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Re: Shimano FH-M756A XT 8/9 speed rear hub,will it take10 sp

26 September 2015 - 4:45pm
Update on fitting the 10 speed Shimano cassette.
Just fitted it without the 1mm spacer,works perfectly,if i had of fitted the spacer i think the locking ring would have been short of thread

Re: New Geoff Apps prototype

26 September 2015 - 10:11am
I'm impressed reohn2; few people bother to read all the posts. Many cyclists don't want to disturb their long-held beliefs about bicycle design.

At 10", your BB is much lower than normal; you'd be getting a lot of pedal-strikes, throwing you off-balance. It is much better for efficient (less tiring) riding with more fluid negotiation of hazards if you resist that temptation to take a dab. If you can, you'll discover that usually a dab is not really necessary - a high BB helps you resist that dab temptation.

Not too technical, not too simplistic, not too long-winded; that's my motto when I'm drafting the posts. Inevitably, though, the final text cannot explain everything, so I welcome comments that open-up the debate for the benefit of other readers, those that can be bothered.

You seem concerned about your front wheel lifting when climbing, and that a shorter wheelbase and front-to-centre will exacerbate that problem. Contrary to intuition, it won't. Is it a problem? Think about those remarkable people who can pull a wheelie and continue riding, or unicyclists. One deliberate feature of the Landseer is a very light front end, for a very good reason - as with every other aspect of the design.

Actually, I feel like I'm setting the cart upright again and putting all the apples back where they should be, one by one.

Re: New Geoff Apps prototype

24 September 2015 - 7:48pm
He certainly upsets many an applecart does Geoff Apps

He does that, and all the better for it! I was lucky enough to be on a RetroBike ride with him a while back, and it only took the briefest of spins on some Scottish mountainside to convince pretty much everyone there that the ideas all work, every one of them.

Can't help but think that mark a. nailed it and it's all in the marketing. Kinda the opposite of what I - and I'm sure a good portion of CTC riders - look for. Give me an engineer without a marketing department and day of the year!

Re: Shimano FH-M756A XT 8/9 speed rear hub,will it take10 sp

24 September 2015 - 7:41pm
So a ten speed cassette is actually narrower than a nine?! Interesting, any idea whether that is specific to Shimano? Only ask as I'm all but certain that I bunged a Sram ten speed cassette straight onto an m975 XTR hub...

Re: New Geoff Apps prototype

21 September 2015 - 1:33pm
I've read through the whole blog and find some of his ideas truly ground breaking and thought provoking.
His high BB(14")is 4" higher than on my MTB,I wouldn't feel confident so high up(I like to be able to dab a foot in tricky situations).
I like the idea of eccentric pedals and I'd like to try the extreme oval rings,I'm convinced by his arguments in favour of them but lack technical knowledge to know otherwise(that's not a criticism).
I'm not convinced of the short wheelbase and very upright riding position,especially when climbing on steep stuff,if I try I can make the front wheel paw the air on a 19" bottom gear on my GL with an 115cm w/base(69cm front centres) and I'm nowhere near as upright as the Cleland.
Or does the ovalness of the c/rings and pedals iron out the power surge?
There are some things that I totally agree with,mudguards,chain guards(if only partial) that will keep rider and bike far cleaner,I'd hate to be coated in mud and mucky water when out for a ride,it would go a long way to making me very uncomfortable.
I'd like to sort out the m/g stays similarly to the way the Cleland has,as I do have and occasional contact between stays and tyre,which troubles me
I agree with him about mechanical suspension for the type of MTBing I do,which is a lot like his ie; more akin to trials riding than adrenalin fuelled fast and furious full sus riding.
I'm currently riding 29er x 2.4inch @ 15psi front 30 rear,on most trails but have reduced the front to 10/12psi and rear to 25 on really rough ground,but I'm on very supple Conti Xking tyres but fear snakebites if I go any lower.
I have a pair of PlanetX Smorgsboards which are a lot stiffer carcass,so I may give them a try at reduced TP's.The main difference between my wheels and the his is rim width mine=30mm compared to Cleland Landseer/Adventura= 14(?)mm
He certainly upsets many an applecart does Geoff Apps

Re: Shimano FH-M756A XT 8/9 speed rear hub,will it take10 sp

20 September 2015 - 7:21pm
Sorry to have bothered you guys and gals,but have the answer.
Yes, with the use of a 1mm spacer.

Shimano FH-M756A XT 8/9 speed rear hub,will it take10 speed?

20 September 2015 - 12:49pm
Recently aquired a full suspention MTB frame ,i am about to build it up with parts that i already have .
The chainset is a Shimano Dynasys 10 speed .
My question is , i have a new XT rear hub but it would have been originaly for 8 or 9 speed use,will a 10speed cassette fit onto the same body?
My thinking is with the chain being narrower maybe the cassette would be more compact taking the same space as the 9 speed would
I dont have a 10 speed casette at the moment to try.

Re: New Geoff Apps prototype

18 September 2015 - 8:56pm
Ha! You beat me to it.

It looks... interesting. But I'd love to have a go. I think it's mostly designed to be ridden through horrible terrain at essentially 0 mph, so it's not exactly a modern downhill mountain bike.

Those chain/seatstays are amazing. Loads of weird (hyper eccentric chainrings) and wonderful (pedals) ideas throughout the whole bike.

Re: New Geoff Apps prototype

18 September 2015 - 3:58pm
The Landseer is on its wheels >>> https://crosscountrycycle.wordpress.com ... y-the-way/

Looks awesome

Re: How do I justify a new bike?

16 September 2015 - 1:46pm
Like clothes, shoes, etc, bikes have different uses and it is normal to have several for different purposes. My wife and I have 8 between us (not counting one part way through decomissioning for spare parts). Only 6 are in the garage as 2 are kept permanently at remote locations for local use there. Fortunately we are about the same height and can ride each other's bikes, otherwise we'd need some more. Commuting bikes, fast tourers, heavy camping bikes, mountain bikes, etc.

Re: How do I justify a new bike?

14 September 2015 - 10:48pm
I'm going to justify it when I can afford it with the fact that carbon road frames are getting really cheap. At one time you had to risk buying from China (even then they were £300-£400 and a lot still are) but now I'm not so sure. When it costs £125 to send a frame back to China... maybe paying another £50-£100 for a UK based one is the sensible option.

I got rid of my last carbon frame because of it being flexy but that was just that frame probably. What annoys me is although carbon soaks up bumps more by not having those little "bridge" things near the innermost part of the rear dropouts (the thing a rear brake traditionally bolts onto and the thing you could bolt a dynamo or "U-brake" onto) because those aren't on carbon frames it makes it flexy sideways. Maybe the next one will be different.

Endura MT500 Jacket

14 September 2015 - 1:01pm
Anybody using the MT500 jacket its the one with the hood. My question is, can the hood be pull over a helmet I'm reading mixed answers in tests.

Re: Fat Bikes

10 September 2015 - 8:40am
A bit late to the conversation but I have owned a Genesis Caribou since June this year and I love it, the best thing I did was bin the tires and put a better set on, I have commuted on it on occasion and I use it for bivi riding, I actually sold my normal mountain bike it was that good, I enjoy riding it so much. It weighs less than my Surly Troll touring bike (not much though).
The Longitude from Genesis is amazing, I have been riding + size tires for a few years now and the benefits for myself far out strip the negative aspects, I think they are the future for mountain biking, the technology from these bikes is already filtering down to normal bikes making them better.

Re: Biking round a castle and hills

6 September 2015 - 10:46pm
Nah not put me off just made me more aware lol. Thanks its a local group I go out with sometimes the music is skeletons by of monsters and men

Re: How do I justify a new bike?

3 September 2015 - 9:17pm
wearwell wrote:It was Einstein or somebody proved it: the ideal number of bicycles (and guitars for that matter) is N+1 where N = the number you have currently. Something similar with pints of beer.

Can the same theory be used for Trifle

Re: How do I justify a new bike?

3 September 2015 - 9:09pm
It was Einstein or somebody proved it: the ideal number of bicycles (and guitars for that matter) is N+1 where N = the number you have currently. Something similar with pints of beer.

Re: How do I justify a new bike?

3 September 2015 - 8:42pm
"2012 is so so old" lol, I was in two minds about swapping from my 2010 frame back to one from the 1960s (a Pennine 531 like this: http://i.imgur.com/wKtdJV4.jpg) but I can't be bothered messing about bending the rear dropout to 130mm and messing about converting the head tube that expects a quill stem and whatever else needs doing. It was a bit of a bone shaker that Pennine as I remember, but I loved that bike, I went faster on it on the same energy somehow, or it seemed that way, but for some reason my newer aluminium one isn't as bumpy. That steel 531 frame is the best bike I have ever ridden, there''s "something" about it.

Re: Biking round a castle and hills

3 September 2015 - 7:13pm
Good dragon shirt! Thanks for sharing. What's the music?

Re: How do I justify a new bike?

3 September 2015 - 6:33pm
Get a new bike. 2012 is soooo old, the bike is already dropping in value every second as well as the components suffering from the aging process.....plus it has lost that new bike smell




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