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Forum: Road Cycling
12-01-14, 04:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 18,411
Posted By MajorMantra

I've ridden both, and at under 120lb I'd take the...

I've ridden both, and at under 120lb I'd take the Shimanos any day. I found the Fulcrums unpleasantly stiff, at least for the poor road surfaces we have here, likely because of the fat aluminium...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-29-14, 12:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,985
Posted By MajorMantra

If it's not filthy, wet wipes are good. I'm a...

If it's not filthy, wet wipes are good. I'm a weirdo, I look at hubs before most other parts of the bike.

(Hence: Hubs | the setback post (http://thesetbackpost.com/category/hubs/))
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-14, 09:52 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,173
Posted By MajorMantra

6800 shifting is quite a bit better, especially...

6800 shifting is quite a bit better, especially the front. I'd definitely go new. Check your wheels are compatible though.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-14, 12:33 PM
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-14, 01:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 849
Posted By MajorMantra

Don't bother.

Don't bother.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-27-14, 03:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,047
Posted By MajorMantra

I use one sometimes on my CX bikes, which I own...

I use one sometimes on my CX bikes, which I own for getting muddy and/or racing. For casual riding, the Ass Saver is a bonus to reduce the soggy diaper effect you get with no protection.

It's...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-14, 08:54 AM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,638,706
Posted By MajorMantra

Is that a Livestrong bracelet?

Is that a Livestrong bracelet?
Forum: Road Cycling
02-14-14, 02:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,085
Posted By MajorMantra

I asked on facebook and apparently they are only...

I asked on facebook and apparently they are only planning to sell them as a set with the Hylex calipers. And they'll be mineral oil only. Presumably you could swap in a Shimano caliper but you'd lose...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-14-14, 11:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,085
Posted By MajorMantra

The most interesting thing about these is that...

The most interesting thing about these is that Retroshift is about to release a version with a shifter attached to a TRP Hylex hydraulic lever:
...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-12-14, 08:26 AM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,638,706
Posted By MajorMantra

Hot! I really like some of the more garish...

Hot!

I really like some of the more garish Specialized paint jobs.

Only small change I would suggest would be running a 6 degree stem and a shorter headset top cap. You'd get the same bar...
02-11-14, 03:10 PM
Replies: 9,288
Views: 3,572,800
Posted By MajorMantra

2nd ever CX race, and last of the season. Photos...

2nd ever CX race, and last of the season. Photos from friend John:

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p46/MajorMantra/untitled-156_zps79232928.jpg...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-05-14, 04:06 AM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,638,706
Posted By MajorMantra

The majority of bars are designed so that the...

The majority of bars are designed so that the rule of thumb gives a position in which both drops and hoods are accessible and usable. Not all, but most. And like all rules of thumb, it's a starting...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-04-14, 03:43 PM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,638,706
Posted By MajorMantra

The Specialized above this post has it about...

The Specialized above this post has it about right.

The general rule (for about 95% of drop bars) is that if you put a ruler along the flattish bit at the end of the drops, it should coincide with...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-04-14, 01:23 PM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,638,706
Posted By MajorMantra

You need to slap whoever installed your levers...

You need to slap whoever installed your levers because they're way too low on the bars.
02-03-14, 03:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,329
Posted By MajorMantra

You know you aren't supposed to run the Iron...

You know you aren't supposed to run the Iron Cross over 45psi (3.1 bar)? That's according to Stan's, anyway.

I've just set up my Iron Crosses tubeless, with 34mm Vittoria XG Pros:
...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-02-14, 02:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,807
Posted By MajorMantra

10 speed electronic? Every indication is that it...

10 speed electronic? Every indication is that it is no more. I really can't see them making a 10 speed Di2 groupset again.

As above I did wonder if they might keep 5800 10 speed for now. If they...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-02-14, 01:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,807
Posted By MajorMantra

Shameless plug, but I speculated about this a...

Shameless plug, but I speculated about this a little while ago: http://thesetbackpost.com/editorial/2014/
Forum: Road Cycling
02-01-14, 04:07 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,597
Posted By MajorMantra

Athena = Power Torque. There are several...

Athena = Power Torque. There are several downsides (http://thesetbackpost.com/mechanics/campag-fails/) to it.

Also, 6800 has exceptionally nice front shifting.

So go 6800.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-31-14, 11:12 AM
Replies: 2,835
Views: 559,095
Posted By MajorMantra

Indeed. Although you need an old axle or a hub as...

Indeed. Although you need an old axle or a hub as well, not something everyone has kicking around.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-31-14, 04:22 AM
Replies: 2,835
Views: 559,095
Posted By MajorMantra

I presume he's talking about tightening the...

I presume he's talking about tightening the 'rivnut' that holds the bottle boss in place. It's not uncommon for them to loosen in the frame, and they can be tightened with the right tool.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-29-14, 10:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 694
Posted By MajorMantra

They are pretty, but use all proprietary parts...

They are pretty, but use all proprietary parts including silly aluminium spokes on the rear DS.

Mavic hubs are good (far more durable than, for example, the Souls) although the freehub with its...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-14, 08:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 9,540
Posted By MajorMantra

Re the gearing, a 46/36 with something like an...

Re the gearing, a 46/36 with something like an 11/28 cassette is actually not a bad range for road riding - don't forget that larger tyres = more gear inches.

You'll be undergeared for road racing...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-23-14, 05:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 10,110
Posted By MajorMantra

Ah, gotcha. Not a very common size for a road...

Ah, gotcha. Not a very common size for a road bike though.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-23-14, 05:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 10,110
Posted By MajorMantra

How do you figure? BB86 = pressfit, which is a...

How do you figure? BB86 = pressfit, which is a smooth bore, not threaded.

Sounds like the OP doesn't need to deal with PF30 after all, but FWIW here's a thread I started on a similar theme:
...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-14, 10:10 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,819
Posted By MajorMantra

Because 'murica. Maybe a Dutch post-apocalypse...

Because 'murica. Maybe a Dutch post-apocalypse would look different.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-14, 10:09 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,819
Posted By MajorMantra

Add in a love interest and an epic calendar...

Add in a love interest and an epic calendar flipping training montage, and Imma green light that now Mr Weinstein.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-16-14, 05:35 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,819
Posted By MajorMantra

Hollywood sports movies invariably suck anyway....

Hollywood sports movies invariably suck anyway. And you can guarantee a cycling one would grossly misrepresent the sport or fail to understand its nuances. Just imagine trying to shoehorn in an...
01-10-14, 09:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,937
Posted By MajorMantra

After all my agonies my frame arrived today and...

After all my agonies my frame arrived today and it's BSA threaded! They changed it without notification. I should be annoyed (I'll have to return the adapter I bought) but I'm pretty darned happy...
01-07-14, 07:53 AM
Replies: 9,288
Views: 3,572,800
Posted By MajorMantra

First CX race. Bars have rotated down slightly...

First CX race. Bars have rotated down slightly thanks to huge ruts in cobbled section. Photo by Jack Luke (http://mycountry.cc/post/72487463239/diatd-photostory):
...
12-30-13, 08:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,937
Posted By MajorMantra

You may well be right. I've read many, many...

You may well be right. I've read many, many criticisms of the Wheels adapters though - the impression I've gleaned of them has been overwhelmingly negative aside from your recommendation! :)

I...
12-29-13, 12:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,937
Posted By MajorMantra

Fretting (and complaining) is kinda my thing:...

Fretting (and complaining) is kinda my thing: http://thesetbackpost.com/

I could just go native PF30, but unlike many I actually like Shimano cranks, and I find they outshift pretty much...
12-29-13, 06:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,937
Posted By MajorMantra

Don't worry, I'm a mechanic.:) I know...

Don't worry, I'm a mechanic.:)

I know bearings are theoretically available for everything but IME practice can be another matter. (cf. Trek V2 BB90 bearings, Shimano's 6mm thick HTIIs, headset...
12-28-13, 07:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,937
Posted By MajorMantra

Are the bearings definitely a standard size...

Are the bearings definitely a standard size though and not something hard to track down? (E.g. like Trek's ones.)

I do think the Praxis looks good, but if I could achieve the same practical...
12-27-13, 06:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,937
Posted By MajorMantra

But with Loctite, is it not feasible to treat it...

But with Loctite, is it not feasible to treat it as semi-permanent? I.e, can you get away with repeatedly installing and removing threaded cups into the adapter without having to remove or replace...
12-27-13, 05:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,937
Posted By MajorMantra

My logic in wanting an adapter would be to let me...

My logic in wanting an adapter would be to let me use HTII BBs as they're cheap, and I have at least 2 in my spares box already. I'm a little surprised to hear the Wheels Mfg recommended actually as...
12-27-13, 04:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,937
Posted By MajorMantra

PF30 to BSA adapter options (semi-permanent?)

Against my better judgment, I've just bought a PF30 CX frame. I haven't made my final decisions but I may end up running a Shimano crank. I've been investigating the various options and if I do go...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-28-13, 03:48 PM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,638,706
Posted By MajorMantra

Very nice Bianchi. Do you race it?

Very nice Bianchi. Do you race it?
Forum: Road Cycling
11-24-13, 08:05 AM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,638,706
Posted By MajorMantra

Eh? If you draw a line along the post, a zero...

Eh? If you draw a line along the post, a zero setback would be right at the front of the rails and would look silly. That's a Dorico which does have more setback than most, but inline is not the...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-13, 03:15 PM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,638,706
Posted By MajorMantra

Ah right, I assumed 1 1/8" because of the Arx...

Ah right, I assumed 1 1/8" because of the Arx stem. Is it shimmed?
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-13, 12:22 PM
Replies: 27,281
Views: 5,638,706
Posted By MajorMantra

Almost hot, but the levers are too high on the...

Almost hot, but the levers are too high on the bars for my liking.

Is that steerer really 1 1/8" threadless? It looks so skinny.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-22-13, 09:01 AM
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-13, 04:02 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,509
Posted By MajorMantra

Kookology. Kinda casts the rest of his writings...

Kookology. Kinda casts the rest of his writings in a different light, too.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-13, 11:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 667
Posted By MajorMantra

Suit yourself. They have a great rep and look...

Suit yourself. They have a great rep and look amazing for the money though. Circa 70 a pair here. ;)

http://www.justridingalong.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/ambrosio_miche_rear.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-13, 10:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 667
Posted By MajorMantra

I'm not sure what availability is like over there...

I'm not sure what availability is like over there (although you could buy from the UK) but what about Miche Primato hubs instead? They look good and IIRC they're lighter than Ultegra, and cheaper...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-13, 12:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,579
Posted By MajorMantra

DA brakes are damned good, but I've never tried...

DA brakes are damned good, but I've never tried anything else as high end, so I don't have a lot to compare them to.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-31-13, 03:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,222
Posted By MajorMantra

Don't have my own pic to hand but I found this,...

Don't have my own pic to hand but I found this, although it's not the best example:

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s45/specialed_bucket/SAM_0443.jpg


It very much depends on the exact...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-30-13, 03:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,222
Posted By MajorMantra

If possible, crossing the gear cables reduces...

If possible, crossing the gear cables reduces cable rub. You run the right shifter to the left downtube stop, and vice versa. The cables then cross under the downtube.

Frame protection stickers...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-13, 03:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 530
Posted By MajorMantra

I expect the bike would hold up, but does it have...

I expect the bike would hold up, but does it have clearance for tyres that big? Most road bikes struggle to take anything over a 28mm.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-13, 02:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,064
Posted By MajorMantra

You can get a bit lower on any bike by using a...

You can get a bit lower on any bike by using a -17 degree stem, and bar choice is a factor too.

Btw, I don't know if you mind but if the brief test rides I've taken are anything to go by, the Noah...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-17-13, 05:11 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,029
Posted By MajorMantra

Anyone remember this thread?: ...

Anyone remember this thread?:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/465610-100-miles-in-3-47-a-nice-easy-day-with-some-BF-friends

3:47 is a fairly brisk century.
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