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NoahGenda
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Reasonable Facsimile wrote:
Yeah, I'm guessing that the Trek was previously intimate with a large, inanimate object.

Roof rack x garage collabo?

DriveThru. I just rode my carpet fiber 10 miles, now imma get me a whopper.

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Mon, 07/11/2011 - 17:25
dougtruck
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Reasonable Facsimile wrote:
Roof rack x garage collabo?

i'd bet my left nut on it

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 23:51
prismism

i suspect that the rest of the bike was just trying to get as far away from that bartape as possible.

Tue, 07/12/2011 - 02:13
JUGE FREDD
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Happened a couple weeks ago:

It kept developing play when I was swapping saddles back and forth testing them, and then one day it just wouldn't get tight and I looked at it carefully.

The bolt had started bedding into the carbon, and it got to the point that the washer ovalized, cracked, and became an auger:

Traditional single-bolt seatposts just shouldn't be full-carbon.

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 01:48
JUGE FREDD
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The seatpost binder bolt on my ALAN turned out to be aluminum too:

I think what I'll end up doing is extracting the remainder of the bolt from the nut, and making a custom aluminum washer so I can use a normal stainless bolt.

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 01:58
kevinwulf
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biekridder wrote:

Just in case anyone is interested, the dude in this picture is a young Grant Hackett, multiple Olympic gold medal winner and world champion swimmer. [/cool story bro]

Sun, 07/17/2011 - 07:25
deadforkinglast
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Having recently seen a spinergy up close and personal for the first time, I don't see how anyone could possibly have thought that that was a good idea.

Mon, 07/18/2011 - 00:58
Larry Winget
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deadforkinglast wrote:
Having recently seen a spinergy up close and personal for the first time, I don't see how anyone could possibly have thought that that was a good idea.

Pretty much.

"Hey, let's rivet these at some stress points."

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Mon, 07/18/2011 - 01:17
Nlinealac

There is local guy here in Vegas who just won the 4 man race across america on those wheels..... He claims to have raced cross on them to.

Tue, 07/19/2011 - 02:31
crabbi
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too*

Bob's a badass

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Tue, 07/19/2011 - 03:52
Tail Hook Lengthener
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Nlinealac wrote:
There is local guy here in Vegas who just won the 4 man race across america on those wheels..... He claims to have raced cross on them to.

There's a local guy here who races cross on them, as he has for a decade. Somewhere I used to have a photo of him bunnyhopping a barrier with his Rev Xs, but I lost it when my laptop was stolen.

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Tue, 07/19/2011 - 08:14
NoahGenda
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The best type of fit advice is internet fit advice.

Wed, 07/20/2011 - 15:21
wickedwagon
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Isn't that cipo? and isn't he Italian?

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BRING ME THE BINDERS OF WOMEN!

Wed, 07/20/2011 - 22:21
dougtruck
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honorary 'murrcan

Wed, 07/20/2011 - 22:22
biek

badass mofo of the day.

pappaheugwang wrote:
u mad bro?

Wed, 07/20/2011 - 23:15
Larry Winget
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I hate Cipo.

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Wed, 07/20/2011 - 23:42
NOVELTYNAME
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You must also hate awesome

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Thu, 07/21/2011 - 00:43
Rusty Piton
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Cracked faceplate on my X2 stem.

I thought it was a scratch for like two weeks and rode it every day, but now I'm kind of afraid to ride home.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 12:13
jawn doe
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seriously, how does thomson get away with that being such a common problem? their parts sure do look nice but i could never bring myself to buy a stem ive heard so many reports of cracked faceplates on. arent there like, a billion stronger, cheaper, forged stems out there?

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 13:20
Rusty Piton
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^yes.
I guess my arm isn't an accurate torque wrench after all.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 13:23
Larry Winget
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Definitely will not be buying a Thomson stem. Fuck that.

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Mon, 07/25/2011 - 13:32
josh
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bonechilling wrote:
Nlinealac wrote:
There is local guy here in Vegas who just won the 4 man race across america on those wheels..... He claims to have raced cross on them to.

There's a local guy here who races cross on them, as he has for a decade. Somewhere I used to have a photo of him bunnyhopping a barrier with his Rev Xs, but I lost it when my laptop was stolen.

There are a few dudes that train and occasionally race on rev-xs. Fortunately they're all way faster than me, so I'll never be right next to them when the wheels explode in a fiery ball of burning carbon shrapnel.

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 13:33
akasnowmaaan
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Rusty Piton wrote:
Cracked faceplate on my X2 stem.

I thought it was a scratch for like two weeks and rode it every day, but now I'm kind of afraid to ride home.

EXACTLY the same thing happened on my X2.

I moved my X4 on to my roadie, and bought a different stem for my mtb.

Should have said it was just a cross check with different geometry. - Todd

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 17:30
jamey
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tarckeemoon wrote:
Definitely will not be buying a Thomson stem. Fuck that.

ditto. was considering it because it seems damn near impossible to find a decent looking silver stem. might go for the VO stem, or is this just as risky as a thomson?

truckdoug "never turn down free beer, dont stick your dick where you wouldnt put your face, and always ride shimano"

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 17:35
biek

that is why fukka cnc stem.

pappaheugwang wrote:
u mad bro?

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 17:51
gusmore

akasnowmaaan wrote:
Rusty Piton wrote:
Cracked faceplate on my X2 stem.

I thought it was a scratch for like two weeks and rode it every day, but now I'm kind of afraid to ride home.

EXACTLY the same thing happened on my X2.

I moved my X4 on to my roadie, and bought a different stem for my mtb.

Found a similar crack on my X4. Like Rusty, at first I thought it was a scratch, then gently dragged fingernail across it & confirmed it was a crack.

[quote=johnnyraja]In Mexico they call that position "el gringo boracho"[/quote]

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 17:54
akasnowmaaan
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gusmore wrote:
akasnowmaaan wrote:
Rusty Piton wrote:
Cracked faceplate on my X2 stem.

I thought it was a scratch for like two weeks and rode it every day, but now I'm kind of afraid to ride home.

EXACTLY the same thing happened on my X2.

I moved my X4 on to my roadie, and bought a different stem for my mtb.

Found a similar crack on my X4. Like Rusty, at first I thought it was a scratch, then gently dragged fingernail across it & confirmed it was a crack.

Well, that's awesome. Fuck those Randroids.

Anyone recommend a road stem that's as stiff as a Thomson and isn't uggo as fuck?

Should have said it was just a cross check with different geometry. - Todd

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 18:01
NOVELTYNAME
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zipp sc

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Mon, 07/25/2011 - 18:18
JUGE FREDD
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jamey wrote:
might go for the VO stem, or is this just as risky as a thomson?

Not as risky, both the stem and faceplate are cold forged. A few different generations of the same design are sold by VO, Soma, Origin-8, and others.

Some have had the stem's extension bored out a little more making them extra-light but not as strong — heard about an Origin-8 one that a friend twisted, like the bar clam wasn't level anymore.

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 20:33
Tail Hook Lengthener
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jawn doe wrote:
seriously, how does thomson get away with that being such a common problem? their parts sure do look nice but i could never bring myself to buy a stem ive heard so many reports of cracked faceplates on. arent there like, a billion stronger, cheaper, forged stems out there?

Thomson stems are heavier, more expensive, and less strong that any decent forged stem. They are the worst of all worlds. They crack constantly and getting them to take care of it is usually a huge hassle. I'm note a huge fan of their seatposts either, but you can usually find them used for cheap and they are significantly less prone to failure.

Personally, I think that the X2 stem is dangerously underbuilt and I made my boss stop selling them.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 21:53
Tail Hook Lengthener
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jamey wrote:
tarckeemoon wrote:
Definitely will not be buying a Thomson stem. Fuck that.

ditto. was considering it because it seems damn near impossible to find a decent looking silver stem. might go for the VO stem, or is this just as risky as a thomson?

VO stems are made in the same factory that makes virtually every other good OEM stem in the world. I got the Origin8 stem (same thing with a slightly different faceplate), and it's been fine for a few thousand miles.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 21:55
Tail Hook Lengthener
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akasnowmaaan wrote:
Anyone recommend a road stem that's as stiff as a Thomson and isn't uggo as fuck?

I never found Thomson stems to be that stiff, and that's saying something if my 5'4" 125lbs ass could feel it flex. Since I work for a Trek dealer, we have buckets of Bontrager stems, so that's what nearly all my bikes have and I never feel an ounce of discernible flex, and I'm sure that the same is true for most well made stems (i.e. cold forged ones, not the cheap welded shit that comes on entry level bikes).

Not to be all "the pros use it," but seriously, if most of the top pros in the world aren't cracking their generic OEM stems, then you'll be fine too.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 21:58
dougtruck
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^what he said.

also like the ritchey stuff. so cheap, so light, so strong

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 23:08
deadforkinglast
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I find my Ritchey stem to be hella flexy compared to my FSA (which was shorter, so maybe not a fair comparison) and the Deda Zero 100 it replaced (for purposes of fit). Makes me want to get a Deda in the right length.

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 03:25
aek
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I asked a while back why Thomson shit was so cool and why a forged stem wouldn't be better and someone said that Thomsons were forged first and then CNC'd to give that future look.

So are they just CNC'd from blocks of alloy?

Fuck that.

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tarck eats ur soul one lol at a time

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 03:32
kevinwulf
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My mate's Vitus after a drunk guy on a cell phone walked out of a bar and straight into the bike lane when he was riding along at a good speed.

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 07:35
Face
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how the fuck does that happen to a fork?

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Wed, 07/27/2011 - 14:52
Rusty Piton
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I hope the drunk is as fucked up as that bike is.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 15:02
Face
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i hope way more fucked up but im an asshole....

Mr. Pubes wrote:
i fear that you are so lost in your own asshole that you may never be found again. do you have a flare gun? send for help.

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 16:06
kevinwulf
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The drunk guy got into his mate's car and got out of there. Now my buddy has to try to track him down. I don't think I'd bother, can't imagine any restitution will come of it even if he can find him. Just grief.

Definite shame. That bike was cherry.

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 19:42
curiousincident
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frame fucked as well or just the fork? wheel doesn't even look tacoed, which is surprising given what the fork looks like.

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 19:50
kevinwulf
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Those old aluminum forks have a reputation for being kinda weak. Even though it had no problems with his 200lb ass and a bunch of cobblestones last month, this impact was way more than it could take.
Frame looks ok but he's going to put it on an alignment table and double check.

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 19:59
Sneaky Viking
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is that the infamous viscount death fork?

edit: derp. you said vitus not viscount.

ckd wrote:
I mean, seriously. We're just a bunch of washed up bicycle burnout dipshits.

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 21:18
b-roll
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Hate to add insult to injury, but...

got enough brake cable there friend?

"You know it's dumb. I know it's dumb. But fuck it, I still love it."

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 22:12
Patch
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probably has to pay extra to make the brakes pull long distance.

that's probably why the shit didn't stop in time.

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 22:34
tjayk
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^lulz

you have to be patient when the signal has to travel to space and back.

Wed, 07/27/2011 - 23:07
JUGE FREDD
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Yeah, they're longer than necessary, but really y'all are just racist against non-aero.

They're exactly the same length they'd be with aero levers, and without any tight-radius kinks in the run.

It's a struggle, but you cut out his tongue, and his last words are "atmo atmo Atmo ATMO ATMOOOOOGORIHGGHRSHGGRLMGGMMGMgrrglegurglegrr....."
– akasnowmaaan

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 01:18
tzusing
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aek wrote:
I asked a while back why Thomson shit was so cool and why a forged stem wouldn't be better and someone said that Thomsons were forged first and then CNC'd to give that future look.

So are they just CNC'd from blocks of alloy?

Fuck that.

I think that was me. because i couldn't believe people are just cncing from a block of aluminium alloy billet. makes no fucking sense as you are wasting a lot of material. Especially when you have quantities, making a forging mold actually saves you money in the long run. yea i broke a thomson faceplate as have a buddy. no more USA USA for me.
Lets be real, a big part of it was how MADE IN USA would mean bomb proof light and awesome and made in China/Taiwan somehow would somehow mean shit quality and bad material.

Also decent Taiwan/China stems are forged THEN cnced. Like how all decent bike parts should be. just because it doesn't have those lines doesn't mean it isn't cnced.

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 03:10
aek
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Tzu, I'm square in the whoevermakesitbest camp and you're swaying me pretty hard toward you're end of the world with all the rad shit coming out of the factories you use.

doofo wrote:
tarck eats ur soul one lol at a time

Thu, 07/28/2011 - 04:51
Rusty Piton
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Bad times.

Hit by a car while locked to a bike rack.
Makes me even more nervous about locking up.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 09:25

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