. Crabon.
This is an extensive, although not comprehensive list.

You are missing saddles and wheel spokes.
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A bridge too far is exactly what you mentioned. Proprietary parts with questionable performance benefits and very real drawbacks in return.
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Originally Posted by NILS14 View Post
This is an extensive, although not comprehensive list.

You are missing saddles and wheel spokes.
I didn't even touch the modern stuff, some of which would really light off a firestorm. Even leaving aside road tubeless and FutureShock.
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The pneumatic bicycle tire.
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The pneumatic bicycle tire.
The safety bicycle.
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The right amount of technology is what was around when I was younger, dangit.
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The right amount of technology is what was around when I was younger, dangit.
You were younger yesterday, than you are today.
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You were younger yesterday, than you are today.
I mean the good ol' days, back when all you whippersnappers were respectful.
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Originally Posted by NILS14 View Post
This is an extensive, although not comprehensive list.

You are missing saddles and wheel spokes.

Also, pneumatic tires.
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
The pneumatic bicycle tire.
Ah, you beat me to it.
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Any Garmin product except their watches, power meters, and radar.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Indexed shifting. Clipless pedals. Threadless stems. BSA bottom brackets. Brifters. Cassettes. Every additional cog past five. Derailleurs. Crabon.
"Safety" frame.
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"Doo-dads" and "thingamajigs."
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
I mean the good ol' days, back when all you whippersnappers were respectful.
No, I think you meant back before I was born. . Joking aside, I still think that threadless stems are inferior to threaded. The threadless always seem to come loose at some point. Maybe I need blue loctite on the stem bolts as well....

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Clipless pedals.
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In all seriousness: I think you can get SO much done on a steel frame, downtube shifter, 12 speed (2x6) bike. Everything past that is just for kicks and grins. Take it or leave it. I take a lot of it, but that's just me.
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Clipless pedals.
Ah, the good old days . . . when you nailed the cleat to the bottom of your shoe and prayed that you got the angle right so that your knees would live. Men were men and knees were expendable. Float? What's float?
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