The sleek carbon fiber and titanium, un worn out, Specialized Future Shock FSX Rock Shox was not holding air in one side. I liked this damn thing, it’s perfect for street riding; light, compact, and short travel. I went to start a tear down and investigate what could be the problem. Of course, I want [more...]
The project started out to be as a Scorcher. Like those late 1800s simple, direct, bikes the scorcher guys rode. But really, I need multispeed shifting and brakes here on the street, also I need to learn about disc brakes. Plus I need to learn more about larger 700c wheels. So, big [more...]
I found a murdered-out 1 year old high end Specialized hybrid for sale. Frame was great, chipped and gunked like a retired delivery bike, but straight. The bike came with a rigid fork, and a smaller 26”, wide mountain bike wheel, with high end tire and rotor, but no brake. 2015 Specialized Crosstrail Sport [more...]
This has been the best iteration of this bicycle design. I have ridden this frame a lot, mucho trial-and-error with component advances. The result became: Light, compact, and nimble, yet hard; intended for broken big city streets. Acceleration among traffic being a top priority for componentry harmony.
Seriously modified 2006 GT aluminum mtb. Very solid for fast riding in the city. Excellent traction, remarkable brakes, outstanding acceleration. Can handle high speeds safely. Literally every component has been upgraded from the original bike. Wide rear rim Rhyno Lite XL Ritchey Slicks Dura Ace titanium cassette XTR and XT Deore Shimano components Gold [more...]
Which has less mass, steel or air? On most planets, an air bladder is much lighter than a steel spring. There are other performance parameters, but air springs are light. A suspended air fork for a bicycle can often be almost the same weight as a dead rigid steel fork. Another great advantage of the [more...]