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    Odd Hope bulb axle

    Is this on the rear? It could have been a custom axle perhaps to work on a frame which was designed for a wider hub, or maybe where there'd been a floating rear brake arm originally. What's the overall hub width? I certainly didn't come across anything like that at the time - might be worth...
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    Wanted Disc front hub 36h

    It was indeed! I clocked it on a saved search, realised you'd asked preemptively, and I cheekily stuck an offer in. Sorry (although I told myself that it wasn't really what you were after anyway)! Have a look at the Hope Pro2 as an option, it's more modern than the Bulb/Sport but is visually...
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    "Isn't modern bicycle technology absolutely wonderful?"😍

    I'm conflicted on this. There's a lot of daft 'engineering' which goes into bikes, but bear in mind that my world is bigger travel stuff, not lightweight XC, and not road. Internal cable routing is so-so. On some bikes it just isn't an issue, but on others it's crap - like some of the videos...
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    Wanted Disc front hub 36h

    No, you're stuck with Hope rotors on that. If you ever want to consider selling it though in favour of using something else then give me a shout, I've been after one of them for a while!
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    "Isn't modern bicycle technology absolutely wonderful?"😍

    I've had a few, but only ever on nearly new headsets so it's 100% been down to manufacturing tolerances where it's been machined too thin. One was on a Race Face Real Seal, a Shimano XT one, and another that I can't remember, perhaps Crank Brothers? It was one I'd been sent to test and lasted I...
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    "Isn't modern bicycle technology absolutely wonderful?"😍

    CK headsets are definitely good. Originally their servicing requirements were to remove the headset from the frame every year and soak the bearings in heavy gear oil overnight after cleaning, and that always seemed a bit wrong to me as removing headsets constantly can easily damage head tubes...
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    "Isn't modern bicycle technology absolutely wonderful?"😍

    Mountain bike forums are ridiculously over-moderated in my experience. Too many people make complaints about posts, too many don't like it when someone disagrees and rather than having a discussion go crying to moderators, and moderators also have a tendency to love doing things, like editing...
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    Modern fork made to look like a retro fork.....

    No, not me @klunkrider, I never got around to doing that with my old Pikes. This is another front on pic of the Zebs for you @lawson
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    Modern fork made to look like a retro fork.....

    That would be easy enough to do - Filip Badura over in Poland did the Zeb decals and sized them to match the bigger legs with the amended name, plus the Santa Cruz Tazmon and Mavic 121 decals too.
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    Modern fork made to look like a retro fork.....

    Did this last year:
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    Fake Chinese bike parts

    You literally quoted my post and said 'racist'.
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    Fake Chinese bike parts

    I'm guessing your reading comprehension leaves a little to be desired. I didn't say 'the majority of Chinese people', which would definitely be a racist generalisation, I said 'the majority of the Chinese fakery', clearly reducing it down to a specific subset; i.e people involved in...
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    Fake Chinese bike parts

    Not bold, they're fairly standard claims which have been backed by many, many investigations and reports over the years by numerous people and organisations worldwide. As an example from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ipo-counterfeit-goods-research/ipo-counterfeit-goods-research...
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    Fake Chinese bike parts

    It's still theft, and someone has lost out by having their product devalued by replication and either lost the sale, or not been rewarded for the design effort they have put in. Fake/counterfeit goods are a major problem and in some cases have links to organised crime and money laundering etc...
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    best XT iteration?

    I'd actually forgotten some of that. Shimano headsets were lovely but I do think the XT one was the best of them, even more so than the M900 XTR. I think from a nostalgia perspective M739 was on the whole the best for me, but the M737 STI shifters just felt so solid and bombproof than the later...
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    "Isn't modern bicycle technology absolutely wonderful?"😍

    Lots of people end up way over biked and so the climbs become a slog and the descents not much better - so many uplifts have enduro bikes on them these days, usually more than DH bikes! I'll admit that at 38lb my Megatower is a pig on the climbs, it's got ultra soft Conti DH tyres, a coil shock...
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    "Isn't modern bicycle technology absolutely wonderful?"😍

    Oh gawd, heaven forbid you stray from the exact topic allowed by the thread title 🙄 It's all the same stuff; bits of metal arranged in different ways. Old stuff was objectively less capable but had infinitely more character and new stuff is objectively more capable but generally soul-less. And...
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    "Isn't modern bicycle technology absolutely wonderful?"😍

    I've actually got a wee Worx pressure washer which I use after most rides for cleaning up. It's pretty effective to have in the back if the car and doesn't seem to have enough pressure to damage bearings - still on the original frame/wheel/headset bearings after 7k-ish km. I'd say that's...
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    "Isn't modern bicycle technology absolutely wonderful?"😍

    People always say that Aluminium is impossible to repair but if you have a welder who isn't a complete monkey it's fine. The trick is to putting as little energy as possible into it, and using a high percentage of silicone like 5% so that the weld isn't super rigid. I've had numerous frames...
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    "Isn't modern bicycle technology absolutely wonderful?"😍

    That's true, the hubs on my dad's Cannondale that I've just restored have something like 12k miles on them and are still on the original bearings, and they still feel better than modern stuff. I think some stuff lasted longer but didn't work as well too; my M950/2 XTR mechs lasted forever...
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