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    Dork disc? Yay or Nay?

    Does anyone still use their dork disc? I remove them from all of my bikes except my kid's bikes.

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    W

    In decades of bike buying, I never had a bike come with them. Unnecessary as long as you have a decent derailure that will take an adjustment and keep it. Limit screw work best here.

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    Nope! All removed, not sure on the 92GT.
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    My bikes didn't come with one.

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    Good mtb bikes donít come with them. If yours does get rid of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Good mtb bikes donít come with them. If yours does get rid of it.
    Sure they do. At least a fair number do.

    I've built my last few bikes from the frame up, and never installed one to begin with. It's not necessary so long as your bits can hold an adjustment. I don't buy the "splash protection" argument, either. If your shit is flinging lube, then you put too much lube on it. And dust protection doesn't even make sense. I won't say that I remove them for cosmetic reasons. More of an irritating-rattling-noise reason. When a cassette manufacturer can figure out how to integrate the main function of the dork disc (keeping your chain out of the spokes) into the cassette itself, we might be talking.

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    I run 'em on both wheels, both sides, plus one behind the chain rings.

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    Why bother?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Good mtb bikes donít come with them. If yours does get rid of it.
    I've seen numerous 8-10k rigs come out of the box with them attached...

    It's an insurance/legal thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Good mtb bikes donít come with them. If yours does get rid of it.
    Why?

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    Mixed bag for me.
    I leave them on some bikes and remove them/never install them on others.

    When I am building for someone who knows how to ride/shift and I'll be touching every part of the drivetrain/wheels during assembly, I remove or never install the disc.

    For new riders and for some partially assembled/direct to consumer bike builds I'll leave the disc on initially and tell the rider I will remove it after they are comfortable shifting/aware of what "bad" drivetrain noises are or at their request when it is time for the first tune up.

    It's cheap insurance for new riders and people who are new to mtb.

    They are not necessary though on a properly built/adjusted bike.

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    I reckon if you got the chain stuck good and really gummed up the works it'd still nick your spokes with the "dork disk".
    It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Good mtb bikes donít come with them. If yours does get rid of it.
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    Sure they do. At least a fair number do.

    I've built my last few bikes from the frame up, and never installed one to begin with. It's not necessary so long as your bits can hold an adjustment. I don't buy the "splash protection" argument, either. If your shit is flinging lube, then you put too much lube on it. And dust protection doesn't even make sense. I won't say that I remove them for cosmetic reasons. More of an irritating-rattling-noise reason. When a cassette manufacturer can figure out how to integrate the main function of the dork disc (keeping your chain out of the spokes) into the cassette itself, we might be talking.
    Quote Originally Posted by tuckerjt07 View Post
    I've seen numerous 8-10k rigs come out of the box with them attached...

    It's an insurance/legal thing.

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    Caught some shit there, didnít I boys?

    Apparently Iím out of the loop. Back in the day only cheap bikes came with them. I guess in todayís marketplace with build kit options from quality companies the manufacturers add them in to cover their ass in case of bad tuning on the far end. Covering them from chains going into the spokes and ruining a wheel. Canít argue that, great insurance.

    Which ponders the question: Does removing them from a build level option from a quality company void a warranty on a ruined wheel from chain suck?

    Let me guess: Depends on the company. Please refer to your warranty manual.
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    Bottom line, stay in tune remove them by noon.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Caught some shit there, didnít I boys?

    Apparently Iím out of the loop. Back in the day only cheap bikes came with them. I guess in todayís marketplace with build kit options from quality companies the manufacturers add them in to cover their ass in case of bad tuning on the far end. Covering them from chains going into the spokes and ruining a wheel. Canít argue that, great insurance.

    Which ponders the question: Does removing them from a build level option from a quality company void a warranty on a ruined wheel from chain suck?

    Let me guess: Depends on the company. Please refer to your warranty manual.
    I imagine it's more to do with preventing injuries. Ruining a wheel isn't a huge liability. Locking said wheel up and launching a rider down a ravine on the other hand. It's purely a CYA thing, "well, your client did remove the provided safety equipment".

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuckerjt07 View Post
    I imagine it's more to do with preventing injuries. Ruining a wheel isn't a huge liability. Locking said wheel up and launching a rider down a ravine on the other hand. It's purely a CYA thing, "well, your client did remove the provided safety equipment".

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    Good point.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    I also thought it was a requirement, just like reflectors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    I also thought it was a requirement, just like reflectors.
    I know my Rallon came with it attached but the reflectors were packaged separately and unattached.

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    As big as the new cassettes are you could run a record for a dork disc. Oh, and
    for the record, I don't use them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    As big as the new cassettes are you could run a record for a dork disc. Oh, and
    for the record, I don't use them.
    Dammit John! I just came in here to post something similar, lol!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    Dammit John! I just came in here to post something similar, lol!
    We'll have to put that on record, lol!
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Battery View Post
    Does anyone still use their dork disc? I remove them from all of my bikes except my kid's bikes.

    He upgraded everything on a Walmart Hyper CarbonX. All credibility immediately lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kuhl View Post
    As big as the new cassettes are you could run a record for a dork disc. Oh, and
    for the record, I don't use them.
    I see a new trend beginning! I bet you could rig a needle on as well. Everyone will have their own entrance song to announce how rad they are when they ride up. Sram will develop a system to flip the record (that's going to be a tough one). Can we fit a whole album?
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    Sucks when ur derailleur gets play as it wears out and the chain chews up several spokes. Dorks rule...

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    I like them as long as they are the correct size for the cassette. They annoy me when they are oversized.

    My mountain bike doesn't have one as I don't have the correct size.

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    Why would you layer up your bike with frame saver decals but take off the spoke protector?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
    Why would you layer up your bike with frame saver decals but take off the spoke protector?
    One can provide significant returns in resell value, the other I'm not sure what it serves on a properly adjusted bike. That's just one reason.

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    My '16 Carbon FSR (I purchased used in 16) came with the dork disk that I removed.

    My new Santa Cruz came with a dork disc in the bag with the obligatory 101 bike manual. With that said, the disc is about 2 gears too small anyway.

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    I run one on my single speed just in case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forest Rider View Post
    My '16 Carbon FSR (I purchased used in 16) came with the dork disk that I removed.

    My new Santa Cruz came with a dork disc in the bag with the obligatory 101 bike manual. With that said, the disc is about 2 gears too small anyway.
    Not factory installed and too small because they know most people buying a quality ride wonít install it anyway.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Last year I worked on a bike for a friends son.
    It was a few year old but needed TLC. The typical problem of shifters having dried up grease.

    It had a dork disc on it, and reflectors. Of course I left all that stuff in place for the kids safety (the reason they come that way anyway). But I gave it a good once over checking all the fasteners. Adjusted the brakes. You all know the drill.
    But yeah, too bad I couln't make it look more like a mountain bike! haha

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    i took mine off and during one ride hit my derailleur on a rock. I found out it was bent later when I pulled my chain into the spokes downshifting. I guess they do serve a purpose. I still don't use one though. That is the only time it was a problem. I could see it being bad if it happens on a hill while you are really pushing the pedals or if it happens going downhill(but how often do we shift into 1 going downhill)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kolchak View Post
    i took mine off and during one ride hit my derailleur on a rock. I found out it was bent later when I pulled my chain into the spokes downshifting. I guess they do serve a purpose. I still don't use one though. That is the only time it was a problem. I could see it being bad if it happens on a hill while you are really pushing the pedals or if it happens going downhill(but how often do we shift into 1 going downhill)
    It's not often, but I do shift to 1st on a downhill.

    I'm on a 2x system so I usually just drop to the small ring in that situation since it is faster.

    When I know the trail has a steep up after the steep down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forest Rider View Post
    It's not often, but I do shift to 1st on a downhill.

    I'm on a 2x system so I usually just drop to the small ring in that situation since it is faster.

    When I know the trail has a steep up after the steep down.
    Shifting to a bigger cog for descending was kind of accepted practice to reduce chain slap/ dropped chains before the narrow-wide rings and clutch derailleurs were common.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 11053 View Post
    Mixed bag for me.
    I leave them on some bikes and remove them/never install them on others.

    When I am building for someone who knows how to ride/shift and I'll be touching every part of the drivetrain/wheels during assembly, I remove or never install the disc.

    For new riders and for some partially assembled/direct to consumer bike builds I'll leave the disc on initially and tell the rider I will remove it after they are comfortable shifting/aware of what "bad" drivetrain noises are or at their request when it is time for the first tune up.

    It's cheap insurance for new riders and people who are new to mtb.

    They are not necessary though on a properly built/adjusted bike.
    You could have cut right to the last sentence.

    For a shop I can see them leaving them on their for liability reasons, but for my own bike, or bikes of friends, they get removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
    frame saver decals
    You mean Dork Tape?
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    I believe the proper term is "socially challenged disc".
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOJO K View Post
    Shifting to a bigger cog for descending was kind of accepted practice to reduce chain slap/ dropped chains before the narrow-wide rings and clutch derailleurs were common.
    Ahh sorry.
    To clarify I mean I'm in a high gear descending and will shift through gears, then rotate pedals when I can so it's in the correct gear by time I get to the climb -so that I am not trying to mash gears/shifts up the hill.
    A number of areas here are steep descents right into a point (stream crossing, etc) that you must then climb out of. Waiting to get to the bottom before shifting doesn't end well. haha
    If I don't know the trail well enough, or if the climb out will get steep in a hurry I'll drop to the front ring.

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    I think there's room to reimagine the dork disk. Something that affixed to the largest cog and didn't allow the chain past would use much less plastic too. Even with a perfectly tuned setup something as innocuous as a small twig can throw the chain into the spokes. Bob's your uncle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    You mean Dork Tape?
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    ^^lol!

    I am on the dork side for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    ^^lol!

    I am on the dork side for sure.
    Nah too cool to be a dork..

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    Quote Originally Posted by broncbuster View Post
    Nah too cool to be a dork..
    I don't believe you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    I don't believe you.
    Ok top this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    I think there's room to reimagine the dork disk. Something that affixed to the largest cog and didn't allow the chain past would use much less plastic too. Even with a perfectly tuned setup something as innocuous as a small twig can throw the chain into the spokes. Bob's your uncle.
    Especially with huge cassettes in mtbs now that makes a lot more sense. With a dork disc mounted the typical way there is a huge gap between the spokes and largest cog.

    I wouldn't mind keeping dork discs if they were black and secured well without rattling. The clear discs get filthy on the first ride and look terrible. Way to inconvenient to clean all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broncbuster View Post
    Ok top this...
    Dang, you got me, lol!
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    I figure that I have ridden over 100,000 miles, mostly machines with some type of derailure. Never ever had the chain move past the last gear. Sure there are situations like a crash or bashing a rock against your derailure may cause a chain to override the cassette. However if that happens, you will be rebuilding your rear end anyway. I am mostly a minimalistic and like my bikes to be as clean as possible without any unnecessary bits anyway. To each their own ideas of cycling nervania..........Safe Travels!

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    Neither my wheel set nor my cassette came with one. That said, I wouldnít have installed it anyway.

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    I installed them on my front wheel.


    yes, I'm that radical and innovative !
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    I think there's room to reimagine the dork disk. Something that affixed to the largest cog and didn't allow the chain past would use much less plastic too. Even with a perfectly tuned setup something as innocuous as a small twig can throw the chain into the spokes. Bob's your uncle.
    I agree. I think the dork disk is another thing were adding extra complexity makes the device simpler and function better. Much like disk brakes, or the front derailleur, or a high speed circuit in suspension. I don't run a dork disk, but if there was a really nicely designed one that didn't weigh much i sure would. Every 3000 miles or so i have a situation where a dork disk would have saved me some money or irritation.

    That said, everything available now looks stupid and has dubious effectiveness.
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    I get some people being too proud of their bike's looks to use one but not the one's worried about others thinking it's/they're uncool cuz they do... High School mentality?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottzg View Post
    I agree. I think the dork disk is another thing were adding extra complexity makes the device simpler and function better. Much like disk brakes, or the front derailleur, or a high speed circuit in suspension. I don't run a dork disk, but if there was a really nicely designed one that didn't weigh much i sure would. Every 3000 miles or so i have a situation where a dork disk would have saved me some money or irritation.

    That said, everything available now looks stupid and has dubious effectiveness.
    Have your bikes "dork disc" been made of metal? You mention one that didn't weigh much. The ones I've seen are plastic and seem to be pretty light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forest Rider View Post
    Have your bikes "dork disc" been made of metal? You mention one that didn't weigh much. The ones I've seen are plastic and seem to be pretty light.
    And the clear ones are not even there if you use your imagination.
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    My lbs gives me my bike with the dork disk and the reflectors in the bag with the user manual.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Forest Rider View Post
    Have your bikes "dork disc" been made of metal? You mention one that didn't weigh much. The ones I've seen are plastic and seem to be pretty light.
    You write better than you read.
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    Call me crazy, but I think it's still faster to just remove your wheel and cassette to yank one off. This dude is quite interesting in his removal approach:

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    I love the "properly adjusted" talking point. Are we not riding mountain bikes?

    Also the people who make the dork disks just have no ambition any more. Have you seen a 1970s Schwinn? The spoke protector was large enough to keep the entire upper pulley away from the spokes and it was echoed by a bash guard that covered the front derailleur to keep your laces out of it. The system worked great.

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    Dork disc sounds like something you'd call a Weezer cd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Battery View Post
    Call me crazy, but I think it's still faster to just remove your wheel and cassette to yank one off. This dude is quite interesting in his removal approach:

    You actually think removing the wheel and the cassette is faster than his technique? I like his technique so much that Iím going to go to the local college bike rack and get after it.
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    Keep it on. When you pass people they will feel sad a dork just passed them.

    I don't have one... and I have been passed by dorks
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    It is supposed to stop this...
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    ...from happening.

    Or, if you bend your hanger, it might keep the chain from shifting over the lowest gear.

    I think the lowest cog should just have a little lip on it.

    Obviously, I can do without them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    You actually think removing the wheel and the cassette is faster than his technique? I like his technique so much that Iím going to go to the local college bike rack and get after it.
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    nothing wrong with them....not even an eye sore.....I have seen many well adjusted and high end parts on a bike work great but something can always happen in the trial....rocks, twigs....etc. I say use them. Why not guard your wheel? Is it a aesthetics complaint? If so, do you remove your chain stay guards as well?

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    After removing it many years ago in a fit of bicycle-aesthetic-rage, I've recently put the chain into the spokes twice in two months.

    Apparently after 10 years and 20k miles, an X0 derailleur starts to get some play in it.

    Pondering my next move.
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    This thread should be in the "components" forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    This thread should be in the "components" forum.
    What we really need is a Dork Disc sub forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broncbuster View Post
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    Limited Edition Star Wars Dork Discs! Collect them all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    After removing it many years ago in a fit of bicycle-aesthetic-rage, I've recently put the chain into the spokes twice in two months.

    Apparently after 10 years and 20k miles, an X0 derailleur starts to get some play in it.

    Pondering my next move.
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    I think the plastic disc is taking offense to being called a dork.


    Two years ago I didn't know how to remove a cassette. I spent minutes upon minutes trying to remove the one from my bike. It was painful. Apparently I don't know how to remove this protector either.

    If I had to do it again I'd pull the cassette. It better be a fairly modern bike since my cassette tool is for a thru axle.

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    I think dork discs have their place. In fact, I'm going to my LBS to get new ones. I'm putting them on all my SSs. THAT's the look I'm after.
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    Something interesting. My 2017 Scott spark 710 27.5 plus came with the disk. 3rd down from most expensive.
    I got a 2018 Scott genius tuned 27.5 plus did not come with disk. It's 2nd down from most expensive.
    I'm wondering if this is about high/low end level of bike, type (spark=long travel xc, genius=trail/Enduro), or cassette size (spark 11, genius 12)?
    Or just completely random?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    You actually think removing the wheel and the cassette is faster than his technique? I like his technique so much that Iím going to go to the local college bike rack and get after it.
    I waited until UV took enough of a toll on the dork disc on my '88 Stumpjumper, then just broke it off in chunks. That was about 2008.
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    This thread is the Official Dork Disc Roast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    This thread is the Official Dork Disc Roast.
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    There's nothing quite like the sound of a Dork Disc rattling against your spokes.
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    from mytenspeeds.com (randyjawa on Bike Forums)

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    from bikeville.blogspot.com. These were for Schwinn dealerships to educate customers about shifting. Note the bash guard covers the derailleur. The big ring is a 52 so the bash guard is 60-something sized. I briefly owned a Super Sport and all this stuff worked just great considering the vintage. Really much better than the much lighter Campagnolo stuff on my Dad's Paramount. The 52 ring has a ramp embossed into it that helps the front shifting, the Twin Stik stem shifters are half again longer than downtube shifters usually are and have small spools giving them a lot of leverage and travel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fajita Dave View Post
    Switch to Shimano Di2
    I have Di2 on my road bike. I'm the only guy I know who isn't thrilled with it. But admittedly there is no dork disk on my road bike, and no chains into spokes yet.

    Technically, if you had huge spoke protectors on both sides, couldn't you just say it was a disk wheel?
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    '17 My Enduro came with one, I removed it (probably should have left it).
    '18 My Diverge came with one, I left it on with the reflectors.

    I haven't seen one on an Eagle setup yet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuckerjt07 View Post
    I've seen numerous 8-10k rigs come out of the box with them attached...

    It's an insurance/legal thing.

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    i remember when bikes were sold with reflectors on the wheels...red flector on seatpost and the white one clamped to the handlebars. I remember hearing that it was a legal thing. Now they are all gone. I guess because they are supposed to be used "offroad" ?

    or do they get around that by not selling a complete bike (no pedals).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyking1231 View Post
    i remember when bikes were sold with reflectors on the wheels...red flector on seatpost and the white one clamped to the handlebars. I remember hearing that it was a legal thing. Now they are all gone. I guess because they are supposed to be used "offroad" ?

    or do they get around that by not selling a complete bike (no pedals).
    Every bike I've purchased has come with them. They usually come in a box inside the bike box but not attached.

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    I've worked in shops for almost 10 years. All the bikes that come out of a box have a dork disk and reflectors. Only bikes that didn't have dork discs or reflectors were custom builds. Dork discs and reflectors are required by law. Just ask Cannondale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frdfandc View Post
    I've worked in shops for almost 10 years. All the bikes that come out of a box have a dork disk and reflectors. Only bikes that didn't have dork discs or reflectors were custom builds. Dork discs and reflectors are required by law. Just ask Cannondale.

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    I wonder how many people actually brought their bike to the shop for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fajita Dave View Post
    I wonder how many people actually brought their bike to the shop for that.
    One of the shops I worked at was a C-dale dealer. We had quite a few people come in.

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    I'm not a dork so I take it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
    from bikeville.blogspot.com. These were for Schwinn dealerships to educate customers about shifting. Note the bash guard covers the derailleur. The big ring is a 52 so the bash guard is 60-something sized. I briefly owned a Super Sport and all this stuff worked just great considering the vintage. Really much better than the much lighter Campagnolo stuff on my Dad's Paramount. The 52 ring has a ramp embossed into it that helps the front shifting, the Twin Stik stem shifters are half again longer than downtube shifters usually are and have small spools giving them a lot of leverage and travel.

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    I had a couple of the old Schwinns and yes the bash guard was great although not needed for a road bike. Although it did help in the 70ís when we wore jeans. Keeping the jeans from getting caught up in the front rings. The dork disk, meh. However the twin stick stem shifter I thought were so much better than all other road bikes that had them on the down tube. But that was because I was mainly in the cruiser position sitting upright with bands on top of the bars. In the tucked position the downtube design made more sense. I liked the cruiser position brake exstenstiin levers. Great idea with a better grip on the bars and quick access to braking.

    Some photos off the net of the stem shifters and the brake exstention levers. Both perfect for the upright cruising position.

    You can get back to your dork disc discussion after this [brake] break.

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    This morning, Seth introduced the idea of a "dude disc".

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy9ku4J_KqQ

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    Lost my tools in a bad breakup with an X so mine stays on until I can get a new chain whip and cassette removal tool...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197 View Post
    Lost my tools in a bad breakup with an X so mine stays on until I can get a new chain whip and cassette removal tool...
    He or she took your tools. The horror! Whatís this world coming to?
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    Now I'm inspired to put a dork disc on my bike.

    I'm also going to festoon it with reflectors.

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    My Iron Horse SGS ('03) had an aluminum disc that was made for this purpose. I think it was a 9spd cassette with a cog removed and this in its place. Otherwise I get tired of trying to cut them off behind the spokes and rip them off for customers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forest Rider View Post
    This morning, Seth introduced the idea of a "dude disc".

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy9ku4J_KqQ
    Hmmm. . . I wonder what site he frequents to come up with such a thing so coincidentally.
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    This guy has it figured out.

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    I leave them on until they break. It helped me out a few days ago during a very muddly ride.

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    I was at my sis in law's house yesterday. Her husband rides a Specialized Enduro while she rides the Stumpjumper. She still rocks her dork disc while he had the shop rip his off upon delivery. I was rather surprised and figured he would have done the same for her too!
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    I wonder why anyone would want something on their bike with the name dork in it?

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